Scooter here. Thank you to everyone for your kind words, they are a comfort. We have taken Bailey's death a lot harder than other pets we've lost. In large part, this is because Bailey was the very first pet we got as a couple. We basically fell in love with him the minute we saw him, and the next thing we knew, he was on his way home!
We brought him home one last time today. His ashes are in the little urn that also contain those of Reno and Keiran, two of our other bridge bunnies. His are in a plastic bag (in case the urn is dropped and broken), on top of the bag that contains Reno's. This is quite appropriate, given how Bailey and Reno first met! See this thread for details....we think the little guy is pretty pleased with this turn of events!
We've bought a little photo book and printed out some pictures of Bailey over the years in remembrance, and will figure out how to include the clippings of his fur that we saved after he had passed. His coloring reminded us of Bailey's Irish Cream, hence his name. And it is good to have him home, to provide some closure.
Here are some pictures of him in better times:
--At 9 weeks of age, the day we brought him home for the first time;
--In our backyard one spring day with the other bunnies in their X-pen;
--Finally, on the dining room throw-rug, 2 weeks before he passed, where he is doing his favorite thing: lounging. It was really hard to tell how much he was slowing down over the last year or so, since he was such a lazy bunny and just loved to relax. (That's his cagemate Tegan next to him).
Binky free Bailey. We love you.