"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
With our hearts broken, we managed to post this on Facebook 07/30/22 a few hours after Hip passed.
With a heavy broken heart, we'd like to make a tribute to our beloved Hip Hop who passed away suddenly this morning after contracting GI Statis, a common and potentially lethal condition in rabbits. We got him the immediate care he needed at the Village Animal Clinic, but Hip Hop was ready to go to rest. Words can't describe how devastated we feel. Some of you knew our little buddy and loved him as much as we did. We'll always keep the memories we have of him near and dear. He would jump up on the bed to wake us up in the morning, free roam around the house showing off his hopping skills, come lay next to me when he wanted a head rub, just to name a few. He was the center of our universe and we will miss him dearly. He was just shy of his 7th birthday. Rest in peace our little buddy.
August 9, 2015-July 30, 2022
Dear Hip Hop- After 6 months I finally have enough strength to write to you. I'm sorry it took s long but losing you has been extremely difficult and life and forever life changing.We love you!
Dear Hip hop. It was a rough day today missing you. I was crying for an hour this morning because I was thinking about your last few hours on earth and how you never gave up. But the most painful thought was about how I tried to save you but couldn't and the vision of you dying in my arms at the vet. You are so loved and missed my boy and your my hero. Thank for all the joy you brought into our lives and for choosing us to be your parents. It's been almost 7 months I really thought this pain would subside but you were our child. Mommy is hurting also. Last week we were out to dinner and when I mentioned you she started crying. Please help us. Love Daddy
Dear Hip Hop. After you left, I always looked for signs of you telling me you were ok. One of those signs I thought I saw back in early December. On the exit ramp off the highway I saw a beautiful rabbit in the road crossing the 3 lanes of the exit ramp and he looked right at me like you used to. Of course he made it safely across because I was going fairly slow but he brought me comfort. I've thought about him often and how he was doing surviving the winter. Well today as I was exiting the ramp to get to work, he was in the middle of the road dead. My buddy did survive the winter only to be hit by a car. I cried all the way to the office, I feel like it's a a sign your not ok or something. You taught me about empathy and it's bursting. It's been a rough day and we miss you so much! Love Daddy.
Dear Hip Hop. It's painful to write these things after all this time. (tears). One of the things I miss the most is waking up at 3:30 am on the weekends to spend the morning with you. You would get your breakfast early and we'd hang out together. You would always do the bunny 500 where you,d runaround at full speed and do figure 8's back and forth several times then stop right in front of me and look at me with those big brown eyes like,'you'll never catch me Dad', you were such a show off. Then you'd try to sip my coffee, play behind the curtains, get extra head rubs and watch cartoons together. You are so missed my son. These tears are painful but your so so worth it. love Daddy.
Hello my angel, The other day my coworker Laura came up to my desk and presented me with a beautiful gift. It was a white porcelain bunny mug she found in Target. She thought of me when she saw it. I was so touched and surprised! It wasn't my birthday or a holiday. After I thanked her she went back to her desk. I then burst out crying in tears. My happy tears of receiving this beautiful gift brought my grief for you to the surface and I got upset. Thankfully she didn't see that. I just wanted to let you know that you're presence is everywhere and I still think about you constantly. Binky on at the rainbow bridge with your friends. Be sure to show off how high you can jump! Love you always, Mommy
Dear Hip Hop. Daddy's heart is shattered, it's been a horrible few hours missing your and reliving your last moments on earth, again! Some here call it Pts or something. I'm so tired of crying. We miss you!
Dear Hip Hop. I woke up this morning and looked at a picture of you laying on the couch and I lost it. I had to cover my mouth or I would have been sobbing. These episodes are what I live with now. The deep pain of losing you is a part of me forever now and I've learned to accept it. This is how much we love and miss you my son. Daddy
3/30/23 Hello my boy. Today marks 8 months without you. I was in our spot in the living room crying earlier asking you to give me a sign you were ok. Then I loged on my computer and the random picture that came up was a picture of a rainbow in the desert from the ground to the sky. Maybe that was a sign but I don't feel better. Nothing makes me feel good anymore. The pain and emptiness is unlike anything I've ever felt before. Mommy is hurting too. Please help us. Love Daddy.
Dear Hip Hop. You are so missed. This morning started out teary after looking at a video I have of you on my phone taken 1 year ago. Then I cried myself to sleep in the afternoon because we used to nap together on the weekends, you'd sleep right next to the bed beside me. I think that's when you felt most at peace and at ease. It was in your nature to be scared of everything but with us you learned to trust us. The best years of our lives were when you were in it. And the tears continue..
