Animal lovers may agree with me that the book Pumpkin: The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog, is perhaps one of the cutest ever. Raccoons, with their masked little faces and hand-like paws, are fascinating creatures that are entertaining to watch. However, they are not usually considered as ideal candidates for keeping as pets. This book introduces us to a special raccoon named Pumpkin, who is the exception to the norm.
One night after a windy storm, Will and Laura Young found an injured baby raccoon that had been blown out of its nest and abandoned by its mother. After consulting with local veterinarians and the Humane Society, it was evident that the only chance of survival this little animal had was to be hand-fed around the clock and nursed back to health by the couple. As a result, Pumpkin became so tame and attached to her caretakers that she was unable to return to the wild. Much to everyone’s surprise, Pumpkin also became incredibly attached to the couple’s two dogs, Toffee and Oreo. The three animals are now constantly together; napping, cuddling, and playing.
Rather than telling a story, the book contains mostly pictures of the best-pal trio of Pumpkin, Toffee and Oreo. Each photograph is more adorable than the last, and has a funny caption to go along with it.
If you can’t get enough Pumpkin cuteness from reading this book, you can also check out her Instagram page at Pumpkin the Raccoon.