A retired soldier recently reunited with the German shepherd that served alongside him in Iraq. For obvious reasons, the video has quickly gone viral.
Retired Air Force Sergeant David Simpson and his dog Robbie secured the streets of Iraq together for four years. However, their relationship came to end when Simpson retired last year and Robbie had to continue serving.
“It was very tough to go through,” Simpson said. “Having to say goodbye, that is heartbreaking.”
When Simpson discovered that Robbie was also retiring, he immediately bought a $2,000 plane ticket to Germany to adopt the dog.
In the video, it’s obvious that Robbie remembers Simpson, as the dog barrels toward Simpson and lands in his lap.
In more recent footage, Robbie can be seen happily running around Simpson’s backyard.
“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.”