Charlie the golden retriever is eleven years old, which means he is now a senior and has slowed down quite a bit in his old age. A few years ago, Charlie had a terrible case of glaucoma that caused him to go blind and eventually, he had his eyes removed to alleviate his pain. While Charlie learned to cope with his sudden loss of sight, his family noticed that he seemed depressed and definitely slowed down from his former energetic days. But that all changed recently when someone new came into Charlie’s life—someone who brightened his spirits and helped him see the world again.
Charlie’s owners, a woman named Chelsea Stipe and her husband, love Charlie very much and knew he was still happy. However, they had a feeling he needed a companion in his life to help him through his older years. So, they brought home a little golden retriever puppy they named Maverick. The puppy had a major impact on Charlie—more than they could have ever imagined. Charlie and Maverick bonded immediately, and his family noticed that Maverick’s puppy energy was rubbing off his brother. Charlie was acting much more playful and happy since his puppy brother came along. The pair can often be found playing and romping around, even fighting over toys.
Maverick is just a few months old, but he seems to realize that Charlie needs his help navigating the world. The puppy will place toys in front of the blind Charlie, and when Charlie gets up to move, Maverick is right by his side to help him. When they go for walks together, Charlie helps keep Maverick in a straight line and away from any danger. Maverick often lays next to Charlie, trying to comfort him so he knows he is not alone. While Charlie is older and no one knows how long he has to live, one thing is certain: he has Maverick to help him through his twilight years with joy and happiness.