Dusty's Night Trip from The Dash Kitten Movie Crew

Our wonderful Driving Mr Dusty movie star has gone. Dusty crossed the Bridge, on his own terms, on the 24th of May 2017. He left while he was laid on the sofa beside me. I was chatting to him about editing his Animates video trip which premiered on Facebook, and which is now on Vimeo.

That morning, Dusty let me wrap him a blanket. This is how I knew he was not going to stay long. He never wanted to be wrapped up, in spite of the New Zealand winter chills we have started to get. He stuck to his favourite Pro-Plan carry case bed, and his heated alpaca cushion bed and blanket, with a side trip to his covered ‘bolthole’ in the utility cupboard when he didn’t feel too well.

Driving Mr Dusty 

How Dusty Became a Video Star

We found out at Christmas (due to his emergency vet visit) that he adored car rides, so, we began to take him for a drive, and the mini series Driving Mr Dusty was born. The pleasure he gained from these road trips was immense. He adored the car, he loved the wind in his fur, and the sense of motion. 

Dusty the Senior in serious pose

Driving Mr Dusty – His Final Trip

Dusty took a last evening drive the night before he crossed the Bridge. His dad Paul suggested an evening drive, down to the Petone foreshore that had been the scene of our first amazing road trip video. When we got to the seaside, we wound down the window……..

and we could hear the waves. Although it was dark and there was a winter chill, Dusty showed some interest. Then, something magical happened, a strong breeze swept into the car and Dusty rose almost onto his front paws, and be seemed to breathe in the air, loving the feel of it on his fur….”

We are joining Brian and his family with Dusty for their Thankful Thursday celebration. We want to celebrate Dusty and say how thankful we are that we adopted him as a senior. He taught us much including patience, loving senior cats, discovering cats loved car rides and made movies, and his strong and determined presence enriched our lives.

Thank you for joining our family Dusty.

We will miss you.

Marjorie and the
Dash Kitten Family
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Driving Mr Dusty Dusty His Last Picture


Dusty Memorial picture.

Dusty Memorial picture.

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  1. Clooney

    June 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

    What a touching video and post. What love and care you showed Dusty in his final time on this earthly plane. Sending you our gentlest purrs and thoughts…Be Well Sweet Dusty


  2. Annette

    June 19, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you so much for adopting Dusty, sharing him with us, and showing him love and adventure. Isagold is also a car LOVER… can’t get enough of going in the car, so we can just imagine Dusty’s joy and interest in the trips you shared together. We are sorry to learn of his passing, but very glad to hear you were there with him, talking about the future and how you would continue to share his passions with the world.
    Thank you for caring so much, we love you Marjy.
    Annette, WeK, Isagold, Bettyblue & Finndawg xxxxx


  3. Sasha

    June 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    We loved the story of Dusty and his car rides. He must have been a very courageous kitty. Such a wonderful description of the wind in his fur.


  4. speedyrabbit

    June 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    You gave Dusty the best home ever,and we loved watching his road trips,many hugs,xx Speedy and Mum Rachel
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  5. The Zoo

    June 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Purrs to you all.


  6. John Bellen

    June 6, 2017 at 7:00 am

    What a unique cat he seemed to be. I’m afraid I didn’t know him until I saw on the Cat Blogosphere site that he had passed away. I wanted to come and leave my condolences. Godspeed, Dusty. There are no limits where you are now.


  7. Nancy West

    June 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    What a beautiful and special kitty. And you gave him such wonderful senior years! I love the Driving Mr. Dusty videos!!! Hugs & Tears…


    • Dash Kitten

      June 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you Nancy. We wish we could have done more rides – he LOVED them!


  8. Cleopawtra (Becca Cook)

    June 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

    So sorry for your loss. Remember you gave him the best of life in the time remaining for him. Sending you all healing hugs and prayers.


  9. b

    June 5, 2017 at 4:22 am

    People will say you gave him a wonderful end of his life and you did, but I have to believe that we are the lucky ones because they shared their life with us. Sending love.


