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Rabbits are a Long Term Commitment

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10986814_1103996559625865_3010010736383765457_nI'm not going to harp too much on this topic this year.  Well, maybe just a little bit.  Although my blog focuses more so on my amazing dog Kitsune, as well as dogs in general, my first pet was actually a house rabbit.  I may not talk about them as much as of late, but rabbits will always be near and dear to my heart.  My life has gotten pretty hectic, and I haven't been as active in the rescue scene as I used to be, but anyone who's even a little bit interested in rabbit rescue knows that this is a horrible time of year for pet rabbits.  A huge percentage of rabbits who are given to children as Easter gifts end up abandoned, sometimes as soon as just a few weeks after the holiday.

Social media, mine at least, has been all abuzz with images to raise awareness of the plight of the unfortunate "Easter bunnies".  I'm hoping this is something that's becoming more mainstream knowledge, and not that I'm just seeing a lot of it because of my very animal/pet centric social circles.  I totally agree that the message of not giving pet rabbits as Easter gifts is a very important one!  But, this year, I can't help but feel sad when I see all the images to raise awareness about this issue.  And it's not only because it makes me think of homeless rabbits.

 

wwwwwwwMy little guy, Barnaby, will be 9 years old this year.  As I scroll past image after image stating that rabbits are a 10 year commitment on my Facebook page, I can't help but think that I wish they were much, much more than a 10 year commitment.  Barnaby is still active, and very healthy, but now that he's a senior, I've found myself having to deal with things that have really made me think more about his mortality.  We've recently started him on joint supplements, for example, to hopefully stave off the onset of arthritis and keep him limber in his old age.

The oldest rabbit listed in the Guinness Book of World Records lived a few weeks past his 17th birthday.  The average lifespan of a house rabbit, however, is normally somewhere between 8 and 12 years.  I guess all I can do is hope that Barnaby will go for the record, and enjoy many many more happy years here with us.

He certainly has a lot to live for, now that he's bonded to Poppet.  Barnaby has always been a really healthy rabbit, but adopting Poppet back in September really seemed to increase his zest for life.  Since they moved in together, he's been more active, has seemed happier, and has even seemed to get a bit friendlier.  Even after 8 years of doting on him, Barnaby was never a very friendly rabbit.  But Poppet is amazingly friendly, and perhaps she's serving as a positive influence for Barnaby.

Rabbits, even the unfriendly ones, can (in my opinion at least) make amazing pets for the right people.  Let my Barnaby be a living example that they really are a long term commitment, and adding one to your family shouldn't be something taken lightly.  Rabbits are not low maintenance pets.  They require vet care, by specialized rabbit vets, which can be even more expensive than your typical cat/dog vet.  They have some very specialized needs, especially when it comes to diet, and they are generally not cuddly animals.  Despite all this, I'm sure I'm far from the only rabbit owner who thinks that 10 years isn't nearly long enough to spend with one of these amazing animals.

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  • Arlee Bird

    Cute, but not a good idea to give rabbits to kids who aren't going to take proper care for them.

    Notice that you're signed up for A to Z but don't see any indication that you are actually going to participate. I think your blog has great potential for the April Challenge.

    Please confirm that you are going to be participating starting April 1st.

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    • Hey! Thanks for the comment.
      Yes, I am planning on participating in the April Challenge. I didn't know we were suppose to confirm anywhere, other than just signing up and starting on April 1st. I'll take another look at the site.

      • Arlee Bird

        Actually we just like to show some indication on the site that you are participating which is why we offer the A to Z Badge to add to your sidebar. As long as your A to Z posts start appearing on April 1st that is good enough so long as visitors are aware that you are a participant.

        Thanks!

        Arlee Bird

        A to Z Challenge Co-host

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        • Ah ok. My sidebar is a work in progress at the moment and I've ran into some issues with it that I'm working on fixing. But I have a post scheduled for tomorrow to let my readers know about the challenge, and of course the A to Z posts will start going up on the first! Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you're having a great weekend.

  • Danielle Zecher

    I've never had a pet rabbit, and doubt I ever will since our dogs think rabbits are snacks. I do have a friend involved in rabbit resuce and she says it's always really bad after Easter. I just can't understand the concept of a living creature as a gift!
    Stopping by from A to Z, nice to meet you.

    • I lucked out - I had rabbits long before dogs, so my dog was raised around rabbits. He's really good with them, although I don't let him interact with them unsupervised just in case.
      I don't understand giving living things as gifts either. It doesn't seem to work out well a majority of the time, and it's the poor animals who end up suffering.
      Nice to meet you as well! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with the A to Z challenge!

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