Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
4/7/2016 - 4/10/2017
Our light chinchilla-butterfly girl, daughter of Molly/Olaf
Died very suddenly with no symptoms, leaving a family of 5 orphans
Molly: 5/6/2015 -
Chinchilla butterfly daughter of Minstrel and Wally
Carmen: 1/9/2011 - 28/12/2015 (6.7kg)
Daughter of Carla and Bob, Grand-daughter of Tylda and mother of beloved Wally.
Sadly she has now gone to join her son following a long and happy life.
Daughter of Carly and Bob
Camelia is an unusual colour - neither chinchilla nor opal but most definitely a very attractive girl
Ulysses: 5/2/2013 - 29/5/2015
Daughter of Kilda and Bob, Grand-daughter of Tylda
Ulysses was born with ulcers on both corneas. The ulceration cleared on her left eye but her right eye seemed permanently damaged having been examined by a number of vets. Despite her poor vision, she was a happy and exceptionally friendly bunny who enjoyed camping trips and visiting our elderly relatives, one of whom lives in a nursing home. Curiously, during her one and only pregancy, the damage to her right eye seemed to miraculously heal and remained so for the rest of her life. This was shown to vets who had never seen anything like it previously in their careers. Nor had we. Sadly we lost Ulysses very suddenly and unexpectedly following a suspected heart attack. A very sad loss.
Wiki (orange) the first of the 'Walterlets', born 27/6/2012
Daughter of Kilda/Walter
She's a big, chunky and exceptionally friendly girl who always demands a nose-rub, back massage and wants to know what's going on. First-rate mum, too.
Sadly she had to be PTS in April 2015 due to a brain tumour.
Continental Giant boy
Our wonderful boy and photographic model for our books, leads and harnesses
Carly: 14/8/2010 - 10/2014
Orange butterfly French Lop
daughter of Carla and Gethin
She enjoyed 4 happy years hopping around the garden but arthritis took hold in her latter months resulting in some disability and, after some months of struggling, we made the tough decision to PTS. RIP Carly.
Daughter of Carla and Gethin
Grand-daughter of Tylda
Mother of Ulysses
Orange butterfly French Lop, daughter of Tylda and Carlos
Carla used to enjoy going on trips to the riverside where she would sit at the edge of the riverbank and give the swans the benefit of her 'good advice'.
As the matriarch of Burrow Court and the mother/grandmother of most of the current residents and granny to our housebun, Wally, she will be very sadly missed.
Bob: adopted July 2011 - October 2013
Bob was adopted in July 2011 as our handsome opal butterfly stud buck and to introduce a new bloodline. He was noted for his very gentle nature with the girls along with his head for heights and passion for climbing. Although he lived on the ground floor in Burrow Court, whenever he had the chance in his younger days, he would climb up onto the 6' high roof then need 'mummy' to help him down again. He is the proud father of Kilda, Ulysses and Carmen, grandfather of Wally and Wallys.
Wifi: 27 June 2012 - 1 May 2013
A very sudden and unexpected loss due to bloat while raising her family of triplets. Wifi was a special bunny noted for her spectacular ears and, after nursing her through a nasty tummy upset in the winter, I had an extra-special bond with her. She and her sister, Wiki, were inseparable - some of the most closely-bonded sisters I've ever seen ad Wiki misses her probably even more than I do.
Inga: 27/8/2006 - 10 March 2013
Daughter of Maddie (Inga's ears were accidentally nipped off shortly following her birth)
Sadly, Maddie her mother and Una, her sister, are now all reunited at Rainbow Bridge. Inga leaves behind her surviving daughter, Evie and Eva, Bella and Greta plus her son, Einstein. Her passing marks the end of an era and the end of our dwarf lop line.
Tylda: 19/4/2007 - 23/7/2012
Blue French Lop
daughter of Tilly and Bentley, mother of Tarquin, Kilda and Carla
Enjoyed a long, happy, healthy life before sadly succumbing to breast cancer.
(Retired old lady-bun who ended her days as our housebunny)
Dame Maddie CBE: 1/8/2005 - 7/7/2012
Dwarf Lop housebun
- and professional shopper
The first Dame of Lagomorphia and star of our online journal followed by readers around the world.
A tribute video to Maddie appears in our online blog - 9 July 2012.
Una: 27/8/2006 -13/3/2012
Daughter of Maddie (pet housebun)
Very sadly, we lost our wonderful and much-loved bunny supermodel following an exceptionally brave fight against intestinal illness. Despite the severity of her illness, Una refused to give in and tolerated more than a month of round-the-clock sub-cutaneous rehydration, syringe-feeding, bathtimes and did her utmost to survive - even though from week 1 her prognosis was very poor. She was an exceptional bunny who loved to pose for the camera. She was a true one-off; we've never had a bunny like her before and doubt we'll ever have another. Follow her story from birth in her mother's online journal at: http://furrymob.livejournal.com/16039.html
Daughter of Shona and Tarquin
Died suddenly in April 2011
- the much-loved son of Tylda and Gethin. Tarquin was completely devoted to his twin brother, Tydfil, whom we sadly lost to a nasty bout of stasis at about 3 months. It took a while for Tarquin to adjust to his loss but then he went from strength to strength. He was a bit chunky lad with one of the best Frenchy heads we've ever seen.. He was noted for his love of his 'afternoon comas' when he would flop into his bed for what can only be described as a deep comatose nap!
Orange butterfly stud buck
Carlos was a little agoraphobic when he arrived here and showed great reluctance to come out of his apartment. Eventually he was coaxed out sitting on my foot, clinging on by wrapping his forepaws tightly around my calf and I walked around wearing him like a big, furry welly.
- Gethin's twin sister was our champion digger. We had high hopes for her as a breeding bun and she had a very successful first litter to whom she was devoted. Sadly things didn't work out for her second litter when she conceived just a single kit with Carlos. This kit grew huge and was too large for her to deliver leading to an emergency caesarian. It was too late to save the kit which had died in her womb and she needed a full hysterectomy. Since then she enjoyed a full and happy, active life as a companion pet - end even went on a few camping trips.
Gethin was the handsome son of Heulwen and Bentley and enjoyed the same great character and personality as his dad. He was a true Bentley-Bun. Being REW, he had poor eyesight and would charge around the garden chasing his girls. Alas, he couldn't actually see them so if they hopped to the right, he'd hop to the left before stretching up to sniff the air and then hop over in their correct direction. We had to be very careful not to leave chairs etc in unfamiliar places in the garden otherwise he'd bump into them.