Former U.S. Marine Robert Connell was reunited with his cat Hemi this week after four long years—according to Connell's wife Jennifer, the cat went looking for Robert during a deployment and never returned. Making matters worse, Connell says Hemi basically doubled as his therapist, someone who would calmly listen to him as he shared his feelings about suffering from PTSD. "Before I had kids, the only thing I could connect to was [this] cat," Connell said, "I never knew a cat would get attached to me, or [I'd] get attached to it."
After the Connell's despaired of finding Hemi, they eventually moved to North Dakota, but Hemi was apparently still on the mission. Earlier this month, Hemi was found by Craven Pamlico Animal Services wandering around the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, where Connell had been stationed. When the big January blizzard canceled Hemi's flight to North Dakota, an impatient Connell drove out to get him. "Geez, you look a little older and wiser," the former Marine said upon seeing his buddy. Connell then told the cat all about the big yard they had in North Dakota, and gave voice to what he assumed Hemi was thinking: "Alright, take me to the life of being pampered now."