The effects of age may have slowed Maverick down a bit, but that doesn’t mean he has stood still because, after all, he has love on his side.
Joey Maxwell and his wife first met Maverick as a puppy living in a kill shelter, when they rescued him at the 11th hour and brought him home. Even then, they realized that Max was more than just an ordinary puppy. His spirit, in the face of adversity, shines through, and for almost a decade of their live’s, he has been nothing more than a blessing to the Maxwell household.
“He had spent about three months alone out in the woods. When we got him, he was absolutely skin and bones, but he was perfect. He loved us immediately, and we knew he was going to be our dog. We’ve had him ever since. He’s been spectacular.”
Unfortunately, there were severe challenges that Maverick would soon have to face in his life, and he would have to face alone.
Just two years ago, Maverick was diagnosed with lymphoma, and rather than accept his fate, his parents decided to get him very expensive chemotherapy treatment to save his life. Maverick bounced back, and his cancer was in remission. In a test of his resilience, he was still the bouncy, happy go lucky pup that everyone had come to know and love, and didn’t seem to let the toxic effects of chemo keep him down.
Sadly, two months ago, Maverick’s cancer returned, and the Maxwells stepped in again to do everything they could to save him. After all, Maverick was still an otherwise healthy dog, however, something changed this time around.
“A week ago, we had a crisis. We got up in the morning and he couldn’t walk. He laid there on the floor and could barely lift his head. He wouldn’t eat or drink. He was shaking.”
Maverick was soon rushed to an emergency clinic where doctors there determined that he was anemic and suffering from a low-grade fever. Doctors kept him at the facility overnight so they could monitor the situation and he was eventually released.
“We didn’t think he was going to make it. They sent him home telling us he was pretty much done.”
Even though death seemed right at Mavericks doorstep, his spirit was still strong, and he refused to let his condition hamper his attitude.
“We decided, if this is it, that the last thing he feels is not depression, lying around the house with us crying over him. We wanted him to go out and do what he loves to do, and that’s being outside, getting attention. He loves being loved. I was determined to get this dog out of the house, to go for a walk to get a cheeseburger and some ice cream.”
Since Maverick couldn’t get around, he took a trip to the local hardware store, so he could build a specially made wagon, equipped with a doggy bed, to push him around in.
“They were sold out of wagons because we just had a hurricane here. I ran into the manager and explained my idea of Mav. He called other stores and found one within five minutes. They brought it to the store, built it for me, and sold it to me for 50 percent off. I cried, and so did the cashier.”
And just like that, Maverick was back on the move.
“I got home and put Mav’s bed and a blanket on the wagon, loaded Mav up, and we went downtown. As soon as I started rolling that cart, the second we started moving, his mouth flopped open and his tongue hung out. He lifts his head off the bed and has this big dog grin from ear to ear.”
“There was an instant transformation. So the next day we did the same thing. I noticed he perked up a little more. We’ve taken him downtown pretty much every day since. Now people have started recognizing him and come to say hello.”
What should have turned out to be Mavericks final act, has instead turned out to be his finest hour. The Maxwell’s for the sake of keeping their pup happy, turned lemons, into sweet lemonade.
“His health has actually gotten better. When we first did this, we thought this was our last day or two with Maverick. Instead, it’s turning into the best week. Now it could be the best two weeks. Then maybe the best month. It keeps growing, and he’s still loving it.”
Incredibly, these walks have done more to lift Mavericks spirits, then anyone could have ever imagined. Maverick, just by going outside on his daily walks, has transformed dramatically and is now able to sit up on his own.
“There was comfort in knowing we could still make him happy. We fulfilled that mission, and now Maverick is fulfilling his.”
It is unknown how much time Maverick has exactly to live, however, what is known is that with each passing day, he is living life to the fullest as Maxwell concludes,
“We visited the vet yesterday, and they determined that he’s actually healthy enough now to start chemo. He’s still not walking, but we are going to start thinking more long term.I had to find a way to get him out to be Maverick. I think it’s helping. And he’s become a local celebrity just doing what he loves,” Maxwell said. “Mav loves everybody, and now everybody loves Mav.”
To follow Mavericks journey, please visit his Facebook page for daily updates. Those wishing to help cover the cost of his expensive chemotherapy treatments, please visit a GoFundMe page set up for Maverick. Additionally, please keep Maverick in your thoughts and in your hearts.
[Source Story: Fido4ever ]