Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.

My Bad Ideas

More than anything, I want to take excellent care of our animals and give them the best life possible. So, I’m always thinking about how I can serve them better. Over the years, I have come up with ideas that I thought were brilliant, but the animals were not amused.

Our piggies sleep on straw. It keeps…

In the Barnyard: April 27, 2017

Spring brings color, beauty, and song, but it also brings a lot of work for us. There are so many things we must take care of for our rescued animals, such as haircuts for the sheep and llamas, hoof trims for cows, goats and sheep, and tusk trims for our pigs.

This week we started on dentals for…

A Pig’s Birthday Party

Biscuit turned ten this week and we had over 500 guests here to celebrate him with us. Every hour throughout the day, we brought him cake and sang him happy birthday. Each time we did, he would sit up, smile at everyone, and eat his cake, making sounds of delight. He loved it!

We have…

Piggy Pedicures

With spring and it’s song birds, sunshine and flowers, comes great activity at The Gentle Barn. We have so much to do to take care of the animals. Tasks like sheep-sheering, goat hoof trimming, grooming everyone's winter coats to help them shed, and trimming pig tusks.

Male pigs have…

A Gentle Giant

                                          

Biscuit had his 9th birthday celebration this past Sunday and he loved the cake and the singing so much. He ate most of the cake and then left some for the other pigs to enjoy. It’s a really big deal that he just turned 9 as most farmed pigs don’t live that…

Eight Years of Hog Heaven!

       

Eight years ago, Jay and I took our kids to a pumpkin patch. We had no idea they had animals there, but when we got inside we noticed a small baby pig in a cage. He looked alone and not very…

A Happy Birthday

We sang Biscuit happy birthday last week and gave him a special piggy birthday cake made out of carrots, bananas, apples, molasses and nuts, made by two of our very special baking volunteers. There were a lot of visitors in the barnyard and, honestly, I was wondering if he would appreciate…

Biscuit's Birthday

Wild pigs are very agile and strong and live about 20 years. Scientists have taken the DNA of the wild pig and genetically engineered it to create a man made animal designed to get very big, very fast to go to slaughter at 6 months old. By the time they are fully grown at 3 years old they are abnormally large and have an average life span…

Happy Birthday Biscuit!

Biscuit just turned eight years old this month, which is amazing for a farm pig who weighs one-thousand pounds!

People have taken the DNA of a wild pig and genetically engineered it to make a man made animal designed to get very big, very fast, so they can be slaughtered at six months old. When pigs…

Happy Pigs!

 

When you come out on a Sunday from 10am-2pm these days, you will get quite a show from the pigs. It is warm now and the pigs spend most of the day in their pool. It is amazing how fun it is to watch pigs in mud! …