As we prepare to start 2016, let us reflect back on the best moments in dogs from the past year. These five videos touched our hearts, making us cry or making us smile—or in most cases, a little of both.
A brave woman named Danielle filmed herself having a meltdown caused by Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, as a way to show the public how her service dog, Samson, helps her through her struggles. She explains that Samson uses his paws to prevent her from self-harm during meltdowns and then comforts her to prevent the panic attack that usually follows such episodes.
A small puppy took the Internet by storm when he startled himself by hiccupping. More than 11 million people watched this video of him struggling to figure out what odd sensation had taken over his tiny body.
In May, a series of deadly tornadoes tore through the southern states, killing several people and injuring dozens more. Andy Bouchillon and his family attempted to flee from the storm, but his truck flipped over as they were driving away. He and his family were transported to the hospital, and in the chaos, his dog Tater went missing. When Bouchillon returned to his damaged truck, he found Tater waiting for him and broke down with emotion.
In September 2001, a Golden Retriever named Bretagne was one of dozens of dogs to travel to New York City and assist in a rescue and recovery mission at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks (see photos of 10 of these courageous dogs). This year, she celebrated her 16th birthday as the last known living 9/11 dog. To thank her for her bravery, she and her handler, Denise Corliss, were treated to a day in New York City, complete with a surprise birthday party, all of which was filmed for a beautifully touching short video.
And of course, the number-one most popular video of the year features the beloved Budweiser puppy, who in this year’s Superbowl ad became separated from his owner. (We’d say “spoiler alert” here, but we’ve know you’ve seen these one!) Fortunately with a little help from the Clydesdales, he’s able to make his way home again. Soak up all the emotions (and the tears) one last time—the beer company recently announced that the puppy won’t be returning for this year’s ad.