After my introduction to Sad Boy while I viewed his pictures on your computer, I was certain that I was going to bring this boy home with me. I was set. I was determined to give him the love and support he needed to help him feel happiness. I made the perfect decision! He is wonderful.
After I came to pick him up from your rescue site, he and I made the drive to "our" house. He seemed to understand immediately upon our introduction that we would be spending a lot of time together in the future. If a bunny could smile, he was doing it!
It was my hope that he would eventually be a free range house rabbit in my home, as part of a group of other rabbits who live there with me.. But first he needed to have some peace and time just for himself until he could have his vet check and become more comfortable in his new permanent environment.
His first living space in my home was the Leith pet condo. From his new condo, quite the improvement from his cold lonely shelter days, he could observe all of the other rabbits, as well as enjoy the freedom from the maddening noise that prevailed in the shelter where he had come from.
Those few things were a definate improvment in his once miserable life; but right away, the thing I could tell that made the largest difference to him was that now he had a human who cared for him. I know that sounds sappy, but it was true. I could really tell that the thing that made the biggest difference to him was that when he looked into my eyes, he saw in them someone who was going to care for him and always be there. He was loved!
After he had some time to settle in to the condo, I picked him up in my arms and held him against my chest while I stroked him , telling all about how great his life would be from this moment forward! Out of everything else that was happening, that seemed to be the most important thing for him at that moment. We stayed like that for a while, and then I slowly walked with him in my arms out to the small back patio enclosure that exists where we live. Slowly, while speaking to him, I put him down and offered him the freedom to move as he pleased (perhaps for the first time in his life). He looked up at me, and in his eyes I could see the confidence that showed that he knew I was going to stay there with him. Gradually he began to explore the patio area, as far as the six foot wooden fence that surrounded it would allow. Then he came back to me and he did the first binkie that I think he had ever done in his life. It was truly a great feeling for me to watch him do it.
Now, after some time has passed, he is well aware of the other rabbits who live at home with him, but the thing that I am most aware of is how he greets me every time I retrurn home to where we live. He comes up to the end of the Leith condo that is closest to the front door of the house and he puts his paws up on the screen as if to say "welcome home Dad ". Not all rabbits will do that to their human, but all rabbits have some way in which they will let you know how much they appreciate your kindness towards them.
I am so pleased I happened to see his photo taken by your astute photographer! I could feel his intense need looking at him laying in such misery. Thank you for allowing him to join our family.
I have renamed him Biscotti, because he is so sweet. I love every minute I have with him. I think he's a pretty happy boy now . Hopefully, his sad days are only a distant memory. Biscotti brings such powerful joy to my life.