One of My Unusual Pets-Buggy Bunny Rabbit

Buggy Bunny

Buggy, Katy, and Dennis
Buggy, Katy, and Dennis | Source

Rabbits

We bought our daughter a baby rabbit for a pet when she was 2 years old. She couldn't say Bugs, so he became Buggy. We took this little Rex-mix bunny home and then got on the Internet to find out how to care for him properly. We found out all kinds of things including that they are not recommended as pets for small children. They claw and some are biters.

We read about what kind of cage to get for them, and got one with close woven wire on the floor. The cages with wire that is further apart can hurt their feet. We also made sure he had plenty of room. We made sure to get the correct bedding for him. We read that there were two kinds of wood bedding, pine and cedar. Cedar chip bedding is poisonous to rabbits and can make them very sick. Make sure to get the pine bedding, or the shredded paper bedding.

They eat hay, commercial rabbit pellets, and love vegetables and fruit. We always shared our bananas with him. He got pick of the peelings and some of all the vegetables we had. We did find a few that he didn't eat but not many. We pulled fresh grass for him and he ate that too. He also loved apples and watermelon but not citrus.

We watched and this little rabbit grew but never seemed to claw or bite. He fit right into our family. We had him in a cage until my husband read on one of his fact finding searches that they made good house pets loose.

We would take him out and play with him several times a day but he lived in his cage most of the time. They would even litter box train. Cool, we were going to try this. We got a litter box, turned him loose on it, and stepped back to see what happened. We watched, he grew. He used the litter box most of the time. At least he just missed with the solid pellets. I could live with that, he didn't miss by much. He just didn't get his back feet in the box. It was on tile covered by tarp and an old mat. I just swept it up. He did get better at it. He slept in the cage and went in there to rest. We just put it on the floor with the door propped open.

We had a big, gentle female mixed breed dog that mothered him. She would groom him and follow him around. She would bring him to us when we could not find him, just by telling her to find Buggy. She did the same when the hamsters got out of their cage. We would tell her to find the hamster. She would run around the house sniffing until she found the hamster. If she could reach it, she would bring it to us, damp but safe. If she could not reach the hamster, she would yip and get our attention so we could come get it. One got into her dog food bag once. She went nuts barking at the bag. We thought she wanted fed, but she had food in her bowl. We finally went to get her some food and there was a hamster. We hadn't even discovered it had escaped yet.

Our little growing bunny was fun to have around. He would sit under the rocking love seat. That was his spot. He would peek out from under and watch what was going on. The dog would stick her nose under and they would play. It never got serious. She was a big dog but gentle.

Buggy loved to have an old phone book to play with. We would put it down in the middle of the room and he would rip pages out. He also chewed on it. Rabbit's teeth grow for their whole lives. They have to chew on things or they can grow out through their jaw bones. Either give them something to chew or you will have to nip them, like cutting a dogs nails. We gave him wood. Not cedar, it is poisonous to them. We gave him pine and oak. They were in our yard so we just gave him a piece of firewood or a fallen branch. He had a ball. I used the ShopVac a lot. They also need their claws clipped occasionally. I used the dog nail clippers. Just don't clip them too short or you can make them bleed. If you are afraid to do these things, use the vet.

Make sure to anchor your electrical cords out of their reach too, they think those are great to chew on. I had one chewed through before we caught him. They can get electrocuted by chewing on the cords.

Rabbits like to watch TV. We would sit down to watch TV and he would come out from under to watch with us. Sometimes from the seat next to us, sometimes on our laps, sometimes on the floor. He would stare at the TV if it was on. His head would move back and forth with the action.

When we had guests, he thought it was funny to sneak up under the chair they sat on and poke them in the back of the ankle. They would jump and get all excited until they found out it was the rabbit. You could just about see him laugh over that one. He had quite a sense of humor. He had a hard plastic ball that he would bat around and chase after. He had many similarities to a cat in that respect.

