Florida resident Joey Maxwell and his wife adopted the golden retriever eight years ago from a kill shelter, where he'd been taken after his original owners abandoned him as a puppy. Upon meeting, it was clear to them that, despite Maverick's sad past, his spirit was stronger than what the world could throw at him.
"He had spent about three months alone out in the woods," Maxwell told The Dodo. "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."
Still, there were more challenges yet for Maverick to face in his life - only this time, he wouldn't have to face them alone.