So yes its a year exactly today that I write this post that we adopted our Lucy. I remember it so clearly and here are the details.
So after losing Gracie in Sept. of 2013 I got Dino to bond more to me. At the time we still had Baby (who passed in April of 2014), but Dino and Baby would never get along (we did try before adopting Lucy but it was not meant to be) and by December enough time had passed where I thought Dino needed another wife. So I contacted Red Door Animal Shelter and they had 1 bunny – a female with ec (e. cuniculi) so we would try a date with our Dino. I had arranged to take vacation days around New Years and could devote almost an entire week to the bonding process before going back to work. So we wanted to give it a try since Dino after all was a bunny’s bunny – he just loves other bunnies (as long as he can be dominant).
We were so excited for Dino and this was going to be a lot of work. Cleaning out Dino ‘s room and carpet to try and remove Gracie’s scent. Make a bonding area and then hold daily bonding sessions some times 2 or 3 a day. So it would be a challenge.
I had seen Lucy’s pic online. She looked so cute. Her story was pretty sad, that she had been at the shelter a long time, almost a year and was isolated from the other bunnies because of the E.C.. She had lost one eye to the disease and her chances for getting adopted were getting slimmer and slimmer – until then. She was caught hopping around outside in the dead of winter early 2013 but her luck was about to change.
So Dino, Boo and I made the trip down to the shelter about an hour away on a good day. They had put Lucy (then named Mojito) into a holding room in a pen. When they went to get her she had escaped the pen and was hopping all over in the room just happy as could be. After capturing her, the introductions began – it went well and we adopted her that day and brought our Lucy home that day Dec. 28th 2013.
The bonding went on for about a week. Read more about it here. After a breach in security while we were at work, the bunnies worked out their differences (with a lot of pulled fur) and the rest is wedded, blissful, bunnyfullness history!
She really is a pleasure to have around. She is pretty timid and afraid because she only has that one eye. So from time to time she does run into things so I try to keep everything in the same place. We feel that if she was not bonded to Dino she would be a wonderful lap bunny for a human but since she has Dino she is very happy. They get along so well and yes they do have occasional fights but what married couple doesn’t? I think they worship and love each other so much and are closer than Dino and Gracie were.
Love having you as my dalmatian daughter Lucy. Here are some recent pics……
This picture reminds me of the Wizard of Oz when the house falls on the bad witch and only her legs are sticking out from under the house, only Lucy’s legs are sticking out from under the bed with Dino sound asleep near by.
We often find Lucy laying with her legs all stretched out like this. She is funny. She also loves to run through the house at full speed like a white blurrrrr going past down the hallway.
We may have adopted her and gave her a loving home, but she had made our family complete giving Dino a second wife and second chance at being bonded again.
LOVE YOU LUCY!
Here is the pic I plan to paint of Lucy at my next Pinot’s Palette Paint Your Pet Portrait sessions…wish me luck!
I still have a finishing touch to put on her painting as the didn’t photo shop the heart in so I am having to recreate it from a pc of wood that I’ll have to get Boo to help cut and then I’ll paint and glue on to the painting. But meanwhile here is Dawn and I having fun painting and the group shot — can you find Lucy? I’ll post the finished pic as soon as I have it completed.
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