My name is Maverick and I’m part of OPH's 9/11 Memorial Dog themed transport. I am named and honored after Maverick, who originated from the Prince William County, Virginia Police, and served as a Search and Rescue dog at the Pentagon during the 9/11 tragedy. My foster family calls me Samuel, though, since that was my shelter name and the name the volunteers in Mississippi called me for weeks before I made my way up to Virginia.
I am guessed to be a Beagle mix (with Lab, maybe), I weigh around 35 lbs., and I am about 15 months old.
I am a sweet little lovebug and enjoy giving kisses and cuddles. I love meeting new people, and especially kids! In fact, my best friend in the whole world is a 12-year old girl that is part of my foster family. My foster dad jokes that she and I are joined at the hip. But, I also love playing with the 10-year old boy in my foster family, as well as other neighborhood kids. I spend a lot of my day with kids between 7 and 12 years old, and two of their dogs! I am definitely interested in other dogs, but I need a minute to sniff them out and eye them first. I can sometimes be a little skittish about things that probably remind me of my previous life or are just new and unfamiliar to me. But, I warm up to them quickly, and am good to go and won’t complain!
I give my foster family cues when I need to go to the bathroom outside, like pacing back and forth or invading their personal space to get their attention. They have taught me sit, down, and paw, and I am working on stay. I'm happy eating my kibble, and scarf it down eagerly. I also love cheese, peanut butter, and the occasional Tostito chip. I love playing fetch and walking outside, but I also really enjoy a good nap on the couch. I sleep in a crate next to my best friend's bed, and I’m an easygoing dude!
Did I mention my snaggletooth? It’s my most unique and adorable trait! My foster would love to provide solid photographic evidence, but I can be camera shy and sometimes try to hide when I see one. The best luck she has is when she catches me snoozing! The vet in Mississippi believes my jaw has been broken before and didn’t heal 100% properly, but it doesn’t seem to bother me at all. My snaggletooth is a good reminder of how strong and resilient I am, and how my past life won’t hold me down. I’m looking for a new family with lots of love to give. Is that with you?! If so, apply today! I won’t be available long!
This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.