Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hippity hop

One year, my brother and I woke up on Easter morning only to discover that the Easter Bunny had brought us real live rabbits! Yay! Mine was white, with red eyes. I named her "Fluffy". Very original, I know. My brother got a brown one, which he named "Flopsy".  Of course, a few days later, the novelty wore off. Cleaning rabbit hutches really isn't the good time that it's made out to be.





In middle school, long after the passing of Fluffy, I got a new rabbit. A lop-eared named "Cisco" (named after the San Francisco poster on my bedroom wall). This rabbit actually used a cat box, so there was not a hutch to clean. Cisco lived in my room with me, using his cat box and doing rabbity things. Then he peed on my journal and chewed through my speaker wires. You don't mess with a 13 year old girl's music.

Cisco was kicked outside. And he took it personally. He had a huge fenced in area and I only put him in his hutch at night, so the mountain lions wouldn't eat him. You think he'd have been more appreciative. But no. He wasn't. He hated me. If I picked him up, he'd contort into shapes I didn't know rabbits could get into, just so he could scratch me. And that was when I could catch him. He learned many defensive maneuvers. He learned how to throw pinecones. Yes. He did. He picked them up in his mouth and then launched them at me with his front feet. Rabbits may have small brains, but apparently they hold grudges. And they're dangerous. My mom had to go to the ER once because of him. Well, not him exactly, but while trying to catch him, she hit her head on a tree branch and needed stitches. So, it was, indirectly, his fault.

Then this year, for a brief, oh-so-fleeting moment of insanity, I considered buying my children rabbits for Easter. Then it all came flooding back to me. The smell, the poop, the cleaning...I am, apparently, not as good of a parent as my parents are. I really don't want another thing in my house that eats and poops and harbors ill intentions. So, for Easter, my kids got kites and bubbles.

Much easier to take care of.

42 comments:

Kelli said...

I had so many pet bunnies growing up and all of them were litter trained. They didn't get moved outside until my Moms dog found out they tasted kinda good :( Kudos on the kites and bubbles, the perfect non-pooping Easter gift :)

BALLET NEWS said...

you are soooo sensible. Rabbits can be hard work despite how cute they are....

brainella said...

Smart woman. :)

mrs. b. said...

we used ot have pet rabbits too! and my heart totally melts for them, but yea, they are a ton of work.

kites and bubbles are more my speed these days.

Raelene said...

Too funny!!! I'm picturing a rabbit launching pinecones out of it's mouth and I can't stop laughing!!

Sunday said...

Ha! You should have named her Christine...she sounded rather ominous and deadly!

Nezzy said...

Years ago my dad got my little sister a bunny. We kept it in the house until the weather warmed then move it's cage outside. My dad sprayed the garden for bugs then fed said rabbit the tops of the radishes. Ahummm....needless to say we had a rabbit funeral.

God bless and have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You brought back memories of when my twin sis and I got not one but five bunny rabbits. The hutch stunk and it was disgusting to clean. Plus, like your bunny, they weren't nice. They growled at us and bit us. So much for the joy of Easter bunnies. Bubbles and kites are safer and cleaner.

Shell said...

I don't know if I can EVER get my kids pets. I don't want the mess. My kids are messy enough.

Brian Miller said...

lol. thank goodness for our memories to save us in our times of weakness. smiles.

The Redhead Riter said...

Beautiful bunny!

AngieB said...

"eats and poops and harbors ill intentions" - ha! That rules out rabbits AND teenagers!

June said...

Just think... no cavities from kites and bubbles either!

Good job Mom!

Chantel said...

I never owned a rabbit. I wanted one for awhile. I had a friend in high school who got a rabbit and named it Thumper. It scared the CRAP out of me. I really don't know why but OMG it was a freaky little thing. On nights I stayed at her house, I thanked whatever star I wished on for a rabbit for ignoring me.

Jessica said...

Aaahhh yes, the rabbits. Had them growing up. We played with them until it was time to eat them.

I would never get the kids a rabbit. Mean little things, and the pee .. UGH ... the pee ::weeping::

Susan Fobes said...

I am so glad you didn't go through with it. I wanted a rabbit and my parents got us guinea pigs and man, the mess they made! You would never think that something so small would poop so much! LOL!

Meagan@Megs7827 said...

Um what is with all the bunny hating today? He brings you treats and then you guys get angry? Someone else posted about not liking bunnies today too! Please see my post about how awesome bunnies are: http://megs7827.blogspot.com/2010/02/introducing-fur-baby-blue.html Thanks!

Mommy Moment said...

LOL, I would NEVER want a bunny!
Anyway, Happy SITS day to you!
I hope you will have a second to visit me after your special day is done!
Enjoy your day:)

Jody from Mommy Moment

Boutique on Feet said...

About 2 years ago, I wanted a bunny for my kids because I was told "They made such great pets". Well, I must have gotten the "bad" bunny of the bunch. :) He bites, growls and is not able to be potty trained.

