• Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at Pike Place Market

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    A couple strolled through Pike Place's bustling food stands and crowds on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the iconic market. 

    "We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told KIRO 7. "After chatting with the other owners we realized that the dogs are siblings."

    Image: Pike Place Market

    The 11-month-old dogs rolled around, embracing each other in their coincidental reunion. 

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    Maui and her sister Juniper are were adopted from Russia. They were flow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last May as puppies.

    The two dogs recognizing each other nearly a year later has made them an internet sensation. With more than 15 million visitors exploring the historic district annually, people find the encounter quite remarkable. 

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    A worker at the Pike Place Market captured the moment in a video, and nearly three million people have watched it on Facebook

    Image: Family

    "I witnessed the coolest thing," the Facebook post said. "They even had identifying tattoos that confirmed it. This joyful reunion went on for over a half an hour, in fact they were still at it when I left the market." 

    After the two families chatted, they realized they briefly met while picking the dogs up at the airport. They've exchanged phone numbers and plan to meet again soon for a play date at a dog park. 

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