Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Happy Easter story from Harrington



Hello, Harrington here. First, Mama would like to thank you for all your love and kind words on her birthday post Wednesday. You made her so happy. She felt loved the world over and smiled the entire day.

Thursday evening was a different story as it was full of drama. You see, I was fine all day long. I was playing, eating, going potty and having fun with Hannah. Mama worked in Bunnyville and gave us lots of snuggles. It was a perfect day. But, when Mama returned from feeding our friends, the "Kitty Girls," down the street, I was sick. I wouldn't eat my banana chip. I kept arching my back. My eyes were narrow, my ears were freezing and I was breathing hard. Mama took me downstairs and gave me a belly massage and did all the things she knew how to do for sick bunnies. She wrapped me up to keep me warm. She gave me water in a syringe and some gas medicine which is also good for babies.

By 9:30 p.m. I was worse. She made the decision to take me to the emergency vet 2 1/2 hours away. Papa was upset as he couldn't miss work the next day and didn't want us to make the journey alone so late at night. Lucky for Mama, she called Captain and she agreed to go with us. Thank you Captain!


The emergency vet said I needed to stay the night. Hannah came along on the ride to the vet as it's always nicer and less scary to be in the car when you have a friend. But, Hannah couldn't stay with me. She, Captain and Mama drove back home. They got home at 3:00 in the morning. Mama was instructed to call the emergency vet at 5:00 a.m. to see if I was to be sent to our regular vet, which I was. All the medicine and fluids they gave me seemed to be working. I was feeling good again. Dr. E. told Mama she could come and get me because she knows that Mama would take good care of me. Plus, it's very scary being in a hospital without your family around.

In 36 hours, Mama and Captain had about 15 minutes of sleep and spent over 10 hours in the car after all the driving back and forth. She used two tanks of gas and my hospital bill was $726.

Mama asked me to share this story with you because today she saw the sign at Walmart which read "Easter Bunnies only $20. She started to cry."

If you missed her earlier post on "Living With Easter Bunnies," you can click here to read more. We are adorable, soft, sweet, loving and like all God's creations, precious. What we are not is only $20.


"I'm really happy you're home Harrington. I missed you so much."


We wish you a very Happy Easter, and we also pray that all the bunnies purchased as "gifts" will be loved and cared for as much as we and our bunny friends in blog land are.

Every creature large and small, the Lord, our God, loves them all.

xx,
Harrington and Hannah

43 comments:

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Shell:
I'm so glad that Captain was there to help you and keep you company. I'm sure you were scared stiff! I'm also happy that sweet Harrington is alright.

I hope everyone who considers a bunny for Easter will read what you've written. No pets are free or cheap. Caring for any animal is a responsibility we take on when we bring them into our lives. You're a great Mom to your bunns and every animal deserves a home like yours.

Happy Easter to you and The Raspberry Rabbits!

xoxo
Donna and Tag

WinnibriggsHouse said...

I am so glad you are back in your loving home among your family and friends. I hope the rest of the holiday is more fun than drama xx ps I didn't buy any Easter bunnies!

Jeanette said...

So glad you're ok Harrington. Oh that sign "for $20" made me cry too. Big hugs beautiful bunnies love you both. Happy Easter. xx.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, dear sweet bun-bun! Yes, so wonderful that Captain was there to help MaMa - I'm sure she was beside herself. I hope the rest of Easter stays a little more peaceful.

Teresa in Music City said...

So happy you are feeling better Harrington! How frightening for you all!!!

Christine M said...

Hello Harrington, I'm so glad you are feeling better. You have such a special mama to look after you. It was lovely of Captain and Hannah to come along to give you both support. Happy Easter to everyone. xx

Mr. Mick and Jade said...

It looks like Nurse Hannah is caring for the patient now. Poor Harrington--and poor Mama and Captain! Does the vet know what happened to cause all that distress?

Mr. Mick says he will have to stop by to check on his beloved Auntie Shell and personally deliver some nose bonks and bunny kisses after that ordeal. Hugs and much love to everyone and everybun!

Annette F Tait said...

so glad to hear that Harrington is better! nothing worse than an ill bun.
thank goodness you had the Captain with you Shell
I was a little ill the other day, but that was due to consuming too many chocolate rabbits in one day :)
and Wes thought I was being rather selfish eating them all by myself!
have a great rest of the easter weekend xxx

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm glad there is such a happy ending. Hugs!

Phyllis Oller said...

I wonder what was wrong with your bunny,did the vet say?I`m so glad he is fine,it`s so scarey when they get sick,phyllis

Miss Claire said...

