The Amazing Chain Of Coincidences That Led To The Publication Of A Sweet Little Book About A Baby Bunny (actually he was a hare)
By Robert Scheer
As you may know, I am the editor and webmaster of the Hoppington Post. You probably also know that I’m a bunny dad, and I also do rabbit rescue volunteer work. But you may not know I’m also a part-time travel journalist, I used to run a publishing company, and my wife is a House Rabbit Society educator.
Yes, there’s a reason why I’m telling you all this… Synchronicity.
One evening in March 2008, my wife was on her way to “Bunnies 101,” a training class for volunteers at the Vancouver SPCA. Mary suggested I go with her to record the session with the new video camera I had just picked up. (Yes, we used to use video cameras way back nine years ago.)
At the shelter, I happened to bump into a man I hadn’t seen in nearly a year. I couldn’t even remember his name. Happily, Mark remembered me. He told me he was also an SPCA volunteer. He walked dogs on Tuesday nights, and I told him about my wife being a Rabbit Wrangler.
Mark and I were both part-time travel writers, so the conversation soon shifted to travel. He asked me if I was interested in a trip to Africa, and I said yes, I’d never been there.
Mark told me he had heard rumors about a press trip to Kenya, and said he’d email me contact information the next day.
On Wednesday, true to his word, Mark sent me the email address for the Kenya Tourist Board representative, to whom I then sent a query.
“Funny you should send me an email” Maisa wrote back on Thursday. “We’re scrambling to put a group of journalists together. I seriously just found out about this yesterday.”
Five weeks later, I was in Nairobi. Now, this is where the coincidences really start to multiply…
I was part of a group of 43 travel writers from the USA and Canada who were on the media trip. While 39 of them were put up at the Nairobi Hilton, I chanced to be one of only four who were taken out to a tiny (but lovely) boutique hotel in the suburbs.
In my suite, I happened to notice a small book with a drawing of a rabbit on the cover. It was titled “Little Mutt: The story of a hare-raising experience.” Maybe it was because I was exhausted after nearly 40 hours of travel, but when I opened it and started reading, I was nearly in tears. It was such a lovely story, and I knew so many people who would love to read it.
The book had been autographed by the author, so I decided to ask the hotel manager if he knew her, which he did. I explained about my involvement with both rabbit rescue and book publishing, and asked for his help in contacting the author, Nicky Blundell Brown.
That conversation took place in the third week of April. Before the month was over, Nicky and I had exchanged seven email messages, and the terms of our arrangement had been settled. I could publish an electronic version of “Little Mutt”, on the condition that part of the proceeds would be donated to our respective charities. She wanted to support the African Medical Research Foundation, and I said I’d help Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy.
So that is how I am able to share the story of “Little Mutt” with Hoppington Post readers. Was it mystical destiny? Was it fate? Did someone over the Rainbow Bridge cause the amazing string of coincidences to magically fit into place?
Whatever the reason, I now invite you, dear reader, to discover the story of “Little Mutt.”
By the way, I also had a wonderful time in Kenya.