Horlicks (2005 ~ 15 Feb 2011)

Horlicks left us today.  My dad called at 8:22am this morning to say that Horlicks looked weak and she refused to eat.  I rushed over to the house.  Saw that her breathing was laboured and she had period spasms.  Over the next 2 hours, her breathing became more and more laboured, accompanied by coughs & eventually grunts.

Pinky wasn’t aware that something was not right with Horlicks at first.  But once he realised it, be became very upset.  He guarded her from a short distance away & stomped his foot non-stop.  Didn’t want to let us near Horlicks.

During Horlicks’ final moments, she made a few dashes to her favourite spots – near her toilet, the corner of the yard near the side entrance to the house, the backyard and her water container.  Pinky ran after her but he didn’t dare approach her.  I think she must’ve mustered up a lot of strength to visit those few spots.  Then she made a final dash towards the fence and collapsed onto her side.

Pinky stared at her for a few minutes when Horlicks collapsed.  I don’t know if he knew that she had left us… or if he thought maybe she was asleep.  My dad & I then chased Pinky into the house while we put Horlicks into a box and my dad washed the side yard.  Pinky was very anxious and nearly leapt over the barrier to come back into the side yard.  So we let him out… he then proceeded to sniff everywhere, as though was looking for something.  Maybe he was trying to pick up Horlicks’ scent.  I’m not sure.

Anyway, my dad & I buried Horlicks at the park near the house.  While I’m sad that Horlicks has left us, I’m grateful for the happy memories she has given all of us, and I’m glad I got to say goodbye and accompany her during her final moments.  Here’s a photo tribute to Horlicks.

Horlicks & Peanut share food

Horlicks & Peanut when they first came to the house.


Horlicks Escape

Horlicks was always the curious one.


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2 running peas

Muah Chee & Horlicks “pak tor-ing”.  Wonder if they’re together in rabbit heaven now?


curious horlicks

Mischievous Horlicks.


horlicks & muah chee

Horlicks & Muah Chee hanging out.



Horlicks & Peanut sharing food.  Both have left us.  Sad smile


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Horlicks used to like sitting on my lap too.



Horlicks & her son Pinky.



Pinky (left) & Horlicks were really close.



She loved carrots.



Agile Horlicks.



Yeap.  That’s Horlicks on our living room coffee table.



Always finding ways to get more food.



Horlicks planting a kiss on Pinky’s cheek.



Took this over the weekend only.



Horlicks – taken this morning.  She just stood like that for ages as her breathing got more laborious.



As usual, Pinky wanted his mommy to lick him but she was too weak too.



This is the last clear photo of them together.



Horlicks made her last dash, then collapsed.  Pinky just stared.  Not sure if he was in shock.



Bye bye Horlicks.  You will be missed.

My dad told me that last night, Horlicks seemed pretty normal still.  She was playing inside the house and even put her paws on my dad’s lap to get more treats. 

I think Horlicks had a very strong will to live.  She hasn’t been well since Nov 2010 but she held on.  She’s the most daring and feisty I’ve ever had.  I hope Pinky will get over the loss of his mommy and stay healthy.  Really hope he’ll be able to spend more years with us.  They’re such joy to behold.

God bless Coffee & Pinky.

Happy 5th Birthday, Pinky!!

16 Jan 2011, Sunday, was Pinky’s 5th birthday – but terrible terrible me actually forgot about it!  The irony is I remembered last week.. but somehow, there were just too many things going on this weekend and it slipped my mind!

I visited the bunnies at my parents’ place before dinner this evening but spent most of the time brushing Horlicks’ fur.  I noticed she had quite a bit of dead fur that needed brushing out so I spent at least 15min brushing her fur, including the tangled fur surrounding her bald bottom.  Think I got half of the tangled fur out?

Pinky was a little jealous that the attention wasn’t on him.  The guy’s been so used to being fussed over since he was a baby.  He tried to get attention by stuffing himself next to Horlicks but I still gave most of my attention to his mommy.

Sigh.  Poor boy.  Thinking of buying him an apple as a birthday treat.  Hehe.  Definitely a more healthful option than buying those sweet treats from pet shops!

Here’re some photos of Pinky from when he was a baby till now.  I think he’s the handsomest bunny ever!


newborn Pinky & Fatty

Pinky & his sibling Fatty who died at a week old.  Pinky’s the one on top.  Fatty was much bigger in size at birth.. but somehow he just couldn’t absorb the nutrients from Horlicks’ milk and suffered a fit on day 7 & died.  There was a 3rd baby – but it didn’t survive the first night.  *Sniff.



