Tom Hennessy: Household rabbit can become a habit

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

Wasabi captured the heart of Tom Hennessy's daughter and her family. During a morning run last October, my daughter, Diana, passed a cage in a yard near her home in rural Forestville.

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Paiges Mom

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A few years ago I bought a lope earred bunny that I named Paige. She was weeee little. I handled her all the time I could so she was very tame, enjoyed as well as sought out to be held/cuddled and was domesticated. We also owned a Cockapoo dog, Miss Charlie, who was about 4 yrs old at the time I brought Paige home. I watched Miss Charlie like a hawk when she was anywhere near Paige. Within about 2 months I could fully trust Miss Charlie with Paige. They would play together like children; it was a sight to behold! you'd never imagine! They'd chase one another in our backyard; very similar to playing tag ("tag your it"!) It was most adorable!!!
Paige litter trained in a day - amazing (I only wish that my dog had been so easy to house train!). Paige was very smart, she'd come when called (yup - she knew her name), she'd even play fetch. She'd play in the backyard and come into the house, jump into her cage to use her litter box. She'd love to take naps and typically during a mid-day nap she'd end up on her back and she'd even snore! I have to say, she is probably one of thee best pets I've ever been Mommy to!
Sadly she passed away a few years ago. I got up one morning as I did every morning to greet her a good morning with some cilantro (her favorite!) and I found her laying on her side - she had passed away :**( and even in her passing, she died literally with her classic smile on her face.

I highly recommend rabbits as pets - but get educated and you must be ready to put in the time, energy, and attention to the bunny. They are equal to, if not more needy and need interactiveness than a dog and it's extremely important to keep their cage clean for the sake of your house smell and the sake of the bunnies health (their urine can be very strong smelling like ammonia which can become toxic to your bunny).

I hope to get another bunny in another year or so - my next one will be an English Lop Ear (I had one when I was a teenager).... OH that reminds me... in my experience having owned 4 different types of rabbits in my time, they are all unique and different. They can be as different as we humans person to different person to the next different person. I personally have felt that the lope ear'd rabbits have the best personality and interactiveness for me personally. They are smart and if you get them as soon as they can be safely away from their birth Mommy's, handle them as much as you humanly possibly can (even getting one of those slings that parents use for "real" babies" to carry them around), hopefully your bunny, like mine in the past, not only love to be held/carried but they seek you out, follow you around and seem to not realize they are silly wabbits!:o) Enjoy!
Kelly M Bray

Long Beach, CA

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If you want to get a chance to see some bunnies you can go to various pet stores where they have Bunnies up for adoption. Or you or your children can volunteer on Saturdays with Rabbit Rescue at their shelter in Paramount. It is a good way to help and also get to know the bunnies.
http://www.rabbitrescue.com/
Marian Wong

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Wasabi is one lucky rabbit, lucky that she was saved by Mr. Hennessy's daughter. Poor Wasabi might have become rabbit stew, or imagine the fate of the rabbit in "Fatal Attraction," Glenn Close's character dispatches the rabbit in that movie, to rabbit heaven before its time. I've heard rabbits are great companions. Although I still vote for dogs, as man's best friend. Reading happy stories about animals is a pleasant diversion from reading about the murder and mayhem that goes on in our world. Thanks for the respite, Mr. Hennessy.
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Cheers to the lucky rabbit who receives -- and gives -- so much love to your family!
Tricia Gagna

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Many rabbits are abandoned at LBCC's campus (which, by the way, is against the law and violators will be fined). There is a team trying to gather up these bunnies, that are 'breeding like rabbits', and get them spayed, neutered and adopted out.
Please adopt one of these bunnies before buying one. They are beautiful, sweet creatures that need homes.
Email: jolson@lbcc.edu or dprindle@lbcc.edu
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Tom

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Sep 5, 2010
 
I just love bunnies. We had a Black Dutch named Dickie when I was a kid growing up in La Crescenta. Really smart, playful and loveable. I think about him often and mourn the day when the local coyotes got him.

Trying to talk my husband into adopting one now that our 24-year-old kitty has passed on, but he brought home a puppy instead.

We had a poodle who used to play with Dickie in the yard. Anybody know how bunnies get along with Min Pins?
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Thank you for writing this responsible article. I chanced into a pet bunny 2.5 years ago and now have rescued 8. I have always tried to help fight animal neglect and abuse, but until I got involved with bunnies, I had no idea how ignorant people are of their required care and how few pet bunnies are cared for properly. Many die from improper care. Did you know bunnies are in danger starting at just over 80 degrees in temperature? Most, not some, bunnies who are taken as pets are unwanted after just six months to a year as people time of them. Like dogs and cats, they should always be spayed or neutered, always adopted - never purchased from someone trying to make money, and everyone needs to realize that they live in fear of being captured and need to be treated very gently.

