Members' rabbits Remembrance Roll 2014

The very worst part about having pets is losing them. Sometimes they have been our companions for just a short time, other times they have been our companions for many years. Whatever the situation, losing them can be very hard and often difficult to get over. This part of the website is dedicated to those rabbits who enriched our lives and have gone to live over Rainbow Bridge...

Rainbow Bridge (author unknown)

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal, any kind of animal, dies that has been especially close to someone , that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill or old are restored to good health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, someone who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent, his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

If you have lost a rabbit and need someone to talk to who will understand your grief, please remember that the RWAF provides a pet bereavement counselling service to members. So do please contact us if you feel you need to and we hope to help make these hard times a little easier.

"I don't know how I would have coped without your support line. No matter how many times I rang, often hysterical and incoherent, I was never made to feel a nuisance. Whilst family and friends could not find the time for me, the voice at the end of the help line never let me down."
Kayte Webster

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Pastie - Passed away 21st Sept 2014, aged 6.5 years.

Pasty and Pickle

Dear Pastie, I want you to know how much I love you. You were my best friend. I will always remember the cuddles and the nose rub at the end. I hope you rest in peace my baby, hop, run and binky free and save some dandelions for Pickle, he misses you loads.

Sorry if I ever let you down.

All my love, your Bunny Mummy.






MR LAURIE Easter 2007 - 19th June 2014

Lil Loll

Better known as Lil Loll, he was a very independent little chap, knowing his own mind and very determined to have everything his way.

He came to me two days before Christmas in 2008 and had made all his wishes clear and put me firmly in my place well before New Year.

Not a cuddly bun, and not fond of his own kind, Lil Loll was more a man's rabbit and that made me a bit sad because it was just me and him, an old woman and a very aloof rabbit. But those incredibly high flying binkies and the pile of much loved (chewed and battered) toys showed how happy he was. We rubbed along nicely for just over three years and though not warming to my cuddles Loll did enjoy his nose rubs and ear tickles and he learned a few cute tricks as well. But mainly he enjoyed being a 24/7 free roaming houserabbit in charge of all he surveyed. He especially enjoyed lying on the hearth rug before a big open fire on cold winters nights, and many's the morning I would come down to find him lying flat on his back on the hearth, paws like pokers, eyes tight shut, snoring for his warren!

But in the summer of 2013 Loll was not himself: our nightmare final year had begun.The story of Loll's last year is an example of how very important it is to have a really good rabbit vet and it soon became apparent we did not have one.Over thirty years of satisfaction and loyalty to one practice counted for nought in the end. I'll admit the heap of symptoms Loll presented could, on the surface have pointed to just dental problems and a complicated moult, but I knew there was something deeper and ... to cut a long, painful story short ... I was proved right, after three long, stressful, unhappy months...

Loll's last year was very stressful for me but it had one unexpected and very wonderful side effect; it brought us together in the way I had always hoped and strived for. He became 'my rabbit' and though the cuddle never came we shared a very deep understanding and he would sit by me of an evening holding one of my fingers in his mouth; something I have never known a rabbit do before. He was very gentle and never nipped, we just enjoyed the togetherness.


Blue - September 10th 2014

Blue

My beautiful Blue I lost you today.

You were with us only for a few months but you stole my heart away. You were so kind and patient with your bonded partner -never biting or upsetting her just waiting for her to like you. Your funny inquisitive fearless character was a joy to behold. Every day was a new day to explore new things and love us all a little more.

I never thought I would lose you so soon. I kissed your sweet little head and said I love you Blue and then I had to let you go.

I love you little precious brave boy..... Goodbye until we meet on the bridge. Xxx




Boo and Luna March 2014-May 2014

Boo and Luna

To my two little ladies who came to me too young from a pet store.

Boo (black and white doe) passed away just 3 days into owning her, she died of bloat. aptly named Boo as she was a scaredy 'wabbit', but loved nothing more then to be close to me, RIP little lady.

And then Luna (grey/blue doe) We gave her time to recover after Boo's death, before eventually getting her a little friend a dwarf lop called Lottie. You both bonded well but sadly Luna also became bloated, despite sitting up all night feeding you the special food/medicine from the vets as directed, you fell asleep in you favourite nesting ball.

RIP Luna and Boo xXx
March 2014-May 2014












Bun Bun - August 18th 2014

Bun Bun

My rabbit "Bun Bun" died yesterday. I am so upset, I am literally crying as I write this. She was such a good rabbit; She was so cute and soft and cuddly. She was so humble and just wanted to do her own thing.

She was only 18 months old and she's dead. She had her entire life ahead of her and she just died for unknown reasons. We think it was probably a virus or fly strike or something. It was so sad, I just went outside and she was laying there. I thought she was asleep but she was dead.

