Lessons from Jasper Bunny

JasperMy name is Jasper and I am a Netherland dwarf rescue bunny. I was really little so I don’t really remember what happened, but I know I was found by two really nice men. Even though they didn’t know anything about bunnies, they brought me to one of their houses. I was so relieved to be out of the wilds! A big scary fur monster took a bite out of one of my ears! I don’t have to worry about any of that anymore.

My fur people have a lot to say about me. But I have a few things to say too. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned since being rescued from the wilds.

1. Sometimes you have to find a new family. I don’t know why my old family dumped me in the wilds, but they did. I was fortunate enough to get a new family. Sometimes that’s just the way it is; your family may be doing the best they can with what they have to work with or maybe they have too many of their own problems. They will always be your family, but it’s okay to have a few others in the human tribe that are like family. Sometimes they find you and sometimes you find them.

2. Sometimes you have to tolerate others who aren’t like you. I live with two other cats and one human. They can be so pesky and I have to assert myself as the alpha bunny. It works most of the time. Sometimes the human can be a bit much, like when she puts that cold stethoscope on my tummy to listen to my bowels. What does she think I am?!? One of her hospital patients? Sheesh. But then I remember she takes really good care of me and buys me my favorite hay. The cats pretty much leave me alone. I think one of them is scared of me and I have to remind the other one I will share up to a point. Being tolerant does not mean being a doormat.

3. Sometimes you have to eat poo. I know. Gross. Humans say it all the time, but I don’t think they really eat poo. I do eat my cecatropes because they are really important for my digestive track. I must have the most sensitive digestive track on the planet. Right now, it’s a bit messed up because some I got some alpha parasite that didn’t want to play nicely in my gut and I have had to see my doctor every day for enemas and other nasties. I know. Double gross. And I do eat poo!

4. Kick up your heels. My favoritest thing is to be out of my bunny house. I have a three-story bunny house with toys and lots of good things to eat and two water bottles! But I still like to get out. When that cage door opens up, I hop right on out, kick up my heels, and do my twistees in the air. You really should try it. Even when things aren’t going really well, you can still kick up your heels. It just makes you happy.

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