The Gentle Barn offers cow hug therapy sessions

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  • Do you remember these guys? You can hug her now. The St. Louis Six included, from left to right, Houdini, Roo, Chico, Johnny Cash, and Eddie.

Johnny Cash, Chico, Roo, Houdini and Eddie – a group of cows known as the St. Louis Six after escaping a slaughterhouse – are now available for hugs.

The gentle barn
(9171 State Road Y, Dittmer, 636-285-7686) offers cow hug therapy. Guests who are feeling stressed – be it from COVID-19, the Christmas season, or just life in general – can book an appointment to hug the cows.

A press release from Gentle Barn states that animal therapy can improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, and release endorphins to “create a calming effect.”

“We will meditate with the cows, spend time hugging and cuddling with them,” says Gentle Barn’s website. “At the end of our time together, you will feel more hopeful, inspired and deeply connected to yourself and the world around you.”

The St. Louis Six drove the founders of Gentle Barn to open the farm in Missouri. After escaping a slaughterhouse, the cows ran around St. Louis and were eventually recaptured. But through efforts by St. Louisans, the cows were saved. Founders Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner described some of the cows opposite RFT in a 2017 cover story: Johnny Cash is silent; Chico is still in the lead; Houdini is “most of the Zen”; and Roo is a “cookie monster”. You can’t go wrong no matter which cow you hug.

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Johnny Cash is expecting a hug.  - WITH THE KINDNESS OF THE GENTLE BARN

  • Courtesy The Gentle Barn
  • Johnny Cash is expecting a hug.

The sessions last an hour; Participants can bring one guest, but no more than two people are allowed. The donation is $ 200 and is due before the appointment. To book a session, Gentle Barn asks interested parties to send an email to [email protected] Visit for more information to view photos of the cows.

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