Not having JD close by has been difficult for the family's other dog, Xander, too. He's more bonded with Mom, however, so it's been a bit easier for him to cope. Brindle, meanwhile, has remained in a constant state of heartache.
"He has days where he just sits at the front window, crying," Aument said.
The poor pup has clearly been looking for any sign of his dad. And this week, he got one. From where he's stationed abroad, JD had prepared a token of love for his pup to send back home by mail — an unwashed shirt bearing his scent.
Here's the moment Brindle received that sweet gift, and suddenly felt his best friend's presence again: