For three days, four sponsored Sheep Dogs and one support personnel ventured into the icy terrain and below freezing temperatures of Pocahontas, AR, to get their hunt on. The Sheep Dogs were welcomed to Fallin Feathers Duck Club by owners, Arthur and Monica Loyd. During their stay, the men hunted for pheasant, did some skeet shooting and relaxed with their peers.
The sponsored Sheep Dogs enjoyed this all-expenses-paid get away with the support of Fallin Feathers. While these Outdoor Adventures may seem like a “free vacation,” there is much more going on than meets the eye.
Our nation’s Sheep Dogs enjoy a sense of brotherhood and camaraderie in their military and first responder lives that is nearly impossible to replicate outside of those worlds. Add to this disconnected feeling an in-combat or line-of-duty injury, and these brave men and women often become depressed, isolated and lose their sense of purpose. By bringing these Sheep Dogs on an Outdoor Adventure, we get them up off the couch and around peers who have lived through similar traumatic situations, which provides them the camaraderie and peer support they need. This in turn promotes healing and a renewed of purpose, which can be the difference between reengaging in life or choosing to end it.
Thank you, Fallin Feathers, for your support and commitment to our mission to help those that have helped us.
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If you know of a Sheep Dog in need of the camaraderie and empowerment of an Outdoor Adventure, contact Scott West (SWest@SheepDogIA.org or 417-239-9545) or Michael Nimmo (MNimmo@SheepDogIA.org or 479-841-6589.
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