Buster crossed the rainbow bridge today. He had been sick for a very long while and with the help of our beloved vet, Dr. Glasscock, we attempted all kinds of remedies and treatments. During the last year he’s had a variety of illnesses but this last one was hard to treat and he was not getting better. It’s called “head tilt”. I won’t go into the details here, but it’s a difficult disease to treat. It causes them to lose their equilibrium and their heads are turned at an angle.
Eventually he could not get upright and Jim had to feed him by hand and give him water in a plastic syringe. He stopped using his litter box so we had to keep him clean by washing his bottom in the sink. He quit eating his pellets and hay and would only eat salads. Jim got up in the middle of the night to give him a salad in case he was hungry.
Eventually we realized that it was time to let go of our sweet little pet. Buster lived with us for nine and a half years. He made his home in the laundry room and played outdoors in our backyard on nice weather days. He made friends with chickens, ducks, cats, kittens, turtles and dogs.
This morning he had lost the ability to move around and he looked very tired and sad.
I had been thinking that we should let him go for a few weeks but Jim wanted to try everything before he came to that decision. After seeing his condition when we woke up, he said, “It’s time”. We spent the morning taking turns holding and petting him. Buster never liked to be held but without any control over his movement we were able to put him in our laps and pet his soft fur. He seemed to enjoy it. It’s the only time we were ever able to hold him like that.
He provided so many years of love, humor and gentleness to our family. He tolerated pesky kittens and baby chicks. He allowed us to indulge our silly human indignities.
We took him to Dr. Glasscock and carried a small piece of banana with us. We broke it into pieces and fed it to him while we waited in the exam room. He loved it. He seemed peaceful and relaxed. After it was over, we took him home and buried him in our pet cemetery. I put his memorial bunny on his grave and Jim got Boo Boo’s bunny from hers and put them together.
Some of you may remember Boo Boo. She was a very sweet little sister to Buster and they really loved each other. Now they’re together with Dave, Missy, Boots, Rosie, Daisy & Violet…and Hannah.
Tears eyed and heart broken for you. What a beautiful post.
Thank you Aunt Carol.
Buster you were loved, oh so loved. Good night sweet bunny.
Indeed he was. We will miss his sweet, cute little self.
You are so eloquent even when I know you are so sad. love you all.
Merrilu C. Hoffman
He was a great inspiration. Wrote from my heart.
I’m so sorry, Deb. Buster was a sweet bunny and you and Jim are sweet bunny parents. Heaven is certainly filled with special angels. Love you.
Thank you so Much Marcie. I love you too.
I love you and I know you and Jim are hurting. I am praying for you to have comfort and peace.
Thank you Renee. We are sure that he’s doing binkies in Heaven.
Love y’all. Thanks for giving him the most magical life a bunny could imagine.
Thank you Regan. He made our lives magical too. Hugs to Disney. And thank you so much for the hard work you do for kittuns.
Sweet & much loved cousin, I am so very sorry! What a beautiful life y’all gave each other! I always loved reading about Buster and seeing pictures of his adorable escapdes. I am sending ALL of my hugs & love to you and Jim.
Hey Boo. Love you girl. Thank you for your sweet words. Cousin Deb
Hi Deb, So sorry about Buster. He was the cutest bunny! Love to you and Jim! God Bless You Both.
Thank you Kathy. He was muched loved and had a long happy bunny life. See you in July. Deb
I can feel your pain on this Debbie. Don’t know how many times I’ve sworn off ever again caring or having anything like another pet, or another wife. The pain is so great when they’re gone that it overshadows the good memories and good times…for a while. Time will allow it to become more bearable though, and while the pain will lessen (somewhat), you’ll have the good memories that will last. I’m sorry.
Larry thank you so much. Your words ring so true. Even though it was under sad circumstances, I was happy to see you. Please visit us any time you can. We’d love to get together sometime.
Love you. Deb