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Fallen Marine's Parents Adopt Son's Bomb Dog
myfoxdc ^ | Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 | A.P.

Posted on 02/03/2011 6:40:44 AM PST by algernonpj

The parents of a U.S. 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. ...

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; blacklab; dog; doggieping; dogsofwar; fallen; gooddoggie; lab; labrador; labradorretriever; marines; militarydogs; militaryfamilies; oed



1 posted on 02/03/2011 6:40:50 AM PST by algernonpj
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

2 posted on 02/03/2011 6:42:53 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: algernonpj

More info and pictures here:

http://www.cpwda.com/k9_handlers_kilod_2010_2019.htm


3 posted on 02/03/2011 6:46:18 AM PST by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: algernonpj; Saoirise; HollyB; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!; Markos33; mojitojoe; jazusamo; All

Semper Fi

Pfc. Colton Rusk and "Eli", Marine's Best Friend.


4 posted on 02/03/2011 7:02:17 AM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: algernonpj

I knew this was going to make me cry. It did. I hope this dog gives some comfort to the parents and they to him. God Bless our soldiers and their families.


5 posted on 02/03/2011 7:05:44 AM PST by Reb Raider
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To: Joe 6-pack

Blurry monitor bump.


6 posted on 02/03/2011 7:07:52 AM PST by TheOldLady ("20 Years Ago Desert Storm began...where were you...?" "I believe I was hitting it." - Lazamataz)
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To: algernonpj

Thank you for sharing this story.


7 posted on 02/03/2011 7:13:22 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: algernonpj

Oh my.

Godspeed Pfc. Rusk. Thank you and your family, for your service and for your sacrifice. Please rest easy soldier, Eli lovingly serves your will.


8 posted on 02/03/2011 7:27:41 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Ditto.


9 posted on 02/03/2011 7:35:34 AM PST by ut1992 (Army Brat)
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To: Joe 6-pack; algernonpj

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it.


10 posted on 02/03/2011 7:35:41 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: algernonpj

Such a sweet pic of the puppy and his loving friend. RIP,fallen hero.Love and comfort to the family.


11 posted on 02/03/2011 7:41:07 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: Joe 6-pack; 444Flyer; Reb Raider; TheOldLady; NEMDF; thesearethetimes...; ut1992; trisham

Her’s another news link that states that Eli crawled on top of Rusk after he was shot:

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/feb/01/fallen-marines-family-to-receive-his-bomb-dog/


12 posted on 02/03/2011 7:41:10 AM PST by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: algernonpj; Saoirise; HollyB; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!; Markos33; mojitojoe; jazusamo; ...
Ping to #12:

"...Eli, who crawled on top of Rusk to protect him after he was shot...

"No Man Left Behind": and Eli didn't leave his Master behind...

13 posted on 02/03/2011 7:54:05 AM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: algernonpj
SEMPER FI DO OR DIE Pictures, Images and Photos

Pfc. Colton Rusk


14 posted on 02/03/2011 8:06:10 AM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: 444Flyer

Dogs are so loyal and intuitive. It’s hard to refer to them as ‘pets’, when they are family. They are our four legged children.

Will say a prayer for our soldier’s family, he was so young, it’s so very sad.


15 posted on 02/03/2011 8:06:15 AM PST by HollyB
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To: thesearethetimes...
Please rest easy soldier(sic),

Marine

16 posted on 02/03/2011 8:50:57 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: algernonpj; 444Flyer

Semper Fi, Pfc. Rusk! And Eli.


17 posted on 02/03/2011 8:54:35 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Smiles.
Thank you for the correction, and for the much needed small smile on this thread. I should know better, growing up career Navy and all.

May God, my Dad and that fine young Marine all share a laugh at my expense today.
Tatt


18 posted on 02/03/2011 9:01:33 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: algernonpj

Something is wrong with my monitor; every time I read this story, it becomes uncharacteristically blurry.


