Friday Funnies: Cats vs. Dogs

Pets React to Service Members Returning Home

Unless you’ve been living under a rock without internet access, by now you’ve probably seen some of these YouTube videos of soldiers returning home from a long tour of duty. It’s not just soldiers – it’s also Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Guardsmen, reservists – everybody.

And people can’t get enough! These videos get millions of views. Like this one of a soldier returning home from Afghanistan, which was originally posted in 2008. It now has over 20 million views. He even donates ad revenue from the video to his hometown animal shelter.

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Watch the full video here:

There are so many of these videos that you could probably spend all day watching them. One channel started putting together compilations in 2012, and the first one got more than 26 million views. Here’s the latest one from 2015. Check it out for your latest dog lovin’ goodness:

So clearly, dogs go nuts when service members return home from tour. It’s kind of a big deal for them. Most of these goofballs simply cannot contain their excitement.

But that makes me wonder: what happens when a cat owner comes back? Are they equally as enthusiastic? I don’t have a cat (because dogs rule) so I wouldn’t know. Luckily, there are a few clips out there of soldiers returning home to their cats. So without further ado:

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As you can see…cats don’t care. Because they’re cats.

Okay, full disclosure: these gifs are from a parody video meant to mirror all the dog reactions on YouTube. You might have noticed these “soldiers” are out of regs and wearing BDUs, which haven’t been standard issue in years. They’re actually actors.

Although…the cats’ reactions are probably genuine, because... well... they're cats.

You can watch the full video here:

How did your pet react when you returned home from a long trip away? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Jake Butler

About the author: Jake Butler

Jake Butler is a staff writer at Pioneer Services who understands the challenges facing modern military families. He writes informative and entertaining pieces about military life, financial education and everything in between. Follow Jake on Google+.

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