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11.05.2010

Dedicated to Abbey


I have bad news to share. Be prepared; this is a long post.

On Sunday, October 24th, my dear Abbey passed away suddenly after a brief, two day illness. We don't know what happened. We did everything that we could. By the time that the cause was actually showing (an absess behind her eye) she was so weak and unstable, that the vet was not able to stabilize her. I lost her.
The vets and some friends of mine and I have concluded that Abbey was older than we thought. She must have been slowly losing weight (she was down 3lbs when I took her to the vet - and I hadn't noticed any change in her habits until that day). As bunnies age the small issues they have can overwhelm their systems. This is what I now believe happened. But it doesn't make her loss any easier. I miss her every moment and feel her absense when I even just walk past the rabbit room. She is gone. I would like to share her story, as a catharsis, and to help myself remember that although she is no longer with me, memories of our time together always will be.



Abbey was my first "foster" with Rabbit Rescue Inc. She came to my home in July (I think) of 2007. She came to us from a lady who had rescued her but couldn't keep her. Abbey had been living in an outdoor hutch year round. She was attacked by a dog, and when the lady rescued her she had a large absess on her back. She was not in good shape. She took her in and the absess was removed, and Abbey healed. She was a fighter, and she pulled through. Her fur in the back area always grew in differently, like soft baby bunny fur, after that. I could always see where her "scar" was. It was about 8 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Abbey lived in my kitchen and from the start I enjoyed sitting beside her and having her there, giving my fingers kisses and leaning against me for pets. She was quite demanding and greedy, and would relentlessly head butt anyone around her for attention. She loved to stretch her back legs out behind her, and stretch her head down and foward, and look as long as she could.

One day the adoptions manager emailed me with a potential adopter. She asked, "Is Abbey available?" I clicked reply and began to write that she was, then burst into tears at the thought of her leaving. I deleted the text, and wrote back, "NO, she's mine!" and sent in the papers. I just couldn't imagine my life without her.

Abbey was so much to me. She made me laugh when I needed it most. After Cappuccino died in December 2007, it was Abbey who I snuggled into, breathing in the bunny smell. When Abe died, who I had intended to bond to Abbey, I came home devestated to find Abbey waiting at the door, and when she saw me she started to binky around like a mad-woman. Abbey did these mini-binkies. She would toss her head, and binky with her back legs only, and turn around in a 180. It made me laugh, even though I was so upset. It was like she was telling me that Abe was okay, he was at peace, and that things would be okay again.

She was my companion on sleepless nights, when I sat in the bunny room and absorbed the calmness, she would come and lean against my leg and fall asleep, silently comforting me. She was my little clown, with her little binkies, and her love of bananas! She was very ladylike, unless there was banana involved. I think she could fit more in her mouth than a person, just through sheer determination. She bullied Fez and Norbert, and made them groom her from head to toe, she picked the best pellets from each food dish and if the boys were in the way of anything she wanted, she climbed on their heads. She greeted each new person by running over and periscoping up for an ear rub and never showed fear. She was so very special to me, and I feel her absence in every way.

I am coping well, the boys are doing fine and Jack is business as usual. The boys are snuggling a lot and treating me pretty normally. Norbert has been made to endure more pets than normal, and he seems to slowly be getting slightly more comfortable with that. Fez refuses to submit and continues to toss his head and pounce away. I am remembering to cherish each one for their individuality. They are all my favourites, truly, in their own special ways. Abbey's way was her silent, mighty, courageous spirit. I will never forget the lessons she taught me.




16 comments:

bunnygirl said...

I'm so sorry you lost Abbey. I lost Tid that way - so suddenly, also due to an abscess behind the eye that didn't manifest the signals of what it truly was until too late.

There aren't any really good words for when we lose the furry friends who are our heart. She'll be waiting for you, though, and she has a lot dearly missed heart bunnies to keep her company until you're together again.

{{{Hugs}}}

DK & The Fluffies said...

Rest little one.

Tamsin said...

I just wanted to send you a hug. I lost my bun yesterday to quite a sudden illness too. It's is so strange to not have them there and it is like losing a link to the bunnies they were bonded to in the past too.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear that, it's so sad to lose a bunny

E Roach said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Abbey!! She's a beautiful bunny and it's so great to hear your wonderful memories of her. I'm glad Norbert and Fez are providing some support for you. Every bunny really is so special in his/her own way!

The human said...

Such sad news... Sending big hugs. Lovely to hear her story and I hope writing it helped you xxx

Rabbits' Guy said...

But you did good ....

Glenna said...

What a lovely bunny she must have been, and what a terrible hole she leaves. Best wishes from us--Glenna, Pink, Peaches and Elvis.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Abbey. She sounds like a truly exceptional bun, and like she will always be missed. Here's to the good times.

With deepest sympathy,
Lisa, (And Biff & Sogna)

RoadBunner said...

I am all teary over here after reading Abbey's story. I am so sorry for your loss. i will keep you in my thoughts. ((hugs))

bunbun001 said...

*bun hug to you*

d. moll, l.ac. said...

It's seems they never stay around long enough...hugs to you.

Friend of the Animals said...

Thanks for sharing her wonderful story. Hope it brings you some comfort that you gave her the great life she deserved.

Corynn faith said...

I'm so sorry. It's Always horrible when pets pass. She had such a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings and Peace to you, Corynn Faith.

Hannah said...

You're story really touched me. Abbey would be so proud.

Hugs
Hdonkey xxx

Jan said...

Thank you for sharing Abbey's story. She was a beautiful bun who had a caring, kind-hearted mom.