A pleasant surprise; welcome home

Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm.

Earlier today, my daughter and I visited the Humane Society of Harford County! We visited the “Critter Cottage” building and loved playing with Chum in the area set aside for animals and their potential adoptive parents.


Sweet bunny Chum – this is the picture taken from the HSHC’s website.


But it was Sparkes (a wee Netherland dwarf bunny) that pulled at our heartstrings. I saw her the moment I walked into the building and it was love at first sight.

Update #1: Checking online, I’m willing to bet that Sparkes color pattern would be described as Broken Black Otter.

The lady tending to those furbabies (in that building) said that Sparkes wasn’t handled a lot and was a bit jumpy. She mentioned that Chum was very friendly, which is why we played with him first, but as much as I loved Chum’s personality something kept pulling me back to Sparkes.

So despite the fact that Sparkes might be skittish, after a bit more playtime with Chum, I put him back in his cage and went over to Sparkes. I reached into her cage, talking softly to her the entire time, and she let me pick her up without fighting. Perhaps she knew she was going to her forever home and wanted to be on her best behavior? We told Sparkes, “We’ll see you soon! We said good bye to Chum. He’s a sweet bunny so I’m hoping he finds a forever home soon.

Processing the adoption

There was a lot of paperwork to complete for our brand-new dwarf bunny. One thing you must promise is to take your new pet in for a health/wellness exam seven days after introducing them into your home. Since next week is busy, I won’t be able to do that until Saturday, 13th.

Additionally, the Humane Society of Harford County requires that you make a deposit of $50, that is refunded back to you once you have your pet neutered or spayed.  You have six months to complete this. I’ll be setting up our fuzzbutts appointment during her health/wellness exam.


picture coming soon

Pictures of Sparkes; coming soon

I’ll be sure to post a picture of “Sparkes” (we’re changing her name to something else) sometime later today. Her photo on the adoption page was removed since she was adopted today. The Humane Society also has a “recently adopted” page, but she hasn’t been added there (yet.)

Edited to add…

You can see pictures of Freya by clicking this link.

Pleasant surprise for my daughter

My daughter was thrilled and kept asking me, “Do we get to take her home and keep her for as long as she lives?” Yes, princess, she’s really coming home with us.

A few days ago, I’d told  Suituapui’s that I had a few surprises for my daughter and this was one of them. She’s loves animals and does a great job with Mr. Bentley  (Shih Tzu) and Angel (guinea pig.) I don’t have to worry how she’ll act around our new companion. I bet Suituapui’s daughter, Melissa, would love our brand-new addition too. I know fellow animal lover, Jennifer, would love our bunny too. How her cats and dogs would react to the bunny, would be quite interesting.

Think before you decide to acquire a pet

Pet’s should not be an impulse decision. Unfortunately, there are too many people that don’t think these decisions though which is why we see so many pets spilling over in animal shelters.

I’ve been thinking about getting a rabbit for well over a year. I’ve had them before and all of mine have been wonderful cuddle bunnies. Stroking super soft bunny fur has always been a relaxing experience for myself. For the past Eighteen years, all the pets that have been introduced into our home were pets that no one wanted.

Currently, Sparkes,  is sitting near me wiggling her nose seemingly content. I think she’s happy to be in her forever home. 😉

Update #2: “Sparkes” name has been changed to “Freya”.




  • suituapui says:

    Since small, my daughter has always wanted a pet but the mum would not hear of it! Poor girl…deprived all her life of the joy of taking care and loving one. Wish we had this kind of centre here, she could go and adopt one of her own.
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, That can make it hard for a young child if they can’t have them as children. We’ve always had pets of some sort. I can’t imagine not having them. I do have to do extra to make sure the place is neat and clean but for me it’s worth the extra hassle.
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  • Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the shout out! YES! Awesome news you have a new family member! YAY! I think Suzie would rough it up a bit – not to hurt Sparkles by to tease. Riley would follow Suzie at first but then just sniff and nuzzle it. Paco would run around in circles and want to play but not get too close. Gabby would ‘talk’ to ’em and be very friendly. Charlie – who know – he’s a loose cannon – but then again – he’s BUDS with Gabby now – so he might be buds with the bunny, too! teehee. All-in-All after they got used to each other – I think they would be cool 🙂

    Looking forward to more posts and progress on the newest member of your family! YAY!
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, Neat that our pets have their own personalities, right? Just like humans they can react differently when introduced to the same things. 🙂
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