I Died Today [Pic]

Submitted by: naravin 1 year ago Misc

The Roberts family knew they had to put their beloved dog, Duke, to sleep after the cancer began to take over his body. So, they decided to make his final day on Earth his most special.

Duke, a black Labrador living in Houston, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg a few years ago, KSL notes. Osteosarcomais the most common bone cancer in dogs. The tumors associated with the illness are aggressive and readily metastasize. Duke had his front leg removed, but the tumor only grew bigger and ultimately started to separate his ribs, making him increasingly uncomfortable.

His owner, Jordan Roberts, scheduled his euthanizing with a Houston veterinarian for Monday, July 7, according to KSL. But before saying goodbye to Duke, the family decided to take him out to enjoy the finer things in life. Roberts asked her friend and animal lover, photographer Robyn Arouty, to capture the pup"s final moments.

Duke ate hamburgers; he frolicked in a water park; he spent the day surrounded by the ones he loved most.

"It was beautiful, really. One thing just fell into the next," Arouty explained in an email. "[The day] started with the hamburgers, then the boys came over, then other friends, etc. The splash park was spontaneous. And then Duke walked under "The Rainbow Bridge," which is ironically also a term used for the place where pets go when they die. I felt honored."

After Duke"s story was picked up, it went viral and inspired many to share their own pet-loss stories.

"Jordan told me the other day that she felt Dukey"s purpose was to love and inspire and shes thrilled that he is still doing it. Understandably, they miss the heck out of him, but feel very strongly that he"s still with their family in spirit. They never expected a response like this," Arouty told us.

"We didn"t realize it at the time, of course, but Dukey"s story has created this beautiful forum for people to share stories of their beloved pets who have passed away," she said. "Photographing [and] documenting Duke that day has really empowered people to find a way to cope and ease the pain of letting a pet go by celebrating them while they are still here."

Read the story of Duke"s last day below from Robyn Aroutyand visit Robyn Arouty Photographyfor more.

  • "I Died Today" by Duke Roberts
    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 Im 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 didnt 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. Ill never stop.

Dog spends his last day on Earth having the best day a dog can have. *sniff*
There are 28 comments:
Male 1,444
Spoken like a true idiot.
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Male 115
The vet should`ve injected the woman too, she looked about ready to go from heart disease. And then the vet should`ve done the kids, just for the drat of it. Then the vet should`ve stuck it in her own neck. People who put their pets to sleep and the people who murder pets for a living need to die themselves. It`s a pet, not a choice.
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Male 675
He looked happy enough to me. Not sure he needed to die this soon.
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Male 537
gah, i`d rather be bored than this sad...
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Male 3,578
why dose that dog only have three legs?
You can`t eat a dog like that all at once.
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Male 3,057
The one next to me in my avatar pic is the 14 year old, that photo was taken in 2007.
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Male 3,057
I don`t know why I read things like this...they remind of all of the faithful pets that have shared my 48 years on this earth... and also reminds me that one of my current dogs is 17, and one is 14... :-(
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Male 2,592
Thanks for making me run through in my mind each animal that died or had to be put down in my life.. damnit where`s that booze at..
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Male 13,624
God damn, My old Persian is 15 and is now got to the age he struggles to jump up to any step, he tries to poop in the litter tray but mostly misses, I watched this and saw my Winston in his place.
I shed more than a tear
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Male 15,832
My dog got pancakes. He loved pancakes.
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Male 842
My eyes are wet.
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Female 6,381
@Denogginizer: I`m sorry for your loss.
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Male 358
Did this for my dog. he didn`t have the energy to run at the beach but he enjoyed the smells and watching other dogs. Gave him all the KFC he wanted and scratched all of his favorite places before I had to take him to the vet.
It`s not a kindness to keep them when they are not enjoying life. It`s selfish. Let them go when it`s time.
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Male 7,123
Had to have my 18 year old Jack Russell cross put down a few months ago. Doesn`t feel right not having a dog but I don`t want to go through those last few days again.
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Male 4,746
Well crap.
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Male 5,564
Sweet. Sad. They ARE family.
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Male 820
I can`t. I just put a dog down. I can`t read this right now.
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Male 242
...the cute girl in the cubicle across from me bought me a soda because she caught me crying.

I`m going to leave the country now.
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Male 2,390
This is why I don`t like getting attached to my dog, because one day I`m sure this is going to be me and her.

This owner is beyond awesome. Now excuse me while I find some tissues...
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Male 191
goddamnit.
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Female 7,833
Okay- now I sob my way through work..how lovely.
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Female 4,039
That`s so sad. Ugh. I am bawling now.
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Male 327
I had to put my beloved border collie down a month ago. She also had a malignant tumor that grew over the course of a couple of weeks. By the end she struggled to get up. It was obvious she was in horrible pain. That was the hardest thing to see. Her last weekend was filled with cheeseburgers, roasted chicken and peanut butter cups. She was the best dog I ever had. She could even say mom.
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Female 1,534
What a wonderful way to go, huh? Excuse me while I go find some tissues...
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Female 9,402
Excuse me while I go shamelessly cry in the corner.
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Male 334
i am glad there are wtill people out there that care for their pet
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Male 153
Very touching...has me crying now.
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Female 655
Link: I Died Today [Pic] [Rate Link] - Dog spends his last day on Earth having the best day a dog can have. *sniff*
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