Maya Sweetheart, a Boxer and Cancer Survivor, is Georgia's Top Dog

Patch readers from across Georgia have voted, and this boxer from Dacula is the big winner of our Top Dog contest.


Readers, we got 546 votes in our Georgia Top Dog contest and our runaway winner is boxer Maya Sweetheart with a whopping 121 votes!

When you’re competing in a field of 10 finalists, that’s a big chunk of the voting.

Five-year-old Maya lives with Heather and Brodie Gruver, their two children, and another boxer in Dacula.

“She’s protective over the kids and over the house, very loving and very smart,” said Heather Gruver, who entered Maya’s photo into our contest.

“She’s part of the family. Like any dog owner would say, she’s definitely become another family member, not just a pet.”

May was born on Feb. 14, 2007, making her a Valentine’s Day puppy.

The Gruver’s took Maya home when she was about six weeks old. One day, when Maya was about 10 months old, Heather Gruver found a lump in the area you’d refer to as the armpit, if it were on a human. The lump turned out to be cancerous, but vets were able to remove it. In December, the family found three more cancerous tumors that had to be removed.

But, like most dogs, Maya hasn’t been fazed by such things.

And what’s Maya’s favorite doggy thing to do?

“She’ll do anything for food,” Heather Gruver said. “She’ll do tricks, she’ll sit or roll over.”

Maya and her family will receive a $100 gift card and some nice Patch swag. That should buy a few good doggie treats!


Read about the other Top Dog nominees, and view our gallery of more than 700 photos of awesome dogs submitted by Patch readers.

Angie September 05, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Congratulations Maya! The Boxer community was rooting for ya. You're beautiful girl.
Angela September 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Congratulations!!! I have a Boxer and they are wonderful loyal dogs!!! So happy for Maya!!!
Jennifer Buck September 05, 2012 at 06:38 PM
For all of you boxer lovers out there please remember Boxerstock October 21st, 2012, from 12:00-6:00 pm. It is held at the Jim Miller Park in Marietta, GA. Link below: http://www.facebook.com/Boxerstock All dog lovers welcome!
Nicole Gibson September 05, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Congrads Maya! Nothing better than a boxer dog!
Heather Gruver September 09, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Thanks everyone!


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