Boy Gets a Puppy as Birthday Gift from His Father Who Died of Cancer and Starts Crying

Dayna Remus
Jan 06, 2022
06:35 A.M.

A father and son were torn apart, leaving the young boy with an empty space in his chest. However, this kid's dad knew exactly what he needed to revitalize his son's soul, making sure that he didn't leave this earth without reminding his child how deeply he loved him.


Teenager Logan Kavaluskis from Michigan is a true animal lover. The young boy has looked after multiple pets, from lizards to hermit crabs, but his heart was always set on having a dog.

Unfortunately, his father, Joe Kavaluskis, was severely allergic to these animals in particular and couldn't get his son a puppy. However, in a tragic yet beautiful turn of events, the dad made a plan to help Logan's fluff-filled dream come true.

Logan Kavaluskis holding a Boston Terrier puppy [left]; Logan Kavaluskis holding a Boston Terrier puppy while crying [right].┃Source: instagram.com/insideedition

Logan Kavaluskis holding a Boston Terrier puppy [left]; Logan Kavaluskis holding a Boston Terrier puppy while crying [right].┃Source: instagram.com/insideedition


This young boy's 47-year-old father suffered from a rare blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Despite this, he didn't allow the disease to hold him back, and he continued being a wonderful father and dad.

However, Joe's tenacity eventually ran out as cancer caught up. After 9 years of battling, he passed away on January 8, 2020, leaving his wife and 2 sons behind.

However, before he died and knowing he may pass soon, Joe arranged a surprise for his son that the almost-13-year-old would only receive after his father's demise. The dad arranged this with his wife and Logan's mother, Melanie Kavaluskis.

The Kavaluskis family.┃Source: instagram.com/insideedition

The Kavaluskis family.┃Source: instagram.com/insideedition


After Joe's death, his family gifted Logan with this surprise for his 13th birthday. This moment was shared in an Instagram video. In the clip, his cousin Jon Kavaluskis handed him a present and told him it was from his dad.

Logan burst into tears while cradling the tiny puppy. Melanie expressed:

"He [Joe] said 'Make sure to get him a dog because I know that will bring him a lot of comfort.'"

The dog was a Boston Terrier puppy. This was reminiscent of the Boston Terrier toy he used to carry with him everywhere as a toddler to show everyone how much he wanted a dog.


The Instagram clip went viral, with many commenting on what a touching story it is, some of them expressing that they were brought to tears. One Instagrammer remarked:

"Well, I’m [an] ugly man crying in the living room if you wanna come out and cry with me."

A younger Logan Kavaluskis lying down with his toy Boston Terrier puppy.┃Source: instagram.com/insideedition

A younger Logan Kavaluskis lying down with his toy Boston Terrier puppy.┃Source: instagram.com/insideedition

Fatherhood can be a challenging yet beautiful experience, but one of the most important aspects is making one's kids know they are loved, even from beyond the grave.

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