King of the Dandelions

24 Apr

Broccles the rabbit ventured outside for the first time yesterday. It was a golden evening, and Bunty and I had returned with a friend from a fun (if unsuccessful) geocaching adventure in the Trossachs. I opened the back door for the cats to roll around in the last rays of sun, and Broccles came and poked his nose over the door sill.

He has done this before, but decided that the whole garden thing was not his scene. This time, however, Clive the guinea pig trundled past his line of vision. Ever since we put the guinea pigs to live outside, Broccles has been hopping restlessly around the suddenly-quiet house. I thought he might have been looking for them. Certainly, the moment he saw Clive, he decided that the garden was his sort of place after all.

He hopped outside and proceeded to rub his chin on everything he could find. This is how rabbits scent-mark stuff they feel is theirs. He scent-marked the barbecue, the guinea pigs Clive and Colin, their hutch, the patio furniture, flowerpots, the plum tree, a brick, and a whole lot of dandelions. He nibbled the lawn, stamped his foot bossily, ran hither and thither, and then a sheep baaed over the garden wall and Broccles dove back into the safety of the porch.

His porch, I should say. It has been methodically scent-marked.


7 Responses to “King of the Dandelions”

  1. SandySays1 April 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Know all about that scent marking thing. We canines use the drink removal end rather than the drink entry point to do our territorial claims or communicating. In fact my human says that we ought to call our system the “Pee Phone.”

    • Snailquake April 25, 2011 at 12:51 am #

      I wonder, do you scent mark your porch that way?

  2. Wazeau April 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    He looks like a very VERY well-fed (and happy!) bunny :)

    • Snailquake April 25, 2011 at 12:43 am #

      Yes! He pretty much never stops eating (or playing). I was surprised when the vet told me last week that he’s not overweight: just extremely fluffy. Quite a relief, really.

      • Jigme Datse Rasku April 25, 2011 at 1:16 am #

        That must have been quite a relief. And those damn sheep. How dare they baa.


  3. SEF April 25, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Are you going to have to be careful about what weeds you allow to grow in the garden? Or are the local varieties not particularly toxic to your critters?

    • Snailquake April 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      We have to do a regular tour of the garden and pull up anything poisonous. But interestingly, with the exception of ivy, they do avoid eating any poisnous plants we miss.

      Last year we had a big problem with creeping buttercups, which I had read were poisonous to guinea pigs. There was no hope of getting rid of them, because their roots were networked under the whole lawn. But the guinea pigs completely avoided them, until eventually all the grass was eaten and our lawn consisted of buttercups and moss.

      We put buttercup and moss killer on the lawn this year, while the pigs were still living indoors. The moss is now thriving, so I’m not sure what will happen with the buttercups.

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