Today we are heartbroken to share the news, our beloved warrior bun, Samurai, has fought his last fight. Many of you are friends of our sweet Samurai. He was loved by so many, yet was never well enough to be eligible for adoption. This sweet boy was dealt some unfair cards in life. He was seized in March of 2015 from a breeder confiscation in Alabama after living approximately 5-7 years in a 2×2 ft cage, left on the back of a truck by other breeders to be put to death because he was older and sick, saved by a kind-hearted animal control officer and finally rescued by GHRS to have a chance at the life he had waited for so many years.
When he arrived at Windward Animal Hospital to see Dr. Colby that first day, he was in the worst condition of the six saved from the breeders, but you could see in him his spirit and his desire to fight. That’s where his name came from, he was a brave, fighting survivor and we knew he needed a powerful name. He needed a name as strong as his spirit. As they were assessing him for treatment, they saw that his eyelids grew inward and irritated his eyes to the point they were swollen shut and infected. He had a serious sinus infection and other illness running through his little body. He developed an adverse reaction to antibiotics given to him to help him heal which created horribly itchy dry patches all over his body causing him to lose much of his hair. He endured surgery to remove the cysts that formed from the reaction. He had to have 2 laser surgeries on his eyelids to help keep his eyelashes from turning inward and damaging his eyes.
But through it all…all the booty baths, ear cleanings, oral/ear/topical medications, injections, hygienic trims, and surgeries…this boy showed us his warrior spirit. He showed us that the size of his love is larger than the little body it was contained in. He amazed us at his ability to forgive and his desire to move on, enjoying every minute of his new found freedom.
A few months ago, Samurai developed ear abscess. We were limited on antibiotics we could use due to the previous adverse reactions he had, but we found one that his bacteria was susceptible to – TMZ. He tolerated it very well and the abscess began to shrink. Unfortunately, when the dose was over, the abscess came back. Another course of TMZ was administered but this time, the abscess didn’t shrink…it only grew larger. The infection was no longer “at bay”.
Samurai’s foster parents, Brian and Sarah, took Samurai to see Dr. Colby last Friday, and our shelter manager, Jennifer, met them there. After exhausting all other options, if Samurai was to have any quality of life, it was decided that a TECA surgery was his only shot at ending the infection and the pain that accompanied it. This was a hard decision because it is a tough surgery which removes the bulla of the ear so infection can never come back. He had fought so long and hard to be here, we told him we would continue to fight along with him. This little guy deserved every chance we could give him. But sadly, his little body decided it was too tired, it was time to go, it was time to make his way to the Rainbow Bridge where he could finally stop fighting to survive.
Since he has moved over the Rainbow Bridge his foster parents, Brian and Sarah couldn’t stand the thought of Samurai never having a last name, never having a home that could be considered his own. After having the pleasure of fostering him for 10 months in the hope of getting him well enough to be adopted into his own forever home, they made the decision that they would be honored to adopt him as their own. Their home was the only one he knew, they treated him like family so it was decided and GHRS agreed. Late last night, it became official. Samurai has a family and a last name. Samurai is a “Holbrook.”
Through it all, he was the sweetest, most loving little man…and in return, Samurai was very much loved by everyone who met him. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more thankful and loving soul. So, Samurai, we’d like to thank you for the time you spent with us and blessing us with your love and humor. “Little man”, “Puppy”, “Scoots-Mcghoots”, “Poodle-pot”…you will forever be missed. May you live forever free with all of the “stuffies” you could ever want on the other side of the bridge and welcome the other buns that will come to see you when their time has come to make the journey. We’ll always love you, our little warrior bun.
Samurai was very special to us, as all our bunnies are. We do our best to give them the best lives that we possibly can. Some are longer than others, but we believe they know they are loved while in our care. Your donations go towards helping bunnies like Samurai to live with love and care and the best that we can give them. Donations allow us to provide them with medical care, toys, quality food and hay, and a safe place to live. Please consider making a donation in memory of our little warrior, so that we may continue his fight for other precious souls like him.