'BIG' DUKE HARDES (2004-2014)
It is with great sadness we announce the recent passing (Aug 28, 2014) of Duke.
Even though Duke was not a client at The Original Dog House, this very special boy deserves to be recognized for his unconditional devotion to the Hardes family. Duke was Alexandra Hardes’ family pet, companion and her father’s (Mark) best friend. As far as Chocolate Labs go Duke was one of a kind and spectacular in every way. This big boy had the sweetest temperament ever, having been there for his family during the best of times and also during some very difficult times when his best friend Mark became afflicted with ALS. Yet, in spite of all stress and hardships which Mark and his family endure to this day Big Duke was there with a wagging tail and a happy grin bringing laughter to all those around him. It is a though he new he had to help his beloved family in any way he could.
Unfortunately, towards the end of his life Big Duke developed serious health issues of his own and having given all he could for so many years to his family he had little or no reserve for himself and ultimately succumbed to his ailments.
The team at The Original Dog House and David in particular (because he knew Duke) would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to Michelle & Mark and their Family
‘Our good wishes & prayers are with the Hardes family during this difficult time’