Military Dog Is SO Happy To Finally Be Home With His Dad | The Dodo Reunited


All right, Bakk.
Let’s get you home. – Oh, good. He ready. That’s a good boy.
Good boy. Good. All right, let’s get you home, bubba.
All right. Today, Bakk and I are
gonna be reunited. It– the moment’s here.
I’m so ready. Hi, baby. We’re driving across San Francisco now, and we’re making our way. In January, Bakk started limping. And they took him to the vet
and found out that he had a torn
cruciate ligament, which is basically
a dog’s ACL. – Can you see the rainbow, Bakk? – Bakk, at that time, was
seven years old. He’s not a good
candidate for surgery. But he is a good candidate
for adoption. So I was like, “I can
take him home.” – You’re resting here in Reno. And you actually had to drive through a snowstorm
to get here. Dogs have always been a part
of my life. When I went to join
the Air Force, that’s the first thing I asked. What do I have to do to be
a military working dog handler? In 2017 I got orders to Osan Air Base in South Korea. And when I arrived on station there, they brought me to Bakk. Here was this little German shepherd,
that was just waiting patiently. He knew
that something was coming. It was an instant connection. We just — we clicked.
We were a team that — that absolutely were meant
to be together. Having Bakk, when I was
away from my family, was huge. I’m already away from my son,
who was one, kind of missing out
on some of the big milestones that people normally get to see
at that age. My son, Kristopher, wanted
to do some sports. I wasn’t there, like I normally
wanted to be. For me, Korea, I knew
was going to be a year-long assignment.
Knowing that, you don’t want to get
super-attached, because you know you’re
having to give this dog away, but at the same time, it’s
very hard not to get attached. I was ecstatic to return
to my family. I still felt bad that I had to
leave Bakk over there, But I just– I knew in my
mind that, don’t worry, he’s coming home. Not yet, but he
is coming home. You remember a guy named
Technical Sergeant Cain? Did he ever talk to you about
a place called Boise, Idaho? – We’ll be driving up from
Mountain Home Air Force Base, into downtown Boise. And the reunification with Bakk
will be happening down there, which is gonna be
an awesome setting. Today I have my wife, Stephanie,
and my son Henry. It was amazing to see
so much media attention, just capturing a moment of having a dog and a soldier
reunited together. – Let’s go see your Daddy! This is a moment that I’ve
been waiting for– well, honestly, for
about 11 months. I brought Bakk’s Kong. I also brought a rope toy,
which he absolutely loves. Let’s see who’s here. Who’s here? Who’s here? Bakk came through the door,
and then it clicked. It’s the 2K!
2K, what’s up, 2K? He was like, “Oh, wait.
I remember you!” – You could see
his eyes light up. He walked right over to my
wife, Stephanie, and my 3-year-old
son, Henry, and got a little bit of scratch
and love from everybody. Just right at home. I just want to give you a hug. Because, thank you so much
for bringing him home. On the car ride back, he took up the same
position he did when we were in the patrol car. He decided he’d just
kind of lay down, and look around for
a little bit. Just getting those moments back, and him wanting to be
around me, is awesome. Originally, I was
slightly apprehensive on how Bakk would do
around small children, But as soon as
he saw Henry, walked right up to him, with his Kong. He was like,
‘All right, this is kind of cool.” Same thing with Stephanie.
Stephanie put her arms around him, and he just immediately
accepted, “Well, this is somebody else
who’s gonna love me.” I don’t see any problems with my oldest son, Kristopher. I think they’re gonna get
along just fine. He spent seven years of his life working and jobbing
it out there, for hours on end, in all of the elements. He’s really deserved to
just be a couch dog. And kind of do what
he wants to do. And that’s exactly what
I want for him. I just want him to
live out his life being happy, and not
having to be stressed out or having to do anything. Just enjoy your time. I get it.
Come. Yeah. Bakk!
[whistling]

100 Replies to “Military Dog Is SO Happy To Finally Be Home With His Dad | The Dodo Reunited

  1. Of course I'm crying happy tears now. All the military dogs are trained here in San Antonio, on Lackland Air Force Base. When I retired, I wanted my husband and I to apply to foster a pup, something qualified locals can do until the dog is the right age to enter full training. (Sadly, my arthritis is too severe.) We are happy that retiring dogs can now be adopted by their handlers, or others. It made no sense to kill them, as was done until recently, and still is done, in some cases. These wonderful animals have served this nation well, and have earned retirement in loving homes.

  2. Damn, I just can't stop the tears running down. Thank you for sharing such a great story. Thank you for taking care of your four legs boddy. Thank you for your service.

  3. He spent halfed his life serving his country and he should geted to haved veteran medical benefits to fixed his leg.

  4. He's guarding Henry because he knows Henry is a youngster in the pack and needs his protection! Our St Bernard used to do the same thing with my newborn niece, standing guard over her. This is so awesome! I'm glad Bakk can now enjoy life as a family dog.

  5. TY Dr, Staubus, for getting this soldier Bakk to his rightful owner, the other buddy, TSgt Cain. This brings me to tears. Thank you Bakk & TSgt for your service. I salute you both. All service dogs should get to come home with their handler and br treated as veterans. There should be a special Vet veternarian hospital, just like for our Vets, free of charge for medical treatments.

  6. Excellent story 👍! My pup is a member of my family and would protect all of us as we would him ! God blessed us again with him !

  7. I love God. Love my country but mostly I love dogs. Omg Cuteness, loyal, brave, loving, intelligence overload🥰🇺🇸💎🍾

  8. I've watched so MANY videos of dogs RETURNING into the arms of their military owners and they're so EXCITED, barking, JUMPING and they OBVIOUSLY are EXCITED to see their owner BUT, This dog, SHOWED NO EXCITEMENT OR ENTHUSIASM WHATSOEVER? It's hard to believe this is this guy's dog?

