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Hello everyone,
I'm new to this board as I have never lost a pet until this past Saturday. Actually, It wasn't my pet, it was my sisters. But we live together etc and I became close to the little guy. He was a 6 y/o Lop Bunny Rabbit, who quickly became one of the family. All was fine until a few days ago when we realized he wasn't eating or going to the bathroom. We got an appointment with the vet and upon arriving were faced with the terrible reality that bunny was very sick and only had little chance of making it. Mind you this was just by the doc looking at his gums and by his bm.  He called it ileus without doing any blood work or tests. She had the choice to run tests, etc, surgery if need be but the doctor assured us that after all that, he would only have a survival rate of 10-20%. He was a very kind and compassionate doctor and when asked if it would be best to put him asleep, he agreed. 
We had him creameted, as we could not even bear to take his cage home with us. Well needless to say we are all devastated now.  We keep questioning ourselves with the what if's....What if we ran the blood test, would it had shown something not as serious? What if we would have gotten him to the vet a day earlier? There is a terrible quilt that comes along with having a pet euthanized. The only thing that helps us is knowing he is not in pain anymore. And if we would have put him through the test & surgery, it would have been selfish on our part.  I guess these are all stages in the greavince process, but when will it get easier. Aside from the loss of a loved one, this is the most gut wrenching thing i have ever experienced. I feel for all who have gone through the loss of a pet and pray for you.

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Dear Babyblue,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I too was the mommy of a 4 year old holland lop. I know exactly what you are feeling. My Baby Bunz crossed the bridge November 3, 2007. I had to make that horrible decision to help him cross. I know all to well those feelings of guilt, but please know there isn't anything you could have done. My vet told me that by the time we notice our bunnies aren't well, it is too late to help them. This has something to do with rabbits hiding illness because they are at the bottom of the food chain, and showing illness makes them vulnerable to predators. How sad! I loved my Baby Bunz so much and still miss him terribly. I feel for you, I really do. If you can, come to the chat room sometime, we can share stories of our bunnies. You are in my thoughts.

                          Bunny Snuggles,

                     Jacki, Baby Bunz Mommy


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I am so sorry for the loss of your bunny.  Although I never had any, I have always loved rabbits--truly one of the sweetest creatures on earth.  Animals are too hard to lose--I could never comprehend what it would be like.  Unfortunately, I know now.  Again I am very sorry. I have been coming here for six weeks since the loss of my dog.  I still need to come here. I think it helps .


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Babyblueize314 - I am so sorry for the loss of your rabbit. I've only been on this site for a week and everyone has been wonderful.

It was a week ago today that my little dog Sam was PTS; she was elderly and sick with a probable brain tumor. Feelings of doubt about what you did are normal, I think. It is so difficult to make the decision, but remember you wanted to ease the suffering of someone you loved, and were able to do that. Try not to second guess yourself constantly (though I do it too!) we take the best medical professional advice we can and try to make the decision, thinking of our babies, so that they won't suffer. Tests and surgery can be upsetting and painful for our pets too.

You are still in pain but your little bunny isn't any more, because of the unselfish and loving thing you did. Try to think of him happy and healthy, playing at the Rainbow Bridge. Everyone's grieving is personal and different; my heart goes out to you.


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Dear Baby Blue,

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your beloved baby bunny.  I know you and your sister are simply devastated and still in shock as it seemed to have happened very quickly.  Please tell us more about this sweet baby when you feel up to it.  We will be here for you and your sister.

Betsy's forever mom 

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Hello everyone, thanks for the kind words.  I'm Babyblue's sister Natalie and I just want to say that she and my mom have been tremendous through this whole ordeal. They're my angels and without them I don't know how I would have gotten through this.  They also loved him so much, even my dad who isn't that affectionate!

My bunny (Bun Bun) was my baby!  He was so sweet and so very special. He will forever be in my heart.  He was so chill and laid back that when we were watching TV, he'd lay right by you and watch TV with you.  He had some hyper moments to where he would run real fast and jump up in the air. It was so funny when he did that.  He used to follow me around everywhere I went when he was a youngster, it was so cute.  I would trip over him sometimes because he was always under my feet doing figure 8's around me.  He loved being around people...after he did his little routine around the house, he would plop down in the room that we were all in and just chill. 

I miss him so much and I know it is going to take time to heal.  Its so unexplainable, the bond and love you develop for animals...its unconditional, and like no other. 

Here is a pic of my baby!


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Dear Babyblue and Natnat:

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved bunny.  She is so sweet, thank you for sharing her photo with us.

As a child growing up I had several bunny friends and loved each of them.  They are such sweet creatures.  I agree though that once you realize they are sick it is usually too late, they do hide their pain well and I too was devastated when they passed. 

