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Soldiers return home after months abroad and are greeted by their very excited dogs. (A compilation of puppy-focused welcome-home videos for Veterans' Day.)
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Corgis sing Happy Birthday.
posted by netbros at 8:03 AM on November 11, 2009 [9 favorites]


rrraaaawrrrr you forgot to ask someone to take care of us arf arf i had to eat the other dogs woof there's a lot of poop inside i mean seriously a lot bowwow give me your leg oh yeah thats right rrrruff
posted by brain_drain at 8:05 AM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Corgis sing Happy Birthday.

Corgis!!!!! *melts*

(OK, I'd actually seen that vid before already, but Corgi cuteness never wears out its welcome. Of course, my fiancee and I also own a Corgi named Einstein, so I'm not unbiased.)
posted by kmz at 8:15 AM on November 11, 2009


Awesomeness factor only eclipsed by tearjerker factor.
posted by VicNebulous at 8:19 AM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


HOLY LOTS OF UNEXPECTED MORNING CRYING, BATMAN
posted by pazazygeek at 8:19 AM on November 11, 2009 [5 favorites]


Oh I love this, thank you.

Charting your dog's happiness
posted by mrsshotglass at 8:20 AM on November 11, 2009


We have two corgis! PJ and Sam.

PJ's the pembroke, Sam's a Cardigan. They're not nearly as talented as those corgi's unfortunately, but they DO know how to beg!

Fun post BTW...
posted by matty at 8:23 AM on November 11, 2009


Serious awwwww-filter. I love it.
posted by Forktine at 8:26 AM on November 11, 2009


"You can buy the tail. But you can't buy the wag."

Thanks for this.
posted by Joe Beese at 8:31 AM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think the cats would've sniffed once and then wandered off.
posted by jquinby at 8:31 AM on November 11, 2009 [5 favorites]


Good lord those daschunds had me in puddles.
posted by iamkimiam at 8:34 AM on November 11, 2009


The kids video at the bottom forced me to close my office door to dry up and compose myself.
posted by VicNebulous at 8:34 AM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Soliders coming home + happy pups = not a dry eye in the house.
posted by fijiwriter at 8:35 AM on November 11, 2009


I just rewatched these and pretended these dogs are on Maury and THEY ARE NOT THE FATHER!
posted by stresstwig at 8:49 AM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


great...thanks..
posted by HuronBob at 8:50 AM on November 11, 2009


Wow. I don't really even like dogs that much but this was really tear inducing.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:57 AM on November 11, 2009


Nothing can show unbridled happiness like a dog. These rock. Thanks.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 9:03 AM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


The video with the kids made me cry, and then made me really hate war mongering politicians even more.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:05 AM on November 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


You know what sucks?

War.

You know what rocks?

Dogs.

Jesus, that shit just made me cry.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:10 AM on November 11, 2009 [8 favorites]


This is a very good collection of examples as to why dogs >>>>>>>>>>>>>> cats.
posted by BobbyDigital at 9:12 AM on November 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


The video with the kids made me cry, and then made me really hate war mongering politicians even more.

Yeah, exactly.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:23 AM on November 11, 2009


Wow... some dogs *REALLY* like strangers!
(ducks!)
posted by markkraft at 9:36 AM on November 11, 2009


How sweet is the sight of grown grown men, soldiers in fact, talking baby talk to their dogs and referring to themselves as "papa" and "da-da"?! Simultaneously tear and smile-inducing.
posted by Oriole Adams at 9:36 AM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is a very good collection of examples as to why dogs >>>>>>>>>>>>>> cats.

I guess that depends on the cat
posted by doctoryes at 10:14 AM on November 11, 2009 [11 favorites]


This affected me a lot more than I expected, not being a dog person. No one can say with a straight face that animals don't have emotions after watching a few of these.
posted by Calzephyr at 10:27 AM on November 11, 2009


I haven't even SEEN these yet (can't get videos at work) but I already know I'm going to love them.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:36 AM on November 11, 2009


"Life would be perfect, if it was just kids and dogs."
posted by Snyder at 10:36 AM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


I made it three videos before crying. I think I'll avoid the one with the kids, if that's okay...

(How can something so cute make my heart break so much?)
posted by kalimac at 10:55 AM on November 11, 2009


There is wet in my eyes! Thanks for this.
posted by Dr. Zira at 10:57 AM on November 11, 2009


I started tearing up a bit halfway through the first video. This surprised me.

