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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RAINBOW BRIDGE > Stormy has crossed the Rainbow Bridge
Last Post by RabbitPam at 9/25/2012 3:01 AM (45 Replies)
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User is Offline sleepy538
new jersey
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9/18/2012 2:26 AM
i'm so sorry for your loss. losing a pet is a pain like no other. from the short time i've been here i could see what a devoted mother you were to stormy. my thoughts are with you.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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9/18/2012 2:44 AM
Thank you everyone.

Words cannot express how much I loved him (and still love him) or how much sorrow I'm feeling now. Every little thing reminds me of him. He was such a huge part of my world and my heart for over 8 years. This house will not be the same. He was my first bunny and the reason I'm so bunny crazy today.

It was unbearably hard to let him go, but it was also incredibly hard to see how skinny and tired he had become. He was always so full of energy and happiness.

On Saturday, he was having a bad day, we could tell he was having pain and was weak. He had good days and bad. Saturday we decided it was time. We would give him the weekend and make a tentative appointment for Wednesday when my vet was back in town. Saturday afternoon, he spent an hour asleep in my arms while I sat on the floor. It was so sweet and sad. He would never had done that unless he wasn't feeling well. He loved to snuggle but not on my lap. Sunday, however, he had a really good day. He was eating lots and had more energy than he had in weeks. His eyes seemed much brighter. He had a snuggle with Bindi. We though, maybe he will have more time after all. But Monday morning, after eating his breakfast, he was very unwell. We knew we had to let him go. We made an apt. with another vet at the clinic.

I'm so glad his last full day here was good. My Mom came over yesterday morning to say goodbye to her granbunny.

It was super hard to make the decision because he was still excited about food and begging for treats but we knew he didn't have much longer left and we didn't want him to experience the pain that we knew he would. He had stopped washing and we knew that he couldn't be happy being dirty and weak all the time. He was such a wonderful patient, never getting grudgeful or angry with me despite all the medications, Critical Care and washings I had to give him.

Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. I bundled him up in a blanket with his favorite plush bunny and held him in my arms in the car. The sun was beaming down on him, he always loved laying in the sun, and he was pretty much asleep in my arms.

I do not regret the decision we made, however, my heart is horribly saddened by the fact that we didn't have as much time with him as I thought we would, especially this weekend. Bindi was really sick this weekend so I spent my weekend being stressed and taking care of Bindi and Stormy. I would have loved to have a day together with just me and Stormy. Also, the fact that my vet doesn't euthanize bunnies the same as cats and dogs and I wasn't able to be with him right at the end. She said I could but didn't recommend it. I didn't go but I said goodbye and held him close. This truly breaks my heart because I wanted it to be like when I said goodbye to my cat, she left hearing our voices. That's what I wanted for Stormy. Ricky said when he handed Stormy over to the vet, he didn't even lift his head so I'm quite certain it was peaceful but I'm crushed because I wanted him to hear my voice. They should have told me this before so I was prepared. I can't stop thinking about it. I should have gone. I'm totally devastated and upset with myself.

We sat in the parking lot for a few minutes, both of us crying. As soon as we left the vet office, we were on a long road with woods on either side and a beautiful deer was standing right by the road. We pulled over to look at her and 2 baby deer came out of the woods. They all came over by the car and started grazing. This was right after he probably passed, so think of it what you will, we saw it as a sign. To see something so beautiful in our moment of extreme grief. I don't know, it was beautiful.

I brought his little plushy bunny home and it will forever be a cherished possession of mine. We are having him cremated and I want to buy a really beautiful bunny urn. If you know of any nice sites that sell these, please pm me.

Mornings will be the hardest. Going in the rabbit room and not seeing him begging for breakfast. I also spend a lot of time with my bunnies in the morning. Morning is BB and bunny run time. I will miss laying on the floor and snuggling him.

"My sweet, beloved little Man
You will always hold a special place in my heart
Mommy will miss your sweet kisses most of all
Your couch zooms always made me laugh
The way your plushie fur felt on my lips
And your tooth purrs when we snuggled
The way you always brightened up my day
Your name was Stormy but you were my Sunshine.
I will hold you in my heart until we meet again, my beloved."

I will post some pictures when my heart is able. Thank you again everyone for your kinds words. Thank you Mimz for the Candle Group. And thank you Bullrider for that beautiful picture. It made me smile and cry at the same time. It's wonderful. I'm going to put in on my Facebook.

Proud to be a Bunny Hugger and a voice for the voiceless

User is Offline jerseygirl
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9/18/2012 3:49 AM
Stephanie, I'm so so sorry. . I was upset to find this thread and just finished reading your post. Thank you for sharing this with us. Thank you for giving him this peace.

Such a unique and lovable bunny and we will miss him around here. Please continue to tell stories about him.

