What the Animals Taught Me is the story
of how a woman came upon farm animals that needed rescuing and what she learned
from them as they gradually changed her home in Sonoma County, California, into
an animal sanctuary.
Wishing to escape the urban rat race, freelance writer and editor Stephanie Marohn moved to rural Northern California in 1993. In return for reduced rent, she fed and cared for two horses. Life was sweet.
Then more farm animals started to appear: a miniature white horse, a donkey, and sheep, followed by deer and other wildlife. Each needed sanctuary from abuse, physical injury, or neglect, and Marohn took them in, gradually turning her ten-acre spread into an animal sanctuary.
new arrival, Marohn had to learn how to care for it, to help it to overcome
trauma, and to transition back to life with other animals—and to trust
people again. With each successful
rescue and rehabilitation, Marohn learned lessons not only about animal care
but also about love, compassion, patience, trust, and so many of
the qualities we often try to cultivate in ourselves.
shares what she learned from the sheep she rescued from an animal collector and
the abused donkey she helped nurse back to health. She also tells about the
hilarious response from the guests at her Thanksgiving dinner when they saw wild turkeys come floating down “like paratroopers” to
land next to the miniature horse that had walked right up to the patio window.
delightful memoir illuminates how the animals have much to teach us and how
they helped her to reconnect with the natural world and to see and embrace
others as they truly are.
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