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April 15, 2011

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Dusty, the Pet of the Day
Name: Dusty
Age: Three years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Lionhead Rabbit
Home: Hazel Green, Alabama, USA
   Hi, my name is Dusty,

    The Easter season is fast approaching. It is a fun time of year. Some parents may be tempted to buy their children a soft, cute, live bunny, like me. Even worse, some buy one for their son and another for their daughter, without knowing the sex of each rabbit. (We rabbits really can multiply like crazy, but thankfully in our case, Mom had each one of us fixed.)

    Parents, you may want to think about it no matter how much your child begs. We are not like cats and dogs. Most rabbits do not like to be picked up. Mom has nine bunnies. A doctor once asked her if she was being abused. He noticed all of the scratches and bruises on her arms. She told him "Yes, by my rabbits." When you pick us up, those big hind legs just push out. It's not like we are trying to hurt you.

    We are living creatures and we have feelings. When my mate, "Teddy" died, I grieved for a long time. That is, until Mom brought home Ricky. He is a rescue bun, and is my new best friend.

    If you have your mind made up to get a rabbit, check out places like a department store. They have a huge selection of stuffed bunnies in every size and color imaginable. In a few weeks, when your child grows tired of the bunny and discards it, you will know you made the right choice of a stuffed one, instead of a live creature like me or Ricky. In addition, your child will not be scratched or bitten, even by accident with a stuffed rabbit.

    I am a happy bunny here, because my Mommy knows what we need. We rabbits, if taken care of well, can live as long as ten years and even longer. Most veterinarians are not as familiar with bunnies as they are with cats and dogs, so you need to find one who is if you get a rabbit. We are "fixed," as I mentioned, and that's important for our health, even if we didn't have each other for friends, so that is another responsibility that comes with having a bunny. We really can be great pets for the right person, though, just ask Mom! She does love us, she tells us so all the time.

Dusty, the Pet of the Day

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