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August 9, 2002

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Steinway, the Pet of the Day
Name: Steinway
Age: Nine months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Mini-Lop Rabbit
Home: Columbus, Ohio, USA
   I got a temp job next to a pet store, which I visited on lunch break out of sheer boredom. One day, I saw a rabbit cage with a handmade sign: "Steinway" nine month old Mini-Lop. Curious, I peeked into the cage. This huge black and white rabbit peered out at me, his large brown eyes full of wary intelligence. I cracked up. After all, who would name a rabbit Steinway?

    Several days later, I decided to take Steinway out of his cage, thinking he would be your stereotypical passive cuddler. Wrong! Wild-eyed, Steinway leapt from his cage, threatening to knock it to the floor. He then loped around the pet store while I nervously followed. He was hilarious, like an overgrown puppy dog! Eventually, the pet store manager suggested that I take him home. 'If that rabbit doesn't change his attitude, he's going to end up as python food,' joked one employee. Apparently Steinway was known as a real 'character' and was not too popular among the staff.

    That afternoon I made the best decision of my life - I took Steinway home. He's the sweetest companion in the world. I call him my 'love-bug' because he reminds me of a VW Beetle w/floppy ears. Sure, he doesn't like to be held but he is always ready to lay his head on the floor and receive a 'bunny massage.' I never knew a rabbit could be such a rewarding pet. One look at him and I start chuckling. I never thought I'd find a bunny soul-mate!

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