We have a special post today by Alessandra from Askaless. Since sending me this post, sadly the star of the show Bebe passed away into the big meadow in the sky. This post is in honour of him.
HOW DID YOU NAME THEM?
Odd socks was already named by the previous owners & Bebe was originally called BB (short for Baby Bambi- after his mum) so they knew which baby rabbit was which- we then changed it to Bebe which translates to ‘baby’ in French!
DO BEBE AND ODD SOCKS HAVE NICKNAMES?
Odd socks is called Mr Socks (he has stick shaped crunchy sticks which we think make him look like he’s smoking a cigar and thus more sophisticated).
But generally we call them both ‘the boys’ or ‘the buns’
WHAT BREED OF RABBIT ARE THEY?
We think they’re netherland dwarfs- Mr Socks is Bebe’s dad!
(Bebe’s mum was a netherland dwarf and looked identical, hence why father and son don’t bare much resemblance to each other.)
HOW OLD ARE THEY & HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD THEM FOR?
We’ve had the boys since February 2011, Bebe was a baby and had been born a few weeks prior to us getting him, and Mr Socks was around 1 year old when we got him.
HOW DID YOU GET THEM?
Our family friends actually had Mr Socks and 7 other rabbits, Mr Socks being the only male got up to a little bit of mischief and as the saying goes…bred like rabbits! They had lots of babies and needed to rehome Mr Socks too. Having never allowed our family to get pets, my dad was easily persuaded by the baby bunnies’ cuteness. We knew we wanted two, as rabbits get lonely on their own, so we asked our friends if they would try putting Bebe (then BB) and Mr Socks (odd socks) together to see if they would be ok together and not fight etc. They made a great father/son duo and we got them both!
Having never had pets before we borrowed a cat carrier to bring them home in the car, and my friend gave me her old rabbit hutch to tide us over until their empire was built!
|Father & son
WHERE DO THEY LIVE?
They are outdoor rabbits during the day and have a huge hutch with underneath run which also connects via a fancy tube to a another run. Once it gets dark or it is a really miserable day they come inside (they also sleep inside every night) they come back in to their carpet area just next to the kitchen. They’re litter trained for the most part and have various boxes and a CASTLE to play in/sit under. The kitchen tiles are stone and they never venture off the carpet so there is no cage indoors or anything. They also have free roam of the living room most evening if we bring them in, we have had to secure the electrical area off with this green netting so they don’t chew any wires! But they love to binky in there and jump up onto the sofas! They also have a tunnel, pinecones and cardboard tubes to play with.
WHAT ARE SOME QUIRKY THINGS ABOUT THEIR PERSONALITIES?
Bebe is a licker! If you pet/groom him he will do the same to you and quite literally lick you to death, we think this is because we’ve had him since being a baby and he is more comfortable doing that than Mr Socks is…he gives the occasional lick and if he does you seem like a rabbit whisperer.
They love playing with empty plastic flowerpots and cardboard tubes and love a good groom from time to time.
Treats wise, they go mad. If you rustle their treat bag they will run straight over to you and if you’re sat down, they stand up and lean on you to get one, its so so cute but got to the point that we couldn’t open any other food packets around them so changed it to a tin, they still run when they here the rattle. They are like excited children at Christmas so we have to limit the treats to about 1 or 2 per day.
(In the photos from when we first got them, they’re surrounded by oak leaves, something we didn’t know was poisonous for them!!)
Thank you to Helen for this post, and thank you for reading.
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Depending on the the response I get, I will be turning this into a competition where readers can vote on their favourite pet and the pet with the most votes will be sent some treats in the post.