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Military Working Dogs have not been used since the Vietnam war. Rex was a puppy when he met Sergeant Mike Dowling. The bond between this man and dog was inspirational. They worked together, ate together, even slept together. That was if Rex could find room in the small beds provided in Iraq where they were deployed. He'd start out trying to lay beside Mike, then on top of him, gave up and slept in his own sleeping quarters.
Rex proved to be an excellent choice for becoming a Military Working Dog. The bond between man and dog was so tight that either of them would die for the other one.
Rex had one problem when he arrived in Iraq. He had never been introduced to such a high volume of noise when a battle was occurring. Mike employed the use of the rule book in his head and taught Rex how to manage and banish his fears.
Rex's jobs were to find IED's, weapons caches and suicide bombers. Any one of these jobs could easily kill Rex, Mike or the both of them. Rex went first and when Mike voiced the word, "seek," Rex went to work. He totally loved his job. If Rex did his job well, both he and Mike would return to their barracks.
This true story was a great read. I do love dogs and understand how man and dog can become almost more than a family member. The narrator was great for this book. The book was a good read from beginning to end. The book taught me something that I've always wanted to investigate, how to train and prepare a dog to become a Military Working Dog. Rest assured, this book explains that question and so very much more. The money or credit will not be wasted when you purchase this book. Enjoy!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Friend or Foe! This book was well written, just emotionally charged enough, gave you the ability to actually imagine what was going on... Made me laugh, made me cry. Was a beautiful story!
What other book might you compare Sergeant Rex to and why?
Merle's Door, Pukka's Promise, Saving Cinnamon, many, just lovely stories that pulled you in, yet informed you at the same time.
Which scene was your favorite?
The part of the story I loved was how Rex was inter-woven into all of the Marines' lives and how he brought them comfort, happiness, fun as well as the protection he was supposed to.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
What moved me was the dedication that Dowling had to his dog. It was not one main thing, just the sense that he loved and cared for Rex.
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