Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sugie Bunny...Love Never Ends

Well, this is not exactly what I had in mind to write about for my Easter Post, but it seems it shall be. Please bear with me and this long post, but I feel this story needs to be told.

Yesterday afternoon I lost my precious Sugie bunny to her Mega Colon Syndrome. Many of you have commented on how fat her tummy looked in recent photos. That was actually the progression of this disease. She in fact was almost all bones when I petted her back and hips while her stomach was bloated and large.
Some of you know how Sugie came to live in Bunnyville, but for those that don't, this is the story.

Sugie came from the most awful and horrible place. A man was raising lots of bunnies in his backyard to sell to pet stores and to sell as meat. He had over 100 some rabbits that kept breeding over and over again. The rabbits began to dig out under his fence and he got tired of trying to catch them, so he would sit on his front porch with his shotgun and shoot them as they tried to get away. Sugie was one that managed to get away and was found by a neighbor. She was pregnant at the time.

The people that captured Sugie called some folks that lived close to me. They came and got all the bunnies from the man. Then they carried them to their home, where there were lots and lots of bunnies out in horrible hutches in 100 degree heat. They placed the bunnies male, female, male, female in the hutches so they wouldn't fight. However, the males kept spraying Sugie from either side with urine to "mark" her. Her beautiful white fur was stained yellow and orange from all the urine. She sat there miserably covered in pee, in a hutch with that dreadful and painful wire floor, in 100 degree heat and had given birth to the babies who were now in a separate hutch.

I had just lost my Chloe bunny from a fluke problem called, root rot and was really not ready to get another bunny as my heart was so broken. But Razzy missed Chloe so much and my friend, Paula with Cape Fear House Rabbit Society, sent me the above picture of Sugie. One look at that scared, sad and pitiful face, I had to go get her.

My friend, Michelle (Captain as I call her) went with me. We were both on the verge of tears when we saw Sugie's living conditions and I about passed out when the man got her out of the pen by lifting her by the scruff of the neck!! WRONG!! I grabbed Sugie and she immediately snuggled into my neck. Captain was freaking out too and kept telling me to " just get to the car Shell, get to the car!" I noticed some very strange looking poop in the cage, but all I could think about was getting Sugie out of there.

I had her spayed and then introduced her to Razzy for the bonding process. You can read about it in the August of 2009 archive if you would like. It's a pretty funny story. (That's Razzy in the photo, not Harrington)

As Sugie got older, her poop started getting worse and worse. Her belly also started to get bigger and bigger. All of it stemming from what I later found out to be Mega Colon disease, which is a genetic disorder that probably came from all the inbreeding of bunnies that the stupid man did. Sugie has had two other hospital stays since the one yesterday. I have spent well over $3,000.00 on vet bills and medications, which I'm not complaining about, as I believe in being a responsible parent. But, I have sell a lot of patterns and embroidery floss to pay for these bills. My friend, Paula, told me that Sugie's life expectancy would not be good. In fact, if she made it be three years old, it would be amazing as most bunnies with this disease don't. Sugie was almost three.



Sunday afternoon I made her a new cardboard cottage and got her a fresh blanky. Her old cottage was suffering some structural damage from a bad renovation. ;)  Sugie adored her little cottages and loved to fix her blankies just so. She would stretch out in there and lick her front paws to show her happiness.

I will miss kissing her soft cheekies and telling her how pretty she was.

I will miss watching her take a nap with ther footies stretched out behind her.

I will miss her loving, sweet heart but most of all, I will just miss her presence in Bunnyville.

Harrington is now acting EBO (executive bunny officer) of Bunnyville. He is not very happy about it as ya'll know he would rather party in the poo poo bucket. However, we know that Easter is coming and lots of adults will make irrational and poor decisions to purchase bunnies as Easter gifts for their kiddo's instead of purchasing chocolate or stuffed toys. The children will grow tired of the bunnies in a few weeks and the parents will not want to have one more responsibility to their already over-committed lives. So like it happens every single Spring, hundreds of domestic bunnies will either be set free into neighborhoods where they will die because they don't know how to live in the wild, or they will end up in rescues waiting for a forever home where someone will love them and care for them no matter what.

