Like most of you, I consider myself a seasoned internet user. I’ve seen my fair share of Awws, wows and WTFs. Because of that, it takes a lot more to get me to sit up and take notice of something.
That’s why the following story completely caught me off guard. When I say: you will probably need a box of Kleenex and a way to control your sobbing, I’m not kidding. Especially if you’re an animal lover like myself.
This story is about of Duke Roberts – a black Labrador Retriever from Houston, Texas, who was adopted by his family three years ago. Tragedy struck when Dukey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (a cancerous bone tumor). To stop the cancer from spreading, the doctors removed one of his front right legs. But unfortunately, the cancer continued to spread.
It was clear the poor dog was suffering, and so his family was faced with the toughest of decisions. And they chose. Duke Roberts was euthanized on July 7th.
The following series of photos show Duke’s last day on earth. Photographer Robyn Arouty captured the kind old dog’s adventures of the day, along with heart-wrenching captions from Duke’s perspective.
You’ve been warned:
“I Died Today” – By Duke
And I ate a lot of hamburgers. We had a party.
And I laughed.
And I thought about how much I’m going to miss it here.
We told jokes.
We were serious.
My friends from next door came to see me. They’re twins. When someone offered them one of my hamburgers, one said, “No thank you, I don’t want to take any from Dukey.”
Kristen came to see me. She’s a hoot. She’s my groomer. And my buddy.
While we were waiting for the vet to come Kristen said we were going for a walk. Then someone said, “How about a play in the water at the splash park down the street?” So off we went!
“You know I’m going to miss you, right?”
“And you too, right?”
“I need you to help me watch over my family.”
“Did you hear me? This is all I want!”
We got wet today.
We smiled today.
We felt grateful today.
We broke the rules today.
I listened to the kids play off in the distance. And thought about my two babies at home. I loved protecting them.
I relaxed today.
I felt no pain. Even though the tumor grew so big.
I felt the love today.
I said goodbye to my beautiful friend Kira. She “saw” me standing over everybody before the doctor said it was time. I was excited & jumping & happy.
Well, I didn’t say goodbye. I said ’til we meet again.
God, I was lucky. Our time was short. But you both gave me a second chance & we lived it up together. You love when I look at you. I’ll never stop.
The photos and captions on this post have been reproduced as they originally appeared on photographer Robyn Arouty’s blog. http://www.robynarouty.com/