Everyone, I’d like you to meet Dollypop, the amazing magical rabbit.
When I first saw her face, she reminded me so much of a muppet I had to laugh.
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We picked her up a week ago. Â In that time, she has managed to escape her enclosure five times.Â Weâ€™ve been keeping her on our sun porch in a cage I fabricated out of a bottomless, topless bird cage and a 2 inch tall plastic tote that just happened to fit perfectly inside.
Iâ€™ll admit that the first escape was my fault.Â I went to let her out to run around on the first day and opened the sliding door on the side of the cage so she could hop in and out as she pleased. Â I suppose I didnâ€™t remember that rabbits had any form of intelligence.Â I figured she wouldnâ€™t remember that her door opens, or at least assumed that she couldnâ€™t open it on her own.Â How wrong I was. I closed her back up in her cage that night, and the next morning awoke to one of the biggest messes Iâ€™ve ever seen.
You see, weâ€™ve been growing an assortment of herbs and small plants in our sun porch.Â We had spinach growing in a large window box, various herbs thriving in tall pots on the floor, and several trays of tomato seedlings sprouting.Â The spinach had grown to the perfect size, and we had big plans to eat it this week.Â The herbs had survived the whole winter indoors and I was going to move them outside to enjoy the sunshine.Â This was the last week for these plants to remain indoors before going out into the garden.Â Key word: Was.
When I opened the door to the sun porch that morning my jaw dropped. I couldnâ€™t believe what I was seeing.Â The entire floor was coated in soil, the window box had fallen from the sill and every planter in reach had been kicked over with the soil scattered everywhere.Â Practically every bit of greenery in reach had been devoured, and laying oh-so-innocently in the middle of all this destruction, was sweet little Dolly.Â She was just looking at me like this was no big deal, just another day in the life of a rabbit.
Even though I was frustrated and devastated, I had to laugh at the absurdity of it all.Â It was clear that this is no ordinary rabbit.Â Iâ€™m not entirely surprised that she managed to open the door to her cage.Â Iâ€™m not even surprised that she dug up and ate every bit of plant on the porch.Â What does surprise me is that she managed to get the window box onto the floor from itâ€™s spot nearly four feet up.Â In order to knock down the window planter, she must have jumped at it repeatedly from the couch, trying again and again until she finally succeeded.
Her second escape was quite a mystery to me.Â I had used a safety pin to â€˜lockâ€™ the door to the cage and figured that would be the end of this escape artist’s career.Â Nope.Â She magically got out again the next night, scattering still more soil on my freshly vacuumed floor.Â She was also thoughtful enough to spread an incredible amount of poop all over the floor, so that walking across it was like trying to cross a field full of land mines.Â Iâ€™ll have you know, I did not get through unscathed.Â I cleaned up the mess for the second time and marveled at her ingenuity.
The next day I woke up to a third mess in the sun porch, and little miss was proudly observing her path of destruction from the top of a tall planter.Â I assumed that she had been escaping by jumping out of the top of her cage, because there was just no other explanation. Or was there?Â I placed a big screen on top of the cage so she couldn’t jump the 3 feet over the top.Â Next morning I found her sprawled out on the couch, screen still intact.Â She had dug up still more soil, and tipped over the spinach box again. I’m sure she was mighty disappointed to realize she’d already eaten it all days ago.Â It took me this long to realize I needed to move my potted plants, or what was left of them, to a new location.
The one remaining possible escape route from this cage would be the tiny little doors that are all over the side, doors that are meant for parakeets or cockatiels to hop through.Â This whole time I’d been convinced that she was too big to fit through these tiny doors, but today one of them was open, and it occurred to me that her head could definitely fit through.Â If rabbits are anything like cats, mice, and rats, then anything their head can fit through, the rest of them can as well.
This is the last possible explanation to these genius escapes.Â Itâ€™s either that, or she truly is magic.Â And now I understand why rabbits are the go-to pet for magicians.
Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods says
Oh my gosh. I can’t believe she has already wreaked so much havoc, but with a face like that I could never be mad at her! She is just the cutest. Brewster is the perfect name!
welcome to the magic punky! amazing how much trouble she managed to make in just a week…
This is just the cutest bunny I’ve ever seen! Though, I am no fan of big messes 🙂 I found your blog from gnowfglins. My eyes perked up when I saw you from Rochester! I grew up there. My hubby and I moved south after college. But a lot of my family is still there, or in state. I think it’s great that you are making use of the space you have to homestead!
That’s amazing Kerri! I love meeting fellow Rochesterians, even though you’ve moved, you’ll always be a Rochesterian. Thanks for stopping by, I’m going to go check out your blog right now!
Cute article… cute rabbit… what breed is it ???
have fun with it.
Hi Helen! She’s an English Angora. She’s a lot of work, needs to be brushed at least every other day or her beautiful hair gets matted, but her lovely personality is well worth the effort!
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick says
I’m in hysterics (but only because I didn’t have to clean up the mess! LOL). Just like a child. She’s gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week- I always enjoy your posts.
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick
I have been looking for an English Angora rabbit for two years. Do you mind sharing your breeder’s name and contact information? Thank you so much.
I found Dolly on Craigslist. I didn’t get her from an official breeder, just someone who had too many rabbits and needed to re-home. You can put a post up in the wanted section for your city and see if someone contacts you or you can search for a breeder in your area using one of the official breeder sites: https://www.arba.net/ or http://rabbitbreeders.us/ Good luck finding your new friend!
HILARIOUS! Oh Dolly…you are a funny bunny!