The Dudley Story

The Dudley Story

a Visual Sherpa production


Get ready to laugh, cry, and be inspired by Dudley's incredible journey.

Dudley was taken away from his mom when he was only a month old. He was shipped to auction and ended up at a cattle ranch, to be fattened up and slaughtered. At some point during his ordeal, Dudley got tangled in some bailing twine, cutting off all circulation to his foot–severing it completely. Hobbling around on 3 legs, his body began deteriorating and he was heading down a path to destruction.

In an act of compassion, the rancher took pity and did his best to help, but could not manage the young bull’s injury. The Gentle Barn was called in and rushed Dudley to the University Tennessee Animal Hospital. After multiple surgeries he was fitted with a new prosthetic foot and underwent months of physical rehabilitation. Throughout it all, Dudley demonstrates how a kind and playful spirit can help guide us through life's toughest challenges. He now spends his life at the Gentle Barn Tennessee, helping children and adults find the courage and wisdom to persevere through their own life challenges.

Dudley Will Be Missed By Us All

We lost Dudley in TN today (June 20th 2017). He had a ruptured ulcer that tore apart his stomach. There was nothing the surgeons could do to repair it. I don't know why these things happen, I don't know why extreme loss is a part of our earth experience, but I'm so deeply grateful to have been graced by Dudley over the last 2 years, and if we could do it all over again, we would. Jay and I, Andrea and all our staff and volunteers are in deep, deep, deep mourning. I know you loved him too and grieve with us.

In Memory of Dudley and all that he has given the world, we are starting a fund to help support a forever home in Tennessee.

May 10th, 2018 - Help Bring Dudley's Family Home

We have some very exciting news! After searching for almost two years, we have finally found our forever home in Tennessee! According to our model of being in the most populated city in each… Learn How You Can Be a Part of Dudley's Legacy