What do you do for your little girl who was too sick to have her birthday sleepover?
Postpone it? Rent a movie? Take her for out for ice cream? Rent a clown?
Nope. We buy a bunny. I'm not talkin' about a trip to the Build-a-Bear store to create a stuffed bunny complete with a satin heart tucked inside. Yes, you read it right. We spoke her love language... animal kingdom, aka animalia leporidae, aka the cutest softest velvety black bunny you've ever laid your eyes on.
She is a Mini Rex which means that she will only reach about 4.5 lbs. (compared to the lops which reach 9 lbs.) Don't let this little tidbit of information fool you. Most people do their research and then go purchase a pet. Not us. No, we like to make impulse purchases that go something like this:
Mr. NEM: Hey, I'm at the farm store and they just got some really cute bunnies in.
Me: I don't know how to take care of bunnies, but they sure are cute
Mr. NEM: I had rabbits growing up and they are super easy
Me: um... okay, but where will it sleep?
Mr. NEM: I'll build a little hut for it in the backyard.
Me: Sure, as long as it is low maintenance.
So he brings her home in a plastic crate and after getting parents of the year award, we decide to keep the crate in the garage until he can build the hut.
By bedtime I'm thinking it might be wise to do a little research on the internet about our newest family member.
**Note to self: research is usually more beneficial prior to purchase of live animal**
This is when we realize that cute-little-ball-o-fur probably won't survive in our backyard, and said ball of fur needs a leeeetle more than just a plastic crate.
Somehow, Mr. NEM found pure delight in the prospect of building a bunny condo.
He did not disappoint.
Now before you go thinking I've lost my ever-lovin' mind, the bunny condo is not IN our house. She resides very comfortably in our garage complete with heat lamp and softly playing music.
Our birthday girl (and maybe her momma, too) makes sure that Luna gets plenty of playtime...
and snuggle time, too!
One little detail that Mr. NEM forgot to mention was that the rabbits he owned as a child were actually wild rabbits that he caught and kept as pets. Um, hello feral rabbit. Ever heard of rabies?! Just a little sumpin' that he kinda left out when he was expounding his knowledge of rabbit care experience. ;)
But since Luna is so cute and snuggly, I totally forgive him!
Remember our ducks? One of the benefits of owning ducks was the short term commitment. In my little bit of research, I discovered that bunnies live between 8-13 years. Years. That means I'll still be hanging with Luna when Birthday Girl leaves for college. Wowsers.
Any tips on bunny care? Do tell!