These stories follow Kylie from her job as a Park Ranger on a New Jersey barrier island, to a position as a Research Assistant in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains, to Texas A&M Veterinary School, to an externship at a Kentucky equine hospital, and a rotation in a Texas women’s prison.
With her DVM in hand, Kylie is ready to begin work as a veterinarian. Her job in a small animal practice on the banks of the Mississippi thrusts her into a world far removed from the classroom. She encounters clients who will go to any length to care for their pets, and others who simply walk away.
There are wise practitioners who teach her things she didn’t learn in vet school, and others who hold onto old ways. Always there are mysteries to be solved, difficult and unusual cases to be researched, clients to be educated.
As Kylie struggles to find the balance between caring and letting go, she realizes the pain of her job will always be there. But so too the joy of caring for those who cannot speak for themselves.
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"Rita Bourke weaves an intricate web of stories that showcase her marvelous talents as a short story writer. Her sensitive, insightful portrayal of animals in the wild and in domestic settings is one of the great joys in store for the reader."
Co-author of A Season of Darkness