2003 – January 9, 2021
Bunnie adopted us in the summer of 2012, not long after we had to say goodbye in May to two of our other beloved furbabies, Rudy, (10) who was a Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab cross, and his female feline companion, Ellie, (14) who we adopted when she was 4. Perhaps she sensed that we needed her as much as she needed us.
This friendly little black Manx kitty would show up in our backyard regularly and just hang out with us. We noticed that she started sleeping in a cat bed that we had on top of an old refrigerator on our patio. We started feeding her and when winter set in, we decided to bring her in out of the cold. Her hind end reminded us of a little black rabbit because of the little tuft of fur she had where her tail should be, so we called her Bunnie. We made a bed for her on top of the dryer in our laundry room and she became quite comfortable, eventually becoming Queen of the Manor.
Bunnie was an avid hunter and would often bring various small rodents and birds home and have a feast outside our back door. She would often vomit after eating and eventually started losing weight. In an attempt to diagnose her illness, we were referred to Dr. Hazel Carney at WestVet Emergency and Specialty Center in Garden City, ID. She told us that Bunnie had hyperthyroidism and would benefit from I-131, a radioactive iodine treatment which she had been treating cats with for more than 25 years. She had the treatment in March of 2017 and it helped her a lot.
We had no idea how old Bunnie was until Tony happened run into a former neighbor of ours who asked if we still had the kitty. She told him that after they brought their new dog home, the cat didn’t stick around. She somehow figured out that we had taken her in and was glad that she found a good home. Tony asked her if she knew how old the cat was and she told him that the kitten came to them in 2003. We loved her so very much and we were happy that we were able to extend her life and make her as comfortable as possible for the last 8 ½ years of her life.
Very special thanks to Dr. Matt Kerns and the staff at the Animal Clinic and Dr. Hazel Carney at WestVet Emergency and Specialty Center in Garden City, ID. We are forever grateful for your kindness and care of our beloved BunBun.