The photo, which was captured by pet owner Stefani Maryn, from Hamilton, Ontario, documents her dog Samantha’s joyous reaction to spotting her pooch pal while out on a walk in their neighborhood.
Rescue dog Samantha is walking with Stefani along the sidewalk when she spots Baldur, a brindle mutt, walking in the distance with his owner Liesl.
As soon as she sees her best pal, Samantha, a black Labrador mix, starts barking excitedly, turning back towards Stefani before pulling her towards Baldur, who is walking with his owner on the other side of the road.
When they finally meet, the two pups rub noses and continue to bark at one another excitedly, while their delighted owners hold on to their leashes.
The photo, which was posted last week, has brought joy to millions of Facebook users, racking up more than 843,000 likes.
Stefani revealed that the reunion came as a complete surprise to both her and Liesl, who have both been stunned by the overwhelmingly positive response to the photo.
Stefani, who is originally from Colorado, where she rescued Samantha, revealed that her dog and Baldur have been friends for years, after meeting three years ago when Stefani first moved to Hamilton.
Stefani shared that Samantha and Baldur’s friendship deepened a year ago when Samantha helped Baldur overcome fear during fireworks. Due to the pandemic, the dogs were separated for over a month.
Stefani coincidentally met Liesl the day before the reunion, discussing how the dogs would love to see each other again.
The unplanned encounter the next day brought immense joy to both pet owners and received an unexpected positive response online.
The photo captured the genuine excitement of the dogs and resonated with people during challenging times.