Driving Mr Dusty – In Memoriam

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
BlogPaws Nose to Nose Awards





Driving Mr Dusty Dusty His Last Picture


Dusty Memorial picture.

Dusty Memorial picture.

61 thoughts on “Driving Mr Dusty – In Memoriam

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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,

  12. 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! ??????

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. <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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. *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

  34. 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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