Friday, May 30, 2008

Goodbye Dandelion, Born 3-16-89, Died 5-30-08

The family noticed Dandelion had sores in his mouth and was moving slowly last night so he went to the vet first thing this morning. We knew it was serious because he is 19 years old and everything is serious at that age.

At best, we hoped for just a dental cleaning and antibiotic but he had the worst, a renal failure and even with heroic measures, his life would not be much longer or easier. He passed away today.

Terry says he was the smartest, kindest, most loving cat she ever knew. He would go outside on a leash. He would let children hold him and loved all people. She said he was the closest thing to a brother that her only daughter had in growing up.

When his adopted brother died a few years ago, he never got over it, always looking for him and calling for him at night, though I was a pretty good distraction sometimes.

We are sad, but happy for having shared life and wonders with Dandelion. Dandelion was my hero.


Daisy said...

I am very sorry about the loss of sweet Dandelion. My sincerest condolences.

Tiki, Kirby, and StanLee said...

We are very sorry about Dandelion. Purrs and hugs to you and your family.

Reighnie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm going to miss reading about Dandelion and seeing pictures of him.

What a shock this is.

Rocky, Angie & S'more said...

Oh no! Terry we are heartbroken! Our only comfort is that he had a wonderful, loving home for 19 happy years!

Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!

Rocky, Angie, S'more & our Mommy,
Karen xo

Lori Thornton said...

I'm so sad to hear about Dandelion. I'm missing my cat, and he's only visiting his grandparents while I vacation and attend a conference in Boston. I know that you'll miss Dandelion vary much!

Mo and The Purries said...

So sorry to learn of Dandelion's passing.
It certainly sounds like he had a full life with lots of love.
Sending purrs and condolences,
The purries from Purrchance To Dream
and Not The Mama

Unknown said...

Oh its so sad when they go. But what a good friend he has been! And 19, that's a looong life for a little kitty.

Anonymous said...

oh no - we're so very sorry! what a beautiful boy! love and purrs from all of us.

Becka said...

Oh no Terry and family I am so sorry to hear this news. At least Dandelion is at peace in cat heaven. I am sure he had a long wonderful life. *hugs*

Victor Tabbycat said...

Oh Terry, Muddy, I'm so sorry! I know Dandelion was never at the forefront of the blog, but I always felt a soft spot for him. At 19 years, you've had him forever and I know it will be so hard! He had the best life and loved you very, very much and knew how much you loved him. Hugs to all of you and your daughter. I was just thinking of Dandelion yesterday.

Ginger The Cat said...

Me and my Momma are so sorry. Good-bye, sweet sweet Dandelion.

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

We are so saddened to hear about Dandelion. We are going to miss reading about him. He was blessed with a long and happy life and he knew he was loved and cherished.
Love & Purrs,
KC, Missy and the Sherwood Bunch

Jans Funny Farm said...

We didn't know Dandelion but we are sorry for the pain you are going through over losing him. He had quite a long life and after 19 years with him, we know you are missing him.

He sounds like a really sweet cat. We're sorry we never got to know him.


Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

I was very sorry to hear about Dandelion going to the Bridge. Willow and I are sending soft purrs over.

Purrrrrrrs, China Cat

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

We are furry sorry to hear about Dandelion going to the Bridge. Yoo haf our sincere condolences...Godspeed sweet Dandelion.

The Cat Realm said...

We are so sorry to hear the Dandelion had to go to the bridge. Lots of purrs to you who are left behind,it is hard, we know.
Emil and Mrs. OZ

The Lee County Clowder said...

We're so sorry to hear about Dandelion.

Sending soft, mournful purrrrsss and gentle headbuttss.

Anonymous said...

Snowfy, Delilah and I are so sorry for your loss. *Hugs* for the humans and *ear scratchies* for you and Myst.

Mickey's Musings said...

I am very sorry to hear about Dandelion . 19 years old is amazing.
Still,this must be very hard on the family,so I will send purrs to all of you.
Purrs Mickey & Family

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Oh, we just heard about Dandelion. We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved family member.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We're so sorry to hear that Dandelion has gone to the Bridge. Purrs of support for you all during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you got to know him for so very long! How lucky you were! How lucky he was, to be in great shape just until the very end. He had an awesome life, and it's all because of you.

You are wonderful cat owners. I'm in good company. ;)

Take care of yourself. I know the sadness all too well.


Samantha & Mom said...

We are so sorry to hear about Dandelion! Our thoughts and purrrs are with you at this time! ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))),
Your FL furiends,

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Dandelion had the best life, thanks to a loving family like all of you.
Rest in Peace sweet Dandelion.
I just know that Caesar was at the bridge waiting for him.

Forty Paws said...

Bless his heart. Our dearest condolences goes with him.

Luf, Us

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Rest in peace sweet Dandelion. We are so sad and sorry for your family's loss.

Quasi said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. It's so hard to lose a loved one, but I hope you will console yourself in knowing that Dandelion had 19 wonderful years of being a kitty... which is pretty darn good!