She had a good life though, She was allowed outside for most of her life, always had food and water. She was able to dig for a lot of it and her run was a really good size too.

She changed me. She made me have more respect for animals. When my girlfriend first said she was going to get her, I was like "meh" whatever but as soon as I saw her I fell in love with her and just wanted to cuddle her and give her the best life.

All life is sacred, no matter what anyone says, it really is. There is no life more important than another's, the only thing that is more important is our emotional attachment to things. Humans mean more to most people, but Bun Bun meant more to me than most people do.

She had a solar powered lamp in her hutch that went on when it was dark and kept her illuminated. I put the lamp on top of the grave that I buried her in so that when it goes on, It will remind me of the good times we had and how much she meant to me.

I hope anyone who reads this appreciates the time they have with their rabbit, becuase they could die randomly too. They are such gentle, sensitive souls.


Sox - 'my little treasure' - August 2014

Sox

My little treasure passed away peacefully after fighting illness, for almost 2 years, he became very poorly on Sunday and although I got his GI tract working again through feeding recovery food, and he was admitted to vet on IV fluids, he sadly passed at vets on Tuesday. He had just had surgery, it had all gone well, he tried his best as he had always fought every battle, against his horrid kidney disease. I am just glad he wasn't alone and my vet was with him.

He was so such a character when I first found out about his kidney disease I had many people saying he probably would only have few months at most if lucky. He fought against all the odds many times, he loved life and was always hopping and binkying around, he even features on RWAF binky day poster. I loved him so much, my heart has joined the thousand as my Sox stopped running today :(

Mummy Lisa xxx


Olly - 6th June 2014

Olly

Olly was born in the Netherlands in March 2007 and emigrated to the UK with his second owner. I brought you to your third home in September 2011.

Sadly your little teeth did not grind together correctly and dental treatment was required for the third year. I should have gone sooner for it all went so horrendously wrong afterwards but you held on to life as I made unbelievable failures and then took you from vet to vet in desperation.

You lived in my house all the time we were together and got so happy and excited when you sniffed that fresh food was on its way, sending you racing from living room to kitchen. I would sit down beside and rub your back and you would wash your front. Afterwords you found a favourite safe spot to settle down and keep a watchful eye on what I was doing around the home. Sometimes you would nod off and wobble about, I hope you were having nice dreams.

It will haunt me forever that you are no longer alive Olly, it is tearing me apart. I would do absolutely anything to turn back time. I love you more than words can describe.

I can only hope somehow we will find each other again.


Marley Bun - 4th June 2014

Marley Bun

My wonderful Marley Bun who passed away 4th June 2014. I can't put into words how much I miss you. You have given us 5 and half years of laughter and were such an important member of the family.

Your little wife Pandora misses you terribly which proves what a brilliant husbun you were.

Enjoy rainbow bridge my bun-bun and I hope Goldie was there waiting for you like I promised.xo




Bobbi - January 13th 2014

Never a day goes by when I don't think about you and wish you were still here with me. I can only hope that you know how much I loved you and always will and I hope so much to be reunited with you one day. The pain of losing you so soon will never go away, I lost you on 13th Jan and still cry for your loss.

Will love and miss you always
Mummy


Pepper - May 8th 2014

Pepper

Sadly my gorgeous Silver Fox French Lop Pepper died on Thursday 8th May, leaving behind his partner Bella who is struggling to cope with the loss, she is very quiet and has not come out of her bed since, but at least is still eating.

He was such a sweet natured boy and had bonded a second time round having lost his sister 4 years ago and always came to say hello in the morning as I came down to the kitchen, although he had been struggling with ailments this year, which the vets never did get to the bottom of, he kept his zest for life and seemed to have bounced back until Thursday morning, when he went quickly down hill and sadly lost his fight for live.

He is so sadly missed by Bella and I.



Tally April 22nd 2014

Tally

Tally. Passed away sadly in the early hours of Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

The pain of losing you sweetie is the worst I have ever felt. You were only in my life for a short time but from the moment I met you I knew you were special.

You didn't have a very good start to life but when you came to me you were no longer aggressive, I think you knew you were right where you were mean to be. You let me cuddle you for hours on end and I felt like you knew I needed you in my life.

I'm sorry I couldnt save you again baby. You will always be in my heart Tally buns and one day we will cross rainbow bridge together.

Until then have fun sweetie, loads of love, kisses and bunny cuddles, mommy bunny xXx



Miniver - April 7th 2014

Miniver

Miniver. Our beautiful rabbit who died on Monday 7th April. She was less than a year old. We loved her so much though she hated to be touched. She was so elegant and composed.

