A retired soldier flew thousands of miles to reunite with the intrepid German shepherd that served alongside him in Iraq and the touching footage has quickly gone viral.
Retired Air Force Sergeant David Simpson made a best friend in the form of military pooch Robbie as the two served together securing dangerous city streets in Iraq for four years.
But their beautiful relationship came to an abrupt halt a year ago when Simpson left the military and his canine comrade continued to serve.
The intervening months were so difficult for Simpson that he immediately purchased a $2,000 plane ticket to Germany to adopt Robbie when he learned that dog, too, was retiring.
‘[It’s] probably the most difficult task we have to do, other than having your dog passing away,’ the father of three, who now lives in Mulberry, Florida, 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.’
Thankfully, the heartbreak was only temporary.