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Military Dog Is SO Happy To Finally Be Home With His Dad | The Dodo Reunited

Military Dog Is SO Happy To Finally Be Home With His Dad | The Dodo Reunited


All right, Bakk.
Let’s get you home. – Oh, good. He ready. That’s a good boy.
Good boy. Good. All right, let’s get you home, bubba.
All right. Today, Bakk and I are
gonna be reunited. It– the moment’s here.
I’m so ready. Hi, baby. We’re driving across San Francisco now, and we’re making our way. In January, Bakk started limping. And they took him to the vet
and found out that he had a torn
cruciate ligament, which is basically
a dog’s ACL. – Can you see the rainbow, Bakk? – Bakk, at that time, was
seven years old. He’s not a good
candidate for surgery. But he is a good candidate
for adoption. So I was like, “I can
take him home.” – You’re resting here in Reno. And you actually had to drive through a snowstorm
to get here. Dogs have always been a part
of my life. When I went to join
the Air Force, that’s the first thing I asked. What do I have to do to be
a military working dog handler? In 2017 I got orders to Osan Air Base in South Korea. And when I arrived on station there, they brought me to Bakk. Here was this little German shepherd,
that was just waiting patiently. He knew
that something was coming. It was an instant connection. We just — we clicked.
We were a team that — that absolutely were meant
to be together. Having Bakk, when I was
away from my family, was huge. I’m already away from my son,
who was one, kind of missing out
on some of the big milestones that people normally get to see
at that age. My son, Kristopher, wanted
to do some sports. I wasn’t there, like I normally
wanted to be. For me, Korea, I knew
was going to be a year-long assignment.
Knowing that, you don’t want to get
super-attached, because you know you’re
having to give this dog away, but at the same time, it’s
very hard not to get attached. I was ecstatic to return
to my family. I still felt bad that I had to
leave Bakk over there, But I just– I knew in my
mind that, don’t worry, he’s coming home. Not yet, but he
is coming home. You remember a guy named
Technical Sergeant Cain? Did he ever talk to you about
a place called Boise, Idaho? – We’ll be driving up from
Mountain Home Air Force Base, into downtown Boise. And the reunification with Bakk
will be happening down there, which is gonna be
an awesome setting. Today I have my wife, Stephanie,
and my son Henry. It was amazing to see
so much media attention, just capturing a moment of having a dog and a soldier
reunited together. – Let’s go see your Daddy! This is a moment that I’ve
been waiting for– well, honestly, for
about 11 months. I brought Bakk’s Kong. I also brought a rope toy,
which he absolutely loves. Let’s see who’s here. Who’s here? Who’s here? Bakk came through the door,
and then it clicked. It’s the 2K!
2K, what’s up, 2K? He was like, “Oh, wait.
I remember you!” – You could see
his eyes light up. He walked right over to my
wife, Stephanie, and my 3-year-old
son, Henry, and got a little bit of scratch
and love from everybody. Just right at home. I just want to give you a hug. Because, thank you so much
for bringing him home. On the car ride back, he took up the same
position he did when we were in the patrol car. He decided he’d just
kind of lay down, and look around for
a little bit. Just getting those moments back, and him wanting to be
around me, is awesome. Originally, I was
slightly apprehensive on how Bakk would do
around small children, But as soon as
he saw Henry, walked right up to him, with his Kong. He was like,
‘All right, this is kind of cool.” Same thing with Stephanie.
Stephanie put her arms around him, and he just immediately
accepted, “Well, this is somebody else
who’s gonna love me.” I don’t see any problems with my oldest son, Kristopher. I think they’re gonna get
along just fine. He spent seven years of his life working and jobbing
it out there, for hours on end, in all of the elements. He’s really deserved to
just be a couch dog. And kind of do what
he wants to do. And that’s exactly what
I want for him. I just want him to
live out his life being happy, and not
having to be stressed out or having to do anything. Just enjoy your time. I get it.
Come. Yeah. Bakk!
[whistling]


Reader Comments

  1. Ok. I'm crying.
    This story has a wonderful ending. My best to all the family, especially to the military dog. He's earned it.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  2. The human acting military what a nice fable……normally the order is Kill! But for this family and this dog its alittle bit good fable!

