so sorry that you have lost Little Man, but what a wonderful long life ! Binky free Little Man xxxxxx
What a long and wonderful life.
Binky free Little Man xx
My special bunnies, Gabriel Honeybunny and Mabel Flump (NWRR).
Sleep tight my precious Noo, darling Spring, handsome BJ, beloved Rosie, fluffy man Herbie, little poppet Hollie and wee Bobbin xx
For some stupid reason I almost expected him to live forever. Obviously rationally I knew he wouldn't, but he kind of always seemed to have been a part of my life.
The worst thing was he didn't want to go. It took 2 injections and 75 minutes for his heart to stop beating.
His teeth went in the end and none of my vets wanted to operate him cos he was so old and in the end I thought by syringe feeding him I was not being fair to him so I was convinced that having him pts was the kind thing to do even though he was still full of life.
The vet who pts him did say that age is not a reason for him to not operate and that he would have risked it and operated him.
So I am still not sure if I made the right decision.
I am so sorry Little Man had to go, he must have been made of iron! My Mother was similar, strong but in the end doubly incontinent and just didn't want to go on like that. It took a while for her to pass! So maybe, if you could have asked your bunny what he wanted, he might have said he wanted to go because he didn't want to go on being syringe fed.
I grew up with dogs and cats and when they got ill for some reason I found it a lot less stressful.
Whereas when there is something wrong with the rabbits, it is an entirely different story.
Probably because vets know so little about them and because they communicate their illnesses a lot less, so it is more difficult to diagnose and decide what is the right thing to do.
At the time you felt it was the right thing to do, so please don't beat yourself up with regrets. Grief comes with the guilty feelings and you've nothing to be unsure about, in my opinion.
You did him an absolute kindness, and I believe as you did, that at that age an operation wouldn't be in his best interests.
Love and hugs xx
Thinking of you today. What an age to reach and a life lived.