It was a tear-filled reunion between a wounded soldier and his military dog.
Last December, specialist Andrew Brown and his working dog, Rocky, where wounded in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.
For their brave efforts, the two were awarded Purple Hearts and set out on their long road to recovery.
SPC Brown was treated for his injuries and transported back to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Rocky, who had a broken femur in one of his hind legs and an injury to his tail, stayed behind in Europe to recover.
Those few weeks were the longest that Brown and Rocky had been apart. “When the explosion first happened, I was more worried about him than myself,” Brown told ABC News.
“I’ve known him longer than both of my sons have been alive. I think we make a pretty good team – you know, you’ve got to have 100 percent trust in your dog.”
On Friday, the two best friends were reunited in Bethesda, Maryland. Their reunion, which was caught on video, has since gone viral and gained attention from major news outlets across the world.
“Just excitement – it’s the only way I can describe it,” Brown said of the reunion.
While they are still recovering, the two are doing much better and are expected to make the journey home – together – very soon.
Brown told ABC that he is hoping to adopt Rocky if the dog medically retires so that they can spend every day together, “just like when we were in Afghanistan.”
h/t: ABC News