Harrington, Sugie, Razzy, Chloe, and Rosey were all Easter bunnies that were no longer wanted. They all found their way to me and even though I never really know how long I will have with them or what illness they may have, my life is always better because of them. Love is patient and kind...

Love never ends.

xx, shell and harrington

124 comments:

Barb said...

I am so sorry for your loss, and so appreciate your post, it was hard not to cry.

Bev C said...

Hello Shell,

Sorry to hear this, but so glad you were able to save Sugie from her awful start to life.
Happy Easter.
Bev.xoxo

Sunnybec said...

Shell I am so glad you rescued Sugie at least she enjoyed some of her life how anyone can be cruel to an animal is beyond me. Both of my dogs are rescue dogs, Lady was rescued along with her sisters and brothers because the owner was going to drown them and Sam was in a stray dog centre in a cage so small he couldn't even turn around properly in it. We will never be able to save all the mistreated animals but you have to be proud that you do your bit. Big Hugs Linda x

Deb said...

I'm sorry Shell. I understand your loss and all I can say is that she was so fortunate to have what time she had left with you. You are a sweet girl to help these rabbits that are treated so badly by others. I've rescued all my life and although it is the hardest thing say good-bye, I know that at least they knew they were eventually loved beyond words. Enjoy your sweet memories of her. I wish I was there to give you a big hug. Deb

The French Bear said...

Shell, thank you for rescuing Sugie and giving her a wonderful and safe home. My heart goes out to you and to Harrington.....it will be hard not to see her sweet little buns. This is a lovely tribute to her and to you for being so loving and thoughtful!! Of course I am bawling like a baby but that is bunny love for you....you blog has given me such insight into the treatment of rabbits and when my grandchildren come at Easter, we will make a donation to the SPCA in honour of Sugie....
Hugs,
Mags
xxx

Karen M said...

shell, I am so sorry about Sugie. She was a beautiful soul, and you were both blessed to know each other. Who knows, maybe Sugie and Ginny are meeting up across the bridge, having fun, and laughing about our silly ways. At least I hope so. Love and Hugs to you and Harrington.

Miss 376 said...

I am so sorry, I lost one of my cats this week, so appreciate how you feel. She was such a pretty bunny and I am sure all the happy memories you have will be a comfort

Melissa said...

I am soooo sorry for your loss. Sugie was very lucky to have found you, and you, her. You are right. Love never ends.

Maree: said...

So Sorry to hear of your Loss Shell..You made a difference in Sugie's Life and that's what really matters..
You are an Angel.
Take Care..

Tammy said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Each rescue leaves a little mark on your heart, doesn't it? I am sure there is more bunny love out there that needs your kindness when you are ready.
Big hugs.
t

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Shell:
Our lives are all enriched by the love and adoration of our pets whose lives are all too short. I'm so sad at the loss of another of your beautiful pets. You made their time on earth better, and in time, your love for each other will guide you back together over the Bridge.

Know that your pain is shared by all of us who love you. I'll say prayers that the sadness you feel as you grieve for Sugie will soon be replaced with only your happy memories of her.
Love always,
Donna

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

Aw, Shell and Harrington,

I am so sorry. I will miss my chats with Sugie.

I was grown and gone and remember when my sister had a rabbit. Our parents were not responsible pet owners at all. I would get sickened when I saw the condition that bunny had to live in. I've seen far too many breeders as you've described as well. And I too am completely against puppies for Christmas, bunnies and chicks for Easter. It is quite sad!

Hugs to you.

FrecklesandDeb said...

Oh, Shell, my heart is so sad that your Sugie has gone for the bridge. I'm sure that Freckles was waiting for her and they can explore the wonders together until we can get there.
All my love,
Deb

Megan Chamberlain said...

I am so sorry about beautiful Sugie bunny. I loved seeing her photos and her sassy attitude and will miss that so much. You gave her an amazing life and that is so important.
Remember all the wonderful times and that she was very happy with you.
Big hugs to you and Harrington.
Look after yourself.

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Shell and Harrington,
I'm so sorry to read of your loss of sweet Sugie. Although you are grieving of her loss, know that giving a beautiful home and the memories will be with you always.
Big hugs to both of you,
Jean

Wendy said...

Shell, and of course Harrington,
I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face (at work no less). I am so, so, so sorry for your loss. As a bunny rescuer I can understand your pain and wish there was something I could do to help you fill that awful void that just appeared in your lives. It's hard to look on the bright side at times like this, but Sugie had a wonderful life after she came to live with you. I do believe bunnies from horrible, awful, disgusting backgrounds like Sugie and like 2 of my 4 bunnies really appreciate their new homes where they are loved. I'm finding it hard to articulate here as I'm so upset by both the loss of Sugie and hearing about her start (along with countless other bunnies who didn't escape). I only hope you'll find yourself able to adopt another rabbit, not to take Sugie's place as noone can do that, but to keep Harrington company in Bunnyville. There needs to be more education about the way we buy pets, in this country too. I'm doing my best as a one-woman campaign to encourage the rescue of rabbits rather than perpetuating the pet shop horror, I know you feel the same.
Love and kisses to you both.

joanne May said...

This is such a sad post and I am very sorry to hear about lovely Sugie... She had a wonderful home with you and was truly loved and cared for. xx

It makes me feel very angry to hear about irresponsibly people not looking after animals properly!
All animals are precious and deserve the respect to be loved and cared for well.

My heart goes out to you Shell at this sad time.
Gentle warm hugs to you and Harrington. I will really miss seeing Sugie buns on your blog.

Much Love,
Jo. xx

StitchinByTheLake said...

Shell I'm so sorry about Sugie - I know how much you loved her. blessings, marlene

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Shell, I am SO sorry. I know this is hard for you, but you did a wonderful thing in giving Sugie a loving home and a VERY happy life.

Kim Q said...

Shell, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't help the tears, but they are as much for Sugie's sad beginning as for her loss. Mr. Wabbit and I send hugs of condolence to you and to Harrington.

Kris said...

Oh, shell - I can hardly write this comment for all the tears!! I am soooooo sorry for your's and Harrington's loss!! I remember when you got Harrington and the fun stories you tell!! I hope that your post is seen by lots of folks and if it stops just even one bunny from being bought as an Easter gift, it will be worth the tears!! All of my animals are rescue kids!! You are a wonderful Mom and your bunnies are so lucky to have all your amazing love!! Thank you for being my friend!! Give Harrington a kiss on his cheekie for me, will ya? Love, Kris

MosaicMagpie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for being a good bunny parent and taking care of Sugie like you did. What a wonderful life she had after such a terrible start. You have a gaurdian bunny now that is watching after you.
Deb

Jade said...

*hugs* You gave Sugie a wonderful life full of love and you were blessed a thousandfold in return. May all your wonderful memories of her help to ease the pain of her passing. We will miss her lots. Mr. Mick sends lots of bunny kisses and nose bonks to his Auntie Shell.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

We will al missl the the lovely Sugie, she was so lucky to have had you as a bun mum. Quality is so important. Lots of hugs all around (tears to).

Lisa said...

Oh Shell, my heart is breaking wide open for you. Two in one year is more than anyone should ever have to bear. I'm sitting in my office fighting back tears, but I really lost it when I saw the pictures of Razzy and Sugie.

Shell, you gave her a wonderful couple of years, which is all anybunny really wants I think. She was comfortable, had everything she could want, and was made more comfortable than she had ever been in her life by safe, sanitary conditions and a proper diet. She wouldn't have made it as long as she did without having found you.

Sugie and Razzy are binkying free at the bridge, snuggling once more, having a bunny party with Freckles, Ginny, Baxter, Patch, Nutmeg and PAtches, Sage, and all of the little beloveds we've lost recently (my goodness, so many
:( ) They are reminiscing together about how wonderful their last humans were to them, how they had everything they wanted, as they do now, and how wonderful it felt to feel love and compassion for the first time.

Shell, I don't know how else to offer my condolences except to say it again, my heart is breaking wide open for you. Please send my love to Harrington. Let me know if you need anything.

Lisa

tfangel said...

So very sorry for your loss, take heart in the knowledge that you gave her one of the best possible lives, and loved each other very much. She will be missed. :(

Melody said...

Thank goodness you and Sugie found each other and bless you for being such a kind and loving and good person. I always judge people by how they treat animals.
I'm going to bed with a tear in my eye for sweet little Sugie. Hugs to Harrington and you too.

Diane said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your bunny Sugie. I know how hard it is to lose a pet, so I just had to come over and tell you. I think whenever people love animals whenever you lose one part of your heart goes too. You're a good person to care for them as you do. Diane

Quilt Kitty said...

Dear Shell & Harrington, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Sugie Bun Bun. My heart is so heavy & I am crying with you. To think that that beautiful little bunny who brought so many of us such joy & laughter had such a inhumane start to life is just horrific. Thank goodness she found her way to you & found out what a loving family, blissful life & bloggie stardom she really deserved. Like with my furchildren, all we can do is give them the best lives & in turn they give us so much more, then mourn them deeply and remember them & all the great moments. My love to you & Harrington. Tracee xx

Penny said...

Shell, so sorry for your loss. I'm at a loss for words. You gave Sugie a blessed life , full of love. ((Hugs)) for Harrington and you.

Jillayne said...

How can a story be so sad and so happy and then sad again? I cringed when I read how Sugie came to be your rabbit, and then I felt sick.
Sugie was indeed a beautiful rabbit and I can imagine how you will missher, and her soft cheeks. And her footsies - so darn cute!
Love heals doesn't it, them and us, and while there is certainly great sadnesses, there are also great happinesses. You made each other happy and neither you nor Sugie were the same for having come together.
A great big hug for and for the new EBO.

The Fab Furs said...

At the end, Sugie had a wonderful life with your family, Razzy, and Harrington. She was happy and loved. She will live on in your memories and actions until you meet again. Hugs.

Catskill Quilter said...

Shell, so very sorry for your loss! Your post was a fitting tribute to Sugie, who clearly deserved all the buckets of love you were able to give her! I wish you comfort...

Rebecca P said...

Shell, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved bunny. You were an Angel sent to take care of Sugie & show her love. You are a wonderful person.
Hugs to you.

Patty C. said...

So sorry to hear about Sugie - Atleast you know you gave her a loving, comfy home in which to live the remainder of her life - With all the love and attention she needed !!

April Mechelle said...

Ohhh Shell... I am so sorry. My daugther just mentioned yesterday about getting a bunny for the grandkids.. I said no... Why? For the reasons you mentioned. I know that I will have to go through my own loss soon with Rebel, our 15 year old cocker spaniel. Know that you are in my prayers...

Staci said...

I am so very, very sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a little furry friend. Makes your heart just break. I am so glad that Sugie had you & your husband in her life to love her and give her such a wonderful home. She must have felt she was already in Heaven. She was a lucky bunny, and I know you feel blessed for having had her in your life.

sunny said...

Thank you for sharing that precious story with us. My heart goes out to you and Harrington.

Janet said...

I'm so sorry - she was so lucky you found her - you were both lucky to have found each other.

Allie said...

Oh my gosh I'm sitting here sobbing like a child. Shell, I am SO SORRY you lost your darling Sugie. But so, so very grateful that you were there to take her in and show her what love is all about. God bless your beautiful tender heart. I wish I could give you a great big hug, dear Shell. Words just aren't enough to tell you how sorry I am.

bunnygirl said...

Sugie was so lucky to have you in her life, short though it was. May she binky free at the Bridge.

Jen said...

I am so sorry. Sugie was a very lucky bunny to be paired with such a loving mommy. My heart goes out to you.

Hef's Mom said...

Oh Shelly Shelly, I'm so sad for you. You are definely on my mind.

As a sidenote my word verifcato is Fluor (Fluer de lis?)

Yumm yumz by patticakes said...

I am so very sorry at the loss of your precious Sugie, but my heart is soothed at the idea that there are people in the world who respect and honor ALL forms of life.
I'm sure the last few years, she lived like a Princess and with that memory I hope you can find comfort and healing in your sadness!

tink's mom said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have been reading and crying for the loss of pets everywhere and yours inparticular. (A really good reason not to be doing this at work, swollen eyes are very telling). You are a good person and Sugie had happy bunny years because of you.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a horrible beginning Sugie had. Glad she was rescued and lived in a very loving home. Very sorry for your loss. Sending a hug, purrs and tail wags.

Lin on Maine said...

Like everyone else, I'm reading this with tears in my eyes. Many years ago I lost my bunny Daphne (who I think of every time I see Harrington)and her son Little Bit. I do Irish Setter rescue, and you know the reward in saving that life - even for a little while.

Thank you for sharing this, and for sharing your life with the bunnies.

