Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Dopey 1- 25-06-2006 - 13-03-2019

  1. #1
    Wise Old Thumper
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    With my Bunny Crew
    Posts
    30,710

    Default Dopey 1- 25-06-2006 - 13-03-2019

    Hi Lady,

    We knew this day would come, and Iíve been on edge waiting, for a long time. But you kept going and kept going for a very long time- I have such a long story to recount now. Iím so sorry Iíve avoided writing this for so very long.

    I had the pleasure of meeting at the start of August 2006, when we met you and your sister, and litter mate, to see if you would come home with us. You were only 5 weeks old, so not ready to come home at that point, but we knew we would take two of you.

    When we went back on 17th August 2006, it was you and your identical litter mate who came home. That didnít go to plan, because after the journey, your sisterís nose started running, so we took you back. We ended up bringing you home and putting you in an ultra-strict quarantine. Turned out later that she had a genetic malfunction- you were the only one of that genetic line to escape it- itís how you lived so long.

    When you first went into your hutch, you and your sister were very nosey and curious and laid back. You were such friendly little ladies. You had a really good go at falling out of your hutch, and we always had to be aware of your curiosity and lack of fear or awareness around anything.


    You were a jumper, and ended up with the name Pogo, and your sister sended up as Polo, but, we could barely tell you apart, so you collectively because ĎThe Dopeysí. In time, you were Dopey 1, as the slightly bigger sister, and she was Dopey 2.


    You were absolutely inseparable. You lived together, unspayed, and were just luscious together. You also had this really weird Ďthingí where you would be doing exactly the same thing at the same time. You were so connected to each other it was just really something.


    When she had a post injection wound, you became a nurse bunny and overgroomed it and looked after her too much, so we had to temporarily separate you, unless you were supervised- but you still kept your bond.

    You were both pretty loud. She honked, and you quacked. You made some amazing nests in you litter trays- nests like Iíve never seen before. Your hormones were rampant, and whilst you had a tendency towards territorialness to us (her more than you), you were always 100% ok together.

    Then we got your spayed, and your recovery was a lot easier because you got a lot of comfort from each other. That was so lovely to see.


    You kept bumbling around in your own little Dopey way, as a little pair, but I was becoming increasingly aware of how dependent you were on each other, and decided you needed to be a trio.

    Enter Cloud.

    Cloud bonded with you both and you, somehow, accepted him for all his turdiness. You were such a good little fit- you and Dopey 2 and Cloud. You were a good balance and you helped him calm down. You also tolerated him when he was being a toad. You would all snuggle together and ere a very attractive trio too.


    We got a little ambitious, and tried to add in Candyfloss, but this didnít work.


    You were briefly back as a pair, as Cloud was with Floss, but, in time, that also broke down, and he ended up back with you.


    You had a good, nearly two years with him, but he was so poorly, and sadly, we lost him when he was young, and you, once again, went back to being the Dopeys.

    But we had the same problem as before- the two of you were together, and so dependent, and I was scared for either of you to be separate from the other.

    Little Lightning was looking for some friends, and he was a lovely boy, lovely nature. The bond was so smooth, and I think living with him was a lot less stressful and enjoyable for you both than it was, living with Cloudyboy.

    You were all so happy. Poddling around, always close, lots of grooming in all directions, lots of company and love. I donít remember him teaching you any bad single habits, but you taught him how to be a bunny and how to have friends.


    But you were all getting older- you were the healthiest, but he developed dental issues and then a really big abscess, and the other half of you developed heart problems (meaning we had to mark her nose blue, to ensure we medicated the right one of you- it was still super hard to tell you both apart; I was the only one who could). I thought that I would end up with you all alone anyway.
    PLEASE DONíT QUOTE MY POSTS IN ANY THREADS I START. Thank you

    Please Remember to Advocate for your Rabbit.

    'I have the responsibility to do what I want in a world of others, but so does everyone else and it works best if we take each other into account.' (EVD)

  2. #2
    Wise Old Thumper
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    With my Bunny Crew
    Posts
    30,710

    Default

    On 8th November 2012, the unthinkable happened, and after many years of battling for her life, we lost Dopey 2. I was so worried about how you would be, having lost your other half. Only, you carried on. In later years we joked that you must have absorbed the other Dopey into you, given your life span.

    Lightning remained your friend and you and he were then a solid couple. It turned out that as long as you had a bunny friend, you were happy. You were both getting on, but you bobbed about. You enjoyed life outside until your arthritis was too much to manage outside, and we moved you inside. You gathered some health problems along the way (the arthritis, dental abscesses, kidney issues, digestive issues) and your sight and hearing declined- or so we thought. In later years we thought this was a tactical movement from you- you seemed to be able to see and hear when you wanted, and to your benefit- the rest of the time- nope.




    It was great fun having you in my room. You were such a spritely old lady. VERY tidy too. Out of everyone, you and Lighters were trusted to have the biggest area to roam, and you roamed into the spare room and anywhere else, really. It seemed to keep you young, to have more spaces to explore. Your body was failing, but your mind was so strong, and so alert. You had such a zest for life.


    You and Lighters were both getting older, and both of your bodies were failing, and we werenít really sure who would leave first, but, on 22nd April 2018, after fighting to save him for a week, Lightningís body gave up on him. Leaving you alone. At nearly 12 years old- for the first time in your life, you were properly alone.

    But not for long. Dawn was a single soul, and had been for a long time- nearly three years by that point. Within a week we had to try. I didnít want either of you to be alone, and so it made sense.

    Once he had decided that the small furry white thing (you) wasnít something to be scared of, you bonded so quickly, and easily. Two elderly bunnies, in their very twilight years- you were nearly 12, he was nearly 11.