Oh gosh, how scary for you all :( Both of my buns have had gut stasis in the past (Chomby is particularly susceptible to it) and it's a sickening time for bunnies and humans! And I too know the costs and commitment involved in rabbit care, they are definitely not low maintenance pets as many pet shops and breeders claim :( If you are on facebook, please look up 'Save Rabbit Runaway Orphanage' and like us! I volunteer there :) xxoxx Happy Easter!

tink's mom said...

So sorry about poor Harrington and so glad to here he is on the mend. Is Hannah doing OK as the nurse on duty. It is so great that Captain has returned home at such a perfect time.

I missed your wonderful birthday post. Happy, Happy day. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 46th year.

Lesley said...

Hugs and cuddles all around!

Jillayne said...

Oh Harrington, you rascally rabbit. I am so happy to hear you are better - and three cheers for Mama and the Captain. I can't imagine how harrowing it it all must have been... I hope you will rest easy now that you are home, and that you and Mama, David, Hannah and the Captain have a special Easter, filled with the joy of knowing you are all together.
There's nary a dull moment, a way down thar, in Bunnyville, USA!

sandi s said...

I am so glad for you and your family that you are ok. It mad me cry to think of you being so sick. I agree, there is no such thing as a $20.00 pet. You all are so much more. Happy Easter.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Dear Harrington and Hannah,
I am so glad you are alright Harrington, you are so special to all of us. I have an Easter story to tell you. We raise big white fluffy rabbits and always have a lot of babies hanging around our house. At Easter we are asked by so many to buy one of our "Easter Bunnies" oops, sorry folks, we do not sell the "Easter Bunny" bunnies, but we do have a very fun alternative. The Saturday before Easter we let any little kid that wants a bunny to come out and spend the day with their choice of bunny. They will learn how to care for the bunny, what they can eat, and that you have to be a special person with lots of knowledge and experience to have a bunny of your own. So they play with the bunnies out in the yard for a while then we do an egg hunt. The kids go home happy, Mom and Dad go home happy and our bunnies earned enough money to keep them in plenty of alfalfa hay and other needs. See, we rent them out to be loved by little hands and then they stay home with their mamma's and brothers and sisters.
Happy Easter Harrington, Hanna, Shell, Captain and the rest of your crew.

Lisa Mikel said...

So sorry to hear Harrington was sick. Hope he is feeling better. Your a great bunny mom! Blessings to you and the bunnies. Happy Easter!

Raewyn said...

Lucky Harrington to belong to such a caring, loving and knowledgeable home. I hope you can all enjoy the rest of Easter. Hugs to all.

Lavender Rabbit said...

Darling Harrington, we're so glad you're better! What a scary time! The walmart sign makes me very sad too. I hope that with the help of gorgeous bunnies like you and Hannah we'll get the word out so more and more of those Easter bunnies find good homes the first time around. Good work buddy!

Tina said...

I have tears in my eyes. I'm so happy that Harrington is feeling better, but I am so sad for those baby bunnies that may not find such a loving and wonderful home. They are in my thoughts and prayers. And I believe that you are one of the most loving person that I know of. Blessings to you and your sweet bunnies.

Createology said...

Our little fur-babies are so very precious and how thankful that Harrington is feeling better. Not the adventure you needed at all Shell. Easter Blessings...

kc said...

I'm so glad Captain was there to help you all out, and soooo happy there's a happy ending to this story. I can so relate - our FREE doggie cost over $700 in the first week we had her, but she was worth every penny, and there was never any debate about whether or not to treat her issues, she had me as soon as I looked into her big brown eyes.

As hubby says, whenever I incur a large (or unexpected) bill, better get in there & sew something! I wish all the bunnies are going to homes like yours!

speedyrabbit said...

Hi Harrington Glad you're felling better,You're right Us bunnies Don't cost $20.00 there' the food bill houseing and bedding bills and then the vet bills too more like $1000 to $2000 plus and thats not including toys and treats,I guess we are lucky that our Mama's love us so much,Happy Easter,xxSpeedy and mum

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

So glad everything turned out ok and that Harrington is doing fine. I am sure he is gad to be home with Hannah and Mom again.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Poor Harrington, it must have been horrible to be ill like that and then in the hospital. I hope you recover fully very soon!

Happy Easter to you all!

Sowing Stitches said...

This is a happy Easter story! So glad Harrington is better!

Sheila said...

Oh what a scary night for you , so glad it all worked out well even if it was a huge vet bill. I agree that when people get pets of any kind they don't always consider the extra costs , they do get sick just like we do . Happy Easter to you and your hubby and Hannah and Harrington :-)

Teresa F. said...

