I came across this cartoon today on Facebook. It happened to be right after I came in from cleaning cages, so it was both humorous and a little too true.
Lots of people try rabbits. By “try” rabbits, I mean that it looks like lots of fun on the outside. Shows are exciting, the prospect of breeding winners is fun, and it feels good to be a part of a large community, all with the same purpose. But it’s also very easy to get burnt out. I’ve seen so many people rush into rabbits so intensely at first…it was never long before they were completely over it.
There is a verse that starts, “Love is patient. Love is kind.”
Obviously, there are different kinds of love. But I think the cartoon above is accurate for all of them – including the passion many of us hold for rabbits.
People who truly love rabbits spend their lives studying the tedious little bits as well as the big flashy facts.
- Chipping dried cecotropes from a resting mat.
- Untangling a long piece of hay from a rambunctious kit’s leg.
- Cutting wire. Placing J-clamps.
- Scrubbing the inside top of a water bottle. Scrubbing the inside tops of 20 water bottles.
- Clipping nails.
- Teaching a baby to pose.
Love is all the boring, tedious, or downright disgusting things you have to do in order to enjoy the fun parts. Otherwise you’re just looking at its butt when it walks by.