These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life


By J.G. Noll

From cameos on Good Morning America to the mountains of Afghanistan, puppies have a way of making even the most calloused among us a little softer. Check out these photos of adorable canines and their camo-clad partners and you’ll agree that dogs are definitely a service member’s best friend.

1. Because everyone needs a homecoming lick.

(Photo: U.S. Air Force photo, Senior Airman Rose Gudex)

2. Fleet Week is that much better with these fluff balls.

(Photo: U.S. Navy photo, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Murray)

3. A buddy to sightsee with makes Times Square more exciting.

(Photo: U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Murray)

4. Saying goodbye is hard for all of the members of the family… even the furry ones.

(Photo: Arizona Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Brian A. Barbour)

5. This puppy works hard as a Red Cross volunteer.

(Photo: DVIDS, Spc. Angela Lorden)

6. This pooch congratulates a paratrooper on a successful practice jump.

(Photo: U.S. Army Photo, Staff Sgt. Justin P. Morelli)

7. This pair shares a special homecoming kiss.

(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Casey J. Hopkins)

8. This puppy was adopted from a shelter by the crew of Coast Guard Station Gloucester.

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham)

9. Puppies are eager goodwill ambassadors.

(Photo: U.S. Army photo, Sgt. Brandon Anderson, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

10. This veterinary tech shares a quiet moment with one of her tiniest patients.

(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

11. Smile for the camera!

(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

12. This little guy mugs for the camera with his new-found friend.

(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

13. The uniform looks good on… er, under you, kid!

(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

14. This Panamanian pup gets a little one-on-one time during a civil-military operation.

(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

15. Homecoming just doesn’t feel right without the whole family there.

(Photo: DVIDS)

16. Brought to the US from Afghanistan, this canine knows how to put on the dog.

(Photo:Darcy Marlett, Atterbury-Muscatatuck Public Affairs)

17. High five!

(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Elizabeth A. Case)

18. This little gal gets a clean drink of water from a friendly hand.

(Photo: DVIDS)

19. What’s better than one pup? Two!

(Photo: DVIDS)

20. A Marine takes a break with an Iraqi companion.

(Photo: DVIDS)

21. Dawww.

(Photo: DVIDS)

22. This soldier has found himself on paw patrol.

(Photo: DVIDS)

23. Who’s awesome? 

(Photo: DVIDS)