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

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…

Witness

Ellie , Jay & the newly rescued pups

They played for the first time! Bouncing, leaping, wrestling, running, tussling with each other, they didn’t mind us standing there and they had no fears. Their…

A Shooting Star

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Almost ten years ago we rescued our very first group of veal calves. We had gotten a call from the owner of an auction house that asked us if he could call us when he had downed calves, to take them off his hands. A week…

Nineteen Years

Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner - Early Years of Gentle Barn California

We have been so focused on our opening in Nashville that I haven’t even talked about our anniversary coming up. On August 26th there will…

Reverence

Gentle Barn Tennessee - Nashville, Property

I remember when my daughter, Cheyanne was in first grade. She would come home each day very excited about what she had learned and the friendships…

The Way We Love

When I was a child I loved animals so much. I could feel their joy and their pain. I knew instinctually if they were happy or not. And I was called to them when they needed help. I spent most of my spare time exploring…

Three Weeks In

We have been in Nashville for three weeks now. When we first arrived, we had a mad rush to build fences and prepare barns and pastures so we could bring the animals home. Then we transported the animals and packed…

My Gentle Barn Story - Emma

My story starts when I met a calf named Raymond. I was told that his mother rejected him, so he was moved to a little petting zoo area where he could receive extra care. I was also informed that he, along with most of the other animals on the farm were for sale. I couldn’t…

Sanctuary

Ellie and Jay at work on new Nashville, Tennessee property

When I was a child, my sanctuary was the woods and lakes near me. And all the magical creatures who lived there were my friends. When painful things were happening to me,…

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