Our Lionhead rabbit Chompy died on Saturday. She was 7 years old, which seems to be in the upper years for a house rabbit. It came as a shock to us because she was healthy her whole life. In fact just a few months prior our wonderful Vet (Dr. Munn) deemed her to be ultra healthy, so it was very shocking. She and Huey weren’t eating properly and this is not good for rabbits. Their conditions could devolve very quickly. We fed them both critical care (like ensure or boost for rabbits), and Huey got better. Chompy didn’t. We don’t know what she died of… it could have been a heart attack or something massive.
She was unlike herself, not annoyed at being touched. I even brought her to the couch and napped and cuddled with her for quite some time. In hindsight, that should have set off bigger alarm bells than it did. Hindsight is a horrible beast, though. It’s not a great road to let my thoughts go down. We both feel rather guilty… but dwelling won’t make anything better.
I’m surprised by how much I can miss her, especially considering that she wasn’t very affectionate. She didn’t like to cuddle, or be petted. Rabbits are not as interactive as cats and dogs. But we loved her. And we miss her terribly.
This is from the day we brought her home, back in May of 2006.
As mentioned previously, our dear bunny Bukit passed away last month. We knew we wanted to adopt another bunny so Chompy could have a friend again – but we weren’t sure when was too soon.
We decided to go through www.rabbitrescue.ca, an organization that takes in rabbits who are near the end of their lives at shelters and places them with foster parents until they can find ‘forever homes’.
Through them we found Huey – who was living in waterloo.
He likes apples and boxes.
He is awesome! He’s very curious and loves to be petted. This is a big change from Chompy, who is equally curious but replace love with hate and… well that’s the Chomps. They haven’t been introduced yet. I really hope they like each other. Bukit was more of a subdued bunny and Chompy can be fairly laid back as well. I hope these two don’t have clashing personalities!! Anyway, here are two more pictures of cutie mc Huebert.
Huey Emerges into his new home
Huey likes to be pet!
There will be many, many more pictures of him to follow
Oddly enough, having him in my home makes me miss Bukit even more.
One of my pet rabbits, Chompy is a Lionhead. We got her at the Humane Society where she was incorrectly labeled an “angora” (the type we get angora wool from).
We were struck by her ridiculous fluff, which is common for this breed. They slightly resemble a lion having a “mane” of fur around their face that is longer than the rest.
Normally, we maintain her fur by trimming it so she doesn’t get hairballs, track too much litter around, and so it doesn’t get matted. We’ve let it slide.
This is the result:
That white stuff all over her is the bedding we use in the litter box. It gets stuck to her fur; she doesn’t realize.