Wednesday, 11 September 2013

until we meet again

September 6th, 2013

My Dearest Savannah,

By now, you will have heard the news.  The horrible and tragic news about our good friend Dash.  He's gone.  He was taken from us so suddenly.  I can barely contain my tears as I write this letter to you.  Why?  WHY???  Why our friend and confidant?  Why?  It isn't fair!

I've been trying to make sense of it all but to no avail.  All I can do is cry and whimper.  I have to admit, I'm a bit of a blubbering mess over here.  I'm not even interested in the nip. 

Peep #1 held me close and told me that I should try to focus on the good times we all had together.  You, me and Dash.  She said that thinking 'bout all the happy memories would make Dash's passing a little easier.  Not easy, by a long shot but perhaps, a little easier.  So I curled up on my peep's lap, closed my eyes and started to remember.

The first thing I remembered was the ding of the toaster.  DING!  Remember?  Dash was the only cat from New Zealand to ever send me anything via my toaster transporter.  Well, Dash was the only cat from New Zealand with a toaster transporter compatible with mine.  He must have tinkered with the toaster on his end 'cause from what I understand, most North American toaster transporters are not compatible with ones from other areas of the world.  Weird, when you think about it.  I mean...  what's the point of havin' toasters to transport if they won't transport everywhere?  But that was Dash for you...  a cat of vision.  Dash knew the score when it came to toasters and transportin'.

I still have the book he sent me.  I will cherish it, always.

Savvy, that's the book Dash found in The Old Booke Shoppe that had the sprig of Zealandian nip in it.  That's the book that sent us all off on that wild and wonderful adventure, together.  Those were the most exciting days of my life, ever.  Ever!  I loved every minute of them.  Well...  every minute that I can remember.  Some of it's a little hazy.  You know...  'cause of the nip and all.  Gosh that nip was strong stuff.

Dash was always tinkerin' with mechanical things in that workshop of his.  I always knew he had an interest in mechanics and whatnot but never realised just how big that interest was until we all took that trip together.  The trip for the nip.  Hehehe... 

You find out a lot about a cat when you time travel with him.  MOUSES!

I think Dash might have wanted to meet up with my brother Seville, at some point, to discuss the use of whisks in the development of time-travelling teleportation physics.  I have to admit, I was tryin' to discourage that meeting.  Seville is dangerous when it comes to whisks!  He seems to have a raw natural talent for the science but he takes way too many risks.  Yes, my brother takes risks with whisks. 

Seville will perform experiments without really thinkin' them through, you know?  Maybe...  maybe a partnership between Dash and Sivvers would have been a good thing.  With Dash's rational mind and straight-forward thinkin', he might have been just the steadying force my brother needs.  If only Dash was still with us.  If only...

Did you know that Dash was workin' on a submarine?  It's true.  I'm not sure where he planned to sail it, or anything.  Do you sail submarines?  Is that the right word?  Bet Dash would know.  I wish he was here so that I could ask him.

Dash's mum mentioned to my peep that she had been hearin' a lot of hammering in their garage, lately.  All that hammerin' had her a bit worried, I think.  Dash must have been tinkerin' with something in there.  I bet he was tinkerin' with that submarine.  I wonder how far he got.

Savvy, what if Dash was using whisk technology in conjunction with his submarine?  Whoa...  that would be powerful stuff.  No wonder he wanted to talk with Seville.  But now...  I guess...  I guess we'll never know.

Dash was quite upset when he found out that you had your own PawPal account, Savvy.  Hehehe...  I still remember what he said when he found out.  "Here I am, building a sub on a number 8 wire budget and Savvy has PawPal!"  He went trottin' off to tell his mum.  I wonder what she said.  I'm gonna ask the peep to ask her sometime.  Sometime when she's feelin' a bit better.

We had quite the landing when we teleported to New Zealand, huh?  Dash sure was a welcome sight.  He was right there, waitin' for us.  I sure was glad to see him.  Glad to see that jeep of his, too.  I had had just about enough of the teleportin' business right about then.  First I wrecked my egg beater teleportation device - thanks to Seville - and then I somehow managed to mess up your tunnel.  MOUSES! 

And remember how well he drove that jeep of his?  Dash was an amazin' driver!  Did he rent that jeep or did he build it?  I wouldn't be surprised if he had built it.  Dash was such a talented cat.  I think Dash could probably build anything he set his mind to building.


I was just thinking 'bout how protective Dash was of me when I was...  you know...  affected by all that nip in Zealandia.  I would never have made it out alive if it were not for you and Dash.  You and he grabbed me and practically dragged me out of that field with the nip.  Practically dragged me to safety. 

Dash was such a good friend to us both.  He was the perfect cat to accompany us on our adventure.  Couldn't have asked for anyone better.  Not anyone at all.

Oh Savvy...  Peep #1 says that we'll all be able to meet up with Dash again.  She says that in the distant future, when it's our time to travel to the Rainbow Bridge, we'll see him once more.  We'll see our dear friend and confidant.  We'll be able to share stories and nip and treats and whatnot.  But the peep says it's not our time yet so we must wait.  Wait until...  until we meet again.

Love and purrs,
Nissy

43 comments:

  1. That is just the most beautiful tribute to our dear friend Dash. I do feel Dash in my heart, but it still hurts. We will love you always Dash.

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to a loving friend. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  3. Nissy we are so sorry to hear about Dash and his sudden trip to the RB. I don't know what is worse, something sudden, or a long lingering decline. Both, are hard. Hard on the heart and soul of his Mom and all of his friends. We know that Dash is now safe, like our Angel Abby, and we take a small comfort in that thought. No more aging, or pain or suffering. We believe in our hearts that we will all be reunited when our times comes and that bring a solace too, but it is so far away that it brings an ache as well. We always remember that death does not end a relationship as the love will stay with us inside our hearts forever, until our times come to reunite.
    *hugs*
    ♥Angel Abby♥

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  4. Yes, that is a lovely tribute to Dash.

