Dear Trix, little buddy...I remember that day in April 2004 when I decided that I wanted a rabbit, and so...I ended up at Pet World one afternoon, but only "to look". Turned out that the shop was having a "special deal" that day...buy a starter home and get a bunny for just $5. I asked an employee what it was like to have a bunny as a pet, and maybe it was because the young man was rather large, tattooed and well, a little rough looking, but I will never forget what he said..."I used to have one and I never thought I could love a little rabbit so much". Anyway, there you were...a tiny lop-eared creature that fit into the palm of my hand, and so 11 years of adventure began...and that young man's words were SO right! |
I couldn't decide for a few days what to name you and then it came to me...white mischievous rabbit...TRIX, just like the cereal. Eleven years...running the "bunny 500" so fast down the hallway with just a whiskers length of space from the wall to the entertainment stand. Hopping after Sara, right on her heels and while she did not seem to enjoy your presence she never would have hurt you. And then there was Sophie, dropping her rope toy in front of you as if she was inviting you to play tug with her. The bunny ballet in the living room...leaping into the air, doing a 360 turn, and kicking those thumpers before landing. The ear rubs you enjoyed so much, the gray "smudge" nose that never stopped wiggling, the bunny licks that I enjoyed and the occasional bites that I didn't. Turning on the computer or vacuum cleaner only to discover that "someone" had chewed through the power cord. Let's not forget the shoelaces! How many times did I put on a sneaker and found that you decided the laces needed to be shortened! Performing many other acts of "rabbitage"...
"The Daily Affirmation"...Oh, what a handsome rabbit! I...(look into the mirror and pat)...AM that handsome rabbit! I am the most handsome rabbit in ALL creation! Yes, my little friend, you certainly were!
We met Dr. Modglin for the first time when you were six months old because she had a good reputation for being knowledgeable about rabbits...and it was time for you to be "fixed". She told me last year when you were 10 years old that you looked like a much younger rabbit and she said it was because you had been so well cared for. Just last week during your acupuncture visit I told her that I knew that you would most likely be the next of my "kids" to break my heart. I never thought those words would come true just five days later...
Sometimes things happen so quickly that the mind hasn't quite caught up...that's where my mind is today. Eleven years from tiny kit to venerable senior...too quickly gone by and the house so sadly quiet.
So now, I have to believe that you are with Sara and Sophie and your newest sister Lucy once again, hopping through the meadow that is now your home...now it's my turn to say those words I heard 11 years ago...I never thought I could love a little rabbit so much!
March 31, 2016...Hey Trix! Your first anniversary at the Bridge is here. I held your blanket last night and I thought about those days before you left....I knew then that the time was coming even though I tried to pretend that it wasn't. I miss you little guy, but I have sensed your presence over this past month and I know it's because you are letting me know you are okay. I think about you every day, sometimes with a tear but mostly with a smile because of the joy that you brought into our lives. I love you Budwink! Forever your MDR
March 31, 2017...How quickly the time has passed as it now your second anniversary at the Bridge. I am thinking of you with a smile as I remember how you would sit up for your "bunny toast" every morning! And I chuckle when I remember your hijinks with little Poppet! I miss you both more than words can describe...love forever, your MDRC