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Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 11/28/2008 12:03 AM (98 Replies)
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User is Offline Floppy
Bay Area, CA
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5/17/2008 10:03 PM
Im so sorry....>>>HUGS<<<
Floppy & Toki

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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5/18/2008 12:08 AM

I guess I am ready to post now.


Just under two years ago, my boyfriend and I were looking at trailblazers. He'd decided to trade his truck in. We were on the west side of the city. I saw a pet shop that had just opened up. I asked to stop there, to get a gift for my dog. I loved buying her new things. and she'd just been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and I wanted to buy her a gift. I picked out a toy for her, her favorite duck, and then took a peek around. There were bunnies there. I picked up some bunnies as you were allowed. I asked Dave what he would think if I got one. He thought that was fine. I phoned my parents to see if they would kill me. They said it was a bad idea since I was in school, but they wouldn't kill me. So I said what they hey, I'm getting a bunny. I picked her because the other bunny super chomped my finger nails. She wasn't as symmetric as him, but she didn't bite. I picked her and then bought a cage so big I really couldn't afford it. I bought everything i needed. I was practically sweating by the time I got to the counter. When the lady was ringing me in, she was attacking her box so bad, Dave said I had bought a really bad cardboard box. We put everything in his truck and carried her with us. She was making such a fuss, that I opened the box while we were driving. She popped out and was fascinated peering out the window. We  had to sneak all the supplies in, because i lived in a no pets building. I let her come out of the box herself. She wasn't timid. She ran around the apartment scenting everything. I took a picture on my phone and sent it to my parents to announce I'd bought a bunny. She ran around like she owned the place and she sprawled on my couch to relax ( my top bunk with a mattress on it-college money right?).

We soon learned that she was stroppy little devil. Tbere would be no denying her anything and she got her own way. She went under the couch where we didn't want her, so we cut up cardboard and carefully taped it all around the bottom. She furiously dug her way under anyways. We tried spraying her-she would just squint her eyes and take it. A noisy pop can full of pennies taped shut...she'd behave so long as you had it in reach. Otherwise she did what she wanted. I remember the first time we played a movie-boy did she think that was scary-she ran around stomping for the whole lenght of the movie!! She chewed a one square foot patch all the way down to the baseboards in my old apartment because, hey, she was Kokanee and she could do whatever she wanted.

We moved and she adjusted awesome to the new place. I finally talked Dave into another rabbit, a lionhead only-he decided they looked funny and that's all he would want. I checked all the shelters withing 16 hours of driving. None. I picked Kahlua from a local breeder. She was gorgeous. We were only going to see her, but we brought her home. Dave paid for her, to be a gift. I was soo worried Kokanee would be jealous. I wanted to stop and buy a seperate cage so they wouldn't have to meet; But the voice of reason, Dave, said let's see how it goes. So we brought Kahlua home in a carrier, and put her on the ground. Let Kokanee out. Kokanee paid no attention, so we let Kahlua out and they ran right up to each other and kissed. They bonded immediately. I slept light that night so I could hear if the fought-I was so worried Kokanee might hurt her-Kahlua was so small. But they were find-best friends.

That's what really put me over, I bought all kinds of rabbit things and fell in love with rabbits. We finally got Rupert, after three months of finagaling and bargaining, I talked Dave into him. Rupert had been at the humane society for over six months, he needed a home. We gave it to him.

Kokanee had an upset stomach and had been to the vets. I bought critical care by oxbox and followed up with vet visits. Kokanee never really got over it, and she started with poopy bum again about a week ago.

Last night I bathed her, and instead of fighting, she rested her head in my hand. This rabbit normally drew blood when she didn't like what was going on. I told Dave. I told him she was dying. I knew it, but didn't admit it. I felt it. My heart felt it. I'd felt it before and she'd been fine. This morning Dave woke me up and said she had died, Are you joking. I wouldn't joke about that. Then my world fell apart.


