This adorable puppy named Brooke basked in the love and devotion of her adoring family for more than a decade. But in her final days, Brooke also experienced the love of an entire community.
This week, Brooke’s owner, Reddit user Canadianbuilt, turned to his Calgary-based subreddit to make a sad announcement and a sincere request. Brooke’s veterinarian had just informed him that she was critically ill, and he wished for her to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes: rolling in the snow.
As it being summer, there was no snow on the ground nearby. So Canadianbuilt hoped a nearby indoor ice rink could assist.
The touching post prompted dozens of commentators to give well-wishes and suggestions about where Brooke’s family could find snow (or, more precisely, ice shaved from the surface of an ice rink). The workforce of the Bowness Sportsplex, a community-run ice rink, was among many who witnessed it.
Upon learning of Brooke’s predicament, they took immediate action:
“They began dumping snow outdoors for us instantly,” Canadianbuilt added in an addendum to his story.
Everything was for Brooke. Her family drove her to the location, and because to the generosity of the community, she was able to once again feel the chill of snow against her fur, face, and paws.
This was to be among her final acts, bittersweetly:
“After we returned from laying on the snow, my girlfriend pulled her out of the truck and onto the front yard lawn, where it was beautiful and shaded, and she adored hanging out there,” Canadianbuilt wrote. “She lay there for a few hours as we said our farewells, then she gave us kisses and left. I cried more than I ever have before […]”
Good dogs like Brooke have a wonderful ability to bring joy to the hearts of everyone they know, as well as those they have yet to meet. So, in a sense, the community’s generous act of providing her snow in the winter was merely a way of following her lead.
Her family will undoubtedly remember this forever.
“Rest well, Brooke,” wrote her owner. We will not forget you.