'I've taken care of him. He's taken care of me. It's a bond you can’t break.'
When Megan Leavey first met Sgt. Rex — a bomb-detecting German shepherd — they got off to a rocky start.
But through training, the pair worked long and hard to gain each others' trust — a trust that would be tested in over 100 missions after they deployed together as a bomb-detection team in Iraq.
Over the course of two six-month tours, Rex and Megan worked together to find undetonated explosives, saving each other and their team from danger. In 2006, they were working a routine sweep when an enemy detonated a roadside bomb, injuring Rex and nearly killing Megan in the explosion.