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  5. Very nice Nissy - **wipes tears** I will miss our dear pal.

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  6. this is so sad Nissy But I do know you will see him again!xx Speedy

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to sweet Dash. *wiping tears*

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  8. What a beautiful tribute to a loving friend <3
    XOXO

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  9. Oh yes, we will see him again. Until then well stay calm and keep purring on.....

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  10. Beautifully written for a very special kitty.

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  11. Until we all meet and meet again, beautiful words, Nissy. We miss Dash terribly too. Purrs....

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  12. Beautiful tribute. Just don't be so anxious to leave us mortals. Your peep would be really sad if you did.

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  13. *wiping tears*.I'm sure my Ragdoll (Tadpole) will be up there playing with dash...I just know it! Tadpole was very sweet...he was just the best!!!:-( I'm sorry about dash:-(

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  14. Oh Nissy, I so want to see my boy again. Thank you for a wonderful tribute such affection and love.

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  15. That's a lovely tribute, Nissy! I only had the pleasure of knowing Dash for a very short while. In fact I really was only just getting to know him. I am very sad that I didn't get to visit him in pawson! xx

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  16. I must say that I was not privileged to know Dash but we did read about his tragic trip to the Bridge well before his time. It was heartbreaking...heart-wrenching...so unfair and horrible that it's hard to comprehend. Dash sounds like a really great guy who enjoyed his friends and his life and I know his humans are still in disbelief over what happened. All I can say is the Bridge is a richer place with Dash there. I hope to meet up with him and many others one day when I arrive.....

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  17. we did knot haz de honor oh ever meetin yur friend Nerissa...we R trooly sorrree him had ta leeve for rainbow bridge.....ewe can bet that Dash haz read your post N him iz sendin loves bak yur way...tenfold....

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  18. Mom is amazed when she first read about Dash going to the RB that she had forgotten the wonderpurr trip that you and Savvy took with him. We have been waiting to see if there would be a second chapter, but guess we now know there most likely won't be as Dash was the instigator. What a huge loss for all of us that Dash had to leave us in such a hurtful way. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  19. How sweet to share your special relationship with Dash. We always knew the world was going to be ok because Dash was up and on patrol just as we were going to sleep. We will love and miss Dash in our own way. Wills, Katie, Abby and Mom

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  20. It is a sad thing that Dash is gone, but he sure left his mark here, didn't he?

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  21. Missy, that was a beautiful and heart touching tribute to our dear furend Dash. I met him years ago on Twitter & we became fast furends. He was truly a special guy.

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  22. Nerissa,

    Your post is just the most wonderful ever. Dash had the best fun, and so did I, and at the moment I default to going to open his blog first thing every day and feel lost. My friends on Twitter, and blogs have been an immense support and with them, I hope that oen day I will feel Dash nearby.

    If you see Miranda, let me know OK, I found a page open at Wikipedia on whisks and I certainly didn't open it.....

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  23. Such a beautiful tribute, Nissy!! Much love to all as you grieve for Dash. But like your peep said, we are all going to meet those we love again one day. Rest peacefully, sweet and beautiful Dash!!!

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  24. What a great tribute to Dash! Nissy, yous is the bestest!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  25. I loved every dear word, Nissy. Every one of them and you showed us a side to Dash many of us didn't know. Thank you Nissy. Mom and I still are heartbroken.

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  26. Dear Nissy,
    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of such a grand friend. Dash sounded like a real adventurous soul. The RB surely has just become a whole lot more colorful and splendid with his arrival. And what a special soul you are to leave such a loving tribute. You are a remarkable caring friend.
    Love & hugs,
    Joan

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  27. What a wonderful tribute to Dash. He left this world far too soon...and he will be missed by so many.

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  28. You wrote such a wonderful tribute to your Buddy, Nissy! I know somehow his wonderful spirit will stay with you as you continue to have adventures along life's path. And then, when the time comes, there he will be to welcome you, just like you'd only been apart for a minute. XOXO

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  29. That's a sweet tribute to dash...

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  30. We were so sad to read about Dash. A very fitting tribute. Gone but not forgotten.
    Best wishes Molly

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    Me-Ommmmmm

    p.s. Dash will be missed! Blessings to you! Me-Ommmmmm

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  32. Niss, you did our friend Dash proud with your amazing Adventure Tribute. I think maybe Dash is the only cat in hiss-story to have an Adventure Tribute. That says just how special he was. Purr hugs on job well done.

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  33. Awww Nissy, this is such a beautiful post for Dash. What a great guy and I had forgotten about all the many things you had done together with Savvy too. We were very very sad to hear of Dash's crossing, but with this post, you have put a smile back on our face. Love you buddy.

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  34. Nerissa that was a very nice letter that says it all. Dash yourself and Savannah invited us all along on that very exciting and educational trip. We were blown away by his amazing abilities to work with the time/space ether and keep every cat safe, meowvelous.
    Dad told us much the same about when our time comes and we will all play in the sun as long as we like and then nap in cool shades with treat trees and cream streams.
    Until we all shall meet again
    Love you all
    Timmy and family

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  35. Hi,Nerissa! How are you? I hope just fine.Thanks for coming by.It's great to hear from you!:-) ~Ragdoll mommy.

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  36. My Human had lunch with Savannah's Humans today and they told me about Dash and your adventures. He musta been a super fun friend, Nerissa! It would be fun if your Human lived nearby too, but I guess you're pretty far away, huh?

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