Shadow was a very happy bouncy puppy bunny, always ready to have fun. He would steal your heart with his wonderful playfulness and sweet nature. He was always ready to hop up and introduce himself. Like a dog, he considered everyone to be his friend. He had that same doggie way of tipping his head to the side as if he was asking a question. It was just so much fun to watch him checking everything out. While Tigger was quite a serious rabbit, Shadow was all lightness and play.
He just loved to run around like crazy and play with things. Unlike most rabbits, Shadow liked to be chased. He would run up to you and then take off again looking back to get you to chase him. Shadow would just love it when Blaine would instigate the chase by pretending to charge at him.
Shadow loved to be petted, especially his head. If either of us started to pet Tigger and Shadow was nowhere in sight, within just a minute or two, he would be charging up and flopping down. If you weren’t petting his head, you would get the little head butt on your palm as a reminder to pet his head. He would also burrow under your hand to position his head just right for petting.
The little boy was decidedly a beggar too. He would get up on his hind legs and do the begging dance to get his bunny biscuits. Once he realized that the top of the cages was the closest to where the biscuits were kept, he would leap up there and dance around. He got so crazy one time he hopped himself off the side of the cage while he was up on two legs begging. After that, we would position ourselves right at the side of the cage so he couldn’t hop off in his excitement. Instead, we would have a bunny batting his front paws against us if we took too long getting those bunny treats out of the container.
Also like a dog, he loved to dig. We had uncovered litter boxes until Shadow came along. Then Shadow showed us he saw the litter boxes as multi purpose. He would use them quite nicely to do his business and then he would dig them all out. His skills at excavation were quite remarkable. He could empty a whole litter box of pellets and have it spread out over a six-foot area. We had to invest in a number of litter boxes with tops which both rabbits actually loved since the tops provided another hang out spot for them. We had to get more small throw rugs so that the plastic tops weren’t quite so slippery. We used Acco binder clips to fold and shape the corners of the rugs to be a close fit to the tops.
We read at one point that use a spray bottle filled with water and squirting a misbehaving bunny could deter bad behavior. Tigger did not like being squirted with water and would stop, but we gave up on using that to deter Shadow. We could give him several squirts and he would just shake himself off like a little dog and keep on going with whatever he was doing which was usually chewing something.
Coming Wednesday, Shadow the bunny goat …