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Bunny Love: A True Story

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A few years ago, on a lovely sunny day during Easter week, I went to take the cover off the sandbox that’s built into the very cool play structure that my clever husband built in our backyard. Much to my surprise—and the delight of my toddler, Luke—I lifted the lid and saw a little nest of tiny, newborn bunnies right there in the sand.

First reaction: OMG, how cute!

Second reaction—arriving approximately ¼ second behind the first—OMG, PEARL!

Pearl is our black retriever/mutt who considers it her supreme duty to chase squirrels out of her queendom…our backyard. She had been idly sniffing at a dandelion or something a few feet away when she saw or sniffed the new mysterious interlopers on her turf.

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Your Bunny Adoption Checklist

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Let's face it - bunnies are just adorable. I totally understand why someone would want to surprise their kids with a rabbit (especially during certain times of the year, like the fast-approaching Easter holiday). After all, their fur feels just as we would imagine clouds would feel – and that nose wiggle gets me every time. They suck us in with their cuteness, but the bottom line is that rabbits are a very serious addition to the family, and before taking the leap, one needs to consider the time and effort it will take to have a rabbit in their home just as they would if it were a cat or a dog.

Even the smallest bunny needs a lot of care, and we’re going to help you discover if you’re ready to have a bunny in your life. If you answer “no” to any of the following questions, you may need to stick to a toy bunny (like these – I want one!).

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A Picky Bunny is a Smart One!

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Rabbits and other selective browsers are smarter than you think. With good reason they delightfully eat the soft supple Oxbow timothy leaves from the hay and wait for the stems to go out with the rubbish. The same can be said for humans. Why do we buy a whole head of broccoli and place only the top quarter in the casserole? Because not all plant parts are created equal. People and pets know which foods, and which parts of foods, are the most quickly satisfying – those which are the most calorie dense. It would take a bowl full of popcorn – and a lot of time chewing – to receive the same initial caloric reward provided by a few spoonfuls of ice cream. Food is merely nature’s way of packaging energy for us. Mammals, including us, are pre-wired to prepare for times of feast and famine, and to seek foods which are the least amount of work for the greatest amount of potential energy. As all plant parts are not created equal, your rabbit, too, seeks to eat the most energy-dense foods. If you were to put a bowl full of seeds next to a handful of hay, any smart rabbit would scurry for the high-fat meal.

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Your Pet Rabbit's Needs

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Keeping a rabbit can be a challenge if you're not prepared. There are many things you should take under consideration before adopting a rabbit as a pet. This is a short list of the things you'll need to evaluate and a brief look at what your rabbit requires to live a long, healthy and happy life.

Home

Your rabbit needs a comfortable and safe home that it can call its own. Make sure that your rabbit does not have a home or bed that is too cold or too hot. Avoid placing its home next to the heat or air conditioning vent, in direct sunlight, or near drafty windows or doors.

Water

All living things need water. Wild rabbits learn from their parents how to find water. Pet rabbits cannot turn on the faucets to get water for themselves, so they rely on us to do it for them. It is very important that your house rabbit, or any of your pets, always have access to clean, fresh water every day. Rabbits will generally drink more water from a bowl than a water bottle.

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