Thank you, Mr. Maelochs. The pain of this loss will echo for a long time to come, but that's okay. There's no way that losing a dog as wonderful as Maverick isn't going to hurt. A lot. You are right that pets are gifts. Boy are they ever.Sadness of course .... but that is life. Gladness that you were able to do a partial "recovery" ride and make it back home.
Pets are gifts that don't last, but on the whole .... usually well worth it for most.
My condolences to you, your spouse, and Chip.