Video: Cancer-Stricken Dog Reunites with Owner Returning from Overseas Deployment

Written by: Phil Monahan

The New York Daily News yesterday featured the story behind a short video of Kermie, a dog suffering from oral cancer, being reunited with her dad, a Navy officer who had been stationed in Guam. Here’s the description from the video itself:

In March of last year, my husband left for a scheduled 8 month deployment. A month after he left, Kermie, our 11 year old dog, was diagnosed with oral melanoma (cancer.) She was given only 2-3 months to live. We were devastated, to say the least. Kermie was our first child, and we did not think Eric would ever get to see her again.

Kermie continued to do okay for several months, surpassing the vet’s estimate for survival. As the end of the deployment drew nearer, hopes for a never-expected reunion began to creep into our minds. However, the tumor in her mouth was making it increasingly more difficult for her to eat and drink.

November, homecoming month, was very stressful. We truly did not know if she would make it until Eric returned. The boys and I were doing everything we could to ensure she took her medication and kept her weight up. I was making her home-cooked meals, and at times, hand-feeding her.

Twelve days before Eric was due home, we received crushing news– the deployment was being extended indefinitely. I just KNEW Kermie would not make it until Christmas.

She hung on.

A few days before Christmas, after 9 long months, we received the best gift. It is all any of us wanted for Christmas.

The joy expressed by both Kermie and Navy Hospital Corpsman Eric Ralston is heartwarming, if bittersweet.

Click here for the full story.

Eric Ralston greets his best friend after a long deployment.
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