Nicki Lundeen said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I don't own any bunnies, but love them just the same. Give Harrington some extra love...I'm sure he will enjoy every minute of it.

Hanni said...

What a wonderful and sad story, I am so glad you had a chance to rescue her, I feel for you. So sorry about your loss.

Whimsey Creations said...

Oh Shell, I'm so sorry to hear about Sugie and am sitting here with tears in my eyes. Love really doesn't ever end and I'm sure she was just so happy living with you. Big hugs!

Debora said...

Shell, I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. I am so sorry to hear about Sugie passing on! Thank you for telling her story--I am so touched. She was definitely a love, and she brought you (and us blog readers!) a lot of happiness and many smiles. Big hugs to you, precious friend! I still miss Toby and Lucky...Lucky looked so much like Sugie. Much love from the bunniless studio out in Colorado, Deb

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Each rescue leaves a little mark on your heart - big bunny hugs.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Oh Shell, another post from you that has made my heart go 'thud'. Your love and commitment to the buns that you adopt is evident for all to see and the heartbreak when one of them passes is tangible. You gave that little one love, warmth and the kind human touch, just like all the others received.
Try to smile and remember the happy times.
hugs
Miche'le

The human said...

Great post! Sugie was gorgeous and she was so lucky to find you. Big hugs xx

JCnNC said...

Dearest Shell - my heart feels your pain so intensely. I don't know what to say - pets love so unconditionaly and we take on their lives with commitment and love. Judy C

Jessica @BeforeTheDawn said...

I'm so sorry to hear Sugie passed away. :'( I didn't know about her life before you, but I am so glad that you found her. How blessed she was to have a loving home with you even if it was only for a short while. Coming from an awful life to a life filled with love is a true blessing. My heart goes out to you. (((HUGS))) and pass the tissues.

Jeanette said...

So sorry Shell. Brought tears to my eye to read. Thanks for sharing Sugie's story. Hugs, to you my friend. xx

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Shell, I am so sorry for your loss...how blessed she was to have you...

Lou Cinda

Jane said...

Dear Shell
I'm so sad to hear your news and I share your tears, the loss of something so precious I know is very hard to deal with.
You both shared 3 wonderful years together and we all see by your photos what wonderful happy times they were ~ those are the lovely memories that will gradually replace the sad ones you have at the moment.
Sugie was a very pretty bunny and I hope my Buttons has the honour of meeting her now - The Bridge is a great place for them and happy happy times are shared by all.
Sending love and hugs to all of you xxxxxxx

BubzRugz said...

Oh Shell.... how very sad.....
what a wonderful life you gave Sugie .... and what wonderful joy she gave you....
Big Hugz

Createology said...

May your memories of Sweet Sugie bunny carry you through this sad time. Blessings for you and your wonderful care you gave to Sugie and every bunny in Bunnyville.

Ellen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. But you know you made Sugie's life better and hopefully that's some comfort. Her pictures are beautiful and I'm sure she's still with you in spirit. Bless your heart for opening your home & heart to your bunnies. Hugs.

Christine M said...

Sorry for your loss Shell. Sugie was very lucky the day you took her home to be so loved. Hugs, Christine

Sheila said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. I loved the story, it brought tears to eyes. Take care!

Jo in TAS said...

Oh Shell, you're such a beautiful soul! Sugie was lucky you stepped into her life and gave her a loving home. RIP Sugie xxx
Big hugs and kisses to you Shell, now I'm going to go and cry some more.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Rest in Peace Dear Sugie...I am SO SORRY for your loss. I KNOW the pain of loosing a pet... She was such a lucky Bunny to have had you... You are such a Sweetheart! Love you,
Big Hugs,
Donna

Kathy said...

I'm really sorry to hear about Sugie, but I'm glad you were able to give her such a good life while you had her.

CHRIS said...

So sad for you Shell but so happy you and Sugie found each other. It always amazes me how one tiny gesture can have the biggest impact on your life. To be loved is all that matters. Hugs to you. Love Chris.

Carole said...

Just came over from Margarets blogs to read your story. How wonderful of you to take these sweet bunnies in.
I see this with cats that ppl leave behind after they go back home after the summer.
Sugie lived a good life with you as her mom.
x
Carole

quilterfaye said...

