- Feb. 9
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.
- Feb. 6
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.
- Feb. 6
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.
- Feb. 5
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.
- Feb. 4
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.
- Feb. 4
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.
- Jan. 28
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.
- Jan. 23
Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder could help train therapy dogs for other veterans under a pilot program being considered by Congress.
- Jan. 22
Lifeguards boarded a 24-foot catamaran and found the pair of pit bulls after spotting the vessel Wednesday morning.
- Jan. 9
Scientists attached a transmitter to the fur seal and hope to learn where she travels, forages for food and, ultimately, where she thrives.
- Jan. 8
Dan DeSousa of Animal Services said the snake belongs to Gaslamp Quarter resident. He said the snake probably made a fairly quick passage through the structure's plumbing.
- Jan. 8
A northern white rhinocerus at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — one of five remaining members of the species — is doing better after being placed under veterinary supervision almost two weeks ago.
- Jan. 8
A divided Oceanside City Council decided Wednesday to join 16 other California cities and 54 more across the nation that have banned the sale of "puppy mill" dogs and cats.
- Jan. 7
A woman reported that the snake had slithered from the plumbing while she was plunging the toilet due to an excess of water in the bowl.
- Dec. 31
The still-unnamed male was born Dec. 26 to mother Jessica, 34, and father Paul Donn, 25.