I’m just getting the ball rolling on my weird idea of Monday Bunday, so I'll be introducing my bunnies in the next two posts.
I met Lucky when I was out walking my dogs in March 2011. I saw him multiple times over the course of a week (but obviously I couldn’t go up to him because my dogs are nuts).
One day I came home from the barn (sans dogs) and saw him sitting near my parking spot. I, of course, had a bag of carrots so I went up to him and gave him a carrot. He happily scarfed it down. At this point I figured he was someone's pet who has escaped from an outdoor hutch. I noticed some red spots on his nose and on him bum, I was worried he had been injured by a cat/door/wild rabbit.
I have never been close enough to touch a rabbit before so I was kind of terrified of him. I tried to catch him in a Rubbermaid tote....no joke. When my husband got home we decided that I would herd Mr. Rabbit towards my husbands and then my husband would snag him. It worked!
We put Mr. Rabbit in a cat kennel and made plans to bring him to the local SPCA so he could hopefully be reunited with his family. There is a 10 day hold while they look for found animal’s homes through various sources. After that if he wasn’t reunited with his family then he would go up for adoption.
I called to check on him a few times and was sad to hear that no one had claimed him. My last phone call was the day that the 10 day hold was up. I had no intention of adopting him but a few of my friends with rabbits had expressed interest. However....on that last phone call the vet tech disclosed to me that Mr. Rabbit had Rabbit Syphilis (aka Vent Disease). He would be euthanized rather than risking sharing syphilis with the fairly large rabbit population at the SPCA. The red dots I noticed on his face and bum were syphilitic lesions. I offered to pay for the syphilis treatment...and if I did that would they let me adopt him? Yep! He was neutered as well and they aged him at around 3 years old.
We brought him home in April 2011. He is now approximately 7 years old and I hope to share many more years with him.
Lucky’s Likes: Bananas, carrots, hiding in towels/blankets
Lucky’s Dislikes: Being surprised/cornered by strangers (he growled at my friend’s fiancé) and fruit or veggies that are not perfectly fresh (high maintenance bun is high maintenance)
He has been the perfect rabbit for someone who is terrified of rabbits! He mostly just likes to sit around and has never once offered to bite me. My husband did 100% of the rabbit handling for the first month or two and I slowly realized that Lucky was a pretty chill bun. :)
I took all these pictures tonight on Molly's new dog bed that my good friend made for her (it's fancy memory foam). All the animals are obsessed with it!
My fat cat joined him for a bit!
Thanks for sharing Molly!