So sorry for your loss Shell.My heart aches for you,Harrington and yes for Sugie. She was blessed to find a forever home with you and toshare your special love.
I lost my senior lady GSP Missy one month ago and still miss her as does Jake (my profile Pic).
Knowing we will see them again at the rainbow bridge sometimes makes it easier.
Take time to heal Shell. We love you and we'll welcome you back when you are ready.
Big hugs,Faye

Natascha said...

I'm so sorry Shell for Sugie's loss. She looks so much like my Baxter that I lost. It's so sad, but thankfully you saved her from that awful situation and gave her a wonderful life that she had no idea she could have. It's so heartbreaking when they leave us and we are left behind missing them. Our lives have been touched by their being with us and definetly made better because they were here. My thoughts are with you and many loving thoughts. God Bless. Love Natascha

Fiona said...

I am so sorry that you have lost your gorgeous Sugie Shell. Hugs Hugs to you honey XXX Fee XX

Sharon said...

Shell,

I am so sorry to hear about your Sugie Bunny. I'm so glad I got to meet her and that she had you as her loving mom.

Hugs to you and Sir Harrington!

Shirley said...

Hi Shell, I will miss seeing Sugie Bunny and I know how hard it is on you. Just know you are in my heart and prayers. Hugs from Your Missouri Friend.

Jan M said...

Shell, I am so very sad about the loss of Sugie, but so very grateful for the love and life she had with you. I know there is a huge hole in your heart, and a void in your home. Our furry family members hold such special places in our hearts. Holding you in my thoughts at this time.

Clovie Boy said...

Shell this is so sad. I'm all choked up. I didn't know Sugie's story. How wonderful that you came along and gave her so much love and good care. She certainly deserved it.

Denise said...

Oh my.... this is my first visit here and I kinda cried when reading your story...... Oh how we love our pets...... I think that she is now in heaven and awaits her reunion with you.... she will be there to cuddle again........

Have a blessed Easter...... He is risen.....

Mistea said...

Sugie sure was a special Bunny thanks for sharing her with us.
I started coming here around the same time Sugie came to you - it has been fun watching her antics.

My thoughts are with you and Harrington at this time.

Mireille said...

Shell, i am so sorry. It must be very difficult for you. I know what it is to love a pet, so i know it is hard to miss them.
You can only think that you gave here a good life and that you may be happy that you find her to gave her that good life.
She is my prayers.
Hugs to you and Sir Harrington.
Mireille and Elba

Jessica said...

Oh Shell, I'm so sorry for you and Harrington! I've been reading your blog for over a year now, and while I'm not such an avid craftswoman as you, I was in love with your sweet bunnies. Thank you for giving homeless rabbits a place to rest their weary paws. Their hearts are so special and giving, and I hope your pain is eased by knowing you gave sweet Sugie and bunderful life.
God Bless,
Jessica & bunnies

KatCollects said...

Oh my gosh, I am so very sorry : * ( I know how much your heart is hurting. I am so thankful that Sugie got to live with you for her last days where she was loved and comfortable and knew she was safe. You were both so blessed to have each other.
Big hugs
Kathy

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

What a touching post. I'm sorry for your loss Michelle. But I think Sugie will be so thankful that she had you as her mommy! You've been such a loving mommy to her.


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Beach House Quilter said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You gave her such a good home. And I know that I loved her, too, seeing her photos in your entries. Sugie was a well-loved bunny!

Debbie said...

Oh Shell, I am so, so sorry to hear about your loss. Thank goodness for memories, photos, etc. She will always be with you. Her world was a better place because of you.

Sending you a hug. :)

Paula said...

Thank you for your beautiful story, Shell. You're a wonder of a bunny mum and Sugie was so very fortunate to have you for her very own.

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh I'm so sorry to hear this, Sugie was such a beautiful and brave bunny, I'm glad she had such a good life with you, Razzy and Harrington, given how bad her early life had been.

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

I am so sorry for your loss sweet Shell. All your babies have been so fortunate to have you as their loving Mama.

Hugs to you.
Carrie

Rebecka said...

I'm sorry to hear about Sugie. You took excellent care of her. She was so lucky to come and live in bunnyville!!
Hugs to you!!

Lee said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss
:(

Cobi said...

