Joy’s story began in January 2011 when she was four months old and found by Max Mensur Kahrimanovic living as a stray in a village near Cannakale, Turkey. Max, being the big hearted animal lover that he is, instantly fell in love with Joy and her warm spirit.

When Max would go to visit and feed Joy, he would whistle for her from his open car window, and she would come running out of the bushes to greet him, kissing and licking him all over his face. For several weeks, Max cared for Joy while arrangements were made to get her to a Turkish rescue. In September 2011, with the help of transporter Cengiz Sumerman, Joy, along with her siblings Mattie, Maxine, Zaida, and Tanzi, began their journey from Didim to Istanbul and onto the United States.

Of all of her siblings, Joy was the one who bonded with Nikki instantly, never shying away from Nikki or anyone who would come to the house for a visit. Today, Joy is an outgoing, friendly dog who loves to lie on Nikki’s lap and give her tons and tons of kisses. Joy is intelligent, affectionate, and shows her wisdom in her deep, warm eyes.