December 28, 2016

A sad (and probably fitting) way to end an already bad year. Today we had to have our oldest rabbit Cosmo put down. He was 11+ years old – the near edge of the rabbit galaxy in terms of years – and I think he might have had a minor stroke that rendered him unable to use his front legs, so that was that. He’d been on a host of medications to ease his diminishing eyesight and his arthritis, so it’s not as if today came as a surprise. Still, it hurts to see his cage area empty; another hit in a year of hits.

His full name was Mr. Cosmopolitan, named by Tracey for the fact that his pinkish-red eyes were the color of a perfectly-made cosmopolitan, but everyone called him Cosmo. A very cool rabbit name for an equally-cool rabbit. He came to us in 2007 via one of the last PetSmart rabbit adoptions sponsored by Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue. His original name was Cody and he had come to BHRR via Yuma, Arizona. We don’t know what his original circumstances were, but we’re guessing he was at least a year old by the time we adopted him.

Like most rabbits, Cosmo was full of piss and vinegar as a young buck – that’s the reason I chose to bring him home to begin with. There were about a dozen rabbits in cages at the PetSmart, and the majority of them seemed nice enough, content to veg out in the way rabbits like to do. Not Cosmo – he was up on his hind legs and raising a small ruckus as I walked around the cages. From the first moment I saw him I knew he was the rabbit for us.

Cosmo had a great life, he really caught the gold ring when it came to rabbit luck. He had big ears and long legs he loved to stretch out while sleeping. He loved being petted and always seemed like a happy beast. He was a gourmet snob when it came to timothy hay: if it wasn’t hay that was put down fresh that day, from the top of the bag, he’d ignore it. He loved his piece of banana in the morning and the Nibble Rings treats we’d hand out at breakfast and dinner time. He could tell when his breakfast was being prepared – those big ears would go up and the other rabbits in the room would take note.

He was a ladies man from the moment of his arrival. Peanut, who departed way too soon, was the love of his life. I really think that after Peanut left us two years ago Cosmo was never truly the same, but then again he was already starting to enter his elder years by that time.

I truly think Cosmo’s favorite period was when he shared the office with both Peanut and Marlie. There was always action to keep Cosmo entertained, and they made for quite a threesome:

Now all that’s left of the three is Marlie, who you can tell already senses Cosmo’s absence. Rabbits are like that, and it takes them time to adjust. Of course, we still have Peach in the other room, so we’ve got to do some thinking about how we want to set things up in the days ahead. Right now, however, the house feels a little emptier and our hearts are heavy. It’s a sad time, but then again this has been a sad year – one we won’t mind seeing in the rear-view mirror in just a few days’ time.

Rest in peace, Cosmo. You were one of the best rabbits ever. Here’s hoping in the hereafter your eyes are completely healed, you feel like a million bucks, and there’s Peanut over there waiting for you and munching on a field of clover.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 20:53 | Comments (3)
  1. RIP Cosmo ! I can totally relate to the adoption story. Our situation was much the same with Henry aka Twopaws our cat. Henry was sitting outside his cage with the same piss and vinegar as Cosmo. We love Henry from the start and had no doubt he was our guy. We cherish all his goofy crazy antics. It will be a sad day as well when he is called to heaven.

    Comment by Killer — December 29, 2016 @ 10:41 am

  2. Shank, sorry for your loss.
    Hope the New Year brings in better days.

    Comment by Ron Myerow — December 29, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

  3. Thanks guys! Much appreciated.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — December 29, 2016 @ 8:03 pm

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