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Last Post by Bunny Daddy at 10/29/2012 6:05 PM (33 Replies)
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User is Offline Bunny Daddy
Pennsylvania
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10/23/2012 8:45 PM

I haven't used this website in quite some time, but Simba died last night, my dad found him in his cage this morning and woke me up to tell me. We don't know how he died, he didn't seem sick, he had ate all his food last night, and drank good, I refilled his water twice, and I was up until maybe 3-4 in the morning and he was still alive and meeting me at the cage door when I walked past him... But I know rabbits don't normally show that they're sick until it's too late, although, my mom thinks he may have been older than the person we bought him off of said he was, (Doesn't seem unlikely, they got him off craigslist and they said he was a month old, but he didn't grow at all in a whole year.) He was a great bunny, he never was skiddish, he liked to sit on my shoulder, he did tricks and gave me kisses. Hopefully he's having fun in bunny heaven right now. <3 However, my aunt suggested getting a new rabbit for Christmas, honestly, that's not going to fix me missing Simba. He was my buddy and I loved him. It's not like I'm a little kid anymore, I'm an adult, I may have a form of autism, but that doesn't mean I don't understand what's happening. I understand all too well what happened. But, when my rabbit's died when I was about 6 or 7, they just replaced them with a dog and I was happy, I didn't know much better. But now, it's just upsetting. My dad had to bury him for me, I couldn't even watch without tearing up. I honestly hope I gave him the best life a rabbit could have, and that he's happy where ever he is now. Alright, I'm going to conclude this post with a picture: 

"When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." (A.D. Williams)

User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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10/24/2012 12:35 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sleep tight, Simba, and binky free.

I'm sure your family means well in trying to cheer you with another bunny friend. They'll understand if you tell them perhaps it's best to wait. You need time to grieve and maybe somewhere down the road you can open your heart to a new friend. Perhaps a rescue bun.

Simba looks very much like my Mimzy did when he was younger bun. That's a lovely photo you've included.
Take care of yourself and please don't be a stranger. Post again if you feel the need, sometimes it helps to collect as many memories as possible in one place.
Hugs to you.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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10/24/2012 2:21 AM
I'm so sorry about the loss of your beautiful bunny. He certainly sounds like he had a Bunny Daddy who loved him very much. I recently lost a beloved bunny so I know first hand how much it hurts to say goodbye.

I agree. You need to give your heart time to grieve for Simba. But if you do decide, when the time is right, to get a new bunny, you will not be replacing Simba. There is room in your heart for more than one bunny. Sometimes, the best thing we can do to honour our beloved friend, is to adopt a bunny that really needs a home.

((((Binky Free Simba)))))
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User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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10/24/2012 3:23 AM
so sorry for your loss. Binky Free Simba!!
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
in the TARDIS
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10/24/2012 3:47 AM
So Sorry for you loss. Binky free Simba!
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User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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10/24/2012 4:01 AM
I'm sorry for your loss. Simba was adorable, and I am sure he loved you as much as you loved him. He had a good, healthy life with you as you know since he seemed alert and well that night. Often bunnies have a hidden illness, like a weak heart, that just takes them suddenly. He didn't suffer, which is good in a way.

Your family wants you to feel better. You are grieving (I'm sure they are too, especially your Dad.) but you don't need to think you ever will be replacing Simba. You are obviously a bunny lover, so if you miss having a home with a bunny, then in a few weeks you may be ready to consider giving a good home to a new rescue bunny. Each bunny is so different in personality that there is no chance of replacing Simba, just getting to know a new little one all over again. Only if you're up to it.

I found this site after my first bunny died. I couldn't get a new one for months, and I actually found it comforting to read about other bunnies and see their photos, so stay with us if you find yourself missing him too much
Meanwhile, hugs to you and your family.
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User is Offline tanlover14
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10/24/2012 8:04 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss of Simba. Binky Free Simba! <3

I have to agree with what all of those above posted. Getting another little bun bun will definitely not be replacing him. The fact that you loved him so much goes to show what a great bunny daddy you were -- and you will never forget your little guy. If you decide to get another little bun, it will be nothing more than giving a great home to another bunny in need.
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User is Offline Bunny Daddy
Pennsylvania
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10/24/2012 9:35 AM
Yeah, the reason why I think it's basically replacing him is because he was sorta like a therapy bunny for me, he helped me get through fits of anxiety and depression, among others, which is something my dogs didn't care for, they kinda just literally walked the other way when I was upset, while Simba was always right there with me from when we got him. I feel as though we had him for a reason, and it just makes me really sad that I might have been able to save him had I known if there was something wrong, or it would have been easier at least. I don't know, I'm not used to deaths, I hardly ever have to deal with the death of a pet (Unless it was a fish.) So it's a bit harder for me, I suppose.
"When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." (A.D. Williams)

User is Offline lindsay715
NJ, USA
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10/24/2012 4:47 PM
Rabbits are so fragile and you've done nothing but give Simba a happy life. There's so little we can do if there are no signs of illness. Go easy on yourself - losing a loved one is hard enough. Rest in peace, Simba. Binky free <3

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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10/24/2012 4:57 PM
It may be a replacement in a therapy sense, but you'll never replace him in your heart. Our hearts always have room for more love, and we never need to replace them there. If you do end up getting another bunny, love that bun for who he/she is, and don't forge that Simba loved you too, and doesn't want you to be alone forever.

