CBS2's Natalie Duddridge has more on this Easter Sunday surprise.
- Even if it's different this year, Easter is all about families coming together. And that's true even for a family of dogs separated from a home in Texas. And now three reunited in a chance encounter on the Upper West Side. Here's CBS2's Natalie Duddridge.
NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: It's a doggone good story. These three dogs zooming around are a father and two sons, all rescues from Texas. They were adopted by three separate families. And as luck would have it, the owners say they randomly reconnected miles away in New York City.
TARA DERINGTON: We turn a corner, and Leo goes to this dog who is near a tree. And it was magnetic. The dogs truly recognized each other. It was very different interaction than he had been having with other dogs.
NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Tara Derrington was walking on the Upper West Side when Leo, her Poochon mix, pulled her over to meet a similar-looking dog and its owners Jason Hellerstein and Mattie Kahn.
- So this was totally unexpected.
TARA DERINGTON: And Matty's like, he just came up from Texas. And he was like, our dog just came up from Texas. And I said, is your dog from Dr. Doolittle's Rescue Ranch? And he was like, yes. And I was like, this is my dog's dad.
NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: She says the adoption agency had told her the dog's father was adopted in the same zip code and she had seen his picture. In that moment, they snapped this quick shot of their first encounter. The tale deepens. They say this dog, Murray, the brown one, is Leo's brother and was also surrendered to a Texas shelter and later adopted by Derrington's friend Anne Sachs. Now all three dogs lived just neighborhoods apart and plan to go to the same doggie daycare.
ANNE SACHS: He's got his brother, and he's got his dad. I feel like he's a little slice of home wherever we go. We've all missed our families. I miss my family, too. So it's nice to be able to have a story about families getting back together.
TARA DERINGTON: You don't think about doggie DNA. But they all sleep with their little foot curled up underneath them. They all stand up on their hind legs when they get really excited to meet another dog. They all have the same bark.
NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The humans have now formed their own pack and say after a long isolated year, this canine connection is a much needed bright spot. On the Upper West Side, Natalie Duddridge "CBS2 News."
- Reunited in the big city. What a great story.