Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Good-bye Blacky


Until today, my daily life in France included a sweet little dwarf rabbit that roamed free in our house like a cat.

At the ripe bunny age of five and a half, Blacky slipped away from us today. I am philosophical about the loss of pets, but I will still miss the pitter-patter of his paws, his funny antics, and his general presence.

For the first time for almost 10 years, we are left with no pet. (We had a series of guinea pigs from 2000-2008, including one who lived for eight years!)

Anyway, tonight my husband cried. I cried. My youngest daughter cried.

Then a bit later, she said "Wouldn't you like to have a dog?"

11 comments:

Claudine said...

oh sweet little Blacky, and that is a great photo too! Sorry about your loss, it is never easy when you lose a pet

Loulou said...

Oh Betty, I am so sorry that Blacky is gone! He was such a little cutie.
It must be very sad in your house tonight. My condolences.

Alison said...

Adieu, Blacky. Cute little bunny.

Megan said...

aw, so sorry to hear about that.

deedeeinfrance said...

Sounds like he had a happy bunny life.

tut-tut said...

It is very hard to lose a pet. I've never had a rabbit. A lovely photo of him. I thought he was a cat, until I saw his ears.

spacedlaw said...

Sorry for your loss.
Are rabbits always dying so young?
You might be better off with a dog or a cat indeed.

Betty C. said...

@deedee -- Oh, he definitely did, he was spoiled as anything!

@tut-tut -- I'm not surprised you took him for a cat, that's how he lived.

@spaced -- I think dwarf rabbits don't live that long. 4-8 is kind of the average from what I've read. There are of course exceptions, but they are rather fragile creatures.

As for a dog or cat, I do love cats but definitely don't want a dog...so high maintenance! But with cats living up to 20 years all the time now, do I really want to commit to another pet? We'll see...

Tinsie said...

RIP Blacky!

I wouldn't want a dog either, too much like hard work.

Tammy said...

Hello, I've enjoyed reading your blog! I couldn't help but comment when I saw the news, as we have an adorable rabbit too. I am so sorry for your loss. Ours stays outside, where he has a house and free run of the very big grassed chicken run with three hens. We like Shadow so much (I just posted photos recently of him in the snow) but I can't help but wonder how you managed the whole hygiene thing indoors. Was he trained? (We also have two guinea pigs inside, in a 2 m by 1 m pen).

Jann said...

Oh, I am so sorry.......until you have loved a pet,you really do not appreciate the love they give to us.....and what they teach us. Having a pet and loving her as I do,has taught me to respect all animals......i don't think i could love another animal after my Lilly leaves this world. It hurts......