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Goodbye, Tish [Jan. 11th, 2011|10:15 am]
Tony Grist
We got up this morning to find one of our rabbits dead:  the younger one- Tish.  She was lying on the floor- stretched out- with Tosh watching over her. She'd shown no sign of failing- she'd always been a lazy old thing- so I suppose she'd had a heart attack. I wrapped her in a pillow case and buried her in the backyard. 

Then I fed the birds.

We got Tosh to keep Joe amused. That's nearly six years ago now. He'd been saying he wanted a pet and was threatening to get a snake which didn't appeal to us very much (all those dead mice in the freezer) so we compromised with a rabbit and a guinea pig. The guinea pig was a mistake- Tosh just bullied it- and we swapped it for a second rabbit- an older rabbit that didn't live long. Tosh has now outlived three "wives".  We won't be supplying him with another. He's an elderly gentleman in rabbit terms- and when he goes we'll be winding up our rabbit-keeping days. 
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2011-01-11 10:35 am (UTC)
The weird thing was that Tish was a dwarf lop eared rabbit. When we got her we thought it meant that she would be small - it didn't it meant that her ears would be small, ie that she wouldn't have to drag them around the floor. When we found her this morning her ears were in the 'proper' position for a rabbit, upright. Poor Tosh we're going to have to spend more time with him - he's always been more friendly than any of his lady friends.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-01-11 12:52 pm (UTC)
My condolences to you both.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2011-01-11 11:03 am (UTC)
What is Tosh doing to his wives?? Sorry she's gone, but it sounds like a quick and peaceful end.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 12:35 pm (UTC)
Yes. It looked as if she'd just keeled over.

She was about four- not actually a bad age for a rabbit.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2011-01-11 11:51 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear this, but as huskyteer says, I'm glad that Tish doesn't seem to have suffered before she went. Poor old Tosh being left on his own - but I'm sure you'll both do a grand job of keeping him occupied, as craftyailz says above. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 12:36 pm (UTC)
He's clearly unhappy. Last time I saw him he was sitting all hunched up in the place where she died. We'll have to give him lots of extra attention.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2011-01-11 01:22 pm (UTC)
Poor thing. Animals very definitely know when a companion is ill, or vanishes from their world - I've seen it with cats and guinea pigs too. He will forget before long, but you're right - he definitely needs cuddles in the meantime.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 05:44 pm (UTC)
They do.

Rabbits are social animals- used to living in large groups. I feel a little bad about not supplying him with a new companion, but we have to break the chain at some point.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2011-01-11 01:33 pm (UTC)
Poor Tosh! It sounds as though Tish met a peaceful end though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 05:45 pm (UTC)
Peaceful and very quick by all appearances.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2011-01-11 01:49 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this! It's nice that she went peacefully, though. Poor Tosh! Condolences to you all...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2011-01-11 02:47 pm (UTC)
Animals grieve. That much I know having seen it in my dogs time and time again. And they can make themselves ill from the grief.

I'm so sorry to hear about Tish. And I know Tosh will appreciate the extra attention from you. Poor old boy.

Edited at 2011-01-11 02:48 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yes.

He'll miss her. Rabbits are social animals and need company. I hope we'll be enough for him.
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[User Picture]From: clindau
2011-01-11 03:46 pm (UTC)
My condolences to you two, and to Tosh.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2011-01-11 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh that's always sad. hugs to Tosh.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-11 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Usually one gets warning that an animal is sickening, but not this time- so it was a bit of a shock.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2011-01-13 02:56 am (UTC)
So sorry for the loss of your pet. Tosh is really going to miss her.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-13 09:49 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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