January 15, 2002 - July 21, 2016
Many of you have known Dante through his internet presence since 2007, and some of you may be of more recent acquaintance. It is difficult to express his uniqueness; his pictures speak best.
Dante had a marvelous life, enjoying the comforts of a large sun-filled home, and the outdoors in both his front and back yards. He was always accompanied by me when visiting out front, but was left free in the back because he couldn't scale the fence; his size and gravity kept him grounded.
Dante was 14-1/2 years old at his passing which was precipitated by heart failure. For the last few years he suffered from arthritis and was less mobile; also sleeping more due to his age so his poor old heart didn't get the workout it used to.
Right up until the end we weren't aware that his situation was as serious as it was. Two days before he had gobbled up an entire chicken breast (broken up into pieces). However, when we woke up that Thursday morning, Dante had deteriorated rapidly overnight, so we took him to the vet right away on an emergency basis.
It became apparent that Dante was near his end upon examination, and the kindest thing to do was not to prolong the situation. Dante passed peacefully with the assistance of the vet, with his Daddy stroking his head and me holding his paw (he loved having his paw held and would even sometimes place it there himself). He was lying between us on a blanket on the sofa, and the love was simply emanating throughout the room. The vet told him "Here come the butterflies", and so quickly and gently he made his final passage.
Dante LOVED the front garden, especially the weigela bushes. We have buried his ashes right between them, exactly where he loved to lie. There was something about the scent of the flowers that he found intoxicating.
It has been a very difficult two weeks since Dante left us, and I could only bring myself now to write about it.
Dante's wonderful life has been documented in thousands of pictures which I will continue to post, because I feel that dear Dante is forever, and should be so remembered. He is a cat for all seasons and for all time -- and the love that he inspired, both near and far, is his true immortality.