This one heartfelt reunion that made me cry! Kermie the dog was diagnosed with cancer a month after her soldier dad, Eric, went away on an 8-month deployment. She was given only 2 to 3 months to live. But she hung on until, finally just before Christmas, Eric came home.
Eric’s wife wrote:
“We were devastated, to say the least. Kermie was our first child, and we did not think Eric would ever get to see her again.”
“Kermie continued to do okay for several months, surpassing the vet’s estimate for survival. As the end of the deployment drew nearer, hopes for a never-expected reunion began to creep into our minds. However, the tumor in her mouth was making it increasingly more difficult for her to eat and drink.”
“November, homecoming month, was very stressful. We truly did not know if she would make it until Eric returned. The boys and I were doing everything we could to ensure she took her medication and kept her weight up. I was making her home-cooked meals, and at times, hand-feeding her. “
“Twelve days before Eric was due home, we received crushing news – the deployment was being extended indefinitely. I just KNEW Kermie would not make it until Christmas.”
“She hung on.”
“A few days before Christmas, after 9 long months, we received the best gift. It is all any of us wanted for Christmas.”
Although the family thought they would be putting Kermie down within days of his return, Eric was like a “magic pill” for Kermie. She rallied and began to eat and drink again without struggle. A few months later, she celebrated her 12th birthday, and although she was still enjoying her walks and tricks, her tumor was making her life miserable and it was time to say goodbye.
The family shared a wonderful quote from Dr. Seuss that encapsulates this sweet reunion video: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Share this heartwarming family story with your friends and family.