So You Think You Might Want A BunnySep 26, 2023
Bunnies are cute. Fluffy, with that little cotton tail, hopping serenely along, looking like butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth.
You haven’t met our “barn bunny”, which we call Killer.
What Killer looks like
We have a fairly large indoor arena, where we do our coaching, store hay, and have other storage stuff going on. At one time, there were a considerable number of mice. I have no problem with mice so long as they stay out of the horses’ grain, which they did. Live and let live. But they were multiplying fairly rapidly, and all efforts to convince one of our cats to take care of the problem was met with a yawn and a deeper curl into the sofa. All of the (former) barn cats were quite happy with their new indoor life, thank-you-very-much.
Sigh. The mice were winning this one.
Until Killer moved in. We don’t know where she came from or even why she chose our barn, but we started seeing glimpses of a cute furry non-cat/non-mouse body in the barn. Then we saw some tracks. A bunny. Living under the hay pallets. She was not being a problem, so we let her stay.
Killer - a multitude; Mice - 0
There is not a single mouse left in our barn. We don’t know where they went, but Killer apparently made it abundantly clear that our 80 x 140 arena was not big enough for two mammal species. Go, bunny!
A friend of mine also tried adopting a bunny. This is the story she sent me. Any time you think you might adopt a bunny, remember Chris and Bella, her bonsai-eating rabbit. Consider seriously before you take the plunge. (That actually goes for any animal, but we’re talking bunnies today.)
I know people who love bunnies and have had wonderful lives with them, but just like with any being, it takes a certain type of person to take on the kind of care they require. I’m a cat person, myself, and I’m sure many of my friends don’t understand how I can put up with litter boxes all over the house and a cat who just doesn’t get that in order for the poo to be inside the litter box his bum has to be there, too. He gets close. Good enough for me. Not good enough for others. So no judging!
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