My Rabbit Died This Morning -- I'm So Sad

I’ve had a terrible morning.
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I loaded up all of my animals (dogs, rats, and rabbit) to take to the boarding facility for the holidays. When I got there, I took my youngest dog, Molly, out and left the other animals in the car. I cannot handle taking in three dogs at a time, and I’ve done this before, and it works well.

So, after the employees took Molly back to the run, I went back to the car to get my other two dogs. When I opened up the back door (SUV), I saw Chloe, my daughter’s rabbit, lying on her side, outside of her cage, up against the side of the car. She was not moving.

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I totally lost it. I took my dogs inside, crying the whole way and unable to speak because I was in shock.

The employees of the facility followed me out to the car and wrapped her in a towel. They think her heart gave out from being frightened by the dogs. I think my older dog, who would start salivating whenever she got near the rabbit, pushed open the side of the cage, which did not latch to the bottom tray, and chased Chloe out into the back of the car, where she got trapped.

I feel so bad. If I had taken my older dog out first, the other two probably wouldn’t have messed with the rabbit. They’ve never been that interested in her anyway. There are so many what if’s, but ultimately, I feel responsible.

My daughter has a soccer game tonight…against a really tough team. We’re not going to tell her until afterward. We were going to open family presents tonight since we’re going out of town in the morning. I doubt we’ll feel like it now.

I’m sorry…I’m just so sad. Dh, who didn’t want the rabbit but quickly grew attached to her, is devastated.

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I’m so sorry!:cry:

That is sad, my condolences.

:hug: my condolences, Nathalie. :hug:

I am so sorry for your loss!

I’m so sorry, Nathalie.

Thanks, y’all. I know that there are a lot of animal lovers on this board, so you understand how I feel.

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Oh hon, I’m so sorry.

:hug: :hug: :hug: I"m sooo sorry :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: I know this will be so hard on you all.

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Nathalie, I’m so sorry to hear about your rabbit:verysad:Just a word of advice though its much easier to try to return to a normal lifestyle as soon as possible( open the presents anyways):wink: We lost our dog Rascal last February and all we wanted to do was pout and cry and reminisce through pictures and fave toys and the like but I think that just made it much harder on us…I am not saying to forget her but try to focus on only good things when thinking of her is all:hug: :muah: :heart:

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I’m so sorry for your loss! My brother and I both had rabbits when we were younger. Losing them was horrible. I knew mine, Amanda, was sick when I went to school, and I wrote a note to my dad that we needed to take her to the vet that night, but since he was at work I couldn’t do anything about it then. She was gone when I got home, and I couldn’t stop thinking, if only I had called dad this morning!
Don’t blame yourself. Things go wrong. hugs

Aww, poor little thing. I’m so sorry. I well know how hard it is to lose a pet. :hug: :hug: :hug:

I’m so sorry to hear this, how incredibly sad. hugs I know too well how difficult it is losing pets, they’re so much a part of the family, it’s devastating when you lose one.

How sad. I’m so sorry for the loss of your bunny. :hug:

Thanks, y’all.

Well, today was really hard. I went on to work and managed to put in a few hours before trying to finish my shopping and get home to my children.

I’m really proud of my husband. He put on a brave face for our kids.

We decided to open presents before her game. That wasn’t 100% good as we could tell our daughter was disappointed with her gifts. Santa will be bringing the “good” stuff, but we were already so sad that her attitude hurt.

Regardless, we worked hard to keep her in good spirits before her game. She played outstanding and was in a good mood afterwards. We got something to eat…dreading what was coming.

One of my biggest fears was that she would hold this against me and be really angry. We haven’t gotten along very well for a while. She shocked me by blaming herself. I think I would have rather had her mad at me.

Dh dug a hole in our garden, and we buried her there. I am so proud of my daughter. I planned on wrapping Chloe in my old robe, but my daughter wanted to do it. She was so brave, and we all cried. I prayed and thanked the Lord for the good memories. I told my children that the Bible says nothing about heaven not including animals, so it’s my prayer that Chloe will be waiting for us when we get there.

I’m still really sad, and I still blame myself, but we’ll get through it.

Thanks again for the kind words. Y’all are so sweet.

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Oh no, I’m so sorry :hug:

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So sorry to hear esp after the crazy last couple of weeks you’ve had to go through.

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