I Died Today, by Duke Roberts


I ate a lot of hamburgers. 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 a 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.



About the author: Robyn Arouty is a commercial and portrait photographer based in Houston, Texas. She is an avid proponent in Houston’s dog rescue community, and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for dog rescue groups. Visit her website here and her Facebook page here. This article originally appeared here.

Image credits: All photographs by Robyn Arouty and used with permission

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  • John Howard

    See the problem with you Jigsaw is that you comment before you think. A lot of people do that.

  • Guest

    Pickle you are a moronic troll that goes around the internet being a critic of people that have actually done ‘something’ rather than getting off your ass. The internet has made it pretty easy for people like you to criticize, but what else? What have you done as a contribution to ANYTHING? Post some links of your achievements you bright spark turd.

  • Jigsaw

    No, my “problem” is that I’m capable of letting my mind change when someone puts forward a good argument. Thanks for your personality assessment, though. ;)

  • Mo86

    Oh, for goodness’ sake. They are showing their beloved pet some love and trying to give him one final, beautiful day.

  • Jigsaw

    If he’s in such agony that he needs to be put down, one more “beautiful” day is already too much. Let the vet come first thing in the morning and put him out of his misery without goofing around all day while smiling.

    On the other hand, if he’s well enough to have a good, beautiful day without pain, why put him down in the first place? Either way I can’t help but see a perverse element in these pictures.

    I’ve had put down two cats in my lifetime, which I loved dearly, and I guarantee you: the last thing on my mind was smiling and dragging out their suffering any longer than I had to.

    Also, sorry for using the comment function for its intended purpose: voicing my opinion. Everyone who has nothing else to say about the story may just use the Facebook “Like” button and ignore my drivel.

  • joeman20111

    This is a tear-jerker, but I doubt the dog really thought those thoughts. I think he was thinking more, like, “bow wow wow, bow wow. Bow wow wow!”

  • timelapsesux

    this must be some kind of Assbook psychololgy test. It worked Thanks for bumming me out.

  • Steph

    Yeah, much more humane to let the tumor keeping growing and break his ribs. Much more humane to let him live until he was so sick that he was unable to keep down food or water, and let him slowly waste away and starve to death.

    Natural causes can suck. Cancer can be completely natural and incredibly painful. The owner tried to treat the cancer, but there was nothing left for her to do for him. The unselfish, loving decision is to let your best friend go peacefully and end the suffering. The selfish thing to do is to keep them around as long as possible because you can’t stand to part with them. I sincerely hope that you’re never faced with the decision to let a family member (a pet) die a slow death or end the suffering, because your definition of compassion is f***ed.

  • Steph

    This makes me want to hug my dog, but all of my tears are making him nervous. He probably wouldn’t appreciate my sobbing into his fur.

  • Gatot Jaka Timur

    where’s my previous comment? some people dont have the heart to take opposite comments huh. For your information; i had a dog, a mini pincher that looks like a small doberman, it died because of cancer too but i didnt inject it dead like the people on the picture. i loved the dog till the very end. i dont know what happened with u people and your law that let ppl “injected dead” a sick animal. can be cured or not it is the owner responsibility to take care the pet. its just an excused not to take care the sick dog. its right to take care and love the sic animal but to injected it to dead? what a cold heart hide beside the tears. you should know that injecting dead to sick pet is wrong. deep inside your heart you know its wrong

  • Eugenia Renskoff

    Beautiful. It is always very touching. Eugenia Renskoff

  • Wayne Evans

    I hope someone puts me down painlessly if ever I get like that,not languishing in a bed filled with Oramorph!

  • Wayne Evans

    Pity us humans aren’t allowed to do this to each other,my mother went a slow and horrible way.

  • ajfudge

    oh my gahd. :( I thought about the pets I had and wondered that they felt lucky to be my friend. I hope I gave them a nice life.