We lost our Buggy after 5 years. We had other rabbits by then. We had put him outside for a few hours to breed with a female rabbit we had, who was almost identical to him in looks except her spots were black instead of gray. We left for a few hours knowing they were safe. They were in a chain link kennel with chain link on top of it. It had a chain link floor so nothing could dig in or out. When we came back, Buggy was missing, the female was dead, and the cage was cut open. We never found him or any sign of him. We lost heart about having rabbits after losing him and eventually got rid of the other rabbits. I still miss him and it has been many years.

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Buggy's girlfriend Flossy

Katy reaching into the cage to get Flossy out. She was also a gentle bunny as long as you supported her properly. She did not like her back feet dangling.
Katy reaching into the cage to get Flossy out. She was also a gentle bunny as long as you supported her properly. She did not like her back feet dangling. | Source

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Morning Becky,

What a wonderful hub..I love rabbits but have only had one my whole life a floppy ear'd one, brown in color named puddin...She was so sweet..It is amazing how you could house train a rabbit..they are so sweet and cuddly..

Thank you for a great read with my coffee..

Love,

Sunnie

Would you believe two of those black chickens tried to roost in the tree again last night and the door was open..guess it is time to clip some wings..


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

What a sweet story, until that terrible ending! Perhaps a fox got to the bunnies. They make great pets and are incredibly adorable.

Becky, you are doing a great job writing your Hubs. This is entertaining, informative and full of human interest.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Becky, having seen you in the cafe and visiting for a while, I was so pleased to see you had registered!

This is a lovely story about Buggy, but what a sad ending, perhaps Hyphenbird was right and it was a fox.

Great writing, I enjoyed it very much.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Becky, I wonder what happened to Buggy? Do you think it was a person? I bet you had happy children, pets, you took good care of. My Son had a dog and i was always worried about my house, so silly now that i'm older. A happy home is so much more important. I really enjoy youe home spun stories. Thank you....


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Sunnie, Thank you for coming to read this morning. I am happy you found this entertaining. Buggy was the sweetest bunny. He was a real armful. We didn't expect him to get that big. The lady we bought him from told us he would be smaller.

You know to only clip one wing, don't you? That makes them fly off balance, so they don't fly. If you clip both, they can fly normally.

Hyphen, Bunnies do make great pets. As long as they are handled gently and picked up so that they feel secure, they stay gentle and don't claw.

It wasn't a fox, It was a human. The chain link fence was cut with wire cutters. We know what happened, and called the Sheriff's office but there was no proof. We were all devastated when this happened. Thanks for the kudos.

Movie Master, Happy to see you here today. I am happy you enjoyed my story.

Kayla68508, Thank you for visiting. Glad you liked the story.

always, There was damage occasionally. We forgot to give him some wood to chew on and he chewed the corner of the wall. I had to patch it a couple of times.


Ghost32 5 years ago

Well, Becky, you got me all locked and loaded with that closing paragraph. Things like that are part of the reason I've never been able to join the anti-death penalty group.

In fact, it reminded me of an authoritative biography I read on Bonnie and Clyde. The author was good about documenting his narrative but in some ways clueless regarding Bonnie Parker's psyche.

One tale went that Clyde had gunned down a fellow who'd tried to take them out and that Bonnie was so enraged he'd tried sneaking up on them that she added three bullets of her own, so there! But then again, she had a little (wild) baby rabbit that died on her and she cried her heart out.

Made total sense to me, but the author couldn't reconcile those two disparate reactions.

Absolutely awesome Buggy Bunny photo. That was one big bunny!

Voted Up and across (funny for Buggy's sense of humor).


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I appreciate your comments. We were pretty hostile over it too.

I know who did it and it was a stupid act of revenge. The guy across the street let his dogs run loose. One of them was always after our rabbits and goats. We shot at him to run him off at least once a week. We talked to the owner. He promised to do something. The shotgun didn't do much to him because it was a Samoyed with a lot of thick hair. One night, Dennis grabbed the 30.06. It did something. A week later, this happened. The deputy agreed but 'no proof'.