I'm so sorry to hear Sugie went across the rainbow bridge. Rabbit's testines are so delicate. Its wonderful you gave her such a good life after an awful start.
Here we're counting the days until Casper's end. I understand only too well your sadness. Take care of yourself and give Harrington lots of hugs and cuddles. A warm fur to put your nose into can do so much good.

Annette F Tait said...

Shell I'm so sorry to hear about Sugie, I have tears streaming down my face - for her and for you.
Sending you a warm hug and one for Harrington too xxx

Shell said...

Shell,
Love never dies. That is true. I hope it bring you comfort with your loss over sweet Sugie.
It's wonderful to me that you rescued from her that horrible place, that the time she had left she was loved, safe and protected.
Sending you my love.

gail said...

Hi Shell, my heart is still breaking about the loss of Sugie. I admire you so much for your commitment for your furry kids. I get alot of grief at times for what I do for my cats. Truth be told I would rather spend most of my time with them than half the humans I know. I hope time will heal your heart. Sending you lots of hugs.
XXOO gail

bunnythreads said...

Oh Shell, I am so sorry for your loss-OMG. There are few words to heal a broken heart-but know that many of are in the painful `club' having `deeply loved' and bunnies. Your Sugie has brought us all smiles and joy-her beautiful photo makes me want to reach out and pet that beautiful soft fur.
Now she has a special place in heaven with the other Angels
watching over all. You are a special person as all bunny people are but the love & care you take & show is well ABOVE & BEYOND measure
When the Lord matched up Sugie, He surely guided you together. Bless you. Please take time to grieve.
{{{{{HUGS}}}}

Sherry said...

So sorry to hear about your sweet bunny, it was great that she had such a wonderful home to spend the time she had in.

Lavender Rabbit said...

Oh no, I am so sad to read about dear Sugie. She was an amazing bunny and such a beauty, I know she had a wonderful life with you. Thank you for saving her and sharing her story with us. xx Donna

sewdaughter said...

awww...I am at the verge of tears and I have never met you or your bunnies in person. I love reading your posts and seeing your bunny pictures. I have a bunny named Flopsy that helps keep me company in my sewing room. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Fete et Fleur said...

It's never easy to lose a beloved frined. What a wonderful caregiver you are. Blessings to you!

Nancy

Kathy H said...

I am sorry to hear about your dear bunny. I will miss her too.

Pumpkin said...

Shell, I couldn't even finish reading this post because I'm on the verge of tears :o( I'm so sad for your loss. Sugie sounded like a wonderful bunny and she was very lucky to have found a wonderful home with you.

I lost my first bunny, Scooter, to coccidia. He was sick for years but I didn't mind washing his bum or changing his shavings all those extra times. The joy he gave me was worth more than what I could give back.

((((HUGS))))

colleencl said...

Hi Michelle - I am so sorry to read about Sugie. It doesn't seem that long ago that you lost Razzy. I had two bunnies that both had illnesses. The money wasn't the worst part of it, it was losing such lovely animals in such a short time span. I love bunnies and know another bun will find it's way to your door to fill your heart and to keep Harrington company. Big hugs for you!
Colleen

Rebecca said...

Oh I am sorry to hear about your Sugie... it is always hard to say goodbye. Praying you will be comforted by those that love you.
Wishing you a blessed Easter
Rebecca

Karen said...

Shell, i'm so sorry about Sugie, I know how much you loved her. And I know you gave her the best life in the world, and rescued her from that beast. Thank the Lord He sent you to get her, because you truly loved her. I know i'll miss her too, I feel as if I knew her a little bit, just from reading about her on your blog. She had quite a personality that little one :) Hugs to you sweetie...karen

Rabbits' Guy said...

You done good. Hang in there.

Diane H said...

They are never with us long enough.
I'm so sorry, Shell. Bless you for making this world a better place.

SixBunnies said...

Bless Sugie on her way to the Bridge! Godspeed, Sugie! Enjoy the clover and dandelions. We'll miss you. I am so glad your tummy is all better, baby girl! Remember to say your prayers for your mommy because she'll be missing you and needs to know you're happy and comfy now in your new cardboard castle! Love to you, Sweet Girl! Take care, Shell. I know no words to say right now, and you seem stronger than I am when one of my bunnies crosses over, so just know I'm thinking and praying for you.

