In this post, I allow my inner animal lover to fully emerge, because I really love animals. My grandfather calls me Dr. Doolittle. And I love it. And it's accurate. I love dogs and horses and birds and guinea pigs and cows and whales and basically all animals.
But this post isn't about horses or dogs or goats, it's ...
all about Pet bunnies!!
WARNING: Prepare for an overkill amount of photos and videos. I wanted to paint a very accurate picture of what rabbits are like as a pet and how they can interact with people and how adorable they are. So if you hate cute stuff, then I encourage you to scroll to the next post. But if you do like cute stuff....
Then meet our bunny, William Howard Taft, or Howie.
Howie is part Lionhead and part Dwarf Rabbit, or so the pet store told me. He definitely has a little half lion mane which breaks my heart it's so cute, but nothing about this dude is Dwarf - he's a chunker.
I've had Howie (or How, Bub, Little Bub, Little, or Lit) since June 2013. I was a youth pastor then, and we'd just gotten back from our very first summer camp as a youth group and I'd planned the entire thing. I reminisced with my dear friend Shelby recently, who interned for me that summer, who recounted the story though belly laughs. Apparently, she left me for a weekend to rest after camp, and came back and I had a bunny. All I remember is being in an almost depression-like state after camp because I'd planned it for so long and it went so well and I had no clue what to do with myself when it was over. So... I got a bunny. Bounced back no prob after that. Thx How. But when Shelby got back she was all, "I leave you alone for one weekend and you get a rabbit!" I acknowledge that a young twenty something having a pet rabbit is, perhaps, out of the ordinary or just plain weird. But, what a lot of people don't know is that rabbits are great pets for animal lovers and that having a rabbit as a pet doesn't make you a weird person. I mean, I am totally a weird person, but it's not because of Howie. Weird came in my genes.
That is teenage Howie. I couldn't show you baby Howie without preparing you first. He is LITERALLY (Chris Trager voice) the cutest thing I've ever seen.
So the story is my mom and I stopped by Tomlinson's pet store in Austin on the way home from lunch one Saturday when I didn't have Shelby watching me to make sure I didn't do something absurd like get a bunny. The moment I saw him I loved him. BUT HOW COULD YOU NOT? That tiny white dot on his nose is so unfair. However, we did leave without him, but I kept thinking about him. I was dating Kenton at the time and asked what he thought about me getting a bunny/asked if it was okay, because I knew we were going to get married. Even if he said no, I would have gotten him anyway, because the next day I went back to see if he was still there and came home with my new baby bun.
When he was a baby he had a crazy mane and tufts of hair on both sides of this tail and I died every time I looked at him.
He didn't stay little long. But big How is just as cute as little How.
Howie has been a big part of my life. God speaks to me through animals. He always has. God has used Howie to show me His love many times. He's part of my family. So it's not abnormal for him to be included in life events. These inclusions are super obvious choices for me, but I'm also self aware enough to know they're a little extra and probably peculiar. But I'm Dr. Doolittle, so I super don't care.
Howie had a cameo at our engagement session, which still makes us laugh.
And Little Bub made it to our wedding rehearsal too.... I'm dying laughing at this. My sister Sara told me she had a surprise for me and I get to the lake (where K and I got married) and HOWIE IS THERE BY THE TREE AKA THE ALTAR. So regal.
Howie did NOT make it to our honeymoon in Kauai, but here he is chillin with my dad while we were gone.
While we were in Kauai my parents would let him play in the backyard and he was so bad. My dad could never catch him, so he resorted to throwing a towel on him to snatch him up before he could dart off again.
Okay here's another good one. For one of the Easter services I taught when I was a youth pastor, I brought Howie out at the end. I can't remember what point I made with him, but I'm sure it was a stretch. I just wanted to find a way to bring my rabbit to church. We also had a puppy at church once, and that was AWESOME.
Howie is awesome. He's my favorite little guy. I love him so much, and I have a lot of people ask me about him and what it's like to own a bunny. And I say IT'S GREAT. But there are a lot of little details about owning a bunny that people don't expect. It's not all fun and games, though most of the time, for me, it is. So this blog post has been a long time coming, and I hope to answer all the questions you have about having a pet bunny.
All about pet bunnies