Fatty’s on the left.  Looking at his skin, I suspect Fatty would’ve looked like Muah Chee – single colour (beige/brown).  Pinky was named thus ‘cos he was soooo pink!  The brown spots on his body is now where the brown fur is.  The pink parts, the white fur.


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This was a pic of Pinky taken on 24 Jan 2011.  It was quite a struggle for him to grow.  He was soooo tiny!


pinky stretching!

Here’s a pic of Pinky stretching subconsciously when he was asleep.  See how tiny he was – smaller than my hand!



Pinky crawling on me.  Started opening his eyes a little more after 3 weeks.


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Pinky after a bath.



He slowly got to be more than a handful!



Pinky used to sleep on my lap.  Hehe.



He really hated this t-shirt…



And then the ears started to droop…


pinky eating with horlicks

Horlicks & Pinky – like mother like son!!



Pinky feeding.



Patting Pinky to sleep.



Pinky see…



Pinky do!


alert pinky

Pinky was a pretty alert bunny too.


reading papers

He was a keen reader.


pinky n horlicks

Pinky loves hanging out with Horlicks.


bad influence

Follows everything she does – including jumping on top of cages.


family photo

Pinky meeting his dad, Muah Chee.  We had to separate them ‘cos Horlicks was very protective of Pinky when he was born and would attack any rabbits that went near him, including Muah Chee!  Muah Chee, however, always doted on Pinky.  Never once did Muah Chee bully Pinky.



Greedy Pinky trying to reach the food pellets!



Pinky snuggling up to his daddy in Jan 2008.



Quite sad.  Don’t have many photos of Pinky and his daddy ‘cos MC passed away in Mar 2008.



MC was quite overweight then but he nonetheless tried to keep up with Pinky.



Pinky’s last family photo.  I took this before I went Australia for a holiday.  MC died when I was in Melbourne.

Though Pinky’s fur colours are the same as Horlicks, I always felt his features were more like MC’s – rounder face, longer ears.



Fast forward a little.  Here’s Pinky in 2010.  He & Horlicks pushed over a container of pellets to that they could enjoy it straight off the floor.  Tsk tsk.



Pinky – on the living room table!



Pinky in 2011… stuffing his face.  Haha.


07012011917Horlicks had a health scare in Nov last year.  The fur on the back of her legs and around her butt area had fallen off and the area was reddish.  My dad and I took her to the vet immediately.  Thankfully, the diagnosis wasn’t too serious – the vet suspected it could’ve been an urinary tract infection (“UTI”), which led to her not being able to pee “cleanly” (when rabbits pee, they “lift” their tail upwards and the pee shoots out, thus they don’t dirty themselves).  The UTI probably caused the urine to drip onto her tail / hind area resulting in a skin infection and the fur dropping out.

Horlicks was given antibiotics which my dad fed faithfully.  The antibiotics were sweetened so Horlicks loved to eat it.  Phew! 

Anyway, I’ve been checking on Horlicks on a weekly basis but the fur on her hind still hasn’t grown back fully (though the fur on her legs have).  We decided to take her to the vet again to ensure that the UTI wasn’t something more serious like bladder stones (which would require an operation to remove).

Ooh.. Horlicks hated the visit to the vet – she wasn’t bothered by the other cats & dogs in the clinic.  What she hated was when the vet cradled her tightly (like a baby) and did a physical examination of her bladder (to check for stones). 

In the end, the vet said he still doesn’t feel any stones and the good thing is, the skin on her backside isn’t reddish anymore.  It looked normal, except that there was no fur.  The vet said that there was a possibility that the prolonged loss of fur caused the hair follicles to go “silent” and the fur may only grow back during her next molt. 

I told the vet that the furless butt doesn’t really matter.  What’s most important is that Horlicks is healthy.  She’s about 5 years 6 or 7 months old now (can only estimate her age ‘cos pet shops seldom give you the right age) which is kind of like middle age for bunnies. 

I’ve been praying for Horlicks and my other bunnies – that the Lord will bless them with good health.  They’re such a delight to have at home.  Pinky turns 5 years old on 16 Jan 2011.  Wonder if I should buy some treats to celebrate his birthday.  Heh.