At 11 years old, Charlie the golden retriever recently lost his eyes to glaucoma. In response, his family did the best thing to boost his spirits. The Stipes brought home Maverick, a 4-month-old golden retriever puppy, to be Charlie’s seeing-eye dog and best friend.
Meet Charlie and Maverick
At first, Charlie wasn’t sure what to think of the energetic young pup, but Maverick quickly adjusted his behavior once he realized Charlie could not see.
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Hello there! Charlie and Maverick here. Just a couple of happy pups. Charlie is almost 11 years old and Maverick is 4 months old. Charlie had glaucoma which led to his double enucleation (both eyes removed). Now, Maverick is here to help Charlie around and Charlie is trying to teach Maverick manners. ???? definitely a work in progress.
When playing with a toy, Maverick will fetch the toy if Charlie loses track of it.
On walks, Maverick sticks close to Charlie to keep him steered on the right track.
And when they lie down to sleep, Maverick is Charlie’s pillow— never out of reach of his new best friend.
In just a week, Charlie and Maverick have racked up over 89,000 Instagram followers, thanks to a super-cute feature on The Today Show.
You can follow Charlie and Maverick’s adventures on their Instagram page for more sweet photos and videos.