Old Husky Gets to Play in the Texas 'Snow' One Last Time

Posted by Mateja Lane
All images courtesy of Ashley Niels via CBS News

Spunky the Husky loved snow. 

That's why when Spunky and his owner Ashley Niels moved to Austin, Texas there was always something missing. But with the help of the pet community, Spunky got one last day in the "snow."

Niels adopted Spunky in Wisconsin when she was just 19 years old and starting college. She told CBS News:

"At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to take him because he was a very energetic pup, bouncing all over the place and covered in mud."

But she did take him home, and they made it work by living off campus. Since then, Spunky and Niels have been inseparable.

"He has a special, 'old soul' quality about him," she explained. "You don't have to know Spunky long at all to feel it. It's a presence. Wise and loving. Calming. He radiates a gentle knowing that just lets you know that everything is going to be all right and the world is good."

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The duo then moved to Austin, Texas and made it work without the snowy Wisconsin landscape.

One day Spunky didn't eat his breakfast, which was odd since he always "inhales his food."

Niels took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer affecting the liver and spleen. Spunky was bleeding internally and didn't have too much time left.

"At that point, I collapsed to the ground and didn't actually hear anything else she said," Niels said.

"After setting up an appointment to have my vet come to my house Friday evening, I decided I wanted to do everything I could with him. My sister and girlfriend came over and we took him to one of his favorite parks. Then we got puppy cups from Dairy Queen for him to eat."

When Niels got the diagnosis, she knew she had to bring Spunky to the snow one last time.

"He LOVED snow," Niels remembers. "He could play in snow drifts for hours and be just fine. He also liked eating it. He would come in with ice crystals all over him, but be so happy about it!"

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The problem was that Texas lacks snow like Wisconsin. So Niels had to bring snow to Spunky instead.

Niels started a GoFundMe to raise money to rent a snow machine. She woke up the next morning to more than enough funds to rent a machine and throw Spunky an epic pizza party...with snow!

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"It may not have been real snow," Niels said, "but there was so much love and devotion behind what they did for me and for him. It's pretty incredible. I can't even fully express how much it meant to me that all these people rallied around us."

Spunky may not be on this earth much longer but he can now he can pass into doggie heaven on a hopefully wintry Rainbow Bridge.

Would go to the same lengths for your dog? Let us know in the comments below!

All images courtesy of Ashley Niels via CBS News

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Old Husky Gets to Play in the Texas 'Snow' One Last Time