After returning home, a soldier reunited with her senior dog. The touching moment was captured on a video watched by millions of people.
Private Hannah Foraker left her home in Cleveland, Ohio in September to join the Army and begin basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. She had never been away from her home for an extended time, or her beloved dog, Buddy.
So, when Foraker returned three months later after completing the training, she could hardly contain her excitement when she saw her 13-year-old golden retriever. And Buddy felt the same way. Despite suffering from arthritis and nearly deaf, the dog was still very over the moon.
“Buddy came running, as best as she could, out of the house, and said hello to everyone,” Foraker told KTLA. “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.”
The touching moment, which occurred last Christmas, was captured on tape and was recently uploaded to the web. To date, it has already been viewed more than 2 million times.
While the reunion was touching, it was also short. Foraker isn’t expected to return back to her home until next Christmas. She calls her elder dog a “fighter” and hopes she will be around when she returns home. In the meantime, Foraker interacts with her pup through Skype, telling the outlet:
“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.”