By Stephanie Marohn

What the Animals Taught Me is a suite of news approximately rescued cattle in a protect in Sonoma County, California, and what those animals can educate us. every one tale illuminates how animals can assist us see and embody others as they honestly are and reconnect us with the normal world.

Wishing to flee the city rat race, freelance author and editor Stephanie Marohn moved to rural northern California in 1993. lifestyles was once candy. She used to be a hectic freelancer. In go back for decreased hire, she fed and cared for 2 horses and a donkey. Her lifestyles was once complete.

And then, extra livestock began appearing: a miniature white horse, a donkey, sheep, chickens, by way of deer and different flora and fauna. every one wanted sanctuary both from abuse, actual damage, or overlook. Marohn took each one animal in and progressively grew to become her 10-acre unfold into an animal sanctuary.

Each bankruptcy of What the Animals Taught Me makes a speciality of the tale of a specific animal that grew to become a part of Marohn's existence. She stocks what she discovered from the sheep she rescued from an animal collector, the abused donkey she helped nurse again to future health, etc to remind us that animals have a lot to coach us approximately love, compassion, belief, and such a lot of of the traits we so usually attempt to domesticate in ourselves.

A deeply inspiring assortment, What the Animals Taught Me awakens our hearts and reminds us that our greatest existence academics occasionally come lined in fur.

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