Grieving Ontario dad immediately breaks down crying when surprised with puppy

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WATCH ABOVE: A grieving Guelph, Ontario man was overcome with emotion after being surprised with a puppy following the deaths of the family's two dogs, who died just three weeks apart – Nov 10, 2017

The welcoming of a new dog to any family is an exciting time, but for one Guelph, Ontario man the addition of a puppy was beyond emotional.

James Xuereb was brought to tears when his daughter Jaleen and wife Wanda surprised him with a new Bichon puppy for his birthday earlier this month.

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Video taken by Jaleen showed her father struggling to read a card that delivered the good news, before breaking down.

“Hi, my name is Lumo, I’m a Bichon…,” James read before being overcome by emotion.

The outpouring was brought on by the grief of the family losing two of their beloved dogs, Lucy and Nemo, in the summer.

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James was devastated after congestive heart failure and old age took the dogs just three weeks apart.

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He had been mourning the dogs deaths for weeks and his family wanted to raise his spirits.

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“No I’m not Nemo, nor could I ever be Lucy,” Jaleen said, as she read the card for her crying father. “My mommy [bought] me to bring some happiness back into your life … so as we walk through this journey of life together, may we create our own wonderful memories and rekindle the beautiful memories that you had with Nemo and Lucy.”
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The heartfelt gift was too much for James, who repeatedly said “Hi baby boy” as he cradled the Bichon puppy named Lumo – a combination of Lucy an Nemo.

The video posted on Jaleen’s Facebook was shared by a dog lovers group, causing the touching introduction to go viral. The video has been viewed nearly 10 million times already.

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