Dear Hip Hop,
Tomorrow is your special day. You were our beautiful Easter bunny. You always got an Easter basket to play with along with some extra treats. This will be our first Easter without you and it won't be the same. You are so very much missed my boy! We love you so much. Love, Mommy
Dear Hip Hop- It's another tough day missing you, The pain of losing and missing you is a heavy cross that I will always bear. You'd think after 8 months the tears would stop but they still come frequently like today. I miss laying my head on yours and talking to you about my day. And I'd tell you often how hurt I was going to be if you ever left me, but I never expected this as I drown again in tears,,, It's my 37th weekend without you my son and it doesn't get any easier in a lot of ways. That intense raw pain that we felt for the first 6 months lifted somewhat but it's still very hard living life without you my boy. I don't know how I got this far so I suppose I'm doing okay. Love Daddy
My tears poured like rain before work this morning because I miss you and your never coming back. Then I was thinking about how I miss all the wild rabbits we used to see around here but not this year. Shortly after I was driving down our our road I noticed 3 small deer eating some leaves on the tree that had just bloomed at our neighbors house. I slowed down and stopped right next to them,maybe 10 ft away. They all looked at me and one even wagged it's tail a me lol, I guess they knew I was no danger but usually the bolt when they see us, anyway they proceeded to chow down and I left. I'm hoping that is a sign better days are ahead and that I see some rabbits here, your distant cousin. PS I added a remote control to your memorial here because I know how much you loved chewing the knobs off. You destroyed at least 5. Love Dad
Dear Hip Hop, This morning was very difficult. I woke up and started thinking about how much I miss you. I cried hard for a half hour and while I was trying to get ready for work. The pain is real my boy, even after all this time. This episode reminded me of the first few weeks after you passed, crying while forcing myself to get to work and then crying at work. I never want to go through this again, the pain is just too much. Love Dad
5/14/23 Dear Hip Hop. I have more better days now than bad but today has been difficult. A lot of tears, pain and sadness. It's the price I pay for loving you so much. Love Dad.
Dear Hp Hop- This weekend will be the 44th without you and today was rough. Mommy was watching a bunny on tv and completely broke down and then I did too. So we held each other and cried for a few minutes together and talked about you. You are so missed my boy. Life hasn't been the same since you went to heaven and we hurt everyday for you but the only silver lining is that mommy and daddy have become closer through our grief. We love you!
Hey Buddy. The 30th will always bring back memories of you passing, Every 30th I cry because I love you and miss you so
6/12/23 Hey Buddy. The past few weeks have been up and down. May tears shed when I think about you at certain times even when I was driving home and was thinking about you. Crying in the car has been a lot less but it still happens. Sometimes I wonder if I suffer from extended grief disorder if there is such a thing,? I miss you so much! Dad
6/18/23 Dear Hip Hop. It's Fathers Day and I wanted you to know ho much you are missed today. Mommy always gave me a gift from you on this day and it hurts your not here. We just got back from vacation, our first in 10 months and it's hard having a good time without you after all this time. Love Dad
6/21/23 Dear Hip Hop.Today is the summer solstice a day and I miss you so much! I was thinking about last year and how happy I was, how I loved spending time with you and the silly things you used to do and then the tears came and they have not stopped. I miss you so much my boy. Your pellets are still on top of the fridge, your litter box is in the same spot, your nose prints are still on the windows and mirror and we sleep with the blanket you used to lay on. And of course your memorial in the living room. Please visit us in our dreams or come home for a visit anytime, we will be waiting..... tears. Love Dad.
6/30/23, My boy it's been 11 horrible months today since I had you home where you belong, we so miss you. I started to cry at work this afternoon thinking about how I'll never see you again. It took a long time and so much pain to realize that, it was so hard to accept in the beginning and still is. Mommy misses you so much also. We love you! Love Dad
7/11/23 Hello my sweet boy. Mommy misses you so much. Every time I see a jackrabbit run out in front of me, I think of you. It's like you're reminding me not to forget you. I could never forget you. You'll always be my little bunson who I love with all my heart. Not a day goes by where your Daddy and I don't think of you. You are so missed angel! Love, Mommy
7/12/23 Dear Hip Hop. It's been a rough day missing you my boy. In a few weeks it will be a year since you went to the bridge and I'm dreading it. But I'm not alone, many people here this week have posted their first year and how they have coped which helps. One angelversary post today tore me up because it was so relatable. He said he was a 'broken man' and that's how I feel. Living without you has been extremely difficult and the intense pain endured was unimaginable. I cried hard everyday for months, in the car, at work, wherever and everywhere, I never want to go through that again! It's the price we pay for loving so hard. We love you my son. Love Dad
7/21/23 Dear Hip Hop. Just when I thought I was feeling better, the tears came thinking about how much I miss you and the emptiness I feel. Last year at this time, you were alive and your wonderful self. If I had known that was your last week on earth, I would have held you and never let go. Thank you for giving me and mommy the happiest days of our lives! You are my son and always will be. Love Dad.
