The dispensation for the bunnies to fly to Norway with us was denied; they have a zero-tolerance policy on the vaccinations. It's sad, I mean - I can understand why they're so strict, I just wish it wasn't so. As they are vaccinated a serological (blood) test would have shown positive for Myxomatosis and RVHD, so therefore they cannot allow them into the Country. Essentially, if we had been irresponsible pet owners in the UK and not vaccinated, we would have been ok. But, what can be done? Nothing else, we have tried our best and hardest and this was not meant to be.
Anyway, we had to say goodbye. It was a very hard thing for us both to do, and honestly I think if we had known this we wouldn't have gone through with the move. Things had gone too far though, we had both quit our jobs. Made plans. I still feel like this is the path we are meant to be walking right at this very moment, but still... it f*cking hurts.
|In the van, they have no idea they're never going home|
|Little Boo, always by my side|
|Penny, her beautiful fussy face|
I have had some overwhelming kindness and support from some friends, one particular friend even helped me with hiring a van and driving us the 3 (or 4 hours when you get lost) drive down to Essex and 3 hours back. And on the way back he did the best thing anyone could have done; made me laugh. Took my mind off it and distracted me. Shared in the the drinking of coffee. Thank you Az. Once I was home I had strict orders to go to the house of another friend to eat and have a glass of wine. I told her I wouldn't be in the mood, I would be upset - but she just shrugged her shoulders and said "so? just let me know what time you're ready..." so thank you too, Harriet.
The blog title is a quote from 'Watership Down', by Richard Adams - it's one of my favourite books and animated movies about rabbits. And right now that quote means a lot to me.
Goodbye, bunnies. I love you - we love you - and I'm so sorry.