A ‘Storybook’ Style Tribute of a Dog’s Last Day
This is the story of Dukey, a black Labrador, from Houston, Texas. His story is one that will captivate your heart, that’s for sure! If you don’t have a box of tissues handy, you might want to grab some.
Duke was diagnosed with a malignant bone tumor soon after his adoption. To try to stop the cancerous growth and give him a chance of survival, veterinarians removed one of his front legs. This was a last ditch effort to save his life, but the tumor had already spread and was causing him a lot of pain and discomfort. Doctors were afraid that the tumor would continue to grow, and that it could even possibly rupture. This was scary for Roberts, because she didn’t want Duke to be in pain but she also didn’t want to lose him. Making the choice to put your pet to sleep is never easy, but Roberts knew that it was her only option. She didn’t want her precious Duke to suffer any longer.
Knowing that she only had a short amount of time to spend with him, she wanted to make sure that the last day of his life was the best. After all, his whole little life wasn’t always a walk in the park. The gift that she gave Duke on the last day of his life was like nothing you have ever seen.
Roberts’ friend and photographer, Robyn Arouty, offered to help make his last day magical. She spent an afternoon with them, capturing memories that would last a lifetime, but it didn’t stop there. She used the photos to create a ‘storybook’ style tribute to Duke:
Although Roberts got to spend the day with Duke and show him a day full of love and fun, at the end of the day, she had to say goodbye- or as Duke would put, ‘until we meet again.’ Since putting Duke to sleep, there has been an outpouring of love and support from all over the world. When Duke’s story first hit the web, it instantly captivated the hearts of many. Even though they have a lot of support, they are still grieving their loss.
Roberts also has a two year old daughter that has been deeply affected by the loss of Duke. Roberts says, “She and Duke had a really special bond. She knows that he’s not coming back, but I think she keeps asking where he is to see if the answer will change. She gets it, but she just misses him. We all miss him.”
There are so many pets out there that seek adoption, but so many people just want puppies. In 2011, Jordan Roberts saw Duke’s adoption video and fell in love with him instantly. Just take a look at the video, and you are sure to see why!
Sadly, on July 7, he took his last breath. That was a day that his family and friends would never forget.
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