A man’s best friend will miss him when he’s away. That’s especially true when that man’s best friend is man’s best friend. That is to say: a dog. Dogs miss us when we’re away like true companions. When this soldier was gone for only 2 days for drill weekend in the Oregon National Guard, his pet pitbull pal Cotton couldn’t handle the separation.
When we’re gone, do dogs believe that we’ll never return?
Cotton isn’t just any dog, he’s a deaf rescue dog.
When Cotton was rescued and adopted as a surprise for his soldier dad, it wasn’t long before he was certified to be his service dog. He’s one heck of a companion, and it seems as if he would do anything for his soldier dad.
So it’s clear that Cotton has a lot of love and loyalty for his dad!
Which is abundantly clear when you see how he waits eagerly by the door for his best friend to return. Wow Cotton, it’s only been two days, just chill out! Just kidding, it’s adorable how devoted you are to your dad. Cotton paces back and forth and stares out the window. Somehow he knows that the soldier will be back soon.
At long last (much to Cotton’s relief), the soldier arrives.
…And the doggo loses his mind! A whole two days of waiting is just too much for this furry fella. When the door is opened, he rushes straight to his dad and eagerly says hi to him in his own doggy way. This mostly involves a lot of jumping on him and a looooot of tail wagging.
The soldier tries to get inside, easier said than done when an excited dog is getting all up in your grill!
Cotton just doesn’t know what to do with himself! He’s so excited to have his soldier back that he doesn’t even know what to do about it. He goes in demanding pets, but also seems to want to shove his face into the soldier.
How lucky is this guy to be loved this much?
Is it even possible to be loved any more than the love you get from a dog? It’s nothing but pure, unadulterated affection. Was Cotton just sitting at home thinking his best friend was gone forever? That would explain why he behaves as if it’s a miracle that he returned.
I wish we could have a transmitter from Cotton’s brain so we could hear what he was thinking.
It would probably be a series of scrambled sentiments about how obsessed he is with his master, and how he’s never allowed to leave again. It’s you, it’s really you! I can’t believe you’re still alive! Did you die? Did you come back to life? Are you back forever? What’s heaven like? Were there dogs there? I’m the best boy right? DON’T EVER LEAVE ME AGAIN!
And there you have it, a reunion that will warm you heart to its very core forever.
Watch the full video below to enjoy this adorable fellas welcome home ceremony!
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