A Tiny Rabbit Hops Right Into Their Hearts
As a former rabbit owner with no pets, Brianna Lyons often found herself needing a dose of bunny cuteness. Her living situation didn’t allow Brianna to house a rabbit of her own, so she and her boyfriend, Matt, would go to Larimer Humane Society to visit with the adoptable rabbits.
One day Brianna noticed a dwarf rabbit named Mimi on Larimer Humane Society’s website. She was especially excited to visit with Mimi because of her size and coloring. The little rabbit was very sweet during their visit; she even hopped onto Brianna’s lap for some cuddle time.
After discovering that her apartment actually did allow rabbits, Brianna and Matt got their place rabbit-ready and adopted Mimi.
Mimi was renamed Merida, after the headstrong character in Disney and Pixar’s “Brave.” Merida turned out to be fitting, as the two-and-a-half pound dwarf rabbit shows some attitude every now and then.
If Brianna and Matt are sitting on the floor and Merida wants to get by, she’ll nudge them or nip their pants as a way of saying, “Excuse me!” Sometimes Merida gets upset with Brianna and Matt if they spend a night out with friends. The following morning the couple will find that their pint-sized pet has thrown hay all over her cage.
While Merida can be headstrong at times, she is usually a sweetheart. Merida loves being pet and will return the favor by licking hands, arms and even faces if given the opportunity. She has also learned what her treat bag sounds like when it’s picked up. Merida will run to Brianna or Matt at the sound and climb onto their laps, waiting for her snack.
Brianna encourages those interested in rabbits to adopt, but she says the care needed for a rabbit is more similar to that needed for a dog than a hamster. As with any pet, people looking to adopt a rabbit should do some research first.
Matt and Brianna couldn’t be happier to have Merida in their lives. In the short time that they’ve had her, the tiny rabbit has already brought them hours of laughter and smiles.