Day: January 23, 2012

“Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog” by Mike Dowling

“Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog” by Mike Dowling c.2011, Atria Books $26.00 / $29.99 Canada 304 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER These days, you sleep pretty well at night. Oh, sure, there are things that could keep you awake. Mostly, though, you’re tucked into bed when darkness comes and you close your eyes, knowing that you’re safe. The reason is because you trust the men and women who sacrifice to keep this country secure. Also, you’ve got your dog nearby and he’s always on alert. And sometimes, as you’ll see in the new book “Sergeant Rex” by Mike Dowling, it’s a little of both. Growing up in the San Francisco area, the fourth of six children, Mike Dowling says that there were always animals around. Cats, hamsters, even a snake were big parts of his life but dogs were closest to his heart. Dowling spent long hours playing with his four-footed siblings, and he even raised a guide dog. But though he lived an undeniably great life, Dowling says he lost his way on the path to college, and he struggled. Finally, at the ripe old age of 22, he joined the Marines and, once the decision was made, Dowling couldn’t wait to get started on his military career.  To speed the process, he entered without guaranteed placement, despite that friends...

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