Instant Puppy Love –

It didn’t matter that she was in Newburyport and he was in New York or that the “first sight” came via a tiny image on a smartphone.

Mimi Reeves just knew in her heart she and the pup she’s since named Buddy were destined to be together.

“When I saw that picture, I just fell in love with him,” Reeves said. “It just fit the picture of what I had in my head of what my dog would look like.”

But uniting Reeves and Buddy was a different tale altogether, one that involved a chance encounter and what Patty St. John, vice president of membership and development at the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, said can best be described as a “Christmas mission of mercy.”

St. John never thought she’d be brokering a dog adoption when she posted Buddy’s photo on her Facebook page in late November. She was simply fulfilling a request from her sister’s dog walker, Amy Campbell of Wags While You Work in Somerville, who had attended a training program at a shelter in a small town just west of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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