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Like family, dogs patiently await the return of their service members from deployment. Reunions between soldiers and their dogs are often heartwarming or tear-inducing. When soldiers finally come home, the responses from their dogs show pure loyalty and excitement.

Here are five soldier-dog reunion videos that will definitively prove a dog is a man’s best friend.

Just watch the way this soldier teases his dog before coming inside.

The excitement here is palpable.

This dog is so happy, he jumps from the trunk of a car.

The noises this dog makes will melt your heart.

This dog’s height gives him the ultimate hug advantage.

Whether you leave your dog for six days or six months, you can be sure that they will always be waiting for their best friend to come home.