Sunday, May 25, 2008
new member of the family
Meet Rootbeer, so named for the box we brought him home in.
We had pretty much ruled out a rabbit; while they are adorable and cuddly, David and I have a very heartfelt aversion to keeping animals in cages. That has always been my "out" with Anna, regarding anything like gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs etc; "But remember, we don't keep animals in cages. They don't BELONG in cages."
And then, we went to the local Feed and Seed type store. Big mistake. This place is one of Anna's favorites, and I HATE it. Don't get me wrong, I love farm stores and the like, but this place also sells chickens and snakes and mice and guinea pigs and rabbits and dogs and pot-bellied pigs...and the conditions they are kept in makes me sick. It's dirty, smelly and as soon as I leave I want to go straight to the car wash for a power-scrub (ME, not my car.) It's BAD. Furthermore, they have a cotamundi, which is this South American anteater type thing that is in a very -small little cubby-hole and it paces around and around and around...and they even have an alligator. I don't know (or want to know) how they came to own these exotic animals, but the whole place just gives me the heebie jeebies.
Anyway, we were in the neighborhood buying some home-improvement supplies and Anna talked us in to stopping at this place.
We walked in to the pet area and this little black and white bunny was in a pen with several guinea pigs. He just looked so small and helpless and sweet...it was love at first sight. Anna knew better than to push it, but I couldn't stop thinking about him all the way home. Once home, I cornered David and asked him if he'd divorce me if I went back for that bunny. Thankfully, he said he wouldn't. I know how adamant he has been about getting another pet, especially a caged one, but for some reason (maybe it was my pitiful face) he didn't hesitate. Once more proof that this man really IS a saint.
I'll never be comfortable owning an animal that we keep in a cage, but I guess I realized that if we didn't take him, someone else would, and at least now I know that with us, he'll have a good, life-long and loving home.
He's a Netherlands Dwarf baby, and he is sooooo cute.