An Introduction to Sarah

I am currently writing this as a certain little bun tears apart a cardboard box. But hey, this is my life now. Chewed up cardboard all over my bedroom, a chewed up carpet, and an energy filled bunny that runs from one corner of the room to the other. I never knew what it would be like to raise a baby bunny, nor did I ever think I’d get one in the first place, but my goodness it has been one of the most rewarding, yet challenging things I’ve ever done.

On November 23, 2017, my car broke down on the side of the highway on my way to class (Trust me, this detail is not irrelevant). I was stuck on the highway for so long, that by the time I was able to switch cars with my father, I would have been marked as absent by my professor, even if I attended class. I thought to myself, I’m just going to take the day off and head to the mall.

Now, rewind to about a week ago, I had been talking to basically everyone about how much I was wanting to get Theodore a friend, that way when I was in class or at work, he would have someone to keep him company. I remember mentioning it to my boyfriend almost every day and his response was always, “no, Theodore is enough.” However, for some reason, the night before my car broke down he had been sending me pictures of rabbits that he thought were absolutely adorable, and that he would be okay with me getting (can you guess what they looked like?).

Now, it just so happened that the mall that I went to had a small pet store, and I thought I’d just check it out. When I did, to my surprise, I saw EXACTLY what I had been looking for.

I was in such shock and immediately began texting my boyfriend telling him I found the exact bunny he had described. However, the only thing that was missing was whether the adorable bunny I found was male or female. We both wanted a female, and I knew it would be easier to bond her with Theodore later on if she was, so I asked the people to check for me, and sure enough it was a girl! It literally felt like fate. Sure, my car broke down, and I missed a day of classes, but out of those negatives came the most positive thing that I would have never expected.

I immediately told the employees that I was interested, and just like I did with Theodore, I quickly began purchasing things she would need at home, and rushed back to the store to pick her up. When we finally arrived at home, I felt a rush of emotions, it brought me back to when I adopted Theodore, so I decided to keep her in the kitchen like I did with Theodore for her to get settled. After the first couple of minutes I realized, she didn’t have a name yet. I couldn’t think of one in that moment, and because my boyfriend and I agreed she would be an early Christmas gift from him, he decided he would name her. When he finally told me, I couldn’t help but laugh, he said to me, “I want her name to be Sarah because she’s brown, small and cute, just like you.” It was a very sweet moment, and thankfully after a few hours, Sarah seemed to get more and more comfortable in her new home.

After a few days in the kitchen, I decided to bring her into my room, and I gave her a small introduction to Theodore.

I know that very soon they’ll become best friends. But for now, they are being housed in separate rooms until my little girl can get spayed and is fully recovered. Like I mentioned previously she’s been quite the ball of energy. She’s dug up the carpet.

She absolutely loves digging and hiding under her digging box.

But having her with me and seeing her cute little face in the morning, watching her run around the room, and even feeling her cute little nudges on my leg is so rewarding. I love my little bunny, and I’m so glad I made the decision to introduce her into my life.

An Introduction to Theodore

The beginning of the year 2017 had been a tough one for me.  There were a lot of things going on in my personal life that in that moment, I felt like I couldn’t handle.  I remember being home alone the majority of the time (because I had taken a semester off from University) and suddenly, the thought of introducing a pet into my life came up.  Like most people, the first companion that came to mind was a dog.  I went straight to my computer and started browsing animal shelters around my area.  However, it wasn’t until I really sat down and started looking at dogs that I realized how crazy of an idea it was for me to get a dog.  I wouldn’t have the time for a dog in the near future, and it just simply wouldn’t get the attention nor exercise.  Because I was still on the website of the animal shelter, I decided to look at the other animals listed, and that’s when I saw him.  He was the cutest lop eared rabbit ever (although the pictures they took of him didn’t do him justice) and I knew right then and there that I had to go see him.  At the time, I had been suffering with many different allergies, so I knew I’d have to go visit him first, see if I got a reaction, and then make my decision. So off I went to the shelter.

I decided to bring my sister along for the drive, in case I needed her to drive me home (if I had a severe reaction) and she was just as excited to visit this cute little bun.  When we got there, the employees were happy to let us sit in his pen for a bit and ask the questions that we needed.  They had told us that he was being re-homed because his previous owners couldn’t care for him anymore.  His name was Kaleb and he was being housed in an x-pen with a large litter box filled with hay, blankets on the ground, his water dish, and a few toys.  I immediately fell in love the moment I saw him and prayed that I wouldn’t begin to get an allergic reaction.  I sat with him for awhile, I let him approach me, and everything went smoothly.

Once I realized that I was okay, I told the employee that I was very interested in adopting him, but needed time to prepare myself with things I would need for him.  I filled out the required adoption form, and they told me they would give me a call if I was approved to adopt him.  Although I hadn’t gotten the approval yet, I put my faith into action and immediately went out to buy essential things I would need for him.  I just knew he was going to be mine!  Sure enough, the next day I received a call from them that I was able to adopt and pick him up as soon as possible.  I was so overjoyed but so nervous at the same time, I almost felt like I didn’t know whether to celebrate or freak out because I still needed to build him some sort of home and I just wanted everything to be perfect for him when he finally arrived.  When I got myself together,  I went to the shelter to go pick him up, along with my sister of course, and that’s when it hit me.  He was mine, this beautiful lop eared rabbit that I had wanted so badly was mine.  In that moment that I had him in the car with me, my sister and I agreed that he did not look like a Kaleb and she suggested the name Theodore.  When I heard that name, I immediately loved it.  He became Theodore on March 2, 2017 and for the first time, Theodore was introduced to his forever home.

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He started off living in the kitchen for a few days while I prepared a place for him to stay in my bedroom, and once he moved in with me everything was so great!  A few days into living with me, I realized that little guy didn’t even need a “cage,” he found a way to jump onto my bed and I would find him lounging there most of the day anyways.  Although he did have two accidents on the bed, after those two they never happened again, so I made the decision to have him free roam my room. This meant a lot of bunny proofing was needed, but I didn’t mind too much.  Allowing him to free roam was such a great decision because we were able to build an ever stronger bond than before.  I can’t imagine my life without my little guy, he means so much to me now, and adopting him was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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A blog?

Hey everybunny! Some of you may know that for awhile I have been very on and off about the idea of starting up a blog. I gave myself many excuses such as, life will get busy, I won’t have enough content, people may not be interested etc. But it wasn’t after speaking to many of my dear friends that I realized why should I let any of that stop me? It doesn’t matter whether I don’t put out content every week, it doesn’t matter if people are uninterested, and it certainly doesn’t matter how busy life gets. I certainly am interested in talking about my buns, and thanks to technology I can start and finish a post during the small breaks of my busy life.

As far as content goes, I want to make this blog very open to everyone who may be reading it. I want to listen to your ideas, your concerns, and your thoughts. I want this blog to feel like it’s a part of your own life as much as it is mine. I hope that in one way or another, many of you can relate to what I say and can share your own stories with me as well. The community of rabbit owners is very large and very kind, and I know that with the help of all of you, I will be able to move forward with this blog.

So why not, right? Let’s get this blog going! 🐰