A Chinese army dog has gone viral for not letting his retiring handler go by wrapping his paws around him to stop him from leaving the barracks.
The heartbreaking moment, captured at a military base at an undisclosed location, sees a 3-year-old golden retriever dog named Da Mao chasing after his trainer, Jia Chuan, as he is leaving the base, according to state-run media CCTV via Daily Mail.
Chuan, who served in the military for eight years, had worked side-by-side with Da Mao for two years. He was the first search and rescue dog that he had trained.
The retired soldier bid his last farewell to his canine partner by petting him one last time after handing him to his new handler.
Da Mao, however, managed to break free from his leash and chased after his former handler as he was about to leave the base.
The canine jumped to his former handler and later wrapped his paws around him as if he was begging him not to go.
Chuan gave Da Mao another pat and rub as his new handler come running to pick him up.
A military dog from Suqiang, Jiangsu Province went viral in 2017 after he made a salute to his retiring handler.