Soldier Returns From Basic Training But It's The Dog That Has The Internet Tearing Up

To Serve And Protect

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Serving proudly as part of the US Army is an honor. However, it is also a tear-jerking profession. Months away from loved ones can truly take its toll. It takes a true hero to stand proudly in the colors of the United States. And one woman did that. When she returned home for the first time, no one expected the reaction she would receive. But it was one four-legged family member that really stole the show.

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Farm Girl Turned Army Woman

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Hannah Foraker came from humble beginnings. She was a quiet farm girl who had never flown the coup. Until she decided to enroll for the army. This is when her life would change dramatically. Hannah had always been a homebody. And her training would be the first time she would actually be away from her family. But one member, in particular, was concerned: her beloved childhood friend, a golden retriever, Buddy.

Uncle Sam Seals The Deal With Hannah

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Hannah had decided she would enroll to serve her country. However, this concerned a few people. Hannah had never actually left home before now. Her family wondered whether she was ready for such a massive adjustment. They feared she was naïve to the demands of the army. Maybe she was. But Hannah felt deeply that she needed to do this. But she had no idea how massively this choice would affect those around her - until she saw Buddy’s reaction.

The Military Isn’t For Everyone

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It was as though Hannah was swept up in the hype of the army when signing up. She didn’t really think about the demands it would have on her lifestyle. Although being incredibly rewarding, army life was also challenging for first-time recruits. Especially since it meant saying goodbye to one of her greatest passions. This concerned Hannah as she never thought she’d have to put this passion to rest.

Hannah Would Have To Say Goodbye To A Huge Part Of Her Life

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Hannah had developed an incredible talent. She was a fully-fledged member of the equestrian community. She partook in multiple shows, jumping her prize thoroughbred horse. However, army life meant saying goodbye to this. This was a huge ask for Hannah, as she had come far within the world of show jumping. But Hannah knew she had to honor America. So, with a heavy heart, she soldiered on. But she didn’t realize how much this would impact one animal.

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The Right Decision Isn’t Always The Easiest One

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Even though Hannah knew she had to serve, she still had an inner conflict. Her whole life was centered around her homestead farm. And it wasn’t just her horses she would be saying goodbye to. Hannah had been raised around multiple animals. But her dog, Buddy, was her loyal sidekick. But Hannah had no idea how negatively her being away would affect Buddy. Until she saw how her dog reacted when she returned home.

Hannah Has Mixed Feelings About Leaving Home

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Hannah had always been a farm girl. Growing up on a farm, she developed a special connection to her animals. But there was one in particular that stole her heart. For the past thirteen years, Buddy was forever at her side. This made Hannah feel incredibly emotional at the thought of leaving her lifelong companion. Furthermore, Buddy was old for a large dog. When Hannah returned home, she realized just how hard it would be to leave Buddy.

Training Is A Blessing In Disguise

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Even though she thought she would hate being away from home, her training shocked Hannah. She had no idea how quickly she would take to troupe life. But she took to it like a duck to water. This eased all of her fears about leaving home. She was making amazing new friends and gaining confidence in herself. But all of that was about to change. Hannah received a heart-breaking call from her mom about Buddy.

News From Home Shakes The Soldier

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When Hannah accepted a call from her mom, she had no idea what was waiting on the other side. After the general pleasantries, the conversation took a turn for the worse. Her mom expressed her concern about Buddy. She was incredibly old for a larger dog now. And she was beginning to show signs of struggle. Hannah’s mom promised to take Buddy to the vet. But when they received that news, nobody could believe it was true.

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Buddy Isn’t As Spry As she Once Was

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Even though she still had a ton of love in her, Buddy was an older dog. She was facing all of the issues older animals face. But the scariest one of all was arthritis. When Hannah found this out, she broke down. She was terrified her best friend would not be home to greet her. But, when she arrived Buddy was there. It was when Buddy collapsed that the family began to react.

Buddy Collapses At the Sight Of Hannah

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When Buddy saw Hannah, she immediately rushed over to greet her best friend. However, when she got the Hannah, the old dog keeled over. But it was due to pure joy! Buddy nearly fainted from happiness that her best bud was finally home. Hannah’s family caught the reaction on camera, and when they shared the post, it broke the internet’s heart!

The Moment That Stole Millions Of Hearts

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Buddy was so overwhelmed by the reunion. She collapsed next to Hannah, lying doting on her lap. In the clip, a person can hear whimpers. These are not painful sounds. Rather, Buddy is expressing her deepest love for her person. She was so happy to see Hannah, she let out sounds of content. Naturally, when the family shared the video, it went viral. People fell in love with Buddy. And the public reaction was overwhelming.

Buddy Goes Viral

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There is something about an animal that brings joy to the heart. Saying that, there is no surprise that Hannah’s homecoming quickly went viral online. But Buddy totally stole the show. Her reaction to Hannah was so heartwarming, most people shed a tear. It just goes to show how truly sentient animals really are. But while buddy got her human back, Hannah also received a massive gift.

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Hannah Continues Jumping

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Even though she thought she’d have to say goodbye to show jumping, Hannah continues to this day. She finds time when she’s home from the army to partake in her greatest passion. This allows her to fulfill both her callings in life. Even though it is difficult, Hannah manages to train her horse while home. And between the two of them, they are really succeeding in the jumping world. But what about Buddy?

Buddy Loves Every Minute With Her Human

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Each time Hannah returns home, Buddy is thrilled to see her. Even though she doesn’t have the same jump in her step, Buddy bounds after her human. Since their original meeting, Hannah also met a new love. She is now a happily married lady. Her husband also serves so he completely understands her lifestyle. If ever there was a fairytale ending to an army story, this would be it. And so, they all lived happily, ever after.

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