Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Feeling Empty Tonight

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


hebrews 11:1 said...

Oh, Little Missionary, now I feel like crying! What a heartwrenching story about your little bunny. I'm so glad we were all able to meet him online, although we never met him physically. I am so sorry for your loss...yes, I'm sure the house is sooo empty without him! I can't imagine not having a pet anymore and we've only had one for 9 years...most of my childhood we never had a pet.

I pray God wraps you in His comforting arms and may you find peace there. I'll be praying extra for you ((((((HUGS)))))

Love and Prayers,
Your sister in Christ,

Terry said...

Oh Little Missionary Julie...I am so sorry. Noah was part of our family and I feel so bad!
You were so brave to go in with him. I couldn't when we took in one of our cats.
We used to feed all the stray cats when we lived on Ontario Road and just before we were going to move, someone poisoned one of these cats. It wouldn't trust anyone after that. It wouldn't eat out of the dishes and I used to hand feed it for about a week but then when I noticed that the poor thing was bleeding at the mouth, I told Bernie,"We can't move and leave this kitty this way to die in extreme pain, so we took it to the vet. Before left, I told the guy next door. "Please take all of the dishes and keep them. I would not be able to stand looking at them when we get home."
That must of been so hard for you Little Missionary Julie to go back an see those dishes!
When we got to the Vets Bernie went in with the kitty and he told me after that the vet actually kissed the cat once before she gave it the needle and right after she gave it the needle and then one more time before the kitty gave it's last breath. Bernie, who had been holding the cat said that it purred right to the end...
I feel bad for you Julie and I know I used to call Noah a city slicker Bunny but that was only in fun...
You will miss him and so will we....Love Terry

hebrews 11:1 said...

Oh, I couldn't see my own pet put down either, Mrs. Shirkie, although when I was looking into becoming a vet, I said I would have no problem putting down sick pets...just not my own!


Terry said...

Yes Little Pilgrim Pal...It WOULD be a whole lot harder, I think.

I just feel so bad for Susan and Little Missionary Julie tonight...Love Mrs. Shirkie

Julie (aka Little Missionary) said...

Thanks for your heartwarming comments - it seems silly on one hand to cry for a little bunny but that's me - that's my sensitive heart and I think all our little pets are gifts from God - He enjoys them too! After all, He created them!

Bless you.

Julie (LM)

Adi said...

Julie, you miss him so much, he was so precious to you. I do believe that us creatures of the creation will go to Heaven too.

Romans 8:19-21
(19) The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
(20) For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
(21) that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

I know you loved him so much, we are glad that so many humans love us so much. Oftimes almost as much as God loves us.

Terry said...

Oh Adi...You have such a loving heart.
I never even knew that you had your own blog you little darling!!....
Love from your Canadian auntie Terry

hebrews 11:1 said...

Adi, I didn't know you had a blog either! Did Mr. Jim tell you thta your twin lives a few streets away from me? Honestly, doggie, it looks just like you!

Little Missionary,

If you are interested in rescuing a bunny, please check out www.petfinder.com. You can put in your city and it will bring up a list.

Love and Prayers,