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Posted almost 4 years ago

 

I bet you guys like telling stories about your k9 partners. I would love hearing about them, so what is the favorite and/or funniest memory with your k9?

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Darrell Rusk keeps more than a dozen photos of his son and Eli on his iPhone. One favorite is a photo of Rusk sticking out his tongue to mimic a panting Eli.


Fallen Marine’s Family Adopts Son’s Bomb Dog

 

February 04, 2011
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- When a sniper's bullet struck Pfc. Colton Rusk, the first to reach his body was his best friend Eli -- a bomb-sniffing, black Labrador so loyal he snapped at other Marines who rushed to his fallen handler.


"Eli bit one of them," said Rusk's father, Darrell, recalling the story told to him by other Marines.


After Rusk died Dec. 6, his parents decided they wanted to adopt his dog. They picked Eli up Thursday at Lackland Air Force to take him back to their home in rural South Texas. It was only the second time that a U.S. military dog has been adopted by the family of a handler killed in combat.


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.


When the leash was finally handed to Darrell Rusk, his wife and two sons each crouched down to hug and pet Eli, who lifted his front right paw to invite their hands toward his belly. All were crying.


"Every time he called home, it was always about Eli," Kathy Rusk said of her son. "It gave me some comfort knowing that Colton wasn't alone over there."


Military dogs are often adopted after their service is over or if they don't make it through training. But in the case of Eli, who was serving his second stint in Afghanistan when Rusk was shot, it wasn't just a simple matter of Rusk's family asking for him.


Eli wasn't injured in the attack that killed Rusk and was still considered "operational," meaning he could have been transferred to another handler. The Defense Department invests thousands of dollars in training each military dog, all of which come through Lackland. When the Rusks asked about adopting Eli, pulling the dog out of service required permission from the Secretary of the Navy, said Doug Miller, who manages the Defense Department's military working dog program.


Knowing there had only been one other adoption like Eli's, Kathy Rusk said she didn't want to get her hopes up.


"I'm sure it helps the family in the grieving process, because they can touch the last thing that was with him," Miller said.


 

Eli was assigned to Rusk in May, before Rusk was deployed on his 20th birthday. Kathy Rusk said her son was thrilled by the assignment, especially after growing up surrounded by dogs on the family's 100-acre ranch in Orange Grove, just outside Corpus Christi on the Texas coast.

The two quickly grew inseparable. Military dogs are supposed to sleep in kennels when deployed, but Rusk broke the rules and let Eli curl up with him on his cot. Other times, the dog took up the entire sleeping bag. Rusk ate ready-to-eat meals, so that's what Eli ate instead of dog food, Darrell Rusk said.


"Whatever is mine is his," Colton Rusk wrote on his Facebook page.


Darrell Rusk keeps more than a dozen photos of his son and Eli on his iPhone. One favorite is a photo of Rusk sticking out his tongue to mimic a panting Eli.


Military officials believe Rusk came under fire in Afghanistan after another vehicle in a Marine convoy ran over a hidden explosive. Rusk was shot after the troops stopped to secure the area. He might have been trying to tie up Eli.


"The enemy is aware that the dogs are finding their stuff, so it's logical they would pick a dog or handler to take out," Miller said.


Eli will join three German shepherds at the Rusks' ranch. The family put dogs to work hunting hogs when Rusk was growing up -- a task that might be easy for Eli, who Darrell Rusk said sniffed out two explosives the day he son was killed.


But Eli's working days are over.


"You're going home and relaxing," said Kathy Rusk, leaning in close to Eli and rubbing his snout. "You're going home."

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RIP Rusk! Thank you for your service

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I'm an avid dog lover, great story. RIP Pfc. Colton Rusk

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whats to talk about, ya got a partner who sits in the back seat, howls out the window, has bad breath, licks himself cause he can


WELL THEN YOU JUST HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH


GO TO THE PATROL SGT AND REQUEST A K-9 INSTEAD.

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MIKIESPLACE says ...



whats to talk about, ya got a partner who sits in the back seat, howls out the window, has bad breath, licks himself cause he can


WELL THEN YOU JUST HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH


GO TO THE PATROL SGT AND REQUEST A K-9 INSTEAD.



<looking through precious posts, scratching my head>  Hey, I must have missed something. Who are you yelling at?

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yelling at????


yeah, i think ya missed something. maybe ya never had a real partner who did sit in the back seat of your rmp(that is radio motor patrol) vehicle and play with  his  little guys, bark at the moon, pee on the rear tires of your patrol vehicle,  fart such nasty smells,


i would have gladly traded him for a k9


jus a joke bro//

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My partner and I were in the Galleria Mall in Buffalo, NY doing a area recruiting drive for CBP/NYS Civil Service LEO recruiting (2008)  We had a few k-9 demos set up that we would run about once an hour on cars, bags, and hidden people. I had my dog sitting off to the side of our table when a group of young males walks up and began taking the handouts, and various goodies we give out. All of sudden my dog pops up and goes into a detailed search of one of these guys, who immediately backs away from us. He is wearing a large baggy coat and carrying his shopping bags. I told him to come back to the table and don't move, he does this as my boss and other officers come over. We ask him what he has on him that would make a drug dog pay so much attention to him all of sudden. A Erie County SO told him to flag his pockets and heavens to betsy, a baggy of weed and 7 xtc pills were on him.


He got arrested by them, and I got the best PR proof of a good K-9 you could ever ask for. Lesson to be learned is don't walk up to a narc dog when you have it in your pants!

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My partner and I were in the Galleria Mall in Buffalo, NY doing a area recruiting drive for CBP/NYS Civil Service LEO recruiting (2008)  We had a few k-9 demos set up that we would run about once an hour on cars, bags, and hidden people. I had my dog sitting off to the side of our table when a group of young males walks up and began taking the handouts, and various goodies we give out. All of sudden my dog pops up and goes into a detailed search of one of these guys, who immediately backs away from us. He is wearing a large baggy coat and carrying his shopping bags. I told him to come back to the table and don't move, he does this as my boss and other officers come over. We ask him what he has on him that would make a drug dog pay so much attention to him all of sudden. A Erie County SO told him to flag his pockets and heavens to betsy, a baggy of weed and 7 xtc pills were on him.


He got arrested by them, and I got the best PR proof of a good K-9 you could ever ask for. Lesson to be learned is don't walk up to a narc dog when you have it in your pants!



Did he claim "These aren't my pants and i didn't know the drugs were in the pockets"

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CBPK9 says ...



My partner and I were in the Galleria Mall in Buffalo, NY doing a area recruiting drive for CBP/NYS Civil Service LEO recruiting (2008)  We had a few k-9 demos set up that we would run about once an hour on cars, bags, and hidden people. I had my dog sitting off to the side of our table when a group of young males walks up and began taking the handouts, and various goodies we give out. All of sudden my dog pops up and goes into a detailed search of one of these guys, who immediately backs away from us. He is wearing a large baggy coat and carrying his shopping bags. I told him to come back to the table and don't move, he does this as my boss and other officers come over. We ask him what he has on him that would make a drug dog pay so much attention to him all of sudden. A Erie County SO told him to flag his pockets and heavens to betsy, a baggy of weed and 7 xtc pills were on him.


He got arrested by them, and I got the best PR proof of a good K-9 you could ever ask for. Lesson to be learned is don't walk up to a narc dog when you have it in your pants!



Did he claim "These aren't my pants and i didn't know the drugs were in the pockets"



No, even dumber! To paraphrase him now, it was along the lines of "Awwwman you can't bust me cuz this is a job fair, you ain't really working!" hahahahah