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I Died Today [Pic]

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*

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  1. Profile photo of naravin
    naravin Female 18-29
    656 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 5:56 am
    Link: I Died Today - Dog spends his last day on Earth having the best day a dog can have. *sniff*
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    Mikeman64 Male 40-49
    138 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:02 am
    Very touching...has me crying now.
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    Modwain Male 40-49
    334 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:03 am
    i am glad there are wtill people out there that care for their pet
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    panth753 Female 18-29
    9150 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:16 am
    Excuse me while I go shamelessly cry in the corner.
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    Naz14 Female 18-29
    1466 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:16 am
    What a wonderful way to go, huh? Excuse me while I go find some tissues...
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    tiedyed Male 40-49
    291 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:34 am
    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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    Oystah Female 40-49
    4029 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:36 am
    That`s so sad. Ugh. I am bawling now.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7277 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:43 am
    Okay- now I sob my way through lovely.
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    REV666 Male 30-39
    192 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:51 am
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
    1991 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 9:04 am
    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...
  11. Profile photo of TacoTuesday
    TacoTuesday Male 18-29
    242 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 9:17 am
    ...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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    Denogginizer Male 30-39
    821 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 10:24 am
    I can`t. I just put a dog down. I can`t read this right now.
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    broizfam Male 60-69
    4671 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 10:26 am
    Sweet. Sad. They ARE family.
  14. Profile photo of patchouly
    patchouly Male 40-49
    4747 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
    Well crap.
  15. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
    6293 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 11:46 am
    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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    Torq Male 40-49
    358 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm
    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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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    @Denogginizer: I`m sorry for your loss.
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    scheckydamon Male 50-59
    651 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    My eyes are wet.
  19. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15845 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm
    My dog got pancakes. He loved pancakes.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13515 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    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
  21. Profile photo of keith2
    keith2 Male 18-29
    2587 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    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..
  22. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3034 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm
    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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    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3034 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    The one next to me in my avatar pic is the 14 year old, that photo was taken in 2007.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
    3233 posts
    July 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm
    why dose that dog only have three legs?
    You can`t eat a dog like that all at once.
  25. Profile photo of Open_Guard
    Open_Guard Male 18-29
    409 posts
    July 16, 2014 at 7:33 am
    gah, i`d rather be bored than this sad...
  26. Profile photo of piratefish
    piratefish Male 40-49
    675 posts
    July 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    He looked happy enough to me. Not sure he needed to die this soon.
  27. Profile photo of spentmiles
    spentmiles Male 30-39
    111 posts
    July 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm
    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.
  28. Profile photo of Viking864
    Viking864 Male 40-49
    1442 posts
    July 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm
    Spoken like a true idiot.

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