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True Tales: the household pets version
Shunshouneko
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Told by a fellow member of my church's finance council:

This finance-council member--we'll call him S.--and his wife have a son and a daughter, as well as a little Shih Tzu-poodle mix (she's now getting on in years). Back when the daughter was in early elementary school and the son was just about to start middle school, the parents decided to buy a pet rabbit for the little girl. They did everything they could to litter-box-train the rabbit, teach him to go for walks in a harness, etc., etc., but this particular bun would have none of it. Eventually he got so impossible as a house rabbit that they had to move him to a hutch in the back yard. They also bought one of those portable rabbit runs, so he could hop around safely, nibble the grass, and spend time with the family outdoors.

One day the kids decided that they were sorry for poor Mr. Bun, because he was probably lonely out there in the hutch. While he was in the house, he and the dog had been reasonably good pals, and so on this fateful day the kids decided to put the two of them in the portable run together so they could play.




In S.'s own words:

"The rabbit violated my dog."


The dog was extremely confused for quite some time. S. and his wife had a bit of trouble answering the little girl's questions about the game Mr. Bun was playing with Trixie. The boy was just old enough to get it, and that required even more family discussion.

Mr. Bun now lives with a family that has no other pets.

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We all fell off our chairs and rolled around the meeting-room floor when S. told this story . . . it's about as much fun as I could ever hope to have at a finance council meeting.

:) Rabbits do that. And they are not fussy to be at the correct end either. We have five rabbits and they all do it, the boys and the girls, the desexed and the entire. They are just having the fun. Our main man rabbit, Colin Furth is so enthusiastic he falls off, but he hops back on straight away.

I hope Mr.Bun is happy in his new home, but rabbits are very social animals.

Hahahahahaha!!! I never knew that much about rabbit behavior--just saw them in ones and twos around the farm, never in larger groups. So, in addition to not being fussy about the end, they're not fussy about the species either (at least in a pinch). . .

From what S. said, I think Mr. Bun is getting plenty of attention in his new home, and everything is going well. But I do see why having just one rabbit wouldn't be a good idea!

I have a new bun.

I shall take this as a cautionary tale.


Well, neither Eike nor Krueger is a teeny little fluffball, so any attempts by the new bun to get too social would probably just be farce . . . but yeah, from what Fran said, you might want to be ready with the camera. ;-)

S. and his wife were bitterly disappointed that the housetraining was such a bust. They had heard all kinds of stories about rabbits who just loved using the litterbox, going for walks in the harness, snuggling on the sofa with their people . . . but they weren't prepared for such a cranky git.

Just rabbiting on some more...desexed rabbits are better at using litter boxes, but using the litterbox doesn't mean that they are above leaving "presents" around the house-rabbits mark their territory with poop. The walking in harness is not a sucess with us either, but to be fair, we have not really pushed the issue. Ours do like snuggling with us, after the initial "Oh my (rabbit)god! I am being snatched up! Predator!!!!!!!!!!!" reaction; and if we are very favoured, we get "tooth purrs" and licks. Rabbits love grooming and being groomed.

And, they do tend to grumpiness, go here for some hilarious examples:
http://www.disapprovingrabbits.com/


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