A local ice rink helped this pooch make her last moments on Earth be some of her happiest.
After watching their beloved dog Maggie’s painful battle with cancer after a July diagnosis, owners Marianna Wilson and Elijah Saltzgaber made the difficult decision to put her down. But before helping the 11-year-old cross the rainbow bridge, the pair wanted to find a way to let her do her favorite things one last time.
So, on the weekend before putting her to sleep this September, they arranged a weekend filled with Maggie’s favorite things: belly rubs, food, paddleboarding, playing with her ball, camping, more food and more belly rubs. They even found a way to make it snow with the help of a local ice rink.
In the name of Maggie’s final weekend, Utah’s Salt Lake County Ice Center transported buckets of ice shavings to the pair’s home, just so Maggie could play in them one last time.
She died hours later.
“Today was a bittersweet day, as we had an opportunity to help make a difference for a very special dog, Maggie,” a Salt Lake County Ice Center spokesperson told SWNS, adding they were only too happy to help.
“We are devastated and already feel the enormous void of her absence,” the owners, who live in Salt Lake County, told the news service. That her last moments were so joyful, though, brings them some catharsis, despite the questioning of their own timing.
“Could we wait another week? Another month? Ultimately, all our bargaining and second guessing led us right back to our want to free her from the pain of her cancer,” they said. “As difficult as the decision to end her suffering was, we are comforted in knowing she departed with grace and dignity.”
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