It’s A Christmas Miracle! Santa Surprises Children With Rescue Dog After Pup Passes Away

The holidays can be a tough time, especially if you've recently lost a loved one. This past summer, the Barger family said goodbye to their beloved dog, Russell. Bidding farewell to a pet is always difficult, but Santa Claus surprised the Bargers with an amazing Christmas gift: a new dog named Athena! First, Santa sent the two Barger children a letter expressing his condolences for their loss, reminding them that Russell will always be in their hearts, and telling them that he had arranged a surprise early gift for them. All they had to do was follow the red dots! [caption id="attachment_77560" align="aligncenter" width="640"]He also reminded them that he's a guy who likes milk and cookies. He also reminded them that he's a guy who likes milk and cookies.[/caption] The Barger kids trailed the red dots that Santa had laid out... [caption id="attachment_77564" align="aligncenter" width="630"]Actually an elf probably laid these out. Santa's a busy guy. Actually an elf probably laid these out. Santa's a busy guy.[/caption] ...there were quite a few, but they eventually led to a door... [caption id="attachment_77590" align="aligncenter" width="630"]Yeah, an elf definitely did this part. Yeah, an elf definitely did this part.[/caption] ...and when they opened that door, they were greeted by the most priceless present of all: their new dog, Athena! [caption id="attachment_77593" align="aligncenter" width="630"]athena reveal Best. Day. Ever.[/caption] Seriously, look at how happy these kids are. [caption id="attachment_77598" align="aligncenter" width="640"]boy girl collage I'd like to see an iPad try and match this kind of pure bliss.[/caption] The best part about this story? (Yes, it gets even better.) The Barger family adopted Athena from the Licking County Humane Society, so Athena got her Christmas wish, too: a happily furever after home. [caption id="attachment_77600" align="aligncenter" width="640"]santa feat Athena's already got a cuddle buddy.[/caption] So even if Santa drops the ball this year and doesn't get me anything on my list (of course I wrote him a letter), I'm gonna go easy on him. He did good. Real good.

Featured image via Licking County Humane Society Facebook

H/t via Licking County Humane Society Facebook

Hope Bobbitt

6 years ago

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