According to Sunday's KTLA News, the family of a fallen Marine was allowed to adopt their son's former bomb-sniffing dog on Saturday during a touching ceremony in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was killed in Afghanistan in Sept. 2011; Dino, a Belgian malinois, was with him at the time that he was killed. According to the Los Angeles Times, after Diaz was killed, Sgt. Jonathan Overland took over as Dino's handler.
Not long after Diaz was killed, his family asked if they could adopt Dino - the initial request was denied because of the dog's age. The six-year-old bomb-sniffing dog was eventually permitted to join Diaz's family after the Marine Corp obtained approval from the secretary of the Navy, and the dog successfully passed a temperament evaluation which showed that he was suitable to live with the family.
Dino will join his new family in Texas where he will enjoy his retirement at a home with a big yard and a swimming pool.
Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz's mother, Sandra Diaz, told the Los Angeles Times:
"Dino will be our baby."
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