Nearly Deaf Dog Cries With Joy as Soldier Returns Home

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CLEVELAND — An Army private and her beloved dog were reunited — and the touching video is going to bring you to tears.

Pvt. Hannah Foraker had never been away from home before joining the Army in September. Going to basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma was one of the toughest experiences of her life, she said. But leaving her beloved 13-year-old golden retriever at home was especially heartbreaking, according to WJW.

Foraker graduated from basic training and was immediately sent to Fort Sam Houston in Texas. After three months away, she was able to return home to Cleveland and see her best friend, Buddy.

“Buddy came running, as best as she could, out of the house and said hello to everyone. At first she didn’t even realize I was there, but she did a double take and came bounding over to me whining nonstop in pure glee,” Foraker said.

The elderly dog is nearly deaf and suffers from arthritis, but she did her best to keep up with Foraker.

Foraker won’t be back home until next Christmas, but talks with Buddy — with the volume turned all the way up — via Skype.


“She doesn’t understand that her mommy is on the other side of the screen, but she can hear me (with the volume all the way up) and always perks her ears and starts wagging her tail.”