||Three years old|
||English Lop Rabbit|
||Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA|
I went looking for a new pet, I decided to go to a local pet
store that carried many small animals. I had never been to the one
that I selected (thankfully its now out of business) and when I went
in I understood why. It was filthy! There were gerbils, guinea pigs,
and birds stuffed into tiny cages that were at capacity. They were
actually standing on top of each other because there was no floor
space in the cage! There was also a "reptile room" in the
rear with aquariums filled with all types of reptiles and large
spiders. Everything was incredibly dirty and the place smelled
horrible! In the midst of all this, in the "reptile room",
stood a huge floppy eared rabbit! I couldn't believe it - in the
middle of the "reptile room!"
When we asked about him, the woman told us that a young girl had
dropped him off because she had developed allergies to him. He looked
so sad standing in the middle of the filthy room that I just knew
that he was going home with me. I went back the next day to
"rescue" him and the woman told me that she had been taking
him home with her at night (she had three huge Labs) and that he
never moved from her boyfriend's lap. Well no wonder! He was probably
terrified of the dogs! I couldn't believe that someone that owned a
pet store could be so stupid and careless.
Anyhow, we brought him home and he has ruled the house ever since. He
has plumped up nicely since moving in (he was a little on the thin
side) and is treated like a king. He has the most wonderful
temperament - he never bites or scratches and is great around
strangers. I can't seem to remember not having him around - its
amazing how relaxing it is just having him there, he's the best
stress buster around!
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