In June 2015, Dukes' family received some devastating news, this is his story.
Foster Carer Ash: Duke was a character, he was full of life and love. I had duke for about 3 months, he was given up by his family and Labrador Rescue took him in.
I remember he would ALWAYS remind me in the afternoon that dinner is getting close, he had to make sure I wouldn't forget, he was very vocal about it... Duke was also very stubborn when it came to doing something he didn't want to do like go outside so I could clean the house. If I asked duke to go outside he would pretend he couldn't hear me, every time I said his name his head would turn the other way. Whilst in care I lost my foster fail dog Hailey from cancer. Duke was there for support with lots of hugs. I couldn't understand why Dukey (that's what I called him) was in care for so long. He had so much character, I would of kept him myself until Brooke's application was sent to me. This app was everything I wanted for Duke and more. I knew as soon as I meet Brooke and her partner that these 3 were a perfect match. He was a beautiful dog and he ended up with the best home possible.
June last year, Duke started limping ... After months of investigating, we received the devastating news that Duke had a rare form of cancer. It was wrapped around his shoulder bone and the only cure, was amputation. Once they scanned the rest of his body and they confirmed there was no cancer elsewhere, we agreed to the amputation. Duke adjusted to tripod life so easily. Nothing would take that big smile off his face.
We made each day fun for Duke and we would go on daily car rides and we also bought him a dog stroller so he could come on big walks with us.
I started a Facebook page 'Dukey's Fight ' as he had so many people enquiring how his cancer journey was going and that turned into hundreds of followers, from all around the world.
Sadly, after a routine scan in February, Dukes cancer had reappeared in his abdomen and it was aggressive. They gave him 12 weeks to live... We spent the following days trying a few different treatments but nothing was working.
March 31st, 2016, my beautiful Duke lost his battle to cancer. He crossed the rainbow bridge at home and surrounded by people who love him. My heart is shattered ... He was my best friend and always by my side, no matter what.
Adopting Duke as a senior, is the best thing that has ever happened to me and losing him, is the worst thing that's happened to me .
I'm going to continue Dukes page on and help raise awareness on canine cancer and also how adopting a senior dog, can be the most amazing experience. The oldies are the best companions and easily fit into your life.
We are currently on the lookout for another senior from Lab Rescue to bring into our home and love.
Rest easy my beautiful boy .... Forever in my heart.