This post is not a short one. We make no excuses for its length because it has been a long time coming, and there are a lot of Thank You’s to be said. Thank you’s for a secret that was silently kept, until a box arrived on our doorstep on the 13th of March 2014. A box that was unexpected, carried a miracle and a warmth we never thought we would feel again after Dash Kitten died on 6th September 2013.

First View of Dash Kitten Memorial Blanket
First View of Dash Kitten Memorial Blanket being unpacked.

Here’s the story :-

A few days before Mum and Dad were setting off on their first vacation in a few years we had a message from @NewtTheCat our Liver Shunt pal from Twitter.  ‘Something’ was on the way Something Impawtant ……… We were puzzled, but thought Newt had sent mum some fibre as they are both crazy spinning wheel owners, so nodded and kept our eyes open.

On March the 13th there was a knock at the door. Of course, as is our custom, all 8 cats scattered to the four winds and left mum to deal with the fearsome ‘knock on the door’.  Mum accepted a box, signed for it and brought it inside.

It was quite heavy, and we wondered what it was …….  Mum opened it carefully and found wrapped up inside the most beautiful handmade blanket, with a loving note from Newt.

Sprinkled across the surface like magical snowflakes were an host of messages, memorial notes and greetings from the crafters who has crocheted or knitted squares. It was unbelievable, and we stood transfixed as Mum unfolded the blanket reading each note attached to each lovingly made square and the rainbow unfolded in front of us. * stops to wipe Mum’s tears *

Dash Kitten Memorial Blanket Newt The Cat
We found out the story of how it happened from Newt and his Mum

Newt said he wanted to wrap Mum and us in the comfort and warmth of a lovely scarf and approached friends to help knit squares; but Dash was so loved and missed that the scarf grew and grew. One by one pals came forward wanting to knit or crochet part of the gift, or wanting to be involved in some way. (These friends had a square knitted or crocheted for them by a willing volunteer), and the scarf continued to grow…..

Newt is the most awesome friend ever, his Mum organised everyone and kept the whole thing completely secret from us by creating a top secret group where everyone could meet or ask questions and stuff. When the blocks were gathered in Newt’s Mum crocheted them all together by herself.

How can we describe our blanket? * Shakes head in wonder * Each square is beautiful, there are miracles of cable, beautiful squares of colour, crocheted squares in brilliant shades, and each one shows how much Dash mattered to everyone.  Mum picks up the blanket and hugs it, and feels so much comfort, it is a huge help in allowing us to take steps forward after losing our boy.

To each and every one of you, this is the most beautiful gift, and it means the world to us. Thank You for your work, and the immense comfort you have given our family. @NewtTheCat, @TheTardisToms, @Mr_Pie, @I_am_Luka, @TweetingTruman, @Ms_Pud, @AngusFromAfrica, @ClingyCat, @PuppyNumber7, @Gromekcat, @Hf_Fulvia, @PetMonarchy, @ZooGrandmother, @Catteam65, @Chelleloulou, @NutmegTorby, Paulie and Warden (?) @4catsstrapski, @JeffMusk, @whatdoingdugal, @CuddlesPhoenix, @DoggyMolly, @TillyTumTum (?), and @SunnyLadyJ

If I have noted a name incorrectly please let me know. Mum is currently creating a memorial page where each square will be displayed with the name of the creator, so we can honour those who helped us so much.

With Deepest Gratitude,

Harvey Button, Miranda Kitten and Silver

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22 Comments

  1. Sunnylady (Pootle)

    June 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Mum read this with tears running down her face. I’m so glad you love the blanket and hope it can bring some comfort and happy memories of Dash and how loved he was. Big hugs xxx

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  2. Sunnylady (Pootle)

    June 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Mum read this and had tears running down her face. We are so glad that it might bring a little comfort and help keep happy memories of a such a much loved kitty that Dash was. Lots of hugs xxx

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  3. Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

    June 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

    What a lovely surprise for you. Dash touched so many lives, it’s nice that you have a tangible proof of that. The blanket is very lovely and looks extra snugly.
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  4. Panky

