When Jimmy came into the care of our Rescue group, his name was Bugs and he was sick. I was glad that we were changing his name (we stick with people names, always) because I had a hard time calling a rabbit with an eye infection Bugs— like he had bugs and we were teasing him or something. But it’s all semantics. Here’s what I wrote about Jimmy for our recent fundraiser:
Jimmy and another rabbit were abandoned and brought to a local animal shelter that is mainly equipped to care for dogs and cats. Staff noticed that Jimmy (who was known as Bugs there) was ill as soon as he was brought in and their veterinary staff cared for him the best they could. The other rabbit was adopted rather quickly, but Jimmy was still sick and still without a home. One of our dedicated volunteers visited the shelter, brought supplies and gave Jimmy some love. As the days went on, Jimmy’s health kept getting worse.
As soon as we were able to secure a space, we took Jimmy into our foster care. We are grateful to the staff at the shelter for caring for Jimmy while he was with them. Jimmy settled into his foster home with a voracious appetite and a loving spirit. A vet visit was planned for the immediate future, as his eye looked infected.
Then one morning, Jimmy’s foster mom noticed that Jimmy’s eating had slowed down– a sign that something was wrong! Our volunteer team sprung into action and rushed Jimmy to Catnip and Carrots Veterinary Hospital, where the caring doctors accepted Jimmy as an emergency patient.
Jimmy was hospitalized for almost a week with an eye infection, upper respiratory infection and gastrointestinal stasis. He was released to his foster home yesterday to continue recuperating and we are turning to you, our amazing supporters, to help with Jimmy’s vet bills.
I volunteer at Jimmy’s foster home weekly and this Monday he wasn’t feeling well again. His eating had slowed down, just a bit, but those who are rabbit-savvy know all too well that rabbits are NOT “wait and see how he’s feeling” creatures. One must act immediately if any change in behavior or eating is observed. Jimmy’s foster home gave him meds and some of his favorite foods to entice eating. I arrived in the afternoon and made some time to share some Reiki energy with him before I started my chores.
I grabbed my Joy oil before our session. That’s not one of my go-to Reiki oils but I was drawn to it so I follow my guides. I rubbed 3 drops in my palms, anointed my third eye chakra and started our session. Jimmy responded right away by turning his back to me and grooming himself, a message of “Yes, I’m here but I’m not sure what you’re doing, lady.” While he’s a snuggler, he’s understandably cautious due to his history.
He “showed” me something about his back left leg, like it was caught or twisted or bent previously, so I sent energy there. Of course, I didn’t touch his back leg—I only know one rabbit who tolerates that kind of behavior from his mom (the same rabbit who tried to bite my hand off a few months ago!).
The other message Jimmy shared with me is big counter-clockwise circles. I forgot to tell his foster mom that so hopefully she reads this. I don’t know what that message means quite yet but he’ll show us at some point. As soon as I closed out our session, thanking Jimmy for his openness to receiving the energy, he started to nibble on his pellets—a joyful sign!
I thank my guides and angels and all of our rabbit-friends over the Rainbow Bridge for helping me share healing light with Jimmy. Much Love.