The Late Movies: Dogs Welcoming Home Soldiers

by Jason English
November 10, 2009

“I can’t begin to imagine how hard it would be to leave my family for months at a time, especially if my destination were Iraq or Afghanistan.   And I don’t know how I could deal with my wife being deployed overseas.  These reunion videos—for me, at least—shed a tiny beam of light on how emotionally draining being a military family can be.   They’ll also make you want a dog.  To commemorate Veterans Day, here are some overjoyed dogs greeting returning soldiers.”

Gracie welcomes her dad, who has returned from Afghanistan
Seeing my dog the day I got back from Afghanistan

Buddy Homecoming
Buddy can’t contain his enthusiasm after seven months apart from his owner

U.S. Soldier, Home Sweet Home, Sweet Surprise
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anything make a sound quite like this. How great are dogs?

My Dogs greeting me after returning from 14 months in Iraq, pre arranged
We’ve posted this incredible clip before—dogs greeting a soldier after 14 months in Iraq. Worth watching again.

A TN Soldiers Welcome Home
Basset hound Reggie welcomes his best friend home from Afghanistan.

Soldier coming home to dog
Rocky gives his favorite soldier the welcome home he deserves.

Ecstatic Puppy Greeting
From the YouTube description: “Soldier daddy comes home after a month of training, and the pups go ballistic!”

 Boxer greeting Daddy after Iraq
This boxer was cautious at first, but that caution was quickly replaced by excessive jubilation.

Dachshund Homecoming
Dachshunds Franklin and Sally give a vocal welcome to their dad, a U.S. Navy man returning from an eight-month deployment to Kuwait. (According to the YouTube description, Franklin and Sally are both rescue dogs. If this video has put you in a dachshund-adopting mood, contact Southern States Dachshund Rescue at or Dachshund Rescue of North America at

Dogs greeting Daddy
This soldier is attacked (and nearly hurdled) by his pups.

Soldiers Surprising their kids
Not a dog person? We’ll end with a compilation of returning soldiers surprising their kids at school. Powerful, powerful stuff.

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About Sharon Kramer

Hi, I'm an advocate for integrity in health marketing and in the courts.
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