Snowy send-off: Dog with terminal cancer gets one last chance to play in the snow

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One animal’s last day on the planet didn’t have to be a sad one. Hours before being put down due to a terminal cancer, a 6-year-old Saint Bernard named Sophia got one last chance to do one of her favorite things: play in the winter snow.

After Sophia was diagnosed with bone cancer two months ago, her owner, Alyson Paige, was heartbroken — especially since Sophia had been “a big support” for her during her struggle with infertility. “I wanted to do something special for her,” she told the BBC.

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And “special” was no overstatement. Paige spent months researching different options, before remembering Sophia’s immense love for snow. She decided to reach out to an indoor ski center in Manchester, U.K., mostly on a whim, thinking they wouldn’t really respond to such an odd request.

But they did, and when the big day came earlier this summer, it was a huge success. “Just to see her with a waggly tail and diving around in the snow, [making] snow angels…it’s just been amazing,” Paige said, explaining that Sophia hadn’t been her lively self since her diagnosis.

“I can’t even begin to say how much I’m going to miss her,” she said. “It’s made me happy knowing that she’s had such a wonderful day today.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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