Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Farewell, Hans

It's back to the farewell posts again. Obi should have been first, but Blogger did it again and I couldn't access his blog last night. Luckily, Hans is on Wordpress, so I could research him for a post. Hans was a lilac otter Netherlands Dwarf bunny. His Mom bought him from a breeder as a little guy. He was very happy in his new home, though Buttons wasn't too happy about it at first. From the very beginning, Hans loved to be loved. He especially liked to have his ears petted and his chin scritched. His Mom liked to pet him until he fell asleep. Poor Hans developed problems, though. Before he was a year old, he got an abscess in his jawbone and all four of his incisors had to be pulled. This meant that he could still chew his food fine, but he could no longer nip off bites. He still liked to chew (or gum) his grass mat, though. With antibiotic treatment, the abscess went away, but then it came back again. He seemed to be doing well on a new antibiotic treatment, but then he suddenly hopped off the to the Rainbow Bridge from his Mom's arms shortly after she gave him his injection. As you can imagine, this caused his Mom great distress. She was afraid that she had done something wrong. However, the vet and people on bunny blogs and forums were able to assure her that subcutaneous injections like those she gave Hans every day could not cause such a sudden departure. It is most likely that something else was going on in Hans' body that he could no longer fight off. It is possible that Hans felt so safe and secure in his Mom's arms and he was tired of fighting, so he just relaxed and let go. It's really sad, not least because Hans had just recently celebrated his first birthday.

                                         Hans had lots of trouble with teeth.
                                         He lost his incisors, above and beneath.
                                               In Mom's arms he felt warm
                                               And safe from all harm,
                                         So he hopped off to the Bridge, to look for his teeth.


Pinky Ash and Boo said...

We are sorry to hear about Hans. Purring for his family and those who knew him.

The Monkeys said...

So sorry about Hans. It seems that he was far too young. We're purring for his family

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That was a very nice tribute for Hans.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Poor Hans. We didn't realize he'd lost his top and bottom teeth since we didn't meet him until shortly before he left. His mom was distrought, as any human would be, thinking it was her fault. But it wasn't.

loki said...

We are so sorry, purrring for his family.


Anonymous said...

Thank you. Thank you for posting about Hans and thank you for taking the time to learn his story :) Hans made his way quickly into our hearts, and that's where he'll stay forever.

Brian said...

Sweet little Hans was so very loved and now Hans will be loved by all of us forever.