Photographer chronicles dog’s last day on earth in emotional, heartbreaking photos
A photographer from Houston, Texas chronicled Duke’s last day.
Robyn Arouty, a photographer, animal rescuer and advocate in Houston, shared the story of Duke, a friend’s dog put to sleep on July 7.
Robyn went along for moral support. While she was there, she captured several powerful images of Duke’s final day with his owner, Jordan.
A few years ago, Duke was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone tumor. Duke underwent surgery to remove his leg, as well as a successful chemotherapy regimen. Later, Duke was diagnosed with hemngiosarcoma.
The tumor grew rapidly and the family quickly ran out of options.
“We struggled with the decision to let Dukey go, but ultimately did everything in our power to protect him from further pain,” Jordan told WAFB. “With the help from our friends, Dukey had a beautiful day filled with love and happiness. We should all be so lucky.”
On her blog, Robyn shared Duke’s last day in a short story as written by Duke. Note: The images and captions shown are as they appear on her blog:
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 I’m 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 felt grateful 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 didn’t 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. I’ll never stop.
Love Always, Dukey.