An assault and explosive search dog named Diesel gave his life during a Nov. 18 counter-terrorism apartment raid in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis. The 7-year-old Malinois was shot and killed while participating in the operation to locate Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks that killed over 129 people.
While the dog can never be replaced, Russia hopes to honor Diesel’s death (and his bravery) by offering France a new pup.
A week after Diesel’s death, Russia’s Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said he wanted to send France a German shepherd to honor Diesel — and the adorable puppy has finally been handed over.
In a ceremony in Moscow on Monday, Russia presented Dobrynya, a German Shepherd named after a mythical Russian warrior, to France at a ceremony at the French Embassy in Moscow.
“The puppy you are giving us today will replace Diesel and proves your friendship. They are waiting for this puppy in Paris,” said Jean-Maurice Ripert, the French ambassador, according to Politico.