We’ve seen some pretty heartwarming homecoming scenes involving military personnel and their family over the years. Humans don’t have a monopoly on ecstatic welcomes, though — when this massive great dane named Emmitt Thunderpaws sees his master return home from deployment, he gives him a touching, slobbery embrace for the ages.

Even after nine months apart, Emmitt knows the smell of his owner and chomps at the bit to go outside and greet him. When Emmitt is finally let out of the house he uses all of his six-foot-plus frame to give his favorite guy a tender hug.

[via The Daily What]