(Not Very) Wordless Wednesday: Half A Year Away

Six months ago, our little mess-maker left us.

I redecorated for you. Do you like it?

These pictures were taken just under a week before Dennis went to the Rainbow Bridge. Looking at them now, at his face and his eyes, it seems apparent in a way it wasn’t then that Dennis was worn out from battling osteosarcoma and IBD.

When you’re not feeling well, bed is the best place to be.

The farther out we get from it, the more we’re sure we did the right thing by bringing him in when we did. It’s the hardest balance to strike; we’ve been too late before; we don’t want to be too late again. With Trixie, we almost waited too long. Almost. But with Dennis, difficult as the decision was to make, we feel like we let him go at the right time, and that he had the best last visit, with his favorite veterinarian, out of all our animals.

We put up a good fight, but we can’t win, and I’m ready to join the rest of the pack.

We know you’re running free beyond the Rainbow Bridge now, Dennis, but if you are ever in the neighborhood, stop by and see the messes the Hipster Kitties make from time to time.

Mess-Maker Amateur Hour

Obviously no one is as good at making messes as Dennis was, but the kitties do their best.

23 Comments on “(Not Very) Wordless Wednesday: Half A Year Away

  1. Condolences again. Or still. I hope you can take a bit of comfort knowing you did right by him and gave him a very good life.


  2. Its lovely to see Dennis again, its hard to believe its six months ago!
    Peeps have to make the tuff decisions fur us pups as we can’t always make them fur ourselves butt you nose in your heart you made the right decision for Dennis and he LUFFs you all the more fur taking such good care of him, always
    Sending you all much luffs and hugs
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx


  3. Reading this brought tears to my eyes. I know you take comfort in the fact that you gave him a wonderful life after his sad beginning of homelessness in the canyon. I waited too long with my bear. I will never do that again.


  4. It’s always hard to know when to let go, but you did the right thing. Thank you for the pictures,


  5. It looks like Dennis taught the kitties well. They are making messes proportional to their size compared to Dennis. We agree with Molly that Dennis is sending little messy messages to say hello from the Bridge.


  6. Dennis was an outsized presence. Your home will always be a little emptier without him.


  7. It’s the hardest thing in the world to let them go. We just love them so much to live without them we know is going to be hard. And they love us very much so wish to stay with us. But, helping them move on is the kindest and most courageous thing we can all do.

    We miss you also, Dennis!

    Hugs to Mom and Dad and pets to the kitties
    Linda and Boomer


  8. i admire your love & care for all the pet friends!
    smiling to keeping Dennis’ goodness
    present with fond, picturesque memories 🙂


  9. Dennis was the champion mess maker up to the end. I was talking to someone just last night about how hard it is to know when it’s time, and I feel certain you made the right decision. It was the last gift you could give to Dennis, so please don’t ever 2nd guess yourself.


  10. Dennis was the champion mess maker up to the end. I was talking to someone just last night about how hard it is to know when it’s time, and I feel certain you made the right decision. It was the last gift you could give to Dennis, so please don’t ever 2nd guess yourself.


  11. With all the LIFELONG loving care you gave to Dennis (and Trixie and Tucker and Trouble), there is never a doubt that you did the right thing for Dennis at the right time – never the right time for the humans, but love trumps that all the time.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber


  12. Dennis made a fab mess neat the end & as much as he was in pain & unwell; the love you both had for him gave him the will to carry on! And the will to leave one last mess…he really was the Dog of Destruction & we all loved him so much. You did the right thing…no more 2nd guessing OK? I’ve done this so many times over P SH only to realize he was too sick physically & mentally to carry on. We both did right by our 4 fur kids. (((hugs))) Sherri-Ellen

    Meow meow Mistur James yore Dennis sure cuud make a BIG mess!! Mee thinkss hee tott THE Hopster Kittiess well….they are carryin on his tra-dishun furry well, mew mew mew…
    **purrsss** BellaDharma


  13. We know exactly how you feel….

    Dennis was one of a kind, and it’s fun to see the Hipster kitties live up to his level of destruction LOL!


  14. Dennis was an accomplished mess-maker. Guess he didn’t have enough time to teach the Hipster Kitties the fine art of following in his footsteps.


  15. Thinking of you as you remember Dennis. Six months already.
    PUg Hugs for you


  16. Dennis left some very big pawsies to fill in the mess-makin’ department! I know what you mean about choosing the right time. I’ve been too late twice now. I swore I’d never do that again. I miss Dennis, but so happy the hipsters are there to make mischief. Someone has to give woo a job to do!


  17. I’m so sorry. It’s such a hard decision to make and that balance is hard. I think we waited too long with our old dog, Robbie, a few years ago, he had too much suffering in his last weeks I think… Maybe Robbie & Dennis will be together making a mess, they seem well suited in that department! x


  18. Still missing that sweet Dennis. Don’t you just love the messes they make? I loved this bitter sweet post…especially the part where you asked Dennis to stop by and see the messes the kitties make from time to time. Big warm, hugs and nose kisses for all of you from Chancy and me.


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