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A Special Rabbit
Holly O' Meara
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"I need a rabbit with a special personality," the caller tells me, and goes on to describe the rabbit she lost. The rabbit begged to be held, licked her face. Do I have a rabbit like that in my foster home? As we talk, it's revealed that the caller has another rabbit, one that lives outdoors, in a hutch. This rabbit isn't special, and in the callers's mind, never will be.

If a rabbit actively seeks attention from humans, the rabbit receives rewards of petting, treats, companionship. The rabbit expands with pleasure and trust, becoming even more demonstrative. The positive cycle of becoming a "special rabbit" has begun.

But what if the human, not the rabbit, must be the one to start things off? Sadly, the "special rabbit cycle" may never happen.

I look at the rabbits I have needing homes...but can think of no rabbit more needy than that shy rabbit in the hutch, just as ready to expand with pleasure and be a special rabbit.

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