However, animal shelters are not the only cause that Andy hopes his video will highlight. He also wants people to remember all the other soldiers risking their lives to serve their country. He wrote, “I’m glad that this clip of Gracie has made so many people happy. If it makes you smile, it’s a good thing. But please remember the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. My buddy Steve Taylor, who is in Iraq, wrote me to say that it bummed him out, because it reminded him of how much he missed his dog…”
What’s more, Gracie and Andy’s emotional video is not the only Afghanistan reunion story to find wider attention. In 2013 CNN reported on a homecoming tale with a twist. When a stray dog started to follow a unit of the U.S. Army National Guard stationed in a remote part of Afghanistan, they soon formed an unbreakable connection. As their bond grew, the troops named the dog Sheba.