It’s no secret that in most house rabbit homes, it’s the bunnies that rule the lives of the humans. People complain on Facebook about how much time and work they have to spend keeping rabbits healthy and happy, but in most cases they wouldn’t have it any other way. This is certainly true for Clint Walper of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was recently interviewed by the Star Phoenix newspaper about his two long-eared companions, Mao and DJ in an article titled “Bunnies make life better.” Here are some highlights:
Mao is a female rabbit and DJ, named after the Stargate SG-1 character Daniel Jackson, is a male.
Q: How long have you had them?
A: We got Mao four-and-a-half years ago just after Christmas. She’s from Petland. Originally Petland said Mao was a boy, so I was happy to have a son, but after a month or so, discovered these suspect little bumps on her belly. Teats. So Mao the handsome boy became Mao the fetching girl. DJ is actually an Ontario bunny. In July (of the same year) I moved to Kingston (Ont.), to work at the newspaper there and then we got him in Napanee which is a little town about 20 minutes from Kingston, just looking to add another bunny to the family.
Q: What kind of rabbits are they?
A: Mao is a Loppy and DJ is a Lion-head, which explains the furry little mane around his head and ears. He’s not a true Lionhead. They can be tons furrier, their back and their butts can be super furry too.
Q: Why bunnies instead of a dog or a cat?
A: I grew up on a farm and had dogs and cats and was happy with those standard pets, but I remember when I was seven or eight I went to a friend of my mom’s place and she had a bunny. I became very enamoured by this little furry stinker. I remember asking my mom if we could get a bunny but she said ‘no, we’ve got dogs and cats.’ A ton of years passed. When I got together with my ex, she had always had bunnies and I thought it was time to make my bunny dreams come true finally in my late twenties.
Q: What’s different about having rabbits rather than a dog or a cat?
A: One of the things that’s different is that with a dog, they’re always running up to you and they’re definitely looking for love and attention. Bunnies make you work for it a little more. Mao is definitely sweet and she loves her pets and she’ll take any attention she can get from strangers, but DJ is a classic introvert. He can be a little bit moody at times but he still likes his love and he’s got a soft spot. They’re just a different animal and they do different things. They’re fun and they provide endless entertainment to me. I could sit and watch them outside forever and they’ll do crazy jumps and hops called binkys. They’ll just be standing there and randomly leap up into the air. It’s ridiculously cute. They’re just a strange, special creature.
To read the full article online, please click this link.
Hoppington Post is very pleased to see this kind of publicity about pet rabbits having been published in the daily newspaper of one of Canada’s largest urban areas. One of the keys to controlling rabbit overpopulation and preventing cruelty to animals is education. Articles such as this about the joys of living with rabbits is precisely the sort of educational information that the general public needs to receive.
Photo courtesy of C. McKee