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Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog audiobook : free download of audio books Sergeant Mike Dowling's engrossing account of an unbreakable bond between man and dog takes us into the searing degree heat, the choking dust, and the ever-present threat of violent attack in Iraq's infamous Triangle of Death. We took care of each other no matter what. Rex and I have a bond that will last for the rest of our born days.
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. It was Mike's job to lead Rex into the heart of danger time and time again, always trusting Rex to bring them both back alive. But luckily, typically, Rex, my search dog, is out front alone and unperturbed, eager to sniff out the bombs. But this morning, the terror had me gripped as never before. It was Rex who gave me the strength to get up and to carry on. He sent me one look— Come on, partner, we can do this; you got me by your side —and I knew then that I had to raise my game to the level of my dog.
Having my courageous, crazy, stubborn, loyal, dedicated, devilishly handsome dog by my side helps me deal with the enormous stress of that responsibility. In response, Rex is off. His nose starts going like a suction pump: slurp, slurp, slurp. Rex always has loved sniffing out the bombs. From the earliest days of training he was one of the few and the proud—an unbeatable Marine Corps arms- and explosives-detection dog.
To Rex, clearing the route of death is all a fantastic game. My pulse is thumping like a jackhammer. Every time Rex raises a paw and places it onto the baking-hot earth, I tense for the blast. I see Rex approaching a small patch of dirt ahead of us that looks as if it might recently have been disturbed. An unusual area of terrain is one of the signs that an IED may be buried there.
Rex pauses just a few paces short of that patch of dirt. Rex snuffles hard a good few times, then glances back at me. His sparkling amber eyes are wide with the thrill of the search. I can read his every expression, and I figure I can pretty much read his mind. What you think you got there, boy? His entire body goes rigid. I feel my blood run cold. With my free hand I reach for my radio so I can send out an alert to the rest of the patrol strung out behind us.
I hit the dirt and elbow myself forward and dive on top of Rex, to shield him from the blast.https://redousibi.gq
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Just to the east of us above the palm trees, a massive plume of smoke and debris is fisting into the sky. An IED has been triggered there, to one side of our road. The harsh, juddering crackle of gunfire thunders out of the smoke and dust as the insurgents unleash a barrage of fire in a follow-up attack.
I roll across Rex, getting my body between him and the pounding gunfire.
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They relish the opportunity to fight. In this hilarious and personal memoir, listeners ride shotgun alongside former Army Ranger and private military contractor and current social media phenomenon Mat Best, into the action and its aftermath, both abroad and at home. Deployed to Iraq's infamous Triangle of Death in , 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. It was Mike's job to lead Rex into the heart of danger time and time again, always trusting Rex to bring them both back alive. Dowling had turned twenty-five and Rex three just after they arrived in Iraq. 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.