PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Lieutenant Andrew Poulin's first deployment was supposed to be a six-month tour in the Persian Gulf.
But the Navy helicopter pilot, with Mayport's HSL-48, ended up being away nine months.
"We were extended due to ground events going on in Syria," he said.
So they spent their last three months away in the Mediterranean Sea.
Like all our deployed servicemen and women, he missed having holidays with his family, and missed being at his Ponte Vedra home.
When he finally got back, his family was so excited they decided to record the homecoming.
His reunion with his dog Zeus stole the show.
"As soon as they opened the door and he heard my voice he just bee-lined straight for me," Poulin said. "He immediately recognized me, which I thought was awesome."
More than 66,000 thought the same thing. As of this writing, that's how many views the video of his reunion has onYouTube.
"I was excited it hit 100," he said. "I'm shocked it took off like it did."
Zeus is a four-and-a-half year old boxer that Poulin has had since he was a puppy.
"I got him when he was eight weeks old and we have been pretty much inseparable ever since."