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When soldier Phil Kriens returned from his deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, his wife, Shanti, surprised him with a beautiful rescue Pit Bull puppy named Cotton. The puppy was rescued by the Oregon Humane Society who found him starving in a locked shed with open wounds. Later, Cotton was also found to be deaf, and had several nagging heath issues.
Despite Cotton’s fragile health, the couple decided to do their best to help him live a happy life. Over the years, Cotton became a crucial part of Phil’s battle with his service-induced PTSD. He even got Cotton registered as an emotional-support service dog.
This video was taken when Cotton was eagerly waiting for Phil’s return after drill weekend. Phil used to go to Oregon National Guard for a weekend-long training every other month, but the 2 days always seemed like an eternity for Cotton!
As we see in this video, Cotton refuses to budge from the door because he fears that he will miss Phil’s homecoming. After hours of anticipation, the deaf dog finally sees his dad walking home, and he goes “crazy” in excitement! Cotton’s joyful jumps, tail-wags and cuddles make this video extra-precious!
In a sad announcement, the Kriens have updated that they had to put Cotton down after his inherent health troubles worsened. This video will always remind us of this sweet boy’s devotion and love toward his humans! Rest in peace, Cotton!
Click the video below to watch Cotton patiently waiting, and his over-excited, adorable reunion with Phil!
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