  10. Pam Greer

    June 5, 2017 at 12:03 am

    I am so sorry about Dusty, but what a wonderful life you gave him in the short time you had him.
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  11. Cleo

    June 4, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    We are so sad to hear about dear old Dusty. Having a special place in our hearts for dear sweet older felines mom and I are extra saddened. Our hearts go out to you. Try to take it easy.


  12. Robyn

    June 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I just heard. I’m so sorry for your loss. This week I adopted a senior kitty. They can be so wonderful. Fly free with the wind in your furst Mr. Dusty.


  13. Andrea and the Celestial Kitties

    May 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to lose our fur babies, no matter their age. Sending love and hugs


  14. Mickey's Musings

    May 31, 2017 at 10:32 am

    We are so sorry to hear that Dusty crossed his Bridge.
    What a wonderful life he had with you and what an amazing cat he seemed to be,
    We cannot imaging loving car rides 😮
    We send comforting purrs and hugs as we know you are missing your sweet Dusty.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
    and mum Nancy


  15. Hairballs and Hissyfits

    May 31, 2017 at 7:09 am

    So sorry to hear about Dusty! But boy you are right he went on his own terms surrounded by love. So nice he had a final car ride!


  16. Laila and Minchie

    May 31, 2017 at 4:38 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Fly free and RIP sweet one.


  17. Margie

    May 30, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    So sorry Dusty had to leave, but just know that he was such a lucky boy to have known your love and had such a great home at the end and such great road trips.


  18. Maggie

    May 30, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I’m so sorry that Dusty didn’t have more time with you. Thank you for loving him and sharing his adventures with the world.
    Love and sympathy,


  19. Hannah and Lucy

    May 30, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    We are so sad to see that Dusty has left his world and we hope you will begin to pick up the pieces a little bit in time.


  20. CATachresis

    May 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I an so sad, even though I didn’t know Dusty. You gave him such a loving home in his senior years and such joy in his road trips. Thank you for that. I will go and check out the videos! Gentle hugs and purrs to you! ??????


  21. Everycat

    May 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    We sing you to The Bridge with rumbly purrs & love Mr Dusty, grand gentleman cat and superstar. We’re sorry you decided it was time, but you always knew best.

    With love

    jane,Jet & Mungo xx xx xx


  22. Little Binky and Granny

    May 30, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Farewell sweet Dusty and thank you that you made his life so beautiful <3 Soft Pawkisses to comfort you <3 <3 <3


  23. JeanneP of bichonpawz

    May 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about Dusty. It’s wonderful that he was able to go on a night ride…and I’m sure he enjoyed it. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    Jeanne and Chloe


  24. Marty The Manx

    May 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing Dusty and his adventures with us. It is a beautiful world that we enjoyed with him. Sending your our heartfelt love and comfort. Dusty you brought love into all of our hearts here.
    Marty, Mom and the Gang


  25. LP

    May 30, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. This special tribute, however, shows just how much Dusty was loved. How wonderful to give him one last opportunity to feel the wind on his face on his final, “drive”. Rest in peace Dear Heart.
    We are sending lots of love and hugs your way Marjorie.

    Sophie and the critters in the cottage xo


  26. M. K. Clinton

    May 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    It is wonderful that Dusty enjoyed one more incredible drive. What a special memory for you. I’m sending my love and prayers for you all.


  27. jmuhj

    May 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    <3 ((((((((^^)))))))) <3 Fly free, whole, healthy, and forever Loved, sweet little man Dusty. Forgive me for tearing up after watching your video. So many of my beloveds are up there undoubtedly welcoming you and showing you around at the Bridge. One, Sammi, was adopted at 14 and left us at 21. Another, Rani, joined us as a kitten and left us at 19. No matter how old or how young, ALL of our beloveds are family and are forever beloved, right here in our hearts, and watching over us until we are reunited in due time. Watch over your beloveds here on earth until you reunite, too, Dusty sweet. <3 Much love.


