Oliver has a new home!
I've not been on in a while because life has been extremely busy. Not long ago I bought a house, Oliver, Doris, Roy and I all moved across town, and it's been great having our own yard; no worries about pesticides and such. Oliver has had a great time running around his x-pen, and it's been fun to watch him acclimate to the outdoors, if only for a couple of hours.
As the subject line suggests, I'm writing because as of this past weekend, Oliver has a new home. As many of you know, I inadvertently ended up with Oliver; never having owned a bunny, not really understanding it completely, but he needed a new home as his owner had lost her job, had two kids, etc, etc. It was your typical re-homing story; life got busy/messy, and so that's how I ended up with Oliver.
This forum has been an invaluable source of information, and luckily I found it pretty early on. Although I knew I wasn't the perfect place/home for Oliver having read so many of your posts- not a lot of space, and no chance of ever having another bunny friend - I also knew that he was well cared for, loved and would always have food, toys, treats and vet care if needed.
That said, a few weeks ago, one of my friends told me about one of her friends whose male bunny had just passed away. I've never tried to re-home Oliver, but have always been open to the idea of placing him with the right person, in the right home. Long story short, On Friday, Oliver traveled one mile from home to his new home, complete with bunny bedroom and a new bunny friend.
The person who adopted Oliver has owned house rabbits for about 10 years - her male rabbit died at the age of 10. She adopted a female rabbit about 4 years ago, and they eventually bonded. Her female rabbit has been extremely distressed since her male bunny passed, so she was actually in the process of trying to find a pleasant sort of low key male rabbit, with whom her female rabbit might bond.
Her female rabbit lives in what was supposed to be the guest bedroom - there's actually no bed or anything, just bunny paradise, instead. Not only will Oliver have a new friend, at least eventually, he'll also have an entire room to hop about, never having to be caged again unless he prefers it; I couldn't be happier.
I want to thank you all of the advice you've provided over the last 7 or 8 months or so - this forum is great and I tell everyone about it; I'd have been a little panicked without the advice I receive here. Though I won't be using this forum any longer, I've just found myself with a few mice, never cared for them before, so I'll be around there, and maybe on the dog/cat forums, too. Jess, I think I saw you on the mouse/rat forum, so hopefully I'll see you around.
Thank you all very, very much - I'll definitely miss participating in all the great discussions, but am so, so happy for Oliver.
Hopefully I'll get to visit him soon, and if you'd like, I'll let you know how he's doing.
See you around,
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Roy, Oliver and Doris.