The past nine months have been hard on this dog named Brindle. His dad, JD Aument, has been serving overseas as a firefighter in the Army Reserves — and poor Brindle’s been missing him dearly.
“He’s so sad without him here,” Rachel Marie Aument, JD’s wife, told The Dodo. “He loves me, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not his person.”
You see, before JD adopted Brindle a few years ago, he was just another sad shelter dog looking for a friend. And, in JD, he found one.
From that point on, Brindle and his dad were inseparable — that is, until JD’s deployment last year.
“He immediately knew that it was JD’s shirt. There was no doubt about it,” Aument said. “I was crying so hard while recording his reaction.”
In a way, JD was back — and Brindle couldn’t have been happier.
“He carried [the shirt] up to bed with him after the video and slept with it the rest of the day,” Aument said.
Rather than make Brindle have to carry the shirt around everywhere to feel close to JD, Aument found a better solution.
She dressed him in it.
“I think he felt a little abandoned when JD left and the shirt helped reassure him that Dad still loves him and is coming back,” Aument said.