I've decided to put this in the pet section, because that's what she was. A pet. I initially got her when a weasel killed my pet Mini Rex, Aurora. Rori was one of a kind. Beautiful, funny, sweet. She was the only rabbit I could take in the house and she wouldn't make a mess. She wanted to be up high. Starting on the floor, she would then jump up my leg to be on the couch, then to my should, the back of the couch, and we had to stop her before she got to the cupboard. She was housed with my sister's rabbit Clover (who I bred and raised myself) who was also killed. When we found out that my mother's farrier had a litter of rabbits born in the barn, we had to check them out.
They had 4 babies born and only wanted to keep one. So I convinced my mother to let us bring the other three home. Haze, Cooper and Smokey. Now, Smokey was mean to my other rabbit, Nibbles, who ran around the yard. Nibbles wasn't the brightest, but was very curious. Smokey attacked Nibbles through the fence and ripped his lip. I told Mom that Smokey had to go, but that she could pick one of the babies from the litter Haze was going to have. She picked Cotton. These four rabbits lived next to each other for several years until I moved to my own place. As soon as I had my barn set up, I brought them all with me.
I had Cooper set asleep about 2 years ago (who was Cotton's best friend). Cotton died last year, leaving my Haze all alone. I decided to put Chester next to her for company. They bonded quickly, and even though the shavings bother Chester's eyes, I couldn't bear to take another rabbit away from Haze. He sat by her side these past few days, as I believe he could tell something was wrong. He was still by her side this morning this morning, even though she had already passed away during the night.
Haze had 3 litters for babies for me. The first two she had 8, the third was just four. I promised she would have no more and that she would spend the rest of her days just being my girl. And that she was.
RIP Haze, I'll miss you
April 2006-March 8, 2016