Saturday, February 5, 2011

Family Adopts Dog Of Fallen Soldier

Photo of Eli from the Department of Defense
On 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).

Let's Discuss!

What are your thoughts on this news story?

Read More About It

If you would like to read more about Eli and his new family, check out this link.

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  1. love to hear these happy ending stories.

  2. I do too. Eli is a great dog, and I'm glad the Marines were able to do this. Thank you for writing. :)

  3. Looks like a very sweet, gentle dog - something I can tell by his face. (I've noticed dogs' faces can be read in much the same way as peoples' faces...)

  4. I totally agree. I think it's a characteristic of the breed. Thanks for commenting.



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