VIDEO: This Dog Didn’t Give Up Until He’d Won the Affections of a Boy with Down Syndrome

updated 10/01/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 10/01/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET

In case you had any doubt that dogs really are man’s best friend, let this clip change your mind.

Posted more than a year ago by Ana Marta Vegas, the video shows her young son, Hernan, avoiding the affections of dog Himalaya. Hernan has Down syndrome, and as a result, tends to shy away from physical contact. But Himalaya, a playful dog with determination, was not letting that stop her from snuggling up to the adorable boy.

Despite Hernan’s objections, Himalaya repeatedly tries to engage the toddler – until he finally gives in and wraps his little arms around the loving pooch. It’s no wonder the clip has finally found an Internet following – cue the heartwarming tears!