Funny post . . .had to share my bunny story and thoughts. :)

Mommy Moment said...

Thanks also for being open about Depression! We feature a Monthly Mental Health Moment on our blog because we want to get rid of the stigma attached to it!
I hope you will join our conversations!

Jody

Amy said...

Wow. Loved the bunny post. Your bunny sounds like something out of Monty Python. You know, with sharp, pointy, teeth... run away!

unboundandinoperationmyblog said...

I had bunnies as a kid and STILL remember having to clean those dang cages. YUCK!

Alyna said...

This made me laugh out loud! Woke up my dog who poops and requires lots of time and energy but gives SO MUCH MORE back than she takes. Gives new meaning to puppy love... :-)

~ Alyna
The Gift Detective

Allyson & Jere said...

Ok, that just cracked me up! Thanks for the laugh. I would never have a live animal in my house, just can't do it. Due to the aforementioned pooping, smelliness of it all.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Hmm, kites and bubbles vs. cute soft furry bunny rabbit? I like rabbits but don't think they are very good pets as you clearly pointed out here. I can see why that rabbit turned on you though. I didn't realize they chew wires--I don't really blame you for putting it outside.

Congrats on your SITS day!

mamapoekie said...

Happy SITS day!!!

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Oh I *hear* you! My sister had a bunny and it was a bit of a disaster...I'll have to blog about it sometime...but The Girl Child (6) waged quite a campaign for a "real, live bunny" this year...Didn't happen, I got her new shoes instead. I posted a picture on my blog....Now THAT's a habit I can support! :)

Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

Thank you SO MUCH for confirming my decision of not getting my daughter a rabbit. I so don't want to deal with those nightmares. I think we'll stick to fish. :)

Irena said...

How funny:) I've never thought a rabbit could actually throw something at you:) And after reading this I'm certainly not considering buying a rabbit for my kids.

Steph said...

My college boyfriend bought me two rabbits. Not one, but two. So you know that became six. I remember the smell and launching stuff at me all too well, and they can be hard to catch when they don'twant to be caught. I'm still debating about pets for my kids...if we get a rabbit I know I'll be the one cleaning up after it!

gringationcancun said...

My sister and I had rabbits in middle school.

It is not a pet I would recommend. The poop is just too much, and cleaning the hutch is a mess.. And they're MEAN!

Kaylen said...

They launch stuff?? Lol--hilarious!!! And it indirectly made your mom need stitches!!

My neighbors had one, BunBun was his name (original) and it didn't interest me or my son in ANY way. It did nothing, you couldn't hold it, it didn't want affection and it didn't DO anything. You can't play with a bunny, so why waste your time trying to domesticate it?

Good call on the kites and bubbles!!

The Tildy Spot said...

Visiting from SITS. Happy BF day!
Loved this post. Hilarious. I had a couple of pet rabbits too. One that also used a box and would return to his room on command. I loved Marshall. Died of a hairball. So sad. But your post reminded me of my other rabbit, What's His Name (selective memory has erased his name). He was a piece of work. Thanks for the laugh!

J. L. W. said...

I always wanted a rabbit when I was a kid. They seemed so cuddly. Your story about Cisco was so funny. He doesn't sound like a friendly rabbit. He and Bugs Bunny probably are not related. I love animals but not the messes. My daughters are so young it would all fall on me so for now my husband and I have decreed no pets in our house until they are older.

Shayna Mills said...

Very smart woman indeed! I'm a new follower from SITS and so glad I found your fun blog. Feel free to stop by anytime and say hi, I'll be back.

Janet said...

Stopping by from SITS. This is so funny! I can just see the little bunny throwing pine cones at you. lol

LivingInspired said...

SO TRUE! As owner of 2 pet rabbits, we are exhausted of them. They are indoor and know how to use their litter box, just choose not to. In our apartment they chewed up carpet, floorboards, mouse cords, computer power cords, you name it. Now they are inside in their cage with limited supervised free time. Whenever anyone asks about them as pets, we always steer them away. SO MUCH WORK! Thank goodness you didn't get your kids the bunnies! Great decision!

Oonafey said...

My cousins had a rabbit when they were kids. The thing was HUGE, I think it weighed 30 lbs. It lived in their garage and it was mean... Ick, good choice on not getting rabbits.

That One Mom said...

My parents got us rabbits, too... My rabbit's name was Cotton... Not a chance will my kids be getting rabbits for Easter.

cheekymama said...

Very funny. I had a rabbit named Mother Christmas who ran free and peed all over our house. Nobody else in the family was a fan, strangely. I don't think I'll be getting rabbits for the kids, but I do want to wear the hubby down and get a doggy one day.

Loving your blog by the way, happy SITS day (belated) and adding you to my list of Hot Blog Titles for April - check back at http://babesabouttown.com

Marla said...

Oh my gosh.....I cannot stop laughing. You are killing me!

Angie Muresan said...

I don't blame you. All my kids got was a chocolate bunny and an Easter egg hunt with family and friends.

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