Shane Godfrey found his dog, Willie, sitting on his front porch last year. The pup was abandoned and Shane immediately fell in love.
Willie and Shane became inseparable, but when Shane was hit the with flu the two had to spend some time apart.
Shane's health rapidly declined, with his flu turning into double pneumonia, kidney failure, and sepsis.
"They weren't sure if I would make it for a while," he said.
Shane had to spend 5 weeks in the hospital fighting for his life, leaving Willie with family members while he was gone.
When he was finally released, Shane had lost 50lbs and looked totally different. He wasn't sure how Willie would react to seeing him again, but luckily his family caught it all on video.
When you have lost so much weight that your dog has to smell you to realize who you are. And being gone 5 weeks doesn't help but the reaction as soon as he recognizes the smell is priceless. * Jukin Media Verified * Find this video and others like it by visiting https://www.jukinmedia.com/licensing/view/956148 For licensing / permission to use, please email licensing(at)jukinmedia(dot)com.Posted by Shane Godfrey on Sunday, April 2, 2017
"I had lost 50 pounds in the hospital and am sure I looked different," he said. "At first he was unsure and barked at me but once he got close enough to smell me he recognized me immediately and totally went wild with excitement. It still makes me tear up when I see the video."
Now that he's back, Willie isn't letting Shane out of his sight. 5 weeks was enough for him.
"He won't leave my side now that I've gotten back home."