What started out as a normal two-dog walk turned into the surprise family reunion when long-lost siblings passed each other on the street.
The two cockapoos immediately recognized each other. Even though they hadn’t seen each other since they were puppies, they huddled together and gave a big hug as soon as they saw each other.
The dogs, named Monty and Rosie, were born from the same litter last June. “There were six of them,” Susan Killip, Rosie’s mother, told . “But Monty and Rosie were still together.” Killip’s friends, who live in a nearby village, adopted Monty and kept Rosie for a week at first, but after that the two puppies lost contact.
Until their surprise meeting last month.
“It was so beautiful, they both jumped up and hugged each other,” Killip said. “It was amazing that they remembered each other after 10 months of not seeing each other.”
The adorable story was shared on Twitter by Libby Pincher, who posted a conversation with her dad that has since gone viral.
His dad described the adorable chance encounter, writing: “So Dave was out walking his dog, and there was a couple walking towards him with a white version of their dog. It turns out they are brother and sister from the same litter. But instead of playing like they do with other dogs, watch this.”
Although there is some debate over whether dogs can remember their litter mates, Twitter users, as well as Killip, are convinced the two puppies knew each other.
It’s also possible that siblings have such warm reactions to each other because they recognize something comforting or familiar in the other dog.
“Dogs of the same breed often gravitate toward each other,” Tufts University explains. “What we do know is this: The scent of another dog stays in a dog’s mind for a long time… But if the dog treats it as a family bond, we don’t. we will probably never know for sure.”
Whether or not Monty and Rosie can tell they’re brother and sister, they now know that someone very special lives nearby. And their parents will make sure they see each other once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
“We will keep in touch,” Ms Killip said. “It’s a bit difficult at the moment, but when it’s all over, we’ll walk our dogs together.”