  28. Anna and Charles

    May 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Angel Taz, Angel Runt, Charles and I send you love and purrs at Dusty’s final trip. As Angel Taz is our most recent trip taker, she was certainly one of the welcome committee.
    Snuggles and purrs!


  29. Julie Mackenzie & kitties

    May 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    The sweetest Dusty cat ~ Marjorie, how blessed we are to have known him and we’re sorry that he had to leave us on a more permanent journey. The Bridge has received a lot of newcomers lately, including our Tinker who will greet Dusty with gentle purrs and kind pats. Just know we’re thinking of you and send you our love and good thoughts, hoping your memories will continue to warm your heart as Dusty remembers always those who’ll miss him the most.


  30. Deziz World

    May 30, 2017 at 11:52 am

    We are so very sorry fur your loss. Dusty will always be a star in our books. We’re sendin’ lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena and mommy A


  31. Timmy

    May 30, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Dusty we thank you for all the adventures you took us on and for letting the world know that an older cat has as much love and is as much fun to be with as a kitten.
    Watch over us Dusty as you with your new wings drive over the heavens. We will meet again someday so keep track of the fun places to visit.
    Love, Purrs and Prayers of Support
    Timmy, Dad and Family


  32. Jerry E. Beuterbaugh

    May 30, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. May it merely be temporary and not be too awfully long before you-all will be spending all of eternity together in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom of Heaven. Now, I cannot say, “Thus saith the Lord,” about this as I can other things, but I cannot imagine Heaven being nearly as joyous without our beloved pets being there with us.


  33. jansfunnyfarm

    May 30, 2017 at 11:24 am

    You two are so sweet to have adopted an older cat to give his life such pleasure. We are sorry for the loss of your wonderful Dusty, but we know you are grateful he was a part of your life. Hugs!


  34. McGuffy's Reader

    May 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Dusty was obviously amazing. He was blessed to have found his place with you. You are in our thoughts. HUGS.


  35. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    May 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    We truly enjoyed getting to know Dusty and see all of his fun adventures in your videos. We are so very sorry for your loss and hope you can take comfort knowing that you gave him such a wonderful and full life full of love. Sending you love and hugs!


  36. Zoolatry

    May 30, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Farewell, dear one ~ you should find some great hot-wheels in heaven!


  37. da tabbies o trout towne

    May 30, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Godspeed your journey to heaven dusty, we are honored and proud to call you our friend. We send our sincerest condolences to mum and dad, we
    know how much hurt is in their hearts right now. You were and always will be loved, by your friends and your family, you’re one handsome dood and we enjoyed your movies….. a video star for sure. We know you’re free of pain and
    sickness, yet we also know mum N dad’s hearts hurt….we are truly sorry

    with hugs and loves

    daisy, tuna, dude, sauce. and boomer


  38. Noodle

    May 29, 2017 at 9:11 am

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Lots of big Noodle hugs…

    Noodle and crew


  39. Kitties Blue

    May 29, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Please accept or condolences on the loss of Dusty. You gave him the most amazing life that we know he never expected. The road trips were a blessing and pleased him so much. Our hearts hurt for you, and you will remain in our prayers as you grieve. We dedicated today’s Sunday Selfie hop to Snowball. May we dedicate next Sunday’s to Dusty? RIP, Dusty. We know you are flying free on your new angel wings. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy


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  41. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    May 27, 2017 at 8:39 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Senior cats like Dusty could have no better home than with you, and you gave him so much love and happiness. We know his memory will be with you forever, and with your videos, the way he warmed all of our hearts will remain, too. <3


  42. erin the Cat (Princess)

    May 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

    There is so little time given to us all, but shared and you made your time special to Dusty and brought him into your life from the cold cruel world outside, and together you became one, and both found happiness. Thank you for being such a star, and sharing Dusty with us and teaching us the truth of kindness…
    Gentle soft purrs for Dusty


  43. mommakatandherbearcat

    May 27, 2017 at 6:19 am

    My heart is broken. I wish I had the words to express my devastation – or to comfort you – or communicate how much we love Dusty and you. I hate that as a blogger, there are these very basic things that I still can’t find the words for. We love all of you and we wish we could be there to give you hugs upon hugs. I love this video – Dash Kitten sets the standard in videos – it’s become one of your specialties. Please know that you are never alone … for anything … all you have to do is e-mail or message or comment and we’ll be right beside you as we are in spirit and heart the rest of the time.