Becca said...

Hi my name is Becca I just came over from Jillayne's blog...I'm so sorry for your loss. What a sweet bunny. She was also very fortunate you found her. Her time with you was so happy for her.
Wishing you peace for Easter. :-)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear sweet Shell and Harrington,

Sorry my friend, for your sad loss of sweet Sugie.
I was so upset when I heard that she was not well and was hoping for the best. May you find comfort, dear friend that so many friends love you and are thinking of you at this time.

Sending all my love & hugs to you from NZ.
Carolyn xoxox

Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've been reading your blog for a while because I miss my bunnies. I had house rabbits for years and just lost my last one a few months ago. Poor Sugie--I'll be thinking of you. She had a good home.

KaHolly said...

What a sweet story. I am sad for you, too. She was a lucky little bunny and she knew it!! The pictures you posted in your tribute to her precious life make that very obvious. Hope you have a Happy Easter! ~karen

Madame Samm said...

Love never ever ends...I was sew touched to read this sad but enlighten tale...goodness me you gave her a wonderful life... How could anyone not believe even bunnies have a soul...she touched many...

Tina Eudora said...

Dear Shell;
Bless your heart for rescuing those little sweethearts and being such a loving mom to them. I fell into rescuing cats (as my neighborhood is full of abandoned ones)and they mean the world to me (even though I am officially a "dog" person)!
Little Sugie was very blessed to have you in her final months. She knew love and a gentle touch thanks to you and I know she appreciated the difference you made in her life!
May the richest blessings be yours this Easter and much joy in remembering your darling Sugie!
Tina xo

Carmen C. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss ((HUGS)) it is never easy to lose those precious furry family members, but I hope you find some comfort in the fact that you made a REAL and wonderful difference in Sugie's life! I can't stand those heartless backyard breeders, I think they should all be hung from a tree and tortured for what they do!

Lynn Fisher said...

I am so sorry to hear your sweet bunny Sugie. You were a great bunny Mom for the remainder of her life and she had a good home. She was loved and I'm sure she knew it! Love to you dear. As a former bunny owner (or person that was formerly owned by a bunny or two) I understand the love...they are such fun.

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Dearest Shell and Harrington, my heart and tears are going out to you. Hugs hugs hugs to your tender heart and snuggles to the poor Harrington. I am so sorry. Sugie will be waiting for you on the other side of the rainbow bridge, I am sure of it XOXOXO Mandy and Jonathan, Ella Luna, Roo, Jinny and Jaks.

bunnits said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Sugie. I know she had a wonderful life with you.

Stitches said...

I was so sorry to hear about your losing Sugie..it was a sad story but glad that you gave Sugie a nice home after being treated so badly. Bunny hugs to you...

neora chana said...

She was so lucky to have you come into her life and you, her.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I have tears in my eyes reading this heart-breaking story. I'm so sorry for your loss and for what Sugie and the other bunnies had been gone through in those breeding mills. Sugie was lucky to be rescued by you and given a happy life.
Sending you a big hug,
Julia

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Aw Shell, I'm so sorry. My heart really hurts for you, I know the pain too well and still so fresh from losing Patches and Nutmeg. Sugie was so sweet and beautiful and I understand your feelings of "just missing her presence". She'll be around still, I have no doubt. All of our babies are on the other side having a great big party and living it up. We'll see them again. Thinking of you Shell.
Bridget

Sabine said...

Hi Michelle,
I sure wished you had better news.
Sugie was very sweet and will know how much you cared for her while she is hopping around in bunny heaven. Hugs!

Sammie's Mom said...

Harrington and Harrington's Mom,
I am a new reader to your blog and I just wanted to extend my condolences to you and your family over the loss of sweet Sugie. Bunnies live in a very special place in our hearts.

Kisses to Harrington and Hugs to his Mom,

Sarah, Sammie (rabbit) and Oliver (the cat)

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Shell, I am so sorry to read of your loss. I've been without connectivity since last Wednesday, so am quite a bit behind on my blog reading. I'm sure both of you felt the love that was given and received on both sides. You were both so lucky to have found each other.

Sheila said...

I'm sorry Shell, I missed this post somehow , been rather busy lately but how sad for you ,I know you will miss her but you can be happy for the fact she had a very good and happy life while with you .
Sheila