This is Layla, my Netherland Dwarf rabbit. She's almost 4 years old now, and I've had her since she was two months old. She is named after the song Layla by Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton).
And this is Lucy, my Holland Lop rabbit. She is two months old and I got her last weekend. She is named after the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles.
Now, I'm sure all of you are sitting here, reading this and thinking, what?! This has nothing to do with nail art! And you're right. It doesn't.
I'd like to think that my blog is generally up beat and calm. But what I want to talk about now is serious. Sure, Layla and Lucy look pretty adorable, right? And they are. The problem is, a lot of people figure that because rabbits are cute, they must be awesome pets. Rabbits do make great pets, but, unlike most small animals, they aren't low maintenance, and they aren't just a cute face. And as the poster below states, Rabbits are not Easter toys.
Rabbits are a seriously responsibility, and the point of this post was to make you aware of this. If you, or someone you know is considering getting a rabbit this Easter, here are some things to think about:
Do you have the time to dedicate to them?
Rabbits require just as much attention as a dog. If you leave them alone to much, they'll become extremely moody, and are more likely to bite, pounce and growl at you (yes, rabbits growl). They also need to get out and run around for exercise. This not only keeps them healthy, but also lets them bond with you.
Is this rabbit for young kids, or going to be around young kids?
As I mentioned before, a lot of people expect that because rabbits are so cute, and are portrayed as being sweet through the media, they must be really awesome, cuddly pets. In reality, rabbits, like any other animal, can be moody. Layla doesn't like to be around people, other than me. In fact, she often growls or bites other people. Imagine how a little kid would react to this! Rabbits are delicate creatures as well, since they're small, and younger kids tend to be a little rougher, which often leads to injuries for the rabbit. That being said, I'm not saying rabbits are bad pets. They just require love and attention for their whole life to stay happy, just as any animal or even human needs.
I absolutely love my rabbits, and I think they are great pets. But I spend at least an hour with each of them everyday. Not to mention, I spend time feeding and caring for them as well. Sure they require a lot of work, but then, so does any pet or relationship. They make awesome pets when given the affection needed to reach their full potential.
So, please remember this Easter, or anytime of year, research a rabbit before you get them. In fact, research any new pet, so that you know what you're getting into.
Remember, a rabbit is for life, not just for Easter.
*For more information on rabbits, go to rabbitron.com or visit New Moon http://www.newmoonrabbitrescue.ca/.
If you're looking for a rabbit, always consider a rescue. They deserve just as much love and attention as a baby bunny.