Maggie, a St. Bernard/Newfoundland mix, was meant to be in the snow. Since she was a pup, she’d always find the coldest spot in the house.
According to Maggie’s dad, Elijah Saltzgaber, when she was a pup, she loved lying in the bathtub or on the concrete in the basement. Maggie was most comfortable during the winter.
Being a 120-pound dog, Maggie would flop over onto her back and slide in the snow. Her fur mom, Marianna Wilson, said it was so fun to witness a dog experience such joy from being in the snow.
Thus, when Maggie was diagnosed with July, her fur parents started planning to make the most out of her remaining time. For the last ten years, the pooch had joined her family on all their adventures. She loved hiking and would go on skiing trips and ride on her mom’s paddleboard during the summer.
Thus, when it was time to bid their farewell, Maggie’s family planned one last trip with her. However, something was missing — snow.
Maggie had always run hot, but she seemed especially sensitive to the rising temperatures since her cancer diagnosis.
The couple wanted to make it as easy and comfortable for Maggie as possible. Thus, they thought of renting a snowcone machine and posted a message online.
Within hours, the couple’s sweet request had touched the hearts of thousands of people.
Countless people reacted, and several made suggestions. Some offered to bring their snowcone makers and organize a snowmaking party. One woman even offered to help them break up ice blocks. Several coffee shops and restaurants offered to empty their coolers of all their ice cubes.
While getting ready for their last camping trip with their beloved pooch, Saltzgaber noticed some comments regarding getting good-quality snow from Zambonis, an ice resurfacer company.
The fur dad messaged two of the local ice rinks and received a reply from Tiffany King of Salt Lake County Ice Center the following day. She and Jimmy, the Zamboni driver, had done two laps around the ice rink and built up a mountain of snow outside.
Saltzgaber drove his van down to the rink, but only one-third of the snow could fit into his car. When he went back home, Wilson and Maggie couldn’t believe it.
Wilson said it was overwhelming, and she even broke down crying, along with other family members. And at first, Maggie didn’t understand why.
The family hauled the snow in the van to the backyard, where they had set up a shade tarp. Maggie had not yet warmed to what was going on, so the family leveled the pile out a bit and threw Maggie’s squeaky ball into it.
Maggie then pounced on the snow and decided to rest on the top of the pile. She was very much at ease and comfortable.
When Maggie woke up, a woman who was to administer euthanasia had arrived. Her fur did not expect for her to stay on the snow that long, but that’s where she was most content.
In her final moments, Maggie was with her beloved family and snow. She closed her amazing eyes for the last time, knowing her family loved her.
Credits to Elijah Lee Saltzgaber