During this heartfelt, considerate, and encouraging memoir, New York Times bestselling writer Jon Katz tells the tale of his loved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways in which animals make us wiser and kinder people.
within the spring of 2011, Jon Katz bought a mobilephone name that might problem each suggestion he ever had approximately mercy and compassion. An animal keep watch over officer had stumbled on a missed donkey on a farm in upstate big apple, and she or he was hoping that Jon and his spouse, Maria, will be keen to undertake him. Jon wasn’t making plans so as to add one other animal to his domestic on Bedlam Farm, not at all a truly unwell donkey. however the second he observed the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a robust connection. Simon touched whatever very deep inside him. Jon and Maria made up our minds to take him in.
Simon’s restoration was once faraway from effortless. susceptible and malnourished, he wanted close to consistent care, yet Jon was resolute to aid him heal. As Simon’s overall healthiness more advantageous, Jon may feed him by way of hand, learn to him, take him on walks, even speak in confidence him like an outdated and relied on buddy. Then, miraculously, as though in reciprocation, Simon started to divulge to Jon the genuine that means of compassion, the ways that it might remodel our lives and encourage us to take nice risks.
This significantly various viewpoint on kindness and empathy led Jon to a border collie from eire short of a house, a blind pony who had lived outdoor in a pasture for fifteen years, and a brand new farm for him and Maria. within the nice culture of heroes—from Don Quixote to Shrek—who confronted the realm within the corporation in their donkeys, Jon got here to appreciate compassion and mercy in a brand new gentle, studying to open up “not simply to Simon, not only to animals, yet to the human event. to like, to threat, to friendship.”
With grace, heat, and willing emotional perception, Saving Simon plumbs the depths of the bonds we shape with our animals, and the rewards of “living a extra compassionate, thought of, and significant life.”
Praise for Saving Simon
“Heartwarming . . . a touching tale.”—USA Today
“Highly steered . . . an relaxing and considerate work.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“[Saving Simon] handles the emotional highs and lows of dwelling with animals with empathy and thoughtfulness, forcing readers to think again their very own meanings of compassion and mercy.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The message of this precise tale will linger with the reader lengthy after the publication has been put on the shelf.”—Bookreporter
“[An] uplifting and insightful memoir . . . Katz’s enthusiasts and animal enthusiasts of all types will without doubt be extremely joyful via Simon’s heartwarming story.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Jon Katz
“With knowledge and beauty, Katz unlocks the dogs soul and the advanced wonders that lie inside and provides robust insights to somebody who has ever struggled with, and enjoyed, a bothered animal.”—John Grogan, writer of Marley & Me
“Katz’s world—of animals and people and their mixed generosity of spirit—is a spot you’re happy you’ve been.”—The Boston Globe
“From Toto to Marley, our dogs associates are a simple task within the literary biz. yet not anyone turns out to talk their language like Jon Katz.”—San Antonio Express-News
From the Hardcover edition.