One last kiss

Freckles 2001 – 11/18/2011

I had Freckles put to sleep this afternoon. I’d watched her fade and struggle for the last year or so… ten and a half years take their toll on a bunny even though she was always very healthy. She’d been unable to move around very much and in the last two weeks had begun to lose her balance and not be able to get herself upright once she tumbled over. She had a couple seizures, too, which was just too much for me to bear. A local vet suspected E. cuniculi based on her symptoms, so we treated her for that for a while, but there wasn’t any improvement.

Anyway…

It’s so hard to make that decision, but it was easy for her. She had an incredibly long life for a bunny and she knew nothing but love. She was the kissiest bunny I’ve ever known and was kissing me still this morning as we shared a couple last moments of love and comfort. This is my favorite photo of her from many moons ago.

 As pet owners, we are so fortunate, I think, to have the option of that final kindness for our pets.


27 thoughts on “One last kiss”

  1. Freckles knows she was loved. I understand. I lost two rabbits to EC. I was difficult to watch them decline and there was nothing I could do other than make them comfortable as possible.

  2. So sorry to read this, Laura. I always loved the Freckles’ stories and the pics. Such a cutie. I didn’t realize she was a kisser…or even that bunnies kiss.

  3. It’s so hard, so hard. And I believe we should be able to do it for each other, too.

    You got me thinking about when I was going to take my beloved Larry in one last time, and first–we got a banilla ice cream cone to share. There’s only a thin mental membrane between the present and old grief.

  4. The luckiest of bunnies. It is amazing to me what you can discover about an animal that, were it living wild, might make it for three years, but kept in comfort and safety has the luxury to reveal to you an incredibly rich life and personality. Holding you in my heart, Laura.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about Freckles and I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet her. She was a very cute little girl and lucky to have you as a mom. I’m thinking about you all today.

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