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Skateboarding to a new home in Guildford – Maisy the Battersea dog that spent 431 days waiting for a new owner

A stray dog has been rehomed by Sally and Malcolm Crockford in Guildford, Surrey, after spending almost half her life in kennels. Maisy the Mongrel had been at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor in Berkshire for 431 days, making her the charity’s longest stay resident.

Maisy first arrived at the world famous charity on New Year’s Day, 2011. Like 55 per cent of dogs that come in to Battersea, two year old Maisy was brought in as a stray after she was found wandering the streets. She was at the charity 12 times longer than the average stay for a dog before finding her dream home.

When searching for their new dog, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home was the only choice for the Crockfords, as they rehomed a Battersea dog in 2004. Sally explains: “It didn’t take long for Maisy to settle in with us, she’s made herself at home very quickly! She’s such a character, I’ve never met a dog that’s so smart. She has us laughing all the time and she’s very inquisitive. Maisy is such a wonderful dog – we couldn’t be happier.”

Although Maisy had attracted a lot of attention during her time at the Home for unique skills such as skateboarding, she couldn’t catch the eye of visitors to the centre on Priest Hill. Senior Rehomer Vicky Snook says, “Maisy was given lots of TLC here by staff and volunteers, but it’s not the same as a loving home. We’re absolutely thrilled to see her go home with Sally and Malcolm, they just adore her. She’s such a loving girl and her wait is finally over.”

Battersea Old Windsor takes in around 1,500 dogs and 600 cats every year, and rehomes animals all over the UK. If you can offer a home to a Battersea animal please contact01784 49443 or visit


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