“the Black Dog”
Sir Winston Churchill made famous the metaphor of the “Black Dog” referring to his own battles with depression, but this image Churchill used of “the black dog sitting on his lap” goes back centuries before Churchill. The black dog is used internationally as a metaphor for depression and mental health in that the dog can be controlled, managed, and treated. We use this to champion and inspire a cause for Veteran mental health.
“Heal” VS “Heel”
HEAL-ing Veterans through the Outdoors is our mission and we provide an environment where Veterans have the opportunity to come together with other Veterans and speak a common language through shared experiences. This environment is not cold and clinical but warm, inviting, and for these Veterans instantly relatable because they share it with fellow Veterans.
The HEEL command used commonly in dog training simply means the dog must walk directly beside you instead of behind or in front. The dog is required to keep pace with you, only stopping when you stop and walking when you walk. We use this as an expression of our mission in providing Veterans the environment to heel their own black dog.
"Never give in" - Sir Winston Churchill
“I haven’t done a lot of things with other veterans since I got out, so it was great to be able to feel the camaraderie again and talk about all the stuff that only other vets get. Black Dog Hunting hosted a first-class trip, and I felt incredibly welcomed by the whole town of Friday Harbor and everyone else involved. I definitely recommend this experience to any other vets that are looking for a way to reconnect.”
James, Marine Veteran
“When I come across a vet it is this instant friendship, shared language and an easy time talking story that I have found with no other group. Being able to be out in nature with a group of vets is seriously something I hope all vets can do at least once in their lifetime. It is a reminder to breathe, enjoy nature and an better reminder that you are not alone. No matter where you are you will always be apart of a brotherhood/sisterhood that never dies.”
Brandee, Navy Veteran
So this is the nicest duck "camp" I'll ever stay at. Hunting this opening weekend with Black Dog Hunting in Oklahoma at FOWLCO with a great group of veterans. Spent Veteran's Day weekend at a premier waterfowling destination with a group of veterans. Overall it was an amazing experience & created wonderful memories.
Eric, Air Force Veteran
Great and awesome group of men. Heard lots of great stories and had a great hunt. Thank you to Fowl Co for their contributions of time, effort and resources. Again can't say enough about them.
Clint, Army Veteran
Great time sponsored by Black Dog with Jared and Du South Fishing, made the day great for all of us who went on this trip.
Bobby, Air Force Veteran
Thank you, Josh, and to Andy, and to Earthbox, for such an awesome experience. It was a trip of a lifetime for me. It was not only a bucket list item fulfilled, the trip also helped me in dealing with a very personal issue that, in the beginning of the trip, actually had me more anxious than excited to be there. I shared some of this with the other vets during a group discussion we had on the back of Andy’s boat - let’s just say that for me the trip was victorious in more ways than one. I’m forever grateful.
Mark, Army/Marine Veteran
My recent experience during a hunting trip with Black Dog Hunting was special in many ways. The opportunity to spend time with a group of veterans who share common experiences and interests in a setting like Honey Brake Lodge is something I’ll never forget. Being the “elder statesman” of the group, it had been awhile since I had the opportunity to spend time with some younger veterans who had transitioned in the past few years. We had a number of wonderful discussions about our military service and our experiences since leaving the military. I feel like we all benefitted from the opportunity to spend time together in such a special setting. Thank you Black Dog Hunting and all the vets who made the trip.
Roy, Air Force & Navy Veteran
Happiness is a good group of guys in a duck blind! Huge thank you to Black Dog Hunting for organizing such amazing events. These weekends are near and dear to my heart. The amount of healing and brotherhood that is formed over a few days is unmeasurable. Thank you to all the gentlemen that made this weekend worth while.
Austin, Marine Veteran