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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RAINBOW BRIDGE > Gracie's crossed the bridge
Last Post by skibunny8503 at 1/30/2012 7:55 AM (16 Replies)
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User is Offline skibunny8503
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1/14/2012 9:10 AM

We went to the vet's yesterday to help Gracie over the bridge.  She had pretty much gotten worse since my pregnancy.  We worked to bath her when she was dirty, give her medicine to help her inflamation; and she was doing fairly well.  And when the baby came 3 weeks early my husband made sure while I was in the hospital that all the bunnies were ok.  But when we got back home 2 days later we noticed that she needed bathed.  I was in no condition to even get around and even bath her, so I called up the vets and scheduled an appt. to get her cleaned up.  My husband took her a few days later and she got all cleaned up.  Being busy getting the house cleaned up they hadn't been out in a few days (but they're cages are big so they have plenty of room to move around).  When we let Gracie out, she seemed to have some trouble hopping around from her back leg.  Even the past month we noticed she wasn't leaving her cage to often.  Archie had somewhat separated himself from her, leaving her in the cage to sleep while he explored the living room and chilled out with us.  We knew it wouldn't be long before we'd have to decide something, I just didn't want to bring myself to it.  But the past week she had been pretty bad.  After her bath, the next day she was dirty again.  She couldn't get to her cecals, almost falling over if she tried to bend over; but when she knew she did some she would just turn around and eat them from the floor.  But when she didn't know she did them, it got on her back leg.  You could tell from her posture that she had deteriorated rapidly in the past week.  Her butt was all the way on the ground and she was keeping herself up with her front paws.  She looked uncomfortable and we knew we had to help her along.  Archie had also been snuggling with her the past week too, I think he somehow knew this was it.  I called and made the appt for that Friday.

On Friday, we let them out into the living room.  Gracie slept next to Archie in their spot.  My husband cleaned up their cage, redid it all so it was smaller for Archie and that Gracie's scent wouldn't be looming so it wouldn't confuse Archie when he got home.  At 4:50pm we got to the vets and they were so nice to us.  They had a white bed spread laid out on the table and the girl that was doing the paper work almost cried.  I think we're the only ones that come in with rabbits, they practically know who we are when I call in to make an appt and since Gracie has been there so much they all knew who she was.  They took her in the back and she went quickly and peacefully.  They brought her back but I'm not sure if Archie realized what had happened.  He sniffed her but then was distracted by other stuff and then tried to dig at the blanket that was around her (goofy bun).  We're having her cremated and we'll have her back in a week.  They're going to put her in a nice wooden box and do a paw print for us too.  They let us say our goodbyes.  I thought I'd be more distraught but I was actually at ease seeing her.  I was actually crying more when I saw her in pain and now she wasn't and I was ok with it.  

Archie is doing very well, I'm not to surprised, he seemed to know and kind of separate himself from her.  He's eating very well, so that's good.  But I'll keep an eye on him because sometimes we would take Gracie to the vet's and leave her there and he wouldn't be bothered.  So hopefully he's not waiting for her to come back.

It's hard seeing the cage with only one bun in it.  But we know she's in a better place now and she's not in anymore pain.  She had a good life with us (3 years) and am thankful that someone rescued her from her previous awful home.

Binky Free Gracie!

User is Offline BB
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1/14/2012 10:36 AM

I went to check on the your other post about this which then led me to hear. 

 Thank you for sharing your experience as  I know that can't be easy. 

She was lucky to have such caring wonderful humans who filled her life with love.  You did the loving thing for her and she is now at peace.

Binky Free Gracie

Hugs to you and your family, and to Archie. 

User is Offline tobyluv
South Carolina
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1/14/2012 10:53 AM

I'm sorry about Gracie.  She was a beautiful bunny.  Thank you for sharing her pictures and her story. 

