Maverick is a Native American Indian dog who lives in Brunswick with his owner, Erica Reihl. Native American Indian dogs are very intelligent, have a lot personality and are loyal companions. They can be part wolf, and some people even think that Maverick is a wolf. 

Even though they have a lot of fur and shed a lot, they are hypoallergenic and do not get hot in the summer because their fur actually keeps them cool. Their fur also helps them keep warm in the winter. Native American Indian dogs have one of the longest life spans of big dogs, and are also one of the largest dog breeds.

Since Maverick is so intelligent, he is able to get into more trouble. For example, he can take the lid off of the crock pot and set it down without anybody hearing him, and then start eating out of it before anyone can stop him.

Aside from being intelligent, Maverick has a big personality. Native American Indian dogs are the type of dog that always want attention from their owners. So, Maverick obviously wants attention from Reihl. One day, Maverick decided to take the XBox controller out of Reihl’s hand, and throw it across the room when he wasn’t getting attention, just to be “noticed”. He is full of personality, but a lot of that is because he wants attention.

Maverick may get himself into a lot of trouble, but in the end, he would not be able to make it without Reihl. He whines whenever he wants to be with her, and he has to be sleeping with her or else he won’t sleep. Maverick has run away from home once or twice. But when they found him, it was clear that he was not going to leave the neighborhood.

Reihl loves Maverick and does everything that she can to make his life wonderful. “I would say my favorite trait is that he likes to keep peace and make sure everyone is safe,” she said. “He will guide or lead other animals away if he feels they’re playing or being too rough around people or other dogs.”

Rachel Bryan, a sixth-grader at Willetts Middle School, is one of over fifty student “backpack journalists” (grades 6-12) in the award-winning BEAT Video Program. The program is sponsored by Scene75 (, RPM, Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Baskets Galore, Danbury Senior Living, Brunswick Eagles 3505, 100+ Women Who Care Medina, and the Brunswick Rotary Club. Go to to learn more about the Program, or visit to view videos produced by the students.