Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Negotiations

So, after our beautiful Brier-Rabbit passed away I knew that I wanted another big bun. They really are sweet creatures. I remember one time Malachi was sick. He was about 2 and a half and really feeling puny and had been needing to be held for most of the morning.
As the day wore on, Solomon and I were getting hungry and I needed to do at least 1 load of wash. I said, "Kai? Mommy needs to put you down for a little bit, OK?"
He was upset, but got down. Then he proceeded to get the couch pillow and his blankie, open the sliding door and trek through the yard. He laid down on his pillow underneath the big pine tree and called, "Waaaabit!" Low and behold her head popped up on the other side of the yard and she hopped right up to his head. She made him giggle by jumping back and forth over him and nuzzled him with her nose. A few minutes later she burrowed into his side and they both fell asleep. It was beautiful.
So, enter a few nights ago where, on a whim, I Googled, "Flemish Giant", which I happen to know is the largest domesticated rabbit breed. Even though I had assumed I would get another French Lop, I fell in love with these rabbits. I found a breeder a mere 4 hours away.
Then I showed Micah the picture.
He wasn't nearly as excited as I was. Matter of fact, he was dead-set on not getting "a poop machine of that caliber in my yard".
Let the negotiations begin.
Pout face with lower lip extended? No dice.
"Pleeeeease, Baby?" No dice.
"Don't I deserve it?" Marterdom was a no-go.
Micah says, "Max out your pigeon population at 5. No more than 5 at any time."
Eeeeeeeek! I'm at 9! I'd have to re-home 4 of my babies! FINE. I have a friend who's asked about them.
"Done."
"AND you have to be RELIGIOUS about "poo-poo-patrol". Without fail, Nee`. I' don't want to have BBQs and there be little farm balls all over the yard."
Big sigh, "Done."
SO! We were agreed!
And what he WAS happy about is the fact that His Aunt Angela and Uncle Daniel and their 2 girls live about 25 minutes from the breeder, giving us a perfect excuse to make the drive and visit. YAAAAY!!
So here's a picture of Gideon and his litter mates whom we'll be picking up next Friday. I also Facebooked that she had 1 remaining buck available and, as long as I was making the drive, if anybody wanted him I would pick him up, too. My friend Lisa decided she wanted the last bunny, so she's getting Gideon's brother.
Oh, and the name? Mr. "I-don't-want-a-big-poop-machine" named him.
Because my name wasn't good enough, "Pfffffft! Shiloh? Shiloh is a hotel chain". And, apparently it's very important that we don't name bunnies after hotel chains.
So my name was unanimously nixed by all the men in the house in favor of a more macho name that means, "Destroyer or feller of trees". Because we don't want rabbit to get some sort of complex by having a sissie name.
Anywho. At least I'm getting my bun!
Picture by: Get Er Done Rabbitry @
http://johnsonsflemishgiants.webs.com/litters.htm

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