The holidays have been especially hard this year with COVID-19 restrictions putting a huge damper on many family gatherings. But for one pair of siblings, an unexpected reunion turned out to be so joyful, it might be too cute for words.
Dolly and Wally; photo by Mary Zico
Did we mention the brother and sister duo are goldendoodles?
Littermates Dolly and Wally originally hail from Senseney’s Dazzling Doodles in Wheaton, Missouri. They hadn’t seen each other—or played together—since they were eight weeks old.
“We adopted a precious pandemic pup this May and named her Dolly since we live in Tennessee and so admire Dolly Parton,” dog mom Mary Zic told GNN.
This past Friday, Zic and her daughter, Jessica (Dolly’s co-mom) were walking with Dolly in Centennial Park. “We had never taken Dolly to Centennial Park before but needed to pick up food at a nearby restaurant for a friend who’s ill. Jessica suggested we bring Dolly [along].”
Though they didn’t know it yet, Dolly was about to be gifted with a pretty amazing early Christmas present.
They’d only been walking a short while when Jessica spotted a pup that looked remarkably similar to their precious pup. Though the Zics had yet to connect the dots, the doppelganger doodle was in fact Dolly’s brother, Wally.
As they drew closer, the other dog’s owner, Becky Birg, recognized Dolly (who was wearing a scarf with her name on it) from pictures she’d seen on Instagram taken when the doggos were puppies.
Totally by coincidence, Birg and Wally were making a stop in Nashville on a Chicago to Florida road trip and had chosen to stretch their legs at Centennial Park. Dolly and Wally, who both knew a sibling when they saw and scented one, were ecstatic. Jubilantly, they ran to greet one another, tails wagging.
“We still can’t believe it,” Mary Zic said, “We were all stunned by the serendipitous encounter!” (But she and Birg made sure to snap plenty of pictures and videos to prove it.)
“This is a tough Christmas because we can’t be with family,” Zic said, “but our sweet pup found her brother.”
After a difficult year such as this one, it’s nice to be reminded that fate can also be kind—and doubly so when there are doodles involved.
(WATCH the sweet reunion video from Facebook below.)
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