Your Friend,

The Meezers or Billy said...

we are so sorry for the loss of Dandelion. He had a wonderfully long and well loved life. Purrsss and hugs to all of you.

Dandelion, we will meet you at the Bridge

Beau said...

Oh, Terry, I can't believe Dandelion is gone! That is sooo very sad. He was such a great cat, and Beau and I will miss him very much. Our deepest sympathies
and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Parker said...

All of us here in O Hi O send our most heartfelt sympathies.
The Bridge has a new and wonderful angel with sweet Dandelion.
Purrs and hugs to you and to your family.

Meowers from Missouri said...

oh, woe. we is furry sorry about dandelion. you did him proud in this post. what a sweet kitty he was!!

we purrs an' purrrays for you an' all your fambly, an' hope that peaceful hearts an' only happy memories will be yours always.

with hugs,
nelson, edmund, nitro, an' xing lu

Anonymous said...

Terry, you are in our thoughts - please give a hug to all the kids for me.

Mr. Echo said...

We are all tender harted for your family. Our Karma left us in much the same way at 19. Prince Muddy Paws bears a striking resemblance to her. Dandelion was beautipuss. I hope for happy Rainbow Bridge days and peece for those left behind.

Echo and Tenny

Mark's Mews (Marley, Lori, Loki, and Binq) said...

We are so sorry ta hear about Dandelion! But gettin ta 19 is pretty awesome, an he is reunited wif his brother now...

L. Alida said...

Hi. I have just learned about your losing Dandelion and I am so sorry. You took very good care of him for him to live for 19 years. That's a lot of love. My Tookie made it to 23 before she went to the bridge almost a year ago. I'm sure she is happy to make such a sweet new friend in Dandelion.
Lots of Gentle Hugs and Purrs to you.
Lorianna and her three kitties.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear the sad news about Dandelion. He has a long life, and he was well-loved. You'll always have those good memories of him. We'll keep you in our thoughts and purrayers.

Anonymous said...

We are very sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts are with you.

MaoMao said...

We Ballicai are so sorry to hear about Dandelion's passing. What a beautiful boy he was! You are in our thoughts and in our hearts, and may your precious memories of your beautiful boy comfort you at this sad time.

Love and kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao, Dorydoo, Brainball, and Marilyn.

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dandelion. Although I have never known him I feel the loss of the family. Purrs and hugs to all of you.

catsynth said...

We are very sorry for your loss.

Kaz's Cats said...

We're so sorry for your loss. From reading your blog, we see that Dandelion was a magnificient ginger kitty, and it's so lovely that you had each other for 19 years. It's alway hard to lose our family members, including the furry ones, so your hearts go our to you all at this time.

Purrs and kitty hugs

Gypsy & Tasha & Kaz (Mum)

Pascalian Awakenings said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you.

Yvette, Pascal, and Petey

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Reading your blog, I can tell that he had a very happy life and was much loved.

Anonymous said...

Dandelion, I shall miss you old fella. You and Muddy (also back then, Buzzerbee) were the first blogging cats I ever came across. I have enjoyed seeing you live a good, long life, surrounded by love, lounging in comfort and being the man cat in charge. You were a top quality, one off lad. A rare old soul.

Sending love to you all xx

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

I am very very sorry loss of Dandelion.
Purr and purr from Taipei.

Frostin said...

I'm very sorry to hear about Dandelion. He was such a nice cat. Condolences from me and my court.

Alexi said...

We are so sorry to hear of Dandelion's passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

Myst and Blackie said...

Oh, Terry, Muddy & Myst, we are very sorry about Dandelion. Purrs to you all...

GumbyTheCat said...

My sympathies for your loss. Cats are more than pets, they're family.

Unknown said...

We are very sorry to hear about Dandelion. Its so very sad. We are all going to miss hearing about him.

Lots of love and purrs from Gussie and his family.

Chaffee Street Cafe` said...

My how these little darlings make their way into our lives and bond to our hearts. I am certain that Dandelion was happy you took such good care of him. You both were a blessing for sharing your lives together. We send our warmest regards, hugs and love. Bobby @ "Sleeping Kitten - Dancing Dog!"

God loves you for loving Dandelion :)

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Dandelion!

My Feak also went to the Bridge this week, she was the same age as your Dandelion.

They had long lives and were very loved, and that is a wonderful thing. {{Hugs for you}}

Anonymous said...

We are so very sorry to hear Dandelion crossed the bridge. He may be gone but he will always live in your hearts.
Purrs and hugs from Belgium


I am so sorry for you loss of beautiful Dandelion (what a splendid name!). We will keep you in our purrs...


Weep not for me though I am gone
into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will, but not for long
upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
there is no need for tears
For with your love, I was so blessed
for all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not
the fear now is all gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
in your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
remember not the strife
lease do not dwell upon my death
but celebrate my life.

Constance Jenkins

Gracie and Mom Debra

andrahyb said...

Our sincere condolences.

We came to know about the departure of beloved Dandelion from Daisy.

Thou' we are dogs but we believe at the other side, dogs and cats live together peacefully.

May GOD be with you.
Rudolf & Goofy