Samhain

First up, we have Samhain, or Sami as we call her. Sami was one of a bonded pair of bunnies that I adopted on Halloween 2014, thus her name. A Netherland dwarf rabbit, she was full grown when we adopted her, presumably around a year or so old. She and her friend, who we called Beltaine (Belle for short), had been abandoned to fend for themselves in the wild before being found by some kind people who gave them to Pets At Home for rehoming. While Belle was friendly and curious from the get-go, Sami has always been a much shyer, more reserved rabbit. She doesn’t care to be handled much and would rather hang with her cat friends then socialise with us humans.

We lost Belle a year ago, and I worried that Sami wouldn’t be far behind, as she was the older of the two when we got them. But Sami is as healthy and active as the day we got her. I call her the “bunny that won’t ever die.” I had concerns about having a single rabbit, as I know they should be in pairs, but Sami has lived her entire life with us in the company of our cats, sharing a room and catio free range with them for years now. She’s certainly never lonely. She sleeps with her best buddy Moscato, and is undeniably the boss despite her tiny size. She’s already put the new kittens in their places, and even the dogs don’t scare her, she just ignores them entirely.

We debated long and hard before deciding to bring Sami along on our adventure. Rabbits are easily stressed and we worried that traveling would be hard on her. But after a lot of thought and talks with our vet, we agreed with proper stress reducing steps, it would be safe for her to travel with her cat companions. Lucky for us, we had been a military family, and have moved a lot with Sami; she’s a very easy bunny, who doesn’t stress about much and always seems content as long as the cats are with her. She travels by car in her carrier with Moscato happy as a lark, and is always the first animal to go exploring her new surroundings. While she still doesn’t care much for human handling, she does like to hang around with us as long as we don’t pet her too much, and she’ll even jump on our laps for treats! After nearly four years with her as a part of the family, I couldn’t imagine doing this without her, so I’m relieved that the vet okayed her to travel!

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