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Deaf Dog Fears He’ll Miss Soldier Dad’s Homecoming If He Moves Away From Door

 Cotton the deaf Pit Bull thinks his disability will prevent him from knowing when Dad returns. So he keeps his eyes peeled for however long it takes.



When soldier Phil Kriens returned from his deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, his wife, Shanti, surprised him with a gorgeous rescue Pit Bull puppy named Cotton. The puppy was rescued by the Oregon Humane Society who found him starving during a locked shed with open wounds. Later, Cotton was also found to be deaf, and had several nagging heath issues.




Despite Cotton’s fragile health, the couple decided to try to to their best to assist him live a cheerful life. Over the years, Cotton became an important a part of Phil’s battle together with his service-induced PTSD. He even got Cotton registered as an emotional-support service dog.


This video was taken when Cotton was eagerly expecting Phil’s return after drill weekend. Phil wont to attend Oregon National Guard for a weekend-long training every other month, but the two days always appeared like an eternity for Cotton!






As we see during this video, Cotton refuses to budge from the door because he fears that he will miss Phil’s homecoming. After hours of anticipation, the deaf dog finally sees his dad walking home, and he goes “crazy” in excitement! Cotton’s joyful jumps, tail-wags and cuddles make this video extra-precious!








In a sad announcement, the Kriens have updated that that they had to place Cotton down after his inherent health troubles worsened. This video will always remind us of this sweet boy’s devotion and love toward his humans! Rest in peace, Cotton!


Click the video below to observe Cotton patiently waiting, and his over-excited, adorable reunion with Phil!


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