Hello friends. As you know by now, I’m Barbara Rabbit and I blog here pretty regularly. (Every Wednesday, in fact.)
My life is pretty good right now. I have a lovely house, nice humans and two little adopted brothers. (Little in both senses. They’re mini lops so they’re small and they’re both younger than me too.) My human mum is on maternity leave right now too, so I’m getting more human time than I used to, and I enjoy that. Things are generally rather nice.
But, as always, they could be better! I don’t want my humans getting complacent.
I sleep and loaf for a good portion of each day. That gives me plenty of time to plot, daydream and plan. And one thing I like to dream about is what exactly I would do differently if I were more in charge around here. (We all know I’m a little bit in charge.)
Barbara Rabbit’s guide to the perfect rabbit day
Like all rabbits, I’m crepuscular, which means I’m most active around dawn and dusk. This is a problem in my house, as my humans are either up when it’s still dark (really?!) or they wait until it’s properly light. I feel at my most playful in between those times. I want to sleep when it’s night and sleep during the proper day as well. So in my ideal world, we’d all, including the humans, get up as the sun is starting to rise.
(And this means that no one would get up during the night and go to the bathroom or make noise in the kitchen. These things both wake me. However much I thump, they won’t stop doing it!)
As we all know, one of the most important aspects of life is good food. So I’d request a little snack, perhaps some apple, before I have my proper breakfast of pellets and hay. If I had my way, I’d have some apple with every meal. It’s my favourite thing.
So after enjoying a good breakfast (maybe even a breakfast without two brothers to try and steal my food, dare I dream?), I’d have a nice little run around and play with my humans and my brothers.
Then I’d choose to go back into my room – and I would be the one making that choice. I know that “Are you going in for a bit, Barbara?” sounds like the humans want me to make the choice myself, but I also know that it means I don’t have a choice. But because I’ll have been so good and gone in of my own accord, I think I’d deserve a fenugreek cookie.
Time for a lovely nap. I like it when it’s sunny outside and I get to sleep on either Gingee’s bed or the mat in the path of the sun. I also like it when one of the boys sleeps near me to protect me in the event of any intruders or other danger. That way I can flop properly and not have to worry about anything except intermittently waking up for some hay and water.
In my ideal world, I’d sleep most of the day then. That means that I wouldn’t get random interruptions from my mum when she thinks I might want to say hi. Word of advice: if I’m sleeping, I don’t want to say hi. Unless you’re planning to feed me, you don’t need to wake me. Come back in the late afternoon, please. (Unless Ned and Gingee are wakeful or loud and you’re willing to take them elsewhere for a bit. Do that!)
Time for another play, a bit of a run around – maybe I can go in the big bedroom and play under the bed for a bit. And then I’d have another meal. Pellets and apple again, I think. Or maybe some carrot sticks. Or both!
I like being groomed in the evenings. Either by one of my brothers or by the humans. So I’d have that, and then my brothers and I would sit together for a bit, and then maybe my parents would give me some individual fuss. I like it when they say “good girl”, and I like nose rubs and head scratches and being able to climb on top of them sometimes.
Then I know my parents need to go and have their own tea. That’s okay. They can go and do that while I take care of my brothers, and then come back and play with us again, and give us our supper. Again, I’d like a treat. Maybe this time I could have something less healthy – I had a chocolate biscuit once and I’d really like another one, please.
By about 11pm, I’m usually quite sleepy, so I don’t mind going back in to my room then. I don’t want to have to be the first one to go in though – make sure the boys are in first, please. Put them in their cages so I get some peace overnight. And then turn the light off and close the curtains so I can sleep soundly.
Doesn’t it sound like a lovely day? What would be your ideal?
Until next time, keep on eating plenty of hay and being healthy!