Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Meet Astrid

Anyone who knows me could tell you that I LOVE my three guinea pigs GusPeanut, and Pepe, and they have played a big role in my life. I have always been a huge animal lover, which is part of why I chose to study the care of animals in University, so it'll come as no sock to anyone that I increased my animal family as soon as I had the means to do so!

I saved up the money that I needed, and went to work finding a rabbit breeder that I trusted in my area. I also looked to see if there were any rabbits being rehomed that I could potentially adopt.

Surprisingly it was easy to find a reputable place - but they were a 5 hour round trip away from the city I live in, so I had to include travel fees in with my plans to get a rabbit.

When I first messaged the breeder I was interested in a new litter of Lionhead Rabbits that were recently born that would be ready for adoption in several months, with the intent of paying a fee to "reserve" a rabbit that I would come later to meet and take home. However, the breeder knew which rabbit would be a good fit for me! An older lionhead rabbit from a previous litter who was the last one they had with a broken up coat pattern, and was ready to be taken home any day.

Feeling really lucky, and not wanting to lose the chance to have this rabbit, I set up an appointment to go and pick her up, and made my travel plans!

On February 2nd, I traveled out to the breeder and met this rabbit for the first time. I was able to hold her for a while, talked to the breeder about some questions I had about her age and pedigree and all that, and then I got the "starter pack" of food and hay that the breeder gave with each rabbit to get each new owner started on the right foot, and then I drove my new rabbit home!

When I first started looking at getting a rabbit I had the name Astrid in mind - So when I saw her and was actually able to bring her home, I was delighted to name her myself!

She was born 10/23/18 and is a full Lionhead, she isn't mixed with anything, and she is full of curiosity and energy! One of the things that the Breeder prided themselves on was that they begin potty training their rabbits right away, and they also partly learn from their mothers, which was a feature that I was really excited about!

Astrid has her own set up, but when I'm around she wanders around outside of her house and returns to eat/drink/potty.

As of right now I haven't introduced her to my guinea pigs, but they are all aware of each other and can hear each other (I think that Astrid is starting to learn that when the guinea pigs wheek there might be food coming) and she seems particularly interested in Pepe, who is kept nearby where her house is. She has tried a few times to get into Pepe's house, but he's fully enclosed so they can only interact through the bars in a safe way.

I'm really happy to have Astrid and to have my little family grow that much more! I'm planning on posting some updates every once in a while, but if you have any specific questions be sure to comment down below!

I'll see you on Tuesday

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