Enjoy the following update into the life of Piddles
...an Extraordinary Rabbit!
written by S. Jebb
PART THREE: November 2014
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Princess Piddles turned 3 months old about a week ago. She is now 1lb 15oz. She has completely turned the living room upside down. I have to say I never thought I'd live like this! As I write this she is in the cat's bed under a blanket tent in a leather chair sound asleep. What a life. I mentioned before that we raised 10 Borzoi at one time and have 4 cats now, but I have to admit Piddles is more work than all the others. Every piece of furniture is covered and in some places it has 3 layers of covers. Those teeth always want to check things out and leather furniture is at the top of the list and the wood on my vintage trunks are not bad either. My husband, Steve, gave her an old leather belt and sometimes it satisfies her and sometimes not.
She was getting to be more aggressive as we put her out in the mornings and brought her in at night. With what we had read and what we were seeing, we thought we might have to let her go. However, she has no fear of predators. As the weather turned cooler, Steve brought her house inside. I never knew what to do with the large hearth we have - well it's a good thing we have it - her house takes up one whole side of it. I thought with her fur coat and supper padded cubby she would want to be outside. Nope! What a difference in her behavior. She likes being in all the commotion and LOVES to tease the cats. It is not uncommon for her to be dancing on her patio when the cats are sitting under her house with their eyes intent upon her. She seems to be denying the fact that two of the cats would like to have her for Thanksgiving dinner. One of the other things we are working on is getting her used to a leash. She does pretty well until we can't keep up with her and then she panics. When she panics, she wiggles and can get out of the leash. The smallest leash we could find is still too big for her. Hopefully, when she is over two pounds we can get this to work, because it is fun to see her in tall grass.
Her latest diet is a gourmet delight. Now along with the arugula, she likes dried bananas, kale, cashews, almonds, and pecans. While she will put up with dried alfalfa, fresh alfalfa is the bomb. Since we now have chestnuts available, these are a wonderful treat. She loves chasing a chestnut, but her mouth is just too small to catch it. She has one to play with and we cut as many in half as she wants.
Not sure if I'll be able to decorate for Christmas. My Thanksgiving arrangements have taken a real chewing. It's taken her a while to figure out to the get to them, but she has managed. It's amazing to watch her put her mind to something and how she tries to do it and then when she does it, I have to jump up to save it. They say elephants don't forget -- well neither does Piddles!
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