Family of fallen Marine adopts his K9 partner

Posted at 7:11 AM, Jun 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-09 07:13:05-04

A special ceremony was held over the weekend for a dog who served with a fallen Marine in Afghanistan.

'Dino,' the german sheperd is now helping the family heal.

For several years Dino served with Staff Sergeant Christopher Diaz in Afghanistan. Their job was to sniff out IED's and they were good, saving countless lives.

Then came the day Diaz was killed by the very weapon they were looking for. A day his father still has trouble talking about.

"As an American I am greatful for his sacrifice, but as a dad I am saddened by the loss of my son."

Through a military program, Chris's parents applied to adopt Dino. And at 7 years old, the retired Marine will now call El Paso home.

"Christopher used to show us pictures of him when he was out in Afghanistan. Just a beautiful dog,:" says his mother.

Dino's current handler says it should take about 2 weeks for Dino to realize who his new mom and dad are. But if their first meeting is any indication, he may already.

"Actually with my wife, he laid his head on top of her arms as my wife was crying a little bit."

Staff Sergeant Diaz leaves behind two children.