Della Street, R.I.P.

Our mouthy, smirking, cranky, and gorgeous internet rock star, Della Street, died today. It was a shocker. She had a chronic thyroid problem that we were dealing with. She took ill at the beginning of the week, then rallied on Thursday night when we watched the NBA finals together. She even went to the door and stared down the pit bull next door.

This morning she took a dramatic turn for the worse. Dr. A is out of town so our good friend Brett went with me to the vet. We dropped her off at around 10 and she was gone a mere 6 hours later. Della was 12. We’ve seen other elder kitties go downhill but not this fast.

I am genuinely shocked and, as you know, I neither shock nor scare easily. Della was Dr. A’s cat so I thought she’d hang on until her human returned home, but she was ready to go out on her own terms, that was our Della.

I know some might find it odd that I’d sit down and write a tribute to Della so soon. I knew that our readers would want to know as soon as possible. That’s what I love about First Draft, we’re a community. And Della has been entertaining you with her antics since she was 2 years old. Ain’t it funny how time slips away?

I don’t cry easily or often but I did upon hearing this stunning news. I rallied because I knew the last thing Della Street would want is for me to be maudlin over her passing. She was a tough and feisty cat who was best known for her smirk and glare. She was the queen of dirty looks and I was the happy recipient of many of those looks as was her pesky kid brother, Paul Drake, who is even more confused than usual by her absence.

She will be missed but never forgotten.

The last word goes to Crowded House:

 

23 thoughts on “Della Street, R.I.P.

  1. dakinikat says:

    There will be a couple gentlemen cats waiting for her… I’m sure Miles will be there waiting with Oscar whose going to be happy to see her.

    x0x0

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  2. liprap says:

    Here’s to Della, one feisty feline. šŸ„‚

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  3. Kevin says:

    You and Grace must be in shock. I’m so sorry.

    I’ve enjoyed her exploits over the years; thank you for sharing them.

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  4. Virginia says:

    Oh. So very sorry for your loss of the fabulous Della Street. She gave me a lot of joy over the years.

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  5. judyb54 says:

    It’s difficult enough to lose a pet, but when it happens suddenly it really, really hurts. I’m so sorry you and Grace have to go through this.

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  6. Tom Streeter says:

    Always tough. My thoughts are with you both.

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  7. What a beautiful tribute, to a gorgeous, spirited cat!

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  8. Tommy T says:

    It’s been a tough few weeks for our elder cat ladies. We lost Precious Kitty just a couple of weeks ago. She was 17.

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  9. MichaelF says:

    So sorry to hear. Keeping y’all in my thoughts.

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  10. DAstronomer says:

    RIP Della šŸ˜”

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  11. Peris says:

    It is hard. Every time. They become a part of you, and you them, or so it seems.
    If it’s any consolation, know that in the afterlife, they get their genitals back.

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  12. iceblue2 says:

    So sorry about your loss. I enjoyed seeing her grow up on here.

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  13. charlotteash says:

    Iā€™m so sorry, A. My love to you, Grace, and Paul Drake.

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  14. treydog says:

    Blessings to you and your extended kitty family. The furry little devils take up residence in our hearts and leave an emptiness far greater than their physical size. Personality like Della’s will do that.

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  15. katherine theos says:

    I am heartbroken about Della Street…she had become part of my family, thank you for sharing her with us…I’m certain my nephew Deno (“malaka mou”) is feeling the same way…

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  16. Oh, so sad to hear about our dear Della Street. My ol’ girl Mountain Girl had thyroid issues for years. And just like Della, she got sick, rallied strongly for a bit, and then was gone.
    My heart is with you all.

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  17. Catherine D. says:

    So sorry!

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  18. Theresa says:

    I’m so sorry. Hugs for all of you. Losing a furbaby is never easy, especially not like this.

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  19. Audrey says:

    I first came for the commentary, but kept coming back for the cats. They are all so grounding, and she was the grand dame of the bunch. I’m so, so sorry for you all.

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  20. Casa Black Sheep grieves with thee. May her memory be an ongoing blessing.

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