Members' rabbits Remembrance Roll 2012

The very worst part about having pets is losing them. Sometimes they have been our companions for just a short time, other times they have been our companions for many years. Whatever the situation, losing them can be very hard and often difficult to get over. This part of the website is dedicated to those rabbits who enriched our lives and have gone to live over Rainbow Bridge...

Rainbow Bridge (author unknown)

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal, any kind of animal, dies that has been especially close to someone , that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill or old are restored to good health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, someone who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent, his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

If you have lost a rabbit and need someone to talk to who will understand your grief, please remember that the RWAF provides a pet bereavement counselling service to members. So do please contact us if you feel you need to and we hope to help make these hard times a little easier.

"I don't know how I would have coped without your support line. No matter how many times I rang, often hysterical and incoherent, I was never made to feel a nuisance. Whilst family and friends could not find the time for me, the voice at the end of the help line never let me down."
Kayte Webster

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Yuki - November 2012

Yuki

You were my soul bunny, you brought so much joy into my life and were there for some of my happiest and saddest moments.

You were a special friend who would come bouncing up to me and jump on my lap when I needed comforting or lick my face when I was crying... You were always there, always fighting against EC to stay by my side. You were so loving and gentle. I was at my most happiest when you would cuddle up to me smiling with those beautiful eyes and we would fall asleep cuddled up together.

Binky free and healthy up there we will be together again some day :)


Primrose - 19th May 2012

Primrose

19th May 2012. My Primrose lost her fight with renal failure, one of the worst nights of my life but I like to remember the good times!

She was such a character, always hopping to greet me whenever I got home, licking my face and circling my legs!

R.I.P sweet cheeks





Honey Botelle - With us from 30/9/08 - 29/12/12

Honey

My husband and I already had a bonded pair of bunnies but a neighbour came and asked us to take in a rabbit that was being neglected.

She was outside on her own in a hutch without any attention and not being well cared for. We are house rabbit fans and could not say no - we took in Honey but did not really have the room so we put her upstairs in our spare room.

Her hutch was disgusting and she was underfed - within 24 hours she had turned from a quiet nervous rabbit to a very inquisitive, excitable and sweet one. We fell in love with her straight away and although an attempt to bond her with our other 2 rabbits failed she continued to stay upstairs with us and I spent hours and hours every evening just stroking and playing with her.

Due to the previous neglect Honey had quite a bad case of Snuffles which meant she sneezed alot and also had numerous operations on her teeth. However each time she bounced back and even the vet described her as an "enigma".

We think she was about 15 months old when we adopted her and we were so used to having her around we forgot she was getting older. In the last week of December 2012 little Honey started to show signs of teeth problems again and as we knew she always got through her ops we did not seem too concerned, however I think her age made it difficult for her to recover and she stopped eating and drinking. We took her to the vets who wanted to keep her in. Much to our regret she died at the vets who wanted to keep her overnight - we did not want to leave her there but thought we were doing the right thing.

We are Christians and know that God is in control and that is how she was meant to go. Honey was our "kindred spirit" a very unique and the most loving and affectionate bun you could ever meet. Despite all her illnesses she was always happy and used to love jumping on the bed and zooming around the upstairs.

Honey will remain in our hearts forever and we hope to be reunited with her on the New Earth.


Shadow Jan 2007 - July 2012

Shadow

We adopted Shadow in January 2007. He had had a horrible start to life, being left in a hutch with another rabbit with no food - the other bunny didn't make it!

It took 10 months for him to bond with our female rabbit, Pernod, as she wanted nothing to do with him, and all Shadow wanted from life was a bunny to love. When she finally accepted him, he was the happiest boy.

In 2008, we emigrated to Canada, and brought both bunnies with us.

Shadow loved it here, especially as we had a large garden for him to binky around. When Pernod left us for The Bridge, Shadow was like a little lost soul. So, we adopted Georgia, and they fell in love straight away, and were never apart. They had more than 4 happy years together before Shadow took ill.

