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Fallen Marine's family adopts his military dog

By Associated Press

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. >> A Texas couple has adopted a bomb-sniffing dog that was with their Marine son when he was killed in Afghanistan.

The parents of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz adopted Dino after the 6-year-old Belgian malinois was discharged from active duty in an emotional ceremony at Camp Pendleton Saturday.

Diaz, 27, was Dino's handler when he killed in September 2011 while rushing to help a wounded Marine during a raid in Helmand province.

After his death, Salvador Diaz asked to adopt his son's constant companion.

The Los Angeles Times said the law permits such an adoption if it will help a family with the grieving process. The adoption went through after the Marine Corps received approval from the secretary of the Navy.

Dino had to pass a test developed by military dog trainers to ensure he didn't suffer the canine equivalent of post-traumatic stress disorder after his combat experience.

The test showed Dino has the right temperament to be adopted, said Rich Landgrebe, operations manager for the Marine working-dog program.

Diaz's mother said Dino will have a large backyard and a swimming pool in his new home in El Paso.

"Dino will be our baby," Sandra Diaz said.

Salvador Diaz told KGTV-TV that adopting Dino wasn't going to ease the pain of losing his son.

"We know that he's not going to replace Christopher but what he'll do is give us a little something that Christopher loved, and that was the Marine Corps and that was Dino," he said.







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scooters wrote:
Awesome. Semper Fi
on June 7,2014 | 10:35PM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
This is a very touching story. I can almost see our hero smiling from above knowing that his companion is now with his parents. Brings tears to my eyes.
on June 7,2014 | 11:55PM
kiragirl wrote:
A feel good article.
on June 8,2014 | 06:27AM
cojef wrote:
Agree, hope it brings a measure of solace to the Diaz family.
on June 8,2014 | 02:15PM
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