The hot weather always reminds me of my boys. Gerbils are desert animals so normally do very well in hotter weather. But one of their favourite things to do when it was super hot out, was to sit in our hands while we held them in front of an open window or a fan, and they would just be chilling in the breeze for as long as we would hold them.
So here is an old picture of our sweet Merry, enjoying just that.
Throwing it back slightly to bring you a tiny baby Lola picture. This was her about two weeks after we brought her home, where she was just learning to explore her new forever home.
It’s been two years…and aside from growing a fair bit fluffier, she still looks like our little baby bunny.
This past year has been rough: Aside from Covid, we went from being a family of 6 down to a family of 3. Our sweet Merry crossed the Rainbow Bridge in May 2020, with Pippin following him on Christmas Eve 2020. Then in March 2021, we had to make the horrible and heartbreaking decision to put our Sasha Bean to sleep. Her health had been steadily declining since we got her in 2019, and earlier this year she took a really downhill spiral. We did all we could for months but in the end we knew this would be the kindest option and stop her being in pain everyday.
I miss them everyday and the house feels too big now. Like there is too much space left from where they once were. Lola, however, is doing amazing and I do not think there was ever a more snuggly or sassy bunny that ever lived. She is making full use of that extra space and honestly, I know she is very happy indeed being the sole pet – she no longer has to share cuddles! We dote on her every single day and hopefully she will continue to live a full and happy life for another 8+ years.
But I wanted to get something for my other babies. I will never forget them, but some days it is harder than others to accept what this past year has brought. While I am forever grateful and thankful that I have not lost any of my human loved ones this past year – especially when so many others have – losing a pet can still be like losing a member of your family. I therefore decided to honour them in the best way I could think.
I love tattoos, and have always really admired the artistry and talent that goes into making a tattoo. Unfortunately due to my job I can not have anything too crazy: I need to have them where they are easy to hide and, if they are seen, are not of anything that someone could find offensive or unprofessional. Attitudes to tattoo s are changing but unfortunately there are still some industries that have a very backwards way of thinking about this form of self expression.
I got a black and white bunny and honestly it is the most perfect tattoo. That little face never fails to make me smile and I have not stopped staring at it since I got it. Now when I am having a hard day, I can look at my arm and remember that my babies are still with me, and will now forever be with me no matter where I may go next.
Came across this gem of a photo while going through my phone the other day….
My little yin and yang bunnies.
I still miss Sasha everyday, but seeing these pictures I know that we gave her a blooming good life. And I know that Lola has two forever cuddle buddies in myself and my partner. I’m glad that none of my pets have ever had to go a day without head rubs and a soft blanket to lie on.
At the end of the day, what more could you ask for your pets?
Have you ever seen a flatter bunny??
Someone has found the perfect sleep spot on the rug….and it also comes with lots of head-rubs and cuddles.
The reality of being a bunny parent is that getting a good photo of them is VERY rare. My phone is just full of blurry photos of a certain bunny who is trying to reinvent the definition of speed.
A new fun game with Lola….find the bunny amongst the toys.
Ignore my clothing…I would have put them in the wash pile but Lola also likes to dig through that.
One of the many upsides of having a pet, is that you never need a clock again. These little beings know exactly when they are to be fed, when they get cuddles and when it is time to play.
Take this for example.
We were slightly late having our own dinner, which meant we were slightly late in giving Lola her bowl of greens. This is what we saw, peeking around our coffee table, at the time when she usually has her greens, reminding us that we were – in fact – super late to feed her and that she would shortly starve to death unless we feed her IMMEDIATELY.
I do worry that we have spoiled her a bit….
An old (and very blurry) photo of Jinx, as she attempts to get comfy by pulling herself along the carpet while she lies down.
Cats are so weird, yet so adorable at the same time.
This is how Lola sits when she wants head rubs…
I also think this is how she will sit when she drops the hottest album of the summer. Complete with a giant Thumper in the background….