May 26, 2024

A woman traveling through an airport made a special connection after finding a lost dog wandering through the terminal.

On January, 13, Olivia “Liv” Hardwick came across a Maltese terrier while waiting to board her flight to Venice, Italy.

After noticing that the dog seemed to be alone, the ski instructor set out to find its owner via TikTok. The video of Hardwick’s quest in Frankfurt airport in Germany has gone viral and racked up over 623,000 views.

The 30-year-old told Newsweek: “The dog looked lost and confused.” She explained that she initially bent down to say hello to the dog while queuing at the airport’s security.

“The dog came straight over to me and didn’t leave my side after this,” she said.

While not confirmed, Hardwick theorized the dog may have been “living” in the airport. The dog appears to have seen better days, as Hardwick expressed concern over his fur in her clip, claiming he had “dreadlocks.”

Hardwick, from England, said: “I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t want to leave the dog walking around the airport.”

After 10 minutes of asking around for the owner, Hardwick took matters into her own hands and went to the airport’s police office.

“I gave the dog lots of cuddles, and let him drink some water out of my hands. He was so thirsty!” she told Newsweek: “The police looked very confused as to why I had just found a lost dog in Frankfurt airport and they explained that they would try reunite with the owner.”

Hardwick eventually boarded her flight to Italy, but the dog was still on her mind. “I was returning to Frankfurt on the 27th January, so I was prepared to adopt this dog if the dog was still there,” she added.

But there was no need, as the dog had been reunited with their owner. A post on X, formerly known as Twitter, from the German federal police official account (@bpol_air_fra) shared the good news on January 16.

With 1,700 views, translated into English, the post said, “Many of you have been asking us what happened to the little rascal. Good news: that same evening, we located his master and brought the two back together.”

The TikTok video of Hardwick’s unusual encounter has amassed more than 48,000 likes, and was awash with adoption offers in the comments.

One user said: “Loving animals like I do, my skiing trip would be canceled.”

“Compassionate people make things better wherever they are,” praised another.

A third comment begged: “Please take him with you.”

A fourth comment said: “That’s your dog now.”

Newsweek reached out to Frankfurt airport police for a comment via email.

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This story was originally published January 22, 2024, 9:18 AM.


source: star-telegram

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