Pet parentsEli SaltzgaberandMarianna Wilson’s fur baby,Maggie,was suffering badly from cancer. Before they gave her a dignified departure, they wanted to give their Newfoundland dog one last weekend filled with all the things she loves. On her final weekend, they took Maggie paddle boarding, camping, played ball with her, and gave her lots of belly rubs and plenty of her favorite food. Their only regret was not being able to let her do one of her favorite things — play in the snow — one last time. So Eli turned to social media to see if he could make this one activity happen for Maggie before they had to say goodbye.
His request for shaved ice was picked up by the Salt Lake County Ice Center, a year-round, indoor ice skating facility, that jumped at the opportunity to make Maggie’s last day extra special.Tiffany King, facility director at the Ice Center, met Eli at the rink and loaded up his van with their Zamboni “snow” for him to take home.
So, it turned out to be a memorable morning for Maggie to spend with her parents before her departure. In a follow uppost on Facebook, Maggie’s parents say “We are incredibly grateful that our sweet girl spent her final moments surrounded by immense love and comfort.” And sign off with, “Hug your loved ones extra tight for us tonight."