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Snow Kind: Couple Track Down Piles Of Man-Made Snow For Cancer-Stricken Dog’s Last Romp

Owners create shaved ice mini-mountain to give Maggie a final happy moment.

A young couple in Utah proved man is a dog’s best friend.

The pair scoured their area for fake snow, so their beloved dying dog could roll around in it one last time.

Elijah Saltzgaber and Marianna Wilson from Salt Lake County learned in July that their 11-year-old dog, Maggie, had cancer.

Wilson, who runs a pet-sitting service called Happy Tails Dog Hiking, posted a message online describing “an incredibly emotional 6 months navigating the health of our alpha and pack leader Maggie.”

“On behalf of Maggie and myself I want to thank all my clients, friends, family and strangers for their outpouring of love and support during this challenging time,” she wrote.

Aware that her time with them was short, the couple thought of ways to make her last months memorable. They decided to compile a bucket list of all the things Maggie could enjoy one last time — and then checked off each one.

Marianna Wilson and Elijah Saltzgaber with Maggie as she enjoys a final romp in the snow. (@slcoparksandrec/Zenger)

After the dog’s diagnosis, the couple took her camping and paddleboarding, among other favorite activities.

However, the one thing Maggie loved most was rolling in the snow. Knowing that she would not live until winter, her owners got creative.

To create a snow mound in September, the couple explained their situation on social media and asked for help.

An ad Elijah Saltzgaber made for his pet, Maggie, who was dying of cancer/ (@slcoparksandrec/Zenger)

“Does anyone have a shaved ice machine they have put away for the season? Our sweet dog is passing of cancer, and … we want to build her one last snow bank to roll in,” Saltzgaber said. “Saying goodbye to her Monday around noon, so willing to pay and pickup Monday morning.”

Someone suggested approaching skating rinks. The couple called the Salt Lake County Ice Center to ask for their assistance in pleasing Maggie, who was ring bearer at the couple’s wedding.

Marianna Wilson and Elijah Saltzgaber got fake snow as a last treat for their dying pet. (@slcoparksandrec/Zenger)

“I think we can help out,” said ice rink director Tiffany King.

Staff members gathered ice shavings produced by the rink’s resurfacer and delivered it to the couple’s garden for Maggie.

“Today, our staff shaved some extra ice, loaded it into bins and buckets, and the owner took the snow home, to Maggie’s backyard, where she enjoyed it with her family,” the ice center posted on Facebook.

“Sending our love and condolences to Maggie’s family. We appreciate the unique privilege of providing her a little heaven on earth.”

The center headed its post with “WARNING: Tearjerker.”

Images show Maggie sitting on top of the mound of artificial snow while playing with a tennis ball.

Hours later, the couple said farewell to their cherished pet.

Edited by Fern Siegel and Judith Isacoff

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