YOU’LL CRY: A Dying Dog’s Last Day Is Both Beautiful And So Sad

If you’re a dog lover this story and the photographs are going to tear you up in a good way. Proceed with caution.

All pictures from Robyn Arouty, see her Facebook page here and her blog here.

Duke Roberts is a black labrador retriever from Houston, TX that was adopted by Jordan Roberts about three years ago. Not very long after being adopted, Duke was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor, and had one of his front legs removed. The tumor had spread and Jordan had to make the heart-wrenching decision to put down Duke so that he could be free from pain. Duke was put down on July 7 and his last day was documented and photographed by Robyn Arouty. Make sure you have tissues close by.

“I Died Today. By Duke Roberts.

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

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“And we laughed.”

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

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“We told jokes.”

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“We were serious.”

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

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

“Do you hear me? This is all I want!”

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“We smiled today.”

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“We broke the rules today.”

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“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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“I relaxed today.”

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

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“I felt the love today.”

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“I said goodbye to my beautiful friend Kira. She ‘saw’ me standing over everybody before the doctor said it was time. I was excited & jumpy & happy.”

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

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“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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“Always, Dukey.”

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