I have been quiet for a few months, juggling a lot. Late September and October brought the worst fall allergy season in years. I hit bottom on my energy level and Tigger and Shadow were experiencing some on again off again illnesses. As the allergy season moved to its end, I bounced back, to realize that the rabbits were not rebounding from illness as they had been. There have been a number of vet visits, a lot of prescriptions and a lot of bunny care.
At the beginning of this year, the vet confirmed what I had already recognized. My funny furry little friends are closing in on the end of their lives. They have finally reached a place where they are showing their age. We have entered the realm of rabbit assisted living / hospice care. That isn’t due to any specific serious illness right now, but things that are now chronic and reoccurring. It is also based on the fact that some diagnostic tests and treatments are no longer safe given their senior age. Tigger is due to turn eleven at the end of this month and Shadow at the end of April. So everything now is focused on keeping them as comfortable, active and pain-free as they can be. We have standing medications on hand and on file with the vet to be prepared to treat some of the chronic pain and illnesses that have become a regular part of their life and ours.
It was so sad early on coming to grips with the realization they have entered this end stage. I now accept it is a joyful time. They are still with us and bring us so many smiles and laughter. Tigger and Shadow run a senior version of the Bunny 500 on good days. They binky and come running to us and still do adorable bunny dances for treats. Everything they do is just slower and with more care. They are actually more snuggly with us right now than they have been at any other point in their lives. Afternoons and evenings, we will see them flopped together, leaning in to each other, propping each other up.
So we will take things as they come. I plan to blog a few times a week about the bunnies and what we are up to with the Rabbittude website and shops.
It’s a hard time. I lost one a few weeks ago that was at least 10 yrs old, maybe as old as 12. One day at a time.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am sure you are missing your rabbit so much right now. Yes, one day at a time.