  3. It should be a law that All military dogs are RETIRED W FULL BENEFITS. A PAY CK FOR FOOD, BEDDING TOYS & VET CARE FIR LIFE . THEY GIVE SI MUCH & GET VERY LUTTLE IN RETURN..
    M

  4. Very cool video! God Bless Our Fighting Men And Women, and Animals, All Over The World! I wish for every story to end that happily.

  5. it's a good story, but is it necessary to describe every emotion they supposedly feel by telling the viewers what they feel and how they're going to feel? just let the camera tell the story, no need to tell the stupid audience what's actually happening.,

  6. Thank you to the both of you for your service, may your family be blessed with a great life and full of joy

  7. Am I the only one who sees new of an earthquake and just breezes through it but any video involving an animal I'm in tears XD

  8. I'm glad this pup made it safe, so many do not. 😭 Airlines do not take good care of pets who have to fly. 😭

  9. BAKK is such a mild mannered dog! Even when excited he’s so well behaved! You never would’ve guessed that he was a military dog. I wonder if it is a result of his training or a personality trait. Wishing for a great life for BAKK and his family!

  10. Wonderful story! I noticed at the end that he watching over/protecting the baby. German Shepherds are the best dogs – so intelligent

  11. All working dogs should be debriefed and then given to 4ever homes. I'm against the current practice of putting working dogs down once they are deemed no longer useful. As for police dogs: There should be term limits on their service. It is unacceptable that they are worked for all of their good years and then rewarded by being destroyed. This is human irresponsible, predacious behavior and it needs to be reformed.

  12. Bakk loves his daddy for sure. He definitely loves being part of the family… Great reunion for a deserving pair!

  13. I WATCHED MANY OF THESE REUNIONS AS IM SURE YOU HAVE, HAD A DOG ALL MY LIFE, IM IN BETWEEN RIGHT NOW, WHAT I WOULD LOVE 2 DO IS ALLOW ONLY THE PERSONS SCENT MAYBE FROM AROUND A CORNER MAYBE SOME CLOTHES JUST TO SEE THE REACTION THEN SLOWLY BUILD UP TO .. RELEASE THAT LEASH! IT DOES SEEM AS THOUGH HE PICKED UP HIS SCENT ON THE WIFE & CHILD & STARTED TO SMILE

  14. These military dogs should be taken care of with all the love they deserve. They SAVE lives, they are heroes…

  15. Military and police animal use of animals is cruelty and abuse. Especially with all the sick side propaganda from the annotations and the swooning middle aged lady.

    The relationship that is special between critters and us transcends national boundaries and we should never use animals for hurting other humans which is the definition of what ALL militaries and ALL cops do with dogs and horses. (Would this channel feature an Iranian war dog guarding irans borders against the dozen american bases surrounding their country?)

    But then is our relationship with various species special when we actually see legion examples of interspecies bonding throughout nature?

  16. So much more satisfying and heart warming than a girl reunited with her horse possessing a brain the size of a walnut.

  17. welcome home hero k9 dogs must be home and give them comfortable life after retirement,thanks a million sir,youre kindhearted,youre a living example

  18. Take Bakk to Colorado to see Dr. Jeff the Rocky Mountain Vet. He might be able to fix the leg problem fr Bakk… Dr. Jeff and his Crew of Vets have fixed several ACL on Dogs and Cats.

  19. Why do soldiers carry around the BIG LIE THAT THEY ARE DEFENDING AMERICA????? This israeli governed military is OFFENSIVE,…NOT DEFENSIVE….STOP LYING TO YOURSELF.

  20. Dr Acker in Sun Valley is the best orthopedic vet in the US. He's also reasonably priced. Give him a call. I sent him pics of our pup's deformed paw. He said it was ectrodactyly. He built her a new paw out of what she had. She's six now and doing great. He also invented the Tate Elbow.

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