  44. Nick Barnett

    May 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear that — my condolences. Thank you for giving Dusty such a good life.


  45. Cathy Keisha

    May 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I’m here to pay my respects to Dusty. *bows head* What a lovely tribute! He was a special cat who liked his own chauffeur service.


    • Dash Kitten

      May 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Your kind words are much appreciated CK. Thank you.


  46. Memories of Eric and Flynn

    May 26, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I am so sorry that Dusty has made his journey to the Bridge. You gave him so much love. His star will shine brightly along with so many of his friends.


  47. The Swiss Cats

    May 26, 2017 at 6:49 am

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Dusty had wonderful time with you, and we’re glad you could give him the gift of a loving forever home for the end of his life. Purrs
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  48. Ellen Pilch

    May 26, 2017 at 3:21 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. XO


  49. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    May 26, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Dusty, you will be in our hearts forever. We will remember you always. We will remember your love of the simple things in life, like the smell of the sea air teasin’ your nostrils, and the soft breezes rustlin’ your fur. And when we experience those things ourselves, we will think of you.

    You were loved so very much here on Earth, and WILL STILL BE loved up in Heaven.

    Run free, my friend. With the warm sun on your back, run through the Heavenly nip fields while chasing butterflies. And run to the seashore where the sea air will tantalise your senses.

    Until we meet again. PURRS.


  50. Random Felines

    May 26, 2017 at 2:35 am

    we are so very sorry….and yet we are thankful he was able to live out his time with a loving family. purrs


  51. We are so sorry that Dusty didn’t have more time with you but so thankful that you found each other and for all the special moments you shared. Sending purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy for your loss.


  52. meowmeowmans

    May 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    We are so sorry that it was Dusty’s time to go to the Bridge. But he knew so much love with you, and for that we are eternally grateful. His spirit and love live on forever. Sending you love, purrs and prayers.


  53. Johnny

    May 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    We are sending you so much love tonight. <3


  54. Lone Star Cats

    May 25, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    So glad Dusty got to enjoy those rides. Sending purrs.


  55. Edie Chase

    May 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing Dusty with us.


  56. Summer

    May 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Dusty had so many gifts from you, getting the chance to have all those drives – and he gave back as good as he got. The life Dusty shared with you was such a wonderful thing. Thanks so much for sharing him with us.


  57. Thomas Archer

    May 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    *soft paw* We are saddened beyond words to hear that Dusty has gained his wings. We enjoyed reading of him and seeing his pictures, and knowing he had indeed found his furever home with you. Thank you for adopting him and ensuring he knew he was loved so much – you and Paul are amazing and I wish there were more like you on this earth. We think of you as Earth Angels. And speaking of angels, we can imagine Dusty now soaring through the heavens, the wind fluffing his fur as he flies through the sunbeams, tucked furever safely on the lap of an angel. Bless you all xxx Thomas & Nan


  58. The Island Cats

    May 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    We are sorry that Dusty has left this world. But his videos will live on. RIP, Dusty….


  59. Brian Frum

    May 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for adopting Dusty, loving him, and sharing him with all of us. We loved that Dusty Dude like he was a member of the family. We know you’re feeling the lost, but your heart can smile knowing you gave him what he wanted the most, true, true love. Hugs from all of us at Brian’s Home and it’s an honor to have you and Dusty as a part of our BlogHop.


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