I've had a terrible morning.
I loaded up all of my animals (dogs, rats, and rabbit) to take to the boarding facility for the holidays. When I got there, I took my youngest dog, Molly, out and left the other animals in the car. I cannot handle taking in three dogs at a time, and I've done this before, and it works well.
So, after the employees took Molly back to the run, I went back to the car to get my other two dogs. When I opened up the back door (SUV), I saw Chloe, my daughter's rabbit, lying on her side, outside of her cage, up against the side of the car. She was not moving.
I totally lost it. I took my dogs inside, crying the whole way and unable to speak because I was in shock.
The employees of the facility followed me out to the car and wrapped her in a towel. They think her heart gave out from being frightened by the dogs. I think my older dog, who would start salivating whenever she got near the rabbit, pushed open the side of the cage, which did not latch to the bottom tray, and chased Chloe out into the back of the car, where she got trapped.
I feel so bad. If I had taken my older dog out first, the other two probably wouldn't have messed with the rabbit. They've never been that interested in her anyway. There are so many what if's, but ultimately, I feel responsible.
My daughter has a soccer game tonight...against a really tough team. We're not going to tell her until afterward. We were going to open family presents tonight since we're going out of town in the morning. I doubt we'll feel like it now.
I'm sorry...I'm just so sad. Dh, who didn't want the rabbit but quickly grew attached to her, is devastated.