After Combat, A Veteran Finds Solace In Sheep Farming

“The animals help, the animals insulate,” Mickey says. “I can tell my own mood, where I’m going, if I’m getting too dark or if I’m going too south by how the sheep react to me. And I can walk myself back from the cliff.”

Mickey Willenbring tends to one of her Navajo-Churro sheep at Dot Ranch in Scio, Ore. Tim Herrera