    You were one of my favourite bonds and pairs ever- because you gave each other what everyone deserves as they age- company, companionship and care. You taught him some naughty habits, showing him how to escape (as he had used to, when he lived with Sunny), showed him the spare room- taught him how to groom again. He came to life and just enjoyed things so much more than when he was alone. Iím so grateful to you for that. Youíll never know.


    You guys had several good months together, and really were just simply adorable, but Dawn was then claimed. At that point, I only had three thumping big lops and you couldnít be bonded with them.

    You were ok enough, and your mind was willing, but your body aged and failed quickly. We gave you a stuffed bunny friend, and you adored him, but a stuffed friend is not the same as a real life friend. That said, you would cuddle with him, groom him, and stay with him- to you, he was your friend. (I hope this works).


    In those remaining months you slept, a lot, and you were very cute (and it was very stressful to us, trying to work out if you were dead or just sleeping).










    You would sleep and dream and fall over, because of your arthritis, and then not be able to right yourself. We did a lot of putting you up the right way- but you always carried on. Thankfully, you never did this when we werenít around (or, if you did, you managed to get yourself up)- at night, your scrabbling would wake me up, and during the day you were coming down into the living room for company with us. But you still carried on, full of life, when you were awake.


    Until 13th March 2019, when my dad got home and found you on your side, and it seemed like you had been there a long time. You were weak and werenít easily stabilised, and were covered in caecs. Once you were upright and staying that way, you were still your normal popping self, but I had a choice to make.

    We could bath you, and risk this happening again- we knew you were failing, and I never, ever wanted to let you down. Or we called it a day, one day to early. And we went for the latter. You werenít psychologically ready, but your body was. It was frail and old and it had wound down. But, with some help, you left us, peacefully, being cuddled.

    Itís taken me a long, long time to write this lady. I couldnít deal with it back then, and Iím not much better now, but I promised you Iíd post on your 13th birthday, and thatís today.

    You were the sweetest, nicest, funniest rabbit weíve had. To live the life you did, and to outlive, not one, not two, but three husbands, and your sister, says a lot for the rabbit that you were.

    After youíd gone, for a long time, Iíd still roll over in bed to look at you, and you wouldnít be there. Now that the cage has come down, I see you in my minds eye, always, just coming over for food and jumping around without a care in the world.

    You were the last of the Ďoriginalí bunnies, and, when you died, the end of an era occurred, and thatís been hard to process. We had you for the privilege of nearly 13 years. Thatís an amazing gift you gave us. I will always wish we had you for longer, but thatís true for all of you- itís always too early.

    Lady, thank you. Thank you so much for being my friend, and sharing my room, and just being you. I truly hope that Rainbow Bridge exists and that you have found your other half, and all your husbunnies, and that they arenít fighting over you. I hope that you are now back in your healthy body, not the frail body that wouldnít let you do what your mind wanted you to do.

    I miss you every day. I miss my sweet, gentle, delicate little friend. But Iím grateful everyday I had you for as long as I did.

    Love always.

    Xxx











    Dopey 1
    25-06-2006 Ė 03-15-2019
    The second half has found the first.
    PLEASE DONíT QUOTE MY POSTS IN ANY THREADS I START. Thank you

    Please Remember to Advocate for your Rabbit.

    'I have the responsibility to do what I want in a world of others, but so does everyone else and it works best if we take each other into account.' (EVD)

  3. #3
    Wise Old Thumper
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    With my Bunny Crew
    Posts
    30,710

    Default

    I'm so tired of losing my friend, of having to grieve. I'm so tired of loss. It just hurts so very much.
    PLEASE DONíT QUOTE MY POSTS IN ANY THREADS I START. Thank you

    Please Remember to Advocate for your Rabbit.

    'I have the responsibility to do what I want in a world of others, but so does everyone else and it works best if we take each other into account.' (EVD)

  4. #4
    Wise Old Thumper Jack's-Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Above Ground ATM
    Posts
    141,005

    Default

    The tributes you post for each of your Rabbits who eventually pass away, as every living being has to in the end, are all so heartfelt and portray the depth of connection you had with them. Dopey 1 being no exception. A truly wonderful and moving account of the life of a much loved Rabbit who will remain in your heart forever.

    RIP Dopey 1, somehow, somewhere, I believe that your are now reunited with Dopey 2. Be it in the form of memories held by those who loved/love you or something else beyond my comprehension xx


    Links to information about various health problems that can affect Rabbits :
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ealth-Problems
    NB- If you think your Rabbit is unwell it is essential to seek immediate veterinary attention.

  5. #5
    Moderator Zoobec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    33,851

    Default

    I’m so sorry you lost her it’s a beautiful tribute to an amazing bunny

    Thinking of you xx

    Binky free at the bridge Boots, you will never be forgotten xxxx

  6. #6
    Mama Doe kattymieoww's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Glasgow/Scotland
    Posts
    4,141

    Default

    I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to your lovely friend ,Binky free Dopey 1.c

  7. #7
    Wise Old Thumper
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    16,651

    Default

    Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful rabbit

    I am so sorry she had to leave you, but I'm also so glad that she was part of your life

  8. #8
    Alpha Buck Jemima's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    901

    Default

    Your tributes are always so poignant and heartfelt. Binky free little Dopey 1.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

  9. #9
    Wise Old Thumper susie bun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    39,544

    Default

    A really special tribute to a really special rabbit. xx

  10. #10
    Wise Old Thumper
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    With my Bunny Crew
    Posts
    30,710

    Default

    Thank you everyone
    PLEASE DONíT QUOTE MY POSTS IN ANY THREADS I START. Thank you

    Please Remember to Advocate for your Rabbit.

    'I have the responsibility to do what I want in a world of others, but so does everyone else and it works best if we take each other into account.' (EVD)

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •