A beloved dog, who garnered attention after he started being taken on wagon outings in Deland, Florida, has passed away. The golden retriever, named “Maverick,” had managed to conquer cancer (Lymphoma) on more than one occasion, and when the nine-year-old dog was no longer able to walk, his devoted owners, Allison and Joey Maxwell, got a wagon which would allow Maverick to continue enjoying as much of life as he possibly could.
Suffice to say, the handsome dog, with the engaging smile, not only delighted town residents, but he became something of an internet superstar. Maverick’s outings, including the fresh air and meetings with friendly strangers, even seemed to help defeat the cancer which had taken hold his body. Though the cancer reared its ugly head once again in December, Maverick’s happy personality remained, and he truly seemed to be enjoying life.
But the end arrived, as it always does, last weekend. Maverick’s heartbroken owners broke the sad news to the beloved dog’s thousands of Facebook fans earlier this week:
Last night at around midnight, Maverick passed away peacefully in his sleep. He gave no signs of being ill, and didn’t suffer at all. He simply went to sleep after dinner.
Allison and I are absolutely heartbroken, yet we are at peace knowing that Maverick is now at rest.
Losing a pet is never easy, but Maverick’s unexpected and peaceful passing helped make the loss a bit less difficult; Joey explained to People:
“Honestly, in some ways it was easier this way. Our biggest concern was that this was going to get ugly at the end and we’d have to make a decision and we never wanted him to suffer.”
Condolences from those touched by Maverick, and his story, have been pouring in to the popular Facebook page. His owners have promised to continue to share images of Maverick, and they made sure that the dog’s many fans knew that their love was and is appreciated – they wrote:
We’ve still got some many wonderful pictures and memories of Maverick to share from his incredible life. In the meantime, please know how much you have meant to us, and especially to Maverick. He loved you all.
(Photos via Everybody Loves Maverick Facebook page and GoFundMe)