However, animal shelters are not the only causes that Andy hopes his video will highlight. It seems that 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…”
And as suggested, Gracie and Andy’s emotional video isn’t the only Afghanistan reunion story to have found wider attention. In 2013, for instance, 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. And as the bond between dog and unit grew, the troops named the animal Sheba.