While most soldier homecoming videos we have featured in the past involve our brave men returning home to their wives, parents and children, here’s a video to prove that dogs are just as much a part of the family as anyone else.

Ranger, a German Shepherd, is playing fetch out in the lawn with his favorite toy. But when his toy is flung far out, Ranger runs to fetch it but comes back to find a familiar face back home. The reaction Ranger has to his returning master sounds to us like he surely missed the man.

And if that wasn’t heartwarming enough for you, here’s video montage of dogs welcoming their owners home from deployment.

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