always tough having to say goodbye to a loved one, but a Houston
photographer's split-second decision to chronicle the last day of her
friend's dog broke down the Internet, literally, with condolences from
Within days after posting the story about a black Labrador named Duke
on her website, photographer Robin Arouty, had more than 100,000
visits, the story was shared thousands of times from both her blog and
her Facebook page. Even her website had malfunctions because of the
Last week the Roberts family had to say farewell to Duke, their loyal
black Labrador who was diagnosed with bone cancer a few years back had
to be euthanized by her owner, Jordan Roberts, a close friend of
"When I walked in & saw the hamburgers on the counter I knew some
special things were about to happen, I just felt it," Arouty posted in
her blog. "Funny, Jordan told me yesterday 'I don't even remember you
taking pics. All I remember is you holding my hand.' "
According to a report on KLTV-TV, Duke had one of his legs removed and
later on was diagnosed with hemngiosarcoma. With no options left,
Roberts had to put her dog to sleep.
"We struggled with the decision to let Dukey go, but ultimately did
everything in our power to protect him from further pain," said Jordan
told KLTV. "With the help from our friends, Dukey had a beautiful day
filled with love and happiness. We should all be so lucky."
The Roberts family decided to invite Arouty, who is a photographer,
animal rescuer and advocate based in Houston, to be there for moral
Many people passed on words of support for the Roberts family for their
loss on Arouty's website.
"What a wonderful heartwarming & heartbreaking story our thoughts
are with all who knew and loved Dukey he was a hero in the dog world
despite his pain he never lost his ability to LOVE as you all loved him
our thoughts are with you," Tony Simms posted.
From eating hamburgers, being with the Roberts family, take a walk and
play in the water, Duke spent a special last day with his family and
came to and end as he was put to sleep at the park.
"What a blessed life he had with a family that adored him," Candace
Hill posted on the blog. "I hope that his family will open their hearts
again to another rescue when the time is right."
think Metzger sent this, but correct me. I received it during my
restoration, and while I linked it, I didn't save the e-mail.
Anyway, I think we've all been there, and more than once. Don't
tell SondraK; it'll destroy her—bless her dog loving heart.