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Chad & Axe

Chad & Axe

#MyDogIsMy Lifeline

Decorated U.S. Navy veteran Chad Brown is passionate about fly fishing and connecting others with wild places. And he does it all with his American chocolate lab service dog, Axe, at his side.

Chad discovered that fishing eased his struggle with PTSD. Inspired by the potential of nature as medicine, in 2013 he launched Soul River, a nonprofit that shares the healing power of rivers with veterans and inner-city youth by bringing them to natural areas ranging from the tundra of the Arctic to the deserts of eastern Oregon. These opportunities promote healing and learning through outdoor education while breaking barriers and building new communities. Axe, Chad’s service dog, accompanies him on every adventure, easing his anxiety and reminding him to be in the present.

Ambassador Maria Schultz Testing Grip Trex Dog Boots with Riley
Ambassador Maria Schultz Paddleboard Instructor Poses with Riley and Kona in Ruffwear Float Coats

Axe is with me everywhere I go. He’s been tucked in the back of bush planes going to the Arctic and in boats in the Everglades. He’s my battle buddy.

- Chad
Slow Down Saturday :: reminiscing about my two week adventure with Soul River Inc youth and veterans in the Arctic.
Time to get fit and prepare for my second adventure to the Arctic / Arctic National Wildlife Refuge including a drift on the Chandalar River this July!
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Wet 'n Wild Wednesday: wadding through the Umpqua River searching for those fish!