Animals·Posted on Dec 18, 2012The 40 Cutest Things That Happened This YearReal good year for cute things, you guys. I honestly think we will look back on 2012 as the year when cuteness finally hit the big time. Excellent work, everyone!by Jack ShepherdBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 40. A goat wore some mega-stylish boots to help with her arthritis. Via SWNS.com 39. A dentist had the brilliant idea of bringing his golden retriever into the office to comfort his patients. i.imgur.com 38. A corgi puppy ran in HD. View this video on YouTube youtube.com It looked really great. Via corgiaddict.com 37. A seal waved hello. Via telegraph.co.uk 36. A seal waved good-bye. i.imgur.com 35. Hamlet the mini-pig went down the stairs. View this video on YouTube youtube.com 34. A brown bear woke up from hibernation... LEHTIKUVA / Reuters ...not totally ready to face the workday, but definitely getting there. LEHTIKUVA / Reuters 33. A dog became a lawyer. 32. Some people brushed a sleeping prairie dog. Always a good idea. View this video on YouTube youtube.com 31. A pygmy hippo named Prince Harry gave a lucky lady a kiss. Via Facebook: cango.w.ranch 30. An attempt to put socks on a dog did not go well at all. i.imgur.com 29. A deer was born, and she was immediately awesome. View this video on YouTube youtube.com 28. We all found out what a wet koala looks like. Via Flickr: oz_drdolittle 27. A lot of pugs found gainful employment as Etsy models. Via etsy.com 26. A really top-notch panda was born in San Diego. San Diego Zoo / AP 25. An extremely courteous dog helped a girl get a drink of water from the fountain. Newspix/Rex/Rex USA 24. A baby duck chased a man. View this video on YouTube youtube.com 23. The coolest dog ever went for a walk. Marco Ugarte / AP Marco Ugarte / AP 22. A husky surprised another husky with a clandestine kiss. Like, really surprised. i.imgur.com 21. Animals with stuffed animals of themselves was a thing again. And it was a very good thing indeed. i.imgur.com smilepost.ru smilepost.ru 20. A kangaroo and a lemur played tag View this video on YouTube youtube.com 19. Echidnas came back in style in a big way. Tim Wimborne / Reuters Tim Wimborne / Reuters Tim Wimborne / Reuters 18. Cats and babies finally found a few things they could agree on. i.imgur.com 17. This happened. i.imgur.com 16. Two kittens fell in love in a laundry basket. i.imgur.com 15. Some 2-legit-2-quit baby otters were born... watoday.com.au ...and proceeded to eye everything warily. watoday.com.au 14. An orphaned baby elephant found a new family to love. 13. Dogs carrying smaller dogs in tiny baskets was a thing. i.imgur.com Facebook: jiffpom 12. An overworked cat fell asleep on the job. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF tumblr.com 11. A mischievous sloth photobombed the hell out of some bros. Via buzzfeed.com 10. Dogs were shamed... dogshaming.tumblr.com dogshaming.tumblr.com 9. ...and redeemed. sydisfancy.tumblr.com 8. Someone threw Ludwig the baby elephant a birthday party, and he LOVED it. i.imgur.com 7. Thor Hedgehog. THOR HEDGEHOG. Via bunnyfood.tumblr.com 6. A raccoon was overwhelmingly grateful for some treats. "For me?" asked the raccoon. "Yep, for you, buddy. No one else around here even eats raccoon food." i.imgur.com 5. Marmot Boy was friends with marmots! Caters News Caters News 4. Someone surprised this baby red panda View this video on YouTube youtube.com 3. The most dramatic picture ever taken of a fugitive seal happened after a zoo escape. Via Twitter: @https://twitter.com/!/duluthnews 2. A possum broke into a bakery and ate so many danishes that he couldn't leave. Via imgur.com 1. And someone discovered a cat island. A cat island is an island where cats make all the rules. The rules are mostly just being awesome and having a great time. Everybody loves their lives on the cat island. Cat islands are the best kinds of island. The end. Would you like more animals in your life? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Animals newsletter and get cuties like these in your inbox twice a week!