News broke this week that Megan Leavey, a former corporal with the US Marines, has won her fight to be reunited with her ex-partner Rex. Rex, her comrade-in-arms in Iraq, is a bomb-sniffing dog who is retiring at the age of 11.
Leavey originally asked to adopt Rex five years ago and was refused.
Both Megan and Rex were injured in 2006 when a bomb exploded in Ramadi. Corporal Leavey was awarded a Purple Heart and subsequently discharged in 2007. After her request to adopt Rex was declined, she followed the dog and his progress from afar. When it became clear that Rex was to be retired from duty and likely to be put down, Leavey lobbied again for her chance to take care of Rex.
These photos, courtesy of Megan Leavey, show the pair together.