Joy and Pain

I scheduled Bitsy’s surgery with Dr. Glasscock, our wonderful vet and friend.  Why would we need to spay our bunny you ask?  Even though Buster is neutered, all pet bunnies are happier and healthier if you have them fixed.  The reasons are threefold: One, they can’t reproduce (not a problem in our situation.) Two, female rabbits are prone to uterine cancer and taking out the uterus eliminates this chance.  Three, bunnies are notorious lovers.  They can never relax if they are still intact and they harass all other animals in their vicinity as well as inanimate objects that might look slightly “bunny-like”.  Before we had Buster fixed when he was a youngster, he had a favorite stuffed toy that withstood his attentions with great forbearance.  Bitsy was trying to mate with Buster constantly and he was gentle but firm in his desire to “just be friends”.

So, on the morning of her surgery, Dr. Glasscock did confirm that yes, she was a little girl.  We left her in excellent care and planned to return in the afternoon to collect her.  At 2:00pm I got a tearful phone call from Dr. G informing me that Bitsy’s heart stopped during surgery and she was unable to wake her up.  She had never lost a bunny during surgery before and she was very shaken.  I collected my little girl and Jim and I had a small service in the back yard for our pet of one week.  She is buried next to Boo Boo, Buster’s little sister who died two years ago.  A flat pink stone marks her grave.  Her death was peaceful and pain-free, and her last week on Earth was probably the best she experienced in her short little life.  We will miss her terribly and so will Buster.

Such is life when you have animals.  There is always some pain mixed in with the joy.  In my opinion the joy is worth every ounce of the pain.  Good-by Bitsy.  You were loved.

18 thoughts on “Joy and Pain

  1. What a sad but extremely educational blog. I never would have imagined the complications with those cute little furry friends.

    • Yes, rabbits are not pets you can just pick up in a pet store and take home. And I could get way up on my soap box about how so many neglect them and don’t raise them properly.

    • So sorry to do this to you. I wanted you to get to know her first before I dumped the whole sad story on you. Check back tonight for some cheering up. Buster-man saves the day.

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