Tuesday, June 7, 2016
RIP Chester - the best bunny
This photo was taken yesterday. Phoenix and Chester hanging out in a patch of winter sun. At my side while I worked. (The rabbit was the boss in this relationship, if anyone's wondering. )And I say 'was', because when we went outside this morning, Chester was dead. His little body was still and just ever so slightly warm but his fiesty loving spirit was gone.
It's been a sad day. Many tears, a beautiful burial and many shocked statements like 'I can't believe Chester is gone' were scattered throughout the day. He leaves a kind of emptiness behind. The little dude has been a big part of our lives for the past four years. There was no sign of any ill health. Just yesterday afternoon he was hanging out with us. Today he is gone. His sudden passing is made harder as Jed is sick with a nasty stomach bug and besides, Chester was his special animal. He chose him when he was 5.
It's a hard one to grasp, even for adults, that life can be here and then gone. There's been a theme of it in our lives this year.
I will miss him. It was always disconcerting to have him lick my toes if I was on a work call but he was a total character and won many people over to the idea that rabbits had feelings and were intelligent creatures. Chester was fond of his vintage woollen blankets and cushions to snuggle into, loved his fresh wild greens, cuddles, chasing the dog (and no, they were never left alone - just in case) and flopping in patches of sun. Looking back through my photo albums, he was quite possibly the most photographed bunny on the planet too. These are just a few that were on my desktop. He was much loved. RIP bunzer. xx