It's wonderful he was spunky and energetic for 99% of his life. He didn't have to suffer long with illness and though it robbed you of time with him, I know you would be thankful he didn't have a protracted illness.

I'm really happy you still saw some of his spirit burst through during recent weeks.

He is free and binkying like crazy man. Please try not to think about those very last seconds. He was most likely not taking it in. I bet you he felt comfort though, during his hour long nap and his being held by you in the car. It's those moments that count. There is no doubt that boy knew he was well loved! that's why they know they can get away with brattiness! ; )

I know this time will be hard and I'll be keeping you guys very much in my thoughts. Sending love to Bindi and Olivia too.

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

User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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9/18/2012 4:20 AM
LPT Again I am sooo sorry for your loss, both me and my wife were crying over the post yesterday and again this morning reading your words. Here is a site that I know of that make beautiful urns for buns. I hope that the pain in your heart and souls eases soon.
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User is Offline MimzMum
Southwest Oregon
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9/18/2012 9:45 AM
I have no words, Steph...only tears. :'(
I'm so glad you were able to have that last nice day. That was a gift from God, surely.
The deer...omgosh...I can't tell you how many times Fiver reminds me of a deer and he and Stormy both being minirexes. No coincidences.
The body fails but the spirit remains and lives on. He will always be with you, you will have those 'moments' when he reminds you that he is near.

I'm so sorry for you and that Stormy's time was shortened, but you gave that last great act of love. It isn't meant to be easy and I suppose we always question but we do know he is free and whole again and he had such a wonderful life with you all.
I'm thinking of you and yours and holding you all close in my heart. Bless xx
Okay...I guess I had a few words...but I just wanted you to know I'm here and praying for you.
Comfort and peace to you. (((((((((Hugs))))))))))

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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9/18/2012 3:18 PM
Today, I'm finding myself in the very painful denial stage.It just feels so unreal that he's gone. I feel like I will never get over this hurting, never get used to him not being here. My heart is no longer full.
Proud to be a Bunny Hugger and a voice for the voiceless

User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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9/18/2012 3:26 PM
I am soo sorry LPT, there are no words that will ever comfort of fill the void of those we have lost, the only thing you can do is take it one moment at a time. I am here if you need anything you can message me any time.
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User is Offline Hazel
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9/18/2012 4:07 PM

LPT, I'm so very sorry. I hope you can find comfort in the fact that you did the right thing for him. I know it was hard but you weren't selfish and put him first and I'm sure he is thankful for that.

"You ain't buna fide!"

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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9/18/2012 4:18 PM
Stephanie-I'm so terribly sorry to read this. I feel like I've known him, you've been here so long, this really feels like losing somebunny close to me. Stormy has always had such a special place in our hearts here on BB, one of the bunnies we've gotten to know so well over the past years. I'm truly devastated and upset to hear that he's gone, and fully sympathize with you about what a hard decision it is to make-balancing what is best, with trying to interpret their feelings. I know what you mean about the denial stage-it's like -he was just here, how could he be gone? It's heartbreaking. I know its' cliche but time does help. In time, you'll be able to share stories about him, look at photo's fondly and reminisce. It really truly does get better, but you will always love and remember him.

I think you made the right decision at the right time for him. I think you were so close to him and so sensitive to his needs and feelings that you just knew when it was the right time, to keep him from suffering. And as heartbreaking as it is, it's lucky to have those few days to say goodbye, to be able to expect it and prepare and make sure they have some special time. He had a wonderful caring home for so long, such a lucky and adored and spoiled bunny. He was beyond fortunate to share his life with you and Rick. Not everyone can say that they were honored to have shared their time with such a special animal, and I know Stormy is looking down on you from the bridge, healthy and whole with his appetite and energy back.

***Binky Free Stormy***

User is Offline FooFoosMommy2
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9/18/2012 6:13 PM
I am so sorry, I've been dreading seeing this thread. I am glad that you guys had a good few last days together and I hope you are able to take comfort in them eventually. Stormy was happy, even at the end because he had such a great Mama to love him. My heart is breaking for you guys. Hugs to you and your family, furry ones included.

User is Offline TBpony414
Washington, DC
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9/18/2012 6:20 PM
LPT, your story about the deer you saw after Stormy's passing really touched my heart. I wish I could ease your pain, I know how deeply you feel Stormy's loss. It is almost unbearable now, but it will get better. After the bunny love of my life passed away I was so overtaken with grief that I could barely function. Please, please take it a day at a time and know that you will get through this and your love for Stormy will never fade.

