I debated and thought and then thought some more about sharing this news with all of you. Mainly because we have a bit of a journey ahead of us. Mainly because we still have aching hearts over the loss of our beloved Chloe. Mainly because I couldn't get a grip on my thoughts and emotions. Then I paused and thought... Shell you have wonderful friends. People you have never met, yet their warmth, love and hugs, are felt. Oh heck, let's take them along for this journey. Traveling with good friends is always much more fun!
So.... I would like to introduce you to Sugar.
Last week I was forwarded an email by my good friend Paula at Cape Fear House Rabbit Society Paula is an incredible woman that I have had the pleasure to get to know. She rescues rabbits, nurses them back to health, finds them good homes, or if they are not adoptable, keeps them in her care to live out their lives in a sactuary. I adopted Rosey and Chloe from Paula. So... Paula forwards me an email from a couple just 20 minutes from me that have rescued some rabbits and they want to know if Paula knows anyone in the area that would be interested in giving a loving home to some female rabbits that just had babies.
At first I didn't know what to do. My emotions were running wild, the tears still falling and my heart still aching. Then the couple sent me her photo.
Here was this poor little bunny that weened her babies outside in the heat (we live in NC and it's been in the 90's!) I looked at her sad eyes and the scared look on her face. Then I read about where this couple got her. Apparently there was a crazy weirdo man that had about 40 lop rabbits in his back yard just running around. The bunnies would dig under the fence and try to escape. The man got tired of trying to catch the fleeing bunnies and decided it was easier to sit on his front porch with a shot gun and just SHOOT them!!!!!!! Sugar and her sister, both of whom were pregnant, managed to run to a neighbors house without getting shot! Then this couple came and took them and the remaining 8 bunnies back to their house. Sugar was placed in a pen outside with male rabbits on either side of her. The male rabbits would spray her with pee to "mark" her. She had her babies and they were weened.
These are the Sugar Babies. I wish I could take them too. They are up for adoption if anyone is interested.
I tossed and turned all night and couldn't get the sad image of Sugar out of my head. Her name came to me out of nowhere. The next morning, my good friend Michelle went with me to see her. Upon picking her up, she snuggled into my neck and pretty much wispered "don't leave me here." In the carrier she went and into the a/c of the car. My friend Patricia said she went from the slums to the Four Seasons in one fail swoop! hee,hee,hee.
Razzy has been doing ok, but I know he misses Chloe and the companionship of his friend. They always snuggled together and Chloe always groomed him and showered him with kisses. I thought to myself how bad off I would be without my friends. Getting Razzy some Sugar felt right. It not only felt right for Razzy's heart but for mine and David's as well. Giving a little critter a safe place to live and lot's and lot's of love is what we do, no matter how brief that moment may be.
So... now comes the journey part. We can't just throw her up in Bunnyville with Razzy. Bonding rabbits is a process and a journey. Right now she is living in a playpen in the foyer. Since she has never been properly fed, we are working on getting her diet in order. All her nasty pee stained fur will shed out and I know she will be soft and glowing. On July 28th we will get her spayed. The first weekend in August we will move her (in the playpen) up to Bunnyville where she will be able to sniff and see Razzy and he will be able to see her. From there it could be a couple of weeks to see how they do before we actually let them go free together.
So.... are you up for the journey with me?? We know Chloe is looking down on Sugar and saying , "don't worry, your safe now and loved."
Sugar is sweet.
This week IGF Paula at Cape Fear House Rabbit Society and her incredible heart and her friendship to me.