Photo of Eli from the Department of DefenseOn December 5th of last year, Marine Pfc Colton Rusk was killed by Taliban sniper fire in Afghanistan. When he was shot, his explosive detection dog, Eli, climbed onto his body and lay on him to protect him.
His family only met Eli once before while Colton was in training. During the time Colton was in the Marines, he formed a very strong bond with Eli. Eli is the second working dog in the Marine's program to be adopted to a family. Colton always said that "Whatever mine is his." In this case, Eli will enjoy his retirement by living with his parents, older brother Cody (22) and younger brother Brady (12).
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