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11 Soldiers Welcomed Home by Very Happy Dogs

For Veterans Day 2009, we posted a round-up of videos featuring soldiers being welcomed home by their dogs. In the last two years, YouTube's vast collection of doggy welcome home videos has continued to grow. Before we begin, you might want to grab some tissues.

1. Princess

This soldier gets a face-lickingly warm welcome home from Princess, the tiniest dog in our collection.

2. Emitt Thunderpaws

At the other end of the size spectrum is Emitt Thunderpaws, a Great Dane, who displays uncharacteristic behaviors as he welcomes home his soldier.

3. Thor

After a month and a half apart, Thor pees with excitement upon being reunited with his soldier. Imagine his reaction after a longer deployment!

4. Jade

When her soldier walks through the door, Jade begins to cry.

5. Sam

All poodle Sam wants is hugs when soldier Brian returns home. (Check out the cat's reaction in the background, too.)

6. Frightened Schnauzer

At first, Keith's schnauzer barks at the "intruder" in the house, but then the dog gets a good whiff of his old friend!

7. Two Dogs

These two dogs just want to play; the black dog manages to hang onto his rope toy through the whole joyous reunion.

8. Dachshunds

Both these dachshunds are pretty happy to see their soldier again, but the little one has more staying power.

9. Gracie

Gracie wiggles her way into her soldier's lap.

10. Foster

Foster is pretty slow and steady until he spots his soldier outside...

11. Patrick

The first female soldier in our post today is welcomed home by her enthusiastic puppy.

To all members of the military, we thank you for your service. Maybe not as enthusiastically as your doggies, but still.

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After he’s deployed from a moving car, Piper heads for the birds, scattering them away from the tarmac and teaching them to associate the area with predators. Piper is just doing what most border collies would do in the presence of a flock of birds, only in this case he gets to wear stylish protective goggles while following his instincts.

You can watch the full story below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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There was an uptick in ‘90s nostalgia this year, too; Nirvana saw a 171 percent increase in popularity while Daria grew by 104 percent. Star Wars-inspired names have been a thing for 40 years now, but saw a 70 percent increase in 2017, with Finn being the most popular name from a galaxy far, far away.

So just how unique is your dog’s handle? Well, if his or her name is Max or Bella, not very. Read on to find out more, or visit Rover.com to discover the 100 most popular pooch names of 2017.

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