It’s not unusual to hear stories of military or law enforcement partners forming a lifelong bond. This story is a little different than those you normally hear though because in this case the military member’s partner was her service dog.
Former Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey, 28, and her military service dog named Sgt. Rex — completed over 100 missions together during two six-month tours in Iraq. When Leavey returned home in 2007, she simply couldn’t imagine being separated from Rex. Adopting a military service dog is not an easy task, but after a high profile adoption campaign that included an online petition as well as the support of a Senator, Leavey was finally given the go ahead to adopt Rex. Leavey and Rex will soon be together again under much more peaceful circumstances.
While the story of Leavey and Sgt. Rex made headlines, people all across the country often go to the same lengths to adopt and care for a beloved pet. Serving in combat is not necessary to form a deep bond with a pet. If you have a pet that you have bonded with, talk to an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney about creating a pet trust for him or her. By creating a pet trust, you can ensure that your beloved pet will continue to be well cared for in the event that you are no longer here to do so yourself.