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`Read Book ç Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion ó 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 peopleIn the spring of , 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 inSimon’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 risksThis 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 the bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of “living a compassionate, considered, and meaningful life” Whatcan you say for a book that brings tears to your eyes at the beginning with sorrow, tears in the middle from loss, and tears at the end due to compassion.A marvelous work of Nonfiction A chronicle of merged existence and self discovery showing that broken pieces coming together can mend holes and hearts From the first wrenching paragraph through recovery, familiarization, cohabitation, loss, gain, and healing this story while short in size makes your heart swell This goes beyond A Big Little Life where Koontz showed us the impact one animal can have on it's owner, and instead shows how all animals, both hearty and frail can create a web that captures all who come near. For someone who loves animals as much as I do, I don't read a lot of animal stories, because they make me too sad So I was aware of Jon Katz as an author but had never read any of his books I was attracted to this one because of the adorable donkey on the cover and because of the subtitle: How a Rescue Donkey Taught me the Meaning of Compassion Compassion is one of my favorite topics, so despite my fear of reading about horrific cruelty that would give me nightmares, I decided to give it a try.And horrific cruelty I got I won't go into detail, but the first chapter of this book made me literally sob in a hair salon But I made it through the really terrible parts and I don't think it's a spoiler to tell you that Simon survives and gets well, and I thought the rest of the book would be a happy story about how this beautiful, forgiving, resilient creature teaches humans what life was really all about And that's kind of what happened, but I also found myself getting increasingly frustrated and perplexed by attitude of the author, an animal lover and rescuer, who despite owning numerous animals and writing dozens of bestselling books about them, seems to know so little about them Also, he continually contradicts himself and makes nonsensical arguments For example He has compassion for the farmer who cruelly neglected his donkey so severely he was on the verge of death, AND WHO FELT NO REMORSE FOR IT, but has bitter contempt for the animal rescue community He accuses animal advocates who feel anger toward animal abusers of hating all people As someone who loves animals and is involved in the rescue community, I am offended by this completely inane generalization The people that I know who love animals and are involved in rescue are the most compassionate people on earth, and feel compassion toward both animals AND humans He seems to confuse anger with hatred I would expect an educated person with much life experience to understand the difference between these two things He asks, (this is a direct quote) why do we feel so much for the animal who is mistreated but so little for the human beings who mistreat them? Um, really? Does that question even need to be asked? I understand the need to find forgiveness for even the most horrible sins, but this is still an idiotic question In one paragraph he expresses sadness at people who are reluctant to get another dog after losing one because so many animals languish in shelters, and then two paragraphs later, talks about contacting breeders about acquiring his next dog It goes on and onI expected so muchfrom such a prolific author of books about animals, and from someone who claims to be such an animal lover I will definitely not be reading anybooks by Jon Katz and I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone I did fall in love with Simon, and later a blind, elderly pony named Rocky (don't even get me started on what Mr AnimalLover Katz does to that poor animal), so I'm giving this book 2 stars just for them Jon Katz gets zero.
Jon Katz, is an author, journalist and photographer known primarily for his books on dogs He has for years kept the Bedlam Farm Blog Journal Bedlam Farm, in Washington County, Upstate New York, is where he lived with his second wife Maria and their donkeys, dogs and chickens.Having enjoyed the author’s books on dogs, border collies being his favored breed, I thought I’d check out what Katz had to say about donkeys Here he writes not only about donkeys, but all the animals on the farm and himself too He writes of his move from the farm A string of events, one leading to the next, result in the move We follow his taking in of the abused donkey Simon, the nursing of him back to health and the strong attachment that grows between the two Two border collies die in quick succession and Katz takes in Red, a border collie trained and bred in Northern Ireland We meet Florence, an elderly woman of one hundred and two She’s living alone and has a pony That pony is Rocky, a thirtythreeyearold Appaloosa pony He is blind Simon, Red and Rocky, and Katz too, are the four who take center stage in this book The relationship between Rocky and Red is remarkable It is this relationship that will stand out for me when years from now I think back on this book.Simon, Red and Rocky a donkey, a border collie and a ponyhave found a place in my heart I guarantee, reading about their time together will both tug at your heart and have you perched on the edge of your seat Why? Because you will come to care very much for all three So, I definitely like this book I like it a lot I went into it to learnabout donkeys I did learnabout donkeys I learned not only about donkeys in general but also about a handful in great detail We learn of Carol, the first donkey Katz ever had, and of Lulu and Fanny, two others living on the farm when Simon arrived Katz sat and talked to Simon He opened himself up to Simon In spilling his guts to Simon, his thoughts take a philosophical turn Katz asks why it is so easy to feel compassion for an abused animal and yet so difficult to feel any compassion for that human being, who due to their own dire situation often coupled to financial difficulties, caused that abuse He urges us to havecompassion for fellow humans He may even be asking us to forgive them their mistakes It is in this vein, he seeks out the man who mistreated Simon Katz looks at his own behavior too; he looks at his own troubled relationship with his mother, that is to say the difficulties he has had in forgiving her In my view the author takes his talk about compassion a little bit too far I wish he had just stuck to the animals and skipped the philosophizing I like this book