A miniature donkey can change your life. Ten of them can change it a lot.
Five years ago, Mr. Stiert was a software engineer at IBM. A bunch of things happened — divorce, a layoff, a sort of reckoning. Now, at 57, he says, “Every day is donkey day.”
Ms. Hill, 26, said she kept returning because donkeys “don’t judge.”
“They understand, even though they don’t talk,” she said.
And the dreaded regulatory state raises its feared hand:
(Before you run out to shop for donkeys yourself, make sure they’re legal in your town. They are not in New York City, for instance, where the Health Code bans “all odd-toed ungulates” — hoofed animals — other than domesticated horses, “including, but not limited to, zebra, rhinoceros and tapir.”)
Those are not the only good sentences about miniature donkey therapy meet-ups, Andy Newman at the NYT has more. Here is a final winner:
For all their surprising virtues, donkeys can be a little stubborn.