Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Not Our Road Yet…

September 12, 2013

Dearest furriend Nissy

I received your letter about how hard it is for you knowing our pal Dash is gone from us.  I am also still blubbering away when I think of him; Mom has to keep tissues nearby to help me wipe my nose and my eyes are just a swollen mess, I can’t stop them leaking at the oddest times.

If I see something that reminds me of Dash and our incredible adventure with him, I just melt into a bundle of weepy tears…pawful

I don’t like to be held, so when Mom offered to let me just snuggle up close to her so we could meow together about what we remember most about Dash…I jumped right next to her on the couch and settled in to share with her…

savvy remembers Dash

You know Nissy, Dash was makin’ that submarine in his garage…he had a little workshop going there, nothing like my complex steam punk workshop…but still…he was makin’ that sub for us to take on our next search for the long lost nip.

Oh and guess what?  Dash asked me to drive it! So I said sure, but I want pink leather seats…and Dash installed them, just for ME!  What a pal our Dash was….*sob*…wiping leaky eyes…

Sorry…you know what else Nissy, I asked Dash to drive that jeep in New Zealand, Ceiling Cat knows where he got it from…and I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA he could not see very well!! So I let him DRIVE!  He kept saying “always wanted to do this”…I thought he meant go on an adventure…now I know his Mum never let him drive cuz he couldn’t see well…I should have suspected something when he kept bumping into stuff…sigh

And such a super hero our Dash…he worked so hard to save so many Anipals and even peeps…tireless our Dash was, simply tireless.

dash 2

I had a thought Nissy…something Mom said to me…something about some poem or whatnot…she was reminded of it when I told her about a dream I had last Saturday…

My dream was kind’a weird Nissy—you and I were together in some woods…not Zealandia…just some woods with the sun streaming through the trees…there were two paths…one was not very well used…and the other was obviously traveled by many over time…and in my dream…Dash was part way up on that well-traveled path…when we tried to follow him…well…here…let me draw it for you…

see you again 4

I asked Mom what my dream could mean and she told me about a poem by someone named Robert Frost…The Road Not Taken…not sure what a ‘road’ has to do with my path in my dream…but Mom talked with me ‘bout  some lines in that poem…

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;”

……

Mom said my dream was of those two roads…and Dash was on the one traveled most…but…only when we go to The Bridge…Dash was sending us back to the less traveled road for now…’cuz it isn’t our time to travel The Bridge road yet…later, but not now…

That poem goes on to say…

“…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference”

Ya see Nissy, Dash wants us to take a new road for now…he can’t come with us…but he knows that new road is where our lives and adventures will continue for a time…

Nissy, it was a nice dream…I felt like you and I got to tell Dash we love him…and you and I got to tell him good-bye

Much luv and soft paw pats, Savvy

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40 thoughts on “Not Our Road Yet…

  1. Sorry to hear about Dash. So sad. 😦

  2. I am so sorry for you loss!

  3. He’s gone to have a good time with many,many kitties who have gone before.

  4. So many lately gone to the bridge, but I must admit Dash news really shocked me. Never knew the blog, but I read some other blogs who said what happened and just could not believe it x

  5. What a lovely post in memory of Dash.

  6. janetblue on said:

    You know, Savvy, whatever adventures you and Nissy may take in the future, Dash will be with you in spirit and in your hearts. That’s how it is when dear friends go to the RB. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  7. spittythekitty on said:

    There sure are a lot of kitties on the other side of the Bridge I would like to hang out with . . . And I think eventually we will have that chance, when it is Our Time. They’ll be there to welcome us, Savvy.

  8. Leeky eyez here savannah…me n Mum can barely see to type..ya did a grrreat reeply to Nerissa n Miss Linda shure iz smart bout da poem n how it reelatez to yer dream. WE iz sowwy fer da loss of Dash; he sirtainlee waz a speshell mankat!!!
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen xoxo

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  10. What a beautiful post for Dash. He left us far too soon…and will be missed by many. Purrs to you, Savvy….

  11. That was beautiful and made my eyes leaky. Yes, we’ll see Dash again someday. We’ll all be young and able to run and play and we’ll be free from anything that ever bothered us. Well said.

    • thanks BFGF. I was waiting to see your comment…I poured my heart into writing this…and truly, that poem is my Mom’s favorite in all the poetry world…’cuz Mom took that less traveled path from the well worn one most of human family took…and it truly has made all the difference for Mom

  12. Another great post – you and Nissy really made my day. This was beautiful. This is how I’d like to remember Dash. We miss Dash so much and look forward to seeing him again one day.

