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July 19, 2009

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Winnie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Winnie
Age: Twelve years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Holland Lop Rabbit
Home: Brighton, Michigan, USA
   This is our wonderful bunny, Winnie. He was born on July 08, 1997 - twelve years ago! We acquired Winnie along with his sister, Peewee as baby bunnies. Peewee was named Peewee as she was the runt of the litter. Winnie was named after Winston Churchill, not Winnie the Pooh. Even as a baby Winnie demonstrated his intelligence. When we were training him not to bite the carpet we would say "no" and put our hand under his mouth as he tried to bite the carpet. Winnie was determined to bite the carpet and was just as determined to get away with it. He did this by looking directly at me, biting the carpet and jumping at the same time. Very cute!

    Peewee died of a tumor after only one year. Winnie was left alone for a time and he hated it. Sometime later we paired him with a female rescue rabbit by the name of Frankie. They quickly bonded and became inseparable - ate, slept and used the box together. About five years ago when Winnie was seven, Frankie passed away. Since that time he has become very close to my wife and I and we feel he relishes being the solo bunny in the house.

    He will sit on the floor between my legs while I watched television, sometimes for an hour or two at a time. He loves Cheerios as a treat and he is fed fresh vegetables three times per day. All of the rabbits we have had have never been caged and had free roam of the first floor of the house.

    Both of these pictures are when he was nine years old. He has since developed cataracts and has trouble getting around because of it. His health is diminishing and we realize he is in the twilight of his life. We are very grateful that he chose to live such a long life with us and know how lucky we have been. You're the best Winnie!!

Winnie, the Pet of the Day

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