Members' rabbits Remembrance Roll 2008
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...
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.
Bruno MacDonald 2001 - 2008
Our much loved Chief rabbit, Bruno, who passed away the day after his 7th birthday. Bruno had been poorly for a couple of years, but never let it get him down; he was still skipping and leaping about right to the end. Needless to say, he has left a huge hole in our lives, and Clover misses him dreadfully.
Andrew, Nicola and Oliver
Ernie Baxter 2006 - 2008
For our lovely, loyal, affectionate little bunny Ernie who we rescued and had a loving and fun home until he died. We miss him loads.
Love Ian, Steph & his devoted bunny friend, Emily xxx
Albert Collard 2003 - 2005
Albert was a very special bunny whose antics showed that he thought he was human! His owner of 4 years had to move to Ireland and was unable to take Albert. I had just got over losing Bun, my rabbit of 6 years who died suddenly of a seizure. I was devastated over Bun and thought I was in no state of mind to take on another rabbit so soon, but Albert's owner was desperate. As it turned out Albert was exactly the tonic I needed. Everyone who met him couldn't believe how friendly and human-like he was. He would follow me everywhere and do wonderful, funny tricks. His favourite treat was dog biscuits! I only had him for just under two years when he was struck down with E. Cuniculi. I took him to one of the best rabbit vets in the country, but tragically, after 2 weeks of battling to save his life, I lost my beloved Albert.
Albert, you brought sunshine into my life and you will never be forgotten. Hazel X
Blake McBride 2007 - 2008
Blake, my 4mth old Otter Rex, born december 2007 in Bedfordshire died today 23rd march 2008. He was a beautiful boy who was just starting out on his life with us. He had a tragic accident with his Hay rack and got his foot caught bless him. He died instantly.
Bye Bye Blake xx
Alfie Padel - Passed Away March 2008
Handsome boy Alfie who will be missed greatly by his loving family Ro, Jon and Tiggy as well as his many human and furry friends. Instead of the normal sending each other flowers we decided to collect the money and donate it to the RWAF to help other buns in memory of Alfie and Holly, below.
Holly Halliwell - Passed Away Feb 2008
Beautiful bunny girl Holly. Who will be missed terribly by her loving family Michaela, Haydn and Tinker and also by her many friends. Instead of the normal sending each other flowers we decided to collect the money and donate it to the RWAF to help other buns in memory of Holly and Alfie, above.
Muffin Gilbert - Sep 2002 - March 2008
Muffin was a very special bunny who was hand-reared from 2 days old. I'm sure that he thought I was his real Mum. Our guest bedroom was Muffin's Room, and you'd more often than not find him sprawled out in front of the radiator - relaxing! Muffin was always keen on a cuddle, and would lie in my arms - on his back, legs in the air – like a baby, for hours on end, snoozing furiously. He was always picky with his food but particularly enjoyed his daily allowance of parsley, and darted around my feet until he got his treat. His nimble footwork earned him the nickname "The Black Flash". We shall never forget him, and Rabbiting On readers might remember him from his early life story published in the magazine in 2003. Night, night Muff Puff - we'll miss you. Fiona & Nick xxx
Jul 2004 – May
Our beautiful baby boy Snuffy to whom we said good bye on 25th May 2008.
We hope he had the best life a little bunny could have - he roamed around the house wherever he liked, followed us upstairs to bed at night and would be there waiting at the door in the morning - all so he could jump up into bed for a cuddle. If we had a lie-in, you could be sure he would let us know about it by scrabbling at the door until we gave in and acknowledged him! He spent daytime asleep in his cozy bedroom, hidden away with a duvet and pillows covering his big hay & carpet bed. When Summer came, he liked to move into the front bedroom where he would lay down and sunbathe. But he would always be there waiting by the door when we came in from work ready to play and have the masses of attention he so deserved. We even took him on holiday in April to a lovely cottage in the country where the owners were good enough to understand he was a "house rabbit" and let him run round all weekend. Hay, peapods, coriander, extra special tendersweet carrots (!) and the occasional chocolate raisin, they were all his favourites and he would come running like a little dog and put on a show when he knew it was food time. Snuffy had to go through 4 or 5 dental operations in his short life and was due another one on 29th May. He was always such a strong little boy. It was as if he knew he would have problems forever because his life ended with a sudden and tragic accident at 5.25am on 25th May when, during one of his mad, crazy runs, it appears that he lost his way and flew into a closed door, causing so much damage to his little brain, we had no choice but to let him sleep. One of the hardest decisions we have ever had make. We will love him and cherish his memories forever.
We'll miss you forever....miss you lying flat out with your chin on the floor waiting for your nose rubbed, miss you buzzing round all over the place looking for cuddles. Love you always, Mr Tufty, sleep tight babba xxx Leanne & Stuart xxx
Rose Power Date of Birth Unknown - Passed Away July 2008
Rose was a rescue rabbit and the gentlest, most loving creature I have ever known. She had been left, weak and pregnant, in a box by some bins. Sadly, she lost her babies. She had a bad eye, cruelly clipped teeth, molar spurs, and a bad leg. I met her at the rescue in October 2006. It had been nearly two years since I'd had rabbits, having been bereaved twice within a year and still hurting. I only intended to be there as a volunteer, but she stole my heart at first meeting her. It took some time to finally find her a suitable companion, but Charlie joined her at Christmas 2007 and they got on beautifully from day one. Her eye problem became very bad recently, and despite best efforts, she died the day after an operation. I always had to chop her veg into tiny pieces because of her teeth, and it is not having to do little things like that anymore, which brings home the loss. How strangely empty the house feels without her presence. I always knew her departure would break my heart more than any other, as she was such a special girl, but I am so blessed to have known her and to have had the privilege of caring for her.
