Tail Wagging Reunion for Soldier and the Dog He Saved

Dogs are often noted as heroes in the news, but in this case, army dog handler Sgt. Aaron Yoder took a bullet for his black lab, Bart, during a gun fight in Southern Afghanistan last month. The Taliban has begun to target these soldier dogs because of their amazing bomb-sniffing skills in an attempt to neutralize the effectiveness of IED detection teams.

Soldiers have been known to wrap their Kevlar-covered bodies around the dogs to protect these valuable team members. Yoder was shot in the leg, but was successful in protecting Bart from injury. Sgt. Yoder has been transported to Texas, where he has undergone six surgeries. Bart and Aaron were reunited on May 3rd.


  1. I would take a bullet for my dog. Any day.

  2. Ann says on  05/09/2012 at 12:01 pm

    What a man xxx

  3. Sgt. Yoder, thank u so much for putting yourself in harms way to save sweet Bart!

  4. thats a good man

  5. Sukeshi says on  05/09/2012 at 12:02 pm

    I would die for my dog…

  6. Lynnz says on  05/09/2012 at 12:02 pm

    My kind of guy

  7. i would do it to

  8. Bill says on  05/09/2012 at 12:04 pm

    You can learn a lot about a person in how they treat their pets. These two are both heroes.

  9. Bless that man an his dog! Great man an dog! And i would have done the same for any of my pets also.

  10. <3

  11. Marcela says on  05/09/2012 at 12:07 pm

    God Bless Sgt Aaron Yoder

  12. Camille says on  05/09/2012 at 12:07 pm

    LOVE to you both!

  13. Jeana says on  05/09/2012 at 12:08 pm

    I would take a bullet for my dog too!! God Bless This Wounded Soldier & his amazing dog!!

  14. What a touching story :)

  15. Princess says on  05/09/2012 at 12:08 pm

    gr8 job <3

  16. Debra says on  05/09/2012 at 12:08 pm

    I am so glad this soldier got to see his dog again !

  17. Amazing all around!!!!

  18. Thank You Both Sgt Yoder and Bart! Happy to know you are both okay!

  19. Like that song says what a man what a man what a mighty good man <3 Bless you both

  20. Welcome Home Sgt Aaron & Bart and thank you for your service!!!! Bart is a handsome boy!!!!

  21. aaahhh, I just loved this video….they seem very happy to see one another!

  22. Joelle says on  05/09/2012 at 12:12 pm


  23. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  24. Patricia says on  05/09/2012 at 12:13 pm

    you are both heros,awsome story

  25. <3 it

  26. shared

  27. Amanda says on  05/09/2012 at 12:16 pm

    Beautiful. :-)

  28. Sally says on  05/09/2012 at 12:16 pm

    That’s my idea of a hero, for sure!

  29. It says a lot about the type of people that would put hits out on dogs ~ the taliban is the skank of the Earth and should be eradicated. Thanks to all the brave men and their dogs.

  30. So sweet!! <3 God Bless Our Troops — 2 legged & 4 legged!! <3

  31. Now THAT’S a HERO <3

  32. William says on  05/09/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Well done Sgt Aaron Yoder, Two true Hero’s!!!

  33. Carrie says on  05/09/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you Soldiers Aaron and Bart, and so happy you are both okay, and now together again :)

  34. ♥ i

  35. Eirini says on  05/09/2012 at 12:21 pm

    I just don’t know what to say… :’)

