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Down the bunny trail

The only hip-hop masters I’m familiar with have four legs and a fluffy tail. Yes, I’m talking about rabbits, like the song goes, hippity-hopping down the bunny trail.

It’s the Year of the Rabbit. The symbol of the rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac, the cautious rabbit, is sensitive, home-loving, prudent, long-living. Indeed, rabbits can live as long as 15 years, and are almost as popular as dogs and cats are as pets. But in order to keep a rabbit as a pet, there are different considerations for their health and well-being.

For example, they eat mainly hay, but did you know that not all greens are safe for rabbits to eat?

Thinking of making room for a bunny in your own abode? There are numerous resources about rabbit care available, including books such as “House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live With an Urban Rabbit,” by Marinell Harriman, and “Rabbits For Dummies,” by Connie Isbell and Audrey Pavia. (Look for books on rabbit care at your local library or at your favorite store for pet supplies.)

The House Rabbit Network (rabbitnetwork.org) is a non-profit organization devoted to sheltering, adopting and educating the general public about pet rabbits. Yearly membership will provide you with copies of the network’s newsletter, Rabbit Tracks, when published. Memberships run from April 1 until March 31st. (They say that if you join in January-March you’ll be credited for the next year.) The House Rabbit Network is at P.O. Box 2602, Woburn, MA 01888-1102 or call 781-431-1211 if you’d like more information.

Bunspace.com is a social networking site for bunny owners, providing contact with other rabbit owners, and a community where you can share all things about your family’s bunny or bunnies.

Petwerks.com is an extension of the Leith Petwerks business run by Amy and Scot Leith, which is based in Salem, Oregon. They sell bunny abodes and other supplies online. They also provide a free newsletter for house rabbit owners and fans, which you can subscribe to online at http://petwerks.com/BunFun/index.cfm

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