At first, it was arthritis, so he was on pain meds and had acupuncture, which helped him a lot. Then he got prostate problems, and started to go downhill quickly. When he lost interst in food, we knew he had had enough.

We all went to say "Goodbye" to him, including Georgia. His vet, the acupuncture vet, and all vet techs and nurses came to say "Goodbye" as well, - he was a much loved bunny!

Shadow, we love you and miss you every day. You were a very special boy, and will always be in our hearts. Binky free at The Bridge!


Otis December 1st 1995 - 19th December 2012

Otis was found in a local pet store, the only bunny left and overlooked. How lucky for us! From the moment he arrived home he was brimming with playfulness and confidence. He didn't need a "partner" in life because he saw humans as his partner, forever demanding to sit next to you on the sofa and being stroked. If you didn't stroke him, you got a headbutt or a nip to remind you who was boss!

Sadly he became ill, the cancer grew quickly, and the hardest part was the fact that we always thought we would have you longer. Our only comfort being, that now perhaps you are fit and healthy and keeping your cousin Clover,company in Rainbow Bridge.


Jess [Jessie James] April 2011 - 12/12/12

Sam

Jess [Jessie James] April 2011 - 12/12/12. Taken from us by Mr Fox. I'm finding it very difficult to forgive myself for not being there. We all miss our beautiful grey and white rabbit, especially Bones, he still looks for you. I promise to keep your Brother safe and hopefully the little girl, Pammy, a rescue rabbit from the RSPCA will help take the sadness away. Although we only had you for a while, we will never forget you. I hope you don't mind all the tears we have shed, you touched our hearts.

Until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge, run free.
Mum, Dad, the Boys and your Brother Bones.


Sam December 30th 2012

Sam

Dear Sam (or Sammy bunny / Coco / baby bunny - you responded to them all) I just can't stop myself from crying when I think of you. You passed away on Sunday 30th December 2012 when Mummy was out and I will never, ever forgive myself for not being with you. I hope you can forgive me.

You were approaching your 4th birthday, you were way too young. Even the vet and rabbit experts could not figure out what was wrong with you as you lost a third of your weight (despite still eating mountains), but I prey that you are happy and healthy where you are. I hope that you won't forget me, and 'Coco dans l'Trocadero', which is where you got your second name from as you danced to me singing it while twitching your mustache!

Pickle misses you so much, she's always looking for you. You'd love the new flat, plenty of exploring space and cubby holes for you to hide in. You always were the first of the two of you to go off adventuring; Pickle always anxiously following your lead (despite being older!) You bonded so easily, right from that day we brought you home with one ear still in the air while the other had gone down!

Always cheeky, mischievous and adventurous, you never once lost your spirit and even in the final weeks didn't seem to be in pain, which is a blessing.

See you again at Rainbow Bridge, my beautiful baby bunny.


Archie November 2011

Archie was my companion and one of a kind. He was a gentle, giant french lop and so lovely tempered. After his brother, Mr. Latte died in October 2009 we became best of buddies and Archie adjusted so well, watching tv with me, sitting at the piano when I played and he knew it was time for him to go to bed when I switched the lights off at night. In November 2011 Archie had to be put to sleep because of his tumour and the house was unbearably empty without him. I can't remember ever feeling so miserable, so inconsolable, I couldn't function at work, I just felt ridiculous at being so sad and when I came home to the house without Arch there it made things worse.

I never thought I would or could think of getting another rabbit but went to a local rescue centre and a little lop which was an RSPCA rescue picked me. After an RSPCA house inspection I was excited but he just wasn't Arch, chewing things, running riot up the stairs and into the bedrooms and generally being very destructive in the house and not his fault I know but he just wasn't my Arch. Just when I was wondering if this new relationship was ever going to work out, I learnt that the mark on his back was from an hot iron and all of a sudden I realised - I had given Mr. Latte and Archie a lovely life and I was going to give Zebedee that too. Sometimes Zebedee does something naughty and I think Arch would never have done that and I do still miss Arch jumping up beside me. But a year on, last night, Zebedee jumped up beside me on the settee for a cuddle and a year of mess and mayhem was behind us. We do for animals what we cannot do for ourselves. We give them the best life we can, happy times and kind companionship and when there is nothing left we give them their dignity at the end. I miss Archie and I don't think I will ever have such an extraordinary companion but I am giving a happy home to Zebedee and he is growing in my heart.