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lundmusik 5 years ago from Tucson AZ

It's hard losing any pet.. very well written


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

lundmusik, Thank you for your sympathy and your comment. I appreciate both. Buggy is sorely missed. We lost heart after he disappeared and got rid of most of our rabbit. we had about 30 at the time.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Becky. What an amusing life you and your family offered your pet rabbit. Though it is always heartbreaking to hear how crummy people can be.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi mck, We all enjoyed Buggy so it was more entertaining for us to watch him when he was happy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

An intriguing read. Well done.

Someday, we hope to have a few acres again where we can have all sorts of critters running around.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

A nice story, but importantly, full of useful information, and information inserted so that it's usefulness was entertaining.

I love rabbits. They are possible some of the most beautiful animals... My rabbits didn't do a lot; just looked at me and ate electric light cables when they were let out to play. but we all have to have a hobby, I suppose.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Will, when we got Buggy, we lived in town. He was a house rabbit. Some things we don't have to wait for. Once you have one for a pet though, you will never be able to eat them again. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment.

Twilight, Ian, so glad you stopped by and reminded me about the electric cables. I had to hang them up as high on the furniture as I could. Either that or put the covers over them. He also chewed on my antique table once. My fault, I didn't notice that he was out of wood.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Lovely to se your pets Becky. I loved the idea of them watching TV.

What an awful thing to happen to Buggy and the femail, who in their right mind would do such a cruel thing.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Rosemay, A jerk, who wasn't happy when my husband shot his dog who had been trying to get our rabbits and goats. We had talked to him several times but he didn't want to keep his dog home. He just wandered the neighborhood getting into fights with the other dogs and animals. Sorry if I am ranting.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Just as i thought, a person did it, how cruel. Sometimes it makes a person want to move far away from people...

Cheers


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

He moved shortly, always. The other neighbors all figured it out and basically told him to move or else. They all were tired of his dog fighting with their dogs in their own yards.

kayla69508, your comment has been denied because I don't have to put up with nasty comments. Don't bother commenting unless you can be civil. If you want to be a pain in the a$$, go to Yahoo. I won't.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

If you want to read a really nice poem, Becky, this is one of Steve's best.

http://hubpages.com/relationships/Loving-you-no-le...


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Thanks Ian. I have read it before but definitely worth a repeat read.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Becky it is awful how some people just let their dogs roam and take no responsibly. And yet they are the ones who create the biggest hew and cry when their pets have to be put to sleep after mauling some child..

When my babies were small we lived in Australia and a neighbors dog suffered with arthritis and was obviously in pain, but it made him rather cranky and quite vicious and would bale people up at their own front gates so people were afraid to step out. I had to call the animal welfare one morning.

Your husband had every right to shoot it.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Becky great hub, them bunnies can get huge especially if there is a bunch of kids feeding them every time the walk by. I 'd have to guess 20 pound one we had when I was short, dust


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

What a sad ending...My girlfriend had a small one many moons ago when I was in flight school. The rascal almost gnawed all the baseboards out of her apartment. His name was "Thumper". Thanks for sharing! WB


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

My favorite niece didn't want her young children to have carnivorous pets, so they had rabbits. They were the sweetest pets imaginable. And when I was a kid, my darling mother, who was such an animal lover (all but dogs - she had been terrified by a vicious dog as a child and never got over her fear of them). But she love animals till it was almost ridiculous, and among others, she got a pair of rabbits and let me call the male mine. I named him Bucky, since she said he was a buck rabbit. Like deer, the males are called bucks. He was so cuddly and soft, all white with the rose-colored eyes and pink ears. Such a sweetheart.

I felt badly when you told how your Buggy disappeared. I guess some mean person must have taken him and left the kennel open so something could endanger the female. I know it must have broken your hearts. People who harm animals are reprehensible.

