"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true , to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
- Author Unknown –
They trained together for three years
In Pakistan they lived together in a tent
The bond that formed between them grew
They were together everywhere they went
In June they were once again deployed
They arrived side by side in our war in Iraq
They worked as a team hunting for explosives
Both night and day covering each other’s back
Then one very terrible and tragic afternoon
A roadside bomb exploded under their Humvee
This heroic female soldier was critically injured
Passing out in pain “Where’s Rex?” was her plea
The medics said her loyal comrade had died
For weeks after this soldier was truly forlorn
But Rex the Dog had also managed to survive
And one day soon their friendship was re-born
But our military has always had very severe rules
They kept telling her that Rex was military property
They kept telling her that her best friend in the world
Must serve another five-ten years before he could be free
And it literally took an Act of Congress
For Sgt. Dana and her dog to remain best friends
Proving that not all government regulations are sound
Proving that compassion for our neighbors must not end
It took 30,000 concerned public signatures
And numerous letters to our representatives
Before our government bowed to public pressure
Before government leaders decided they should ‘give’
Not all government regulations are sound
And we truly have the right to question them
I sincerely thank everyone who signed their petition
And I sincerely hope that our compassion never ends
Thanks to the overwhelming outpouring of public support, the legal obstacles were finally cleared, allowing U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jamie Dana to adopt Rex, her military working dog partner – and her best friend.
And on January 13, 2006, at a special adoption ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, Sgt. Dana’s squadron commander, Maj. Paul Cairney, officially handed over Rex’s leash to Sgt. Dana – releasing him from any further military service.