SAN DIEGO – A bomb-sniffing dog retired from his military duties Saturday and was adopted by the family of a Marine killed in Afghanistan.
The family of Staff Sgt. Christoper Diaz, who was killed in September 2011 during a deployment in Helmand province, adopted a 6-year-old Belgian malinois named “Dino.”
Dino was born and trained in Israel and understands both Hebrew and English. Dino was with Diaz during the deployment, but was uninjured.
The family will be taking Dino to El Paso where they have a large backyard and swimming pool.
One of the family’s prized possessions is a picture sent by their son from Afghanistan showing him and Dino.
To let the Diaz family adopt Dino, the Marine Corps needed approval from the secretary of the Navy, according to Los Angeles Times. The law permits such an adoption if it will help a family with the grieving process and if the dog is considered a good candidate for adoption.