By the time Matt caught up with Maverick, Maverick was in the back of an ambulance, warming up.
Was he happy to see Matt?
“I think he was happy to see us but at the same time, he was shaking and shivering, like he was almost frozen from how cold he was," Matt said. “I thanked them [the firefighters], obviously. He couldn’t have been saved without them and I was super appreciative.”
Because Maverick's veterinarian’s office would not open for another 15 minutes Matt took Maverick home to wipe him dray and warm him up so more, Matt said.
Maverick then spent “the better half of the day” warm up at the vet’s office. Maverick then had general anesthesia and surgery to take care of his wounds, Matt said.
Maverick had no broken bones,a according toe X-rays Matt said, and he had about 10 cuts, mostly minor abrasions and scrapes to his skin.
Two, however, were more serious. Maverick also needed stitches to his knee and to repair a severely torn nail, Matt said.
Any advice for pet owners?
“Keep collars on dogs with tags,” Matt said. “Without them, we would not have been able to find him. We'd probably still be looking for him.”
Any plans for preventing this situation from recurring? Matt said he and Kaile are conserving a few options.