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Military Working Dog to be Reunited with his Former Partner
After a long battle, Corporal Megan Leavey adopts Sergeant Rex
Marine Corps veteran Corporal Megan Leavey, holding photo of Rex, and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

At last, a happy ending for Megan Leavey, an injured ex-Marine who has been fighting for years to adopt the German Shepherd with whom she spent “every waking moment” during two terms in Iraq. Together, they patrolled for IEDs, weapons caches and suicide bombers. In 2006, Leavey suffered a traumatic brain injury in an explosion that also injured Rex, and he was by her side during the rehabilitation process.

After she retired from the Marine Corps in 2007, she attempted to adopt Rex, but at seven-years-old he still had several more years of military service ahead. At 10, he retired and Leavey renewed her efforts to bring him to live out his days with her in Valley Cottage, N.Y.

With no luck, until now.

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) announced the Air Force had signed off on Leavey’s adoption request—largely thanks to Schumer’s intervention on her behalf and a 20,000-signature strong petition.

Don’t you just love it when the girl gets the dog?

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

Source: Office of Senator Charles Schumer.

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Submitted by Mickey | March 20 2012 |

I'm unsure why it took an intervention from a senator to make this happen?? This should have been a given.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 21 2012 |

Way to go Mr. Schumer!!

Submitted by Beth Finke | March 22 2012 |

Oh, I just love happy endings, thanks for this, Lisa. Thanks, and keep up the great work with the blog --

Submitted by Anonymous | April 10 2012 |

Awsome story!She never gave up.

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