'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’