Sofie, a beautiful German shepherd, and her father Austin have been best friends ever since Sofie was a little puppy.

“She loves him so much,” Ally Ross, Sofie’s mom, told The Dodo.


But this year, Sofie and Austin had to spend a lot of time apart because of their personal situations.

Austin belongs to the United States. Armed Forces and received a call-up early this year for a six-month deployment. Sadly, that meant he would have to interrupt his regular schedule of enjoying himself and loving Sofie.



Sofie was unable to really comprehend it.

“After he left, she would still go into our bedroom and look for him,” Ross said.


Thankfully, Austin wouldn’t be gone permanently.

Austin was able to return home last month after completing his assignment. Ross made the decision to capture the moment he knocked on Sofie’s door to surprise her.



The dog was about to experience completeness once more.

Sofie could hardly believe her eyes as the door opened.



Sofie’s shock swiftly gave way to a flurry of love and enthusiasm. It was a reflection of what Sofie’s spirit yearned to experience every single day that Austin was gone.

“Oh, I definitely cried!” Ross said.


Her dad has returned. Now their family is whole again.

It’s back to normal for Austin and Sofie now that he’s back, and how wonderful it is.


“Now that he’s home, they go on runs and adventures together,” Ross said. “Best buds for sure.”


Source: The Dodo


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