We all understand your grief here no matter what precious creature we lost.  It seems their time on earth is way too short.  But even though we know somewhat their life expectancy most of us still give everything to our relationship with them while they're here and then mourn when they pass.  Some of us here actually are grieving in ways so profound, it's like nothing else we've ever known.

But together we support one another and that somehow gets us through.

Take care and again, keep posting and know we are here for you both.

                Hugs to you, JasminesMom (Kathy)

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I am so sorry for the loss of Bun Bun - he is such a beautiful little boy.  You both seemed like you had a great connection with him.  

I know it will hard not having him around but he is in a better place now and he is still with you both in spirit.

Bunnies are such beautiful animals.  My sister has one that I baby-sat once and if I didn't have two cats, I would take it home with me because I just fell in love him (Mr. Fluffs).

I will keep you both in my prayers.

Big Hug,

Piggy's Mom


Posts: 52
Dear Babyblue and Nat Nat,

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Bun Bun.  Its a few weeks now since I have been on this site, and I have just come across your post.  I lost my little house rabbit Dusty on 5th Feb.  It absolutely broke my heart.. he was, and always will be the love of my life.  I know how you are feeling right now, and its awful.  You have my deepest sympathy.

My little Dusty was only 3. He was so loving and full of character.  Like Bun Bun, he used to stretch out in front of the TV, and jump up in the air when he was excited.  I loved kissing his little furry face, and he would always lick me back.  He was so affectionate and his love was unconditional.

He had the same symptoms as Bun Bun, in that he stopped eating and going to the toilet.  I took him to the vets several times, and he was given various different forms of medication, and I even had to force feed him which was so awful and distressing.  He lived for 2 weeks after first becoming ill, and although I thank God for giving me that extra time with him, they were the most awful 2 weeks of my life.  Seeing him so poorly.  In the end he was so skinny it was breaking my heart. 

I can understand how awful it must have been having to make that decision, but you did the right thing.  I saw my little Dusty suffering on a daily basis and it was just terrible.  I kept hoping a miracle would happen and he would pick up, and some days I thought he was, but in the end, the illness was too much for him. 

I know how much you are hurting right now.  I still cry and miss my little grey boy so much, but it does get slightly easier as time goes on.  There's not a day goes by when I don't think about him and wish he was still here.  I have posted a photo for you to see him.

Take comfort in knowing that you gave Bun Bun such a loving home, and he will stay with you in your heart forever.



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I am so sorry for the loss of your bunny. My Audie (he was nicknamed
Bun Bun, too!) passed away on Feb. 15th--exactly 3 months ago today. He wasn't quite 2 years old yet. He seemed healthy up until the morning he died. He wasn't able to eat or poop that morning and was in pain. He died just as I got him into the vet's door. I had no warning of his illness--they do hide it by nature. When you see them sick--they are really sick! Don't beat yourself up over could've and should've thoughts. What happended is what was meant to be. You gave Bun Bun a wonderful home with lots of love--the proof is in his expressed happiness and trust of people. He took a piece of your heart with him for comfort and will give it back when you see each other again--because then you will be together always and we will all be made whole again.
I hope for peace for you. It will get easier with time. I still miss Audie terribly. I long to hug and smooch him. I guess I have something to look forward to however long that may be.



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Thank you all for your kind words. It really does help knowing that others have gone through the same and understand what were all going through.
We have a parrot to that has a life span of 60 years. I sure do wish bunny had the same:( Actually i wish all animals lived that long. Right now we feel we never want another pet. I love pets but it is way too hard when they leave us.

Jacki & Em~ Your little guys were adorable also. Im sure they knew you loved them to pieces for the short time they were here.

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Thank you all for your kind words. It really does help knowing that others have gone through the same and understand what were all going through.
We have a parrot to that has a life span of 60 years. I sure do wish bunny had the same:( Actually i wish all animals lived that long. Right now we feel we never want another pet. I love pets but it is way too hard when they leave us.

To Jacki & Em~  Your little guys were adorable also. Thanks for sharing their pics.  Im sure they knew how much you loved them.

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I am so sorry about your loss. I love rabbits and always have. I never had one, but I am sure that they make great companions and pets as much as a cat or dog. I can't understand anyone hunting rabbits or any Animal. Makes me simply sick. Heartless humans! No wonder I love Animals so much!


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Thanks again everyone for your compassion.  Loved the pics also, they're  adorable bunnies!   We all felt and feel the pain of losing something special to us but we can all go on with the memories that even time will never let us forget. 


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Dear Babyblue and Natalie,

I am so very sorry you lost your Beloved little bunny, Bun Bun.  He is such a beautiful precious baby, and I am so sad for you both, and for your mom too.  You shared much love and a wonderful life with him, and he gave you his all.  I have never had the pleasure and joy of a bunny in my life, but it sounds like they are delightful companions.  Your Bun Bun certainly was a little character, and you must miss him so much.  The love that connected you all from the beginning never ends.

Sending you my deepest sympathy, and hugs,
Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever
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