||Five years old|
||Netherland Dwarf Rabbit|
||New York, USA|
is Snuffles. Her resilience is what makes her so special. After her
adoption, we took her to her first vet visit, where we were told she had no
teeth other than the front two. And that those weren't growing properly. She
fell in love with baby food, and never once has gotten angry about the mushy
hay she eats because of it. She then broke her leg, but never let it slow her
down. She wore that cast like a champ and figured out, all on her own, how to
use the litter box with it on. She then fell victim to snuffles disease
(ironically, as technically it is Pasteurella multocida) and has been
completely incurable, which we have learned sometimes happens. She likely got
it before we even adopted her. She lets me comb her fur twice a day to keep
it smooth and I give her ear medicine three times a day.
She started getting strokes from the disease, but refuses to let them slow
her down. She has lost partial use of her back legs, but she is slowly but
surely working the muscles and making them stronger (with my help). I never
expected to become a rabbit physical therapist, but here we are!
It doesn't stop her from running around and rolling in the grass, which is
her favorite, only second to sunbathing. It also doesn't stop her from
flipping over her litter box if I'm out of the house for more than a few
hours. Or tearing up the pillows. Anything to make sure you know that she is grumpy.
Snuffles is happy and as energetic, despite what a hard life she's had
(medically). She has a talent for hearing the fridge open, despite being on
the second floor, and racing to sit inside it to search for carrots, and she
can hold a grudge like no other if she doesn't get them when she demands it.
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