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Passion for Donkeys

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A Passion for Donkeys
Svendsen
1988

From anonymous submitter:

“It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to get into the donkey-breeding business. I understand that passion is the key to life, and I like to think I’m open-minded, but anyone with a passion for donkeys probably needs psychiatric help.”

Holly’s commentary:

Too funny!  I love it!  There’s really no reason to weed this one, but it was too awsomely obscure to not post it.

Holly

21 Responses to Passion for Donkeys

  • I dont want to seem mulish about this, but having a passion for donkeys, especially breeding donkeys might be in the realm of bestiality.
    Is Pin-the-Tail on the Donkey a hate crime? Animal abuse?

  • At the risk of making an ass of myself, I’d like to express my honest interest in this book! Donkeys are pretty cool. Enough with the hee-ing and haw-ing – I think I might hoof it over to my library and check it out.

  • “elisabeth d. swendsen” = really bad pen name for… tatiana???

  • Admittedly, how dated could the content be, but how often does something like this circulate? Is donkey-interest a big deal in your community? If not, why keep it on the shelf (and why buy it in the first place)?

    If this isn’t the kind of book to weed, I’m starting to wonder what is. Did some set of powers-that-be tell you not to talk about weeding anymore?

  • But are they any good to eat?

  • having a passion for donkeys is not a mental illness. i love donkeys. i am not mentally ill.

    donkeys are gentle creatures too often mistreated by their creepy owners.
    thedonkeysanctuary.ca

  • Well, the title is a little weird, but it’s basically a livestock care book, no different than any other book on livestock or pet care. Donkeys haven’t changed since 1988, although vet care has. I live in a farm state and lots of people have donkeys here.
    Plus the donkeys on the cover are really, really shaggy and cute! I think it’s a keeper unless the medical info is outdated.

  • Donkeys are the ultimate symbol of the hardworking beast at the mercy of humankind. The are, as Elise says, often abused and or neglected. They are cute, and appealing to many who do not really qualify as mentally ill. Of course these days, no one really is really sane. If one is mentally ill, this is a good kind to have. However, from a weeding point of view, get that book off the shelf! It is certainly dated.

  • As an equine enthusiast, this is actually a book I would love to have. I must confess that I do have a passion for donkeys. Don’t throw this one in the recycle bin….send it to me! Hee haw.

  • I don’t mean to be an ass, but Holly’s typo and split preposition is bothering me.

    I know a cute donkey named Guido.

  • Gives new meaning to hung like a donkey

  • No wait…that’s a title for a porn movie I think

  • The author of this book is responsible for saving a rare and historic breed of donkey – The Poitou. I would like to own this book!

    For more information on the Poitou and other historic breeds feel free to consult my own book: The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds, Yale Univ Press, 2002

  • I own this! This lady runs a bunch of lovely donkey sanctuaries in Britain and my mum often adopts a donkey as a birthday gift for me. I also used to own a completed unrelated book called ‘A Passion for Hamsters’ because as a child I wanted to breed hamsters in a shed.

  • I read this as a kid! As Hannah Townsend says, it’s actually more of an autobiography of a woman who had ‘a passion for donkeys’, set up sanctuaries and saved a rare breed – we might call Elisabeth Svendson a monomaniacal Gerald Durrell. And his books are widely stocked / have a big readership, so this one might as well be a keeper. Just got to make sure it’s catagorised correctly (and bless those 1980s people who didn’t understand the pornified way we interpret things now!)

  • LOL, maybe this was written by people obsessed with Eeyore…i love this site.

  • I have this book. It’s great.

  • Anyone remember children’s book “Brighty of the Grand Canyon,” a fiction tale about a noble, and adventurous burro living semi-wild in the Grand Canyon? Not sure if Brighty stirred any passion, but I sure loved that little guy.

    http://www.amazon.com/Brighty-Canyon-Marguerite-Horseshoe-Library/dp/0689714858

  • I had that one but IDK if I ever read it. Brighty, I mean.

  • I just read the comments from “The Beautiful Kind,” and I think he/she means that Holly split an infinitive, not a preposition. (How would one split a preposition?) I’d also like to point out that the verb used should be “are,” as “typo and split preposition” form a plural.