Susan, I can really empathize with you tonight. I didn't expect to have to do this so soon, but I too had to part with my dear little pet - Noah, a Netherland Dwarf bunny. I noticed Noah wasn't eating a lot in the last few days. However, he has gone through times in the past when he avoided bunny food - in favour of Cheerios (cereal for those of you who don't know), so I didn't worry too much about him. Then I noticed too much weight loss for such a little guy, and finally some neurological signs, like losing his balance and falling over - not being able to get up. Today, coming home from work I found him in much difficulty. I knew I had to make a difficult decision. It was time - I couldn't stand to see him suffer; he was, after all a "senior" bunny at 7 years old (dwarfs don't live much past 7 years). So, I brought him to the Vet - who was so compassionate and caring. I couldn't believe just how difficult it was to part with Noah and to wait for the little guy to pass on and say "goodbye my little friend." To come home to his dishes still filled with food and water....I cried like a baby! Noah had such a cute little personality - he'd hop and run so fast and then buck like a horse - it was so funny! Affection was on his terms and time - not on mine - sort of like some cats. But when he was in the mood to sit on my lap, as I stroked his little ears he would lick my other hand. I will certainly miss the way he'd stand on his hind feet in the morning looking at me waiting for his treats of Cheerios....my only regret....not indulging his taste buds with many, many more Cheerios.
By the way, my mom named him Noah. When I bought him I jokingly said I should give him a biblical name....mom suggested Noah - I guess based on Noah and the animals on the ark.
NOAH - Feb 2001-April 2008