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June 15, 2005

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Topsy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Topsy
Age: One year old
Gender: Female
Kind: Chinchilla Rabbit
Home: Houston, Texas, USA
   I adopted Topsy from the shelter when she was about eight months old - she had been left in the parking lot of a Houston restaurant. I had no intention of adopting another rabbit that day - I already had two. I had gone to the "adoption Sunday" with a friend who was thinking about a rabbit. I played with several that day without being tempted, but one look at Topsy and I fell in love. She's big and gentle and curious. Her fur is dark at the base and silver gray at the ends so in the light she looks like she's made of pure silver.

    Topsy's a great pal. A very people-oriented rabbit, she's very familiar with me and takes easily to strangers. She's neat - even my housekeeper says the other bunnies could learn about housekeeping from her. She's vigilant - sits at the corner of the kitchen cabinets so she can watch two doors at the same time. She entertains me with her bunkies (bunnies jump and turn at the same time). She climbs all over me if I lay on the floor to watch TV. When she wants attention, she comes up and nudges my feet - the message is clear: it's time to pet the bunny.

    She's not much for little toys, but she has a tunnel (made of a cardboard form for concrete pillars) behind the couch and she makes all manner of noise in that tunnel. She expects to be left alone there - it's her space.

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