Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sugar is Sweet

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.


gail said...

Hi Shell, I love Sugar, she is so so sweet. Just such a pretty girl. I am so glad you decided to share her journey with us. I just know Razzy will love Sugar too. Chloe is happy:) Keep us posted.
Luv, gail

Susan said...

OMG...I was so hoping to see such a post!!! I just had a feeling you would bring a new baby in...congrats!

Things are good is wonderful...I featured Marie and Erica on my blog along with 2 other women with whom I work...

Congrats on your new bebe`!

Susie said...

Oh Shell, I would take any journey with you anytime. I am so happy to see Sugar is your new furbaby. What a lucky rabbit she is! Keep us posted. Sending you all bunnyhugs,
Susie ~ The Polka Dot Rose

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Shell,

What a touching post. I love reading it. I'm sure Sugar would be so happy in her new home and having you as her mommy! She's so lucky!

Let us know how Razzy is coping along with Sugar :)

Pei Li

tfangel said...

I'm sad there are people like the guy who shot the rabbits, but very, very glad there are people like who will now give Sugar a spoiled and loved life. I wish i could adopt the others, but i've kind of got my hands full with my five. ;)

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Oh Shell, Your post left me in tears. I am so happy for you, Sugar and your whole family. She is just precious and needed a Mama. I am so happy you decided to share this journey with us. I agree, Chloe is looking down on you with warm fuzzies. I hope it all goes well for you.

GARI said...

I am so happy for you and for Sugar. We, too, have a Sugar. Our's is a Malaccan cockatoo that was neglected and needed a loving home. She has been with us for 5 years and feels completely at home. Best of luck on your family completing journey.

Marie said...

Hi Shell,
I am so happy you found Sugar. She need you and you needed her.

lisa said...


I would love to come along with you on your journey. I can just see Razzy and Sugar playing together. This is a good thing that you did Shell.


Carolee Crafts said...

I am with you Shell on your journey, Sugar is so sweet and I know you will turn her life around, animals have an inner sense of epople that will help them and she will have the life she deserves

Hugs Caroline x

Tedi said...

I new it wouldn't be long before there was a needy bunny in your life! You can't keep a good bunny lady down. Sugar is perfect.
Hugs, Tedi

Craft Diva said...

how sweet! you have such a big heart, dw! i know it will all work out well between razzy and sugar and i know chloe is looking down on you smiling.

the odd sparrow

The French Bear said...

Good for you !!!! I just something good would happen!! Sugar is so sweet, how wonderful of you to rescue her!!!
Love the sugar babies, wish I was able to her out, too bad I am so far away, they are adorable!!!
Margaret B

Patricia said...

Shell, I am so glad you have done this. She won't replace your precious Chloe but you have the opportunity to save another bunny. I'm sure Razzy will be so happy to see another play mate. Here's to a wonderful new healing relationship. Congratulations!
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Mary Wadsworth said...

Oh this is wonderful news Shell, thanks for sharing the journey. Sugar is so sweet and such a lucky bunn!!!
I know Razzy will just love her!!!


Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Shell-Sugar is beautiful. I'm so sorry about Chloe. Good luck with Sugar!

Carol at Clutter Bug Studio said...

Oh Shell, that brought tears to my eyes. How precious is sweet Sugar and how deserving of a special home that you have to give her.

I am so happy to come along on this journey. Pleaes keep us informed.
Hugs, Carol at Business In THE Bag

Camellia Cottage said...

How sweet of you to take another bunny. It sounds as though Sugar will have the perfect home!

Shabby Shan said...

I am so glad you are letting us go on this journey with you. Sugar is so cute! I just know that Razzy is going to love her! Thank you for sharing!


Hef's Mom said...

I am the same way, when I lose a pet a big part of me wants to get another to start to fill the void. Rescueing a rabbit who really needed you is a great start!

Lynette Larson - Campbell said...

Oh Gosh Shell, I am bawling like a baby!!! Poor little Sugar -- how on earth can people be so mean!!!!! I hope they were reported! And her darling babies!!! If I didn't have cats I would love one! Yep, we are here for the journey!

kath@retromantic antiques said...

OH Shell, What a sweetheart you are to adopt Sugar. Sounds like she needed you badly. And those sugar sweet. I didn't know about Chloe. I'm so sorry. This seems to the year for animals. I know so many people that have had to put their animals down. I in for the journey. And thanks for popping by my blog. kath

CrazyBunnyLady said...

Such great bunnies.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Aww Shell, I am so sorry about Chloe...but sooo happy for sweet little Sugar. she has a loving home now.


Anonymous said...

Ugh, what a sick thing to do! Poor Sugar must have been terrified there! I'm glad she's with you now, she's going to have the best a life a bunny could wish for :)

Thanks for bringing us on this journey. We loved it and we're looking forward to more journeys with you and Sugar and Razzy :)

Sparklyjools said...

Well done you! Sugar is lovely, she has "landed on her paws" and will have a wonderful home with you. Just makes me so angry that there are such awful people in the world,who can be so cruel to defenceless creatures.
Huge hug!
Jules x

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Shell, I have tears in my eyes and butterflies in my stomach. I feel just awful for those poor bunnies. How could that stupid man do that? My hear aches. Sugar is so beautiful!! Oh I am just so glad she has the BEST home in the world now. I am looking so forward to tons of pictures of her and pictures of her and Razzy together. You are beautiful to rescue these wonderful sweeties Shell. Only a true bunny lover knows what wonderful companions bunnies are. Bless you sweet friend!

Bunny love,

Dianne Hadaway said...

Hey Sweet Lady! I'm just now catching up with you on your blog and I'm so happy for you and for Sugar that she found you and you took her home. She really is one lucky bunny to have you caring for her! I just love the name Sugar. That's what my Daddy always called me. Here's to getting Sugar and Razzy acclimated and to many happy years together living at the Four Seasons!
Love ya girl!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad Sugar found a home with you. I have always loved bunnies & had bunnies myself many years ago.I am sorry about your Chloe.
I love your bunny pics & stories on your blog.
I would say any bunny would be happy to live at Shell's bunnyville!