Saving Simon

Saving Simon

How A Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

eBook - 2014
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In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn't planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. Simon's recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon's health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks. This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. In the great tradition of heroes'from Don Quixote to Shrek'who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up "not just to [Simon], not just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship." With grace, warmth, and keen emotional insight, Saving Simon plumbs the depths of bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of "living a more compassionate, considered, and meaningful life." Praise for Jon Katz "With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal."'John Grogan, author of Marley & Me "Katz's world'of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit'is a place you're glad you've been."'The Boston Globe "From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz."'San Antonio Express-News "Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature."'Fort Worth Star-Telegram "I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz."'Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's Fresh Air From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780804177283
0804177287
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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AL_TATYANA Nov 03, 2017

This book is for those who love animals and have compassion for the troubled one.
A very touching and inspiring story!

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pudzzy
Oct 24, 2017

This writer thinks he can read animals minds and kills a perfectly healthy dog ... NOT RECOMMENDED TO READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL LOVER .. I have read every one of his book This man is neurotic ,,He thinks he can read an animals mind.. In every one of his books an animals dispatched after he writes a book about it,, Everything on his farm gets sick, becomes neurotic, and either is euthanized or taken out back and dispatched with a shot gun . All his animals become tiresome, but are milked one more time in death, until a new one is acquired and the cycle begins anew .just to find a new subject for his books,, .Dont believe me read these ..Any man who thinks his animals are telling him to kill them is neuritic.. , Some of these articles are wrote by the border collie association .Click on these
http://www.city-data.com/…/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex…
http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php…
http://www.city-data.com/…/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex…
https://heatherclemenceau.wordpress.com/…/bedlam-farms-jon…

AL_SUMMER Feb 13, 2017

Simon's story is both tragic and heartwarming. Jon Katz does a nice job of interweaving stories from his farm with his thoughts on compassion, encouraging us to offer kindness to everyone.

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luminea
Aug 07, 2015

This was a very moving story illustrating the many ways that animals can touch our hearts and deepen our self-awareness. It's easy to love Simon and to feel sympathy for how he was badly treated, as well as Rocky, a lonely blind horse. When Simon attacks Rocky though, it challenges the author's view of compassion. The book invited me to step outside of my current mindset and reexamine my beliefs about compassion and who is "deserving" of it. I agree with Jon that sometimes it's the people or animals we like the least that really need out mercy and compassion, and even our forgiveness. I really appreciated Jon's honesty, candidness, and self-reflection in this book. A great read!!!

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geonrose
Jan 09, 2015

thoroughly enjoyable entry to Jon Katz' work. quick read. deep thoughts about the nature of human/animal relationships and love. love the lessons in compassion that the author shared in spare easy prose. highly recommended

LMcShaneCLE Oct 20, 2014

I grew up on the books of James Herriott starting with All Creatures Great and Small - I would recommend this book for every young person who relates more to animals than human beings. I know the feeling.

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