My Dog in a Rabbit Hole - a Limerick and a little more
Chubby as he was squeezed into it
It scared me to hell this hollow pit
His echoed barks fading
My lungs screaming bursting
There beside me sniffed, “mom, you’re a twit.”
Rabbit Hole Facts and How To Avoid Them
It occurred to me that "what if my dog gets stuck in a rabbit hole?" Dreaming of my dog getting into a rabbit hole was already a nightmare.
1. Rabbit holes are dangerous - anyone could sprain or break a foot tripping into it.
2. Rabbit holes are not safe for dogs. Dogs like to chase and could go straight into the hole. http://www.dogheirs.com/larne/posts/432-jack-russell-rescued-after-two-days-stuck-in-rabbit-hole
3. Dogs that fit into a rabbit hole could get stuck for 24 hours to weeks of no food, water and little air. If you know that your dog is trapped in a rabbit hole, get help right away; call for the fire department. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3974655/Mutts-feeling-ruff-after-three-weeks-stuck-underground.html
4. Rabbit holes if patched, covered, or planted with a tree or shrub will discourage the rabbit from returning. Make sure if you block a rabbit hole that there is either no adult or baby rabbits that you could be trapping underground.
5. Rabbits could easily make your backyard a nesting home if grass is not mowed and pieces of twigs and debris are available for them.
6. Watch your pets during the rabbit season. You may build a fencing around the rabbit hole area where your dog/cat cannot disturb or chase the rabbits and to avoid your pet getting stuck in the hole.
7. Wild rabbits, it is illegal to keep them. If you feel that your pets will continue to threaten the life of rabbits in your area or vice versa, contact a wildlife rehabilitator especially if there are orphaned baby bunnies, or if your dog or cat brought home a wild rabbit.