McDougall, his wife and two daughters live on a large tract of land in Pennsylvania in the heart of Amish country. One day he is asked to help rescue a donkey from a man who hoards animals. With encouragement from the youngest daughter, the McDougall’s adopt the donkey, name him Sherman and work to heal him both physically and psychologically. After he is fit, friends and neighbors help Chris train Sherman and two other donkeys for a world champion race in Leadville, Colorado. Along the way the author introduces his readers to a number of people who have their share of troubles, but nonetheless want help Sherman and his gang get to Colorado.
The best word to describe Running with Sherman is heartwarming. If you’re an animal lover and were or are a runner, you will enjoy this memoir immensely.