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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Christopher McDougall (Autor)

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"When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body, but to heal his mind as well. It turns out, the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing -- a unique type of race out west where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days -- and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado. Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community"--… (mais)
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Título:Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
Autores:Christopher McDougall (Autor)
Informação:Knopf (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 352 pages
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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero de Christopher McDougall (2019)

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nonfiction (rescued donkey adopted by new rancher in Amish country; amateur running competitions); audiobook
the author narrates with energy (sort of like a motivational speaker?) so this isn't as great a story for falling asleep to, but it is a nice donkey rescue story with cute farm animal anecdotes (goats!), and some stories about runners and a couple stories touching on mental health issues (running and animals as therapy).
there's nothing wrong with the audio, but as the narrative seemed to stray/drag on a bit more than I would like ("running" isn't a topic I would usually expound on) I probably would enjoy this more in (skimmable) print.

Also recommended: the Bedlam Farms stories from [a:Jon Katz|36719|Jon Katz|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/m_50x66-82093808bca726cb3249a493fbd3bd0f.png]. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Christopher McDougall was a war correspondent for Associated Press. Eventually he got married, moved to New York City with his wife and two young daughters, decided he really did not like living in a big city, and moved to a farm in Lancaster County, PA, home to the USA’s largest Amish community. A short time later, one of his daughters decided she wanted a donkey.
Chris agreed and ended up getting a donkey that had been owned by a hoarder. The animal was in terrible physical and mental condition but, with advice and help from some neighbors, he decided to give it a chance figuring it would just hang around the yard.. They named him Sherman. One key bit of advice was to give Sherman a job as a way to help him. Chris had heard about donkey races in Colorado and thought that might fill the bill.
RUNNING WITH SHERMAN not only tells the story of how training Sherman for racing (which also meant training people to run with him), but also how working with and training animals helps people, especially those with physical or mental conditions that would normally hold them back.
Prehistoric people learned to survive by watching and copying animals. They would follow wolves and grab leftover meat after the wolves finished eating. They began to cooperate with them for the benefit of both. People had to be aware of and react to/with them to survive. But as the culture changed, so did the relationships. People moved into homes and kept the animals outside. Now we buy our food in stores to which we travel in private automobiles. More than six million cats and dogs are dumped at shelters annually, many of which are destroyed daily. Our best friends are not longer pets but screens.
Nevertheless, there is a strong, innate human-animal bond. McDougall tells of a project at Lima State Hospital for the Criminally Insane where they discovered that taking care of an animal.
While living among the Amish community, Chris became aware of their lives and practices. The main foci were community and family. When they heard of new ideas and things, the community would discuss them and, as a group, decide whether they were beneficial or not and then decide whether or not to adopt them. Speed and envy were not priorities.
RUNNING WITH SHERMAN is the not only of Sherman but of the effect and challenges of people and animals on and with each other. It’s only when they can communicate and work together can they succeed. It’s an interesting, well written read, very much different than most of the books about relationships and challenges that are usually on the market. Reading it should change one’s perspective. ( )
  Judiex | Apr 13, 2021 |
This book was about SO much more than teaching a rescue donkey to run in a challenging race. It covers everything from the animal human bond to the health benefits of living off the grid. It is weirdly inspiring and positive and made me feel refreshed and energized just reading it. Perhaps I enjoyed it because of my own love of all things furry, perhaps because burro racing was a topic about which I knew nothing but for whatever reason I loved every page. Highly recommended. ( )
  JRlibrary | Feb 13, 2021 |
Wow, ich lese mal ein Buch, das auch andere hier lesen, 124 Mitglieder. Es war ein Mix aus sehr interessant und langweilig. Spannend fand ich zum Beispiel Einblicke in die Welt der Amish, die Passagen des Eselstraining waren mir oft zu uninteressant geschrieben. Ich bin froh, dass ich fertig bin. ( )
  Patkue | Dec 30, 2020 |
This is an interesting read, and I definitely know a lot more about donkeys, Leadville, the Amish, and running than I did previously. If you're in the mood for a quick, informative, and sometimes funny read the audiobook was quite entertaining. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
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"When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body, but to heal his mind as well. It turns out, the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing -- a unique type of race out west where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days -- and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado. Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community"--

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