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    Default Crystal- Arrived 05-03-2012 - Died 06-09-2018


    Hi there Lovely Lady,

    Iím so sorry itís taken me so long to get my act together and write this; I just didnít want to face it.

    We first met WAY back in 2011, when you came into the RSPCA with Fluffy and Inca. Inca was PTS very quickly and you and Fluffy stayed together, although she then developed her hormones and you and her had to be separated.


    You were single at the RSPCA for a while, with no interest and then I found myself with a lonely adoptable boy, Butterfly. I took him round and dated him with a few ladies, and, out of all of them, he chose you. You were the only bunny that came to me when you didnít need to. YOU didnít need to come to me (at least, not at that point), but he needed you too. So you came home, that day- 5th March 2012.

    You and he bonded in my living room and you were so happy and so comfortable together, right from the word go. He knew what indoor life was, but you didnít. You found it a life of luxury and just melted into this pool of blissfulness at being inside.










    You guys bonded quickly and soon moved into your new permanent home in my room.

    The pair of you didnít last there for long because you were both super destructo bunnies, so out you went, into a lovely set up outside. That seemed to work much better for both of you. Wherever you were though, you were super loved up with each other.






    You were both still up for adoption, and I was looking for a special home for you both. Then some horrific negligence happened at the RSPCA and I knew I was going to have to leave. Before telling them, I arranged to adopt you both, so that, when I left, there would be no lose ends and I would know you were both ok, and you wouldnít be neglected if you went back to their centre. You officially became Ďmineí on 5th August 2012, and you were here to stay.

    You and he were such a beautiful couple- attractive and cheeky, all in one go. You LOVED to get out and run around and you did binkies like Iíve never seen before- even higher than Candyfloss!




    And, along with all of that, we got to know each other and our trust grew, and you started to trust me. You were a Ďbunnyí bunny, rather than a cheeky little toddler bunny, but that was part of your charm. Your little heart of gold.

    You showed, quite quickly, that you did have dental issues, and you would occasionally go into stasis with those, but with some warmth, and fluids and pain relief, we would bring you round.

    And you guys lived that happy little fluffy life until April 2014, when you started to develop breathing issues. After a couple of months of diagnostics, and a visit to Iain Cope, he diagnosed heart failure. This was sad news, but it made me so glad you had come to me, because I knew that I had seen it, I would treat it, you would be looked after and, most importantly, you wouldnít suffer. At all. Youíd live a happy life for whatever weeks, months or years you had left.

    So we medicated and treated and you got used to Ďthe pink boxí (your nebulizer) and you were a dream to give oral meds to and you and your fluffy friend were up at the front of your enclosure all the time.



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    Then Butterfly died. Originally I thought through my error, but maybe not. Nowadays, I think it was dental abscesses that we missed. But he died, in January 2016. I thought youíd go soon after, but you didnít. You had to stay living outside, because of your breathing difficulties. I dated you with Dawn, but you and he werenít match made in Heaven, so we had to leave that. The best we could do for you was to stimulate you highly, keep you right outside the back door, so you could see in, pop out and see you often. It made me sad that you were alone and outside, but your behaviour and routine didnít change after Butterfly died, and you were just as perky as you always had been.

    I kept thinking, Ďthis was be the last summerí, or Ďthis would be the last winterí, and that wasnít the case. You just kept living and living and loving life- it wasnít the life that I wanted for you, and Iíll regret that a long time, but you were happy and safe and looked after and you didnít suffer.

    Then, a couple of months ago, your breathing deteriorated again, four years after your original diagnosis of heart failure. We made the decision to put you on steroids, knowing that without them youíd die, but with them, they would eventually put you into liver failure. But, it was a choice we made and you were managing much better- even coping ok in the grim heat. I noticed your eyes were starting to bulge and guess that, what pushed you over was that youíd developed a thymoma.

    But, again, you were popping about, trashing things, hunting for hidden food, running in the garden.

    And then you hurt your leg on Sunday 2nd September. It wasnít broken, but what I think is that the increased dose of your medications pushed your liver into not coping, OR, it was just too much for your poor little heart. I donít know. But you wound down.

    I came down on Thursday 6th, and you had laid in your litter tray and not eaten much over night and I knew your time had come. I gathered you up and cuddled you tight. I carried you around and I could feel you warming up, but, as you warmed up, I could feel you letting go.

    So I called the vets and jumped in a car. You would always freak out in a car, but you sat, all snuggled up, on my lap, and didnít move a muscle. I thought you had died, but you hadnít.

    The emergency vets were people that didnít know either of us, but they agreed with me. I had to fight them for it to be humane, as she wanted to inject into your kidneys or heart, without anaesthetic. But I fought and I won. She didnít consider your ear vein, and I think she wasnít confident with it, but you had the GA and you went to sleep in my arms. And there you stayed.

    When you were asleep, she injected into your kidneys and it didnít take effect- most likely, you were also in renal failure, due to all the meds you were on. A long, long time later she then injected into your other kidney and you just went, just like that.

    I didnít realise, Crystal, how much it would tear me apart to lose you. I still keep going outside to see you, I look for you, I get you pellets. And youíre never there. Youíve been just outside my back door for six years, and youíre not there anymore. Youíve left a cuddly bunny sized hole. And itís so large.

    You were such a sweet bunny, such a destructive pickle, such a food motivated little monster. And youíre not here anymore, and I miss you more than I ever considered I would.

    I hope that youíre wherever you are, with Flysiefly. I hope you and he found each other. Itís taken me so long to write this, that you are home from the crem, and youíre in the photobox with Butterfly, so you are with him, here.

    Crystal, you fought heart failure for over four years and I have no idea how much lived so long with that condition. I donít know how old you were when you died, but you were at least 8.5 years and maybe more (I donít know how old you were when you came into the RSPCA). You fought a heroic battle, an inspiring battle. You gave a beautiful example of living in the moment and not being beaten by the weight of any knowledge about your condition. Iím proud of you and feel so privileged that you came into my life and that Butterfly chose you to come home. Iím privileged to have been alongside you in your journey. Thank you also for being alongside mine, with me.


    I hope, I just hope, that you know how much you were loved. I miss you and I love you. And, for the first time in 30 years, I have no bunnies outside- the hole you left in our home is incomprehensible.

    Love always Lady.









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    Iím so sorry that you had to say goodbye to Crystal what a lovely tribute post to her, she was such a pretty girl

    I'm quite sure she knew just how much you loved her, and she was very lucky to have you to care for her

    Binky free at the bridge, Crystal xx

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    Your tribute post obviously comes from your heart. Crystal was certainly a lucky Bunny to find her way into your care. And she sure could Binky !! It's so lovely to see such a happy Rabbit.

    I am very sorry that you had to say farewell to her.

    RIP Crystal xx


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    Sending you lots of hugs. I'm so sorry that it was Crystal's time to leave She was a beautiful rabbit and your tribute to her and selection of photos are very lovely.

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    Best wishes Sky-O, thankyou for sharing her life with us :'(
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    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful bunny, and lovely pictures. What a lucky girl she was to have you as her owner. Binky free little bun!
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    So so so sad. I remember your beautiful photos.

    It must be incredibly sad you have no outdoor bunnies now.

    Hugs xxx

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    What a lovely fulfilled life Crystal led. Amazing binkies I'm so sorry for your loss. Sleep tight pretty girl xxx

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    I'm so sorry,Binky free Crystal

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