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

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You will not be able to make it through this post without shedding a tear.  I sure didn’t.

– Will

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

I Died Today. By Duke Roberts.

I Died Today. By Duke Roberts.

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

And I laughed.

And I laughed.

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

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

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We told jokes.

We told jokes.

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We were serious.

We were serious.

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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.”

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

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!

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

“And you too, right?”

“And you too, right?”

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

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

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

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

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We got wet today.

We got wet today.

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We smiled today.

We smiled today.

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We felt grateful today.

We felt grateful today.

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We broke the rules today.

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.

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.

I relaxed today.

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

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

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I felt the love today.

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 & jumping & happy.

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

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.

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.

Always, Dukey.

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