Deployments are part of life in the military. Still, while they might be part of the routine, it’s never easy to get used to having a loved one away for months at a time, especially if you’re the family pooch.
Dogs don’t always understand why their owner has to be away for so long, and it can be quite sad. But then they come back and everything is better. The reunions are often quite emotional.
For Devin Ekstrom of Northwood, New Hampshire, it wasn’t easy being away from his beloved husky malamute and timber wolf mix, Indus.
Ekstrom had gone off U.S. Army Basic Training back in 2018, and he came back home after 10 months away. During that time, Indus missed his buddy, but he was beyond ecstatic when Ekstrom came back.
Ekstrom’s partner, Morgan, was sure to capture the entire reunion on video when Ekstrom came back. She knew the 2-year-old pooch would be losing his mind with happiness, and she was not wrong.
As she shared with Caters Clips, “Indus’ ‘dad’ was so happy and blown away by the love he gave him once he realized it was him. I was crying along with the rest of the family.”
The video captured the wide range of emotions felt by Indus. At first, the dog was seen barking at Ekstrom – who was dressed in boots and his uniform – probably because he didn’t recognize him immediately. But then, Ekstrom got down on his knees and Morgan asked Indus, “Who is that?” and it all clicked for the dog. Indus suddenly realized that his buddy was home!
He rushed up to Ekstrom, who was just as excited to see his pooch, and the two embraced before Indus got very, very excited and began to play around.
While the video was very heartwarming, it did go viral and got people talking about the bonds that exist between dogs and their people.
As Marc Bekoff, author of ‘”Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed,” said to the Pacific Standard, “There’s no doubt that dogs have very specific memories. They recognize individuals. There’s a lot wrapped up in that relationship of care, love, and affection.”
Stanley Coren, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and author of “The Wisdom of Dogs,” added, “They basically assess this complex of sensations, which is in fact a person and that will trigger the emotion.”
Watch their very sweet reunion in the video below:
What do you think of Indus and Devin’s reunion? Have you ever experienced or witnessed a reunion like this between a dog and their person? Let us know!
You can keep up with Indus on Instagram, @indus_the_wolfdog.Whizzco