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Home:San Marcos/San Diego, CA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 26 lbs.

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   Leave a treat for DustytheDogcat©(Dusty)

Dusty, Dust, Dustbustercat, Oh Biggest Cat, Biggest Cat on the Planet, BulldogKitty

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Sun Sign:
Rainbow Bridge
Quick Bio:
-purebred-cat rescue

July 4th 1997

Blue-Cream Smoke

Food, any kind of food. He also loved to lay on mom's lap in the evening; it was a ritual.

Going to the vet for cancer tests and checkups. I also don't like shampoo, creme rinse, hair brushes, combs, the hair dryer, and smelling like spring flowers. And I really hate the noise of the electric fur clippers.

Favorite Toy:
A large handmade catnip mouse and a catnip-filled ball. Dusty also loves to play with the shoelaces on mom's Keds.

Favorite Nap Spot:
His long pillow in front of the fireplace (note: we do not use the fireplace).

Favorite Food:
Hey, what's on your plate?

Defending the stairs (we have a 3-level townhome and Dusty always defends the 4th step on any level). He's also doubles as an awesome heating pad, 'specially handy on cold winter nights.


Arrival Story:
Meet DustytheDogcat,© Defender of the Fourth Step. Born 4 July 1997. Crossed to the Rainbow Bridge the evening of 18 July 2009. Two months after we lost our red/white/cinnamon Bobcat (who became an angel on January 2, 1998), our vet called to ask if we were ready to adopt another cat; he knew of the purrfect "little" guy just waiting to join someone's family. Dusty came from a family of dog people, hence Dusty didn't fit in. Dusty joined our family when he was 9 months old, and a whopping 20 pounds!

Dusty entered our lives and warmed our hearts one cold Indiana Saturday in March 1998, and life with Dusty has been an interesting journey. My "Dustbuster" was a very temperamental dude who told it like it was, and we loved him like crazy because he was so mentally and emotionally strong! Dusty was a long-term diabetic (since 2001 -- amazing, eh?), developed an overactive thyroid in 2008, struggled with his weight (who doesn't?), was a two-time (squamous cell) cancer survivor in 2003 and 2004. On 18 July 2009, Dusty lost his fight against his third cancer (an unusual presentation of high-grade, very aggressive lymphoma). Dusty had the most amazing emerald green eyes. And he talked up a storm, usually in the middle of the night! Oh ... and DustytheDogcat followed mom everywhere, even to bed. He had many favorite sleeping places near mom -- like the pillow. Dusty's all-time favorite perch was mom's back. Whenever mom rolled onto her tummy, Dusty climbed on mom's back, hugged her 'round the neck, and then settled in for the night, keeping mom safe and warm!

Forums Motto:
Defender of the Fourth Step, and Hummers

The Last Forum I Posted In:
She's not gonna get better.

Diary Pick of the Day:
Catster.com: Picture of DustytheDogcat© (Dusty), a Maine Coon cat on Catster

The Dusty Song:
My Song:
He's ... the ... biggest cat on the planet. He's the biggest cat in the whole wide world. He's the biggest, biggest, biggest. He's the biggest, biggest, biggest. He's the biggest cat on the planet!

Cat of the Day:
Catster.com: Picture of DustytheDogcat© (Dusty), a Maine Coon cat on Catster

Snoop Dog -- Makes Sense to Me!:
What celebrity would your pet be? I'm Snoop Dogg! Find out at Dogster.com

Daily Diary Pick 7.20.2012:
Catster.com: Picture of DustytheDogcat© (Dusty), a Maine Coon cat on Catster

I've Been On Catster Since:
January 6th 2009 More than 7 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

Meet my family
Shady -
Handsome Man

Meet my Feline Friends
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Defending the Fourth Step -- Somebody's gotta do it, so why not me!

Dogcat, Dreamtime Angel

July 18th 2013 7:52 am
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It's been 4 years ago today, July 18, that you departed for the Bridge. Oh, how your mamacat misses you so! Every day, every year that you're gone, your absence is a little easier on mamacat's heart. Still, the pillow by the fireplace is so empty without Dogcat perched upon it. Mamacat's lap, from hips to ankles, yearns to feel your 26 pounds of love and devotion stretched across it, just one more time.

Mamacat knows you visited her during last night's long sleep. It was the best sleep she's had in many months. She dreamed of a grey tabby--a senior kitty with special needs she thinks--who needs a home. Mamacat isn't sure who, yet. But the dream was so vivid, so real. Incredibly lucid. More than a dream. Mamacat walked alongside her Dogcat and his mystery furiend, Little Grey, on a beautiful journey. Mamacat awoke from her night's slumber wishing sleep would wash over her mind just a little longer.

Mamacat knows it was you who guided her dream, because Little Grey lay on mamacat's lap, back, and pillow, in the same manner as her Dogcat. Mamacat heard the soft, gentle music of Dogcat's purr in her ear and realized it was that of Little Grey, too. Mamacat felt the gentle roughness of a tiny pink tongue as it took snacks from her outstretched fingers. In her magical dreamtime interaction, Mamacat experienced Little Grey's playfulness, the style displayed by her Dogcat. But who, who is Little Grey? "Wait! Tell me who, Dusty!" called mamacat when her eyes opened to dawn's baby blue hue.

Mamacat knows this is a sign of whiskers and fur and paws and purrs to come her way. Soon, perhaps? Mamacat searched and searched the local rescue sites for Little Grey; still the search continues. Mamacat agrees, the Dogcat will guide her to the 'purrfect' little grey tabby in need. The Dogcat will tell mamacat when it's time to spring into action and rescue a meowster in need. Perfection not wanted. Only love is required. Mamacat is sure you will return to provide her more guidance.

Please keep visiting mamacat in her dreams, Dogcat. Guide mamacat to the meowster in need, the furry one who will fill the void in her heart and that spot by the fireplace. Little Grey is out there, somewhere. Meanwhile, thank you for sending your hummingbird friends. Their fairy dances and verde flashes remind me of your bright emerald eyes, and of your gentleness understood only by mamacat.

Miss you deeply, and always will, my Dogcat, my defender. Love you, my Dreamtime Angel.



Looking Fur Summertime Fun?

June 17th 2013 1:53 pm
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Then pad yer paws over to Worldwide Pen PAWS and get your toes in the game...actually lots of games.

Quick! Zip on over to Worldwide Pen PAWS, where membership is free and open to all, and you get to share Miles of Smiles Around the Planet.

When you join this fast-growing play group, you'll make all sorts of pawsome furiends from around the globe. WWPP members play some coolio games where you can test your feline and canine nosing around and playing skills and win-win-win all sorts of prizes, including freebie Zealies.

Now who doesn't like making new furiends, playing games, and winning freebie stuffies?!

Visit Worldwide Pen PAWS today, join the group, and get ready for tons of summertime fun, all year long. Can't wait to see you there.

Your buddy,


Hugs and Purrs for Misty Whispurrs and Sebastian O'Malley- TabbyTat

July 21st 2012 11:15 pm
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Misty Whispurrs, my beloved princess, and her brofur, Sebastian O'Malley TabbyTat suffered the very recent and unexpected loss of their human papa.

If you wish to stop by their Catster pages to leave a star or rosette and words of condolence, please click on their names (each link will launch new browser window):

Misty Whispurrs

Sebastian O'Malley TabbyTat

Thank you. Hugs,

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