Maisy, a Beagle, now 12 years old, was the Hellands’ first family dog. Six years ago, when their youngest son, Parker, was just 4 years old, Maisy followed him and his brothers into the woods and got lost.
“We started looking around the woods, putting up flyers, asking the mail lady ‘can you watch out for a dog,'” said Parker, now 10.
“It was like losing a member of the family,” said father, Chad. “When we put the flyers up looking for her, that’s what we put, lost family member.”
“I just prayed all night, ‘God please bring her back.’ I just missed her so much,” Parker said.
The family thought of her often but after awhile they moved on. They even got another Beagle, named Cooper, but they say he never replaced her.
Just this week, Chad Helland got a call from the Young Williams Animal Center telling him that not only was Maisy alive, but she was at the shelter waiting to be picked up.
“It was probably the most shocking phone call I’ve ever gotten in my life,” said Chad.
Maisy has a microchip that has the Hellands’ contact information and because the Hellands’ kept all their info updated, when animal control found her wandering, they knew exactly who to call.
Maisy was missing for half of her of life. She has difficultly walking now and the veterinarian’s say she should spend most of her time resting.
But even though a lot has changed for the little Beagle, some things are exactly the same.
“She still does it, when you pick her up, she’ll just lay back like this and be so sweet,” said Maisy’s owner, April Helland, as the 12-year-old dog rests on her shoulder.