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Utah ice skating center donates ice shavings so dying dog could play in the snow one last time

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A Utah Parks and Recreation division helped a very sick dog one last time by creating a large mound of “snow” for the winter-loving pup to play in.

Maggie’s owners were devastated to have her put to sleep on Monday, but decided it was best to relieve her of the pain of cancer.

But before she died, they wanted to give her one last weekend of fun, filled with lots of her favorite foods, camping, belly rubs, and some time in the snow — which has always brought her “so much joy.”

But since it was September, no snow showers were expected in Salt Lake County — so Maggie’s owners enlisted the Salt Lake County Ice Center to transport buckets of ice shavings from the rin for the beloved pet to play in.

Sad: Maggie’s owners were devastated to have her put to sleep on Monday, but decided it was best to relieve her of the pain of cancer

Before she died, they wanted to give her a fun weekend with lots of her favorite foods, camping, belly rubs, and some time in the snow—which brought her

Before she died, they wanted to give her a fun weekend with lots of her favorite foods, camping, belly rubs, and some time in the snow—which brought her “so much joy.”

Last Hurray: Maggie's owners enlisted the Salt Lake County Ice Center to transport buckets of ice chips from the sink for the beloved pet to play in

Last Hurray: Maggie’s owners enlisted the Salt Lake County Ice Center to transport buckets of ice chips from the sink for the beloved pet to play in

Maggie’s Owners shared the story on Monday morning, to explain that they had said goodbye to our dear Maggie Bear.

“We are devastated and already feel the immense emptiness of her absence. As difficult as the decision to end her suffering was, we are comforted in the knowledge that she passed away with grace and dignity,” they said.

“We wanted to share a final weekend full of paddle boarding (her favorite), eating, camping, playing with her ball, eating more and belly rubs.

“Our outing was incredibly bittersweet. Seeing her big brown eyes taking in all the stimuli of nature made us question our decision. Can we wait another week? Another month? In the end, all our negotiations and doubts again led to us wanting to relieve her of the pain of her cancer.’

They knew they had a good plan when they decided to camp for her last weekend – but one thing was missing.

“As difficult as the decision to end her suffering was, we are comforted in the knowledge that she passed away with grace and dignity,” they said.

Freezing Cold: On Monday morning, hours before Maggie's passing, Eli grabbed several buckets of snow from the ice rink to bring to Maggie

Freezing Cold: On Monday morning, hours before Maggie’s passing, Eli grabbed several buckets of snow from the ice rink to bring to Maggie

“We are incredibly grateful that our sweet girl spent her last moments surrounded by immense love and comfort,” they said

“My only complaint was that I wanted her to experience snow one last time, because snow has brought so much joy to her and us,” they wrote.

One of the dog’s owners, Eli, posted a plea on Facebook asking for help — and soon the Salt Lake County Ice Cream Center was offering piles of “snow” of shavings.

On Monday morning, hours before Maggie’s death, Eli picked up several buckets of snow from the ice rink to take Maggie home.

“We unloaded the snow and made a throne for our girl to rest in one last time,” the couple said.

Video shows the contented pup lounging in a pile of snow with a tennis ball and eating the ice cream while her owners cheer her on like a ‘good girl’.

“We are incredibly grateful that our sweet girl spent her last moments surrounded by immense love and comfort,” they said.

“We are absolutely heartbroken, but have found comfort in knowing that we gave her the best life and most merciful death,” they said.

“We are devastated and already feel the immense emptiness of her absence,” they said

“Today was a bittersweet day because we had the chance to make a difference for a very special dog, Maggie,” said the rink

“We are absolutely heartbroken, but have found comfort in knowing that we gave her the best life and most merciful death.”

Meanwhile, the Salt Lake County Ice Center also shared a post on Facebook.

“It’s not always about skates and hockey pucks at County Ice Center. Today was a bittersweet day because we had the chance to make a difference for a very special dog, Maggie,” they said.

“This morning we filled bins, buckets and the back of his van with the ice chips from the rink. Maggie was enjoying her last morning with her two favorite things, snow and her owners.’

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