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He Chose a Donkey, Not an Arab Charger

“I seem to have a gift with donkeys, I can read them no matter how wild they are.” Donkeys? When Gayelene Harrower admitted her donkey-whispering talent, I may have choked back a giggle. But as our conversation continued I became interested and then intrigued at her marvelous breadth of knowledge regarding the humble, big-eared animal, and her donkey pursuits. The wife of Tasmanian Anglican Bishop John Harrower has four donkeys which form the onlyworking herd of donkeys in Tasmania, giving rides and pulling carts at 30 church and community events each year. Gayelene is also an honorary life member, and the Tasmanian representative, of the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary which cares for more than 130 donkeys.  The animal-lover has rescued donkeys from abusive homes – one that was tortured and beaten until it was so wild, it took Gayelene three months before she could touch him and get close to him. She was living in metropolitan Melbourne when she first “felt led” to buy a donkey. Most of us would shake off such an inclination, …