Bunny Ten Commandments
by Scot Leith
Bob with Rabbit Advocates refashioned a piece read by Paul Harvey about dogs into The Ten Commandments for Bunny Moms & Dads. If you're reading this newsletter, you'll know them. But perhaps there is someone new to rabbits that you could share them with? Pass it on!
The Ten Commandments for Bunny Moms & Dads
1. My life can last ten to twelve years, with good care. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Consider this before you adopt me.
2. I am not a dog or a cat. I behave like a rabbit. Take the time to study and learn why I behave as I do. When you understand me, your expectations will be realistic.
3. Please provide me a clean and safe place to live, and I will trust you. In my safe place, make sure I have proper food and water to keep me healthy.
4. Don’t just leave me in my cage. I am very social. I need supervised exercise time, and love to interact with my family. You have your work, your friends, and entertainment. I ONLY HAVE YOU.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when you are speaking to me. Be aware that, however you treat me, I will not forget.
6. Remember that I don’t understand punishment. Never hit me. I would have no idea what that was about. I am very delicate, and easily injured.
7. Before you become impatient with me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or reclusive, ask yourself if something may be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not feeling well. We rabbits are prey animals and hide our pain very well. Maybe my tummy hurts or I have an infection, or I’m just aging. Sudden changes in behavior often indicate a life-threatening emergency, so take me to my bunny doctor WITHOUT DELAY.
8. Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will get old.
9. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say “I can’t bear to watch,” Or “Let it happen in my absence.” EVERYTHING IS EASIER IF YOU ARE THERE.
10. Remember, I LOVE YOU.