A grieving grandad who lost his wife of 50 years a month ago was given a puppy for Christmas – and the hearts of thousands across the globe have melted at his reaction.
Patrick O’Goan, 68, was presented with the dog Buddy on Christmas Eve by his granddaughter Sophie Roulston.
A video of Patrick meeting Buddy for the first time shows the precious moment when the little Labrador puppy brings new joy into the life of the recently bereaved widower.
Sophie told the Belfast Telegraph: "Granda’s dog – a black Labrador – died a few months back and he asked Nanny to let him get another one.
"Nanny passed away a month ago and he has been so lost since then. We surprised him with a pup for Christmas – and he is so in love already!"
Patrick’s wife Marian passed away a month ago and they had been married for half a century.
Sophie searched for the right puppy for her Labrador-loving granddad and finally found one on Christmas Eve.
The 21-year-old said the family did not want to get him a black lab in case in it reminded him of his last dog.
Sophie, who reckons her grandad is the spitting image of Carl from the Pixar film Up, added: "It was so strange. Buddy just lay there, and when Granda came in his tail started going as if he knew he was for him."
The touching video featuring the little pup’s first cuddle with his new owner has already been watched more than 700,000 times, with more than 500 people posting comments about the heart-warming story on Sophie’s Twitter channel.
From England, Sarah Tyler posted: "That’s so sweet.
"Happy Christmas to your granda, you’ll have made what could have been a very difficult day for him so much better."
While John Glasgow wrote: "Glad Christmas has brought your grandad some happiness after a very tough year.
"All the best to them both."
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