In loving memory of Ziggy the bunny

Speak of me with fondness and….
Recall our special days
Hold dear those happy memories
That time cannot erase.

4/1/2007 - 11/30/2011

Ziggy was my adorable neutered male broken blue Holland lop. Those of you who have read some of my other rabbit articles here may recognize his pictures. My fiance and I adopted Ziggy on January 18th, 2009. From the beginning he had his share of medical issues, including mega-colon which we where luckily able to manage pretty well through diet, and reoccurring ear infections. In early 2010 he developed a severe ear infection that did damage to a facial nerve and caused him to have left side facial paralysis. Still he was able to overcome his differences and live a normal, happy life.

Ziggy unfortunately passed away on November 30th, 2011, after about a two month battle with a severe infection that, we found out later, had spread to his brain. He passed away peacefully at home, in my arms. But I don't want this article to be about his death.

Ziggy only weighed 4 lbs. He was, more or less, about the size of a football, and had white fur marked with grey patterns. He was a handsome bunny, but even more stunning than his looks was his personality. Ziggy was 4 lbs of pure bunny attitude. He hated being held, but was friendly and would run up to anyone who came into his room to visit him. He loved food, and would do almost anything for a treat. Even when he was at his sickest, Ziggy never stopped enjoying his meals.

Probably Ziggy's greatest joy in life was trying to find creative new ways to escape from his room. Once he got out, instead of making trouble he would wonder around our apartment looking for his best buddy, our 20 lb dog. It didn't usually take him long to find the dog, seeing that the dog and Ziggy's all time favorite game was for Ziggy to chase the dog around the apartment. A tiny 4 lb rabbit chasing around a dog 5 times his size was always quite a sight. After their game of chase, the two of them use to curl up together to rest.

Ziggy played hard and rested harder. When he slept he really slept. Sometimes I would see him flopped over sleeping, so relaxed that I would have to check on him to make sure he was still breathing. I think that bunny could sleep through almost anything, which in my experience is strange for a rabbit.

Ziggy loved to play. Other than playing with our dog, he used to play fetch with his toys and he loved running around playing with things like box forts and other toys he could use to make makeshift obstacle courses. He was one of the most playful bunnies I've had the pleasure to meet. He was very photogenic, when I could get him to stay still long enough to get a picture of him. Ziggy was hyper and playful and always up for an adventure. He was a happy, fun loving rabbit. I'd like to remember him how he was before he got sick, when he was playful and hyper and full of life.

Binky free sweet Ziggy, we will always love and miss you, and will forever hold you in our hearts. I don't know what happens after we die, but wherever you are I hope that you have many great adventures still ahead of you.

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