Loyal dog’s heartwarming reaction after soldier owner returns home from duty

A dog had a heartwarming reaction when his soldier owner returned home from duty.

Master Sgt Hector Rivera, a member of the US Air Force, was reunited with his pit bull Kanoh after arriving back from six months in Kuwait.

As soon as the pooch saw his owner, he ran and jumped on him and started playing.

While he was deployed with his unit from the Westover Air Reserve Base, the dog was looked after by a foster family in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

His owner arrived at the home on Tuesday and waited in a car around the corner, while they took Kanoh to their back garden.

The military man appeared and called for his dog, who raced over, US media reports.

Hector, of Holbrook, Massachusetts, said: "I didn't know how he was going to react, to be honest with you.

"I got teary, really teary he knows. You can't explain it."

He signed up to the programme ‘Dogs on Deployment’ to find someone to care for him while he was gone, WJAR reported.

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David Donahue and Joeana Mills-Donahue agreed to look after the mutt.

He gave them eight of his t-shirts, which they handed to the pit bull each month who would get happy at the smell, look around his owner before falling asleep next to it.

The master sergeant thanked the couple for taking "good care of my boy".

He said he was "so grateful" for families willing to sacrifice their time to care for a military veteran’s pet.

Hector added: "He's my son. He's going to be seven-years-old in March and I've had him since he was a pup and I didn't have anyone that could take care of him.

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"It was tough leaving him behind. I have a tattoo of him on my arm, not many people love their dog as much as me.”

Mrs Donahue, 33, said: "It was heartbreaking of excitement because it's so personal and you get attached to the dog, and then you get to see them reunited.

"It's a beautiful memory to capture.

"I’m just so glad to see them back together again, it's great."

Mr Donahue, 41, said: "It’s always been a passion for both of us.

"We come from a little bit of military background in our families."

The couple had a few weekend visits to make sure he was comfortable before they began fostering him, he added.

He described the dog as "loyal and very smart", and they taught him tricks like how to close a door and to answer commands in Spanish.

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