for what it says about animal human relationships I do think communication can occur without words I agree with his view on euthanasia Katz draws animals with a depth usually only given to human beings I do NOT understand why there could not be found a way to (view spoiler)[separate Rocky from Simon I think it was wrong to kill Rocky In any case, why this was necessary is not adequately explained (hide spoiler)] Donkeys, Dogs, Chickens and a Dead RoosterWe first came to Tahlequah in 2006, bringing with us our 4 month old border collie that I named Mocha The plan was to see if we wanted to move here In searching for a house we drove over to Hulbert because I had seen a photo of a house on Realtor.com that I liked, and it sat on 5 acres, which I also liked We drove down a long gravel road for maybe 5 minutes and pulled up to the house I loved it It was my dream house It was just like the ones I saw in books I read as a teenager that was about mountain people, like maybe The Shepherd of the Hills It had a front porch with a chimney on one end, but most of all it was painted a moss green I love moss green $35,000 My husband said, “NO.” The house was falling apart and had been patched with plywood My husband was a Jack of all trades, a master carpenter, plumber, etc He could fix anything “NO,” he said again, “You can’t fix this unless you tear it down.” “But it is green, and it has a chimney and a front porch,” I pleaded, “Plus, we have the money to fix it up,” I continued We found another house, and my husband built me a back porch and for a compromise on the chimney we got a woodstove Well, the reason why I am telling you this story is so that you will know that I have no taste in homes My tastes are rugged I can do shacks Actually, the reason I am telling you this is because there was a donkey on the property, and he was standing near us, and this is the only story of a donkey that I have to tell, and it needs telling: Our dog got out of the car along with us, and while I was taking photos of my dream house, I was not paying any attention to her She went under the fence and began sniffing the donkey’s rear end Not good I saw her and yelled, “Mocha! Get over here!” She came back to me immediately Border collies are smart, and they mostly do what you ask, and I was grateful that she minded me then I should have been payingattention to her, I know, because donkeys can be mean; they can kick But the donkey in this book doesn't seem to be mean at all, not until the very end But if you have ever been kicked by a horse or a donkey, you will not wish to be around them either, not unless there was a fence between you I like fences.Well, as of July 3, Mocha is no longer with us She had to be put to sleep So, when reading this book, I thought of her, and I was fighting back tears I should have known better than to read a rescue book so soon after losing her, but hey, this was a donkey, not a dog, so it should not have reminded me of her Well, it did, and I can tell you now, I will not read this author’s books about his dogs, nor will I read any other dog book for a very long time Unlike the author, I will not go out and get another dog We are old now and can’t really care for one I really liked the author of this book, Katz,than I did Simon, whom he had rescued, but that is because he cared for him and cares for all animals He doctored the animals and fed them well, butthan that he played Willie Nelson songs to one of his donkeys because he believed that he enjoyed his soothing voice Maybe he did He then read “Platero and I” to Simon, a book about a man and his donkey traveling together and enjoying nature This helped them bond Maybe I should have read that book instead of this one, but I imagine that the donkey will die in the end They always do I learned some things about donkeys For one thing, I learned that they are used to protect sheep from predators One day a fox decided he wanted some of Katz’ chickens, so he came into the corral and Simon created such a ruckus that Katz came running out of the house and was able to save them One of the hens ran into the bushes to hide, as they do when frightened, I was told, and this because they can’t fly Maria, Katz’ wife, called to her, and she came out of the bushes and ran up to her for protection I wondered then if they finally eat their chickens, and I thought of how that would really be a betrayal of trust Now, I am worried about their chickens.So Katz took a rifle up to the fox’s den, but then he realized that he couldn’t kill it Yet, he did kill a rooster that attacked his wife Well, I will go along with him here We have a fox, well, actually two, and they come around the house, but they have never killed any of our cats I consider that fortunate for the cats One day a fox began walking up to two of our cats, and the cats got up and hissed at him, but before I could run out our own door to save them, the fox went away Cats have teeth up front and claws underneath Don’t mess with cats.So now we have Simon pacing the fence line He can see the fox whenever he leaves his den, and if the fox goes left, Simon goes left, if he goes right Simon goes right He is such a good guard donkey, and one of the hens who knew this got up on his back forprotection And the stories go on.Katz finally puts Simon into the corral with his two female donkeys, and one of them begins kicking him in the head, over and over and for months and months I learned then that donkeys have hard heads, and I think that their hardheadedness must filter into their personality Sometimes, this story isabout how Simon caused Katz to becomecompassionate, but I believe it was because he had read Thomas Merton, which was only one of the books he listed He tells us how he had tried to learn to have compassion for Simon’s last owner, the man who almost did him in So, he went to see that man, and he learned that he was poor and could hardly feed his own family Knowing these things caused him to have compassion for the man “Who is to care for them? he asks I say the man should have called the Humane Society like his 10 year old son finally had the sense to do While I can have compassion for the family because they are suffering, I can’t have compassion for the man who did what he did to Simon I have also read Buddhist books on compassion I sat in a monastery for 3 ½ years learning compassion by meditating, listening to the Abbot and reading Years later, I learned thatoften than not, compassion is just a belief, a feeling that you get when you meditate, when you listen to lectures or read books But these feelings can go right out the window when you are confronted with violence or real evil Yet, this doesn’t make it a bad teaching in my mind, but it can prevent a person from taking action when it is really needed Sometimes the most compassion thing to do is to shoot the rooster.