I promise that not all my posts for the A to Z challenge will be about my personal pets! I only have 5, after all. But I couldn't write about Aurora for A and not write about Barnaby today! Barnaby, at 8 years old, is technically a senior. You wouldn't be able to tell from looking at him! He's a tort colored Lionhead rabbit and only weights in at about 2 lbs. He looks bigger than he actually is due to all his fluff! We adopted him on August 13th of 2007, when he was 8 months old. He was given up by his first family, and originally came from a breeder (which is why he has a tattoo inside one of his ears).
Barnaby isn't what you would call a 'people' bunny. He is very shy and wants pretty much nothing to do with most humans. He'll take treats from me, and once in awhile let me pet him, but really just prefers to be left alone. We think that he may have been treated badly before we got him. When we adopted him he had broken toes and it took me about a year just to convince him to trust me enough to take treats out of my hand. We love Barnaby for who he is and don't mind that he isn't the most hands on pet. And Barnaby isn't alone because he is bonded to our other rabbit, Poppet. Barnaby and Poppet are inseparable and spend most of their time snuggling and grooming each other. Don't worry, both of them are fixed, so no baby bunnies!
Interesting Barnaby fact! Barnaby is the star of the book Barnaby's Balloon, and we donate a percentage of our proceeds each month to various animal rescues.
Barnaby, I guess like most pets, enjoys eating. The bunnies get a fresh salad every night, in addition to unlimited amounts of hay. His favorite toys are willow toys, toys he can pick up and throw, and stuffed animals. But even more so than playing with toys, he enjoys doting on his love Poppet, and watching tv. Yes, he really does watch tv.
I don't know if you can really tell in most pictures, but Barnaby does have a bit of a wonky nose. I feel bad about this. Years ago I was fostering another male rabbit. The rabbit was caged, but Barnaby stuck his nose through the cage bars, and the other rabbit bit his nose. It healed up well, even if it does look a little funny, and doesn't bother him at all.
Barnaby, and Poppet, are living the good life! Their cage is a Leith Petwerks condo, but they are both litter box trained, so are allowed free range of their own (bunny proofed) room most of the time. My pets are all a bit spoiled, but I wouldn't have it any other way!