Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sgt. Rex, petition to bring him home

Yesterday, I posted about supporting the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act. Today, I'm posting about Sergeant Rex.

He's getting a lot of screen time. I learned about him first on Life with Arie. He's also on Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge, and Pippa Dog Blog.

(picture from petition page on change.org)


Sgt. Rex's story is one of the exact reasons I support the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act. He's a 10 year old German Shepherd who has more than earned his retirement. He has a person, Meagan Leavey, retired marine, who's completed the paper work to adopt him, who loves him and has worked with him, and was injured with him in Iraq. My very own Senator, Charles E. Schumer, has already written a letter to Michael B. Donley, secretary of the Airforce (the Air Force is who trains Military Working Dogs, at Lackland Air Force Base), supporting Sgt. Rex's "rotation to a civilian lifestyle" (my words. I don't know what the letter said).

Edited to add: This is the petition that Senator Charles E. Schumer has on his web site: http://schumer.senate.gov/Contact/sgtrex.cfm . I'd urge signing that one specifically, as the other one (on change.org) might not have as much weight.

Here is the petition, also to be sent to Michael B. Donley, that wants Sgt. Rex to go home with Cpl. Leavey: http://www.change.org/petitions/help-sgt-rex . Please sign it, and share the information. Every dog deserves a home!

16 comments:

  1. So glad you are bringing attention to this issue. I see Life With Dogs just posted this story too. I think one of the issues with the military is the red tape and how long it takes to get things processed. I hope the petition oils some wheels and Sargeant Rex can go home soon. Poor boy.

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    1. There's precedent for it being allowed (especially with a Senator writing letters), so let's hope it's just a done deal!

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  2. Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the HedgeMarch 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Thanks for joining the pack of supporters! The more that know, the better.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad to be able to help, however big or small a way this might be.

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  3. Thank you for the linkback to Pippa's (I'm signed in as me now) - I'll be checking out your dogblog anyway in future. Assuming blogger allows the links and all that.

    Oh, our neighbours in the flat above us also have a beautiful doberman :) she loves to play with Pippa.

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    1. You're welcome! I always try to give credit where credit is due. Thanks for reading!

      So glad that you have in-person Doberman experience. Not everybody gets to meet our wonderful dogs, it seems!

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  4. I signed! Thanks for sharing
    Dachshund Nola

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  5. Thanks for the link, Jen!I'm glad that we can both find inspiration in each other and spread the word about great causes. Please tell me you're coming to Bark World...I'd really love to see you there!

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    1. You're welcome! I kept seeing the story, and definitely appreciate the inspiration sometimes!

      As for Bark World, Georgia is a bit far for me, unfortunately :( It would definitely be cool hanging out with my "blog buddy", though!

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  6. He's still working at ten years old? I support working dogs, but there's a time to let them be done working, too!

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    1. Yeah, you'd figure they would retire him because he's 10, not because he's developed an illness. I think they were prepared to just keep him going until he really couldn't :(

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  7. i will absolutely be signing the petition. thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am on Twitter! @TheElkaAlmanac

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