I completely lost my shit by the fourth (even after I immediately hit the mute button at the first sound of sappy music).

I guess I'm an enormous softie. Thank you for this.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 11:24 AM on November 11, 2009


These are awesome and I loves me some pupsters.

But part of me feels compelled to note that you could make a similar series of videos entitled "Soldiers return home from a ten-minute trip to get some milk from the corner convenience store" and they'd look awfully similar.

Dogs aren't great timekeepers, is what I'm saying.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:26 AM on November 11, 2009 [5 favorites]


You had me at the dog videos . . . but I was undone when the Border Collie leapt into his soldier's arms.
posted by bearwife at 11:45 AM on November 11, 2009


Good stuff.

Man, my allergies are bothering my eyes today. Scuse me.
posted by Fleebnork at 11:50 AM on November 11, 2009


tear-inducing videos like this are fantastic. watching them in a cubicle surrounded by coworkers, less so. someone, please pass the tissues.
posted by archibald barisol at 12:37 PM on November 11, 2009


I love it when dogs get so excited they just start running in little circles, as if to find other people to share their excitement with. "DIDJA HEAR THE NEWS! HE'S HOME!"
posted by chowflap at 12:41 PM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


I hate dogs, but this is awesome.
posted by Lucinda at 12:48 PM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


odysseus' dog argos could not have been happier than some of those pups.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:48 PM on November 11, 2009 [5 favorites]


OH it's to be all classical references today is it?
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:56 PM on November 11, 2009


Man, this is perfectly timed for me. The fiancee and I are expecting to pick up our new rescue pup today (ok, he's 5, but he's about the size of sub, so pup)
posted by drewbage1847 at 1:24 PM on November 11, 2009


A friend of mine lost her dog to cancer this week, so I could only watch the first one. I've cried enough due to dogs being totally awesome this week! Nevertheless: :D
posted by saturnine at 1:52 PM on November 11, 2009


Dogs aren't great timekeepers

Not even watchdogs?
posted by Grangousier at 1:56 PM on November 11, 2009 [4 favorites]


I think I need to have a word with the janitorial staff, because it's awfully dusty in my office right now.
posted by dersins at 2:21 PM on November 11, 2009


wow. just wow.
posted by krautland at 2:39 PM on November 11, 2009


Man, I LOVED this post. This is my favorite Metafilter post of all time. My dog greets me every day like this (not QUITE this enthusiastically of course...). This love that a dog has for their person, it is in every way, to me, as satisfying as any love a human could show. Even on those days you've been a total douche bag, or just been a horrible person with no redeeming value, your dog will still think like this of you. If I was half the person my dogs thought I was, I'd be twice the person I am. Thanks for this post, made my day and probably will make many more just like it as I go back and rewatch it from time to time. I haven't been this touched by videos since the Barack Obama countdown reactions all over the world.
posted by vito90 at 2:55 PM on November 11, 2009


Thank you veterans, and your dogs, for all of the sacrifices you've made.

*sniffles*

How sweet is the sight of grown grown men, soldiers in fact, talking baby talk to their dogs and referring to themselves as "papa" and "da-da"?! Simultaneously tear and smile-inducing.

Word.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:23 PM on November 11, 2009


I need to buy more tissues.
posted by cmgonzalez at 3:30 PM on November 11, 2009


I guess today is just going to be a crying in my office day. Thanks for posting this.
posted by Tesseractive at 4:00 PM on November 11, 2009


...Finally got home from work and watched this, and as I predicted, I loved it.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:01 PM on November 11, 2009


Dogs aren't great timekeepers, is what I'm saying.

Well, I can't watch these right now, because I'm still mourning the loss of my dog and can't handle this kind of thing at the moment. However, I can tell you that my dog was always very excited when I got home from a 10-minute trip or a whole day at work, but the one time I was separated from him for more than a day he was just about to explode when he greeted me.

But I can't watch this, not yet ...
posted by krinklyfig at 4:03 PM on November 11, 2009


Oh yeah, the dogs who leap up to hug the soldiers? The lump in my throat got very big.

But then the little kid in that first video of the soldiers coming into class? My whole body couldn't contain it.

Bonus mondo schmoop for having our i-net connection buffer right at the second that little kid sees his dad walk in and he starts running at him.

