A Cat’s Poem, by Boots, ex ‘Deck Director’ at Dempsey’s.

A Cat’s Poem, by Boots, ex ‘Deck Director’ at Dempsey’s.

Written by Jack Dempsey a few years ago.

Our beloved Boots died on the 14th May. His death has left such a gap in our lives and on our deck. He was a character of note, known and loved by many in our restaurant days and by our guests here at DGH.

Happy butterfly chasing Bootsie:)

A Cat’s Poem : by Boots

I must start by saying that I have two very loyal staff and as I cannot read or write, my parents are doing it on my behalf.

I just hope that they write every word that I say…so this poem can last forever and a day!

The home I live in is so much fun, my parents love me and they are the greatest bar none.

Some things I don’t understand, just makes no sense but then I am a cat and I may be a bit dense.

boots with attitude

Boots with attitude

For instance: why can they have three meals a day but when I ask for lunch they say “No Way!?”

Why can I only have breakfast and supper? Don’t they know that I have to build up my blubber?

I show them I love them ‘cause I am always lickin’ …why can’t they buy me Kentucky Fried Chicken?

Sometimes I get catnip and that’s very nice. It makes me high…and it’s like sugar and spice!

The tinned food I get is ok but it gets a bit much, why can’t they give me steak egg and chips and such?

But after saying all this, I am a happy cat ‘cause my parents love me and I have a good home, so… that’s that.

My mother wants to cuddle and sometimes it feels good. Sometimes I only allow it ‘cause I want my food!

My Dad is okay but sometimes a pain, he calls me Bok, Bok Tjops, my Boy, … so what IS my name?

Doesn’t he know that my name is Boots and I own this place?

If you don’t believe me, ask Aunties Maggin and  Carron and Grannies Mercia and Stace!

I love you Mom and Dad and everything is good. In departing, all I can say is HURRY UP AND GIVE ME MY FOOD!

So, from the Owner, Deck Director, Mayor all rolled into one, I must say that I have found my place in the sun:)

young and playful

Young and playful

building inspector boots

Building Inspector Boots


busy boots

Busy Boots



  1. My door will always be open for you and I shall always wait expectantly for you to come to meet me.
    I love you, my precious four-footed-feline-friend.
    Happy butterfly chasing, Bootsie.

  2. Boots was a part of DGH and will be sorely missed by all, especially his parents.
    Just remember the good memories of how instrumental he was in developing Dempsey’s and how importantly he managed the deck…It’ll have to be up to his parents to maintain the success!
    Go well Boots…..

  3. See you on the sunny side Boots – love from “the world’s ugliest cat” now close to his old Mom and Dad under the washing line.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaRLprH_7aY – see Thomas eating.

  4. Ryno Eksteen

    Boots, always a real gentleman in welcoming you at DGH. A true companion and someone who will be sorely missed. Rest in peace and may you at last enjoy at least 3 meals a day!

  5. Piet and Myrna

    Sad to think that we won’t have Boots checking in with us in the mornings,
    I suppose to see why we are still snoring!

    • Thank you Piet and Myrna, Boots used to enjoy waiting for the ‘early morning’ door to open, he just HAD to know what was going on inside!…any food for me anyone??

  6. Puss in Boots we’ll miss you you legend – see you on the other side 🙂