National Puppy Day is Friday! Start celebrating now with these 12 photos

Hold the bones! 

Friday is National Puppy Day (yes, it's an official day), so Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb invited a few puppies from the NorthShore Animal League to join them on set on Wednesday. Nothing like getting the party started early!

We decided there was no better way to celebrate puppies than by reliving some of the cute and lovable pooches that we've had on TODAY.

Ready, set, puppies!

TODAY: Puppies in the Orange Room Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
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TODAY: Puppies in the Orange Room Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
Puppy Peter Kramer / NBC
Puppy TODAY
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TODAY: Kathie Lee and Hoda Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY: Kathie Lee and Hoda Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
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Puppy Peter Kramer / NBC

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post said National Puppy Day would be observed on Sunday. National Puppy Day usually falls on March 23, but since many animal shelters are closed on Sundays, it's actually being observed on March 21 this year.

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