Family adopts Marine dog that was with their son when he was killed

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A bomb-sniffing dog was declared retired by the Marine Corps over the weekend and he was adopted by the family of his handler, who was killed in Afghanistan.

Dino, 6, a Belgian malinois, is now with the family of Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz, who was killed in September 2011 while deployed in Helmand province. Dino was with Diaz during the deployment but was not hurt.

“I don’t think that it will decrease any of the pain we feel,” Diaz’s father, Salvador Diaz, said of the adoption. “He’s not going to replace Christopher, but he’ll give us something that Christopher loved, the Marine Corps.”