Tech Sergeant David Simpson was forced to leave his job in the Air Force M.P. for medical reasons, and he also was forced to leave behind Robson (“Robbie”), his military canine partner, with whom he had spent roughly four years.
Simpson retired while Robbie was still on active duty at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. He handed the leash over to someone else and said a painful “goodbye.”
"[It's] probably the most difficult task we have to do, other than having your dog pass away," Simpson told FOX 13. "It was very tough to go through, and you don't know if the dog understands. Having to say goodbye, that is heartbreaking."
However, Simpson received a message almost a year after he and Robbie had been apart that Robbie was ready to "hang it up."
Simpson was on the next possible flight to Germany for Robbie's retirement, and the pair was reunited again.
Simpson spent $2,000 to fly to get Robie and bring him back—this time to be a permanent part of the family.
He's spending his time getting Robbie, an 85-pound German shepherd, comfortable with his own three young children.
"My goal for him is to allow him to have as much fun and relaxation for the rest of his life,” Simpson said. “I just want him to enjoy his retirement,"
Watch the moment they were reunited to see the heartwarming joy a man and his ‘best friend’ can share.
Source: My Fox Tampa Bay