  9. What a beautiful story. Life really is better with a pup in your house. I’m sure that Bakk will live out his golden years in peace and comfort with his family.

  10. Lol cute doggo but the military are just joo pawns protecting THEIR interests not the common American and I'm a disabled veteran

  11. Yess all military K9 should, be, coming with there handlers
    And I hope man, you will love them
    For saving your life
    He deserves love and care
    God bless you both man and your family

  12. Nothing like a dog so faithfully. Unconditional love. They don’t care if your poor if you have no home. You are their god. Xx

  13. from 1 air force cop to to another. he protected our nation now he protects your family. what a great way to retire as a dog.

  14. SFC JOHN DIXON I wish could have had Mika but that douch Paul Leslie and his wife scrum. Congrats bro for having bakk back

  15. WHAT ALL MILITARY COUNTRIES MUST DO GIVE WHEN THE DOGS GO UP FOR ADOPTION SUPPLY THE PPL TAKING HIM WITH SOME MONTHLY DOG FOOD TO

  16. Awesome it's really nice that you adopted him and brought him to your home to share with your wife and your boys awesome job I am a marine so Semper Fi

  17. German Shepards are work dogs. They are not meant to spend their life on the couch. So give your dogs some tasks: guarding, sniffing out things, take care of animals, protecting, what ever. German Shepards without some tasks tend to get difficult or even crazy. German Shepards are happy with some work.

  18. Thank you to the lady who reunited this dog with his owner. If only we had more people like you in this world!!!! God Bless You!!

  19. I’m glad they reunited but I don’t think the dog remember him at all because I was sent on a job that was too far to travel back and forth everyday so we spent two weeks away from home so I left him with my mom what was a mistake because she fell in love with my dog and ended up with partial custody making me drop the dog off
    on my way to work and after awhile I didn’t have the heart to take her away from my mom who was so happy when the dog was around and really kept her company when my dad was at work I still saw her everyday until I moved out of the area then it was only a few times a month but when I came over she new the sound of my truck and it didn’t matter if she was sound asleep her little alarm went off and she would fly off of her pink chair and jump from 15 feet away onto my chest and hold on like a baby licking my face. That’s why I never got another dog after she died because it wouldn’t be fair to any other dog that I might of gotten later because I would compare the two and she was the greatest boxer dog in the world.

  20. Looked like he sensed/sniffed 'something was up' when he circled back around the wife and kid when he walked in 🙂 New tasking: take care of and cuddle family – Great story!

  21. Please do something for those who are in the middle eastern countries. They are dying and those people have a very bad tradition about dogs. Please…

  22. So wonderful to see working dogs go HOME to the men that worked so closely with them. Bakk deserves a warm home, soft couch, kids to drive him crazy hehe, hearing laughter rather than military trucks. Basically a dog's life, and he couldn't be in a better place. Thanks so much to everyone who helped with the forever reunion. ❤🐾🐾❤😎😎

  23. Thank you Bakk and family for helping to protect my country, and hope you have the happiest life ever. From Korea with all my respect.

  24. When i was stationed in Germany i found a stray kitten i named Pluto, he secretly lived with me in the barracks from 2010-2012 when i was discharged. I was heartbroken i couldn't take him home but i just wasn't sure where i was gonna live when i got back, anyways a German couple that i had befriended offered to take him in, I'd like to say he changed their lives like he did mine because every year since i have received a family christmas card with Pluto growing older with his family and i just received word that all is well and i'll be getting another Christmas card this year..happy days.

  25. All of our scout dogs in Vietnam were not allowed to come home due to previous law suites from the Korean War in the 50's, so we were told. There is not one point in the scout dog training that promoted or encouraged these dogs to be mean or vicious as an attack dog in the police department requires. They were trained to seek out any humans ( called enemies in war time) in the bush and detect trip wires etc. These scout and tracker dogs were full blown heroes that saved many American soldiers lives on a daily basis. So what did these self serving bureaucrats do besides sending thousands of soldiers to their death for a political none war? ; put down the dogs that served our country by saving lives and risking their lives to do that. Apparently the myth that all "war dogs" are vicious killers has finally been dismissed along with witches and vampires. Only took 50 some years.
    For all the great dogs I had the honor to serve with.
    39th Scout Dog Plt, 173rd Airborne

  26. Thank you for your services! What’s up with Bakk’s left side that’s shaved? I saw the look of surprise when you were reunited with him and saw the shaved patch. Hope he is well along with you and your beautiful family.

  27. Many blessings to this awesome man for his compassionate heart and soul and bringing this beautiful pup as part of his family and giving him love and care as every dog deserve. Beautiful story !! I wish the same luck for every animal.

  28. Ive wayched this every day (almost^^;) to remind me that every dog has some sort of pure in yhem no matter the breed! But now its a movoe front row seat please

  29. I'm a grown guy from the UK and watching this video, I think I may have some dust in my eyes. I love it when service dogs get to live with their handlers after retiring. Things weren't always like that. They used to just leave them behind or destroy them as ignorance prevailed. The then received wisdom was that working dogs could not be assimilated into civi' life. Videos like this go along way to changing the aforementioned backward mindset. Good on this family.

  30. Ur absolutely rght that's retirement he will just do watever he loves to do.aftr all his hard wrk..salute to the both of you

  31. It’s happy to know he got adopted but it’s also sad to know that so many k9 dogs don’t and are put down instead. I’m glad Justin is giving him a forever home

  32. humans are the devil putting dogs in the military and or making them spend their lives taking care of a disabled person. Dogs should get to live their lives free and just be a dog,

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