Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other
Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other

The Inside Scoop: Marilyn Galyon

High on my bucket list of places to visit, I had been following The Gentle Barn for several years. Imagine my surprise to see that Ellie and Jay had flown to Nashville, TN to rescue a Hereford steer that had severely injured his leg after becoming entangled in baling twine. It was exciting news when it was announced that the steer would be transported to the University of Tennessee Large Animal Veterinary Hospital in Knoxville, TN, less than 3 miles from my house.

Now called Dudley, his injured leg required amputation and he began a long period of treatment to heal his leg and eventually be fitted with a prosthesis. Following Dudley’s progress on Facebook, I was inspired by his progress, which helped in my own battle with an autoimmune disease that caused pain and mobility issues in my limbs. Experiencing difficulty in standing and walking, I took strength in watching Dudley heal and grow stronger everyday while adapting to his new leg.

When The Gentle Barn announced that Dudley would take up residence here in Knoxville at a new Gentle Barn location, I was excited and overjoyed. I knew I would want to volunteer to help out any way I could. I immediately made reservations to attend one of the opening day events and have been back every weekend since. I am still inspired by the animals in residence at The Gentle Barn Tennessee and have made many new friends while volunteering. The Gentle Barn’s mission to heal animals and people have made a difference in my life. Love is truly the spirit of The Gentle Barn Tennessee.

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Marilyn Galyon

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  • Chakra Meditation and Sound Healing (Winter 2024)

    March 2nd 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Clear, Balance and Align your 7 main Chakras through guided meditation, chanting, and Integrative sound bath. When your chakras are aligned, the energy moves through you more freely, and you can feel in harmony with all aspects of your physical, emotional and spiritual self.

  • Thermal Horizon - Windsong Retreat (Spring 2024)

    May 4th 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Let’s come together as a community as we support The Gentle Barn in their endeavor to enrich the lives of abused animals worldwide. Let’s bring our loving hearts, the spirit of opportunity and fill our cups emotionally, spiritually, and physically as we celebrate unity in community by helping these wonderful support animals.

  • Open Sunday in Missouri

    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: Missouri.

  • Open Sunday in California

    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: California.

  • Open Sunday in Tennessee

    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: Tennessee.


Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

At Katjes we believe that every life is precious and these values extend beyond our plant-based gummies. As part of our campaign featuring rescued animals, we’re honored to join hands with The Gentle Barn, to support their non-stop efforts in protecting animals. By drawing attention to their heart-warming stories, we hope to provide food for thought when we say: Kindness just tastes better.

Eliza Jahn

Head of Marketing Katjes USA