Guillermo (“G”) is my most recent foster failure. I am sure that the good people of Dayton Area Rabbit Network just laugh and laugh when I say I will foster a rabbit, knowing that once the rabbit enters my house, s/he will never leave (because within about 48 hours I adopt them).
G is a handsome fellow, with a lovely white moustache and beautiful symmetrical black and white markings on both shoulders. He excels at charging and growling loudly for a variety of reasons, most notably if you try to touch any of the things inside of his exercise pen. We are working with G to increase his trust of us; we have learned never to touch His Stuff, and we are doling out Bach’s Rescue Remedy on a daily basis. He is beginning to growl somewhat less frequently.
At his recent checkup at Dr. Emily’s (5.8 pounds!), he was well-behaved until the doctor tried to look in his mouth with the otoscope. Such huffing and puffing and snorting! He proceeded to clamp down on the scope and declined to release it for a good ten seconds.
He’s a playful guy, with a fondness for anything that makes noise. He will chase a ball with a bell inside, loves to shake rattles, and particularly fancies the small teenager’s pigtail. We discovered this quite by accident one day when she leaned over the pen to pet him and G saw her pigtail swinging in front of him. The game was on! He began batting at her braid as a cat would bat at a toy!
He and Cookie still largely ignore each other, although on rare occasion they will sit and gaze at each other. I thought this was the beginning of a lovely friendship until the day G was hopping happily around the living room, and got within a foot of Cookie’s pen. Cookie stuck her nose through the bars and enthusiastically tried to bite him. (He didn’t notice).
G currently spends much of his time in a large cardboard (cement mold) tube inside his exercise pen, surrounded by His Stuff.
(Don’t touch any of it).
Best places to get your own Foster Failure bunny in Dayton, Ohio: contact Dayton Area Rabbit Network or Robyn’s Nest Rescue for more information about fostering one of their nice homeless bunnies.
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