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Sea Lions Struggle Along The California Coast

Feb. 18
By Erik Anderson
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Malnourished sea lion pups are turning up at rescue centers all along the West Coast. Federal officials say the problem will likely get worse before it gets better.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 12

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos reminded me he was far from an anomaly, as tens of thousands of service members continued to return home from combat, forever altered by what they had seen and experienced in war. He wanted the people who read the blog posts I wrote to know this. That was why he told me his story.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 11

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos told me he and Logan had been to only one public sporting event since returning from Iraq. It was another Padres game, and the experience drained him.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 10

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos said he knew Logan had a better sense of smell and hearing than he did, and trusted Logan to alert him of any danger – be it real or imagined - which allowed the Marine veteran to relax, even if only a little bit.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 9

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos, who served in the Marines as a leader, teaching fellow Leathernecks the tools they’d need to survive in the war zone, decided to become a full-time trainer at Freedom Dogs, teaching Marines with PTSD how to survive their war wounds.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 8

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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When Carlos first started attending training sessions at Freedom Dogs, he felt he didn’t fit in. Big reason: Carlos was afraid of dogs. He didn’t like them, and he believed they didn’t like him. In the tough, gang-infested Chicago streets where Carlos grew up, dogs were treated more as weapons than pets.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 7

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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A critical care nurse and veteran’s daughter named Meribeth Russell started Freedom Dogs in 2006. Russell got the idea when she participated in a hospital study that found obese children who were able to bond with a therapy dog had an easier time losing weight.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 6

Feb. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Without the distractions of combat, symptoms of PTSD began plaguing Carlos’s everyday life. He began to drink heavily to blot out the depression and anxiety he was feeling. And the guilt.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 5

Feb. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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In the days following the suicide car bombing in 2004, Carlos didn’t feel angry. He didn’t feel frightened. He didn’t even mourn the men who were so brutally killed that day. Carlos didn’t feel anything at all. He was completely numb.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 4

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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There was a shyness about Carlos, despite his intimidating appearance. Muscles earned from years of required physical fitness bulged under his black shirt, his sleeves pushed up to his elbows to reveal a maze of tattoos covering both of his forearms.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 3

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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I first met Carlos Cruz in 2012, two weeks after he officially retired from the Marine Corps. It took quite a few email exchanges to nail down the time and day of our meeting. One of the most marked symptoms of the Traumatic Brain Injury Carlos suffered in the suicide attack is his inability to remember small details.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 2

Feb. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The force of the explosion knocked Carlos unconscious. When he came to, he had momentarily lost his hearing. The chaotic world before him was silent, but the facial contortions of the Marines who had survived told him that they were screaming in horror.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 1

Feb. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos Cruz was part of a three-vehicle convoy patrolling the scorching, silent Iraqi desert. Carlos, a Marine lance corporal at the time, was in the rear of the convoy, lying down in the back seat of a Humvee. The only protection he had from outside attack was a Kevlar blanket covering his body, and sandbags pushed against the window. The Humvee itself had no armor.

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Prologue

Feb. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Dogs are helping troops coming home from war through their darkest days. Home Post's multi-day series called "Even the Devil Can't Fool a Dog" will focus on how a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Logan is helping Camp Pendleton Marine Corps veteran Carlos Cruz battle post-traumatic stress disorder.

Could Your Dog Be The 2015 Military Pet Of The Year?

Jan. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Time is running out to enter Dogs on Deployment's "2015 Military Pet of the Year" contest. Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit group that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines (and kitties) of troops during their deployments.

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