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Marine Writes About A Dog of War, Sgt. Rex
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| Feb. 2, 2012
| GREG HARDESTY
Posted on 02/02/2012 6:59:31 PM PST by chrisinoc
CAMP PENDLETON The second RPG round blew Cpl. Mike Dowling off his feet.
The Marine had never seen combat before, but in 2004, he found himself in the thick of battle in Iraq's infamous "Triangle of Death."
The blast from the rocket-propelled grenade slammed him into the ground, along with a fellow Marine, Sgt. Rex.
As Dowling recounts in his just-published book, the explosion must have knocked him out cold for a second:
"I come to with Rex on his feet, eyes white with fear and searching wildly in the smoke and dust to find me.
"Then he's on top of me, madly licking my face. If my dog could talk I know what he'd be yelling right now:
"Wake up! Get up! Show me you're alive!"
(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...
TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; germanshepherd; marine; military; militarydog; rex
posted on 02/02/2012 6:59:31 PM PST
That’s a hell of a story. Thanks for posting.
posted on 02/02/2012 7:48:34 PM PST
by Ron C.
To: chrisinoc; wardaddy; arbooz
posted on 02/02/2012 9:12:52 PM PST
(If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
posted on 02/02/2012 9:49:59 PM PST
(God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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posted on 02/02/2012 9:53:06 PM PST
by Joe 6-pack
(Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
posted on 02/02/2012 10:06:43 PM PST
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... Because he was Rex's first handler, Dowling can apply to keep him when Rex officially retires.
But he wants Rex to end up with Leavey [Rex's second handler] because of all they went through together.
Plus, Leavey's house in rural New York is much bigger than Dowling's studio apartment in Hollywood.
"I want what's best for him," Dowling says. "I love him to death."
What a great story! Thanks for posting.
posted on 02/03/2012 6:15:17 AM PST
Sgt. Rex and Sgt Dowling
posted on 02/03/2012 6:15:31 AM PST
To: Joe 6-pack; chrisinoc
Thank you for the heartwarming story and the ping.
posted on 02/03/2012 7:17:08 AM PST
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To: chrisinoc; Joe 6-pack
Wonderful story. Thnaks for posting and thanks to Joe for the ping!
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posted on 02/03/2012 1:47:35 PM PST
by the OlLine Rebel
(Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
“Wake up! Get up! Show me you're alive!”
Yeah, I get that every morning.
Iraq and like people do not like dogs. War dogs must be the bravest of all.
So many of our troops have adopted pitifully abandoned dogs in the war zone.
posted on 02/03/2012 2:27:05 PM PST
(Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
Great story, thanks for posting....
Hubby and I just agreed to fostering a lab for 6 months while his owner is deployed......I was just asked today so we don’t have any details.......
This dog will be loved at Camp Kim..lots of walks, pool in the backyard and a golf course across the street for ball tossing....
posted on 02/03/2012 3:32:22 PM PST
(Pray more and shoot straight.........)
posted on 02/04/2012 10:54:27 PM PST
(Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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