"When I came home we let her outside and, at first, she didn't realize I was home," Foraker told ABC News. "Then, she did a double-take and came back to me. That's when she started crying and whimpering. She was so excited."
Foraker had never been away from the golden retriever up until enlisting, which made it especially warming to see her reaction.
Thirteen-year-old Buddy is nearly deaf and suffers from arthritis, and Foraker worries about her health.
Foraker says she Skypes with Buddy as often as she can while away from home.