TV Globo shows in the “Sessão da Tarde” this Wednesday (18) the film “Megan Leavey“, released in 2017. The feature film features actress Kate Mara (“Fantastic Four”) in the lead role, in addition to a face well known to young audiences, actor Tom Felton (“Harry Potter “).
The film tells the true story of a US Navy agent, when she was a young corporal. Megan Leavey worked with Rex, a sniffer dog who specializes in detecting bombs. When she is retired from the battlefield, Megan begins to wait for Rex’s retirement to adopt her.
In real life, Megan joined the Navy prompted by the events of 9/11. Just like in the movie, the soldier’s parents were against her military enlistment, but she went anyway.
Unlike the movie, Megan greeted Rex as soon as he arrived at the firehouse. Together they completed over 100 missions.
The explosion that hit the duo actually happened – and it didn’t kill them because it was buried too deep. “Me and Rex were thrown three meters. I was unconscious, bleeding from my ears,” Megan said in an interview with Fox 5. The accident was responsible for her being taken away from the battlefield.
It was then that the soldier filed for Rex’s adoption process after the service. However, the dog was in line for euthanasia. Megan asked for help from the public – who garnered 20,000 signatures on a petition – and from New York Senator Charles Schumer, who wrote to Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley asking that she be cleared to adopt the fighting dog.
“It’s a very long process. It is not a guarantee that every working dog can be adopted. They have to go through a suitability checklist and there’s a lot to do,” Megan told Fox 5.
Megan Leavey left the Navy in December 2007. Four years later, she finally reunited with Rex, this time permanently. However, just eight months later, the dog died. She wrote a tribute on her Facebook account at the time:
I am so grateful for the last 8 months I have spent with my partner and my best friend. Rex managed to swim in a pool and play with my other dogs. He was able to walk around the yard and bark at the deer, play with as many toys as he wanted, all day, every day, sleep in a comfy bed next to me every night, hunt and eventually bond friendship with my two cats, enjoying and playing in his first blizzard… And so many other good things he would never have had the chance to do if he had never retired. He knew I was with him the whole time, I lay down next to him and hugged him, talked to him and he was at peace in the end. He is now my guardian angel… Even if he was. So thank you to everyone who supported me and allowed me to spend these precious eight months with my best friend. He was a one-of-a-kind dog, a tough sailor.
— Megan Leavey