I have written these countless of times for my rats, or my cat, or for mice. So far I haven’t for a bunny. It’s weird, usually I’m talking about how much we got along, what we did together in their life, how much we loved each other… but that’s not the same case with Domino.
We never saw eye to eye. I rescued her and her sister from some chick who I didn’t find fit to care for any animal. When I got them they hated people, they didn’t know what my intentions were and they were afraid of everything. After about a year that all changed. Nava became bright, sweet, and a cuddlebug. Domino stopped fearing people, but never gave up nipping. She truly had “rabbitude”. She lived, ate, and breathed it. She hated most animals but cats and dogs (and Nava of course). She didn’t like me half the time, and she preferred Nava’s attention over mine. I had her for about 5-6 years and only recently she decided to used the litter box… while Nava had it down for almost all her 8 years of life.
I always think that maybe if I got them fixed it would be different. Not much with Nava (Besides her being healthier), but more with Domino’s personality and quirks. Domino didn’t like people, and only recently she decided she liked me (kind of). She didn’t know how to express herself with out anger-grunting, snapping, or thumping. I used see her and say “Hi Domino” and she would thump and run back into her cage. If I held her too close to my body she would nip me… hard. She never broke the skin, but it was enough to hurt.
Lately that seemed to have stopped though. She nipped me yesterday, but that was the first time in about a year she has done it. Later on that night I knew she didn’t look good so I held her and cried. The whole time she sat in my arms. She didn’t angrily grunt, kick, nip, or even thump when I finally put her down. She just sat in my arms like a normal rabbit who loved their owner and tolerated being picked up. I think she finally realized I loved her, and she knew what was happening… so she wanted me to know she loved me too.
I found out that her grunting when she saw me was actually an “I love you” and for years I thought she hated me. Maybe she doesnt know how to express her feelings like Nava, who isn’t afraid to shove her face in mine and give me a kiss.
I had my rabbits for a lot of my young life. They are part of my childhood. Domino in fact peed on my first boyfriend (She never pee on anyone else since, or even before him). They have been through my high school graduation, my prom, one Halloween when I dressed them up and took them out. She never hopped in the grass like Nava, but she loved sitting in it; in the sun.
She was odd, and grumpy, and sometimes mean. She was unpredictable, stubborn, and crazy. She was lazy, smelly, and didn’t know personal hygiene well (which is rare for a rabbit). She liked sitting in her own firth, or leaving pellets around my room. She never binkied, or hopped, or ran. She never kissed me, snuggled me, or even show the littlest affection besides her grunting. Half the time we hated each other, sometimes I was fed up with her. But through every little thing I went through with her, no matter how much brains she lacked, or how she is too lazy to get up and used the box, I always loved her.
She was still one of my first rabbits. She still will be loved, and I will never forget my rabbit Domino. She may have came from a bad person, and had a crappy attitude, but I’ll never forget her weird looks she gave me, the grunting sound she makes when she saw me and the fact apples were her most favorite. If she was with anyone else but this loon, she would have found a new home after her first year of living with them, but I never gave up on her.. because she was my friend, my family. I loved her, and I know she loved me just as much.