Clover November 5th 2012

Clover

Clover was always up to no good! It was like living with the "Andrex puppy!" Despite several health issues from the age of two, she was, not only my first rabbit - but the most confident and trusting rabbit I ever met.

Despite various health issues from the age of two she fought her problems with dignity and grace and made me laugh so much. Saying goodbye to her was so incredibly hard, but she made it to nearly eight years old. You left us on November 5th 2012 and we were heartbroken.

We will miss you always lovely Clover.
Jules and your brother Basil


Cooper December 2012

Cooper our little man died 1st December after such a brave fight. Your family and your mummies love you so much. We will try not to miss you too much as you are always with us.

Night night little man have lots of fun xxx

Love Mummies Robin Sid, Junior Rudy and little Twinkle


Fluffy Jude Le Page July 2005 - November 2012

Fluffy Jude Le Page

My beautiful baby boy, you were such a cheeky little thing. Even with arthritis and kidney problems for the last 20 months of your life you were a happy and loving boy and we had such a strong bond.

I miss you so much but know you are now free and binkying again with Nibbs, Paws and Lola.

Love you forever kittenella xx












Bob 2012

Bob

Bob you came into our lives 5 years ago, at a time when we were desperate for someone to love. You were our saviour in our time of need. You were always so affectionate and loving. We feel so lucky that we had you in our lives.

After a long struggle with a respiratory illness you were taken from us and we and your loving companion Mabel are all heartbroken.

Life will never be the same and you have left a gaping hole that will never be filled. We miss you everyday. Life at home is not the same without you jumping on the sofa looking for treats. Or looking in at the backdoor waiting to be let in.

We hope you are at peace and we thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for giving us back so much love.

We will never forget you Mummy, Daddy, Daisy and Mabel xx




Zanta 2003 - 2010

My true friend. There with me through all the hard times. I love and miss you so much. Will remember you always

Love you forever




Harry

Harry I can Believe that you are gone only at 1 year old R.I.P you will be missed

I will always love u
love from Emily and Ben xxxxxx




Miffy

Miffy buns....... I just can't believe you're not here anymore; I miss you terribly and always will. You've left such a huge hole in my heart my darling, not sure what I'll do without you.

I am so shocked by your loss and the way you died; The way you were taken from me was so cruel. I love you baby Muffin...... I know you'll always look after me; you were my best friend, and I hope you know how much I love you.

I love you,
mummy and bear xxxxxxxxxx




Miffy

In loving memory of Miffy sadly missed rest in peace

A LITTLE *STAR* Grandma Radley xx




Aphrodite July 2011

Aphrodite

On the 9th July 2012 it will be one year since I lost Aphrodite, she was only 16 months old - and I can still cry so very easily over loosing her. How many bunnies can claim to have flown back home from Spain? I promised I would always keep you safe - and live like a princess to make up for your hard start in life.

Everyone loved you - and you soon ruled the house, from playing tents under tables and behind curtains, playing with magazines, nudging my legs to flicking your ears at me and the shenanigans and now a year on I'm crying as I'm writing this - my heart was well and truly ripped out when you left - but you taught me what a dreadful time some rabbits have and that not all vets know enough about rabbits and how to make them well. Through you I do anything I can to help rabbits in dire straits like you were, I fought so hard for you and it was out of my hands, I am so very sorry xxx you will always be my baby girl and I miss you so much xxx "It's time for little bunnies to say goodnight"

xxx My Angel Aphrodite xxx

Snowey June 2012

Snowey

We got Snowey at 12 weeks old in Sept 2008... I hadn't had a rabbit for a few years, but when I saw you I fell in love. You quickly became part of the family and shared our home as a house rabbit.