    June 19, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Agreeing with what everyone has posted before me- Dash was/is very special. What a paw-some gift.
    Panfur Purrs
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  5. Connie

    June 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

    That is absolutely lovely, and so wonderful. I know you will cherish it for the rest of your life
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  6. meowmeowmans

    June 18, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Oh, that is just beautiful! What a loving gift from a group of really amazing friends. ::tears of joy::
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  7. mariodacat

    June 18, 2014 at 4:36 am

    What a lovely gift for you. Our pals are amazing aren’t they. You can cherish that forever.
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  8. jansfunnyfarm

    June 18, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Aw, this is the kind of post that makes everyone cry. Happy tears, though. What a wonderful surprise from caring friends.
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  9. Charles Huss

    June 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    That is a great story. It is nice to know there are so many caring people out there.
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  10. Basil

    June 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    What a lovely idea, such a moving gift!

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  11. Fur Everywhere

    June 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I didn’t know Dash Kitten well, but I know that you loved him very much, and so did so many other people. ::hugs:: The blanket is very sweet 🙂
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  12. Austin Towers

    June 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Like everyone else has said. That is a totally pawsome gift. How very kind people are to do something so special in memory of Dash! Wonderful xox
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  13. Clingycat

    June 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    dearest Marjorie,

    Yourself & Dash do so much for soo many. When virtual hugs just weren’t enough we knew Newt was on to something with his plan to send you wooly hugs. Newt’s mum was incredible pulling everything together virtually & physically.

    we wanted you to feel our love.

    Jazz & captain Worm-Sparrow
    @clingycat
    Xoxoxo

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  14. Dugal

    June 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I have tears in my eyes all over again! It was an honour to create something in Dash’s honour, especially something so huggable for his family.

    Newt’s Mom is amazing. She did a pawsome job of organising everyone and putting the blankie together, and keeping us all communicating too.

    And Jaffa – how right you are. We have met the most amazing, kind and genuine pals on twitter. Couldn’t be more real

    Love and hugs to you all xxxx
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  15. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    June 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    yes to both Jaffa and CK’s comments. You well know Marjorie, Silver, Miranda and Harvey how real my love is for each and every one of you…this is Mom Linda by the way. And Twitter Anipals have the heart and soul like none other. It is a warm and caring community capable of changing the world in split seconds due to how fast information can be spread. So far nothing else is as fast. And clearly, they know how to keep a secret…precious and filled with love. Dash is smiling his sweet smile at The Bridge.
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  16. Cathy Keisha

    June 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I almost said the same thing as Jaffa. We know people who disregard Twitter as being so soulless. But it’s not. I wish we’d known about the blankie. TW doesn’t knit or crochet anymore since she has cats or so she says. Newt’s Mom is special. TW met her at Blogpaws last year. Enjoy your blanket and wrap yourself with love and the warmth of friends.
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  17. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    June 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

    HOLY CAT, that’s so amazingly aweseom – and so very, very like those dear twitter peeps we call friends!!!
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  18. The Swiss Cats

    June 15, 2014 at 7:58 am

    *deep breathing* It’s just AMAZING ! It’s the loveliest, cutest, most heartwarming thing we’ve ever seen ! We miss the words in English, sorry. We totally agree with Jaffa, and Mum is discovering it with us more and more each day since two years : don’t let anyone tell you online relationships aren’t real ! Purrs
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  19. Sparkle

    June 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Wow. Just wow. What a beautiful memorial. We all loved Dash, and how awesome that these friends were able to put their love into this amazing and magical blanket.
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  20. Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    June 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

    That’s amazing. What a precious gift from wonderful friends.
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  21. Brian

    June 15, 2014 at 12:37 am

    That is the most wonderful gift from a most wonderful group of friends. That Dash touched so many and will be in our hearts forever.
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  22. jaffa

    June 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Just goes to show how special Dash was and is to his pals. Marjorie is a special person and we all love her dearly.
    Its a beautiful blanket made with love.
    Don’t let anyone tell you virtual relationships aren’t real!

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