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.

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.

66 thoughts on “Tail Wagging Reunion for Soldier and the Dog He Saved

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ♥

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

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