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'Rex is my partner, I love him': The marine blown up with her dog in Afghanistan . . .
Daily Mail UK ^ | March 10, 2012 | Laura Pullman

Posted on 03/10/2012 9:15:37 AM PST by khelus

A woman who served in Iraq for more than three years is now fighting to adopt the German Shepherd who she survived a roadside bomb with.

As a dog handler for the military, Megan Leavey, 28, completed over 100 missions during two six-month tours in Iraq with the military service dog Rex.

And since being discharged from the military in December 2007 Leavey has campaigned to adopt the bomb-sniffing canine so he can enjoy a civilian life with her in Rockport, New York. ...

Recovered from his war injuries, the military considered Rex a valuable work dog and denied Leavey's early requests for adoption.

However, the German Shepherd, the oldest active service dog at Camp Pendleton, was recently diagnosed with facial palsy, a nerve paralysis which has left him unable to serve.

'As a safety precaution, they don't give all dogs away,' Leavey said. 'The dilemma with me is the minute they say he can't be adopted, because he's sick and because he can't work, they'd have to put him to sleep. . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; germanshepherd; marine
Leavey has kept up tabs on Rex was recently informed of Rex's medical condition by his care takers at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

She has reached out to local veterans organizations and even contacted New York Senator Charles E. Schumer to help fight her cause.

You may remember Rex fom the book "Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog." by Marine Cpl. Mike Dowling, another handler, who has endorsed Leavey's adoption efforts.



More on the story here.
1 posted on 03/10/2012 9:15:40 AM PST by khelus
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To: Joe 6-pack

doggy ping


2 posted on 03/10/2012 9:17:50 AM PST by khelus
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To: khelus

I hope the bureaucrats see their way clear to do the right thing here


3 posted on 03/10/2012 9:19:52 AM PST by Nifster
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

4 posted on 03/10/2012 9:19:53 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: khelus

She can adopt me and take me in and rub my belly anytime she wants.


5 posted on 03/10/2012 9:21:30 AM PST by trailhkr1
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To: khelus

Anything we can do to help?


6 posted on 03/10/2012 9:23:10 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: Nifster
I hope the bureaucrats see their way clear to do the right thing here

The story has gotten a lot of publicity in the NYC area. Here's hoping it works.
7 posted on 03/10/2012 9:27:12 AM PST by khelus
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To: khelus
Fer cryin' out loud, they should let her adopt the dog and let him live the rest of his life in peace. That was her dog in Afghanistan, she knows how to handle him.

For heaven's sake, I just can't imagine putting an animal that's served our country so bravely to sleep over this. It just doesn't seem .......... "right."

8 posted on 03/10/2012 9:30:22 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: khelus

Awww. I hope she can get him.

9 posted on 03/10/2012 9:33:35 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: SuzyQue
Anything we can do to help?

Options would include contacting a local veteran's group to get them involved, contacting Michael B. Donley, secretary of the Air Force, which oversees the training of military service dogs at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and even (as distasteful as it might be, contacting the office of senator schumer from NY.

I'm severely bank width challenged today, and haven't yet located more specifics re contacts.
10 posted on 03/10/2012 9:35:07 AM PST by khelus
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To: rabidralph

I hope so too. They look very happy together.


11 posted on 03/10/2012 9:36:06 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: khelus

Let me know, please.


12 posted on 03/10/2012 9:37:53 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: khelus

I’ll write to my Congress critters here in San Diego...today.
I think all these military dogs deserve to be placed in adoptive homes when they are completed their services. There are plenty of people who will care for them in their old age.


13 posted on 03/10/2012 9:38:54 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: usconservative
Fer cryin' out loud, they should let her adopt the dog and let him live the rest of his life in peace. That was her dog in Afghanistan, she knows how to handle him.

For heaven's sake, I just can't imagine putting an animal that's served our country so bravely to sleep over this. It just doesn't seem .......... "right."


not only that but according to the story at MSNBC:

"Rex is my partner; I love him," said Leavey, 28, who lives with her father in Rockport, New York, and works as a dog handler. "We have been through so much together … I’ve spent day and night with this dog. It’s a very strong bond."
14 posted on 03/10/2012 9:40:28 AM PST by khelus
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To: Oldexpat

I’m surprised that there isn’t an organization that takes military dogs out of the pipeline and readies them for adoption by former handlers or other civilians. A couple years ago, a wounded dog was scheduled for retirement without repatriation to the US and people made a stink about it. The dog was brought back at a cost of about $20,000 or so to taxpayers. So it seems that it’s very expensive to get a dog out of the war zone and back to the states.


15 posted on 03/10/2012 9:48:00 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: SuzyQue; All
FYI bank width = band width

Here's a start:

You can get contact info for your congress critter, or Sen. Charles [Chuck]Schumer, N.Y at:
Project Vote Smart
Click Government and Officials
==> Offices and Officials ==> etc.
16 posted on 03/10/2012 9:50:58 AM PST by khelus
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To: khelus
Just give her the dog and say it got out and ran away.

