Bomb-Sniffing Dog Story Strengthens Bond Between K-9 & Handler -‘Saving Private K-9’

Thursday, May 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

Bomb-Sniffing Dog Story Strengthens Bond Between K-9 & Handler - 'Saving Private K-9'
Bomb-Sniffing Dog Story Strengthens Bond Between K-9 & Handler – ‘Saving Private K-9’
Sportsman Channel
Sportsman Channel

New Berlin, Wis. –-( Rex is anything but an ordinary dog – his explosive detection training makes him a key player in the survival of fellow marines, alerting soldiers to insurgents and other potential threats.

Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for American sportsmen and women, introduces Rex, a bomb-sniffing dog, and his handler, Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, on this week’s episode of Saving Private K-9 exclusively on Sportsman Channel, Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

In a dangerous and unpredictable warzone, even the best can’t always prepare for what lies ahead. With Rex by her side, Leavey gains a small sense of comfort during her two tours of deployment in Iraq.

“When your dog responds to an IED, your first feeling is you’re scared, because you don’t know exactly what it’s going to be,” admitted Leavey. “While you’re happy the threat’s been identified, you’re also nervous and unsure at the same time.”

Leavey and her K-9 partner not only work together, but they rely on each other to make it out of high-risk situations alive. Clearing roads of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is unnerving but part of the job. Rex’s hard work and loyalty at the hands of Leavey prove to be highly valuable, as he detects a number of explosive devices on one of Leavey’s most intense missions. Their bond, though strong, is put to the test when a standard roadside searching procedure in Ramadi turns into a life- threating situation.

About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Street Outlaws and #BikerLive for Discovery; Ghost Hunters and the upcoming The Wil Wheaton Project for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickeringfor History; Orange County Choppers and Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN, as well as the eight-part documentary LindsayDavid Tutera: Unveiled for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and its recently announced spin-off, Wicked Tuna: North vs. South, for National Geographic Channel; and Bring It! for Lifetime. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.  Among Pilgrim’s current scripted projects is the pilot Recovery Road for ABC Family, starring Samantha Logan.

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