I don't need to tell you that it's been a hard winter this year. The 5 foot piles of snow along my driveway will give you the idea. (How many times have I wished for winter to just get here and stay here so it was pretty and white? Never again...)
Our family has this pet rabbit – Grommit – who just appeared on our doorstep a couple of years ago. He usually lives outside in his hutch, but because of the hard winter, he's been living in my studio in an indoor cage. Now, when I say he just 'appeared on our doorstep', I am speaking the exact truth. I opened the door one morning to let Phil the cat out and as I did so, this small, white lop-eared rabbit was just sitting there. Phil took a sniff at him, grimaced and walked the other way. (My interpretation, “What in the hell is that thing?”) I said, “Hey, little buddy,” and he let me scoop him right up.
Now, at this point, I didn't know he was a boy yet, but he soon demonstrated that he was....which was embarrassing, because my daughter was having a sleepover with several of her friends that morning. After he settled down, we took a look inside his ears. (As a kid, I was in 4-H and showed rabbits with my sisters. Show rabbits must have tattoos in their ears – no, not hearts with 'mom' emblazoned across them, nor skulls with daggers, but letters and numbers to keep them straight when there are 5 other white, lop-eared bunnies in front of the judge.) Sure enough, he had a tattoo, which meant he came from a breeder (not something we ever relished being called as teenagers in 4-H).
After going around the block (we live on a pretty busy street in the middle of town) and checking with all the neighbors for a lost bunny, we became the lucky owners of the rabbit now known as Grommit...who lives in my studio this winter.
This has cut down on productivity in the studio a bit. Petting takes time. So does cleaning a cage. Grommit has figured out how to get out of his cage some nights, so the studio is going to need a good Shop Vac and coat of Killz on the floor this Spring. I don't burn incense right now, because that would be hard on his little lungs, but I see a fair amount of that going on after the mercury rises and he can go out to his hutch again.