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HOUSTON — When a pet dies, it can feel like a member of the family has passed. Duke Roberts, a black labrador in Houston, was no exception.
Duke was diagnosed a few years ago with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor, in his leg. Veterinarians removed his front right leg in hopes of stopping the cancer, but the tumor only grew bigger.
“His tumor was growing rapidly and we were out of options,” wrote Jordan Roberts of her dog. “He would rally during the day, but his nights were increasingly uncomfortable as his tumor started to separate his ribs. We struggled with the decision to let Dukey go, but ultimately did everything in our power to protect him from further pain.”
She made an appointment for Monday, July 7, with the vet for euthanization.
Then she called Robyn Arouty, a friend and a professional photographer who had shot for Roberts before. She told her about Duke’s last day of life and asked her to come capture it.
Arouty’s photos show Duke and friends eating hamburgers in the morning. Laying on the floor, surrounded by hands eager to share a hamburger or two, Duke ate a meal typically forbidden for dogs. Narrated from Duke’s point of view, the blog shares a story of a dog who was loved and who loved back.
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