Community Came Together So Terminal Dog Could See ‘Snow’ One Last Time

Spunky, a 12-year-old dog, was a little slower and stiffer but seemed to be a rather healthy dog. Until one morning, Spunky did not eat his breakfast.

Spunky’s mom, Ashley Niels, knew something was wrong. After taking Spunky to the, he gave the family the sad news.

Spunky had hemangiosarcoma, a kind of cancer that chemotherapy and surgery could not help.

Because Spunky was bleeding internally, he would need to be put to sleep. Niels made the appointment for the following evening.

Niels remembered that she had promised Spunky, who has lived in Texas for years, that he would get to see snow again. Niels adopted Spunky when she was in college in Wisconsin, and the two lived and loved the winter season.

In 2008, they moved to Austin, Texas and they haven’t seen much snow in Texas and in the summer, the chance of seeing snow was impossible.

The staff and volunteers at Austin Animal Center, where Niels works, pitched in and rented a snow machine for Spunky! They brought the snow machine to Neil’s house so Spunky could enjoy a man-made snowfall!

Spunky just sat there to make her happy, Niels said. The veterinarian had an emergency and canceled Spunky’s appointment.

So Niels and Spunky had a few more days together. Spunky’s friend, a cat, named Merlin has been giving him a lot of attention.

The snow machine was used to entertain the dogs at the shelter!

Niels said it was “a beautiful thing for a group of people to come together to help her fulfill a promise to her Spunky.”

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