Friday, May 30, 2008
On 17th May 2008 the beautiful and very brave Sophie had to be put to sleep.
Sophie had fought an incredibly corageous battle against encephalitozoon cuniculi which is a horrific disease which affects the brain. We had several extremely cruel false dawns and although Sophie fought the battle of her life with me standing and fighting alongside her, it became clear on the morning of the 17th that Sophie could not fight on. Sophie was put to sleep in my arms whilst I told her how beautiful and loved she was.
When Sophie first arrived with her brother Humphrey, they actually had different names and after much souls-earching I decided to rename them as their original names were just too silly and unsuitable. Sophie immediately became 'the beautiful Sophie'. All my animals are stunning but Sophie was a bunny supermodel! Her apricot coat and cream tummy together with her chocolate brown eyes and long eyelashes meant she just had to be 'the beautiful Sophie'! Over time, Sophie showed how she was not only extremely beautiful but incredibly brave too. Sophie thus became known as 'the beautiful and very brave Sophie'!
I will remember Sophie for so many things. Her loss is so painfully felt and I can't begin to imagine how Humphrey must feel. I told Sophie I would take extra special care of him and I am trying to ensure he gets through this as best he can. It feels as though we have lost ten members of the family, not one, Sophie filled this house and the aching empty hole is vast.
Until we meet again, run free Sophie. We love and miss you so very much.