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April 4, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Good Good Friday: especially for Sergeant Rex

It’s shaping up to be a very good Good Friday.
Despite the storms in DFW area, East Texas old timers are pretty smug. Things holdin’ to folk tradition: no matter the recent mild weather, no matter how long it’s been since the last frost, there’s always a bad storm just before Good Friday.

The rural farmers always said it happened to remind folks what Easter was about.

Funny thing is, that there does always seem to be extreme weather Easter week.

Odd, that.

(But probably doesn’t really have anything to do with that new show GCB set in Dallas. Seriously. It doesn’t)

Anyway, after any storm there’s usually a rainbow and a sense of peace.

Sergeant Rex and his best friend, Megan Leavey (image: Daily.mail.co.uk)

One storm appears to be almost over:

Megan Leavey’s struggle to adopt Sergeant Rex, the military dog.

(Paws crossed.)

  • A source in Lackland said earlier this week their part is done and Rex is released from them.
  • Sen. Charles Schumer says Megan and Rex are to be united Friday. (Orange County Register and CBS News, NY)
  • Randy and Mindy Levine of the New York Yankees deserve a big round of applause from everyone. They are offering to pay for Megan’s travel expenses to California to pick up Rex. In additions, they have promised to take fund all or Rex’s future medical bills.
  • Meagan Leavey lives in Valley Cottage, N.Y and works as a dog handler for a private security company.
  • In retirement, Rex will join a pack including Rocky (the 7 yrs shiba inu) and Patriot (4 yrs. working Labrador). And he will be able to dog paddle leisurely around a pool and lounge in the sun to bake those aging joints. Sounds perfect.

So hopefully DFW will get all those planes back in the air and straighten out the flight backlog. Rex is waiting.

Here’s a posted comment from Megan’s aunt, Marion Leavey:

“Cpl Megan Leavey is my niece and once again she made the entire family proud,I remember shortly after 911 she,like so many other young men and women decided to join the military.We held our breath and with great trepidation watched as she was deployed to IRAQ.When we received news that she was wounded on a combat mission we all prayed that she would be ok.Megan came home and recovered from her injuries.When she heard that they might have to put Rex down she knew she could never allow that to happen, A MARINE LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND, thank you Megan and Rex for your service and let me thank all the people that helped to make this happen.”

Certainly can’t add anything to that.

(Other than support pending legislation concerning military dogs)

Sergeant Rex's official portrait from Camp Pendleton

Semper fidelis.

The Marines got it from them. “Ever faithful”

It’s going to be a great Good Friday

UPDATE:
Click for the ABC news video of the Good Friday reunion of Rex and Meagan
Click for the NBC news video of the reunion of the 2 combat Marine vets.
Thanks to all who got involved,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Related posts:
  • “Sergeant Rex cleared to pack for Megan’s” ( Update on the process. And another dog, Crock)
  • ” Save Sergeant Rex. Guardians watching” ( Links to Rex’s story “Tales from the Triangle of Death”, PTSD in dogs, and his recent  book signing with pictures)
  • “Senator: Save Sergeant Rex” (Petition link. Link to Marine Times)
  •  “Saving Sergeant Rex: waiting warrior status”  Find out about legislation that would help military dogs. ( HB 4103 and S.2134). 
  • “Update Saving Sergeant Rex” ( Link to Rex’s book by a former handler)
  • “Saving Sergeant Rex”  (Original post with photos, videos, Links about military dogs – how you can help them. They need equipment. Link to adoption information.)
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  1. robincoyle / Apr 4 2012 5:03 pm

    The footage of the semi trucks being tossed around in the air was something else!

    Great news about Sergeant Rex!

  2. PiedType / Apr 4 2012 5:38 pm

    Wonderful news. I don’t know how anyone could look into those eyes and not know instantly that nothing less than everything must be done for Rex and his canine colleagues.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 4 2012 6:56 pm

      Yes, YEA! (Good news is there’s quite a waiting list to adopt military dogs – hopefully the process will speed up.) Thanks for stopping by

  3. shoreacres / Apr 4 2012 5:45 pm

    That is just such a fine looking dog. As for the weather – hadn’t heard that about the pre-Easter weather. Where I come from, it’s the Boy’s Basketball Tournament Blizzard. It never failed. Never.

