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Sarasota Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020 2 months ago

Retiree dog up for award

Rek, 10, served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

Looking to vote for someone but keep seeing choices as the better of two evils?

Vote for Rek. He's a dog. And a vet (not that kind).

The 10-year-old German shepherd who retired to Sarasota was trained as a military explosives detection dog and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now, he’s a semifinalist for the 2020 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

He’s one of 21 still competing out of a field of 400 candidates.

Learn more and cast your ballot at

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