You might be wondering why the blog has gone a little quiet of late ... fear not, I haven't forgotten you all! I lost my dear baby bunny, Bella, suddenly last week and it's left me rather distraught.... now, I'm pretty sure a fair few of you will have read that and thought, "She was just a rabbit, so what?"
Let me tell you now - there is a huge misconception amongst the general public that rabbits are not very bright creatures, and it's completely and utterly untrue. When stimulated, and given the space and freedom they need, bunnies are one of the most intelligent animals out there. Bella was a house-rabbit (who was litter-trained just like a cat!), and along with her accomplice/sister Donna, used to get into all kinds of trouble for herself.
Aside from being incredibly mischievous, Bella was also very bright; she understood language and commands just like a small child - a phrase that I grew accustomed to hearing in the 5 years and 8 months we had her was "No Bella; naughty girl!" at which she would hop away, seemingly defeated, only to be found a few hours later, giving her mischief another go.
She was also outrageously confident (her vet was shocked at just how much) - our family home was recently renovated, and Bella would make her presence well and truly known amongst the handymen that were in and out of the house, ensuring she had a thorough sniff of their various tools and appliances; we liked to think she was inspecting their work!
I could write oodles about Bella, she really was the most wonderful little thing and, even though a tiny little bunny, has left a very big void in our family - Christmas just won't be the same without her.