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.

Itsy Bitsy

On January 31st, I brought a baby bunny home from the animal shelter.  She had been abandoned and they couldn’t tell me if she was male or female.  She also did not have a name and no one knew how old she was.  I introduced her to my four-year old Holland Lop bunny named Buster.  At first he was unsure about this new house guest…

…but then he grew to like her.

First date.

We named her Bitsy and began introducing her to other furry family members.

Everybody seemed OK with the new situation.

Is there room for one more species in this Animal House?  Check back tomorrow to see for yourself. 🙂