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on being bullied by rabbits

November 10, 2012

Our rabbit is unashamedly a house rabbit. She has a run and a hutch in the garden, but she doesn’t like to go outside especially in the winter – it’s cold and usually wet outside whereas it’s nice and warm in the kitchen. I don’t really blame her, but  then she is a rabbit and they are outdoor creatures as a rule.

Every now and then I feel that she ought to get some fresh air so I put her in the run in the garden. After a half-hearted protest, which consists of a few thumps, she usually resigns herself to being outside and takes up a position on  the small plastic stool, which is in the run for her to sit on,  until I bring her inside again – sometimes she’ll sit there for several hours.

Any neighbours passing the gate and seeing her sitting there will bring her dandelion leaves, sometimes flowers, and are charmed that she comes up to them and takes their offerings. They don’t realise that Peaches is just after some sympathy – she’s anyone’s friend when she’s outside until she gets what she wants – which is to be back in the kitchen. Today it was a lovely morning, sunny and relatively warm, so I put Peaches outside in the run with two plastic things she could sit upon (she doesn’t like even to tread on wet grass, let alone sit on it).

By midday the sun had moved and her run was in the shade so (somewhat indulgently the beloved thought) I brought her back inside. Peaches wasn’t too pleased with me. She tipped up her food bowl, which clearly didn’t meet her expectations, and then she started to rip the newspaper lining I’d put in the compost bin. She went all the way round ripping the newspaper off and shredding it. Maybe it’s because I used the sports page…I’m sure other people don’t have this trouble with their pets.

The only thing to do was to have an almond croissant (from the rather wonderful (German?) bread stall on the Saturday market in Totnes) and a cup of coffee (fairtrade rich roast from Oxfam) – and take some photos.

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  1. November 11, 2012 5:00 am

    The part where she threw tantrums is so adorable! Reminded me of my sister’s bunny 🙂

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