One Spring several years ago, I was cruising on Petfinder and saw a very cute rabbit available at one of the area shelters. Since my daughter and 4H give me an excellent excuse to feed my animal addiction, I asked her if she’d like to get a bunny. Being young and sweet and innocent, she said sure. So off to the shelter we went to meet “Spot” the bunny.
It amazes me that shelter personnel can know all there is to know about dogs and cats, but so little about the other animals they take in. Don’t get me wrong, this shelter does a fantastic job, much better than the one much closer to us, but they had no idea what the breed or sex of this lovely rabbit were! Spot was actually an adult, female, Rex rabbit. These rabbits have fur that is the closest thing to velvet there is!
We visited Spot, we pet Spot, we took Spot home (along with Bud the dog, but that’s a story for another day).
You could not ask for a more gentle rabbit. Even though she was nearly as big as my daughter, the kid could pick her up and tote her around, take her for hops on the leash, and generally love her up with no fear of bites or scratches. Spot was a saint among rabbits.
Although she had a cage in the barn, Spot often came into the house to play. The cats couldn’t figure out exactly what she was, but she showed no fear of them – possibly because she out-weighed most of them! She would race through the house leaping into the air and kicking out her feet. Such joy as you would not believe.
Spot was also an older rabbit. One day late in August, I came home from work to check on her. She was lying peacefully in her cage with a mouthful of yummy hay – only Spot was dead. A necropsy uncovered that she was suffering from advanced uterine cancer – a disease not uncommon in “intact” female rabbits. It was a sad day for all of us, but we were happy to know that we made Spot’s last few months on earth spoiled and happy ones.
Hoppy Easter, Happy Spring everyone! And please support your local animal shelter and their work with all creatures great and small!