Military serviceman reunites with dog after 7-month deployment

Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Hector Rivera reunited with his dog Kanoh after leaving him with the non-profit group “Dogs on Deployment” while serving in Kuwait.
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strong." A member of our military, ready to deploy, but he had one problem. The incredible group that stepped in. Sit. Down. Reporter: That's air force reservist Hector Rivera from Holbrook, Massachusetts, and his best friend kanoh playing catch. Jump. Good boy! Reporter: Hector has had kanoh since he was a pup. How much does he love his dog? Just take a look at this tattoo. I wanted to get something to symbolize something that is very endearing to me. Reporter: Over his 13 years in the reserves, master sergeant Rivera has separated from kanoh before, but not for that long. So an upcoming seven-month deployment to Kuwait had him worried. I had no one to care for my dog, so I'm like, oh, man, boarding my dog in the kennel for six months. Reporter: Through a military friend Hector found dogs on deployment, a national nonprofit that provides assistance to military pet owners, so they can leave their animals without worry. We as a community support their service and that becomes our service. Reporter: Kanoh staying with David and Joann Donahue, who regularly sent him updates called pupdates. Hector, 6,000 miles away, but able to stay connected through photos, Christmas wishes, videos, even tiktoks. I felt like my dog was in good hands. Reporter: But seven months is a long time, so the cameras were rolling again, this time when Hector came home. Looking at kanoh, it almost seems like he could sense something special was about to happen. Kanoh. Reporter: Kanoh taking off, tail wagging, bolting right to Hector. I didn't know how he was going to react. To be honest with you, I got teary. I got really teary. Reporter: Hector tonight grateful. I missed him so much, I wanted him to know that, hey, I'm back. I didn't abandon you. It felt great doing that. Glad they're back together. Our thanks to WCVB in Boston for their help.

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