I want her back.










Bramble Bunny - April 2014

Bramble Bunny

In memory of Bramble Bunny who sadly passed away. You were such a character Bramble and my favourite, even though you did eat my plants.

I know that you are playing with Phoebe, Coco and Flopsy.

Enjoy the bamboo.

Auntie Mummy.





Sam - March 22nd 2014

Sam

Treasured memories of Sam the Rabbit who left us today after eight and a half years of love and fun.

I'll always love you Boy!
Dad
xxx








Pickle - March 2014

Pickle

My darling Pickle

Words will never be able to explain the sadness and heartache from your sudden passing last weekend. You were my entire world and a piece of me has been taken with you.

While your unexpected passing came as a huge shock to Mummy, Daddy and Harvey Rabbit, it is a relief to me that you could not have been in pain for long. You were your usual self just hours before. I'm so glad we were all with you at the end.

We have 6 years of happy memories with you, and not a day goes by that we don't think of and miss you, but I know you are happy, binkying and reunited with your husbun, Sam.

See you again at Rainbow Bridge, Princess x






Frank, Monday 10 March 2014

Frank

In memory of Frank who passed away on Monday 10 March 2014. Little Frank was the cheeky black bunny of my two and was soul mates with Freddie, his older companion.

I adopted them both in September 2011 and Frank was always full of energy and loved to lie in the sun. They both adored one another and I won't forget Frank's beautiful silky coat and cheeky personality.

Sleep tight my little man and I know you will love it at rainbow bridge.


Tommy, March 2014

Tommy

In memory of Tommy (white & brown) My monster who I had to say goodbye to just 5 short weeks after your missus Bambam(brown) had to leave us.

I got Tommy from the local rescue and couldn't believe how shy he was, until he got with Bambam then all hell broke loose.

You quickly earned the name 'the hooligans' usually following Bambam into trouble but just as often it would be you leading. Brother Jester n sister Snuffles will miss you too. But we're all happy in the knowledge the Hooligans are reunited and causing chaos at rainbow bridge.

Love you my little boy.

Xxx play happy


Freckle, 3rd March 2014

Freckle

It is with deepest sadness that I find myself writing to you about my rabbit, Freckle, following his untimely death in the early hours of Monday morning.

He was the most adorable, loving bunny that I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. I loved looking after him and feeding him every morning, he brought a smile to my face every time I saw him and his enthusiasm for life was contagious. His cuddles were amazing and he was much more to me than just a rabbit.

Freckle died very suddenly and it is a relief to me knowing that he didn t suffer and hadn t been in any pain. He had been out in the garden enjoying the sunshine on Saturday, which he loved to do and had his usual fill of treats, a pleasure he always looked forward to at the weekend.

He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.


Norton, 10th February 2014

Norton

Norton, my lovely little boy bun passed away on 10th Feb 2014 aged almost 3.

We loved how you sat with your ears relaxed on to your back, how you ate the carpets, wallpaper, door frames and walls.

We loved how you came scampering in when I called 'teatime!', how you did 3 circuits of the lounge when it was treat time.

We miss you sitting on the mat by the back door, letting me know you wanted your breakfast served there.

We miss you stretched out like a big sausage on the carpet under the radiator.

We miss you terribly Norton, binky free my gorgeous boy xx


Bambam, February 2014

Bambam

In memory of Bambam(brown) my little miss trouble. Thank you for 9 wonderful years. Missed by husband Tommy(white n brown), sister Snuffles and brother Jester.

I was chosen by Bambam when she was just 8 weeks old along with a little sister called Pebbles who passed away at 2 years old. Bambam you where so miserable without her I decided to take you dating at the local rescue where after a couple of mr wrongs you met Tommy. It was love at first sight and within 3 weeks you were known as Mr and Mrs hooligan, where there was 1 the other wouldn't be far behind usually you leading and Tommy following. Sadly old age started to catch you up and we had to say goodnight. Reunited with pebbles at rainbow bridge.

Love you my little girl.
Xxx play happy.


Finnegan, January 24th 2014

My darling bunny, Finnegan passed away in my arms at 5.20 pm on 24.01.14. He would have been 9 in March. I had him aged 10 months from my local rescue.

He was a lovely, friendly bun who loved a fuss and liked having his face stroked. He started to have trouble hopping last Summer; the vet diagnosed arthritis in his hips, so he had metacam daily. He gradually got worse until he could only do a sort of front shuffle. I had him in the house towards the end, we'd have a cuddle and he'd lick my hand.

He left behind his 3rd wife - Katy and friends Mal and Dante guinea pigs and me his heartbroken Mum.

I love you mate and we'll be together again one day. xxx






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