Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Early Birthday Present

We are not pet people. Some people say I don't need children; I have pets. The opposite is true for us. Who has time for a pet with so many little ones running around? We didn't have many pets when I was little. Jeremy had many. Ethan is a lover of all things soft and cuddly. Unfortunately he is badly allergic to cats and mildly allergic to dogs, ruling out the most common choices for pets. Our neighbor offered a large cage and we accepted it. It really is big. It entirely fills up the bed of Jeremy's Silverado. It also has 2 compartments. The larger side is used for sleeping, filled with lots of hay for them to burrow under. The smaller side is where their water and food is kept.

Anyway, we decided giving rabbits a try. We knew Ethan would love to have one since rabbits are both soft and cuddly. Finding rabbits was the first hurdle. Spending Pet Land price was out of the question. We wanted lop ear rabbits, which made them even harder to find. We finally found a guy selling them for $7 a piece and he was only a 30 minute drive away. We (hopefully) got 2 females.

Trying to pet the rabbits through the cage.

Jeremy's dad made this really impressive stand thing to put the rabbit cage on.

Getting to know the bunnies while dad and Paw-paw set the cage up. Ethan picked out this bunny for himself and named him Fluffy.

We didn't pet the rabbits too much the first day. They were very shaken up from the truck ride home. Before dawn the next day the kids were ready to go and get them. The rabbits were still pretty shaky, but the kids did well with them.

We asked Lydia and John to work together to name the other rabbit. Lydia suggested the name Rabbit. (What did I expect from a 3 year old who's never had a pet?) John insisted on a Bible name and settled on Mary.

Ethan holding his Fluffy.

Lydia finally got brave enough to try to hold a rabbit. Then he jumped away and barely scratched her, sending her into a flood of tears.

It was a bit cool (for Florida...about 60 LOL) so I left Josiah's warm pajamas on him. He wasn't feeling to sociable.

Lydia's also gotten quite good at swinging. She is still 3...but such a big girl for 3. She's not fat or anything. She's just super tall. She has some dresses that are a girl's size 8 that actually fit like a glove.

We now have the former chicken coop cleaned out. The kids get to pet them in the chicken coop. It serves 2 purposes: the kids can pet them without worrying about dropping them and the rabbits running away forever and two, it gives the bunnies adequate room to run around. They are so cute when they run that the kids would almost rather they play than pet them! They get a good running start and run into a series of binkies!

So what's a bunny binky? I found this video on YouTube. Not our house, not our rabbit, but a great example of how completely CUTE binkies are! These binkies are sort of small, too. Our bunnies go NUTS!!

2 edifying expressions:

Kristy... said...

I LOVE bunnies, I had one when I was a kid.
I am finding I am not a cat or a dog person but always swore I loved cats and, I do just, not in my home... oY.

We have two that are destroying and I am looking for a good home for them.

Kimberly said...

First a happy birthday to your 6 year old! Second, my Emmalie loves bunnies, and really wants a real one for a pet. Our landlord doesn't allow pets, at the point he's at though he probably wouldn't care, we've lived here a while...I think bunnies would be perfect for us.