User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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10/24/2012 7:06 PM
It is a sad fact of bunny life that sometimes they can be well and healthy one minute and ill or pass suddenly the next. I think we all have trouble losing a loved one, animal or otherwise, if we feel we missed something or not. It wasn't even necessarily that Simba was sick...it just may have been his time.
Either way, please be gentle with yourself. It is what Simba would want, surely. They are remarkable creatures and that is what makes saying goodbye to them so incredibly difficult.
He sounds an exemplary companion. I think most of us find our bunnies mostly concern themselves with whether breakfast was on time or not (I know mine do!) When a bun is sympathetic to your feelings and comes to offer comfort...that is a special bond indeed. You are so blessed to have had such a relationship.
This forum is for support. Please don't hesitate to return here when you need some. ((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))
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User is Offline Memarie
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10/24/2012 8:59 PM
I'm so sorry for you're loss. Simba looked like a real sweetheart.

When I bought my first bun it was in part to be a sort of therapy too as I was struggling with anxiety issues. When I lost her a few months ago I thought my world ended. It's getting easier but I still really miss her. I waited 4 months before getting Luna. I still wasn't completely done grieving but I was lonely and missed the company. Anyways. Only you know what's best for yourself. Let yourself grieve and worry about finding a new friend when your ready.

Binky free Simba.

User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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10/24/2012 9:46 PM
Binky Free Simba!

It must be hard to lose him without warning so my heart goes out to you.

He sounds like a very special bunny.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Bunny Daddy
Pennsylvania
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10/25/2012 6:25 AM
Thanks everyone, I'm sorta angry at the moment, my "friend" found a rabbit on petfinder that looked exactly like Simba, same age, same coloring, same temperament, same breed, same everything. (According to the adoption website.) And he sends me the link and he says "Get him, name him Simba and shut the f**k up." I told him about Simba being a therapy tool for me, and then I said, "It's like saying "My child just died, of unknown causes, let's get one that looks and acts exactly like him and name him the same thing, because that's logic.""
Maybe, just MAYBE if that rabbit's for adoption still in a few months, I'll get him (His name is Edward, by the way, if I did end up getting him, I would probably change his name, I'm not too fond of "Edward.") but, we were in the process of building Simba a HUGE cage to sleep in at night or when we're gone. (Like 6 ft tall, with 3 or four levels, and 4-5 feet wide in both directions, we just bought all the stuff, it cost like 100$) So my dad had told me to just build the cage, and once that's finished, whenever I'm ready to get a new rabbit we can look into getting another. The only problem with that seems to be that there's next to no rabbit rescues I know of, Edward's about a two hours drive away from me, and I do believe this shelter wants to check your home out before adopting out a rabbit, and that may be a bit difficult... But um yeah, I sorta went off on a tangent. I guess if anyone knows of rabbit rescues in the Pittsburgh/Westmoreland PA area, or anywhere close, I'll look into it, I don't think I'll be getting a new bunny for a couple months yet, but it'd be nice to know if there's any rescues close by beforehand.
"When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." (A.D. Williams)

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/25/2012 6:34 AM
I have to agree with everyone -- and I know what you mean in the sense of your bun being your therapy. We got our bunnies about half a year after I had a miscarriage. These bunnies have been the only thing that finally helped me let go and move on and I have no idea what I would do without them.

I really hope you can find peace with the loss of Simba and hopefully find another bun who will capture your heart and bring you happiness again.
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User is Offline lindsay715
NJ, USA
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10/25/2012 2:27 PM
This option is certainly not for everyone but I found Bluebell in the pets section of craigslist. There are so many unwanted rabbits whose owners either don't know or don't care about rabbit rescues - or they are too ashamed to bring their rabbit to a shelter.

Obviously there are a few downsides to this. One is that you do not know who you are communicating with when you use a site like craigslist. I would recommend not just emailing but also speaking with the person on the phone. When you meet with them to collect your new bunny, I would suggest doing it in a public place. I met with the woman who owned Bluebell in the parking lot of a municipal building a few towns over. Also you should bring a friend, significant other, parent, etc. along. These suggestions might seem a bit paranoid but I've realized that they are par for the course for most people who use craigslist seriously. I am a female in my 20s living alone and I still brought someone along to get Bluebell . Can't be too careful when dealing with the internet.

The other downside is that most rescues can give some sort of medical background for the rabbit. Many owners cannot, and some will not be forthcoming about medical problems if they are really trying to get rid of the rabbit. So the first thing you'll want to do is take bunny to the vet to make sure that you are aware of any medical problems, and that you are sure of the spay/neuter status and can make appointments accordingly.

Sorry I sort of wrote a book about this subject! But sadly there are a ton of rabbits on craigslist that need to be rehomed. These rabbits are sometimes (though not always) neglected or abused by children and families who do not understand rabbits. Another thing to keep in mind with any rabbit, really... Anyway, always an option to keep in mind if you do not have a rescue in your area.

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
Florida
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10/25/2012 3:04 PM
Oh I am so sorry! I was actually thinking about you and little Simba the other day. Your devotion and love for him was heart warming. Binky free little Simba you were well loved!

Bunny Daddy you gave Simba the best care of his life. I would have punched your "friend" if he had said something like that to me. My bf was a total mess when his ferret Gilligan passed away. That was his son to him and killed him to lose him. We got Skipper when he was finally ready to move and felt he mourned Gilligan. Don't get another bun until you feel ready and keep your chin up as well as you can. I know things can be hard. We're all here for you as a support if you need anything.

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/25/2012 6:10 PM
You should definitely look up West Penn Humane Society! A couple of weeks ago about 21 rabbits were dropped off at the shelter, all babies! I keep stalking the website -- they are all such gorgeous buns! And adopting there isn't very difficult.

Google them on-line -- they have their buns listed with pics!
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User is Offline tanlover14
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10/25/2012 6:10 PM
Btw, it's in Pittsburgh!
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User is Offline Bunny Daddy
Pennsylvania
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10/26/2012 10:19 AM
Thanks, I'll look them up.
"When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." (A.D. Williams)
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