A shepherd at 10 years of age doesn't have much comfort time left.....

17 posted on 03/10/2012 9:52:10 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: rabidralph

They just look perfect together.


18 posted on 03/10/2012 9:52:28 AM PST by khelus
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To: Oldexpat
I’ll write to my Congress critters here in San Diego...today.
I think all these military dogs deserve to be placed in adoptive homes when they are completed their services. There are plenty of people who will care for them in their old age.


Good for you, and I agree.
19 posted on 03/10/2012 9:58:43 AM PST by khelus
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To: SuzyQue; All

There is a link to contact the DOD [dept of defense] at the bottom of :

http://www.defense.gov/


20 posted on 03/10/2012 10:00:18 AM PST by khelus
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To: Oldexpat

Absolutely!


21 posted on 03/10/2012 10:01:19 AM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Oldexpat

Absolutely!


22 posted on 03/10/2012 10:01:34 AM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: khelus

More here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2857293/posts?page=1


23 posted on 03/10/2012 10:03:12 AM PST by khelus
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To: rabidralph

I’d like to see the break down of that $20,000.
I remember flying “space available” and sitting in a cargo bay.


24 posted on 03/10/2012 10:20:18 AM PST by Cold Heart
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If Mitt Romney offers to drive the dog back home, chase him out of town!


25 posted on 03/10/2012 10:44:06 AM PST by red flanker
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To: khelus

Why does it take 5 yrs? Just put the dog on a plane, deliver it to her & pay any medical bills for her & the dog.
Just do it. NOW!!


26 posted on 03/10/2012 11:38:54 AM PST by FES0844
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To: Cold Heart

LOL! Me too. I’m sure a lot of the cost is fuel and maybe some jerk bureaucrat threw that number out.


27 posted on 03/10/2012 11:45:12 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: khelus; All

1-800-827-1000

That is the Office of Veterans Affairs number.

Dear Lord, whatever you do, do NOT try to email them, it is a total and absolute mess. Shakes head, sleep tight your government is awake : |

May God bring Megan and Rex together again, and may He guide our course as well.
Tatt


28 posted on 03/10/2012 12:05:50 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Thanks


29 posted on 03/10/2012 12:14:22 PM PST by khelus
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To: khelus

My pleasure. Quite happy to bump a thread that needs to be seen.

May God bless.
Tatt


30 posted on 03/10/2012 1:22:24 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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>> And since being discharged from the military in December 2007 Leavey has campaigned to adopt the bomb-sniffing canine

Going on 5 years? What the Hell?

Good grief, give the Marine the GSD for God’s sake!


31 posted on 03/10/2012 1:30:23 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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32 posted on 03/10/2012 7:18:47 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Gene Eric

“Good grief, give the Marine the GSD for God’s sake!”

Your government, hard at work.

Remember, conservatives, just because it’s “the military” doesn’t mean it’s any more efficient than the rest of the government machine.

They don’t use logic, they are sticklers for rules even when really irrelevent - by the letter, not the spirit.

I really don’t understand why a dog can’t just go with his handler, if he’s really no use any more. It’s not as if they can sell him (although they should be able to, but won’t get much for an old dog).


33 posted on 03/10/2012 7:29:53 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: rabidralph

And I’m surprised they don’t contact the myriad German-Euro-oriented breeders/trainers who bred & raised these dogs all over the country. I’m sure some of those people would take these dogs off their hands, if not the MIL handlers.


34 posted on 03/10/2012 7:31:57 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

And this is a 10 year Shepherd which has obviously been out of service for some time.


35 posted on 03/10/2012 7:47:44 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: rabidralph
A couple years ago, a wounded dog was scheduled for retirement without repatriation to the US and people made a stink about it. The dog was brought back at a cost of about $20,000 or so to taxpayers. So it seems that it’s very expensive to get a dog out of the war zone and back to the states.

For that young lady who bravely served our country, and that fine looking German Shepherd who also served our country bravely, it seems like a small price to pay to say "thank you" to the both of them.

So I don't care if taxpayers don't want to pay for it, where do I send the check? I'll write it today, we OWE them. (And YES, I have the money to do it.)

36 posted on 03/11/2012 3:42:40 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: rabidralph

www.mvgsdr.org

Some members are former law enforcement, too.

We got our “Baby Girl” from them and without any specialized training, she alerts us when our youngest daughter is having a bedtime seizure.

I can’t say enough good things about this GSD rescue.


37 posted on 03/12/2012 8:16:04 AM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: rabidralph

Lovely girl, looks great in uniform.


38 posted on 03/12/2012 8:22:32 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: LadyBuck

Thanks for the link!


39 posted on 03/12/2012 3:22:51 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: nascarnation

Yep. Looks like a squared-away Marine.


40 posted on 03/12/2012 3:24:44 PM PDT by rabidralph
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