When Corporal Ward Van Alstine of the United States Marine Corps returned home for Thanksgiving, there was more than just a delicious turkey dinner waiting for him. The Marine was reunited with Chloe, a stray from Afghanistan he had taken in as his own during his last deployment. The Marine’s sister worked with a non-profit group to have Chloe flown from Afghanistan to the U.S.

When asked about the special homecoming with his companion, the Marine offered that “It doesn’t matter… how much you’ve screwed up in your life, you know, your dog is always your best friend.”

Heart-warming video of the marine’s reunion with man’s best friend can be see below, courtesy of Fox and Friends: