This 7-Year-Old’s Reaction to Getting a Puppy Is the Greatest Gift of All

by John Boone 7:59 AM PST, December 23, 2014
Photo: The Meredith Vieira Show

This is our favorite Christmas present of the year and it wasn’t even given to us: a 7-year-old from New Jersey named Elizabeth was volunteering at a pet rescue mission recently when she fell in love with one of the puppies. She was so heartbroken when they parted that even talking about the puppy brings her to tears.

During a recent dog adoption special on The Meredith Vieira Show, Meredith revealed that her team managed to track that puppy, named Lorelai, down, then surprised Elizabeth by giving her the puppy as a present. Her reaction is priceless:

(If the man video looks familiar, it’s because he’s former Bachelor contestant and current hottie with a heart of gold Prince Lorenzo Borghese, who founded Animal Aid USA and now we have absolutely no idea why he didn’t win.)

WATCH: Tom Hiddleston sings Christmas Carols with a puppy!

If this isn’t everybody who gets a puppy’s reaction, they’re doing it wrong:

Photo: The Meredith Vieira Show

And as an early Christmas present to you, here is a bonus compilation of dogs opening Christmas presents. It’s as amazing as it sounds.

Plus, here’s another of the year’s best surprises: real-life superhero Chris Pratt surprises kids at a very special Guardians of the Galaxy screening: