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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RAINBOW BRIDGE > I'll see you again, sweet West.
Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 3/09/2012 6:35 PM (58 Replies)
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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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2/28/2012 3:41 AM
Posted By Sarita on 02/28/2012 05:34 AM
I'm crying right now. She was lucky to have someone who loved her so much and she spent her last few weeks in a place of comfort and happiness. I know making this decision was hard, but it was a very selfless thing for you to do. Hugs to you and I will light a candle for little West so she can cross the bridge and be whole again.


Thanks Sarita. I think that's one of the hardest parts, that I didn't have a lot of time with her.  But I keep telling myself, I'll see her again, we'll get to spend more time together again.
 

Part of me thinks this all was kind of fate.  My mom is probably going to be moving in with me for a few weeks (looks like she's getting a job here and has no place to stay), then we were going to have to be in a rental house for awhile, then finally into the house my family is trying to buy.  That's a LOT of change that West won't have to endure now.  She never did well with change, and didn't even like when other people were in the apartment besides me.  Instead she got to have her time with me uninterrupted, no big changes, where she got to relax and enjoy her environment.

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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2/28/2012 5:10 AM
I'm so so sorry to hear about little West - she was really a special girl and lucky to have such a good life with you, even if it was for a short time. (((hugs)))
- Elrohwen

User is Offline Quantum
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2/28/2012 5:23 AM
Oh, Bun, I'm so very sorry. Add me to the list of the crying, but you made the best decision you could as hard as it was. Binky free, wee West and know your Mom loved you enough to let you go when you needed to.

User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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2/28/2012 5:26 AM

Thanks guys.  I just ordered a little photo book of her from Walgreens, it should be ready later today.  I might take some photos of it to share with you guys when I get it.  I filled it with inspirational quotes about pets and loss of pets, I think it'll be a really nice way to remember her.

The vet's office also gave me a little clay imprint of her front paws.  It's drying right now, once it's dry I may paint it, I haven't decided yet.  You can even see her crooked leg in the imprint, one paw is facing forward and the other is a little eskew, haha.  It gave her character. 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Monkeybun
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2/28/2012 5:32 AM
What a nice little remembrance token for you

User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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2/28/2012 6:04 AM
Posted By Monkeybun on 02/28/2012 07:32 AM
What a nice little remembrance token for you

Yeah when the vet tech told me they give you a paw imprint I started crying (more than I already was).  It's beautiful, makes me feel like I still have a little part of her with me.

She is being cremated, but I opted to not get the ashes back.  It was extremely expensive (almost $400 for non-private ashes, meaning they do a group of pets at a time, so you get ashes back that is only partly your pet), and I really have nowhere to bury or spread them that would feel right.  She was most comfortable in my apartment, in her home.  So the paw prints are perfect, and I can't wait to see the book when it's done.

I will say the emergency clinic was great.  They were very sympathetic and the vet was surprisingly well-versed in rabbits.  They gave her large amounts of sedatives and painkillers before the final drug, and let me have all the time I wanted before administering the last drug.  I couldn't have asked for a better way to go for my little girl.  She was totally content to just cuddle up in my arms and doze off.  The vet did give me the option to stay for the final drug if I absolutely wanted to, but really persuaded me against it.  Like I said though, the sedatives and painkillers worked so well that the vet even said she was already unconscious before the last drug was given.

She left this world knowing I was there with her, keeping her safe, she'd never be alone again.

I miss her so much but I know she's been relieved of all the struggles she's had.

 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
Illinois
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2/28/2012 6:17 AM

Zeus went into her cage (I haven't taken it down yet, and just left the door open so he could see she wasn't there anymore and "get" it), and promptly went into her litterbox and pooped and peed.  She had a little corner box, it was admittedly hilarious watching him smash his 10lb butt in it.  It was like an elephant sitting in a teacup.

Zeus says, "You wanted poops, I will give poops!"  Thanks for the "gift", silly bunny boy. 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Stickerbunny
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2/28/2012 7:57 AM
Oh no. I am so sorry about West, was hoping the change in diet would have helped. She had a true home before the end and I am sure she was grateful for a loving companion to be there with her in the end. *hugs to you and Zeus*

User is Offline Hazel
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2/28/2012 8:10 AM

Bunnnie, I'm incredibly sorry for your loss. I too was following her progress and thought it would all work out. I know she wasn't with you very long, but the days you had with her were surely the best of her life. You made the right choice, and I'm sure she is thankful. *hugs*

"You ain't buna fide!"

User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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2/28/2012 9:42 AM

Thanks guys.  I guess that was the hardest part; I didn't get to spend that much time with her.  I wanted to give her a good, long life.. but that just wasn't in the cards.  At least it's better than if this were to happen at the shelter, they're not rabbit-savvy at all so they probably wouldn't have even noticed her being sick.

I took down her cage/pen, cried the whole time.  I might have to give the dog crate away or something, I'm having a really hard time looking at it all folded up.  Or maybe I'll just try and hide it for awhile.

I saved a handful of her shedded fur when I was cleaning things up, any ideas what I can do with it?

I have her memorial photo book back too from Walgreens, I'll post a few pics shortly. 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Sarita
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2/28/2012 9:50 AM
I don't think you need to keep the fur...you have the pawprint, the photos and the memories. It's always hard putting their stuff up because then you know it's final and having a good cry is a good way to grieve.

User is Offline Pandorachik
Cleveland, OH
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2/28/2012 9:53 AM
I am so sorry to hear this sad, sad news :'(
She was absolutely so lucky to have you! You took wonderful care of her when she was here on earth. You made the right decision. Its probably the hardest.
Hugs to you and don't forget--West is running around in the green lush feilds with his friends-waiting for you♥
He will ALWAYS love you :')
((BINKY FREE WEST))
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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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2/28/2012 9:56 AM

 

Some photos of the book I made.  It'll be a really nice keepsake.

I'm constantly reminded that life never truly ends, it's a neverending cycle.  West passed yesterday, and Zeus's birthday is tomorrow.  He'll be 4. 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Sarita
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2/28/2012 9:58 AM
What a beautiful album.

User is Offline Pandorachik
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2/28/2012 10:01 AM
Sarita: You stole my words!

It is a very beautiful album. Such a wonderful way to remember your sweet bunny <3
"I'm Pablo and I approve this message!"

User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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2/28/2012 10:02 AM
Posted By Sarita on 02/28/2012 11:58 AM
What a beautiful album.


Thanks Sarita.  I wish I had more photos of her, but she wasn't a fan of picture taking, haha.
 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline AbbyGirl
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2/28/2012 10:24 AM
You're album is beautiful. I'm so sorry to hear about West. She was a beautiful little girl and she was lucky to have you even if it was only a short time.
My thoughts are with you. (HUGS)

User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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2/28/2012 11:37 AM

Thanks Abbygirl.

I've rearranged my apartment to fill the place her cage used to be.  Zeus looooves when I rearrange, it turns into a fun game of adventure for him.  SIlly boy.

As I was rearranging and cleaning, I picked up the last handful of West fur I'll have.   She had such a beautiful soft, blue and white coat.  I saved a tiny bit, I'm going to make a charm for a bracelet with it.  The rest I took to my window, opened it wide, and let the fur go.  The wind picked it up and carried it away.  I like to think some of it will go for miles.  Some might help build a bird's nest come Spring, preparing for little babies.  I've got to let go of my girl, and let her return back to Mother Nature.  It's where we all came from, and where we all return to, someday.  I'll see her again.

Mother Nature always reminds me nothing truly dies, nothing really ends.  West isn't gone, her spirit is still here.  Her sweet little soul will never leave me.

Off to the craft store, time to make a bracelet.

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline Pandorachik
Cleveland, OH
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2/28/2012 11:46 AM
Good luck on the bracelet! Cool idea!
"I'm Pablo and I approve this message!"

User is Offline Monkeybun
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2/28/2012 12:11 PM
A bracelet is a great idea!

Love the album, I'll have to make one up for my little fluffs when it is their time. Although I think monkey would disagree with the "pets don't give criticism" thing.. heh.
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