Smoky Mountain Service Dogs – Enhancing The Well Being of Wounded Veterans

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, a non-profit charity located in East TN that focuses on supporting wounded veterans, is now in partnership with the Rocky Top Wine Trail!

Mountain Valley Winery and Apple Barn Winery are both producing unique wines special targeted to help raise funds for this wonderful organization.

Long time wine trail visitors will know of our ongoing partnership with Friends of the Smokies and well as other charities including our local Relay for Life. This time, we have decided to partner with a group whose mission is very near and dear to our hearts. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is an AMAZING charity focused on helping train and then pair up dogs with wounded veterans.

What does the charity do exactly?

We\’re glad you asked! It\’s a bit detailed but the simply explanation is pretty straight forward. First, SMSDs find and bring in dogs specifically designated for training at their facilities. Then, after many hours of training, practice, and learning the hunt then begins to find the right veteran to pair with the dog. These dogs then become life long partner with the Veteran and help them in all kinds of daily tasks.

What\’s so awesome about these guys?

In a visit, the team with the wineries were all highly impressed with the detail spent on both preparing the dogs and making sure the match is perfect. SMSDs also follows the dog/Veteran team from the moment they meet on and help to provide food and ongoing medical expenses for the dogs at no cost to the Veteran. In fact, 100% of all costs associated with both the training and the ongoing care of the dog are always 100% covered by donations to SMSDs and federal grant funding.

What are the wineries doing to help?

Mountain Valley Winery has released a new wine named Devil Dogs to support the the cause. This wine is a blend of Blackberry, Raspberry, and Merlot wines and is absolutely delicious! While Apple Barn Winery has re-released Anchors Aweigh, a blend of blueberry-apple wines. Limited quantities will be available.

What can I do to help?

Three options!

#1. Purchase Devil Dogs or Anchors Aweigh and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the charity.

#2 Donate directly to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs HERE.

#3 If you live in Tennessee, consider signing up for a new license plate!

And Don\’t Miss Out on the Virtual Rocky Top Wine Trail!

If you want to learn more about our own Virtual Wine Trail, you can check it out here.  Order wine, complete the trail, and we\’ll send you a couple of wine glasses and a free gift at no charge!

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Two dogs sitting beside new Tennessee license plate.

Alum Cave Bluff – Courtesy Kristi Parsons and Friends of the Smokies

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