Shane Godfrey probably had an inkling Willie might not recognize him at first. Still, it must’ve been pretty disheartening to see his big furball charging at him, barking and lunging in a full-on intruder alert.
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Godfrey took the pup in last year, after finding him abandoned on his front porch in Sanford, North Carolina. The two have been inseparable ever since.
But the pup didn’t immediately recognize his beloved owner because Godfrey had lost 50 pounds while in the hospital for 5 weeks fighting off the flu, which then progressed pneumonia and led to other life-threatening conditions.
Godfrey’s sister took care of Willie while he was away, and on April 2 Godfrey posted a video of his and Willie’s reunion in his backyard.
“At first he was unsure and barked at me, but once he got close enough to smell me, he recognized me immediately and totally went wild with excitement,”he said, adding that watching the video “still makes me tear up.â€
The heartwarming reunion captured below has been viewed more than 630,000 times and shared by thousands, and it’s no wonder – Willie all but turns cartwheels the moment he recognizes his owner’s scent! All’s right in Willie’s world now, and he’s never leaving his daddy’s side again.
Watch the big guy’s tail swish frantically below, and share to spread smiles!
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