Arabella gets daily cuddles and kisses from me. I love to snuggle my nose and lips into her forehead between her ears.
She loves this too and immediately starts to grind her teeth a couple of times. This is rabbit language for pure happiness and contentment.
I tell her how much I love her and how happy I am that she is in my life, how very lucky I am to have her with me.
Arabella is now over 6 years old, that much I know. We took her home from the rat rescue she was staying at, in the very end hutch, a lonely doe who had no name, in August 2005. Our precious first rescue rabbit Zai chose her from more than 10 other does.
And in November 2007 Arabella chose Wesley from the Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare in Rugby, England, to come and be part of our family. Wesley had been waiting for a home for nearly a year when I 'discovered' him online.
However, it was not the love affair it had seemed to be. They must have both known that I was head over heels with Wesley and made a pact to be 2-hour-friends at the rescue so that he could be with us.
Even thru the 'baby gate' there have been wars and Arabella is now healing from two bites. The gate has a secondary perspex viewing-only gate so that when I am not around it can be closed to stop gnashers reaching thru.
Thankfully Arabella is healing well, her fur is growing in thick and black and the scars are getting covered. Rabbit fights are dangerous and serious and un-friends need supervision at all times as my two have shown me.
Wesley just had a very bad start to life, that's all.
But what can I say, he was found covered in blood and urine on a disused railyway line and thankfully taken to Tracy's RNGP rescue.
When I make my soft sculptures I am always mindful that they must convey the same preciousness as my two little hearts.
They must always be full of personality and spirit
and must instill in the owner the deepest love and respect to treat them with the utmost care and compassion
these two baby rabbits will be named soon and meeting my other little friends in my shop very soon
and I decided that it was time I had my very own tiny squirrel to add to my family. Infact he came with a baby hare friend. They just appeared, on my worktable one day, and I love them lots!
So when you spend time with your cherished friends, whether they be fur-friends, or scale-pals, or feathered-friends make sure that your kisses come gently from above and absolutely from your heart.
Wesley and Arabella have some VERY exciting news to announce soon - Christmas presents for only a couple of dollars and many thankful hearts :)