CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - A Texas couple has adopted a bomb-sniffing dog that was with their son when he was killed in Afghanistan.
The parents of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz adopted Dino Saturday, after the 6-year-old Belgian malinois was declared retired in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton.
The Los Angeles Times says the law permits such an adoption if it will help a family with the grieving process.
Dino had to pass a test to ensure he didn't suffer the canine equivalent of post-traumatic stress disorder after his combat experience.
Rich Landgrebe, operations manager for the Marine working-dog program, said the test showed Dino has the right temperament to be adopted.
Diaz's mother said Dino will have a large backyard and a swimming pool in his new home in El Paso.