If you’re anything like me, you probably have a huge, unconditional love for dogs. My little English Bulldog, Lola, is my best friend in the whole world and I truly treasure every moment I get to spend with her. One of the countless reasons I treasure every moment with Lola is due to the fact that I just lost her big sister, Roxy, a month ago. Roxy was just over 12 years old and passed away from old age. I had her from the day she was 8 weeks old and we grew an incredibly strong bond over the last 12 years. She has been right by my side through some very pivotal parts of my life including some of the hardest times of my life. When Roxy passed away I was heartbroken. I had just lost a best friend, and a loyal, loving, fuzzy family member. I am, however, completely grateful for the wonderful years that I got to spend with her. She truly was the best dog for me. This is the same relationship that many of you have with your pets. We spend years creating a bond of trust, friendship and devotion to each other. When the inevitable starts to become a reality things can get very difficult. This subject is an emotional one for me having lost a best friend so when I read this, well, you could say I pretty much lost it. This is Duke Roberts, aka Dukey, who is now in doggy heaven. His last day on earth was a special one and his human documented it to remember her best friend. This is the most beautiful, heartbreaking thing I’ve seen in a while. Grab a box of tissues because you will need them. I rarely cry and this one had me sobbing.
I Died Today.
by: Duke Roberts (aka Dukey)
I ate a lot of hamburgers and 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 we 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 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 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.
Watch Duke’s adoption video from 3 years ago below.
Note: This post was recreated exactly as it originally appeared on Robyn Arouty’s blog.
Rest in doggy heaven just over the rainbow bridge little Dukey. It’s very apparent how much you meant to your humans and how special of a dog you were. It’s clear that you touched a lot of lives with your love and devotion and you deserve the best last day a good dog could ask for. Okay, I better stop typing before I ruin my keyboard with tears.
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