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Miss Dill

Dill Carrier jp.jpg (13144 bytes)During spring and summer months in my neighborhood the wild bunnies can be seen grazing on the green manicured lawns.  It’s fun for my sister and I to see the wild ones as we both have domesticated bunnies at home. 

One hot, humid June evening we saw a small white and black rabbit hopping around near a tennis court.  We were both amazed to see this domestic bunny out on the lawn with four wild bunnies.  The white and black bunny kept running up to the wild bunnies, gingerly stretching out to touch a nose and only to be rejected violently with flying legs and feet.

My sister and I decided we would figure out a way to capture the domestic bunny the next day.  However, before I was up that Saturday my sister went outside and was able to catch the bunny in the already hot morning.  Connie immediately went to our laundry room sink and ran warm water, washing off the hundreds of fleas covering the bunny.  When she brought the bunny into the house we dried her off and found ticks in her ears and on her body. One side of her face and the ear on the same side and under the neck were red and raw without any fur.  We applied a medicated antibiotic ointment on the sores.  The bunny flinched every time we applied the ointment.  Then the small bunny settled into a temporary home, a large carrier with timothy hay on the bottom and water, timothy pellets and fresh vegetables. 

Dill Rabbit jp.jpg (20816 bytes)The following Monday we took the new rabbit in for a vet checkup.  The vet found another tick deep in her ear.  The red, raw ear had a puncture clear through it and the vet advised us to use Neosporin on the sore, red areas.  Then like a couple of expectant parents my sister and I asked the vet to sex the bunny and confirm we had a female.  She had never been spayed.  When the vet examined her teeth, she told us the female was at least 5 to 6 years old.  She weighed 2 pounds, 4 ounces and was obviously a dwarf bunny.  I told the vet that I was going to keep the bunny adding to my dwarf family.  I named her Dill. 

Several months before, I had adopted 2 dwarf bunnies from the local humane society that became an affectionate bonded pair.  One of the adopted bunnies is a Netherland Otter female, named Sage and the other is a male, named Basil, a Hotot.  Dill looks just like Basil from the back.  I moved Dill into a new cage until her new condo would arrive. 

Dill continued to heal and all her fur has grown back.  Her coat is soft and shiny.  She loves to lie next to her ‘cold buddy’ and stretch out.  She plays with her toys and will sometimes tear up the newspaper in the bottom of her timothy hay filled litter box.  She loves all fruit treats, especially bits of banana.  Dill has started to lay closer to the front of her condo this week.  She doesn’t shrink back as often when I put my hand in her condo to clean, change her hay and water, or just pet her.  Dill loves to be petted, she will ‘flat head’ and grind her teeth in a bunny purr.  She is very alert and watches my sister and I, the other bunnies and my older female cat.  In fact, she is very curious about the cat and has timidly greeted the cat when she has been out for exercise. 

Fortunately, it doesn’t appear that Dill was outside more than a couple of days.  The vet told me it was great Dill was found and can have a long life. For me it’s a privilege to have this bright, sweet little Dill in my home and life.


Update 9 months later:  Dill had a laser spay surgery a few weeks ago and is doing quite well.  I decided to go ahead with the surgery for Dill.  Unspayed female rabbits have a very high occurrence (85%) of uterine cancer after 5 years of age. 

Update 2 years later:  Four months ago a handsome agouti lop, Carmello, (Carmel) needed a home because his owner was getting married.  But Carmel beat her to the alter because he bonded with Dill right away.  They are affectionate and inseparable.  With a bonded mate it was now time to find Carmel and Dill a home together. Carmel and Dill went to a new loving home with a mom and her two children.  These bunnies are so fortunate to have each other and a new family!




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