Kokanee was the sweetest, stroppiest, most delicate little diva bunny out there. I can't believe she's gone. I'd looked foward to having her for the next ten plus years. She was sooo smart. She learned what the fridge was, and even transferred to know the fridge at my parent's house. She knew stairs, even though we lived in an apartment. She knew when I was upset. She loved Kahlua soo much. I remember when we brought Kahlua home, Kokanne binkied all night and came up and literally thanked me. Thanked me for getting her a friend, a sister. When we brought Rupert home, he tried to charge Kahlua and Kokanee ran up and boxed him. She had a heart of gold and loved her sister soo much. I just can't believe she's gone. I'd give my left arm, or both of them, or anything, to see her binky or flop one more time.


Kokanee I lvoe you so much. I will always look after Kahlua for you. She loved you so much. You are missed greatly, even by your daddy -he loved you. Binky free Kokanee. I'll see you one day sweetie pie.

User is Offline charlie82
England, County Durham
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5/18/2008 12:26 AM
This news has made me cry for you.... I am so sorry. Such a shame that she has gone at such a young age and she was so clearly loved. Your buns are some of my favourite on here and I just love reading about their latest antics. I know exactly what you are going through right now and I know that words don't make it better...but with time you will be able to look back and smile when you think of Kokanee. What a lucky bunny she was to have someone like you love and take care of her. I'm sure she loved you very much and is looking down on you feeling very proud to have been part of your life. Sending vibes for little Kahlua too.... I hope she is ok. xxx
Home is not home without a bunny or two...or three....or four....:-)

User is Offline Floppy
Bay Area, CA
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5/18/2008 12:35 AM
My heart felt it. I'd felt it before and she'd been fine.

omg this made tears fall..I totally know that feeling.... >>>sob<<<

That last night before the inevitable.... I still have a photo of my

lab/german dog Mimi...she lived until she was 13! Her photo

is right by my side on the night stand. She was always following

me around the house or sitting by the door waiting for me. Im so

sorry, I know how much this sucks.

Floppy & Toki

User is Offline Lisa_43
Perth Western Australia
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5/18/2008 12:56 AM

 I feel for you KK, I wish my Kai would come back, I miss him so much, just like all of us here that have loved our furry animals, may they all be roaming free over that rainbow bridge.

User is Offline Alicia Conklin
Jacksonville, NC
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5/18/2008 2:18 AM

Oh this brought tears to my eyes....and down my face actually.  That is such a touching story..I am so sorry for your loss, she might have had a short life hear on eath but you made it a very happy one for her and now she is binkying over the rainbow bridge and looking down on you and Kahlua. 

I never know what to say in times like these, but my thoughts are with you.

bunny mom to Tucker and Drue

And the rest of our zoo: Elphie (pug) Sammi (norwegian elkhound) TK (cat..and honorary bunny) Peanut (calico cat) Winnie and Rojo (hamsters) Dog Dog (lovebird) and our beta fish

User is Offline Bunzai
Long Island, NY
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5/18/2008 2:54 AM
K&K, thank you for sharing that story. BF was freaking out that I am sitting here crying. He sends his condolences. I miss my bun Fu and my canine companion of 18 years Oz. I have often said I would give a limb to have them back. Their loss are holes in my heart that will never heal yet at the same time because of them, I am able to love again.

I believe that Kahlua being there to help her over the bridge was a comfort to the both of them and caring for Kahlua and Rupert will help you and Dave. ((((( HUGS and NOSE Rubs )))))
"That rabbit is dynamite!" ... ..Monty Python's Camelot

User is Offline JK
Mill Valley, CA
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5/18/2008 4:02 AM

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.  I'm sitting here crying too. It really helps to get this all out as hard as it is to write.  At least you have Rupert and Kahlua - they'll probably become best of friends. I truly know how you feel as I had to put my dog down a week ago Friday and knew the night before it had to be done.  It's just so dang painful. I'm sorry but I just have to ask if you have any clue what happened??? That's the worst part. Take care KK.

User is Offline Holly
Orlando, Florida
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5/18/2008 4:35 AM
Yes, Thanks for sharing. My heart goes out to you.
Danielle mamma of Zachary and furbaby Holly.

User is Offline kimberleyanddarren
Birmingham, UK
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5/18/2008 4:54 AM
OMG K&K im soo sorry, and so sudden ((((hugs)))) i hope u are holding up ok, i know how tuff it is sweetie, we are all here for u if u need us take care of urself ok?

keep an open mind.
But not so open that your brains fall out

User is Offline babybunsmum
Waterloo ON Canada
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5/18/2008 6:07 AM

what a beautiful story... thank you for sharing it with us.  (((((((((big hugs))))))))

I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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5/18/2008 6:17 AM
i don't even know what to say. i am in shock. i had to read the title three times b/c i couldn't even comprehend what it meant. i am so sorry. if there is anything i can do or if you need to talk, please send me a message. ((((hugs))))
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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5/18/2008 6:22 AM
i posted before i read the second page. thank you sharing your story. i could not get thru it without crying. you know she will always be with you... in your heart, in our hearts. i know she is crossing that bridge and she has already made a hundred new best friends.

and i'll bet you any money she found the fridge up there too.
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline bigsis7
Northern VA
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5/18/2008 7:08 AM
I'm so sorry kk! (((((((hugs))))))). I know what it feels like to lose a loved pet.
"Tomorrow's A Mystery, Yesterday's History, Todays A Gift. That's Why It's Called The Present."

User is Offline MimzMum
Southwest Oregon
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5/18/2008 1:31 PM

K&K, I am so, so very sorry to come in today and see this post. What a terrible shock! I am sending prayers for you, Dave, Kahlua and Rupert to bring your home back to a sense of peace. I can hardly type I have tears going so hard down my face. ;_;
I am going to light a candle for Kokanee. My daughter is also shocked by the news, as I have often read exploits of all Binky members out loud to her. She asks, if you are up to it, could you please relate the story of how Kokanee came by her name? Perhaps it will help to think of it.
My deepest sympathies and heartfelt hugs to you all. God Bless!


I don't know which is harder to bear, when you feel this kind of thing coming or when it sneaks up and surprises you. I've lost animals both ways, but it never gets any less difficult to go through the grieving. But here is the candle I lit for Kokanee. Although I agree her light is going to far outshine it! ^_^

User is Offline Lion_Lop_Lover
New Brunswick, Canada
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5/18/2008 1:51 PM
I am so so incredibly sorry :*( I don't know how I missed this. My best wishes, sweetie!
Everything happens for a reason.
If it is meant to be, it will be.
~ Words I have to live by.

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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5/18/2008 2:45 PM
Thank you so much for writing your wonderful story of how you and Kokanee began your family life together. I read it this morning, but my network connection went down and just got back on. I want to send more hugs to you, Dave, Kahlua and Rupert. {{{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline Sarita
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5/18/2008 2:51 PM
Hugs K&K, that is a wonderful story and a wonderful tribute to Kokanee. She had such a great life with you and I know she felt enormous love and care from you.

User is Offline JamieM
Erie, PA
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5/18/2008 2:58 PM
Wow. I don't even know you and I'm new to the bunny thing but I actually just had tears down my face too. So sad!
“The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree.”

~ Stephen Wright

User is Offline KatnipCrzy
Holland, MI
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5/18/2008 4:32 PM

OMG- my heart breaks for you.  I was so shocked when I read the title of the thread I gasped and startled my husband.

Kokanee had the best life possible with you and your boyfriend- even though it was too short, every day she had with you and Kahlua and then Rupert was worth 5 years of living in a hutch outside!

I am so, so sorry for you loss.  Give Kahlue and Rupert and extra hug and kiss from all the "Binky Bunnyiers" that are thinking of them too.

Cotton and Schroeder- Mini Lops Griffin- English Lop
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