Monday, 29 December 2008

Goodbye Hugo


Dear friends,
Sadly, despite all the vibes and thoughts you kindly sent over, and were well received, my Hugo boy has crossed the bridge this morning, shortly after I left him at the vets to start the fluids therapy.
The diagnosis was the feared enterotoxaemia, an infection with little chance of survival for the bunnies. The vet supposed that the tooth infection had already migrated to the bloodstream, and the antibiotic wasn't enough to keep it at bay, despite the dosage. The other possibility is that the antibiotic, killing some batteria, also got some good bacteria from the guts, creating an imbalance resulting in the enteritis. I guess I will never know, because I am not going to have a postmortem done.
Miss Eve said goodbye to him - I put him in the living room with the carrier, so she could see where he was - and kept returning to see him every now and then. She seemed to have accepted that he was gone, but when I put down the green plastic tube to keep her occupied while I was cleaning the floor of the crate, she rushed in and out sniffing and making a tiny sound that she normally does when thumping, something she does when she's disapproving of me...poor girl, she was looking for him, smelling his scent but not seeing him anywhere as the smell suggested... it was so heartbreaking...
Off now downstairs to keep some company to Miss Eve... sleep tight, my Hugo bunny...

36 comments:

Ninni said...

Yowlyy... I truly feel your pain. I lost little Myntti today. He died at the vet's office before anything could be done. He became very ill on 25 Dec and I took care of him at home after a visit to the emergency clinic. I'm exhausted and sad. Not the best christmas ever.

furrybutts said...

Oh, Gabriella, I'm so so sorry about Hugo. I don't know what to say.. I was hoping so much that he would pull through.. rest in peace, Hugo. Be happy at the bridge.

Hugs to you and Miss Eve.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Oh, gosh, I am so sorry G., hardly know what to say and wish I could really do something to help out you and Miss Eve.....all we could do was make a little post. It seems so unfair that creatures so well loved and so lovely have to leave.......Hugs to all.

bunnygirl said...

I'm so sorry. I worried last night and this morning, hoping he'd be okay. It's nature's kindness to them that they go so fast when they become ill, but it breaks our hearts. It only compounds our frustration when they become ill over a holiday and we can't even give them every chance.

I'm sure my Tid was there to meet him at the Bridge and show him where all the best clover is.

When we let our friends go, their pain is over, but it means we have to bear it instead. Hugs to you and Miss Eve, who will need all the love you can bear to give her.

Erin said...

Oh now, I'm so sorry! Hugs to you and Miss Eve. Just remember he's in a better place now without pain.

bunnygirl said...

When you're up for it, G, please send me your email address. Cadbury and I have something for you.

uhamp "at" yahoo "dot" com

MatsB said...

We are so sorry for your loss! Rest in peace, little Hugo!

RoadBunner said...

I'm so so sorry. Hugs to you and Miss Eve. He had a great life any bunny would love and is surely in a better place now.

Maartsi said...

Thanks for your email and I'm very sorry about Hugo. Hugs.

Jo said...

Gabriella, so sorry to read of your loss.
with love

Joanna

Süßstoff said...

(((Gabriella)))

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh I'm so sorry, how sad for you and Miss Eve. I'm sure Anya will be there for Hugo at the Bridge

divakitty said...

There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness,
but of power.
They speak more eloquently
than 10,000 tongues.
They are the messengers
of overwhelming grief,
of deep contrition,
and of unspeakable love.

- Washington Irving


You are in our thoughts. We will miss Sir Hugo.

The Fluffy Tribe said...

We are so sorry for your loss and hopes that you and Ms Eve are comforting each other. Hugo will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. nosekisses, foofs, and purrs of comfort from the Fluffy Tribe and 'beans

mum of critters said...

aw man, this stinks. i am so very sorry to hear Hugo left you and Miss Eve. I am glad he let you hold him before you took him in again and I know that gave him peace to feel the warmth of your comforting him and i also know that probably comforted you.

my heart is breaking for you. How awesome that you commissioned their portrait before this happened, makes it extra special. Archi Ann died right after Jo at higglety pigglety had put her in the print she did of the mid summers eve party and it has since been a very special treasure for me.

hugs and prayers for you from across the pond
carri ann

FrecklesandDeb said...

