I'm so sorry about Duke BarrelBeginner, but please take pride and comfort in the fact that that would have been the happiest two months of Duke's life, and he passed knowing that he had a family who loved and cared for him.
This brings tears to my eyes BB, not only did I lose my 15yo Black Lab yesterday, but just over two years ago I lost my heart horse in the same way as Duke.
She was fine the night before, but when I come out the next morning she was laying down fighting and failing to sit up, I too, ran to get a halter, and my dad. But she passed in our arms as we lifted her to a sitting position. It's still a very raw pain, but deep down I know it was her time to go.
Hugs to you BB, i'm very sorry for your loss, you've had another angel added to look over you now, and i'm sure he will look over you from over the rainbow bridge.
R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms