Friday, 20 June 2014

So long our little Fred ....

Hello to all

This has been another very busy week but also a very sad one.  My regular blog visitors will be well acquainted with the antics of our two Lionhead house rabbits from their regular appearances on the blog.  Bunnies are definitely not just for Easter

This Wednesday night our Fred (the black rabbit) took ill & the daughters & I rushed him to the emergency vets with breathing problems but he passed away in their arms en route.

What a massive shock - we knew he was getting older at nearly 7 years, but were unprepared for his sudden death.   We did the only sensible thing & brought our Fred back to be in the garden he so loved to run around in.

Our Fred came to us to share our home with Vivaldi who came back from university with the daughter. Their story is told here

The rescue advert for our Fred was this:


and what a sweet little boy he was with our Vivaldi ...


Cuddling up

Spending a few days in an animal kennel when we moved - not impressed


Cuddled up on the lawn - gardens are fabulous bunny places


 exploring & getting up to antics by hiding in the bushes & eating the plants


 Mmmm bamboo shoots - our favourite


Stretching their legs


Always loving being outdoors with us


Their favourite garden places


Our two had regular bunny fights too - both too dominant & both too stubborn so for a time they have had to be 'together but apart' due to their scraps & huge vet bills for scraping. But they both had huge car-size runs in the garage with one always in & one always out to run around only. We would always find them lying side by side but without the run, they would have 'words' with each other ....


Just this past week, they were getting on well with supervised time on the kitchen carpet while we cooked & we were hopeful that they could be completely together again  but it was not to be.


 This is how we will always think of our gorgeous Fred

Curious & mischivious  …..
wilful … 'no, I am not getting off the white sofa .....'


loving …..


 energetic ....

handsome ....

trusting ....

and one of a pair of very loved bunnies. 


Vivaldi sniffed her Fred to say goodbye & now she is mourning too as many rabbit sites say they can. She has spent her day on Fred's red towel, hardly moving & she cuddled into my neck & sat with me for ages today. I will have to keep an eye on my girl as she has not been alone for 6 years ...


For those not familiar with house bunnies, they can live in very close contact as ours have done; having the full run of a double garage & scratching to come in to the house as soon as they hear us about so they can share our space & our lives.  They have great personalities & happily engage with people. They can also live for anything up to 10 years so is not a responsibility to be taken on lightly ....


Fred, our handsome lad, binky / jump about freely & thanks for wonderful memories!

Dee ~♥~

4 comments:

  1. So sorry Dee but what a wonderful life he obviously had. He was very lucky to have found you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Maggi - he was a fabulous little chap x

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  2. Sorry for your loss. Our pets are so much a part of our family! They certainly are adorable.Vivaldi will need another friend soon! Two are better than one....

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    1. Thank you Lynda - they might be tiny, but they leave a huge impression & a large gap in our lives. We are still thinking through the options for Vivaldi but she is just over 7 years so that influences our decision too ….

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