So many of you have expressed sympathy and concern over what happened recently with our petsitters and our bunny that I wanted to write a brief update.  Our little bun died in my arms six days after we returned from our Colorado/Utah trip.

The days before and after we lost our tiny companion were, and continue to be, filled with lots of emotion—mostly grief but also plenty of anger.

Rabbits are wonderful creatures and, like other animals, all have their own unique personalities.  They can be shy, outgoing, social, mean, goofy, aloof, mischievous, playful, stubborn, affectionate, and even flirtatious.  Their personalities really shine when they are kept not in a cage, but as free-roaming house rabbits.  As members of the family.

Though I’ve loved and taken great joy in all our bunnies over the years, I was especially bonded with the one we just lost.  He had some truly unique qualities, including not only the willingness to be held and carried around, but often the desire to be held and carried around.  I can’t tell you how rare this is in rabbits.  (Prey animals, they usually like all four feet firmly on the ground.)  When he wanted up, he’d nibble on my pant cuff.  When he wanted a protracted petting session, he’d run up the doggy steps to the armchair.  I could go on and on . . . and I will in another post.

As for the petsitters, we’ve given them the review we think they deserve.  Though I wanted to rant and swear, I knew that keeping it objective meant keeping the review up on their petsitting profile.  Special thanks to good friend and blog commenter, Selfie Hater, who managed to get the only laugh out of me for a full week when he wrote to me that he minored in voodoo in college and would be happy to stick some pins in our petsitters if only I would provide a depiction.

Although the husband has started up the Enigmatic Location Conundrum (ELC) podcast again, I seem to have lost my writing mojo.  I sat down to write about the first part of our trip and it was instant blog clog intermingled with sadness and futility. Though we enjoyed our trip, it will always have a taint.  Instead, I’ve begun writing the first post in a series about each of our buns.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but I was waiting for the right time.  It seems that now is the right time.  I may intersperse these posts with ones about the trip, if I feel moved to do so.  Those of you who read my blog because you enjoy reading about travel, please be patient with me.  I’ll get there.

Tomorrow we will bury our bunny’s ashes in the garden near his “brother,” our third rabbit, who also died too young.  Maybe then I can start to move on.

Thanks to everyone who rooted for our bun and wished us well, whether it was on the blog or in your thoughts.  It means a lot.

We miss you little guy.  Rest in peace.



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  1. So sorry to hear about your bunny. I can understand the loss as I had also lost a pet rabbit at a relatively young age. These silent but active creatures become a part of your home and it’s very hard to say 👋

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  2. Like all of your readers, I look forward to many more clever and insightful stories of your travels. Your writing mojo will come back as you move through the grieving process from extreme sadness and pain to recounting all of the good things your little bunny brought to your lives. Animals claim a portion of your heart and remain your fellow travelers through life even after their always too short lives end. It has been my observation that a key attribute of the highest quality people I have known is a kindness toward animals. While that trait opens your heart to pain, it also reinforces your humanity. Quite a gift when you think about it.

    Looking forward to lots more stories.

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  3. I was hoping for a different outcome…sigh. I’m so sorry. He sounds like a pretty special rabbit…more a member of your family. I never knew bunnies actually liked being petted (or maybe that’s what made him so rare).

    Take your time and write when you feel like it. Your readers will be just as interested in non-travel posts.

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    1. Thanks – I appreciate that. Actually, most rabbits LOVE being petted. It’s the holding/carrying that they usually don’t like. They like it when you get down on the floor with them and rub, rub, rub them, especially their foreheads.

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  4. I am so so so sorry for your loss. My pets are all family and I would be a complete wreck if anything happened to them. Don’t feel obligated to comment back; I know just how unmotivated I was when I lost previous fur family. I just wanted you to know that I’m sending good thoughts your way and if you need support you’ve got it!

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  5. I just read this and my heart sunk. Having just lost my dog, I know exactly what you are feeling. Take a moment to be grateful he died in your loving arms and not frightened on a table or with the vet. That’s exactly how my Lucy Bunbun went, in my arms. It does feel like they take a chunk of your heart when they hop away. I still ache for Lucy (almost three years now) and Gracie (three weeks). What horrible pet sitters. Did you find out the cause? Rabbits are so sensitive and they hide their illnesses well. I’m so, so, so sorry.

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  6. Oh my love, I’m so so sorry I missed this post when it was published!! I am (very belatedly) devastated for you. 😦 Pets really are family, and between you and me, rabbits are one of my absolute favourite animals so I am teary-eyed right now. But also so angry that this happened to you. I’m sorry. (And also I’m really sorry if this comment is a reminder that you didn’t need, but I wanted to express my condolences.)

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