If you haven’t read in the news, there is a Marine team that is looking to be reunited. Corporal Megan Leavey (Marine Dog handler) has desired to care for her one time partner, “Sergeant Rex”.

Quick story:

On deployment number two to Afg, we had several of these dynamic duo teams that made a big difference. Well one day one of those teams was attacked by an IED. The Marine lost both legs. The dogs condition unknown. The Marine was medivacd to a shock trauma unit where he was saved and sedated. Guess what the first question to the surgeons was just before they put him under? How is my dog?

This where I came in at about 0100 in  the morning I was involved in the fight still in our Command Center when I got a radio call asking how the dog was. After confirming a couple times we sent the radio traffic that the dog made it through without s=a scratch. The wounded Marine was already heavily sedated and flown to Germany, then the States. The clock started. After the fight was completed we began devising a savvy plan that only Marines can to have that dog at the Marines bedside when he came out of surgery. I had about 72ish hours.  Through some cigar trading and care package donating, the dog, was on an Air Force aircraft to the States just behind the Marine.  I would have paid to have seen the Marines face when he woke up from surgery and the fist thing he saw was his loyal K9 Marine waiting for him by his bed.

So you see gang, I know the impact that these four legged warriors can have. I’m sure with the publicity that this story has received that the Marine Corps is most likely looking into the situation by now. Being the “savvy” Marine I am, I will poke my nose into it.  Stay tuned for updates!!


Time for a CGar!



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A former Marine is hitting bureaucratic red tape in her quest to adopt the military service dog she served with in Iraq before it is put down.


Former Corporal Megan Leavey, of Rockland County, wants to take in a German shepherd named Sergeant Rex. They hunted for IEDs on Iraq during two tours of duty.

They were both severely injured in Iraq when an IED exploded near them. The dog is 10 years old now and can no longer serve.

"This is not (the Marines) first priority," Leavey admits, "A lot of times it gets lost in the shuffle."

But time is running out for the faithful dog.

"He's done his duty. It's time for him to relax," Leavey says.

Sen. Charles Schumer has stepped in and has asked the military to expedite Leavey's application to adopt Sergeant Rex before he is put to sleep.

"The Marines don't have a reason against reuniting them, it's just a slow bureaucracy," Shumer says.

"It's life or death," Leavey says for her former partner.


  1. Putting These Two Marines back together is the least We can do for them, for all they have done for Us. Cut the crap, if She needs money let Us know where to send it…
    And Thank You Both for Your Service to the US.

  2. The “quick story” above is not the the same as the two MARINES in the FOX News link. CPL LEAVEY is already in New York and working for a security company as a dog handler. She was injured, but not severely, in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006.

  3. Rob-
    Correct-two different stories. The “quick stroy” was an event that I had experienced and stresses the importance of the dogs to their handelers. Keep attacking warrior.

  4. This is one story that just HAS to have a happy ending. Isn’t there someone out there with the authority and the common decency to be able to cut through all the paperwork and JUST GET IT DONE …… TODAY, not tomorrow, not next week. Surely the military still conducts “training flights” to maintain pilot / aircrew proficiency? What would it take to lay on a cross country nav. flight, say New York to Camp Pendelton in California and return. One “former” marine stowaway on the outbound leg, two former marines on the way back wouldn’t interfere with a training mission in the slightest. Marines are famous for quick reaction in the face of battle. This battle with bureaucracy shouldn’t be beyond their capabilities. How about a contest between the marines and the air force to see who can dognap one dog from the Camp Pendelton K-9 prison and get him to New York the fastest. Sounds like a good “operational readiness” test to me. News media could have a field day with this one. Whichever service wins gets bragging rights and applause from millions of Americans. News broadcasters get better ratings, foot dragging bureaucrats get egg on their faces and Americans finally get at least one bit of GOOD news from the evening newscasts for a change.

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