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Furry Friday: BUNNIES

Had enough of bad news in the world today? We have bunnies. Enough said.

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Bridget Johnson

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October 4, 2013 - 8:42 am
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Napoleon Bunaparte, 8 weeks old, on the scales at the vet's office.

Napoleon Bunaparte, 8 weeks old, on the scales at the vet’s office.

I’ve noticed the requests to bring back Furry Friday, and what can I say other than it’s been a crunch of busy news cycles that bring me to 8 p.m. on a Friday with no furry text and work still left to do. There’s also been a lot of bad news out there, so what better to interrupt our cycles of chemical weapons, terrorism, and perpetual Washington infighting with something every lover of furriness can appreciate: bunnies.

Last year I moved into a bigger place along some of the Beltway’s ubiquitous urban woods, and also lost a few of the animals I’d previously written about due to old age: rat, guinea pig, hamster. Instead of getting more rodents, I wanted to bring different critters into the mix.

Checking out a new pet store in the neighborhood a year ago, I paused by their bunny pen, surprised that a chain pet shop was selling rabbits. The enclosure was tiny, the bunnies were without any hay, and the workers didn’t know which were male or female. Naturally, they called every breed thrown together “dwarf bunnies,” to lure kids wanting a tiny fluffy thing and mislead parents into thinking they wouldn’t get too big or take up much space. I noticed one cowering in the corner away from the lops and lionheads — a little Havana rabbit with grey feet bottoms that looked like he hopped through dust. The saleslady handed him to me, and as I rubbed behind his ears he gave me this definite look: Get me outta here. I always believe in adopting before buying, but I considered this a pet-store rescue: not only was I going to get him the nutrition, healthcare and space he needed, but I was saving him from being bought for some kid who’d probably pick him up by his cottontail before the family decided he was past his 15 minutes of Easter-gift fame and turned him into a shelter, like so many other unfortunate bunnies.

So Napoleon Bunaparte came home with me. The next morning, I took him to the best exotics-only vet in the area, which happens to be close to my home. Napoleon weighed in at a pound and was estimated to be eight weeks old. A couple months later he was old enough to be neutered, and lost an entire ounce when they took those away from him.

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"I’m starting to have opinions about many animal rescues and their practices"

I already have an opinion about the ones in northern Virginia. They are all run by certifiably insane drooling PETA-type idiots.

We looked into adopting a puppy. These maniacs thought we wanted to adopt a child for Satanic rituals, apparently. Before you can adopt, you must agree to background checks, home visits, interviews with all children in the house, WITHOUT parents present, and a blank check to come and inspect the house any time, for any reason, for no reason, and did I mention any time? Oh, and if you decide that you and this person ("person" in the same sense as you and I, who happens to have fur) must part company, you must bring the person back to the shelter and pay them to take it back. All of this by legally binding contract, of course. Oh, and you must get regular vet visits (to their standards) and feed the person an approved diet. Approved by them, of course.

And they wonder why they can't get enough animals adopted! =:O

Idiots.

We bought a puppy from a breeder. She's fine.

Enjoy your bunnies. They are interesting critters. Fragile, though. Don't hold up to surgery very well. If that's ever needed, well, don't bother.
42 weeks ago
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Thanks! And another story about your little chihuahua would be great.
42 weeks ago
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Mmmmm, where's your federal bunny license?
42 weeks ago
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Awwww. Thanks for sharing! I missed your updates about the pigs. And I love their names! The Bunapartes. LOL
42 weeks ago
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Mega-cute and thank you for bringing the furries back. May Napoleon and Josephine have a long and happy life.
42 weeks ago
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Adorable. They are in good hands.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Glad to see furry Fridays return. Condolences on the losses.
42 weeks ago
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Pelosi: hairy, furry, woolly adj

slick, artful, two-faced adj

insincere adj

http://www.wordreference.com/iten/pelosi

Sorry for bringing this back to politics but you should know that your Furry topic will never run out of material.
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