Dog smiles in viral photo with Santa, a real-life version of her favorite chew toy

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A 1-year-old Shiba Inuna dog, Kya, got to meet her life-size best friend just in time for the holidays.

Kya's owners, John Montaldo, 16, and sister Angelina, 19, of Florida, bought the dog a Santa chew toy last year around Christmas and she fell in love with it.

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"She always goes and gets that one and like brings it to us when we get home when she's all excited," said Angelina Montaldo.

So, this year they upgraded her gift and took her to an Orlando mall to meet her idol in person.

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The siblings saw an ad to have Santa take a picture with your pet and were immediately sold.

"I like told all my friends we were going to take her to see him and they were all like, 'omg you're ridiculous, don't do it,' but we were like no we have to because all of our friends know our dog and so we were like I'm sure Kya will be excited and everyone would get a kick out of it," Angelina told Inside Edition.

She said the ad was for family pictures with your pet but they wanted to give Kya that special moment.

The photo that resulted shows an extremely cheesy Kya right next to her favorite guy.

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"She was really excited even on the way there," Angelina said. "We just put her on the seat next to Santa and she sat pretty calm and then when they went to take the picture she opened her mouth," Angelina said.

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Mrs Claus takes a photo of her husband Santa Bill Armstrong (R), with Santa Fred Osther as they head for class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas and Mrs. Clauses enjoy lunch at Pizza Sam's on Main Street during a break from class at Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Randy Schneider of Muskegon, Michigan learns wood toy making in the Gerace shop in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Sam Hopeck of Commerce Township, Michigan rides the Polar Express train during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Rudolph walks out of Pizza Sam's with fellow Santas on Main Street during a lunch break from class at Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas wave as they leave for lunch between classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Thomas Valent, dean of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School sits in the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas laugh as they learn about Santa Spirit during class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas disembark from a wagon following a tour around the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jerry Julian of Colorado Springs, Colorado hides in the grass following a ride on the Polar Express during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa listens to a reindeer at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Glenn Johnson of Woodstock, Georgia learns new dance moves during the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Fred Osther from Oslo, Norway waits for the afternoon session of classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Santa Leon McBryde (L) of Buchanan, Virginia and Santa Stephen Gillham of Chapel Hill, North Carolina pose at the end of classes from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Paul Fanning of Tyler, Texas rides past Christmas decorations during a break in schedule at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Santas and Mrs Claus greet a child at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Fred Osther from Oslo, Norway shops at a Toys R Us during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Five year old Claire tugs the beard of Santa Barry Westmoreland of Germanton, North Carolina as the Santas visit a Toys R Us store, during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jerry Julian of Colorado Springs, Colorado shows some yoga moves outside the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jim Hastings (R) from Durham, North Carolina, is helped into his suit by a fellow Santa prior to a visit from a group of children at the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas board a bus for a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jack Bradley of Iron Ridge, Wisconsin is fitted for a suit following classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Lamar May of Dallas, Georgia is shown how to groom his beard and moustache during classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Holmes Kimble from Farmer City, Illinois, learns to apply Santa make-up during classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas learn breathing techniques as they attend class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Leon McBryde performs at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
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The siblings thought the photo was hilarious and posted it to Twitter where it quickly went viral, collecting more than 80,000 retweets.

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