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By Luke Kenton


This adorable dog was sent into a state of delirium when his soldier dad surprised him after six months of being away – proving absence really makes the heart grow fonder. 

Best buds Bentley, 2, and his soldier dad, Dylan Cox, hadn’t seen each other for over half a year on account of Dylan being station in South Korea, but the golden retriever wasted no time in showing Dylan just how much he’d missed him. 

PIC BY AMELIA COX/CATERS NEWS

Picking up the scent almost instantly at their home in Austin, Texas, little Bentley began to physically shake with excitement as he realised who’s lurking around the corner. 

Wagging his tail ferociously, Bentley knocked the 25-year-old 1st Lieutenant off of his feet as he bounded, ran and spun uncontrollably.

 Delighted to be reunited, Dylan’s wife, Amelia, who captured the heartwarming moment on film, was moved to tears by the pair’s reactions. 

Amelia said: “They are just best buds. 

PIC BY AMELIA COX/CATERS NEWS

“Dylan was afraid Bentley wouldn’t remember him when he returned from deployment, because he was so young when he left. 

“I had no doubt in my mind that Bentley wouldn’t forget him. 

“When Dylan and I were able to FaceTime while he was away, Bentley would recognise his voice and even stare down the phone at him. 

“This video is the perfect example of the love dogs have for their owners. 

PIC BY AMELIA COX/CATERS NEWS

“It really was an overwhelming experience, because it was our first deployment. 

“I was so happy to have our family back together again 

“We filmed it back in February, but because everyone kept asking us to share it, we posted it to social media.”