This Story Of A Dog’s Last Day On Earth Is Beautiful And Utterly Heartbreaking

Meet Duke Roberts. And get ready for some serious tears.

Note: The photos and captions on this post have been reproduced as they originally appeared on photographer Robyn Arouty’s blog.

2. I Died Today. By Duke Roberts.

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And I ate a lot of hamburgers. We had a party.

3. And I laughed.

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4. And I thought about how much I’m going to miss it here.

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5. We told jokes.

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6. We were serious.

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7. 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.”

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8. Kristen came to see me. She’s a hoot. She’s my groomer. And my buddy.

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9. 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!

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10. “You know I’m going to miss you, right?”

 

11. “And you too, right?”

12. “I need you to help me watch over my family.”

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13. “Did you hear me? This is all I want!”

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14. We got wet today.

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15. We smiled today.

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16. We felt grateful today.

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17. We broke the rules today.

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18. I listened to the kids play off in the distance. And thought about my two babies at home. I loved protecting them.

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19. I relaxed today.

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20. I felt no pain. Even though the tumor grew so big.

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21. I felt the love today.

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22. 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.

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23. Well, I didn’t say goodbye. I said ’til we meet again.

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24. 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.

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25. Always, Dukey.

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26. BuzzFeed contacted Robyn for more information about Dukey’s story.


In response she wrote a whole new blogpost, which you can read here. You can also follow her on Facebook.

27. And here’s Dukey’s adoption video from three years ago.

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