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Dog Whose Favorite Toy is Santa Overjoyed to Meet the Real Thing

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Kya’s favorite toy is a miniature, plush Santa. Last Tuesday, she met the real thing. She was understandably overjoyed.

John Montaldo and his sister Angelina are the proud owner of Kya, a 1-year-old Shiba Inu. Last year, they bought Kya a miniature Santa toy, which quickly became her favorite.

So when their local Orlando, Florida, mall started its annual “photos with Santa” promotion, the pair had a great idea: Take Kya to meet a life-size version of her preferred toy.

“Once she first saw him, she was getting really excited,” John told ABC News. “She was super calm and looking at him amazed.”

John tweeted out the photo, and people understandably flocked to the shot of an overjoyed Kya in the arms of her favorite toy come to life.

Nearly 89,000 retweets later, it’s a true Christmas miracle.