When People Receive Puppies, Something Magical Happens

March 23, 2016 Updated: March 23, 2016

The offspring of man’s best friend, next to kittens, are perhaps the most adorable creatures on Earth. The love we feel for puppies transcends language, culture, and even time. 

In the United States, March 23 is National Puppy Day. Although the holiday was established in 2006—making this year the holiday’s 10th anniversary—puppies have been touching human hearts since dogs were first domesticated more than 10,000 years ago.

Receiving a puppy is an emotional experience; humans young and old can’t help but smile sheepishly when they hold a puppy. Here are some of those joyous occasions.