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Reston Pet of the Week: Maverick

by RestonNow.com October 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm 25 Comments

Meet Maverick, our Reston Pet of the Week.

Here’s what owner Brandy had to say about the 2-year-old pit bull she adopted when he was 4 months old.

This puppy was what we call a “Three Strikes.” #1 – He was a Pit Bull. Notorious for having a bad rap and illegal to own in parts of Maryland. #2 – He was black. Black dogs (and cats) are amongst the least desirable pets. #3 – He was sick. He had what is called demodectic mange, a very easily cured, and non-contagious form of mange that causes itchy patches and hair loss. If not treated, it becomes much worse and animals can suffer terribly with it.

I took my family, and our current dog, to meet this puppy. It was love at first sight. We decided to take Maverick in and see how he would do as a member of our family. The first couple of days were a little tough. Our dog, Harper, likes to be in control, and he can sometimes be a bully. But after the two dogs figured their stuff out, Maverick, we knew, were here to stay.

Maverick has grown into an almost 80-pound block of rippling muscle. He is famous at the Reston Dog Park. His giant head is marveled at, his perfect manners revered. Everybody loves Maverick. And a lot of people have had their minds changed about pit bulls because of Maverick.

Maverick is 100 percent what we wanted in a dog. He is the perfect ambassador to his breed. Maverick shows everyone he meets that the American pit bull terrier is not some beast of an animal, bred to kill everything in sight. I have three children, aged 15 to 2. We have another dog. We have several cats, and we foster cats and even tiny newborn kittens. And Maverick is as gentle as can be with all of them. He has never shown an ounce of aggression and is completely committed to being a loyal, friendly, fun-loving pet.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontal photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

  • animallover

    He looks so happy, glad you gave him such a good home! He’s beautiful too.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    I hope this dog is everything you claim it to be. However, if that dog ever goes off the deep end, I feel sorry for your two year old.

    This is not an issue of “current behavior”; it’s an issue of “potential behavior”.

    • OpenReston

      Not necessary, and if you had any class I wouldn’t have to say-but sometimes when you have nothing nice to say or to offer, you just hold your lip.

    • Sam

      Any dog has “potential behavior.” I was bit by my grandparents poorly-socialized, crotchety beagle as a child. I also have a pit bull and a 7 mo old child and while my dog has never shown aggressive behavior, I’m also aware that she is a dog and that anything can happen anytime. We teach our son to be gentle with her, to keeps his hands away from her face and tail, and we don’t leave them together unattended.

      Do some research instead of reading headlines and look into the Vicktory dogs (Michael Vick’s former dogs). Many of them were bred and used for fighting but once rescued, went on to loving homes and were trained as therapy dogs. There’s an example of your “current behavior” vs “potential behavior” theory.

  • Mike M

    I don’t keep pit bulls for pets, nor do I use had grenades for doorstops.

    • OpenReston

      I wish you would.

      • Mike M

        Why is that OpenReston? Because I disagreed with you about something? I think if the world came to blows over disagreements, I might just know how to give more than I take. But until then, I wish you the very best!

        • OpenReston

          • Mike M

            Thought so.

          • OpenReston

            What a loser..

          • Mike M

            Because you say so?

          • animallover

            Feeling victorious? No really, I just didn’t want to encourage you and the owners of the dog & I feel sorry for you. I’m sorry they had to see your nasty comments, they don’t deserve that, they did a great service adopting that dog. You offer nothing, you’re empty, sad, pathetic.

  • OpenReston

    I fell in love with pit bulls watching Cesar the Dog Whisperer..big Daddy. Raised with love, they can be wonderful pets.

    • Mike M

      I fell in love with hand grenades when I saw them on General Ridgeway’s web gear. (Then i saw what for they were made. Yech!)

      • OpenReston

        what is your problem? This is the Restonnow pet of the week article.
        Get a grip..

        • Mike M

          It’s a pit bull. I have a grip. I don’t care if you dress up a pit bull in a tuxedo, it is still a pit and a product of ignorant demand for dangerous animals bred by man to shred flesh.

          • OpenReston

            Loser. It was a feel good story you just pissed all over. You did that, not the dog.

  • Mike M

    (Psst! Get this pit bull and be a baddie in your hood! Your neighbors will be privately intimidated. And you can bask in that self-righteous contrarianism that says you have the magical powers to defy common sense in taking a creature bred to shred into your household. This critter goes great with some really nasty tattoos. Won’t neighbors Lillian and Norm be shocked and appalled! Tee hee!)

  • animallover

    If there’s a moderator of the board, please remove negative comments regarding people’s pets..It will not encourage further entries.

    • Reality Bites

      I think Mike M is just having a bad day. So could Maverick have a bad day. The difference being that somebody may die or have their face chewed off, literally.

  • Austin James Swayze

    im not mad at mike for his views. i just feel bad for mike, he will never know the love a pitbull gives. youre judging my dog without ever getting to know him. its that kind of close mindedness that makes the world a bitter place. in the end your opinion is just that an opinion, and i wont change how i feel about my dog.you come off as a bit angry I hope youre happy in your life and you feel at peace.

  • Brandy

    As Maverick’s owner I would gladly have any of you meet him and judge him for who he is, and not on his breed. Which is unfairly villafied.

    • animallover

      You’ve done an amazing thing adopting this guy & he looks so sweet & very very happy! So ignorant to judge without ever meeting a pit bull..and all animals are individuals, with unique personalities.

  • Austin James Swayze

    🙂

  • Brandy

    And here, educate yourselves. Look at all the adorable, cute, innocent breeds that don’t score higher in temperament tests than the Pit Bull. http://atts.org/breed-statistics/

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