  36. We r a foster family for dogs here. A local transit bus blew down our 35mph zone at about 50. The jerk slapped our ol chow/husky in the head and she yelped and went down. I freaked as we had her for over ten years. I chased that shuttle down as I knew it was in a hurry to get to its last stop and I knew exactly where they stopped. I was more pissed that they braked a moment and went on. Let’s just say the driver didn’t get home in time. They called the police on me saying I was blocking a business from operating. My argument was that this guy braked, knowing he hit something. I told the crazy driving old fart as cop was standing there he always drives too fast on our street and the fact that he braked, knowing he hit something in the dark, he kept going. I straight up yelled in his face when he knew he had hit something. And he was drifting across the white line. I told him if he knew he hit “something” and braked, why didn’t he stop? It could have been a child. I then turned to the police officer and told him to arrest me if I am stopping a biz from operating. But I and my witness will sign a citation for wreckless driving, speeding and the fact I am blocking a business that is at their last stop and out of service. The jerk goes inside the business and socials with peeps and use the restroom at this last stop so how could it be that I am blocking a business looking straight into the cops eyes with a crazed look and walked out against his order. I told him to arrest me early on an didn’t do so he failed to do his actual duty. I’m betting because he was a K-9 officer, he knew how I felt as I walked away.

  37. sweet i would do the same

  38. MiaTyria says on  05/09/2012 at 12:23 pm

    Two true Hero’s!!! (((<3)))

  39. The bond between the dog owner and dog is special and unbreakable.

  40. Crying buckets! Wonderful! Thank you for sharing x

  41. The dog was so excited.

  42. I will share too x

  43. I have tears. That was such an awesome story. I am glad for the happy ending. Thank you both for your service.

  44. what an amazeing man!!! he diserves a medal!

  45. Awesome story! I would do the same for any of my dogs – they are my kids. They are both heros! I wish them a future of good health and happiness ♥

  46. Carolyn says on  05/09/2012 at 12:39 pm

    Two brave soldiers

  47. Simica says on  05/09/2012 at 12:47 pm

    I watched the video 3 times and did not catch where or how he took the bullet for the dog. It just said Sgt. Yoder was injured and he and Bart were separated when he was aerovac’d out. Where did I miss it? Nice story.

  48. Kent says on  05/09/2012 at 12:49 pm

    Nearbout a tear-jerker for this old swabbie!

  49. That’s an amazing story.

  50. Mandie says on  05/09/2012 at 12:51 pm

    made me cry xx how lovely

  51. awesome <3

  52. Judy says on  05/09/2012 at 12:52 pm

    We all know the dog would have done the same for him if it was needed.

  53. That’s a man I’d like to know!

  54. U go Sgt. Yoder!!! U have a strong and loving heart. Your payback is the love your dog gives you. Be strong and courageous!

  55. How cool is that !!

  56. Talk about love in it’s sweetest form. Thank you Sgt. Aaron Yoder. Thank you also for your service to our country. Glad he’s with you.

  57. laura says on  05/09/2012 at 1:03 pm

    thought this would blow you away

  58. Wanda says on  05/09/2012 at 1:04 pm

    Tears are rolling down my cheeks .. what an inspiration.

  59. I started bawling like a baby, amazing story and thank goodness they both made it out alive. I am so happy they were reunited. <3

  60. Jill says on  05/09/2012 at 1:06 pm

    : )

  61. Diane says on  05/09/2012 at 1:08 pm

    A HERO

  62. Anonymous says on  05/09/2012 at 1:21 pm

    that man is a true hero id do the same well done your one in a billion

  63. Anonymous says on  05/09/2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you both! You are heros!

  64. Maria says on  05/09/2012 at 9:56 pm

    The dog is not a “pet”. The dog is a soldier with rank. It was his duty to save or help another soldier in danger. No man left behind! Yoder was doing his duty and serving his country. It’s a good feel story but it is no
    different than any other soldier helping another soldier.

    • Aly says on  05/10/2012 at 3:13 pm

      Maria – I’m not an expert on military protocol, but I’m pretty sure that human soldiers are not required to take a bullet for the dogs they handle. This brave soldier protected this dog because he’s a good man. As much as dog lovers like us would like to deny it, dogs are not considered equal to people – even if they do hold a rank in the military.

  65. Anonymous says on  05/11/2012 at 12:49 pm

    Real men protect dogs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.