Enlightenment

Last week, I spent time in the hospital with Dudley each day. I read to him, we snuggled, I sang to him, I worked next to him, we napped, and we meditated together. Even though he needs to stay longer in the hospital than expected, Dudley is in great spirits.…

A Mom’s Love

Those of you who read my book, My Gentle Barn, know how connected I was to my first cow, Buddha. She was more like a mom to me than she ever was a rescued animal. She was my witness when I cried, she gave the warmest hugs, she helped me with…

Inside Scoop: Beth in California

I’ve been riding and working with horses for 38 years. I’ve been working with the horses at The Gentle Barn for the last 7+ years.
I’ve been fortunate to work with most of the horses at GB, at one time or another. It’s…

From Grief to Gratitude

We had another round of losses at The Gentle Barn this week. We lost our pot-bellied pigs, Lilly and Jasmine, to cancer; our horse, Cherokee, to an incurable joint infection; and, our Chihuahua, Milo, to heart failure. When we have this many animals, many of whom came in at the same time,…

Turning Fear to Love

I always thought that hatred and cruelty were our worst enemies. I thought that it was hatred that caused racism, sexism, discrimination, and suffering, that it was cruelty that caused the suffering, pain, and slaughter of animals. I thought it was apathy and greed that was causing the destruction…

Inside Scoop: Andrea in Tennessee

One year ago today my life changed completely. I was given the opportunity to work for an organization who I had admired for so long for all the love and light it puts into this world. The Gentle Barn Tennessee has taught me to slow down and appreciate…

Inside Scoop: Susanne in California

As a long time vegan I have always been very interested in animal rights and welfare and of course, like so many of us, my dream is to have my own animal sanctuary one day. Will that ever happen? Who knows... I wouldn't know where to start.

I…

Trusting Instincts

I was supposed to go to Tennessee on Tuesday and while I was packing my suit case in the morning, my ten-year-old daughter woke up crying of a headache. I kissed her forehead and it was burning up so I took her temperature. It was 102.5. After a bath to lower her fever and Sun Chlorella to…

Much to Celebrate

This weekend we have two reasons to celebrate: The Gentle Barn’s 17th Anniversary and Co-Founder Jay Weiner’s birthday. I think it’s perfect that those two festivities fall on the same weekend because The Gentle Barn would not be what it is today without Jay!

Jay came to The Gentle…

Olympic Games

Jay and I have been watching the Olympic games in the evenings in the very small time frame between ending work and falling asleep on the couch. It isn’t much time at all. In the several minutes before we can’t keep our eyes open, we have…

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