19 posted on 02/03/2011 9:27:58 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: jazusamo; algernonpj; Saoirise; MestaMachine; Markos33; little jeremiah

PFc. Rusk was one of our fallen 3/5.:(


20 posted on 02/03/2011 9:41:13 AM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: algernonpj

http://www.cpwda.com/k9_handlers_kilod_2010_2019.htm

God bless the souls of all who have given their lives or limbs, and please bring all our troops safely home soon.


21 posted on 02/03/2011 10:17:24 AM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


22 posted on 02/03/2011 11:46:51 AM PST by windcliff
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To: algernonpj

RIP Pfc. Rusk. Bless you and your family for your sacrifice and theirs. And I hope this dog brings them some comfort.


23 posted on 02/03/2011 1:26:57 PM PST by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: Joe 6-pack

my heart us so broken


24 posted on 02/03/2011 6:07:13 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: algernonpj; Joe 6-pack; 444Flyer; Saoirise; HollyB; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!; Markos33; ...
I'm posting some more pictures of Eli, the bomb-sniffing dog, Pfc. Colton Rusk, and his family, who adopted Eli. Thought you might enjoy seeing them. There's one particularly poignant one of Colton's 12-year-old brother and Eli. Sad and beautiful at the same time.

Colton and Eli panting together. :)

The ceremony turning Eli over to Colton's family.

Eli greets Brady Rusk, Colton's 12-year-old brother. Nobody can convince me that dog doesn't somehow know those are Colton's people.


25 posted on 02/03/2011 9:29:30 PM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Wolfstar
My eyes are Niagra Falls after that pic with Eli and Colton’s little brother.

That dog is in good hands and with his family.

(Thanks for the post and the Ping, Wolfstar.)

26 posted on 02/03/2011 9:41:07 PM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: 444Flyer

You’re welcome. Yes, that photo had my eyes leaking also. Look at the expression in that dog’s eyes. He knows somehow.


27 posted on 02/03/2011 10:00:25 PM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: algernonpj; 444Flyer; FortWorthPatriot; skimask
I didn't make it trough this thread dry eyed.

God bless this young Marine's family and his loyal friend.

Pfc. Colton, may you Rest In Peace.

Semper Fidelis

28 posted on 02/03/2011 10:09:58 PM PST by Semper Mark (Vlad Tepes was a piker.)
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To: Wolfstar
"Nobody can convince me that dog doesn't somehow know those are Colton's people."

I totally agree with you. I have often said that I believe a dog recognizes its owner's kin folks.

29 posted on 02/03/2011 10:19:17 PM PST by Semper Mark (Vlad Tepes was a piker.)
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To: Markos33
And when he gets to Heaven
To Saint Peter he will tell,
“Another Marine reporting, Sir,
I've served my time in Hell.”

God bless my Marine Corps brothers-in-arms.

God bless PVT Colton Rusk, your loyal K9 Eli, and your family.

Semper Fidelis

30 posted on 02/03/2011 10:43:41 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: Wolfstar

Wolfstar, thank you so much for the pictures. I am with you on the picture with Colton’s little brother, Brady - “Nobody can convince me that dog doesn’t somehow know those are Colton’s people.”

Thank you God, for young men like Colton, for dogs like Eli, for the families that raise and embrace them.

And for tears - shed for them, and with them.


31 posted on 02/04/2011 4:11:02 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: Wolfstar

Great photos. Thank you!


32 posted on 02/04/2011 5:12:27 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Wolfstar

God bless this family and I hope that Eli provides some comfort to these people. RIP, Pfc Rusk.


33 posted on 02/04/2011 8:18:45 AM PST by austingirl
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To: Wolfstar; Markos33

“...Nobody can convince me that dog doesn’t somehow know those are Colton’s people.”

You are spot on and here’s the proof:

“...Eli wagged his tail furiously when he was brought into a small room inside the 37th Training Wing to meet his new owners. A Marine staff sergeant tried to get the dog to sit obediently while he read a letter of thanks to the family, but he relented after Eli kept lunging forward to sniff Rusk’s mother, Kathy...”

Bless his Labrador heart!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41412775/41415302


34 posted on 02/04/2011 8:34:38 AM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: Wolfstar
Eli knows Wolfstar. He just KNOWS...

