On August 10, TikTok user @cincygirl513 shared a video of her son opening his birthday presents, and his sweet reaction quickly went viral.
According to the text covering the start of the video, which shows the boy carefully opening a present covered in shark-themed gift wrap, he’s been begging for a dog since he was three years old.
“Oh my God,” he said as he finally released the first gift – a stranger things-brand talkie Walkie.
“That’s cool, right? It’s stranger things, right? Is that what you like?” her mother asked offscreen.
“Yes,” he replied happily, looking over the toy – which clearly isn’t a real walkie-talkie – with a smile on his face.
At that point, the on-screen text changed to read, “It’s his 12th birthday today and we couldn’t be prouder of this kid…”
“What’s the other thing?” his mother asked, drawing the boy’s attention to the package on the counter. He squeaked the first present – a dog toy – as he placed it on the counter, which made his mother ask again, “What is that?”
“Those are dog toys,” he told her softly, moving easily to the next gift: a plush basketball.
“Are you serious? Are these dog toys?” his mother feigned ignorance well, sounding like she felt bad for the confusion. “Oh my God, ugh,” she sighed. But as he continued to hug the basketball, the smile never leaving his face, a man believed to be his father snuck up behind him, cradling a puppy in his arms.
“Her wish came true 🥰❤️”, the text changed again as she continued, “I’m so sorry, Bud. Guess you need a dog.”
You could see the realization click in his eyes just before he turned around to see the man and the puppy, who looked like a little black lab, standing right next to him. He dropped the toys and gasped, recoiling in shock.
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“Oh my God! I’m going to cry,” he said.
“I’m fine,” his mother replied before the boy burst into tears. She gave him a few seconds to collect himself before encouraging him to say hello to his new pet.
Several aspects of the post caught TikTok’s attention. For one, the boy’s gracious reaction when his mother “mistakenly” bought dog toys for his birthday, acknowledging the gifts even though he didn’t think he could do anything with them.
“What a beautiful soul!! Happy birthday 🥰,” one commenter wrote.
“He didn’t even care that it was dog toys until he knew the dog was one of them, what a nice guy,” said another.
“The fact that he didn’t even ask/got pissed was dog toys 🥺😭,” someone else added.
Commenters also loved the boy’s overtly emotional response to the dog and his encouraging mother.
“I love the ‘it’s ok’ when he said he was going to cry. Small moment, big impact🥰,” one viewer pointed out.
“The fact that you immediately told her it was okay to express her emotions and cry is such good parenting,” another agreed.
In a single day, the video was viewed 20 million times and racked up over four million likes. Many commenters are also begging for an update on the new best friends, but the family has yet to post anything else.
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