the story of a house rabbit (aka. an ode to Basse)
As some of you may know, we lost a family member yesterday morning: Basseterre the bunny. I can tell you that he was loved and hugged and nuzzled up until the second he went to sleep, but I can’t tell you why other than that our beloved pets have to hop off heaven every now and then.
I’d had pet rabbits growing up. They lived in hutches outside, played in the backyard, and I’d feed them carrots and pet them. Basse was not like any bunny I’d ever known. Maybe it was because he thrived as a house rabbit or just because of his personality, but everyone would remark that they’d never seen a rabbit like him before.
Mr. M had taken me to pet store on my birthday to pick out a rabbit. I refused, and asked instead to visit the SPCA. The next day, we met this little guy. They had named him Michelangelo, and he had been found abandoned in a track housing area on someone’s lawn. We took him out to play, he let me pick him up, and had a generally good nature. I couldn’t make my decision that quickly, so I put a hold on him, and waited until the next day. When I woke up… I knew I just had to go get him.
We built him a nice 3 story bunny condo from office cubes, and originally had an old dog fence around his enclosure to give him a little bit of extra room. That worked out just fine, until his rabbit teeth allowed him to mold the fence to where he could climb out of it. In fact, the first escape moment happened at 1am in the morning with my pal Michelle and I downstairs. She suddenly stopped mid-conversation and just said, “Um. Rabbit!” He’d escape a few more times, until we just gave up on the fence and gave him free upstairs roaming control.
Basse was a lounger. He loved to stretch himself out as much as he could to relax. We figured he tripled in length every time he did it.
He’d lounge and cuddle to watch the games with us (as long as we didn’t scream and shout).
And he spent most of every night in “his” leather chair. No seriously. He took it over. If you were sitting in it, he’d hop up in it anyway. It was his chair. It was a place to lay down and flop, to watch TV, and a perfect viewpoint for treats that might be coming up the stairs. He’d hop from the arm of the chair to the stairway when you came up just to say, “Hi! You got something for me?”
And then there was his unlikely buddy… Memphis.
Everyone figured that they’d be amicable at best. At worst, the Bunny would win the fight. But instead, they were pals. Basse would actually come up to where Memphis would be sleeping, and just stretch out next to her.
Even on car trips… Basse preferred to snuggle the cage near Memph.
But if there’s one thing we’ll miss more than the soft petting sessions, the little “nudge-nudges” that he’d give as was passing under your feet, or the nose-to-nose nuzzling… it’s this.
There’s nothing cuter and sweeter in the animal world than this little move. (Oh wait, there is that whole cleaning the ears move that’s insanely adorable as well) It’s a bunny sign of utter happiness. And considering he’d flop many times a night, we were pretty certain that he was a happy bunny while he was with us.
I’ll be honest and say that I was holding the tears in until now and smiling through this post as I wrote it. But now that it’s done, it’s just another little sign that he’s ripping an IKEA magazine to shreds somewhere else right now, and I’m sobbing like a baby.
We loved you Mr. Basseterre. And we’ll always remember how much joy your stay with us brought into our lives. We hope it was just as much fun for you as it was for us!
I am so sorry Mr. B went to bunny heaven. :( He was such a sweetie and he’s so lucky to have found a great home with you guys!
:( So sorry for your loss. Mr. B was such a cutie – I really love that he made such good friends with Memphis…what an unlikely but adorable pair. Hugs…
Amy @ The Nifty Foodie
Aww…I’m sorry for your loss! Such a cutie…we used to have bunnies as kids…they are wonderful animals!
I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bunny. No matter how many pets you have had, how many you have loved and caressed, it never, ever makes losing one easier. I’m very happy Miss L was able to play with him, and you likely have pictures with them together, so you can tell her, “This, this wonderful Love Bun was your first pet (well, ONE of your first pets), and he was the best!”
Thinking of you guys.
Ach, I’m so sorry, M family :( This was such a sweet post about a wonderful bunny and I know he will be greatly missed but I’m so glad he got to have such a happy, fulfilling life with you guys! Sending lots of hugs your way.
I’m so sorry that Basse is gone. What a wonderful bunny he was for you guys – I loved this post (esp the pictures with him and Memphis. Adorable!). Losing a pet just totally and absolutely sucks :(. Take care of yourselves!
Oh gosh, this made me cry too. He seemed like such a sweet bunbun. The pictures of him and Memphis are too cute. Big big hugs. xo
Sorry for your loss. Big Hugs
Ali @ His Birdie's Nest
I’m so sorry for you loss. Losing a pet is very difficult. (HUG)
I am soo sorry to hear about the loss of your rabbit. Losing a pet is never easy but it sounded like he had the best life possible.
I now want a rabbit!!
Losing a pet is harder than you can ever imagine. These pictures are such a good reminder of what a fun pet he was. Remember those good times!
brooke @ claremont road
Aww, I’m so sorry for your loss, Kim. He seemed like such a sweet little guy. He was lucky to have such a great family!
Sounds like bunny had a happy, lovely life. Really sorry for you loss! xoxo
I’m so sorry for your loss of Mr. B. This post made me tear up – the loss of a pet is just overwhelming. It sounds like he had a great life with you, and vice versa. (Hugs).
Oh my gosh, this breaks my heart! He was such an adorable little bunny! Losing a pet is so hard, but I’m sure he’s got an endless supply of carrots, celery, and Ikea magazines to shred in bunny heaven.
I’m so sorry for your lose. Basse looks like he was well loved and loved you guys in return. The photos of him and Memphis make me smile.
Oh, I am so, so sory. That’ so sad. He seems like a perfect bunny. My sister has a house rabbit too, and we love her very much.
Kelly | Glamour This
How did I miss this post?! I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is soooo devastating. I think he had a wonderful family and a great life to look back on. I’m sure he is in magazine heaven doing what he loves best.
What a beautiful tribute to Basse! I’ve never heard of a rabbit who behaved like that — like a doggy. So adorable.
Awwww. Due to a long story, I am actually just the tiniest bit afraid of rabbits. But I had no idea they were so snuggly, sweet, and full of personality! Those photos with your dog are precious. Sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. What a precious bun he was and what a nice account of his life.
I will miss having Basse come to our house to visit. Though I have the videos of him in our patio, jumping up onto a chair then onto our table to see what we were eating or drinking. He was by far the friendliest, most loveable bunny ever.
So sorry to hear about your bunbuns. What a great personality! You were very lucky to have him. And he was lucky to have you.
Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! I actually teared up reading your post – I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet. virtual hugs to you
I am so sorry to hear this. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. :(
I remember your first post/tweet about your dear little bunny. I am so sorry for your loss.
Your words about “the flop” are adorable.
I’m so sorry for your loss, K :( What a sweet bunny, he was. And so lucky to be so loved and to have such wonderful people to give love to.