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Duke

“I Died Today”

I should be getting settled in to my new RV Park and site. I should be making breakfast. I should be resizing all my Okefenokee Swamp pictures. I should be looking for a place in this small town to get a hair cut.

But I’m not. Susan Akers-Nabil, a Facebook friend posted some of this. I dug a little deeper. It ripped out my heart and I didn’t want to be alone. Get two boxes of tissues and scroll through the pictures.

You’ll be sorry you did.

 

I Died Today, by Duke.

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

 

duke02And I laughed.

duke03 And I thought about how much I’m going to miss it here.

duke04We told jokes.

duke05We were serious.

duke07My 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.”

duke08Kristen came to see me. She’s a hoot. She’s my groomer. And my buddy.

duke09While we were waiting for the vet to come Kristen said we were going for a walk.

duke10Then someone said, “How about a play in the water at the splash park down the street?”

duke11“You know I’m going to miss you, right?”

 

duke12“And you too, right?”

 

duke13“I need you to help me watch over my family.”

 

duke14“Did you hear me? This is all I want!

 

 

duke15We got wet today.

 

 

duke16We smiled today.

 

 

duke17We felt grateful today.

 

 

duke18We broke the rules today.

 

 

duke19I listened to the kids play off in the distance. And thought about my two babies at home. I loved protecting them.

 

 

duke20I relaxed today.

 

 

 

duke21I felt no pain. Even though the tumor had grown so big.

 

duke22I felt the love today.

 

 

 

duke24I 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.

 

duke25Well, I didn’t say goodbye. I said ’til we meet again.

 

duke23

I’ll never stop loving you.

 

Always,

 

Dukey

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