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Old 08-22-2007, 09:21 PM   #1
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Tragedy at home tonight...

Since most of us are pet lovers and most have children I think you'll all relate to my story.

Little boy Belle, the 12 y /o, has a pet rabbit Inky. Inky has spent the last two years living in a luxury cage we had our carpenter's build for him. This afternoon I was outside watering flowers and noticed Inky outside his cage on the ground. Quick reminder...we have seven dogs. These dogs were all outside with me. I immediately began calling all of them to take them inside but not before Christian, the smallest Yorkie, noticed the rabbit! The chase was on! Christian, Chanel, and Max (all Yorkies) chasing Inky. I was screaming for my older son to come help in hopes we could catch Inky before the bigger dogs discovered what was going on. Well, the rabbit just fell out in the pasture. The Yorkies just stood and sniffed her, not quite sure what to do with her now that they had her down. I picked her up and could not find anything wrong with her. She was just breathing hard and scared. I put her back in her cage and she hopped off to her favorite corner.

I took the dogs in and went back many minutes later. Inky was laid out in the cage seemingly in shock. We brought her inside to cool her off and check her out a little further. She just laid in my arms and didn't seem to be physically hurt on the outside but just shocky. We tried giving her water, etc but Inky passed away tonight.

Little Belle has experienced the first loss of a pet and is quite upset. He has requested a morning burial with a cross over the grave. He held her for a long time after her passing telling her how sorry he was and how much he loved her. It's really sad to watch your child endure the loss of their pet. I just thought I'd share knowing how close most of us on the board are to our pets.
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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Tell little Belle we are all thinking of him and inky. Also tell him to put a flower on inky for me. I will be thinking of him.
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I'm so sorry! That is a tough time experiencing that first serious loss of a pet!
So you don't really know what caused the bunny to die?
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Daddy Belle thinks he died of shock. We couldn't find anything wrong with her. Interesting, we always thought he was a she until tonight when we were looking him over for injuries, we discovered he was actually a GIRL! That part of the whole dramatic night has kept him laughing between the tears.

He just got a fish and a shrimp in his new aquarium last night. There names are Nemo and Gumbeaux! Little Belle said he's going to be sure and keep a sharp eye on them.
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Tell little Belle we are all thinking of him and inky. Also tell him to put a flower on inky for me. I will be thinking of him.
Thank you Pie. I will tell him and be sure we put out an extra flower from you tomorrow.
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My condolences. Do we know how the bunny got out of the cage?
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My condolences. Do we know how the bunny got out of the cage?
There are two scenarios on how bunny got out. #1 Little Boy may not have latched the cage back when he fed her yesterday or #2 Our horses got out last night and I noticed horse prints all around the cage. They ate all the feed off the ground that Inky knocked out. Our horse Bandit knows how to open any latch, gate, door, etc that is not chained shut. He may have unlatched it trying to get to the rest of the food.

We have decided....no more caged animals. It's just not right to keep them in a little confined space.
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Rabbits go into shock rather easily as I recall. When Ms Hertz was little, a cat scratched her rabbit and they took it to the vet. The scratch was small and not life threatening, but the rabbit went into shock anyway.
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I googled it and discovered rabbits will go into shock easily. I think it really is the cause of death for Inky.
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So sorry to hear about Inky. It is sad when your child loses a pet.
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Thank you Isabella. He was doing much better yesterday morning. Today will be even better. Last night he even said, "Well at least now I never have to hear again , Did you feed your rabbit today?"
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Thank you Isabella. He was doing much better yesterday morning. Today will be even better. Last night he even said, "Well at least now I never have to hear again , Did you feed your rabbit today?"
The rabbit done died That is not always good news If the rabbit died then someone spilled the ink ...........
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It was no laughing matter, BUT at least it was the right rabbit that died!!!! Or poor Mr. Belle would have fallen over from a heart attack if I had said "Guess what"
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