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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RAINBOW BRIDGE > Fitzgerald crossed the bridge tonight
Last Post by BB at 6/14/2010 8:53 PM (23 Replies)
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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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5/17/2010 5:40 PM

My girfriend's rabbit, Fitzgerald, just passed on.  This morning he was being lethargic and having a runny bottom.  He had an appointment with the vets tomorrow but half an hour ago, he suddenly spasmed, jumped and ran, screaming, for about 2 seconds before falling over and dying.  The only thing that  she thinks it wqas is that she gave him a different type of lettuce for the last couple of days.  However, I find it very hard to believe that that would have had that reaction to him.

She is going to take his remains to the vet for a necropsy.  This is the third rabbit she's had that has died within 2 years of her having a rabbit.  She's feels like she's a terrible mother now.  I just don't know how to let her know it isn't true.

Goodbye Fitzgerald.  You were such a trouble maker and we loved every moment of it.

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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5/17/2010 6:23 PM
I'm so sorry

Binky Free Fitzgerald! Watch over your mommy from the bridge.

User is Offline Lintini
Bay Area, California
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5/17/2010 6:35 PM
Ah wow I am so sorry this has happened. Binky Free Fitzgerald!
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User is Offline Sarita
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5/17/2010 8:02 PM
Oh I'm so sad about Fitzgerald. I will light a candle for this beautiful rabbit to help cross the bridge.

I especially love that top photo of him too.

Let us know if the necropsy shows anything. It had to be more than just the lettuce in my opinion as well.

User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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5/17/2010 8:46 PM
Oh what terrible news, Mark, I am so sorry! Please convey my deepest sympathies to your GF, and of course, binky free, dear Fitzy. You will be missed so much! ;_;
Lots of nanners where you are now...and no worries about eating as many as you like. ((((((((((((((((((Fitzgerald)))))))))))))))))))
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User is Offline Karla
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5/17/2010 9:02 PM
I feel truly sorry for your girlfriend! I can imagine how she must feel, but I don't hope that it will stop her from getting a new bunny once she is ready again. I hope the neocropsy shows something that will give her peace of mind, so she won't blame herself.

Binky free, Fitzgerald! He was a really beautiful boy.

User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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5/17/2010 11:23 PM

Oh no! This is so sad to hear. My condolences to you both.

Mark, I don't know if you saw this post last week...regarding a lettuce recall due to E. coli. Unfortunately the link in the thread won't open now but I remember it effected many States. www.binkybunny.com/FORUM/tabid/54/a...fault.aspx

I really hope you can rule this out from being related to his sudden illness.

* Binky Free Fitz *

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline kralspace
West, Texas
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5/18/2010 3:13 AM
Oh Mark, I'm so sorry to hear about Fitzgerald, I know you guys will really miss him. I'll light a candle for him and you too, please tell your gf not to be too hard on herself, it just happens. ((((((hugs to you both))))))

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User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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5/18/2010 4:23 AM
Oh no! I'm so sorry! Give your girlfriend my condolences...

I remember when he was staying with you awhile back, he was such a pretty bun.

(((((Binky Free Fitz))))))
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User is Offline pixiemom
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5/18/2010 5:13 AM
i am so sorry. Fitzgerald is in a better place and running through the fields with all the other buns who crossed over.

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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5/18/2010 6:11 AM
Posted By jerseygirl on 05/18/2010 02:23 AM

Oh no! This is so sad to hear. My condolences to you both.

Mark, I don't know if you saw this post last week...regarding a lettuce recall due to E. coli. Unfortunately the link in the thread won't open now but I remember it effected many States. www.binkybunny.com/FORUM/tabid/54/a...fault.aspx

I really hope you can rule this out from being related to his sudden illness.

* Binky Free Fitz *

 

Thanks for the info.  The pelim exam has the doctor believing it is a E. cunn... whatever (I can never spell that) - not E. coli although I suppose both could look the same - I'll do some more research.  Fitz didn't present with any of the typical symptoms so that's why we didn't think it was anything other than a change in diet.  Apparently my GF says that he had had some mini-siezures in the past - something that lasted just a second that looked a lot like waking up from a bad dream.  It is possible that he had a weakened blood vessel.  The hardest thing on her right now though is that she was there for the end and the screaming he did, albiet short, hasn't let her get to sleep yet.

I'll give you the final verdict when it comes in.

We have also decided that after she gets back east after coming out here for the holiday, she's going to go to a shelter and look for a little girl dutch.  She figures since Maryann seems like she's going to outlive the sun, it must be a good breed.

 

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Sarita
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5/18/2010 2:05 PM
I think the Dutches might be a more hardy breed since they've been bred for a very long time. My 2 Dutches are all over 7 years old and even Mango who I think is totally full bred (but I can only speculate since he was a rescue) and has had some serious issues in the past and some issues now he's still going strong. I think Peaches is full blooded too but her son is a mix. They truly are smart and I think they are just the right size too. I think they have the most beautiful markings too - I mean who can resist those little pants and that mask - adorable.

Of course the REW's like Fitzgerald are beautiful too and another one of my favorites.

Please let us know what you find out about the final verdict if there even is one and I hope there is because sometimes that makes closure so much easier for us.

User is Offline KatnipCrzy
Holland, MI
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5/18/2010 4:08 PM

How heartbreaking for your girlfriend and how traumatic for her.  I hope this does not stop her from being able to adopt another bunny that needs a good home in the future.  But I know it is hard to get your heartbroken- especially 3 times now- and give your heart to another bunny. 

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User is Offline HatterBunny
Huntington Beach
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5/19/2010 7:27 AM

So sorry to hear of your GF's loss. BINKY FREE FRITZ!!!

meum cuniculum amo!

User is Offline HatterBunny
Huntington Beach
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5/19/2010 7:28 AM

Sorry.... I meant FITZ....not Fritz.....

meum cuniculum amo!

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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5/19/2010 1:28 PM
Oh, no, Mark, I just saw this. I'm so sorry your girlfriend lost Fitzgerald. Please send her condolences.

Wasn't he the one that stayed with you for a few months while she was moving? He was such a sweetie. I remember you talking all about him.

{{{{{{{binky free, Fitzgerald}}}}}}}}}}
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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5/20/2010 5:20 AM
So sorry for the sudden loss of Fitzgerald...My deepest condolences to you both.
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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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5/26/2010 5:52 PM
The vet's report came back. Fitz died of a (excuse the spelling) paracardial infarction. Basically, fluid filled the sac that surrounds the heart and squeezed it into a heart attack (hence the painful scream and flailing for a few seconds). The doctor didn't find any hints of an infection so she's saying it was a genetic issue. In other words, there was nothing we could have done about it and there was no way to detect it from the way he was acting. Of course the girlfriend is still blaming herself so it is just going to be a weekend of holding her hand and letting her go crazy for a while.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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5/26/2010 5:58 PM
Poor Fitz And poor fitz's mommy Hope she feels better soon, it's definitely not her fault! Give her hugs from Monkey and Moosie.

User is Offline lashkay
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5/26/2010 10:46 PM
My condolences for you and your girlfriend. I hope her distress is replaced by warm memories of when he was happy and healthy. Tell her: You're a good bunny mom! because she is.
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