Unfortunately Cookie our Holland Lop rabbit had to be euthanized yesterday. I had just shared a picture of him and our dog Gracie at the end of last week. He had been acting fine until Sunday when Sweet Pea noticed some changes. He continued to eat, but seemed a bit quiet. By Monday afternoon he definitely wasn't himself and we called a vet that specializes in exotic pets. She suggested we try dissolving some rabbit food in water and feeding it to him and then to bring him in early in the morning. It turned out he had something called GI stasis (where basically the GI tract stops moving) which can be caused by a number of things. There wasn't anything that could be done at the stage he was at and it was obvious he was in pain. The young woman vet we had was very kind and got choked up when she saw the Littlest Gardener crying. When Sweet Pea got home from school I had to give her the bad news and she of course was heartbroken. She is quite the animal lover and is very sensitive about them. Cookie was like her baby.
She told me he loved the Pink Flowering Currant that bloomed outside his hutch and the flowers that are in full bloom right now. She wants to make a memorial garden for him around his hutch and include pink flowers and his favorite plant Hellebore. Not sure how she knew those were his favorites, but they did spend a lot of time in the backyard together.
To some people he might have been "just a rabbit" but a pet of any type can become like a member of the family and you get to know their little personality traits. He was very social and loved to be pet. I'll miss seeing him when I look out the back windows or hearing him clang around in his hutch for attention when I was working in the garden.
A lot of you commented on my Facebook page and that meant a lot to Sweet Pea. I'm sure at some point she'll be ready to share her love with a new baby rabbit.All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.