EL PASO, Texas - A dog named Dino was the star of Monday's County Commissioners Court meeting as commissioners unanimously approved a resolution honoring the "Dawgs Project," which honors the work of military dogs.
Sal and Sandra Diaz have had Dino for five years. The canine hero worked with their son, Staff Sergeant Christopher Diaz. The soldier was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
The Diaz's were able to adopt Dino, 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, after his tour was over.
Sal says he believes Dino knows his owners are Christopher's parents.
The couple says that with Dino, they know they have a part of Christopher's heart. Dino has helped the Diaz's during their painful grieving process.
"It's hard, but having him here gave me the opportunity to pet him and love him," said Sandra Diaz, "Knowing that our son had him on the last day he passed away - it means a lot. He brings a lot of joy.
The 5th annual Christopher Diaz Memorial Dawg weekend begins Saturday 9 am with a memorial at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.