Running with Sherman: The Donkey Who Survived Against All Odds and Raced Like a Champion (Hardback)Christopher McDougall (author)
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An uplifting tale from the barefoot athlete and author of Born to Run, Running with Sherman details McDougall’s care of a neglected donkey and his quest to provide the animal’s life with purpose and meaning. Charming and heart-warming, Sherman’s journey to fulfilment is one of the feel-good stories of the year.
When barefoot running guru Christopher McDougall takes in a neglected donkey, his aim is to get Sherman back to reasonable health. But Sherman is ill-tempered, obstinate and uncooperative - and it's clear his poor treatment has made him deeply fearful of humans.
Chris knows that donkeys need a purpose - they are working, pack animals - and so when he learns of the sport of Burro Racing or running with donkeys, he sets out to give Sherman something worth living for.
With the aid of Chris's menagerie on his farm in rural Pennsylvania, his wife Mika and their friends and neighbours including the local Amish population, Sherman begins to build trust in Chris. To give him a purpose, they start to run together. But what Sherman gains in confidence and meaning is something we all need: a connection with nature, the outdoors, with movement. And as Chris learns, the side benefits of exercise and animal contact are surprising, helping with mental and physical health in unexpected ways.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 655 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 31 mm
'From the first page to the last, Running with Sherman is a delight, full of heart and hijinks and humour. I quickly fell in love with Sherman and the colorful cast of two- and four-legged characters that surrounded him. Christopher McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection.' - John Grogan
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