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Family’s Precious Reaction When Meeting The New Puppy After Their Senior Dog Passed Away

Family’s Precious Reaction When Meeting The New Puppy After Their Senior Dog Passed Away

A dog’s love and loyalty to its favorite human often cannot be compared to anything else. This is precisely why a strong bond is created between the dog and its owner – a bond that is truly hard to break. 

Unfortunately, like everything in this world, that love story can not last forever. The day when our beloved pet leaves us and crosses the rainbow bridge has to come eventually. It takes a very long time to cry all the tears because of that deep wound in the soul.

Nevertheless, life must go on, and thus some new perspectives and potentially new joys open up. Although a family from Connecticut had not yet recovered from the loss of their beloved Pit Bull mix, Penny, it was just an unexpected moment that brought smiles back to their faces.

When they saw their new source of joy, they could not hide their tears of joy.

A Gift From Heaven

woman hugging a dog
Source: @vixbaribault

When twelve-year-old Pit Bull mix, Penny, passed away from cancer, her owner, Victoria Barbibault, from Connecticut, was devastated. However, her parents, Michael and Debra, and especially Michael, were even more heartbroken. 

They all had a very strong bond with this dog, but Michael and Penny had a truly special relationship. Victoria noticed that her dad had a hard time mourning their late dog, and for that very reason, she decided to surprise him and put a smile back on his face. 

In a TikTok video she posted on May 19, 2024, Victoria can be seen entering the garage and greeting her dad, who was still unaware of what was happening because he was in another part of the room. 

However, as soon as he saw her, he couldn’t help but exclaim with joy when he saw what Victoria was holding in her arms. It was a cute little puppy that suddenly brought tears of joy to this man’s eyes when he came into his arms.

emotional meeting with the dog
Source: @vixxxxxb

Soon after, Debra joined them, who also couldn’t hide her delight when she saw the sweetest surprise. Yet, what delighted them the most when they saw this dog, whom they named Archie, was the fact that he had a very similar appearance to Penny. 

In her interview with Newsweek, Victoria revealed that she noticed something very specific when she saw Archie at a rescue in Texas.

“He immediately caught my eye because he has the EXACT shape of eye patch on the exact eye as our Penny girl and we felt like it was a total sign,” she explained.

She took this as a sign from heaven, and that further strengthened her decision that Archie should be the dog that would drive away the dark clouds above their heads.

“He’ll never be a replacement of Penny, but I definitely think she sent him to us as a little gift to fill our hearts again,” Victoria happily stated. 


Backstory: I recently lost my 12 year pit mix to cancer and my parents took it just as hard as I did and have been just as lost without her ❤️‍🩹 #surprise #puppy #pitbull #staffy #rescuedog

♬ original sound – VixB

Viewers Left In Tears

When Victoria posted the video on her TikTok profile, @vixxxxxb, she knew that it would attract a lot of attention. However, she couldn’t even dream that it would be to this extent. 

This special moment brought tears to the eyes of so many people, and we highlighted just a few reactions. 

social media comments
Source: @vixxxxxb

“The “we got a good one” made me tear up 🥹,” one user wrote. 

“Archie is gonna be so spoiled. Grandma and Grandpa will be his best friends. Thank you for loving pitties,” another added. 

And the third quipped: “Your dad is a walking green flag ❤️❤️❤️.”

In the end, this man showed the whole world what true love for a dog means, despite all the pain he went through because of it.

Surely, many dads could look up to Michael.