There’s something about the connection between a man and his dog. Dogs aren’t called man’s best friend without reason.
As Soldiers, sometimes we have to deploy or go away for several months, and sometimes much longer. Deployments, schools and TDYs are a way of life, both on Active Duty and in the USAR and ARNG.
When you have to leave your dog for any period of time, this creates a huge sadness for both the Soldier and the dog. The dog might end up feeling abandoned, even if it’s still in the same home (with the wife and kids). And in other cases, the dog might have to go stay with a distant relative or even be put up for adoption (in some rare cases).
While the hardships of being gone are definitely real, a magical thing normally happens when the deployed Soldier returns home. I’ve shared a few of my favorite YouTube videos below of dogs welcoming home their Soldier. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I’m not sure what will. Enjoy.
I hope you enjoy these videos. If you’ve ever deployed and left your dog at home, I would love to hear how your welcoming home ceremony went. Just leave a comment and let us know.