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June 19, 2007

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Rasta Bubs, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rasta Bubs
Age: Three and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: New Zealand Rabbit
Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
   I bought Rasta Bubs for $3.50 at a vegetable market in Belize City. I don't know if he was being sold as a pet or food, but I thought he was the cutest baby ever. The salesman told me to take any rabbit besides Bubba because he was "trouble". I was a Peace Corps volunteer at the time and up for a challenging rabbit. I didn't know I'd fall in love with the bunny and end up paying a fortune to fly him around the world with me instead of leaving him in Belize with a friend, which was my original plan.

    Bubba is nothing like the rabbits I had as a child. He uses a litterbox (most of the time), lives in the house, and is not afraid of dogs. He will go head to head with his little 85 pound boxer brother. He gets along with dogs, but not other rabbits.

    Bubba has a mind of his own and doesn't believe rabbits should be vegetarian- I learned this when he jumped on the table and stole chicken wings and ate the meat and the bones. Bubs loves to be petted, but isn't much of a cuddler. He prefers to wedge himself between the refrigerator and the cabinets and take a nap. Every few hours he'll jump on the bed or couch, lick you to let you know he's o.k., and then go about his business.

    Rasta Bubs is currently staying in Pittsburgh with his aunt because the most recent trip to Belize was by road and he prefers to fly. We miss him dearly and can't wait to have him back.

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