Our thought have pretty much been said by everyone here...we are so sorry that it was Hugo's time to go to the bridge. We wish there was something we could say or do to make the pain go away, but we know that you and Miss Eve will have to work it our yourselves. We are sending hugs to you and our thoughts will be with you. Binky on, Hugo. We will miss you.

PJ said...

I'm always touched by the great love that house rabbits inspire in their hoomins and I'm very sad to learn of Hugo crossing the bridge. I also feed very blessed to have Hugo and Miss Eve in the print Miss Diana made for me. For those of you who have not seen this you can see Hugo and Miss Eve here
and here . So precious.

With love and hugs, PJ, Ranger Dog and the 2 G-Kitties.

PJ said...

I didn't get the html right:

http://theqipapers.blogspot.com/2008/12/monday-bunday-art-project.html

http://underatinroofsky.blogspot.com/2008/12/sydney-tyler-hugo-and-miss-eve-take.html

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh no, Oh no ... not Hugo ...

We just heard ...

Gosh - no Hugo. How awful you must feel. Give Miss Eve an extra snuggle for all of us here.

Such a fine pair they were - to see and hear about ...

bunnygirl said...

I may not need your email addy. I'm going to try to put the link here.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We didn't know Hugo, but we read about him at Freckle's & Deb's, so we came by to say how sorry we are it was Hugo's turn to leave for the bridge.

Friend of the Animals said...

Thinking of you and Miss Eve. How sad. You are such a good bunny mom and did such great things for Hugo. But not everything can always be fixed. Sending lots of love from Clint, Gerald, Cinnamon and Bambi.

thefluffies said...

I haven't visit ur blog for the past few weeks. I was about to see more pics of Hugo and Miss Eve in ur blog before i dropped by Freckles & Deb's blog and read about hugo's passing in that blog... :'(

Binky free, great Hugo...

And hope things will go well for Miss Hugo...


The Fluffies' Mom,
-Nicoty_yne-

Glenna said...

I'm so very, very sorry to hear about Hugo. My thoughts are with you and sweet Eve.

Keithius said...

Oh no... I'm so sorry about Hugo... Gus and Betsy send you and Miss Eve lots of nose bumps.

LauraHinNJ said...

I came by way of DivaKitty... so sorry for your loss of a beautiful big white bunny.

milocat said...

We also came by way of Diva Kitty to pay our heart felt respect and condolances ... Hugo looks adorable and we know you will miss him greatly. At least he had a wonderful life and was greatly loved. RIP Hugo.

And ((((((HUGS))))))) to you all.

from Milo, and Alfie and our Mom.

PB 'n J said...

Sophia and the Buns told us about your loss, we're so sorry that your Hugo had to cross the bridge. We're purring for your family.

andrewbun said...

Oh, we are so furry sorry, and so sad Hugo has left for the bridge. Please know we are thinking of you and Miss Eve...
*Hugs* from Mom
*nose bumps* from Andrewbun

Bogdan, the editor said...

This is very sad news. Bye, Hugo.
And purrs to Miss Eve. Your family is in our thoughts.

- Morning Scratch kitties (Bogdan, Sara, Kat3 and Jeff)

bluedogrose said...

I just read this and am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful friend.
Hugs to you.

mistral said...

Conosco molto bene il profondo vuoto che lascia l'assenza di un niglioso, un magico niglioso che ha diviso con noi attimi di felicità.Non ho parole, ne magiche pozioni per tornare indietro nel tempo, posso solo, stringendoti in un immenso abbraccio,con le lacrime che rigano il volto, dirti di osservare attentamente attorno a te: i piccoli, invisibili segnali,ma tangibili che Hugo ha lasciato attorno a te.
Ci sono e aspettano solo di essere colti.
Con infinito affetto

Sam's mistress said...

Oh NO! We're so sorry, Hugo! Hugs and binkies to you and your bunns... The Bridge is even brighter now with his beautiful spirit there.

Hang in, guys.
XO Christine and Sammy

Shelley said...

Sorry to hear about your bunny.

bunnygirl said...

Hey, there! How are you and Miss Eve doing? Check in if you're up for it. The bunny bloggers would love to hear from you!

serenely said...

Goodbye sweet Hugo :***