My parents surprised me with this necklace on the 1 yr anniversary after my Howie's passing:

It is an infinity symbol - always together and never apart - and on the back the company engraved "H & E" for Howie and Elizabeth. I have not taken it off in 4 years except to clean it. There are many infinity pendants available in gold or with diamonds and such but the simplicity of this one in silver fit me best. I am allergic to everything under the sun, this is stainless steel with NO nickel plating and they gave me a black cord to use instead of a chain due to my sensitive skin. The pendant holds a tiny amount of ashes. I rub the necklace whenever I am feeling sad or just like I need a hug and I feel more at peace. I am of the belief that love knows no bounds, and that the spirits of our loved ones (furry and otherwise) remain with us.

I could never decide on an urn for Howie's ashes so I kept them in the little black box they gave me. I have several framed pictures of Howie on my dresser and the ashes are sitting there as well.

(((Hugs to you and Ricky)))

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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9/19/2012 3:29 AM
LPT, I think the deer were there to share their lives with you for a little while. In Animal Speak, deer are the symbol for Gentleness. A mother deer is very gentle with her babies, and you need to be gentle with yourself and your bunnies right now.

Grief is felt physically, not just emotionally, and you may feel this pain for a week or two. You'll know when it passes to a more tolerable level - you'll feel better in your stomach. Let it happen, eat soft, easy foods and just snuggle with your family. It is harder to lose someone, animal or human, that is part of your everyday life than any other way. You also are making some abrupt adjustments to your daily life. Your changes and routines to accommodate Stormy are not happening abruptly. You are afraid for Bindi (how is he today?) and like your bunnies, your routines are totally disrupted. Take care of changing out things that were Stormy's in small steps - whatever feels right. Don't set "I should do this now" deadlines. Not necessary. You do what you can when you're ready. Believe me when I say that in a week you will feel like you just came up for air.
{{{{{More hugs}}}}}}
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline Malp_15
British Columbia, Canada
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9/19/2012 6:14 AM
I'm so sorry LPT, I was in your shoes this spring when I lost my cat of 15 years. I found that my other animals kept me going, I had to get them fed, cleaned up, and paid attention too and I believe that it made the process easier for me. And I still have moments where I just have to lay down, cry, and miss her.

I agree with RP, everyone heals at different speeds and in different ways. If it doesn't feel right to clean up his stuff, don't. I didn't clean my cats litter box out for almost a month after she died... which is really gross, but i just couldn't bring myself to do it until one day it just felt right.

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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9/19/2012 6:33 AM
Stormy will be missed by so many of us. I know things are so hard right now, and they will be for a while, but Olivia and Bindi will be there to comfort and distract you. BIg hugs to you all. He had a fantastic bunny life and was so lucky to live with you guys.

Binky free, Stormy.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline tanlover14
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9/19/2012 9:07 AM
I'm so sorry for the loss of Stormy, LPT.
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User is Offline Amys Animals
Southern California
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9/19/2012 9:40 AM
Oh LPT...I am so sorry to hear this. I couldn't hold back the tears reading this. I remember when I lost my first bunny. I was really young. It hurt so bad. Nothing is like losing a pet, and my pets now are like my kids. My heart goes out to you and you will be in my thoughts.

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Bay Area
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9/19/2012 8:21 PM
I am so sorry. How terribly hard that must have been. You did the right thing as our animals don't always know what is in store for them, and so we have to make the torturous decision to prevent their suffering. That is love. And how lucky he was to be loved so much. What a wonderful day he had that time he could safely fall asleep in your arms, and enjoy what he could. Let that be your last memory and don't torture yourself about the very last moments. He knew he was loved and that's what matters. You were there in spirit with him. He had to have felt that. Replace the thoughts of "should have been there" with all of the moments he felt loved and cherished throughout is life, and even in the moment he fell asleep in your lap. His life as a whole is what matters the most.

He is at peace right now, no more suffering. I know now you are going through the mourning stage and that definitely can be filled with moments of "unreal", and sort of numbing at times. The loss is just too much sometimes, and your brain needs time to let it sink in in a way that you can heal from. Then there are waves and eventually time does lessen it so it's not overwhelming all the time.

I am so sorry though for the mourning you and Ricky are going through right now though. Time does heal, but for now, cry it out, get rest and take care of yourselves.

And of course we are always here to help while you are grieving. Hugs.

Binky Free Stormy!

User is Offline Stitchntwinks
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9/20/2012 11:13 AM
I'm so sorry that you lost stormy, my heart goes out to you!

User is Offline Stickerbunny
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9/21/2012 8:00 AM
I'm sorry LPT, it is a very hard decision to make but I am sure he knows you were there for him, even if you couldn't be in the room. Binky free Stormy.

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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9/22/2012 11:55 AM
I just wanted to say LPT that I am so sorry! Reading this and hearing about Bindi just make me want to cry. I can totally understand the pain of seeing a beloved pet waste away. I am so sorry LPT. At least Stormy had a wonderfully full and loving life with you.
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