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Running with Sherman: The Donkey Who Survived Against All Odds and Raced Like a Champion

Christopher McDougall

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Animals & society

Bestselling author of Born to Run rehabilitates a donkey to winning success

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.

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Praise for Running with Sherman: The Donkey Who Survived Against All Odds and Raced Like a Champion

  • '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.' - Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

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