The Most Extraordinary Dogs in the Nation

December 26, 2017
Updated 7mo ago

The spotlight will be on the most talented canines in the country when the AKC National Championship Dog Show airs on New Year's Day. Megan Leavey, U.S. Marine Corporal Veteran, who completed two tours in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 along with her military working dog Rex, joined us to chat about her life experiences that influenced her to get involved in the event.

The competition celebrates five dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities. Leavey explains how the organization selects the dogs for the show and shares the most extraordinary thing she has seen a dog do. She says the bomb-sniffing dogs make the top of the list.

Leavey was discharged from the military after suffering an injury in the line of duty and receiving the Purple Heart. That didn't stop her from working with some of the most talented dogs. The veteran continued to work as a K9 handler in NYC with another explosion detection dog.