Photos: Animal Planet's "The Year in Pup Culture"

Prepare for an overload of cuteness: Animal Planet offers "The Year in Pup Culture," from the Olympics to election night to the Mars Rover landing, a look back at the defining moments of 2012 — via puppies.

Young canines re-enact the year's news and pop culture highlights. That is, they're posed in theme costumes and photographed to maximum adorable effect. The hour premieres Saturday, 7-8 p.m. locally, on Animal Planet, with repeats through this weekend and next.

Frankly, most of these photo subjects are cuter without the man-made get-ups. They're puppies!

The Denver Post