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Dying St Bernard given last snow wish

Thursday August 13th 2015

The owners of a snow-loving St Bernard gave their dog a fitting send-off - just hours before she was peacefully put to sleep.

They took bone cancer-stricken Sophia to Chill Factore, a Manchester-based inside ski centre. The treat left the six-year-old giant pooch's tail wagging happily at last after she had failed to get excited about anything for weeks.

Vets found that Sophia had the cancer a couple of months earlier. Owner Alyson Page said she contacted the ski centre, asking them on the off chance if she could give her "special" pet a suitable finale.

She said she was surprised to get an answer in the affirmative only hours before the dog's injection. Ms Page, 31, says the snow-filled last wish was "amazing" and "wonderful" for Sophia.

To begin with, the breed were produced for special mountain rescue work in northern Italy and Switzerland's Alps.

Copyright Press Association 2015