Thursday, April 03, 2008

Happy Bunniversary!

It was a year ago that we brought George-the-bunny home to live with us. Mr. McP had originally wanted some sort of revolting reptile pet--a turtle or a snake or something like that. I steered his thoughts to mammals, and we somehow settled on a bunny, which I found the most acceptable of the small animals.

Still. I had reservations, mainly because back when I was a kid, I thought a bunny would be the most wonderful pet in the world, but whenever I met a kid who actually had a bunny, it turned out to be a grumpy, neglected creature, huddled in a pile of dirty straw in a chilly hutch back of the garage.

In general, I am averse to animals kept in cages, and I had doubts about how a bunny would fit into our lives, but he has turned out to be the most delightful pet imaginable.

We took this picture the day after we got him. Who could resist that face?

George has turned out to be very affectionate.

He maintains an uneasy detente with our dog, Luna. Our other dog, Sancho, is afraid to go upstairs, and so, over the course of an entire year, has never even seen George-the-bunny.
Bunny tummy!
I am used to dogs, since we have two, and there are many points on which a bunny makes a superior pet to a dog. Bunnies do not steal your roast beef sandwich. Bunnies do not vomit on the doormat. Bunnies do not bark furiously every time a little old lady walks her poodle past the house. Bunnies do not hurl their bodies against the storm door, causing it to warp. Bunnies do not behave like berserkers and tear up one's flower beds. Bunnies do not cause you intense pain by stepping on your feet. Bunnies do not beg for table scraps, or drool, or put muddy paws on your couch.

No. Bunnies live quiet little lives. They like to hide under things, and use their noses to rearrange the items in their cages. They make a quiet, contented buzzing noise as they hop around the house. They can be trained to use a litter box. Indeed, our George loves his litter box and will sit there for minutes on end, thinking his secret bunny thoughts. They have moods. Our bunny is sometimes grumpy, for example, one day I hurriedly cleaned his cage without giving him much time to play about in the room, which is our custom. He got his revenge on me by petulantly overturning his litter box and food dish and scattering their contents all over the cage. When he is grumpy, he will grunt--a sign that it is best not to pick him up. Other times he will cuddle up against you and flop over onto his side, in an attitude of supreme contentment.

3 comments:

  1. we have a cat named luna! and that bunny is adorable.

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  2. can you have cats and a bunny i wonder, or is the dog/bunny combo better?

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  3. I'm not sure. When we researched bunnies, the books said that it's possible, but I think it works better if you get the bunny first and then introduce a kitten to it rather than the other way around. I would never leave a bunny unsupervised with any other type of pet.

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