What the Animals Taught Me is the storyof how a woman came upon farm animals that needed rescuing and what she learnedfrom them as they gradually changed her home in Sonoma County, California, intoan 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.
With eachnew arrival, Marohn had to learn how to care for it, to help it to overcometrauma, and to transition back to life with other animals—and to trustpeople again. With each successfulrescue and rehabilitation, Marohn learned lessons not only about animal carebut also about love, compassion, patience, trust, and so many ofthe qualities we often try to cultivate in ourselves.
Sheshares what she learned from the sheep she rescued from an animal collector andthe abused donkey she helped nurse back to health. She also tells about thehilarious response from the guests at her Thanksgiving dinner when they saw wild turkeys come floating down “like paratroopers” toland next to the miniature horse that had walked right up to the patio window.
Marohn’sdelightful memoir illuminates how the animals have much to teach us and howthey helped her to reconnect with the natural world and to see and embraceothers as they truly are.