What a bad night. Fortunately everything turned out fine.Give a hug to Harrington for me, he's a strong little fellow.
Have a blessed and Happy Easter.

Wendy said...

oh no how awful, I hate it when one of my buns is sick, it's so upsetting. I'm glad to hear he's OK now. YOur vets bills are horrendous, I'm so glad they aren't that expensive over here as having 4 buns wouldn't be possible.

That's disgusting about Walmart, bunnies are sold far too cheap and without any decent information given. My first bun was from a pet shop and the advice I got was dreadful. I'd only ever get rescue bunnies now.

I'm a member of the Rabbit Welfare Fund and Association over here that fights to improve knowledge amongst pet shops and owners and campaigns for companies to stop manufacturing tiny hutches etc. Do you have something similar over there? They'd perhaps be interested to hear about Walmart.

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a scary time you all went through....Shell, I know your heart was breaking not knowing what was wrong. Even though the emergency vet was 2 1/2 hours away, at least they were close enough for you to get there. Glad all is well in Bunnyville.
It is very troubling to see all the sweet chicks, ducklings and bunnies that are raised just sell this weekend. By next weekend, reality has set in... they poop, make a mess and have to be fed.
Some people will return them to "nature", unaware there is no mommma to take care of these babies. I guess they need to have a class before they can purchase them...the care and feeding of Easter babies.
Deb

Jules said...

I just saw your post and am not ashamed to say I blubbed. I am so, so relieved Harrington is ok, and very glad your lovely Captain was home to be there for you.
You know how we both feel about the appalling trade of selling animals as an Easter gimmick.I can't use the words I would like to about Walmart as they would be deeply offensive! Cuddle the bunnies and know I'm thinking of you. Just glad Lord H is better and you're all together again.xxx

Jenny Bonynge said...

What a touching tale! I was near tears...love all animals and realize how dependent they are on we humans...xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dearest friends,

I just got home from a lovely morning at the lake, enjoying God's creation, and here I am. I will come via email, but I wanted to thank all of you for coming to visit my blog. I know you saw that Hannah-Banana look-alike, at the end of my post.....I had no idea momma was so busy and exhausted and yet she found time to visit. LOVE at its best, Anita

brandi said...

Oh, Thank you, Thank You, Jesus, that Harrington is home and OK. And thank You for Captain for being a good friend to Harrington and though this, a friend to Rabbit-kind. Thank you that Michelle was able to pay for two tanks of gas and a vet bill. Thank you for people who love Rabbits.
God have mercy on Bunnies who are bought this Easter. God have mercy on the ones who will not stay Easter Bunnies.

Donna Nowicki French said...

I'm so glad that Harrington is okay. You get the same feeling from that "Easter Bunnies, $20.00" sign as I get every time I see puppies or kittens being given away for free. It breaks my heart. I pray that every animal given away gets a good and loving home. It makes me want to cry.

Love Ya, Donna

kristie said...

So happy Harrington is well! Been to the emergency vets and know how stressful that is to you. Please take care of yourself to! Hugs to the buns.

Judy1522 said...

I am so glad Harrington is well now, how very stressful for you. I hope you are all getting some much needed rest.

tfangel said...

Glad he is well now, that's scary when that happens.

Speaking of easter bunnies, i saw a flyer at the local grocery store for someone selling 16 baby rabbits for $15 each and it said they had been born seven days ago. I was so mad and upset. I don't know what is wrong with people, but it ruined my weekend when i tried to find out what i could do, which turned out to be nothing. :(

Sunnybec said...

Oh Shell, I am only just catching up with my blog reading so missed this. How is he doing? I can imagine how you felt leaving him there so far away from you. Wow that's a big hotel bill, hope Harrington got 5 star treatment for that. Hugs xx

Kris said...

Oh, Harrington - we are all so glad you are okay and that you and Hannah have such a wonderful Mommy!! Shell, I hope you are doing okay after that ordeal!! And thanks to Capitan for being there to help you all!! :-))

Karen said...

Oh Harrington I am so glad you are alright. Hannah looked so happy to be cuddling you again! I am glad she went in the car with you - it's not nice to be by yourself when you don't feel well.

bunnits said...

I'm behind in reading, as usual, but thank goodness that Harrington is okay. Whew! I'm so glad he's better.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh Shell, how terrifying for you all! I am so glad Harrington is better and back home safe and sound where he is loved and cared for so well. Bless your heart, Deb