Posted 04-26-2004 at 18:48:31
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Yes, he has made himself at home, Tyler that is. He hung out on the couch as Ian and I watched hockey tonight. He has no fear, and why should he? He is 10 pounds going on 20 pounds of rabbit!
He sat with his front paws in my lap for a little bit, then he decided to hop on over and see Ian, he nudged Ian, he has this thing, where he will push on you, I think he wants you to rub his face, he seems to like that. One of our cats, Kitten, was on the back of the couch, and Tyler is so big, he can stand on his hind legs and reach up and sniff her, she didn't like that too much, so she whapped him, claws in, he drew back, but it didn't really seem to phase him too much.
Now heres the clencher. I haven't let Tip introduce herself to him, yet. I wanted to give him a few days to get used to things, and seeing as he was pushing Ian off the couch, and putting his feet all over me, and sniffing the cat, I figured he was pretty comfortable, so I called Tip in. They touched noses immediately, as I told Tip to be easy, be gentle, easy, I said.
Before I knew it, I had animals stomping all over the couch! It was hilarious! Tyler had absolutely no fear of Tip! He stood up on his hind legs, looked her in the face, and then started sniffing her front legs, and then tryed to get under her chest! SHe got up and got out of his way, as he pushed her out of the way, and she was just a wagging her tail, and he was licking her fur! In rabbit speak, that means "I Like You!" So, he is not intimidated one bit by the cats or the dog. The dog likes him pretty good, she doesn't seem to see him as she sees the chickens, she and him just may become buddies. :) He is bold yet gentle, I like that!
Posted 04-26-2004 at 19:03:14
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Oh yeah, everybody is watched closely. I let the speckled sussex chicks perch on the side of the brooder when I am home and inside, just spread newspaper around the bookcase the brooder is sitting on to catch any stray poop. Tip and the cats know not to go bothering them, and sometimes one will fall off, and they let me know, they start peeping loud!
DD, I have a lot of animals that aren't supposed to get along, but everybody does, because I am the head honcho around here and I will crack skulls if anybody gets hurt or eaten! LMAO! Shoot, I got a cockateil that runs the cats off! She thinks she is the boss! lol. It keeps things interesting around here. Tip knows, since she is a border collie, and so smart, what she is and is not allowed to do. She knows unless I give the okay, she is not allowed to round up the chickens and put them back in their house. She has to restrain herself. I am telling ya, that rabbit is not the least bit scared of anything.