Fil and Martina Russo found a neglected Moxie chasing their van and decided to adopt the dog after failing to locate the owners of the abandoned animal.
Traveling couple Martina Russo and her partner Fil were driving their van through the Spanish countryside near Moclin, in the province of Granada, when they noticed a small dog chasing them relentlessly.
They thought the Shorkie (a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire terrier) was playing, but after a while they spotted the desperation in her running as if she was begging them to stop.
The couple pulled over and a grateful pup – who had overgrown fur, eyes full of mud and was covered in ticks – jumped into their arms.
“We were driving in the middle of the Spanish countryside, and suddenly this dog appeared out of nowhere and started chasing our car.” Martina Russo, from Milan, Italy, told SWNS. “We thought it was just a game, but soon realized something was wrong because she was running fast and wouldn’t stop.
Martina and Fil gave the emaciated dog food and water before taking it to local villages to search in vain for an owner.
They decided to keep her and name her Moxie after a detailed online search failed to uncover a family for the dog.
“We asked all the farmers around and the local shelter, but no one knew her. We also checked out all the houses and farms in the area, but most of them were abandoned,” Martina says of their search with Moxie’s Family Wire. “We came back and got her back on the road to see if she was going on for fun and knew where to come back. But she kept chasing us – our van was just around the corner and we drove very slowly to make sure she wasn’t stressed.”
“We took her to the vet the next day, and it turned out she was unchipped, unspayed, female about a year old, with very overgrown fur full of grime around her eyes ”, adds the new owner of Moxie. “We continued to search for her owners in local Facebook and Whatsapp groups, local passers-by at the fountain and shops, but eventually weeks passed and no one came forward, so we decided to keep her.”
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“She is very nice and funny, very playful, loves our cats. To be honest, she loves everything and everyone! (especially cats and children). We love taking her on adventures, and she makes us laugh every day,” Martina said of the puppy’s personality.
“Moxie lives in a van with us most of the year, so she accompanies us on long hikes in the mountains or when we go rock climbing. Every day is a new adventure for Moxie now,” the pet owner added.