Today in 2013 Dash Kitten died after being attacked. His loss shocked the anipal blogosphere and all of his friends. This photo memory celebrates a fine man cat.
His example of positive fundraising and encouragement when Twitter was a lively place of engagement for hundreds of anipals, meant that friends wanted to offer him a fitting memorial.
Thanks to Athena Wise Kitty, (not our current Athena) they raised $600US. The pals did this as a surprise, without telling me, and asked for my local cat charity nomination. The sum was donated to the cats at UHARS (Upper Hutt Animal Rescue) where I volunteered at the time.
The Dash Kitten Blanket
Many friends got together and inspired by our friend Newt the Cat knitted and crocheted a beautiful blanket which was sent to me and wrapped me in the warmth of their love and continues to do so today when winter’s chill nibbles at my toes. This is an amazing photo memory!
Each tag holds a message from one of Dash’s friends. The post about the blanket (and new staff_ at Dash Kitten can be read here. Newt’s Mum joined all of the squares together herself, a huge task of which I am still in awe.
Dash’s Mission to Help
Dash Kitten and the blog’s mission to help has transformed itself over time as the blog has changed. From extensive Twitter fundraising I am now aiming to fundraise through teaching others about taking pictures and selling photos online as cards and gifts at Red Bubble.
The Award winning portrait of Chenzou is being printed as cards to sell locally. 100% of the funds raised from the sale of the card will benefit Loose Leash Cat Rescue (FB Link) a small cat rescue in New Zealand.
- The card is also available on Red Bubble internationally. Red Bubble is often cheaper and easier than posting from New Zealand vut if you have any problems, let me know.
Dash is missed
Every single day I think about him, as well as Harvey and Dot Kitten after their sudden loss so close together. Their loss has taken its toll and I am doing my best to destress with the current fur family.
Peanut our First and Best Cat
We lost Peanut one day before Dash in a different year. She was our first cat and a tower of absolute strength in the household.
Look at this ‘I am in Charge Here’ face. It makes me smile!
Stay safe everyone.
The Kitties Blue invite you to join the Sunday Selfies this week.