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Bright Eyes.... [May. 18th, 2012|08:49 am]
Tony Grist
Tosh was our first rabbit. We got him- nearly seven years ago- to divert Joe from indulging himself in a snake. Tosh and Joe used to wind one another up. Joe would thump at Tosh in the manner of an aggressive male rabbit and Tosh would get his own back by hiding under Joe's bed and dashing out to attack his naked feet. Then Joe left and Tosh became all ours. He was the friendliest rabbit we've ever had. He outlived several lady companions. Over the last year his companion has been Trigonometry (the least friendly rabbit we've ever had) who was sold to us as a lady but turned out not to be. Tosh bullied him. Their relationship was punctuated by terrible scraps which Tosh mostly won. 

Tosh died last night. Goodbye, little fella. 
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2012-05-18 08:06 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 08:41 am (UTC)
Thank you
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2012-05-18 08:48 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. I feel like I knew him through your updates and pictures, and had grown quite fond of him myself as a result. I'm sure you will miss him - and I'm well aware that the timing must feel pretty rough given what is happening with Ailz's father as well. I know Tosh had a great life with you, though, and I hope you'll feel able to do the same for another rabbit soon.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 08:55 am (UTC)
Thanks.

We still have two rabbits. They're brothers and hate one another. Tolkien lives in the yard and is bold and comparatively friendly. Trig (who was Tosh's companion) lives in an upstairs bedroom, has never bonded with us and is a complete coward.

It would be nice if we could get them to live together in the yard, but I don't think that will work...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 08:55 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-05-18 09:52 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 11:35 am (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2012-05-18 10:19 am (UTC)
Golly, I remember when you got Tosh. I always enjoyed hearing about him - a larger-than-life bunny. RIP.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 11:36 am (UTC)
Yes, it doesn't seem that long since he was a baby.

Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-05-18 10:33 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry to read this, Tony. It doesn't matter what sort of furry companion we have. When they go we miss them. 7 is a ripe old age for a house bunny. But still...I'm sorry.

Is there any way you could divide your yard to have two bunny habitats?

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks.

Dividing the yard would be possible. Another possibility is that we re-home Trig.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-05-18 11:46 am (UTC)
It's sad that they run on different life clocks than we do.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed.

But he's had seven years. In the wild he'd have been lucky to have lasted one.

Also, I reckonthey live almost entirely in the present. Time has no meaning for them.
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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2012-05-18 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I hope you can re-home Trig.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. We'll see how it goes. We may try and persuade Trig to live in peace and harmony with his brother, but that will involve a bigger input of time and energy than we can spare right now.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 05:28 pm (UTC)
Not a bad innings (to use a cricketing term)
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[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2012-05-18 01:54 pm (UTC)
Goodbye, Tosh. I am glad you were part of a family, and my condolences to them on your loss.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2012-05-18 02:32 pm (UTC)
RIP, Tosh. And I hope something works out with the other two. We have two female angora rabbits in the house right now (in addition to our whole colony of other rabbits in the barn)... We got the second one to be a companion for the first, but so far they end up fighting if they are put together -- unless it's in the back of the car, going for a ride. (In that case they snuggle together for comfort and protection.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 05:30 pm (UTC)
People say rabbits are sociable animals, but I've not seen it. Put two of the same gender together and they'll fight for dominance. Tolkien- who lives on his own in the backyard- seems perfectly happy with his own company.
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[User Picture]From: wlotus
2012-05-18 03:14 pm (UTC)
Happy trails to Tosh.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2012-05-18 04:12 pm (UTC)
Loss of a pet-friend. So sad. I know how you feel.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-18 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2012-05-18 05:36 pm (UTC)
I am sorry.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-19 09:50 am (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: clindau
2012-05-18 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Tosh. He had a good life. Maybe one less rabbit in the house will change Trig for the better.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-05-19 09:51 am (UTC)
Thanks.

We need to try and get Trig to be less afraid of us.
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