Moving to a new country comes with a host of challenges. Immersing yourself in the culture, learning the lay of the land, adjusting to an entirely new environment – it’s difficult, but over time, your new life just becomes your life. No matter how long you’ve had to adjust, however, missing the loved ones you left behind doesn’t get much easier. For one dad, a surprise reunion with the dog he hadn’t seen in almost a year turned into a heartwarming moment we all needed.
In a TikTok shared on Emma the Dog and Keats the Human’s page, we’re invited to watch the touching moment Keats’s dad realizes what surprise his wife has in store for him. In the video, Keats’s dad drives while their mom navigates. It’s immediately clear that although he’s the one driving, Keats’s dad is in the dark about the couple’s destination.
“My mom decided to surprise my dad when my dog arrived from overseas,” an automated voice explains. “He hadn’t seen her in almost a year.”
The video’s caption explains that Keats’s dad desperately missed his family dog, Emma. Sadly, he hadn’t been able to see Emma in 10 months after his family immigrated from South Africa to the UK. Unbeknownst to him at the time, Emma waited eagerly nearby for his arrival.
@emmathed0gMy family immigrated to the UK from South Africa and my dad really missed our dog he last saw 10 months ago ##dadsoftiktok ##dog ##surprise ##happyending
As Keats’s parents turn onto a side street, something clicks in dad’s brain. Tears fill his eyes as he peers at a truck marked “Animal Reception Center,” and though he’s cautiously optimistic, he can’t contain himself.
“Is she here? You’re not lying?” he says through tears. “Where is she?”
The video mercilessly ends as the couple pulls into the center’s parking lot, and viewers were not pleased. “Part 2 or we riot,” wrote one user. Fortunately, Keats quickly obliged by uploading a second video. Dad and dog finally reunite, and it’s every bit as moving as we anticipated.
@emmathed0gAs requested, here is Part 2 😄 Please excuse my moms baby voice she always uses it when talking to Emma 😂##dog ##dadsoftiktok ##surprise ##happyending