When Kya's owners -- brother and sister John and Angelina Montaldo -- heard that their local mall in Orlando, Florida, was offering pet photos with Old St. Nick, they jumped at the chance.
"Last year we got her [this toy] at the dollar store when we first got her," John, 16, told ABC News. "She just always liked that one and bit his beard and stuff."
The two thought Kya would love to meet Santa Claus, and they were right.
"Once she first saw him, she was getting really excited," John said. "She was super calm and looking at him amazed."
The siblings thought it would be hilarious to share Kya's excited photo on Twitter. What they didn't expect was the photo to go viral, with more than 80,000 retweets and more than 140,000 likes.
My dogs favorite toy is Santa, so we brought her to see him pic.twitter.com/vPl6YMyOIz— John (@jjmontaldo) November 23, 2016