We get to raise a rabbit for FFA. Really? This will be a new adventure for me. I had friends in high school and even cousins who lived, breathed and spent every waking moment with their show animals. Talk about time consuming. But they loved every single minute of the grueling work. At first my oldest daughter wanted to raise fryer rabbits. You know, the ones you raise and sell to be eaten.
Gulp. Not gonna happen. I can’t get attached to an animal and then let someone take it away knowing what they intend to do with it. It must be hereditary. LOL
When I was about nine, we lived out in the country and had lots of animals running around. My parents traded our barn full of hay to our neighbor for this cute little calf he had that kept sneaking over to our side of the fence. She was about the size of our dogs at the time. We named her T-bone. Yep, we planned to raise her and then….and then. Ack. I still can’t even think about now. I’m such a wimp. LOL
Needless to say, when it came time for us to make a decision, we just couldn’t do it. This little calf had become a cherished pet. Not only did she play with our dogs like one of the pack, she also chased my brother and I around for hours of fun, playing our warped version of tag. I truly believe the crazy animal forgot she was a cow. I remember looking out the window and seeing one of the dogs flying through the air from a playful head butt from T-bone. Talk about comical. Well, until she grew too big that is. Once the cute calf stage disappeared, things got pretty scary. The game became “Run for your Life” instead of “nah-nah-na-boo-boo you can’t catch me.” I still have nightmares on occasion. LOL
Thankfully, my daughter decided it might be best to start with something easy for her first go around. A breeding rabbit. This one we will get to keep as a pet when it’s all over. Whew…I’m safe for one more year at least. 🙂
We picked Rafiki (named after the monkey from the movie “The Lion King”) up on Sunday and he’s the cutest, softest rabbit I’ve ever seen. Now to learn all the in’s and out’s of showing rabbits. He’s a Mini Rex, so he’s already full grown. But boy does he have one huge personality and attitude to match.
Anyone ever raise rabbits? Got any tips on how to keep the crazy thing from turning over its water bowl? 🙂 It won’t use the drip kind.