At the time Lair adopted Bruno, she had two dogs -- a Great Dane and a golden retriever. Her husband called her "the crazy dog lady," she said. Though she still loves dogs and fosters them (which she said Bruno is unfazed by), she's since changed her tune a little bit.
"As much as I love dogs, I believe bunnies are the best pets. They are friendly and loving," she said.
As for Bruno, "He's an awesome little bunny." He's litter box-trained and very playful (his favorite toy is a Slinky). He is independent, yet he also likes to cuddle. And he's far from dainty.
"They give you all these warnings about bunnies -- they're so delicate, you have to be gentle with them. Bruno's not like that at all. My husband can pick him up, roll him over on his back and scratch his belly. He just stretches out; if my husband didn't hold on to him, he'd just slide right off onto the floor."
Bruno isn't the only bunny the Lairs have saved. The great love of his life was Coco, a deaf lop Tabitha rescued at Valley West, where a vet had taken her in after a farm visit. Bruno and Coco were bonded, she said, and when Coco had a stroke and died while being X-rayed the day before surgery to remove a tumor, Bruno was devastated.
"Bruno was so distraught; it broke my heart," she said. "That's how we ended up getting two more bunnies at the [West Virginia State] Fair. He was just grieving over her. We'd had her five or six years, just the two of them."
Of the two rabbits from the fair, one, Enzo, later died of a respiratory illness. Mario, a Holland lop, still shares the Lair household with Bruno. And with somebunny to love them, they're living large.
Reach Amy Robinson at flips...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4881.