OOOOOOG.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:26 PM on November 11, 2009


There's nothing like doggie love.
posted by Sassenach at 4:42 PM on November 11, 2009


But part of me feels compelled to note that you could make a similar series of videos entitled "Soldiers return home from a ten-minute trip to get some milk from the corner convenience store" and they'd look awfully similar.

Yes and no. I had a dog who got all excited whenever I got back from even 10 minutes at the store too.

But later on when I returned from college after 6 months away he went ballistic, sang songs, and danced in circles.

The behavior and the result is similar, it's the intensity that changes.
posted by doctoryes at 4:43 PM on November 11, 2009


This is now my second favorite collection of dog videos (Talking Dogs still reigns supreme).

This did trigger the waterworks, rest assured, but I laughed harder than I cried. How could I not? The joy of these little guys is so contagious!

My favorite was Buddy. I've never seen such exuberance. If he'd been wearing pants, he would've shat them *so hard* from all of the excitement.

Also,

*groan*, Grangousier

and

I'm sorry for your loss, krinklyfig :( I hope you had some good times with your pup.
posted by chara at 5:20 PM on November 11, 2009


The behavior and the result is similar, it's the intensity that changes.

Oh, I know, and I really didn't mean to crap on the videos. They are awesome.

But I could show you some awfully cute "OMG BISCOTTI IS HOME! SHE NEVER COMES HOME! EVERY DAY SHE LEAVES US FOREVER AND NEVER COMES BACK! WE'RE SAVED! WHERE'S DINNER?!" videos. Especially with the pair of precious booboo idiot dogs scrobbling around the corner on wood floors like cartoon dogs, legs flailing madly but going nowhere.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:53 PM on November 11, 2009


The one at the end with the kids made me cry so much. I hate this fucking war.
posted by serazin at 7:23 PM on November 11, 2009


oh. I just saw Burhanistan's comment. I guess I wasn't the only one.
posted by serazin at 7:25 PM on November 11, 2009


I can't take it. The kids one is too sad. The little six year old running to his father with an emotion the news anchor calls "joy" but which looks to me like the sudden release of so much fear and anxiety and sadness that the little guy nearly fell to pieces from the strain right there in the classroom. Some of these soldiers are only on leave and they still have to go back. This is too much; I can't bear it.
posted by PercussivePaul at 10:45 PM on November 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


[cat defense]

the first time I went away for a while (3 weeks) when I had my cat, upon my return she ran down the stairs (nearly before I was even in the door) and launched herself onto me from several feet away, wrapping her little paws around my neck and meowing with joy. she wouldn't let me put her down for quite a while. it was a very emotional reunion on both sides.

[/end cat defense]

posted by supermedusa at 10:43 AM on November 12, 2009


Right there with ya, supermedusa. My tuxedo boy is a definite elder-statesman, but he still comes trotting out to meet me every day when I get home from work, and when I sit down at the computer he will still climb into my lap.

Where he ignores me, but still.

I think dogs take more of an exuberant, musical-theater-kid approach to joy - "omigod YOU'RE HOME YOU'RE HOME YOU'RE HOME! YAAAAAAY!!" Where cats are more of the skater-kid variety: ".....dude, you're back! Awesome!"
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:53 AM on November 12, 2009


Each video in turn made me tear up. I want a dog so badly!

But the last video with the kids turned me into a snotty, crying mess. And I agree with PercussivePaul, I wouldn't call that emotion "joy," I'd call it "relief." Relief that might turn into fear and anxiety again when their parents have to leave again, breaking their family unit apart. Those poor children!
posted by audacity at 1:21 PM on November 12, 2009


I am often a callous asshole, but the videos of the surprised kids made me cry. Awesome.
posted by agregoli at 6:58 PM on November 12, 2009


My dog greets me every day like this (not QUITE this enthusiastically of course...).
Mine, too. Or he used to. (He crossed the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.) But every day when I got home from work, as soon as he heard my footsteps on the front porch, I'd heard his quiet, excited whimpering on the other side of the door. If I waited a minute, the doorknob would rattle a little as he nosed at it. When I stepped inside, he'd run excited laps around the living room (he was a retired racing greyhound), sweeping the cofee table clear with his tail. Then he'd run up to me, quivering and making little noises in his throat, waiting for hugs and petting.
posted by Oriole Adams at 9:28 AM on November 13, 2009


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