K9 Rex and Det. Shane Driscoll
Rex born in April 2002, joining UWPD in October 2003 — our third K9 at the deparment. Rex and his handler Det. Shane Driscoll were a team for more than ten years — the longest serving team in the history of the UWPD K9 Unit — and both retired together in March of 2014. Rex specialized in explosive detection and human tracking. He and Det. Driscoll were responsible for protecting countless national and international dignitaries — including former and sitting presidents, First Ladies, politicians and political candidates, the Dalai Lama, and many others.
K9 Rex was very well known around UWPD for his unique personality. Rex had a kennel and bed in Det. Driscoll’s office, where he spent most of his day when not out on calls or assignments. His day typically started by making the rounds on both floors of UWPD, making a stop in only those offices where he knows a treat will be offered. During this routine, Rex would be totally focused on the objective of being rewarded for his social endeavors. When he got the chance, he’d sneak out and repeat the route to those offices where he knows he’ll be rewarded with a Milk-Bone. Another favorite thing for Rex was to sit at the water fountain until someone turns it on for him to slake his thirst. At home, Rex loved to play with his tug toy — and usually wins!
Rex passed away peacefully in Madison on Friday, February 6, 2015 after battling health complications. Rex was surrounded by his at-home family and members of his UWPD family — he was 12 years old. Rex was cremated and his remains were buried with full honors.