Maisie is a gorgeous Spaniel mix with beautiful red-gold fur who lives with her adoring momma and brother, Moose, in Abersoch, Wales. Maisie loves to spend her days going on strolls through the long, luscious grass that grows freely on the trails near her home. When the weather warms up, you can find her rolling on the sandy beaches and bounding after the waves as they crash onto the shore.
Maisie may be spending her time playing like a young pup nowadays, but it wasn’t always that way for this sweet dog. In fact, she wasn’t even born in Wales! This beloved canine was born in Budapest, Hungary, and that’s where she spent the first few years of her life.
In the summer of 2011, Maisie found herself wandering the roads of the countryside around Budapest, alone and terrified. She was scrounging for food, digging through the trash that people threw from their vehicles in hopes of finding a morsel of anything she could eat. During the evenings, she tried desperately to find somewhere safe to sleep where she wouldn’t have to worry about the Lynx, badgers, and wolves that roamed the countryside and viewed her as an easy meal.
Luckily for Maisie, she was found by a volunteer with the Foundation of Animal Protection in Füzesabony, or FAPF, a sanctuary that saves abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs in and around Budapest. FAPF is run by two sisters who work full-time besides running the foundation, and they are assisted by over 100 veterinary students who help foster the animals during their college term! The foundation helps adopt animals to anywhere in Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, England, and Wales to find them their perfect homes.
When one of the volunteers saw Maisie, she fell in love with her at first sight. Sadly, she was on her way back to her home in Wales and was unable to take her back with her. Thankfully, one of the other volunteers offered to foster her until she could come back for the amazing dog who had won over so many hearts with her playful attitude.
In winter of 2011, Maisie was finally able to end her quest to find the perfect forever home. She went home with her forever family, and her life has been full of love and joy ever since. Ever since that day she’s been couch-surfing and chasing tennis balls. In fact, she’s even had the opportunity to travel all over the U.K. and Europe, multiple times with her momma by her side. This former stray endured hell to get to where she is now, but it definitely all worked out in the end!