Even if you have never seen it happen in real life yourself, it's true, grown men, even the biggest and toughest of us have been known to break down into tears. It could be for any number of reasons, but in this case, it was because of a new family pet.

Pets are are not just property, many people regard them as members of the family, and for James Xuereb, who had recently lost his two beloved dogs Nemo, and Lucy, his early birthday gift ended up bringing on a flood of tears.

When his daughter handed him his birthday card it was a pretty big giveaway, a picture of a Bichon puppy was plastered all over the front. As he began to read the card you can hear the emotion creeping into his voice as he fully realizes what is happening: he wasn't even able to finish reading the card himself.

His daughter Jaleen then handed him his new best friend, a puppy they had named Lumo, a combination of his two previous dog's names. The video of the interaction has gone viral, but the story behind the lead up to it will leave you heartbroken.

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