My beautiful and sweet little girl, Lacey, joined her long-time companions and friends, Dusty and Cassidy, at the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at about 12:30 p.m. CDST. She was about 12 years and 1 month old, and she had been crippled in her hind-legs for about 1 year and 8 months. According to her vet, Robert Ness, DVM, her body was shutting down. Her chest was congested, and she had been ill with various respiratory infections, including two separate bouts with MRSA, for several months preceeding her demise. |
Lacey was a battler though. She loved her life, even as limited as it was. She enjoyed eating banana slices, carrots, and pumpkin mixed with Critical Care, a specialty concocted for her by Darice Palesch. She got lots of love and attention from those around her.
For the last two months of Lacey's life, Darice had nursed and loved Lacey as if she were her own child. Lacey's condition actually seemed to improve for awhile, but at 12 years old, things can go wrong quickly for even a fairly healthy rabbit, let alone one as sickly and feeble as Lacey.
Lacey was the glue of the first family of pets that I had as an adult. I acquired all three of them in June and July of 1998 at the Summit (IL) Feed Store on Harlem Avenue. They were all infants at the time, so they were raised together. After an initial period when they had to get used to each other, all three got along incredibly well. They all cuddled together and with each other separately at various times. I say that Lacey was the "glue" to the family, because both of the male rabbits were attracted to her, and because she was a giving child to the other two. I frequently spotted her grooming either Dusty or Cassidy, far more frequently, it seemed, than they groomed her (although Cassidy was pretty giving of himself too).
For more details of the wonderful life the three rabbits shared with each other, please refer to my memorial to Dusty.
I will have more to say about Lacey later, but I feel too much pain from her loss right now to continue writing.