Thank you Mr. Hennessy!
jody bundy

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what will happen to the rabbits at lbcc?
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Paiges Mom wrote:
A few years ago I bought a lope earred bunny that I named Paige. She was weeee little. I handled her all the time I could so she was very tame, enjoyed as well as sought out to be held/cuddled and was domesticated. We also owned a Cockapoo dog, Miss Charlie, who was about 4 yrs old at the time I brought Paige home. I watched Miss Charlie like a hawk when she was anywhere near Paige. Within about 2 months I could fully trust Miss Charlie with Paige. They would play together like children; it was a sight to behold! you'd never imagine! They'd chase one another in our backyard; very similar to playing tag ("tag your it"!) It was most adorable!!!
Paige litter trained in a day - amazing (I only wish that my dog had been so easy to house train!). Paige was very smart, she'd come when called (yup - she knew her name), she'd even play fetch. She'd play in the backyard and come into the house, jump into her cage to use her litter box. She'd love to take naps and typically during a mid-day nap she'd end up on her back and she'd even snore! I have to say, she is probably one of thee best pets I've ever been Mommy to!
Sadly she passed away a few years ago. I got up one morning as I did every morning to greet her a good morning with some cilantro (her favorite!) and I found her laying on her side - she had passed away :**( and even in her passing, she died literally with her classic smile on her face.
I highly recommend rabbits as pets - but get educated and you must be ready to put in the time, energy, and attention to the bunny. They are equal to, if not more needy and need interactiveness than a dog and it's extremely important to keep their cage clean for the sake of your house smell and the sake of the bunnies health (their urine can be very strong smelling like ammonia which can become toxic to your bunny).
I hope to get another bunny in another year or so - my next one will be an English Lop Ear (I had one when I was a teenager).... OH that reminds me... in my experience having owned 4 different types of rabbits in my time, they are all unique and different. They can be as different as we humans person to different person to the next different person. I personally have felt that the lope ear'd rabbits have the best personality and interactiveness for me personally. They are smart and if you get them as soon as they can be safely away from their birth Mommy's, handle them as much as you humanly possibly can (even getting one of those slings that parents use for "real" babies" to carry them around), hopefully your bunny, like mine in the past, not only love to be held/carried but they seek you out, follow you around and seem to not realize they are silly wabbits!:o) Enjoy!
ive been troubled by my honeys anarchy in peeing

ive 2 lucite sections on the floor w. 2x4 sections protecting the wall

i put down wood ash whenever sees peed somewhere on the sections but still at times she pees on the floor
Jack from Lakewood

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Dear Mr. Hennessy, You make rabbits sound more placid than our hysterical hyper cat . . . we wonder if our cat and a rabbit would get along. Our concern is to find a calming influence for our cat. She has been neutuered, and is now two years old, but acts like a 15 year old who just discovered boys. Maybe our cat could nurture a baby bunny, and become a responsible loving pet. Excuse my ranting random thoughts, we always enjoy your columns, and will even go try out the Forbidden City Restaurant in Marina Pacifica, next time we go to the movies there.
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Sep 15, 2010
 
Paiges Mom wrote:
A few years ago I bought a lope earred bunny that I named Paige. She was weeee little. I handled her all the time I could so she was very tame, enjoyed as well as sought out to be held/cuddled and was domesticated. We also owned a Cockapoo dog, Miss Charlie, who was about 4 yrs old at the time I brought Paige home. I watched Miss Charlie like a hawk when she was anywhere near Paige. Within about 2 months I could fully trust Miss Charlie with Paige. They would play together like children; it was a sight to behold! you'd never imagine! They'd chase one another in our backyard; very similar to playing tag ("tag your it"!) It was most adorable!!!
Paige litter trained in a day - amazing (I only wish that my dog had been so easy to house train!). Paige was very smart, she'd come when called (yup - she knew her name), she'd even play fetch. She'd play in the backyard and come into the house, jump into her cage to use her litter box. She'd love to take naps and typically during a mid-day nap she'd end up on her back and she'd even snore! I have to say, she is probably one of thee best pets I've ever been Mommy to!
Sadly she passed away a few years ago. I got up one morning as I did every morning to greet her a good morning with some cilantro (her favorite!) and I found her laying on her side - she had passed away :**( and even in her passing, she died literally with her classic smile on her face.
I highly recommend rabbits as pets - but get educated and you must be ready to put in the time, energy, and attention to the bunny. They are equal to, if not more needy and need interactiveness than a dog and it's extremely important to keep their cage clean for the sake of your house smell and the sake of the bunnies health (their urine can be very strong smelling like ammonia which can become toxic to your bunny).
I hope to get another bunny in another year or so - my next one will be an English Lop Ear (I had one when I was a teenager).... OH that reminds me... in my experience having owned 4 different types of rabbits in my time, they are all unique and different. They can be as different as we humans person to different person to the next different person. I personally have felt that the lope ear'd rabbits have the best personality and interactiveness for me personally. They are smart and if you get them as soon as they can be safely away from their birth Mommy's, handle them as much as you humanly possibly can (even getting one of those slings that parents use for "real" babies" to carry them around), hopefully your bunny, like mine in the past, not only love to be held/carried but they seek you out, follow you around and seem to not realize they are silly wabbits!:o) Enjoy!
how old is the oldest rabbit youve had

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