User is Offline MimzMum
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1/14/2012 10:57 AM
What beautiful pictures (I've always loved the one with her ears wide like she's ready to fly...sweet angel) and what a lovely tribute.
You and Gracie and Archie have been so brave and steadfast for one another. There is no doubt of the love you all shared and love like that is never gone, it just moves to a different level.
I am all teared up for you all, but I know that Gracie is smiling down to you from her peaceful meadow at the Bridge. God bless you all and Binky free precious Gracie. We will all miss you till we see you again.
((((((((((((((((Big hugs)))))))))))))))

I made a group called Grace, but there's other candles there that I'm not sure are ones.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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1/14/2012 10:59 AM
I know how hard it is for all of you right now, but she is at peace. Archie understands - you helped him with that and he will be grieving right along with you but he sounds like he is handling it well. You can snuggle him for comfort which will help you both. Your husband sounds like a dear sweet man. It's hard for the bunny dads too.
You gave Gracie such a wonderful life, as did Archie. I'm sure she is binkying beyond the Rainbow Bridge now, and sends you much love.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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1/16/2012 1:14 AM
I'm sorry you had to say goodbye but I'm glad you are at peace with her crossing. Please take comfort in the wonderful life you had together. Those pictures are beautiful. She was a very lucky little bunny.

((((Binky Free Gracie))))
Proud to be a Bunny Hugger and a voice for the voiceless

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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1/16/2012 8:10 AM
I love those photos of her. She was such a pretty baby. I am so sorry Megan


User is Offline LBJ10
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1/16/2012 8:20 AM
The picture of her looking out the door is so sweet. I think it really captures her innocence. I'm sorry for your loss, she sounds like she was a wonderful bunny.

User is Offline emkvet
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1/16/2012 9:11 AM
Binky free, Gracie. I'm so sorry for your loss. You made a tough decision, but it was the right one. Hugs to your family, and cuddles to poor Archie.

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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1/16/2012 9:40 AM
I'm very sorry for your loss You did the best you could for her. Binky free Gracie. She was beautiful
RIP Tigger          RIP Wilbur           RIP Totoro

User is Offline jerseygirl
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1/20/2012 10:43 AM

Sweet Gracie! Megan, you and your husband have been so wonderful to her. Thank you for the beautiful life you gave her these past 3 years. Gosh, I still remember when you adopted her! I'm happy she was still with you to meet the newest member of your family.

I had to save that last picture you posted. I love it. Its quite poignant.

***Binky Free Darling Darling Gracie*** We will miss you!

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

User is Offline Sarita
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1/20/2012 10:59 AM
Hugs to you. It's hard to say good bye especially to those special rabbits who needed extra care.

User is Offline skibunny8503
Champion, OH
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1/21/2012 4:37 AM
Thank you everyone for the kind words! Monday I'm going to probably pick her up (we had her cremated so she'll always be with us even after we move out of this house).
We were surprised last week by a delivery of beautiful yellow flowers in a vase that was from our vet! They also sent us a nice card. I think we were the only ones that brought in rabbits and the staff all knew who Gracie was and I think they all were very sad to see her go.
Sarita, that's very true! I spent a lot of time taking care of her, so it was extra hard to let go. We're doing ok but we still miss her hopping out grunting to let us know she was there.
Jersey, I love that picture too! I'd like to imagine her sitting like that looking down at us.

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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1/21/2012 5:47 AM
I'm so sorry about Gracie! She had such a great life with you guys and she really couldn't have asked for better care - you were the most dedicated bunny parents I've ever seen. Hugs for you guys and Archie.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline lashkay
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1/23/2012 11:36 PM
I'm sorry for your loss of Gracie. Healing vibes to you and Archie.

User is Offline Nova
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1/24/2012 9:20 PM
Binky free Gracie <3
She and archie made the perfect bun couple. Perhaps may re-visit the idea of bonding Archie with another bun?

I readyour profile and just wanted to let you know that I know Jen, the owner of Judge's Park where you got Gracie....I worked with her to rescue three baby buns from a negligent pet store. It's a small world after all!

User is Offline skibunny8503
Champion, OH
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1/30/2012 7:55 AM
Posted By Nova on 01/25/2012 12:20 AM
Binky free Gracie <3
<!--3--> She and archie made the perfect bun couple. Perhaps may re-visit the idea of bonding Archie with another bun?

I readyour profile and just wanted to let you know that I know Jen, the owner of Judge's Park where you got Gracie....I worked with her to rescue three baby buns from a negligent pet store. It's a small world after all!


We have another bun (Sandy, a agouti mini lop) that we tried to bond all three but it was very difficult, her and Gracie never got along and her and Archie were bonding ok but then Archie got tired of her demanding attention and they fought.  It was pretty violent and I got bite pretty good when I separated them.  Maybe in a few years we'll revisit bonding them but with my attention focused on our new baby, it would be to difficult.  They're doing really well in separate.  If they never get bonded then that's ok.

Oh reallly?  That's cool!  Which three buns?  I love Judge's Park, she's great!  We also got Sandy from her too.

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