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

Dudley Gets a New Foot

Dudley had one prosthetic foot which fit him well, however, if it cracked or needed repair, Dudley would have to stay in his stall until it was fixed. Dudley needs to be kept quiet and his residual limb needs to be protected and when he's not wearing his prosthesis. So, for Dudley's birthday,…

Healing, Having Fun, and Finding Hope

We had three wonderful groups of foster children come to The Gentle Barn, Tennessee in January: toddlers, elementary school kids, and teenagers. Each group was so fun and unique. Surrounded by nature, the kids practiced motor skills, social skills, and confidence among the animals. Each group left…


We just came back from an amazing week in Tennessee. We hosted three groups of foster children: one for toddlers, one for 6-10 year olds, and, one for teens. Like our animals, they all have had the most horrendous, unimaginable abuse and are trying to get through life, feel confortable in their own skin, and find trust, forgiveness…

Finding Ourselves at Gentle Barn, Tennessee

Jay and I are in Knoxville, Tennessee, this week to host children in foster care coming to The Gentle Barn. We also hosted another very special group. We auctioned off a trip from CA to TN during our Thanksgiving event and the winners came to spend time with us and meet Dudley and his…

Dudley Do Right

It was so great to spend time with Dudley and all his pals this week in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dudley is doing amazingly well: his prosthesis fits like a glove, he is playing, running, exploring, and loving life. He is madly in love with his girl, Destiny, and the two of them are inseparable.…

The Inside Scoop: Leslie

I have always believed in the power of rescue. From childhood, bringing home countless stray animals, to the present with my current rescues that live with me, I have always felt driven to help an animal in need.

I came to Knoxville seven years ago, alone with my teenage daughter, completely uncertain of where life was leading…

Gentle Barn in the News

Dudley is being followed by thousands of people from all over the world and has been written about in many newspapers and magazines world wide. Why is he so adored? Read this article in the Natural Awakenings magazine and find out!


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…

Returning Home

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Dudley Found Love


Dudley has had a long and amazing adventure, and is finally home at The Second Gentle Barn in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has a prosthetic foot that fits him perfectly and he spends his…

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Animal communication has helped me heal the animals at The Gentle Barn and give them everything they need and want. It’s so life changing for us and the animals that I’ve started doing readings professionally so I can help others connect to their animals in the deepest way possible. I’m in for any way I can help animals and help The Gentle Barn at the same time.

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