Firstly, I apologize as this isn't the usual post I'd normally write about. It is not fashion or beauty related so I am sorry. But I feel I need to write this post, for myself.
This gorgeous bunny was called Humphrey. He was an agouti-butterfly French-Lop rabbit and was born April 9th 2006 and died November 19th 2011. One year ago tonight. However he did not have the personality of a rabbit but of a dog. And he had the soul of a brother.
At less than 2 years of age, Humph got Myxomatosis (for those who don't know what that is, it is a rabbit disease which is very common in wild rabbits and there is a mere 10% chance of survival with rabbits who get it.) He went blind in one eye and needed intense looking after. One day, after months of daily eye and face cleaning and lots of antibiotics and loving care the vet announced the disease had gone! Humphrey had survived the fatal disease and just over a month later he regained his sight.
One year later, Humphrey got another disease called E-Cuniculi, which paralysed his back leg and after another year it made him incompetent, so he could not control his bowels.
Now, putting this all aside for a second, I have to point out a large fact about Humphrey, he LOVED life. He had a hutch which he used for about 3 years, then just had the constant use of the whole garden and had a whole shed for his house. He would also come inside our house daily for cuddles, TV and toast. Whenever we'd go out to the garden to just put the washing out, he'd come hobbling over just to nudge and lick our feet.
Despite my dad telling us for months before Humph died it was cruel to keep him alive and to have him put down, I would never listen. We all knew Humphrey loved us and his life, as he ate so much, and everybody knows if an animal, or a human for that matter, stops eating, that is a give up of hope.
The night of the 18th November 2011 (One year ago today), it was extremely cold outside so I brought Humph in for a lovely bath and blow-dry and a few slices of toast. As I sat on the kitchen floor feeding him toast, he stopped for a second (which he has never done with toast in front of him before) and came right up to me and licked me. My feet, hands, all that he could, then snuggled up to me.
Now I know that was him saying thank you, and I love you. Because the next morning we found him snuggled up in his blanket in his shed soundly gone to rest.
I still think about Humphrey every day. How he listened to my every problem in the 5 years of his life and was there for me more than any person has ever been.
I hope you're resting in peace my miracle bunny and I know you're still looking over me every second.