Another friend, Krista Fink, said she had many rabbits when she was a kid, and two of their family's rabbits had the run of the neighborhood.
"They used to annoy me sometimes, especially when we'd play spotlight or hide and seek," said Krista. "I was always the easiest to find because there would be this big white rabbit with glowing red eyes following me. It was impossible to hide with her trailing me."
When Krista claimed their rabbits would come when someone called them, I laughed.
A rabbit that knew its name? That came when you called it? Uh-huh. Sure. I mean, come on. There's a reason that when something is stupid we call it harebrained. Rabbits are cute, but there's not much going on in those wee bunny brains. Everybody knows that.
Or so I thought.
Winnie began recognizing her name from just a week or so out, and she faithfully comes when you call her. By the end of the first month, she was litter-trained. And by the end of the second month, we learned there are reasons for keeping rabbits in cages that have little to do with their poo. Namely, cords.
Don't worry. She's fine. And our phone service is up and running again, after a nice, quiet weekend of wondering how we were so lucky to not once be interrupted by calls.
It was a gift to us, from our graduation rabbit.
Reach Karin Fuller at karinful...@cnpapers.com.