Honey Bun (HB), the lop-eared rabbit, lived a healthy and happy life as my classroom pet for 10 years. Having a rabbit in the classroom had a wonderful calming effect on the students. She was litter trained and spent most of the day out of her cage.
Easter was HB's favorite holiday and she was always present for the annual egg hunt at school.
I still see former students and parents who ask about HB. It saddens me to have to report that she passed away, peacefully in her sleep, 3 years ago.
If you're looking for a special book to add to a child's Easter basket, I highly recommend, Leo the Lop by Stephen Cosgrove.
It is a delightfully illustrated book about how Leo and his bunny buddies learn one of life's most important lessons.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND giving live bunnies as Easter gifts. HB had been an Easter bunny, returned to the pet store, and was living her life in a cage in the pet store warehouse. Apparently, animals returned to pet stores cannot be resold, because stores can no longer guarantee the animals' health. A friend who worked at the store asked me to rescue HB. Honey Bun was one of the sweetest animals I have ever known.
Honey Bun, enjoying her favorite snack, raw sweet potato,
If you know Princess, please tell her we found her balloon, stuck to a tree limb in our woods, looking very much like a pink UFO. At least that's what Mom thought for a split second when she caught the shiny thing out of the corner of her eye.
Anyway, it's Princess's birthday and we woud love to reunite her with this pretty, pink, crown balloon.
Three years ago a big, handsome, young, black Lab was found roaming the streets of Helen, GA, picked up by Animal Control, and brought to the shelter where I was a volunteer.
He was absolutely beautiful and crazy, barking and throwing himself onto the cage when anyone walked near him. When I was finally able to get him on a leash and out to the exercise yard, he calmed down and I saw a sweet, confused, gentle soul. We made eye contact and I was convinced this was a pup who would make a wonderful companion. My original intention was to "foster" and socialize the big, goofy boy until his fur-ever home could be found... And we all know the rest of that story.
I took these photos of Buddy (at the shelter) to show Hubby the "foster" dog I was bringing home. Hubby just smiled. He knew Buddy had found his fur-ever home even before I did!
Both times I was able to catch up with the team and I made it to the starting chute. Standing under the Iditarod start banner was a thrill!
I wished all the dogs and Hank a safe, healthy, and happy trip to Nome.
I had several comments regarding dropped dogs yesterday. Long-distance sled dog races, such as the Iditarod, require mushers to finish with only those dogs who started the race. Although none may be added to the team after the start, they can be dropped at any checkpoint and for any reason. A maximum of sixteen dogs may start in an Iditarod team, and at least five are required to be in harness to officially finish. Reasons for dropping dogs are numerous. Attitude problems, fatigue, illness, immaturity, injury, being “in heat,” lack of speed and musher strategy, are the more common ones. Dropped dog care and management is highly organized to provide for the safe return of the dogs to Anchorage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Return to blog homepage: http://kit-dogdaze.blogspot.com/
I taught primary school for 27 years, and loved every minute of it. I am now enjoying retirement on 30+ acres in the north Georgia mountains with my husband and Labrador Retrievers.
When we aren't hanging out in the woods, we enjoy traveling in our RV w/ the dogs. One of our favorite destinations is the Pacific Northwest, especially the Oregon and Washington coasts.
My parents are deceased, I am an only child and have no children; therefore, my husband and dogs are my family.
My blog and blogging friends have taken the place of my classroom and students.
You could say, I've gone from SCHOOL DAYS to DOG DAZE.
Congrats to Matt, 2014 Yukon Quest Rookie of Year, Vets' and Spirit of North Awards and 3rd Place
Yukon River, South of Eagle, AK~ 1996
"I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now.. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again." Stephen Grellet (1773-1855)
Home Sweet Home
Out in the Boonies...
Hubby and Sassy-Oregon Coast 2006
Zack-Rescued November 2001
Sassy-Retirement gift to myself, May 2005
Buddy-Rescued March 2007
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