Madeleine – A Tribute from Joy
Many of you knew Madeleine. She was the black and white Dutch bunny who was my education partner for several years. You may have seen her in the basement of my home in the spot I used for orientations. If you adopted within the last three years, you would have seen her in our education area behind our store supplies.
Madeleine came from St. Louis County Animal Control where she was dumped because her owners said she was aggressive. She made it pretty clear after I picked her up from there that she was just fine staying with us and not at all interested in a different home. As far as she was concerned, she WAS home.
It didn’t take her long to learn my orientation routine. She would frequently drink from her bowl, eat pellets, use her litter box, etc., as I talked to people. She would often hide in her cardboard box (demonstrating that bunnies need a place to feel safe,) until I opened the door to her house and tapped the floor. Out she raced ready to “do her thing.” Her “thing” was to help me show people how to pet bunnies the right way, pick them up appropriately, hold them in various safe positions, and put them down safely. Madeleine hated being picked up, but she loved her papaya treat and as soon as she was placed back down she immediately turned to demand her treat. Of course, she got it. She earned it.
A couple of weeks ago she was feeling under the weather so she went in for a health exam which showed serious renal problems. She was getting fluids, but, ultimately, it wasn’t enough to help her kidneys function. When it became obvious it was her time, we helped her peacefully cross the Rainbow Bridge. We will miss you Madeleine. You helped many people learn more about bunnies.
Joseph Frimel, 17, directs scouts as they construct a long walking trail this month in Elaine's Garden (our back property.) Joseph also designed and built two benches for the trail. He is a student at Lafayette High School and the son of
Dave and Connie Frimel, our members who live in Wildwood.
The area is growing more beautiful thanks to projects like Joseph's and the ones headed by Nancy Newcomer.
There are cottontail hideaways (safety spots in open areas for the cottontails), a blackberry patch, native trees planted,
and grass and clover sown. We have nature circles that are lovely in the spring and summer with native flowers and plants. The deer and cottontails seem to appreciate them, too. Can you spot the cottontail in the photo with the deer?
Bingo, Oct. 22: Our net was $5,500, more than we ever anticipated from a first-time event. Thank you for supporting and participating. We are grateful to the bingo committee for donating and preparing all the food; to Valerie Maule for soliciting numerous gift certificates for the raffle; to Donna Hobart for being a mega-donator of items for the raffle; to Hope Animal Hospital for donating $200 in gift cards; to Dierberg's for donating soda; and Rockwood Bank for donating water. Did you leave behind a black jacket with neon green and pink panels? Did you leave behind a water bottle with a pink cap? Contact Pat Daly: firstname.lastname@example.org