On Saturday, April 7 at approximately 10:30 am EST SmokeyBlue went back to Source. His disability took a great deal of his energy so that after 2 years minus 4 days, his body just gave out. He had made the decision to transition several days before by not eating, but remained his ever-sweet alert self. He cuddled with Basel and me frequently, which I believe was his way of saying good bye for now. We miss his feisty original self very much and still look for him when we are in the living room. However we know that he is now pain free, hopping on 4 feet and happily cavorting with other rabbits.
One friend wrote:"I know how much a part of your family (and the business) he has been. Please know I am recalling many fond memories of him nibbling around my feet and scootching across the floor, as he made his journey from room to room. ..."
"He truly was a gentleman rabbit. Now he's chasing the ladies again."
I really do not have the words to fully describe more of what a positive and wonderful role SmokeyBlue played in our family except to refer you to previous posts -Nature Called and Pecking Order.
Instead of a word obituary, as he rarely ever made sounds, here are some of his best photographs, although it has been difficult to choose as he was so very photogenic.
At 6 weeks.
Sleeping through his first heat wave (about 3 months old).
SmokeyBlue's favorite season.
In his job as newsletter editor
In his job as box tester.
SmokeyBlue's 15 minutes of fame OR the photograph that was published in the summer issue of Spin Off 2007, p13.
Just a week or so ago snuggling with Baz