Posted on Feb 22, 2013
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
Our cow that we just rescued from the backyard butcher had her baby early last Thursday morning! She must have been born very early because when we came out at 6:00 a.m. she was already dry and running next to her mom. She is so tiny and gorgeous and her mom is just thrilled. We congratulated her mom and let her know that we would not take her baby away, but would allow her to raise her and love her for the rest of her life. This baby is so lucky she narrowly dodged being born at the backyard butcher, into a life of suffering and cruelty, but instead landed at The Gentle Barn instead to only know kindness, safety, comfort and love! We will keep you posted on how she is doing and give you pictures of her as she grows.
The 6 goats (Rose Mary, Hannah, Amelia, Gus, Reina and Daisy) that we rescued from the backyard butcher in the raid before this last one were finally ready to join the barnyard this week. They are now out in our barnyard making friends, exploring and having fun. If you are local, come meet them, they are a bit shy with new people, but are warming up a bit more every day!
Because turkeys are genetically engineered to get very big and very fast so they can be slaughtered at 12 weeks old, by the time they are full grown it becomes difficult for them to walk. Our beautiful turkey Portia, is only two years old and cannot walk anymore. So this week we built her a throne so she can sit in our office and greet folks as they come and go, be given treats and goodies and get the attention that she deserves. She also has her little red wagon that she gets to be in on Sundays and in the sunshine when the weather is nice. We will make her feel wanted, loved and adored as long as we are blessed to have her!
On Tuesday, May 1st, our beloved cow Buddha turned 13 years old! Buddha was The Gentle Barn’s very first cow and she has given unconditional love to hundreds of thousands of children! Because cows are genetically engineered to get very big, very fast so they can be slaughtered while still babies, when we rescue them from slaughter they get abnormally large. Buddha is actually a miniature cow, but still she is too big for her tiny feet, so she has arthritis in her front knees. It has become difficult for her to walk or get up and down quickly, so we give her anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers every day, chiropractic care and ultrasound every week to keep her comfortable and happy. If you have had the pleasure of hugging Buddha, you know how very special she is and that she deserves the best! If you would like to donate towards her treatments and The Gentle Barn for her birthday she would sure appreciate it! She also loves horse cookies, carrots and vegan banana cupcakes. If you would like to hug her, please come visit her on Sundays.
We would like to thank Bungalow 360 not only for throwing an amazing Earth Day party at The Gentle Barn, but also for installing solar panels at The Gentle Barn! Bungalow 360 is very generous and wants to support children and animals and non-profits and the planet at the same time, so they donate solar panels to non-profits, one each year, and we are the very lucky organization this year. We are so grateful!!!!! We have wanted to go solar for years and Bungalow 360 has made our dream come true!
Yay…being green rocks!