My comedy of errors rarely quits.
I awoke yesterday to Gertrude and the bunny brothers loose in the back yard. I figured this out before the dogs were let out, so there was minimal drama involved.
Figuring it was just a fluke – perhaps I forgot to completely latch the rabbit cage – I let the dogs out this morning without a second thought.
…and then I saw a white body in the grass.
I scrambled outside to attempt to round up the rabbits before the dogs noticed, or to grab the dogs if need be.
When I could only find one of the pair of bunny brothers, my heart sank. With no idea how long the cage had been open, the other rabbit could easily have made it to the road, or to a neighbors’ or just anywhere.
I retrieved the rabbits’ (ceramic) food dish from the cage and attempted to coax the solitary rabbit from beneath the porch.
Behind me came the thunderous elephant feet of Blaze. I looked up, and a white blur was fleeing before her. I got up to avoid being run over.
Blaze flew past me, attempted to skid to a stop, failed, flopped over, and then dove under the porch. The rabbits exited on the other side, and I caught Blaze and put her in the house.
Upon returning outside, I discovered that Blaze had crashed into that ceramic food dish, and that it positively EXPLODED.
I rounded up the rabbits, and fetched them a new dish from Tractor Supply.
I discovered that if the rabbits leaned on the cage door, the latch would slide backward. I had a spare carabiner, and have properly secured the rabbits.
…this was way too much excitement before caffeine.