Occurred on December 20, 2017 / Salem, Ohio, USA
This dog has the most adorable delayed reaction when he sees his mom after 8 months apart. Soldier Janna Berger had to move to a different city for her Advanced Individual Training but after many months apart she finally gets to see her beloved Murphy again.
Berger shared that she missed Murphy more than her family, “I thought about Murphy every day I was at basic training and AIT. I think I missed him more than my family because I knew he didn’t know if I was ever coming back.”
As for Murphy, she knew he was missing her too. “My best friend went to my house one day, found Murphy sleeping outside my room, and got one of his paw prints on a piece of paper to mail to me,” she explained. “It hung inside my locker by a band-aid for the rest of basic.”
Needless to say, when Berger returned home she was anticipating a warm welcome. But that’s not what happened…at least not at first.
In the video, Berger calls for Murphy outside of her home and the dog comes running only to get spooked when he sees her. He freaks out and runs away.
“I had no idea Murphy would react the way he did when I finally got home! When he didn’t recognize me at first, I was so heartbroken,” Berger shared.
Upon coaxing Murphy back over to her, she takes off her hat and it’s then that Murphy slowly begins to realize who it is. He lets out a bark of surprise and slowly approaches the “stranger.”
When he gets a sniff he suddenly knows and goes crazy with happiness. Murphy can’t sit still and bounces up and down with delight, knocking her over several times!
Said Berger of the moment, “The happiest moment of my life was when he finally figured out it was me. He’s been the light of my life for over three years now, and I’m hoping to have many more with him by my side.”