An anecdotal journey of self-discovery, William’s Gift tells the story of one woman’s life as a country veterinarian with honesty and humility. Through the trials and tribulations of learning on the job, this committed caregiver learns the ropes of caring for animals both great and small. Tale after “tail” of humorous and often heart-wrenching stories illuminate the deeply emotional connection between the ever-stoic animals and the author. Running through these stories is the common thread of compassion for the special creatures with whom we share our lives. A foundation of knowledge and lore is built lovingly, brick by brick. Dr. Douglas‘s career path becomes a winding country road, and negotiating the twists and turns that lead from city clinic to rural farm challenges her both personally and professionally. Framed by her love of Lanark County and horses, these memoirs contain something to delight every animal lover. In the end, the journey becomes the greatest teacher, and the realization of where that journey takes her will be as rewarding to the reader as it is to the author. It is only then that the true nature of William’s Gift is understood.