Thursday, March 22, 2012

Update on Sgt. Rex

Looks like he's going home, folks!

With Cpl. Megan Leavey, which is what we were rooting for in my previous post.

(photo lifted from ABC article. I assume it's them)

Tuesday, in my blogroll, Philosopher Mouse came through with the news, and I just had to share it here as well. To recap, for my own edification, it looks like the petition got 6334 signatures (fewer than I'd hoped for). The petition on Senator Charles E. Schumer's site, though? 21,928! Pretty rocking. 

Quoted from the Senator's site:

Corporal Megan Leavey and her military working dog, Sgt. Rex, served two tours of duty together in Iraq in some of the most dangerous conditions in the world. On a daily basis they searched for and identified roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were targeting our soldiers in Iraq. While millions of dog lovers across the country develop deep bonds with their 'best friends', the bond forged between Corporal Leavey and Sgt. Rex is one that few of us will ever know. That is why it was so important to me that they be reunited, particularly now that Sgt. Rex is ten years old and can no longer serve.
Thank you, those who signed. Thank you, as the Senator further says on his site, to all who shared and retweeted and all of that. Thanks to the Senator for making this an issue that he supported. Thanks to the Air Force for making this a go.

I'm not sure what the exact date Sgt. Rex will be in Cpl. Leavey's arms, but I'm sure she's counting the minutes. I know I would be!


  1. Yes, oh yes ! So glad to hear that !

  2. Thanks for all your help with Sergeant Rex. Megan Leavey will be picking up Rex soon - she has to sign release forms and the Marine Corp has to remove Rex from their property records. (At this time dogs are listed as "property" - Legislation has been introduced to change their classification which would make adoptions easier and faster.)
    Sometimes things go right. Good job everyone.

  3. Yay! What a lovely story. So happy they will be reunited, and can't believe it was ever in question.

  4. Amazing how much common sense can come about to bring about a happy ending like this.

  5. What fantastic news! I am actually reading a book about a dog who was raised by a soldier in Afghanistan and the difficulties the soldier had in trying to take the dog home with him to the US. A different type of story but one that shows how deep the bond can be. I am so glad this one also has a very happy ending!