Snoopy was one of the earlier bunnies rescued by Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group (LIRRG) as it was starting up so many years ago. I clearly remember the day Steve and I first saw Snoopy. He was a baby, resting on the side of a grassy hill at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. Steve used to conduct bike/run workouts for his triathlon team every Tuesday night. We would bike the 1 mile loop and we would see Snoopy and a bunch of other domestic rabbits wandering around in the park weekly in the fall of 2006. Steve and I instinctively knew these bunnies were not meant to be outdoors as they stuck out like sore thumbs with their white fur and would make for easy prey. We thought for sure there must be a rescue organization for rabbits that could help these bunnies. So, off to the Internet I went and did a google search. I found LIRRG and connected with Angela DaSilva and Greta Guarton. I was told the same thing I repeated to so many finders over the years as an LIRRG volunteer; there is no shelter, but if one can foster or adopt, LIRRG would provide supplies and education. So, Steve put out the word to the 300+ athletes on the triathlon team asking if anyone could foster or adopt. Two people said yes and we gave LIRRG the go ahead to rescue. Steve and I had fallen in love with Snoopy with his unique heli-lop look, but LIRRG said there was no guarantee they could capture him specifically (there were probably about 8-10 domestic rabbits loose in the park). I guess Steve and I were meant to have Snoopy because he took the banana bait. The two people who said they would foster fell through and Steve and I looked at each other and said, I guess we are bunny owners now. Steve loved both Budgie and Snoopy, but he always said he liked Snoopy best.
The youtube link below was made by Steve. It was Snoopy’s bedtime ritual, something we did every night including the night before he passed.
Over the past few weeks, I thought to myself that Snoopy would not be with me for much longer. There was no one sign; he was eating and pooping well and still loving his treats and was as cantankerous as ever. Occasionally, I would see him staring at the floor almost as if he was in a trance. On Wednesday night, it seemed as if he might be having a bout of stasis coming on and I did my usual; gave him simethicone, massaged his belly and made him walk around. He was his usually cranky self and did not like it when I made him walk. I felt he needed some extra TLC and held him in my lap for an hour that night. Snoopy enjoyed his treat ritual although he had not eaten his dinner pellets (sometimes he would like to munch on them late at night) so I was not concerned. Thursday morning I woke up and his pellets were still there and Snoopy was listless, laying under his hidey box. That is when I first posted his status to the LIRRG Facebook page and took him immediately to the vet. The vet consulted with Dr. Saver and they did all they could to save him. He deteriorated rapidly. When I called for an update at 5pm on Thursday, the vet said he may not make it through the night. Snoopy’s white blood cell count was way off and he was anemic. The vet said he had a massive infection and since antibiotics were not helping, it was probably viral in nature. Older rabbits tend not to do so well with these types of viruses. I immediately left to go to the vet to say goodbye to Snoopy. When they brought him in to me, he looked so sad and defeated and I cuddled and kissed him. It was so hard to leave him there, knowing I may not see him again. Five minutes after I got home, the vet called and said Snoopy had passed. I was so thankful I had a chance to say good bye to him and that I did not have to make the decision to euthanize.
Just as Steve did, Snoopy Slipped Away. My heart was broken once again and memories of Steve, Snoopy and I washed over me. RIP Snoopy Bunny, may you have crossed the rainbow bridge into Steve’s arms.