Your care of your Buggy is inspiring, Becky. There's surely a place in heaven for people who treasure and care for animals - and for the animals too.

Thanks for sharing this lovely, useful and touching story as one of your first hubs. I certainly look forward to reading more of your work!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Rosemay, I had forgotten about the time that dog wouldn't let us get out of our car. We just drove across the road and honked at their door until they came out. They were rather irresponsible.

Dusty, Thank you for coming by, reading and commenting. Buggy was about 15 lbs. but he was solid muscle. I watch all the pets weight because it is so unhealthy for them to be overweight. The kids didn't feed him extra, they just fed him carrots. He always had a pile waiting for him.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Wayne, Thanks for coming by. We had some dwarf rabbits also. They do like to chew, don't they. I tried to keep him supplied with wood, so they didn't chew on the house. My son had a dwarf named Thumper.

Nellie, Thank you for your lovely comment. I had actually forgotten until I read your comment that they were called bucks and does. I guess that is what old age does to some of us. Your mother had what they call albino rabbits. I am such a fan of the big, brown eyes that we never got one. They were so full of depth that I couldn't. We did end up with a blue eyed one from one of the litters. I had never heard of that but it happens occasionally.

They didn't just open the gate, they cut the whole side of the kennel open with wire cutters. They killed the doe and we never found a sign of Buggy. My little girl was devastated. We could never understand how an adult could kill a little girls pet like that. It would have had to be an adult, to cut chain link.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Hi! Becky, I had dwarfs also. They were called: Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Grumpy and Silly Old Coot who thinks he's being funny.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

And I bet you thought rabbits were rodents... well they aren't, they're lagomorphs.

And "rabbit" isn't the name of the adult and the young is called a kitten... Oh no.

"Rabbits" are baby "Coneys".

Mind you, the name changed about ten centuries ago, so I suppose I ought to go with the times.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Ian, you old coot. Happy you came by to razz me. I did know that rabbits are not rodents. I also knew they called the babies 'kittens'. I just called them adorable. I never heard them called coneys but they have different names for things in the UK, than they do here. It may be one of the regional things.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

No. It's eleventh century when we had common ancestors.

Don't try to wriggle out of it. I'm onto you.

If you don't behave, I'm sending around a specialist to have your plumbing down for you.

Be warned!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Don't threaten me Ian. I am not afraid of your little construction gang. They don't scare me and I'll just sic my grandchildren on them. They will run them off and for good.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I wish you lived closer. I'm sure that you and your grandchildren could have done a better job with the bathroom than Pamela, and David could have done my roof.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I wish I lived closer also. My babies would have done wonderful as a wrecking crew. I could have kept a close eye on your idiots and kept them on their toes.


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funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

Very cool article about rabbits. Found it useful and voted it up and useful.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

funmontrealgirl, I am happy that you found my article useful. Thank you for reading, commenting , and voting.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Becky - wonderful story, until the end, and I'm so very sorry! What an unfair loss!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

femmeflashpoint, Thank you for reading about Buggy. He was a fun and entertaining friend. I think more people should think about having a rabbit for a pet.


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LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

I'm so sorry about your bunny. As I read, I was hoping something bad didn't happen. We have two very sweet vbunnies right now. My children would be crushed if something like that happened. Great hub! Thanks for sharing.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

LaBrahear, thank you for reading and for your sympathy. This did happen several years ago now. We enjoyed him for 5 years, which is about 12-1/3 their normal life span. Our daughter and my husband were terribly upset by this but have recovered over the years. I worked, so didn't get as close to him.

Are yours,house rabbits? I hope you enjoy your bunnies for many more years.


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Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

Oh what a lovely and sweet story up till the ending!

