You Have to See This Little Girl's Reaction When Her Parents Surprise Her With a Puppy

Watch the adorable video, and see some important tips for gifting a pet during the holidays.
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When my daughter was turning 3, she started begging us for a puppy. And since we were throwing her a Wizard of Oz-themed birthday party that year and we planned to dress her up as Dorothy, my dad had the awesome idea for us to buy a dog and present it to her in a basket like Toto.

I'll admit it would have been pretty epic. But I was pregnant at the time with a baby due any minute, so we chickened out and didn't do it. After seeing the reaction one little girl had when her parents surprised her by swapping out her stuffed dog for a real one, though, I'm kind of wishing we had.

Meet Daisy.

That stuffed animal she's holding is named Luna. And in the video—because of course there's a video—Daisy's dad asks her to tell him what her Christmas wish is.

Watch the magic happen:

"I wish that Luna was a real puppy," she says, hugging the stuffed animal tightly to her chest. Her parents then place a real live puppy with a big red bow around its neck in her arms, and Daisy takes one look at his cute little face and promptly bursts into tears.

"He's so cute!" she repeats over and over, as she continues sobbing, clearly in shock at seeing her little stuffed buddy come to life. "Thank you sooo much!"

TBH, now I'm crying too. The puppy, meanwhile, is just happily chilling while Daisy pets him and kisses his head.

"I love him," she says. "This is the best Christmas present ever."

So cute! But the video also raises a good topic: A pet is a serious gift that requires a lot of thoughtful planning.  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}

“Bringing a pet into your family is a wonderful experience. While people give pets as gifts with the best intentions, hasty decisions can lead to poor outcomes such as the wrong family fit and returned or even abandoned pets,” says Brent Mayabb, DVM, vice president of corporate affairs at Royal Canin. “We want to remind pet owners to take their time and to work with a veterinarian who can help make an informed decision about the best cat or dog for your family.”

If you’re thinking of gifting a pet this holiday season, first check out these tips:

  • Choose the right fit. Different breeds of dogs (or cats) have different temperaments and require different amounts of effort. Researching your options or talking to a veterinarian can help make sure you find the perfect furry addition to your family.
  • Plan a budget. Especially in the first year, pets can be expensive. Remember to make space in your budget for food, toys, and grooming—and trips to the vet, for both regular check-ups and emergencies.
  • Make a schedule. Arranging who walks the dog at what time can make caring for your new pet much less stressful, even with your family's busy days. Chart out different responsibilities to make sure everyone gets fed!
  • Choose your pet crew. Make sure any potential pet-sitters or dog walkers have a chance to meet your pet before you hire them. And choose your vet before you bring your new buddy home.
  • Pet-proof your home. Before you bring home your new cuddly creature, make sure your house is pet-friendly. This will let your new dog or cat settle into their new home more quickly and happily.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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