Posted on Jun 22, 2017
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
Hi you guys. We are pretty inconsolable over here at the loss of Dudley, as I’m sure you are too. Jay and I, Andrea, all our staff and volunteers are just absolutely in shock. More than anything else in the whole wide world, I just want to be able to look into his stall and see his face and his fuzzy ears. And I want to be able to go in there and burry my face in his side and smell him and kiss him and give him cookies. We lost a lot of animals over the years, but I think in The Gentle Barn history, Dudley was by far the wisest animal that has taught us the most and he will absolutely be the most missed. His loss has shaken the world. We’re having a really hard time recovering over here, but as always, where we need to go for comfort and solace and wisdom is right back to the animals. So as hard as it was to come here to the barn, knowing Dudley wouldn’t be here in his stall, we needed to force ourselves to come back to the barn and go see Maybelle and Destiny and Miles and Eclipse and all the animals here because they’re masters at dealing with grief. They don’t have agendas like we have our human agendas. They don’t have the physical loss like we do. They’re more connected spiritually and they know that Dudley’s energy and spirit are right here as always. They’re not limited to what they see and feel. They’re limited to what’s in their hearts. And so Jay and I need the animals right now to show us how to be and get us through this ...