The Rabbittude Posse is our current Rabbittude brand art. You see the three bunnies here in our blog header and in the header we use most of the year for our Etsy shop.
Tigger and Shadow were obvious choices for this since they have been with us so long. Portia was a sweet gray Chinchilla rescue rabbit we adopted. She lived with us for just three years. Then an unknown heart defect took her swiftly from us.
Why do we call this Rabbittude Posse? They meet one urban definition: a group of friends, people who may or may not have your back. Tigger and Shadow have always had a strange relationship. You see bunnies in pictures all snuggled up together. They do behave like that much of the time, but they also like to spend a lot of time apart. Their relationship has been a bit on again, off again. They have never sought to harm each other, but they fuss with each other at times. They decidedly prefer to have separate cages when they need to be locked up. When travelling to the vet, they prefer to be together. They sit side by side in the carrier, one facing forward while the other faces back. You can read the body language that they have banded together as buns against the world.
During their longest off time, we had a really stupid idea. We thought that bringing in a third bunny might be like bringing in a mediator. Shadow was prepared to be friends until Portia bit him on the nose. Tigger and Portia were hostile at first sight. We never let them come together. Shadow and Tigger did band together, against Portia who was quite happy to form her own bunny camp of one. We ended up with separate rabbit territories. Tigger and Shadow got the second and third floors. Portia got the ground floor. We humans were left navigating over and around multiple baby gates, making sure none of the rival rabbit gangs came together in a bunny rumble.
Although the three bunnies never hopped together physically, they all shared the same Rabbittude. That is why we show them as a group in the artwork. Early on with Rabbittude, many asked why we showed backsides of bunnies instead of cute faces. Ah, that would not speak of rabbittude. As prey animals, rabbits keep their eyes and ears sharply focused, always scanning for danger. When you see bunny behinds, you are officially being dismissed and ignored by a rabbit as being of no consequence. Usually, they are miffed. We have lost count of the number of times we have found ourselves telling a rabbit, “Don’t you dare turn your back on me!” That is usually followed by the rabbit giving a glance back over their shoulder with a sniff, before pointedly turning away again. Ah rabbittude!