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Happy (half) birthday, Charlie! See the TODAY Puppy's most adorable moments

TODAY's precious puppy with a purpose celebrated more than just Christmas last weekend... he turned six months old!

During his time on TODAY, Charlie has been fortunate enough to experience more in six months than most pups experience in a lifetime.

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Charlie poses with his puppy raiser, Olivia Poff.

In fact, he even earned his wings after recently traveling on his very first plane ride with his puppy raiser, Olivia!

Charlie to Air Traffic Control: I'm ready for lift off! 🛫 @americasvetdogs #todaypuppy (📸: @_oliviapoff)

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To celebrate Charlie's big milestone, we decided to look back at a few of his most adorable moments so far.

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Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie with Charlie, TODAY's second puppy with a purpose.

RELATED: Sign up! Get pup updates to stay connected to TODAY's puppy with a purpose

1. Morning Snuggles with Matt

Every morning, Matt stands at the anchor desk and calls Charlie to him from the Orange Room. It takes just seconds for Charlie to reach Matt and bombard him with endless puppy kisses!

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TODAY's Matt Lauer snuggles and kisses Charlie.

2. Making New Fur-ever Friends

It's hard to walk through the Orange Room without stopping to show the TODAY Puppy a little (let's be honest, a lot) of love. Charlie knows how to win over the hearts of every person that visits TODAY, including celebrities!

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Charlie visits with country music legend, Dolly Parton, in the Orange Room.
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Charlie visits with his paw-parazzi (clockwise from top left): Chrissy Teigen, Henry Winkler, Miley Cyrus, Simone Biles, Hilary Duff, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul.

RELATED: How TODAY Show's puppy Charlie spends his mornings — starting at 4 a.m.!

3. His Halloween Costume

The only thing cuter than a puppy, is a puppy in a costume. Charlie took part in TODAY's '90s themed Halloween extravaganza and appropriately dressed up as a Beanie Baby.

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TODAY's puppy with a purpose, Charlie, gets into the Halloween spirit by dressing up as a classic '90s toy, a Beanie Baby!

4. Visiting the US Naval Academy

In November, Charlie took his first big road trip to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he made some new friends in uniform!

Look at us all in our uniforms! 🇺🇸#todaypuppy @americasvetdogs (📸: @brookesassman)

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RELATED: Join Charlie, TODAY's puppy with a purpose, on his exclusive tour of the Intrepid!

5. His first steps on the plaza

Arguably, Charlie's most adorable moment in his six months of life occurred when he made his TODAY debut and ran full speed ahead down the red carpet in a little patriotic bandana.

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Charlie makes his TODAY Show debut in August of 2016!

RELATED: Charlie's puppy raiser highlights 5 lessons she's learned while on the job

6. Training milestones

Since day one, Charlie has been working toward his mission of becoming a military service dog through various training for America's VetDogs. He has already learned skills like "touch," "wait" and "jump."

We can't wait to see what the next six months have in store for Charlie!

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Charlie is well on his way to becoming a valued service dog

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