    Loved the addition from Megan’s aunt. Happy endings are so good.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 4 2012 7:05 pm

      Rex is outstanding. His first handler blogged about their time together before he wrote the book. The dog deserves some peace and quiet – and lots of hugs.
      Oh, yeah that’s a real old time East Texas thing about always expect an absolutely terrible storm just before Easter. (Think what you may, but Dallas got hit – and that TV show is about Dallas…eggactly eerie….) Another couple of regional folk sayings: “Of course it’s raining – the trail riders are headed in for the rodeo”, and “It ALWAYS gets bitter cold and rainy for the boat show” (January – it used to be a giant show at the Astrodome with all the sailboats and yachts along with the fishing / motor boats…many times ran across that parking lot in heavy coats)
      Thanks for sloshing by today

  4. Jen / Apr 4 2012 6:35 pm

    It will be a Good Friday indeed! Though hey, if S. 2134 and HB 4103 go through, Rex’s medical bills will be taken care of by Uncle Same, won’t they?

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 4 2012 7:07 pm

      You would hope so…but in any case, he’s covered. Such nice people! Thanks for thinking about that (time to contact representatives again….)

  5. Spinster / Apr 4 2012 6:58 pm

    :-)

  6. heretherebespiders / Apr 4 2012 6:58 pm

    Good news for a change – thanks for the update!

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 4 2012 7:14 pm

      Cheers and applause for sure. Appreciate you not being bored with it – it just stuck….sucker for doggy eyes. (Thanks to all the handlers, kennel guys, and kennel techs for all you do.) Glad you stopped by for the happy ending!

  7. MJ, Nonstepmom / Apr 4 2012 7:49 pm

    YAY !!!!

  8. Lynn Gallimore / Apr 4 2012 11:08 pm

    YAY for Sergeant Rex!!!

  9. writingfeemail / Apr 5 2012 12:52 am

    Best news I’ve heard all day! Here’s to Megan and salutes to Sergeant Rex. You can sense the intelligence in his eyes even from the photos. Well done PMOTH! Your efforts in helping to bring this to the attention of all is greatly appreciated.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 5 2012 1:32 am

      Things went to the dogs here for a while – but couldn’t help it. Glad you tagged along. Thanks

    • Bob / Apr 5 2012 4:12 am

      Best news I’ve seen in a couple of months. Is anyone going to cover the happy event with cameras? I don’t have much hope that our national “news media” is likely to cover this story.

      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 5 2012 1:58 pm

        It’s probably too good of a photo op to pass up – and it’s gotten a lot of attention. Rex probably would rather skip the crowds and just go home quietly. Thanks for stopping by and tossing that out.

  10. Jeannie / Apr 5 2012 3:58 am

    This is just the perfect ending all the way around. More than a rainbow…THE pot of gold! Blessings to them both!!

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 5 2012 2:04 pm

      Hugs all around. And Rex may have helped his comrade dogs by bringing to attention the needs of military dogs and the pending legislation. He certainly deserves some golden years. Thanks for barking along

  11. CATachresis / Apr 5 2012 3:51 pm

    I love a happy ending. May Sgt Rex have many years to enjoy. He’s a beautiful soul!

  12. hotlyspiced / Apr 5 2012 10:05 pm

    That is such a great story about Rex. I’m so glad he survived and is now to be reunited with his best friend. Love a story with a happy ending.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 5 2012 10:18 pm

      Sure Rex will think “retirement” is total bliss. We all love happy endings. Thanks for wandering this way

  13. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 5 2012 10:18 pm

    Wonderful news! I hope he has many years ahead. ;)

  14. rumpydog / Apr 6 2012 2:05 am

    Oh Dog! That IS a good Friday! Hope you’re doing OK down that way.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2012 3:39 am

      Rumpy! Just got confirmation there will be a big media event with Megan Leavey and Sergeant Rex Good Friday at Camp Pendleton.
      Now I feel confident it’s really really going to happen. Sergeant Rex is finally going to his forever home with Megan.
      Jumping and barking here! The German sends nose bumps to all!
      (It was almost 89 degrees today – so the dog walks are going to have to start being much earlier and later.)

  15. pencil pilot / Apr 12 2012 6:14 am

    Nice happy ending story. We need all of these we can get. I’m glad both heroes are together once again.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 12 2012 2:42 pm

      Big woof and lots of nose bumps! Glad it finally happened. Thanks for following the trail over here to join in the conversation

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