Deceased Marine’s parents adopt his bomb-sniffing dog.

The parents of a Marine killed in Afghanistan are adopting…

The parents of a Marine killed in Afghanistan are adopting the bomb-sniffing dog who the military says loyally rushed to their son’s side when he was fatally shot.

Darrell and Kathy Rusk were expected to take home Eli on Thursday. The black Labrador is being retired from military service following the death of Pfc. Colton Rusk. The military says the 20-year-old Texan died in December during a gun battle with Taliban fighters.

Rusk was the handler for Eli, who is trained to sniff out explosives. After their son was killed in combat, the Rusks asked the military if they could adopt the dog.

The transfer will take place at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The base is training headquarters for all dogs used by the U.S. military.

Source: Paul J. Weber for The Associated Press.

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  • General Jim M

    That was nice of them to take care of his’ dog. Some people say that the way to a man’s heart is through his’ stomache.I disagree,the way to a man’s heart to to be kind to his’ dog.A good dog is much more loyal than a human being.Dogs lose their lives by confronting dangers to save their master that the man’s best friend would run from.Even though they have some dirty habits,dogs are like a noble person without vices or any evil intentions or hidden adgendas.

  • Neff

    Awesome.