Em-Dash, January 20, 2000 - June 18, 2011

I took Dash to the vet this morning for a check-up. Right after we walked into the examining room, Dash suddenly crumpled to the floor and cried out. At first we thought that he’d just lost his footing and fallen awkwardly. But Dr. Kung listened to his heart and said he thought Dash was “trying to pass.”

He gently lifted Dash onto the table and he died within a few short minutes as I stroked his face. He didn’t seem to be in any pain and seemed mostly gone by the time he got to the table. Dr. Kung thought that Dash’s final cry was probably more surprise than pain.

Dash was my sweet, funny and gentle companion for 9 years and I’ll miss him so much. Goodbye, Butternut.