5 Dog-and-Owner Reunions That Will Make You Cry Happy Tears

Bomb-Sniffing Dog Runs Into Partner’s Arms

Five-year-old German Shepherd Ikar made a beeline for U.S. Army Specialist Vance McFarland when he spotted him in the airport in August. The pair spent a year working together in Afghanistan, but they hadn’t seen each other since 2012. McFarland always wondered what had happened to his buddy, and he even named one of his two Australian Shepherds Raki, which is Ikar spelled backward. It turned out that Ikar was one of 12 dogs abandoned at the Mt. Hope Kennels in Virginia by a private contractor. When the contractor didn’t go back for the dogs after 17 months, the kennel owner turned to Mission K9 Rescue and the U.S. War Dogs Association, which helped them find forever homes. McFarland promised that Ikar will now spend his retirement “spoiled as hell,” Idaho’s KIVI reported.

Emotional Reunion After Three-Alarm Fire

Sometimes a joyous reunion isn't years in the making — but that feeling of relief is just as powerful. Melvin Rodriguez and his 14-year-old son, Damon, were overcome with joy when they were reunited with their French Bulldog after a devastating fire consumed their New Jersey apartment building in April. The two sank to the sidewalk while clutching Sebastian after firefighters reunited them outside the building. Sebastian seemed relieved, too, and licked his owners as women inside a nearby hair salon broke into applause.

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