Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Good News on the Home Front

After a weekend of mourning George (it's all very well that he probably never felt death coming, but what about those of us who took such pleasure in petting and massaging him and gazing into his eyes?), I suspect we were all a little nervous about Ms. Spots' Monday vet visit. Just because it was a routine checkup didn't mean it might not include a nasty surprise.
To our relief, Dr. Harvey saw nothing whatsoever wrong with the Spotted Wonder, other than to suggest that we limit her to 1/4 cup of pellets a day so that she might lose about half a pound. (She looks very attractive at her present weight, but I agree she will probably be more comfortable and agile with a little less bulk.)
Anyhow, her heart was fine (no recurrence of her previous trouble), she had no fleas or mites, she has nice teeth, her ears were clear, and so on and so forth.
All she needs now is a new partner to love. As she is a highly intelligent, sensitive creature with a good memory, I know she won't forget George, but when she meets the right new rabbit, I think she will be very glad. She has been a bit territorial about visiting rabbits in the past (normal behavior for does), but she is a fundamentally sweet and affectionate creature, so I am confident that it will not be too hard to find a good match. Ideally, the doe should be introduced into the buck's territory, as male rabbits are less territorial (this is true whether or not they have been "fixed"), but obviously any new rabbit will be coming to live with her rather than vice versa. We'll just have to see who's up for adoption and what she thinks of her choices.
Meanwhile, Jesse tells me a rabbit has arrived on his landing. It has a companion of another species, but I couldn't discern what from the photo. The rabbit is white with black spots around its eyes, and its companion looks somewhat like a chinchilla. Since I am about to visit Brno for the monthly folk group evening, I might get to see these creatures. I just hope they are well cared for and frequently come out of their excessively small cage for exercise. People tend to keep rabbits in inappropriately small cages and not provide anything for them to play with.

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