Today's question comes from Melanie from follybird.
When did you adopt your first bunnies and what made you decide to do so?
The buns we have now are not our first buns but they are our first rescue rabbits, before them we bought two rabbits. The first one was the most beautiful black Rex, I saw him in a pet shop in the teeniest cage where he's be put on his own as he was being bullied by the others. He was soooooo gorgeous and he loved me so much We only had him for a very short time (10 days) and I don't even have a photograph of him. One night he was running around and I noticed that he had a huge wound on his side, we bathed him and took him to the vet the following day where he was treated but he died.
I was utterly heartbroken and even though that was in 2003 I can't think about it without crying and I still have his little mirror and bell hanging in the pantry. Yes, I should probably deal with my emotions about it but there you go! Straight after that we got another rabbit, another Rex, she lived with us for 6 years, she was just short of her 7th birthday when we had to have her pts as she had E. cuniculi. She was amazing, loved nothing more to sit up on the sofa with Dan or otherwise be involved with whatever we were doing.
The longer we owned rabbits the more we learned about how many were in rescues and how they were treated etc so when you know better you do better and we vowed we would only rescue in future which is how we ended up with this pair. They had been in rescue for almost a year because Big Grey had a very weepy eye and I think people were put off by that, fearing it was a dental problem and would cost a lot of money to deal with, so we adopted them as no-one else wanted them!
They were just over a year old when we adopted them, the rescue manager thinks they were bought as Easter buns then dumped when they grew up. They were found by some children in a locked hutch in a wooded area with no food, so it took a while for the rescue to get them back into shape, they actually won an award as most memorable pets of the year! We brought them home in 2009 and they've been here ever since. We are very lucky where we are that our vet is a rabbit specialist as I think Big Grey probably wouldn't be with us were it not for that.
So, in some senses it's been a bit of a sad tale, but they are so wonderful to be with, even though this pair are very much together and not all that fond of us at times! I know some vegans are anti-pet but I always say that the day no-one abuses animals and leaves them in need of care then that's the day I will happily never adopt a companion animal again. Until then if I can give someone a nicer life than they had before then I will!