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Tale of a Labrador who aided the Indian Army

Updated on November 4, 2012
Rex the army dog
Rex the army dog
Rex and colleague
Rex and colleague
Army dogs being groomed
Army dogs being groomed

A Dog who helped the Indian Army

Dogs are faithful animals and it is not without reason that they are referred to as Mans best friends. On dog has carved a niche for itself in the annals of the Indian army. He was a Labrador named Rex. The dog is now no more but that is all the more reason to remember a canine who gave his life so that the Indian army may succeed in its battles with Islamic terrorists.

Dog squads are maintained and trained by the army for a specific use. They are used as sniffers and trackers. The Indian Air Force also uses dog squads in desert regions to guard aircraft. Rex was a special breed and during his operations with the army against Islamic terror groups was awarded the GOC-in-C Commendation card for outstanding and exemplary service.

A brief look at the life of Rex will reveal that he was not any ordinary dog and did yeoman service for the Army. Records indicate that he was a pure Labrador and was born on 25 February 1995 at Remount and Veterinary center at Meerut. This is the premier training center of the army for its animal corps like horses and dogs. After his birth the dog was handed over to specialized trainers who began the arduous task of training the dog as a sniffer and tracker. The training lasts almost a year after the training a test is carried out. Rex passed all the tests and was inducted into the 14 Army Dog Units which was attached to the Army units operating in Kashmir against Islamic terrorist.

Rex was an asset from day one and helped the army special group to track Islamic militants in the thick jungles of NW Kashmir. In one incident during along encounter and a chase lasting 4 hours he was able to help army recover an AK47 rifle. In another incident in April 1998 Rex pursued a wounded militant and was able to track him from his trail for 2 km and help the army reach the militant. An Ak 47 was recovered.

Rex continued his pursuit of militants till on one of the operations in Rajouri sector he received bullet injuries. He was badly injured but the army moved him swiftly to the Army Veterinary hospital. Despite the best treatment Rex passed away on 22 September 1999. All dog lovers must read this small tribute to Rex.

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you S. Yaseen for your comment and information

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      S. Yaseen Shareef, Clinical Psychologist 5 years ago

      Rex was a great hero of our country. He sacrifice his life to save our country. what a great tribute to Rex. Salute for the great trainers whom they trained. My hearty condolence to RVC & Indian army. Rex tribute brought tears to my eyes.

      "I remember my childhood experience my dog was saved me in flood rescue & he died after some time." His name was "Jimmy".

      Dogs are faithful animals and it is not without reason that they are referred to as Mans best friends. "unconditional regard" we should learn from animals how to love.

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you teaches for your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What a great tribute to Rex. He was an amazing friend and soldier.

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you marcoujor

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      MG Singh--

      Your tribute to Rex is beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. He was truly a hero, brave and valiant to the very end.

      To me, there is nothing like the loyalty and unconditional love of our dogs.

      Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Mhatteroo

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      great tribute for a number of reasons. thank you

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you phoenix.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Such an inspiring story. Voted up, interesting, awesome and beautiful. Socially shared.