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November 4, 2014

Baby bunny

Nine years ago I walked into the Glendale Galleria in California.  I was working part-time at the Victoria’s Secret in the mall, having just moved across the country to live with my boyfriend, who I had seen in person for less than a week total at the time of my move.  This big leap set me up for so many other big leaps in my life, including the one I took when I walked into the pet store in the mall.

Now, I know that mall pet stores are typically not good entities, that there are plenty of animals in shelters who need homes.  But it was my habit to walk to the pet store on my breaks, to say hello to the animals there.  And one little rabbit stood out to me.  She was so full of life when all the other rabbits in her pen just sat there.  This sweet little girl would come bounding over any time I stopped by, pushing her nose into my hands and demanding a scratch.  I fell in love.  Of course I did.

Baby bunny

Soon enough, I brought her home with me, to the house my boyfriend and I shared with three other roommates.  The little rabbit sat in kitchen and watched our lives hustle by, her nose twitching, soft ears perking up when we came to sit by her cage and talk.  We named her Bunny.  She was the start of our family.

Over time we added a cat and a dog to our family.  But Bunny was the push toward everything.  Bringing her home wasn’t just a leap of faith that we could have a pet.  It was also a way to say, Yes, I believe in this.  I believe in this life with you.  This is going to work.  Sure enough, it did.  I married that boyfriend.  He is my best friend.

And today my best friend and our daughter and I are saying goodbye to this sweet little rabbit.  Our Bunny, who we love so.  It is the hardest thing to do.  But it is time.


Bunny family photos

Bunny family photos

Bunny family photos

Bunny family photos

Bunny family photos

Bunny family photos

I want to share a small story about her, because she has taught me so much.  One of the first things we did for Bunny was get her a small stuffed goose to keep her company in her cage.  Rabbits are social animals, and she loved having her own “pet” to groom and feed.  Bunny would move Goose around the cage at feeding time, always making sure that Goose’s head made it into the food bowl when it was filled.  We used to laugh about it, but it’s truly a measure of love.

Even now, at the end, when she is old and it is hard to move, Bunny looks after Goose.  When I cleaned her cage the other day, I moved Goose out of Bunny’s way, to make it easier for Bunny to move around.  When I came downstairs in the morning, I found Bunny and Goose cuddled together, Goose’s head in the food dish.  Always, always, Bunny takes care of her friend.  It says a whole lot, I think.

And when she’s gone I’ll remember her lessons, and all of the love she had to give.  It’s been a tough few weeks leading up to today, but I want to celebrate this rabbit, who has meant so much to us.  We love you, Bunny.   You are in our hearts.

Bunny family photos

Bunny family photos
Thanks to Ian Grant Photography for capturing these pictures.  We’ll cherish them always.

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  • Reply Nicole Albertin November 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

    So beautiful — both the photos and your words. What a special rabbit. I always like when we can learn from animals. I think we could all the time if we just paid attention a little bit more, as you have. Rest peacefully, Bunny!

    • Reply Tanya November 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Nicole. Bunny had a lot to give and a lot to teach us. xo Tanya

  • Reply Karol Ruth Silverstein November 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, Tanya! This broke and warmed my heart in equal measure. Thank you for sharing your relationship with sweet Bunny. Are there any pictures with Bunny and Goose together? Would love to see one. Big hugs to you, Ian and Lily.

    • Reply Tanya November 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Karol, that really means a lot. I’ll try to round up some pics with Bunny and Goose. It was a pretty touching relationship to witness. xo

  • Reply Dennis November 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Tanya you show me more and more why I love you. You show how much feeling you have for all your relationships, even (down or up) to the smallest
    Bunny. This was a very touching story. My love to you all and I’m so happy that Bunny brought you all such happiness.

    • Reply Tanya November 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks, Dennis. Lots of love to you, too. xo

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