  13. That was an absolutely wonderful post. It is great to think about seeing your friends in the big meadow when it is the right time to go play there. You have many adventures here before than I hope.

  14. What a bootiful post, and so sad. Efurry time whee see a rainbow whee think of those pets passed and the sunshine happy memories mixing with the sad rain of their passing to the rainbow bridge where they are happy and pain free.

    Whee will think of Dash when whee next see a rainbow

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

  15. Oh Savvy, I just got up, and checked my messages, then I found your lovely and loving post. You and Nissy are truly special cats to,,ove Dash so much. Your post means so much as I read this one week after my beloved boy died,

    Dash continues to inspire others, his independent spirit, his love for adventure will live on. Thank you very very much

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  17. Awwwwwww, we’re pretty tough furry friends but this one got to us. Sending lots of wags your way for such a lovely post. RIP Dash, until we all romp together. Max & Bella

  18. da tabbies o trout towne on said:

    savvy…we R trooly sorree bout yur friend dash; we did knot haz de honor oh knowin him; thiz tribute post iz awesum N ewe can betcha dash iz reedin it frum above …we due noe him loves ewe two….
    XXXXX

  19. Oh Savannah and Nissy, we feel your loss and send you lots of love and light! Woooowoooooos and xx, Ku and pack

  20. Miss Savannah, thank you so much for the beautiful tribute to Mr. Dash. I didn’t know him, but I am so glad to learn about him. He is now at the Rainbow Bridge and sending love and care to all who knew him.

  21. Savvy
    Your Mom’s dream was prophetic and so true. My own Mom is on her own journey of the path less traveled. She is having to go on without Abby and finding it so hard in so many ways. But it is about continuing on and perhaps one day all of us will understand what we don’t understand this day in this moment about the losses we’ve suffered and pain we feel. It’s a natural pain and it is something we all must live with feeling the grief we do for our beloveds. But, one thing our Mom does believe totally with all of her being, the loss does not end the relationship because the love lives on in each of us. So you will always carry Dash in your heart and by doing so honor his life and always remember and speak of him often.

    *hugs*

  22. We’ll all be together one day, God-willing. Until then, live each day to the fullest.
    We are so sorry for your loss, Sav!
    Play bows,
    Zim (and Cammie!)

  23. That was lovely dear Savannah and my eyes are leaky again too. I did just feel a smile in my heart and I am certain that Dash sent it so don’t forget to look at your heart for yours.

  24. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    We imagine that Dash is keeping tabs on both you and Nissy, Savannah. He is enjoying all your adventures and proud of the way you help so many other, less fortunate, kitties. We also enjoy imagining all the wonderful adventures and fun you will all have when it is finally time to meet up at Rainbow Bridge. Just think of all the fun you will have together, at Rainbow Bridge in the heart of Summerland, where no kitties, woofies or other four legged furries are hurt or afraid and you all will find joy every day. Dash has gone ahead and he will have made pawsome plans when it’s time for you to go. Until then your memories will be there to inspire you and help you decide which pathway to take.
    Purrs,
    Mistletoe & Hitch
    rwb

  25. That was a pawsome tribute.
    (((purrs)))

  26. That’s such a lovely thought, Savvy. Beautiful… two roads… two paths…

    I still miss Dash a lot but talking ’bout him and writing ’bout him and reading ’bout him has helped me come to terms with stuff a little.

    Thanks so much for bein’ such a good friend.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

  27. Katie Isabella on said:

    Savvy, mom’s eyes started leaking again and she and I are really especially sad about Dash. Especially so. I love your analogy, Savvy. And I loved the blog. Thank you.

  28. mollieandalfie on said:

    Savvy that was lovely, we didn’t know Dash sadly but we feel we do with everyone’s love on the blogs xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  29. Savvy one day we will all meet up on the other side of the Bridge but until then I’m sure your friend Dash is keeping an eye out for you here….we were truly devastated when we heard about Dash – even though we didn’t know him, we were so very sad about what happened to him. Remember the good times……

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  30. You’re so smart, Savvy. Our road is here for now. I didn’t know Dash, but he looks brave and beautiful and I know he lives in the hearts and memories of those who loved him.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  31. What a beautiful dream, Savvy. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  32. Sucha a beautiful dream and a beautiful good-bye from Dash to his friens.

  33. Savvy, you and Nissy will see Dash again but that is in the future ,that will be some adventure,xx Speedy

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