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Grief-stricken grandfather is moved to tears by puppy gift in emotional video

François Vermeir's wife of 63 years recently died after a brief illness. Credit: YouTube/Davy Vanhaesendonck

A Belgium grandfather who recently lost his wife of 63 years was overwhelmed by emotion when his family gave him a puppy in a bid to ease his grief.

In the heart-warming video, Davy Vanhaesendonck explains that his grandfather, François Vermeir, lost "someone very special" after his grandmother's death following a brief illness.

To provide him with some company, Vanhaesendonck and his family gave the grieving 85-year-old a puppy - prompting emotional scenes.

François breaks down after his six-year-old granddaughter Lisa hands him the Yorkshire Terrier, named Snoopy.

"I can't believe it! Is it for me? Thank you darling," he says.

The grandfather was overcome with emotion in the heartwarming video. Credit: YouTube/Davy Vanhaesendonck

Mr Vermeir has described his new dog Snoopy as "very playful" and revealed that he has to keep an eye on him.

But he also paid tribute to his family who have helped him through his grief.

"I'm glad I have a new dog, but also such lovely children, grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Without them I might not have been here through the grief," he told Belgium news lindanieuws.

François is comforted by his family after breaking down. Credit: YouTube/Davy Vanhaesendonck
The grandfather said Snoopy is very 'playful'. Credit: YouTube/Davy Vanhaesendonck

Davy said he has been overwhelmed by the response to his video.

"Apparently people find it so beautiful and want to share it with as many people as possible," he said.