I'm so sorry about that! I can't have furry pets, but we did have fish for a while and now caterpillars, although its different as you can't cuddle them.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Charlotte, Thank you for reading. Buggy was a fun pet. I may have to get another house rabbit. I am truly sorry you can't have furry pets. They are so fun and like you said, cuddly. Buggy didn't like to be cuddled but he did enjoy being held if you held him right. He had to feel secure or he would scramble and you would get scratched. He also liked having his tummy scratched.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful read I love rabbits, the one in your photo looked gorgeous. I'm so sorry Buggy got lost.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

writer20, Thank you for coming by. We had two rabbits that looked very similar. The other one was black and white. They are Rex rabbits and have the most wonderfully soft fur. Since they are full sized rabbits, their temperament was very mellow. The smaller rabbits tend to be more temperamental. The full size make better pets as far as I am concerned.


Katy 5 years ago

Buggy was an awesome pet, I'll always love and miss him.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Katy, Glad ONE of my kids has finally read some of my work. I really miss him too.


Katy 5 years ago

That's cause ONE of your kids happens to love reading and writing.


5 years ago

Interesting; was it the Dutch variety? (white and black).


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

No, Buggy was a mixed Rex. He was the grey and white one. Rex' usually are white with spots, different colors. They also are known for their soft, luxurious fur. He was a good sized bunny, about 30 lbs.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh what a great hub ;I love animals of all sorts.Both my daughters have a giant house rabbit each.

They are house trained and have such characters ;far more I think than those spending most day in a hutch.

I vote up and bookmark into 'Animals an Nature' slot.

Here's to both of us sharing many more hubs on here.

Take care my friend.

Eddy.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Eddy, So glad that you enjoyed my Buggy. We enjoyed him for many years. He was funny and amusing. Rabbits really do have very vivid personalities when you get to know them. As for them having more character than rabbits in a hutch, inside dogs have a lot more character also. The more time we spend with an animal, the more personality shines through. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

djena751, I am so happy that you have found this useful. Bunnies are so much fun and have so much personality. I hope your nephew enjoys his rabbit for a long time. I also hope he spends lots of time with it as they enjoy our company so much. They love fruit, apples and slices of watermelon were a favorite of our bunny. I would cut him a slice every time we had some.


Megan 3 years ago

loved your article! I am having to write an essay on unusual pets & I have included a summary of your article & of course a works cited, so my professor can read the sory! Great work! I too, have a pet bunny, who actually has many "dog traits" as far as his personality.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Megan, It is amazing how much personality that rabbits have. We have had several of them and they all show distinct personalities. Goats also have quite a bit of personality. I wrote about the goats I had in another article. I really appreciate you coming by to visit and am happy that I could help you with your essay research.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Awww. What a sad ending to an otherwise delightful story. Bunnies are lovely and often not treated as they deserve.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

FlourishAnyway, I totally agree with you, it was sad; and totally heartbreaking for us. I love rabbits and they have such interesting habits and personalities. I appreciate the visit.


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

This is a delightful article, Becky. I only raised rabbits for the meat, but I am sure they make fine pets. I'd love to give it a try someday myself. Voted up and interesting.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Chris, Rabbits are a lot of fun, We had a ball with them and one of these days we will try it again. I appreciate the visit, votes, and the nice comment.


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klidstone1970 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

What a sweet story. Terribly sad at the end, though. I have many animals, but have never owned a rabbit. Maybe one day.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Kim, Rabbits are surprisingly funny and have great personalities. Try one some time and spend lots of time with it. You will be pleasantly surprised by them. I appreciate you coming by to visit today.


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PegCole17 5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

Loved reading the adventures of your Buggy and the way he adapted to your dog was amazing. How funny that he liked to watch TV and that he would tease your guests. What a joy to read through the comments of these familiar names from days gone by.


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Becky Katz 5 weeks ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, So good to see you here. My son has a bunny that has grown up with his dogs. His dog jumps into the pen to lay down and cuddle with his bunny. Hilarious to see a dog that is bred for hunting cuddling and grooming a bunny. The wild bunnies still are not safe from that dog though. He has gotten out of the yard and gone tearing off through the desert to run a jackrabbit down. He brings them back to his daddy so proudly too.

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