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A Heartbreaking Farewell Photo Tribute To This Adorable Three-Legged Dog

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

Every once in a while you read a touching tribute to a pet and your heart just melts. Today was one of those days for me.

I enjoy reading pieces dedicated to loved pets, like one woman’s tribute to her dog of 16 years. But when I saw this, I really had trouble keeping it together. This amazing tribute piece was written by Robyn Arouty from the perspective of an adorable but very sick dog named Duke.

Duke was a formerly homeless dog, like this adorable little pup, who was adopted into the loving home of the Roberts family. However, the Roberts family soon found out that Dukey, as he was affectionately known, had cancer.

And although Dukey’s time here was cut short, Robyn Arouty gives him a loving sendoff with this beautiful letter from Dukey on his last day on Earth, complete with heartwarming photos of Dukey’s final adventures.

This is Robyn Arouty’s piece called “I Died Today.”

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I Died Today. By, Duke Roberts…

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

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

And I laughed.

Dukey and friend

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

Dukey laying down

We told jokes.

Dukey and friends

We were serious.

Dukey black and white

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."

Twin boys

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

Dukey and friend

While we were waiting for the vet to come Kristen said we were going for a walk.

Dukey and friend in a car

Then someone said, "How about a play in the water at the splash park down the street?" So off we went!

Dukey and friend in a car

"You know I'm going to miss you, right?"

Dukey and friend in a car

"And you too, right?"

Dukey and friend in a car

"I need you to help me watch over my family."

Dukey and friend in a car

"Did you hear me? This is all I want!"

Dukey and friend in a car

We got wet today.

Dukey and friend water park

We smiled today.

Dukey water park

We felt grateful today.

Dukey water park

We broke the rules today.

Dukey and friend water park

I listened to the kids play off in the distance. And thought about my two babies at home. I loved protecting them.

Dukey in park

I relaxed today.

Vet in park

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

Dukey vet and owner

I felt the love today.

Dukey laying down

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.

Dukey and friend in park

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

Dukey and friends in park

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.

Dukey and owner

Always, DUKEY

Dukey paws

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Dukey’s Mama Jordan found his adoption video from almost three years ago. It sealed the deal for her. Don’t put the tissues away just yet. Here’s the real Dukey!

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