You had always had snuffles, but after a weeks worth of antibiotics you would be bouncing around again, getting into mischief. You were so popular little man, family and friends would greet you before us, we never minded though, you were our baby.

In May 2012 we were back at the vets with another respiratory infection...but this time all was not well, 5 weeks worth of antibiotics and we saw you just getting weaker but you wouldn't give in. You still played in the garden and kept the cats in order.

On Sunday 10th June 2012 you couldn't fight anymore and left us all heartbroken.

See you at Rainbow Bridge, with Rosie and Bell, our brave little boy. We look forward to the day. Missing you lots and lots, heartbroken mum, dad and all your family xxx.....always in our hearts.

Red June 2012

Red and Winter

Sleep peacefully little Red rabbit. The last of the bunny-girls, who had to be put to sleep after multiple health challenges became too much for your 12 years. You astounded vets that didnt think you would live past 3, with the state of your teeth, and for the last year you have battled with their help, against the odds.

For the last 3 years you and I were a true partnership after we lost your sister. You leave a huge hole in my life - no bunny can replace you and we aren't going to even try for many years. I miss you falling asleep on my feet and running up to greet anyone that came over with a nudge and lick! The last of my bunny-girls joined Dutchess, Summer, Blue and sister Winter at peace on 8 June to live forever in my heart.

 

Trio 2002 - 2012


We feel completely blessed to have had Trio in our lives for ten wonderful years. He was a massive part of our family and this loss has left a huge hole in our lives.

He was an adorable bunny with incredibly soft and shiny black fur and deep brown eyes. He shared 3 different houses with us. He loved to explore the garden and to rest in his own little special spot in the sunshine. We'll miss him following us round the kitchen and hearing his little paws patter across the laminate floor. He loved lots of attention and would shake his ears when he'd had enough! We thought he was so cute, just watching him take a drink from his bowl was the most amazing thing.

We bought him when he was only 5 weeks old and learned quickly how to sweep up sawdust and to rabbit proof our first home. Since he's been with us, we had 2 children who adored him too and we were always quick to remind them who came first!

We were lucky to have had no serious health problems with Trio until he went off his food a few days before he died on 13th May 2012.

Affectionately also known as Mr Biscuits, he has a very, very special place in our hearts. We will always love him ever so much.

I hope you can feel our love wherever you are Trio, sleep well my little bunny.

 

Bramble Davies April 2012


Our beautiful, affectionate Bramble, who fell asleep on 13th April. An exceptional bunny, who we rescued, who deserved a really good life and we certainly did our best to give him that. He bonded with his little sister Hazel, who is lost without him. We will always, always remember you our lovely Bramble, who used to cuddle into us like a big teddy bear. We will treasure all the wonderful, and funny memories of you being part of our family. Be happy on Rainbow Bridge, til we meet you there.

Miss You so much our dear Bramble. Claire and Jessica





 

Bluebell Kellaway Feb 2012



After a long battle with a respitory infection we finally said goodbye to our little fighter. He took the daily medications and nebulisations in his stride and was always the cuddle bun we knew so well even when he was feeling his worst. A truly special bunny, finally at peace now. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.

Sleep tight my darling, we will miss you. xxx



 

Oscar Wisbey April 2006 - 2 March 2012



Oscar found his way to us in August 2010 and I am eternally grateful that we had that precious 18 months with him. He was the most gentle, loving soul that I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. He adored me as much as I adored him and we shared a very special bond that was obvious to everyone. He loved human attention and everyone who met him fell in love with him. He would sit by the gate to his pen in the house looking longingly at whichever of us happened to be passing by and neither my husband or I could walk past him without fussing him.

Oscar loved nothing better than coming into the living room in the evening to sit next to me and be fussed. He would sit quietly by my side enjoying the attention while his bunny friend Violet binkied and dashed around him. She would then flop herself down right next to him, she adored him.

Oscar unexpectedly went to the Rainbow Bridge on Friday 2 March 2012. He has left a gaping hole in our lives and we miss him terribly. Violet is getting lots of love and attention to help her cope with her loss.

Sleep well my angel, we will never forget you or stop loving you.

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