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Movie Review: 5 Barks for ‘Megan Leavey’!

When I had originally heard that a movie was being created based on the true-life story of war hero Megan Leavey, a US Marine Military Dog Handler, I knew I had to immediately go out and see it. For starters, my job in the US Army is that of a Military Police Officer, so naturally I was immediately drawn to see the movie for that reason alone.

Second, the real-life hero is from the local state of New Jersey, so I always enjoy hearing war stories not just about fellow service members, but especially ones that are so incredibly close to home.

Megan Leavey is a movie based on the true life story of a young marine corporal who bonds closely with a military combat dog and together the two of them saved hundreds of lives during her tour in Iraq. After being assigned as a clean-up crew member to her unit’s K-9 unit, Megan begins to bond closely with an aggressive German Shepherd named Rex. After Rex lashes out at another Marine during a practice exercise, Megan becomes Rex’s new K-9 Handler. She earns Rex’s trust, and together they deploy and carry out over 100 successful missions. Unfortunately, during an IED explosion, both Megan and Rex become critically injured, causing Megan to get an early ticket home… leaving Rex behind in Iraq.

The movie then carries on Megan’s quest to get her battle buddy back, and she pulls out all the stops. When the Vet declares Rex is far too dangerous for Megan to adopt him in the civilian world, Megan makes it her mission to prove that Rex’s true home is with her.

Check out the original trailer below:

 

This is a movie that you will be having a hard time keeping your eyes dry with. The incredible bond that is displayed between a marine and her K-9 partner is absolutely remarkable and touching. In addition to being a Soldier, I also am a German Shepherd mom. Like Rex, my Shepherd suffered through some aggressive issues before he became the amazing dog that he is today…So this movie certainly touched my heart in more ways than one.

This is not your typical war movie, nor your typical dog movie. If you are really looking for a ‘Feel Good’ Dog movie with a spin of American pride, this movie is absolutely perfect for you. Kate Mara has truly wow’d the world with her strong and inspirational performance in this film.

The story of CPL. Megan Leavey and her K-9 Rex is one that needs to be heard, all across the world. This story is so emotionally moving and powerful, that touching tears will not stop pouring down your face.

We give the movie 5 barks!

If you want to learn more about the real-life Megan Leavey, you can read all about the story of her and Rex here.

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Julia Valenti

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Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree. Some of her hobbies include fangirling, writing, cosplaying with her groups 'Emerald Archers' and 'DC Cosplayers East', hiking and training her German Shepherd, Soot. You can frequently find her at conventions cosplaying as Black Canary or as Hawkgirl with her boyfriend, who does Hawkman and Bane. :)

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