On Tuesday, retiring fire department trainer and Chinese solider Zhang Yongheng had to give a heartfelt goodbye to his team, and most importantly, his beloved rescue dog Maomao.
Maomao and Zhang, 23, worked together at the fire department in Xinzhou city, Shanxi province. Zhang trained Maomao himself from the time that she was a pup.
Retiring soldiers across China were honorably discharged from military service on December 1st. This left a heartbroken Maomao with just one final day to spend with Zhang.
It’s true what they say, dogs are consistently a man’s best friend, whether its a soldier, policeman, or an average citizen. Hopefully they can be reunited again one day, somewhere besides the dinner table.
By Emily Lam
[Images via CCTVNews]