Our rabbits have free run of our secure back garden and it is a delight to see how their freedom allows them to run, jump, chase and play in a way that no rabbit enclosed in a hutch can do. It does mean that our garden has few flowering plants below 18", but it is worth it to see the rabbits enjoying a wonderful life. We overcome the flower problem with hanging baskets, window boxes and (very) tall planters! Here are our current rabbits:
Domino is a black and white female dwarf lop rabbit and she likes to be top rabbit, often putting the others in their place! She was born around November 2005 and came to us in early 2006. Here she is just over a year old as taken in February 2007.
Pafos was a gift from Ken's parents, following a holiday to Pafos (local spelling) in Cyprus. He came to join the other two rabbits in November 2007 and upset the apple cart, because he very soon took over the dominant position which up to that time had been Domino's privilege. He is another dwarf lop and has very animated ears which makes him very cute. Pictured here doing one of his favourite pastimes, eating, just over a year old in October 2008.
Fudge joined us out of the blue. We weren't particularly looking for another rabbit to join the others, but we just happened to spot her cute face on one of our regular trips to the pet shop. Her name evolved over a couple of days, starting as Sundae (as she was bought on a Sunday) this grew to Fudge Sundae because of her colourings, before we eventually shortened it to simply Fudge. She has settled in with the other rabbits perfectly, and she loves to chase around the garden when not munching all day on the grass or other food we provide. Taken 1st August 2008 at nearly two months old.
We really should stop popping into the pets shop! Although we had agreed that our four existing rabbits were enough, we still spotted this lovely rabbit and decided that the garden would happily support another one, so now Cinders has joined the rest. We didn't ask when she was born, but guess it to be mid-to-end January 2011. Pictured here a few days after we got her in March 2011. The dynamics of the group quickly changed and seemed to become more settled soon after her arrival, and we think the current mix of two males and three femals works well for us.
Buzz should never have been. We already had a balanced match of male/female rabbits and didn't need another male really. However once we saw him we both immediately took a shine to him. On finding out he was male, we actually walked away. But came back, and even walked away a second time, before he eventually got under our skins and home he came with us in September 2013. He has the most wonderful temperament and is a great addition to our rabbit family.
Sadly gone, but fondly remembered:
Winky | Spud | Dutch | Gizzmo | Millie | Boris | Hermann | Lottie | Gandalf (May 2010 - Feb 2014)
Back in nature
Chaz & Dave (Visually impaired hedgehogs) who escaped during garden landscaping work in 2013.