God bless Rose.
Pebbles Dakin June 2005- October 2007
Sadly missed by partner Bambam. Taken too soon loved too much.
Patch Dakin Feb 2002 - June 2005
Thanks for teaching me that love could be unconditional and making my life brighter for having known you.
Tinker Halliwell - Passed Away July 2008
Gorgeous Boy Tinker who passed away peacefully. He will be missed terribly by his loving family, Michaela and Haydn, but he has gone to join his beloved Holly over the rainbow bridge. His many friends have made a donation to the RWF in his memory instead of sending flowers. He's left a huge hole in all of our lives.
Carrot Pickles - Passed Away May 2008
We rescued Carrot from RSPCA Coventry in September 2007, they estimated her age as 3 years. Carrot was put to sleep on 29th May 2008 following a blockage in her intestines.
RIP Carrot x
Colin Pearson - Passed Away August 2008
Colin was the most beautiful rabbit anyone could wish for. A product of a suprise pregnancy, he was the only boy of 4 bunnies, and we were grateful to bring him into our lives. Colin started off as an outdoor rabbit, but soon became our houserabbit when we couldnt bear to part with him, even only to the garden. Colin suffered a lot of problems with his teeth in his short life, but always soldiered on. He was playful and inquisitive, and always patient with my husband and I fussing over him - he never showed aggression in the slightest, just the odd thump when he wanted his cuddles. Unfortunately he was taken all to soon when he suffered heart failure out of the blue on 13th August, yet he held on through the night until the morning as if he knew we needed to say goodbye properly. Sleep well our wee man, thank you for the love you brought us, enjoy a thousand binkies on rainbow bridge.
All our love Hazel and Justin Pearson xxx
Archer Goraya - 2001-2008
When I first saw Archer I instantly fell in love with him, but I'd never had a pet before and found the first couple of days very difficult, I almost took him back to the pet store as he kept scratching me! But that soon passed. He was brought as an outdoor bunny but after his first night outside he wouldn't go back in the outside cage so ended up being a house bunny (you can see who had the upper hand in this relationship). I hated leaving him at home alone while I was at work so I got him companion called Billie (on the right). They had completely different personalities but bonded really well and have been a part of my family ever since.
Everyone loved Archer he demanded love! (and treats too), he was such a socialable bunny he really did bring joy to everyone. 6 months ago his health started to deteriorate the poor bun had an eye infection and sore hocks. The vet prescribed him antibiotics and within the week he made a complete recovery. He was out in the garden more, running around my feet beginning for treats and so so affectionate, just like in his younger days.
Sadly on the 4 th June 2008 I returned home from work and noticed he was not very active and off his food (very out of character). I gave him a few drops of metacam but he did not perk up so I took him to the emergency vets. Luckily his vet happened to be working that evening but he had to break the news that this was it for Archer there was less than 50 percent change he would make it through the night. I could not have him euthanized if he was not in any pain so I took him home, let Billie cuddled up to him one last time and held him in my arms until he passed away at11.30pm.
I am so grateful to God for the 8 years I had with him and especially the last six months (in full health) and for the way he took him away from me so peacefully, he looked like an angel. I have scattered his ashes in the garden and in a lake close to home where I can go to think of him and be close to him. He was like my baby and me and Billie miss him dearly but I know he is in a lovely place being cared for and getting lots of cuddles and treats. Archer you are always in our hearts,
Suk (mummy) and Billie xxx
Harry and Daisy Grummet
This is our much loved Harry, we called him our big brown teddy, he was rehomed so we're not certain of his birth but we had and loved him for 5 years along with his partner Daisy - we rescued her from terrible conditions 6 years ago and she died in August aged about 7. Harry died of cancer last Friday - we will miss him very much indeed. We know it was cancer - but think a broken heart contributed, he and Daisy were so loving. There's a picture of Daisy too.
Houdini, Millie, Benjie and Lady Jane also send love x
Kayleigh, Betty Boo and Chloe Tucker
We have lost 3 of our very precious Bunnies this year Kayleigh was born in our house to our rescue rabbit Grace in 2005, Betty Boo was from a rescue centre and such a beautiful girl and such a character and Chloe was dumped near our home and we took her in and she was such a Daddy's Girl. Although we have 12 more rescue rabbits to love we very much miss the ones we lose and so I thought it was best that they were on the roll of remembrance.
Kayleigh Tucker, June 2005 - June 2008
Your Spirit runs free, but you will never depart, because we keep you alive in our hearts.
Miss you Kayleigh from Mum & Dad Tucker & the Tucker Bunnies. xxx
Betty Boo Tucker, October 2004 - August 2008
There are no goodbyes for us.....wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.
Nite nite Princess' Miss you so much from Mum & Dad Tucker & the Tucker Bunnies. xxx
Chloe Tucker, September 2005 - September 2008
If love could have saved you all, you would have all lived forever.
Love you Chloe Button nose, miss you lots from Mum & Dad Tucker & the Tucker Bunnies. xxx
Miss Warburton (Tucker) (Sister of Kayleigh) June 2005 to January 2009
What we have enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.
Love you Always
From Mum & Dad Tucker, Toffee your companion & the Tucker Bunnies xxx