This is the time of the year where I’m especially careful of who comes calling wanting a new baby bunny. It is not that I don’t trust people want to be inherently good bunny parents but sometimes holiday hype surrounding an animal can cause us to buy before we think things through. Movies tend to spur this kind of behavior. We see an increase in the number of guinea pigs sold as pets after the movie G-Force came out or kids wanting a spotted puppy after watching 101 Dalmatians. It’s not to say these aren’t good choices as long as the family decides beforehand they are a good fit for their lifestyle. Personally I recommend people waiting until a child is at least 7 years old before getting a rabbit. You can read my reasons for this here.
I do have 2 confessions to make. When I was very young (4-5?) we had 2 big New Zealand bunnies that lived in an outdoor pen with a giant doghouse as a home. I do remember them always running around in the backyard but besides a few pictures of them I have little memory. My parents were the ones who cared for them as my brother and I were both to young. So while I do stress that parents wait to give rabbits to their children obviously its a different story if it is the adult’s pet. My other confession involves one Easter morning when my brothers and I were busy examining the contents of our baskets when I look up to see a bunny hopping towards me. This was the start of it all, a small Californian type rabbit named Floppy as one ear didn’t quite stand up straight. It was a great Easter and it was the start of a long (and fun) 4-H hobby for me.
I’m sure there are many parents who will be surprising their children with a rabbit this year as well. Sadly, many rabbits will become unwanted pets. Just think twice before you bring a cute baby rabbit home. They grow up fast and sometimes typical rabbit behavior takes many new owners by surprise! It pains me to see animals given up because of lack of knowledge of animal behavior, divorce, moving or just lost of interest. My favorite is when people give up an animal only to get another of a different breed. Animals are not things you just throw away.
Any rabbit I breed always has a home here with me if the new owners are unable to care for it anymore. Even if I haven’t bred a rabbit and you know of a bunny that needs a home (especially if it is an emergency) I can always find room temporarily and work to find it a new owner. If we all take a little more responsibility than maybe those who work in shelters will find their rescues a little more empty. On the lighter side of things there are plenty of fun paraphernalia to fill our Easter baskets with a ‘bunny’!
#1) I absolutely love this…seems more like a great prank gift to me than anything else. ‘Christmas Story’ meets Easter!
#2) Stroke them like you’re Dr. Evil and practice your maniacal laugh.
#3) Remember these? I think I had at least 2 of these banks growing up!
#4) How cute are these?!!
#5) Ummm, adult size please?! This makes me want to fly so I can use it, with how annoying it is to airline travel this is impressive (the baby is pretty cute too)!
#6) Love this (and the fact that Velveteens really are real now!).
#7) I’ve seen this (English Lop) hat quite abit on Pinterest, adorable!
#8) He will follow your little one everywhere…I promise!
#9) Bunnies right at your fingertips.
#10) Truffles, treats and chocolate bunnies! Oh my! Cero’s is a great local chocolate shop in Wichita.
#11) For the kid who wants a not so cuddly critter (or a Monty Python fan).
#13) Add the ever popular Velveteen Rabbit book for the full package.
#14) So life-like! The only thing bad about this gift is it actually looks like a real rabbit in your basket…which may cause some excessive excitement followed by some disappointment.
#15) Cute family movie.