The Gentle Barn, Tennessee, announced last night that Dudley had sadly passed away after an ulcer in his stomach ruptured. 


The Gentle Barn, Tennessee, saves animals from abuse or neglect and gives a home to those who are rejected for adoption. They rescue horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs. 


Their most famous resident was a cow called Dudley. Dudley was bought by a cattle rancher as a calf but when bailing twine got caught around his foot, constricting the blood flow, his foot was severed off.


The rancher gave Dudley antibiotics but, as costs mounted, eventually Dudley was taken to The Gentle Barn. 


The centre immediately facilitated a medical examination with a view to giving Dudley a prosthetic foot. It was a rocky road to success for the Barn and Dudley but eventually Dudley adjusted to the prosthetic foot and became a champion for people and animals around the world with physical disabilities. 


However, the rescue centre became increasingly concerned after Dudley stopped eating and appeared to be severely bloated. Consequentially, Dudley went into surgery late last night. Previously, The Gentle Barn trailed acupuncture to stimulate Dudley’s digestion but to no avail. Sadly, Dudley passed away in surgery. 


Dudley’s story is truly remarkable and touched the hearts of thousands of people around the world.  


In a Facebook post last night The Gentle Barn Tennessee said: “I don’t know why these things happen, I don’t know why extreme loss is part of our earth experience, but I’m so deeply grateful to have been graced by Dudley over the last two years.”


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  1. Sharon Carson on June 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    What was he being fed that caused the stomach ulcer? And what pain meds? Those are notorious for causing bad ulcers. Poor Dudley…..he should have been euthanized 2 years ago, instead of having to go through all the surgeries, foot sores, new prosthetics and these horrible ulcers. All to be a “poster boy” for that group.

    • Buddha's Warriors on June 22, 2017 at 8:52 am

      I hope you never need a prosthetic limb! Hopefully, they put you to sleep! Dudley was a sweet boy and changed my life and millions of people all over the world. How dare you say that Gentle Barn used him as a poster boy! Every sentient being deserves to live. Why should he have to die because of human stupidity? Dudley is the ambassador for change, maybe you should have a warm heart instead of an icicle!

      • Angela Nikolich on April 30, 2019 at 11:04 am

        Buddha’s Warriors excellent reply I agree with you.Thank you for speaking up for Dudley and The Gentle Barn.

  2. Dee on June 23, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Animals like this cow. Teach people things. Look what they were able to do about his leg. Can u look at it this way. I do. He had a happy short life.thank you dud.

  3. Sue Shattell on January 17, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Dudley’s life may have been short but for 2 years he felt love and kindness. He may have only had a short time to run and play and live a life of freedom but I’m so glad he had that opportunity. Only by the grace of God were you born a human and not a cow that nobody cared about! Where is your empathy for other living creatures feeling fear and pain? Dudley brought an awareness to the needless pain and suffering of farm animals. Anyone with a heart and soul will understand the gift he gave us humans. God bless Dudley and the people who helped save his life!

    • Ramona on March 17, 2019 at 3:02 am

      Sharon – just reading this post & feel compelled to address your comment. Not sure why you feel that an animal given a tremendous amount of love and support is a “poster child” – better to have ended up on the slaughter house floor? To imply that a life with “less” is a life less well lived is insulting. We have many animals, one being a 3 legged dog who was abused. He is happy, adores his family and his life- because of his disability, does his life have less value? Your comments suggest that those who are “less than” – disabled, different – don’t necessarily deserve a life. I don’t want to be in that world.

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