"...A Marine staff sergeant tried to get the dog to sit obediently while he read a letter of thanks to the family, but he relented after Eli kept lunging forward to sniff Rusk’s mother, Kathy...”


35 posted on 02/04/2011 8:38:02 AM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: algernonpj; Wolfstar; Markos33; HollyB; MasterGunner01; thesearethetimes...; All

(VIDEO)

“Fallen Marine’s family adopts his best friend”

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/feb/03/family-of-fallen-marine-adopts-bomb-dog/

“...LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Brady Rusk, 12, grabbed the leash and didn’t let go. He held so hard his knuckles turned white as tears streamed down his face....”


36 posted on 02/04/2011 8:38:33 AM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: 444Flyer
It used to be that the military would “put down” war dogs because they did not believe the dogs could be rehabilitated for civilian owners — even the dog handler that worked with the very dog. Many of the war dogs used in Vietnam met this fate to the everlasting pain of their handlers.

Fortunately, DoD policy has been changed and it is now possible for these dogs to find new homes with masters or families that love them. Police agencies are allowing their working dogs to “retire” with their handlers after their active work days are over.

These policies are certainly more humane than the old idea that once a dog was trained for war, it was either killed in action or put down at the end of its service life. Eli will have a full life with the Rusk's. Private Colton Rusk's most loyal and fastest friend has come home.

37 posted on 02/04/2011 9:11:32 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: MasterGunner01

“It used to be that the military would “put down” war dogs because they did not believe the dogs could be rehabilitated for civilian owners — even the dog handler that worked with the very dog. Many of the war dogs used in Vietnam met this fate to the everlasting pain of their handlers...”

Good to see that policy has changed.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of that dog...”

“War Dogs on Military Channel”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tqksgs2WzY

“War Dog Tribute”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbMbsPeZuTA&feature=related


38 posted on 02/04/2011 9:23:32 AM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: algernonpj

This pic says it all. Damn good Marine (is there any other kind)....Damn good dog.


And yes...I have the blurry monitor virus...
39 posted on 02/04/2011 9:35:22 AM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Wolfstar

My screen got blurry at that bottom picture. Those two are going to be best buds for years.

Black labs are just beautiful dogs. I may be a little prejudiced with one in our house, but I guarantee Sami would rip anyone apart who tried to hurt anyone in our family (as would her chocolate lab mix sidekick). Maybe Sami dog ain’t too bright, but she’s loyal.


40 posted on 02/04/2011 9:39:40 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Wolfstar

Thanks for the pictures. Tears in my eyes.


41 posted on 02/04/2011 12:04:27 PM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: All
Soldier rest, Gently pressed,
To the calm, Mother Earth's
Waiting breast;
Duty done, Like the sun:
Going West.
flag best half mast
Photobucket
Thank you for your service Marine, Pfc. Colton Rusk

42 posted on 02/04/2011 12:12:40 PM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: 444Flyer

Lots of tears watching that video. Thanks for posting the link. After life, itself, and intelligence, dogs are the greatest gift God gave human beings. Friend, companion, guardian, workmate, playmate...all these, and more, dogs have been to humans for thousands of years. In some ways, they know us better than we know ourselves. These days, some are even using that knowledge to help diagnose cancer in its early stages. There is a reason why dog is God spelled backwards.


43 posted on 02/04/2011 1:21:07 PM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Wolfstar; 444Flyer

“”Lots of tears watching that video.””

Boy ain’t that the truth. I teared up each time I looked over something new on this thread, but well...watching that video with Brady had me asking God why and thanking Him in short order : \ That and reading the MSNBC article with Eli not holding a sit while the handler read the letter...tried to read the letter that is...

I haven’t watched the youtube videos yet...small smile, but I will. Because these men, their families and these creatures we share our lives with, are what matter.

Thank you Lord, for all of them.


44 posted on 02/04/2011 2:45:22 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: gimme1ibertee

Ditto

I am too full of teARS


45 posted on 02/04/2011 10:41:57 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (M)
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