7/23/23 Dear Hip Hop. It's bee a horrible day. I woke up and starting crying because next weekend is your first angelversary. It scares me on how I'm going to handle it emotionally, Mommy and I took the following week off something we couldn't do right after you passed last year. We miss you so much. Love Dad.
7/27/23 Dear Hip Hop. I'm very angry at you and myself today. 1 year ago today was your last 'good' day on earth and you didn't show me any sign you were not feeling well. We started the day with you having your lettuce and pellet breakfast on the couch, then you laid down on the couch wanting a rub, but this time you almost laid sideways but I didn't think much of it at the time, thought you were being cute but maybe that was the sign I missed. The next day I'll talk about tomorrow. You were so tough buddy, stronger than I'll ever be. There's no getting over you. Love Dad
Dear Hip Hip. Today was your first angelversay. It was a very tough day but we got through it. A few highlights were when we went to the vets office to place a flower by the door in your memory, we looked up into the sky there was a cloud that looked like you laying down. And later at night when we got home, a bunny was in the yard and he just stared at us as we walked to the door. Thank you my boy, I believe that was a sign you are ok. We will always love and miss you!
Dear Hip Hop. I just wanted you to know how much you are missed my boy. Dad has cried a million tears since you left and my life will never be the same. How could I get so attached to a bunny is beyond me but you had such a huge impact on our lives. You were the center of our universe, life revolved around you keeping you safe and I loved you more than life itself. The happiest time of our lives were when you were in it and it's still hard to find any joy in life. We were blessed to be able to allow you to 'free roam' around our 2 bedroom flat. You were litter box trained and were a part of the family. When mom and dad went to work, the house was yours and you never got into trouble, what a life you had. Thank you for allowing us to be your parents and for providing us with the best years of our lives.~tears~
8/2/23 Dear Hip Hop. The day before your angelversary, mommy was looking out the window and burst out crying that she can't believe it has been 1 year. I starting crying also and got up to hold mommy, as she buried her head into my shoulder sobbing, I looked out the window and there was a bunny in the grass eating. I said to mommy look it's Hip Hop out there, she looked outside again in shock and disbelief because she said there was no rabbit out there 10 seconds ago. Are you watching over us? Love Dad
8/2/23. Dear Hip Hop. We took your angelversary week off and it's still hard at times being here. I just cried thinking about what I did comming home for the first time after you passed. I grabbed your favorite stuffed animal and brought it into the bedroom. And while my heart crushed unable to speak I managed to say to mommy- I want to be buried with this. If I go before mommy I want that in my casket for you were my son and I miss you so much! ~tears~ Love Dad
8/6/23. Dear Hip Hop. I miss our routine on the weekends. I'd usually get up early just to spend time with you. I'd wake up around 3:30 am and wake you up as I made coffee, sometimes you'd watch me knowing your breakfast of greens and pellets were coming. I had to be very careful walking into the living room with your breakfast or dinner because you'd always attack me acting like you never ate before. You were so silly. We always ate together on the living room couch because you were part of the family. Under the couch cushions are some of your pellets which I can't comes to terms with cleaning them up but that's a subject for another day. After breakfast I'd hang out with you, I'd talk and give you endless head rubs. A times after 20 minutes of rubbing you I had to stop lol. You would have laid there forever. Then at 7 am everyday, you'd bolt down the hallway into the bedroom for your daily down time sleeping. And sometimes I'd come in around 10 am and we'd take a nap together, you at the side of the bed. You were my best friend and I miss you so much my boy. ~tears~ Love Dad.
8/19/23 Dear Hip Hop. Raja's 1 year angelversary is today and the post by Marti tore me up inside. It's exactly as I felt on your anni. The tears came throughout the day but they are healing tears. I don't know if they will ever stop because you were our everything. We miss you so much! Love Dad
8/26/23 Dear Hip Hop. It's been a really tough week for me and mommy. We miss you so much and hope you are doing binkys in heaven with your bun friends. Please give us a sign that you can see or hear us. It's comforting to know you are close by. We love you. ~tears~
10/1/23 Dear Hip Hop, It's been a horrible day missing you. Off and on tears all day even after all this time. I will always carry you in my heart wherever I go. Please watch over us and keep of safe. Love Dad