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

Intelligence

Tommy Turkey

I rescued my very first turkey the November after our grand opening in 1999. I was so excited! His family purchased him to eat for Thanksgiving but could not go through with it, so they brought…

Cuddle Turkeys

Ellie Laks & Cuddle Turkey

November is my favorite months of all time! Not just because of our Gentle Thanksgiving event, but because I get to talk about turkeys all month long! In each week’s newsletter…

Truffles The Queen of Halloween

Truffles the pig

This month marks the eighteenth anniversary of our potbellied pig, Truffles.…

Strength

Strength - Chicken

I held her against my chest, folding her feathers so they were smooth again. I kissed her face and cradled her in my arms as she relaxed into my embrace. The symphony of peep, peep, peeps lulled…

Leave it in Sedona

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Nineteen years ago, when I found out what happens to animals in the milk and egg industry I went vegan on the spot and never looked back. A few years later when Jay…

Busy Learning All About Healthy Foods

Ellie & Jay at Engine 2 RetreatJay and I are at an Engine 2 immersion retreat. They are keeping us extremely busy learning all about a healthy, Whole Foods, plant-based diet. I have been vegan for nineteen…

Creating Worlds Inside Our Minds

Ellie Laks - In Meditation

When I was a child, all I dreamed about was to have a huge place full of animals and show the world how beautiful they are. I would sit at my desk, and as the teacher droned on in…

The Most Important Vote

This week Jay and I flew home from Missouri to California. I love sitting by the window on the plane and looking at the buildings and land below fade smaller and smaller until we are consumed by clouds and…

What a Wonderful Summer

Ellie Laks & Jemima Puddle Duck

This week Jay and I spent time at The Gentle Barn Missouri, before finally going home to California. We have been gone for about two and a half months now, but our…

Mercy

As many of you have seen on our FaceBook Bedtime live feeds, we were given a rare and wonderful opportunity to pull twenty baby chickens from a poultry farm. These twenty will live the good life and will tell the story of the one hundred and twenty thousand chicks…

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