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by Mike Dowling,Damien Lewis

eBook Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog download ISBN: 1451635974
Author: Mike Dowling,Damien Lewis
Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (October 9, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 304
ePub: 1403 kb
Fb2: 1773 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: Biography
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Mike Dowling's story of his special bond with his Military Working Dog Rex is full of excitement, wonderment as well as love. The poem at the front pages of the book sets the scene for what you are about to read.

Mike Dowling's story of his special bond with his Military Working Dog Rex is full of excitement, wonderment as well as love. There is marked anticipation for what to expect when you turn to the next page; IED, RPG, a pack of angry village dogs or the breaking of the trail for Military Working Dogs USMC protocol. I was at Lackland AFB in the 60's and worked at the Sentry Dog Kennel while awaiting Air Police Tech.

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Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Do. Dowling had turned twenty-five and Rex three just after they arrived in Iraq.

Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog. by Mike Dowling and Damien Lewis. Neither of them had any idea what to expect, and no training could fully prepare them for this job. An animal lover since childhood, Dowling had fostered and trained dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and he was determined to serve in the military’s K9 unit after joining the Marines. On their first patrols in Iraq, Rex suffered a seemingly incurable fear of explosions and gunfire, but with Mike at the other end of his leash, Rex gained the courage to perform his duty.

Rex and I have a bond that will last for the rest of our born days

Rex and I have a bond that will last for the rest of our born days. If ever there was a marine who lived up to Semper Fidelis, the motto of the Marine Corps, it’s Rex. Deployed to Iraq’s infamous Triangle of Death in 2004, Sergeant Mike Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rex’s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians alike.

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In 2004, Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam

In 2004, Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rex’s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians. It was Mike’s job to lead Rex into the heart of danger. An extraordinary chronicle of loyalty in the face of terrible adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable story of sacrifice, courage, and love.

In 2004, Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to.

In 2004, Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rexa?s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians. It was Mikea?s job to lead Rex into the heart of danger.

The thrilling and inspiring story of a U.S. Marine and his dog Rex, a bomb sniffing German Shepard, who forged a bond of trust and loyalty while serving on the war-torn streets of Iraq’s most dangerous city.Called “a deeply affecting tale of courage and devotion in the cauldron of war” by Publishers Weekly, Sergeant Mike Dowling’s heart-pounding account of an unbreakable bond between man and dog takes us into the searing 130-degree heat, the choking dust, and the ever-present threat of violent attack in Iraq’s infamous Triangle of Death. In 2004, Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rex’s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians. It was Mike’s job to lead Rex into the heart of danger. An extraordinary chronicle of loyalty in the face of terrible adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable story of sacrifice, courage, and love.
Comments: (7)
black coffe
I've read my share of dog as man's best friend books. Especially the books that show the powerful bonding between handlers and their military working dogs (MWD). I've watched videos of interviews with dog handlers that had to leave their dogs behind when they returned home, especially after Vietnam. Their stories of sacrifice by both dog and handler, shared affection and feelings of betrayal by the handler when he had to leave his dog behind are heart rending. This book is one of the best. In part because it has a happy ending for Rex in spite of the horrific experiences that they had sniffing out IEDs and waiting for a sniper to take either or both of them 'out.' What was surprising to me though was though I thought that I knew a fair amount about dogs I still learned more. Great book.
Bremar
I finished "Sergeant Rex" by Mike Dowling tonight and found it to be one of the most intriguing and heartwarming books I have ever read so far. One that was emotionally gripping and made me grateful to our armed forces who have protected and served our country.

The story of the author and his military working dog, Rex as they deploy to the Iraq War back in 2004 to operate as the first K9 team to go to war since the Vietnam War. Together, as their bond strengthens, they go on missions to sniff out and obliterate weapons of mass destruction the Iraqi insurgents have stashed away, all the while protecting not only American lives in Iraq, but also Iraqi civilian lives. There are plenty of suspenseful moments throughout the book, but also of sheet joy and victory that will have you glued to the pages. I finished this book in record time. In under a month. Usually it takes me a while to finish a book, depending on how long it is or how dedicated I am to the material within. But this book had me spellbound from start to end. You know a book is good when you bother to read the acknowledgements at the end. The mood of the book is a somber and heroic read. There is no over-mushiness and the author throws in enough of his own backstory to fill you in on how he and Rex met, but doesn't go overboard with his narrative. He makes this all about him and his MWD (military working dog) and the casualties and atrocities of war, as well as the good that he and his dog were doing in Iraq, and that regardless of what's going on around them, there is a silver lining there somewhere.

Please add this book to your literary collection, especially if you're an animal lover or have served our armed forces. You will love the story of the bond that can only be had between a man and his dog.
Feri
I picked up Sargeant Rex expecting it to me a story about one man and his dog. About friendship and loyalty and the occasional heart wrenchin moment. Well a couple of chapters in I was very surprised, yes it a story about a man, A marine and his dog, but its story about war and combat and how 2 soldiers worked side by side to protect a nation left in rubble after war. Mike talks about Rex like any other Marine, and has you read the book you feel that way too, stopping at times to think, whoa, this is a dog he is talkin about. I have a new found respect for the working dog now. Dont pick up this book expecting it to me an war story, its not! its a friendship story set during war. What Mike goes through to protect his dog is nothing short of heroic and lets not forget about Rex here and what he goes through to protect the marines of company 2/2 is more than heroic its inspirational. Great book, great read, great story..lets hope it makes a good movie.
Beazerdred
To know a fraction of what our military men and women who serve for us and our country go through is humbling. Being allowed to follow one man and his dog's journey was amazing. This book is a must read. I loved it. It brought out every emotion I have in me. I have the utmost respect for our military and veterans always. This book instills even more if that was even possible.
Impala Frozen
One of the best books I've ever read.
I was haunted by it, especially the information about the muslim woman who was assassinated with her ENTIRE FAMILY by another muslim. Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, sisters and brothers.
Her crime ? Their crime ? Probably trying to survive.
Rex was an amazing Dog. His trainers were amazing people. I'm glad Rex could have R & R in the last months of his life. He totally earned it.
Carrot
Wow, what a wonderful story! Mike Dowling's story of his special bond with his Military Working Dog Rex is full of excitement, wonderment as well as love.
The poem at the front pages of the book sets the scene for what you are about to read. There is marked anticipation for what to expect when you turn to the next page; IED, RPG, a pack of angry village dogs or the breaking of the trail for Military Working Dogs USMC protocol.
I was at Lackland AFB in the 60's and worked at the Sentry Dog Kennel while awaiting Air Police Tech. School. Several times I witnessed a handler who was being discharged after his enlistment, spend days and nights with his dog before their heart breaking departure. More often I saw the Handler re-enlist rather than leave his best friend.
Mike, you and Rex are special Marines! Thank you for your service securing the freedom that I can continue to enjoy with my family and my best friend, my Lab "Colby" I wish the best for Megan and Rex in their retirement.
Semper Fidelis
Skunk Black
Sergeant Rex was a slow start for me because of Dowling's writing style--a bit jumpy. He frequently began a paragraph focused on one topic and then switched to another, and then to a third topic that didn't appear to have any clear relationship to either of the other two topics of that paragraph. And often the auther would begin a new paragraph that had no relationship to the previous paragraph, no segue. That said, the account Dowling laid out of what he and Rex did in Iraq fascinated me. Sergeant Rex kept me up to 2 AM several times.