||Eight years old|
||Mini French Lop-eared Rabbit|
||Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA|
is my best bunny friend, Roger. Roger has been through so much
in her eight years with me, that she deserves this honor greatly.
Through illness and injury, two major surgeries and four relocations,
her indomitable spirit and intelligence, as well as lots of love and
care from us and the greatest vet in the galaxy, have helped her
survive and beat the odds! (My vet-extraordinaire is Dr. Terry
McGrath, of West Chester, PA, an exotics specialist and wonderful
Yes, Roger is a girl. When I got her as a little bunny, the pet store
said she was male, so I named her after the movie, "Who Framed
Roger Rabbit?" About a year later, I was informed that He was a
She. But the name just stuck. And it suits her. She's one feisty
little female! Roger (or Raj, as we usually call her) is completely
housebroken, and understands several commands, including: "lie
down and relax," "give kisses," and "time for
bed!" Of course, Raj only does what you ask if she's in the
mood. And if she's not, it takes a lot more time and patience! She's
caged while we're at work, for her own safety, but at night she's one
of the family. Roger loves to climb to the top of the couch to relax,
or lie on the floor next to me and watch TV... and chew the carpet.
She has an obstacle course of tubes and platforms to play in and on,
but when she settles down she is also a complete petting and
snuggling junkie! And she loves to give and get nose kisses.
Roger is a real people-bunny. Even large crowds don't frighten her!
When we have a party, she hops around to meet everyone first and then
stretches out in the middle of the room waiting to be petted. Just
don't try to pick her up, or you'll see how fast those legs can
sprint! She prefers the stability of her own feet, thank you. She now
has a "baby" brother. A Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy named
Murphy. She doesn't like him much. His sloppy kisses ruin her
beautiful coat! But she tolerates him, and when he gets out of line,
she bops him in the nose with her paws. Murphy knows "big"
sister is the boss!
You should see them together! In the morning, we go to "feed
Rogie" together, and he sticks his head right in her cage and
licks her face. And she rears up on her hind legs and bops him in the
nose! Murphy tries so hard to befriend her. He eats the veggies that
she drops out of her cage, nibbles on her hay, and lays right next to
her cage to guard her. And she "rewards" him with growls
and nose bops... The way she sees it, she was there first and he is
one furry space invader! But, he respects her, and that's all that
matters to us.
Roger has been there through good times and bad -- with a nose nudge
just when I needed one. There isn't anything we wouldn't do for her
and we couldn't have asked for a better bunny in the whole world.
She's simply the greatest. And today I wish to honor her, and wish
her many more years of health and happiness.
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