People craft– getting along with pets

One of our bunny pets, Delila Foppyears, passed away a few months ago. Irv (short for Irvine, the town where we live) is a widower.  Of course he suffers loneliness.  It isn’t easy being alone after losing his life companion.  One of our dogs babysits Irv by sitting next to the fence where he resides close to his hutch.  Harvey is a sweet Chihuahua mix who also babysits our Cocker Spaniel puppy.

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9 thoughts on “People craft– getting along with pets

  1. Dash Hamelton

    Kathleen, I’ve watched videos when this sort of thing happens– a dog babysitting. Harvey the Chihuahua must be a gentle little guy.

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Hi Kathleen and Dash. So sad for Irv! One of the great blessings in the life of a rabbit is being bonded to another rabbit. But of course, with such a bond, eventually, one will lose the other. Harvey must have sensed Irv’s depression and went over to sit beside him.

  3. Janessa Breckenridge

    I’ve read that if an animal partner (rabbits included) has never seen death, the survivor has no way of knowing what it is, except to see it in another rabbit. To understand that a partner has died, they have to spend time with the body. If the death happened at a veterinary clinic, you must bring the body back and put it in the rabbits’ home (their crate or pen) with the survivor.
    After a few hours, you bring the body back to the vet for cremation.

    1. shit vad snöÃh!¤r är det 7 plus, jag cyklade precis hem frÃ¥n jobbet, behövde inte ens ha vantar pÃ¥ mig, ingen luva uppe över huvudet, det är my kind of weather pÃ¥ vintern.

  4. Rud Row

    Correct, Janessa. If you don’t go through this process, survivors will wait for their mates to return… and wait… and wait… and wait… The waiting may continue indefinitely, because they expect their companions to return. It can eventually result in deep depression, refusal to eat, and death.

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