November 4th, 2006

A Pocket Full of Murder

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, living together...

A couple of months ago we inherited a miniature rabbit from my husband's niece, who was too ill to look after it. My middle son named him "Softy", and he does indeed live up to his name, with liquid brown eyes, a mild temperament, and a luxuriant grey-brown coat.

Up until last week Softy was still living in his own private cage, but then my husband decided to modify our spacious guinea pig habitat to include the rabbit, dividing it into two sections with a narrow door between. That way, he said, Boo and Strawberry could escape to the other side if they found Softy's presence too daunting. The only hitch in this admirable system is that the food and water is located on the rabbit's side of the cage, so that the guinea pigs have to take their chances with Softy if they want a drink or a snack.

Up until yesterday this didn't seem to be a problem: in fact they all appeared to be getting along beautifully, and the guinea pigs were on the rabbit's side of the cage more often than not. But this morning I heard a desperate squeaking from Strawberry, and I came into the room to see Softy pursuing her ardently. She just wanted her breakfast, but he had obviously decided it was his mission in life to breed the world's first bunny-pig, and no sooner had she vanished to the other side of the cage than he turned his attentions to Boo instead.

Needless to say, the bunny will be looking for another home. Not that I don't sympathize with his lonely lot, and all; but the guinea girls were here first, and I think the poor creatures deserve a little peace.

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In other news, I'm sure you've noticed that this blog and my LiveJournal have been pretty dead of late, and I'm well behind on my e-mail as well. I've been working on the latest revision of my novel pretty much every chance I get, so everything else has fallen by the wayside. However, I hope to be done that project in December, and by the New Year this blog should be up and running again. I can't promise daily posts, but I hope to at least update two or three times a week. So... if you're still out there, stay tuned!