The story of a dog’s last days has rapidly spread across the internet, touching the hearts of readers all around the world.
Robyn Arouty, a photographer who resides in Houston, Texas, decided one day that she was going to do something special for her friend Jordan and her family.
Robyn, who has been friends with Jordan for several years, was going to capture images of Jordan’s dog Duke’s final days on earth, something that touched both Robyn and Jordan in every way imaginable.
Duke, a black Labrador, was adopted into Jordan’s family three years ago, and was loved by all who knew him.
“He was very much the rock,” Jordan told FOX 29. “He was the leader of the pack with the other dogs, great with the kids, the center of the family.”
About one year ago, Duke was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a common type of bone cancer. Jordan and her family got Duke into treatment right away. The lab had to undergo surgery to remove his leg and after successful chemotherapy, he later developed an aggressive tumor. The tumor grew rapidly and the family ran out of options.
The family eventually decided to put Duke down.
Knowing that Duke was approaching his final days, Robyn captured all she could through her lens, creating a blog titled, “I died today. By Duke Roberts.” The blog shows pictures of Duke in his final days and is created in a way that has Duke himself telling the story.
Photos of Duke having fun with his family and friends, eating hamburgers and splashing around in the water are all portrayed in the blog.
When asked how it feels to have the whole world responding to her dog’s passing, Jordan says she is completely overwhelmed with the outpouring of support.
“It’s shocking.” I’m overwhelmed with all the love and support messages received around the world. There are no words.”
But it seems as if there are no words needed, the pictures tell it all.
“Duke was a happy boy. He brought a lot of special people into our lives.[He] was a great dog.”
“This is a real and personal experience for Jordan,” says Robyn. “We love that people have been very respectful and loving. I had no idea my work would come in this form. [I’m] honored to bring so much joy to the entire world.”