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The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Meet Maverick! A Sugar-faced Senior with a Love for Life & Toys!

Meet the 5th of our ’12 Dogs of Christmas,’ Maverick! This fun-loving, blanket-snuggling, laid back, friendly senior has been looking for a family for more than 2 YEARS!

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It’s the holidays! The time of year for families to gather together to celebrate traditions, share old memories, and make new ones. This year, as you surround yourself with family and friends, both two-legged and four-legged alike, remember there are millions of dogs in shelters, patiently waiting for a family of their own. For some, this won’t be their first, second, or even their EIGHTH Christmas without a family of their own.

It’s our Christmas wish that every dog in rescue would find a home for the holidays, so we’ve selected 12 special dogs from around the country that have been overlooked time and time again. Some are senior dogs, some have special needs, and some are passed over for reasons we simply can’t understand – but, they all deserve to spend the holidays with a family of their own.

We’re calling this the 12 Dogs of Christmas! The Dogington Post along with our friends at Halo® Purely for Pets® have joined forces to introduce you to 12 needy dogs in hopes that they’ll finally get noticed…and maybe get a home for the holidays!

Meet Maverick!

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Name of Rescue Organization: Haven to Home Canine Rescue (Pennsylvania)

How long at shelter/rescue: Maverick was rescued 2 years ago after spending his entire life chained in a backyard.

Type/Size/Sex: Pit Bull Terrier/Mix, 70 pounds, Male

Maverick’s Story:

12 dogs of christmasAfter meeting Maverick, you cannot help but want to see him experience every joy available to a dog! You want to watch him barrel up a hill and you want to watch him turn and run back to you with all the enthusiasm of a puppy! When that white face smiles at you, you know he has experienced so much you wish he hadn’t but you also have no doubt that he has let all of those experiences behind him, like a toy without a squeaker.

Maverick is a gentle, affectionate and extraordinary soul. He wins the heart of everyone who meets him. He has had dog playmates, but Haven to Home prefers he be an only pet, unless his human is very dog savvy. He knows many obedience and trick commands and clearly loves performing for his human. If his big bully eyes don’t get him what he wants, he is not above holding a paw in the air to let you know he is in need of some additional cuddles!

12 dogs of christmasSince going to his foster home, approximately 4 months ago, the foster family has reported that Maverick does not respond with the same excitable behavior he did while at the holding kennel. He still scoops up the inappropriate inedible object occasionally, a hallmark move of our boy Mav! We honestly don’t know where all the squeakers end up!

Maverick loves humans, young and young at heart! He is healthy and energetic and loves his daily walks with his foster mom. Maverick believes in balance and so equally enjoys sharing a couch with his human.

Maverick spent most of his 9 years tied to a chain in a backyard just out of reach of another dog. He was never taught to properly meet another dog, only knew the frustration of not being able to reach one so close. Then one day his human decided it was time for a new puppy and Maverick was cast aside. After a few months Maverick came to Haven to Home Canine Rescue and his life changed forever.

He will never spend another night in the freezing cold or another day in the blistering heat of the sun, he now knows the joy of a loving human hand and the excitement of a squeaky dog toy!

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November 20, 2017 marked two years in Haven to Home’s care for Maverick. His foster family has fostered over fourteen dogs and out of them all, they report he is by far the most affectionate dog they have fostered! If canine charisma could get him his forever home, Maverick would have been adopted 100 times over!

12 dogs of christmasLikes: He has quite the joy for life.  He loves toys.  Lots of them.  And he’ll literally love them to pieces. He loves blankets!  After years of living outside, he now loves to burrow into a pile a blankets and cover himself up until he is completely hidden. He loves walks, meeting new people, cuddling and affection.  He adores car rides, even to the vet, and he is always a well-behaved gentleman there.

Special Considerations: We think he is OK with cats although he is not around them in our care. A home with older, dog savvy, or no kids would be best for Maverick.  His ideal would have a fenced yard.  It would also require someone willing to provide a steady supply of chewies and be able to keep Maverick safe from trash can raids or counter surfing.  Yes, he is an opportunist.  His forever home should enjoy Mav’s unique, somewhat quirky, personality and be able to provide guidance, mental stimulation, and exercise in addition to loving this big goofball.

12 dogs of christmasMaverick will soon face another Christmas without a family all his own.

Does Maverick seem like the perfect fit for your family? Here’s how to begin the adoption process:

Click here for the ADOPTION APPLICATION if you are interested in giving Maverick a forever home.

For questions on the adoption process, including fees, please review the Adoption Page.

Will Maverick finally find his forever with you?

The great folks at Halo Pet Food have a mission to change the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised…for the better. With that goal in mind, if you adopt one of our “12 Dogs of Christmas,” they’ll send you $100 worth of food and treats for your newest furry family member!


For over 30 years, Halo® has insisted on creating only holistic pet foods that rely first on WHOLE meat, poultry or fish – never ANY rendered “meat meal” – making these recipes fundamentally different from the kibble found in almost all leading “natural” pet food brands. Now, the brand has added OrigiNative™ and Non-GMO Vegetables along with Proven Superior Digestibility to that heritage. Plus, when you choose America’s Best Loved Holistic Brand®, Halo feeds it forward (#HaloFeeditForward), donating a bowl of Halo to shelter pets every time consumers buy, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States, and Halo offers pet parents a money back guarantee, “Feed for 14 Days, Love it or it’s Free! Learn more about Halo’s HOLISTIC. WHOLE. HUMANE. Pet food for dogs and cats at


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