06 April 2009



I am on vacation, and boy, do I need them! I am visiting my dad in Saarbrücken and it feels like a totally different world here.

First of all, it is summer here. At least that's what it feels like. I knew it would be warmer here than in Denmark, but I was not prepared for that much sunshine and temperatures which are about 10°C higher than back home. And secondly, I was obviously dearly missed. Penelope recognized me right away and started making content nibbly noises even before I began to pet her. Ever since I have been back she tries to be close to me which is quite a hard task for her, since she can barely hop any longer. Pinella also recognized me at once, and although she doesn't stay as much as she did last time I was here (her family is at home this time), she comes and demands to be petted a few times a day (which makes Penelope extremely jealous). Whenever I sit down the two ladies come and settle down near me. ;-)

Yesterday morning Pinella presented us with the gift of a mouse - dead. We were honored, but decided to let it vanish in the depth of the trash can. Actually this is quite an event. The nice neighbours, who alway feed Pinella, have not had that honour. :-)

Apart from barely being able to hop, Penelope also has problems cleaning herself properly. She cannot reach some parts of her body any longer. Already last time I was visiting, she allowed me to help her sort her fur. Today she totally surpriezed me by allowing me to peel crusty and dead skin out of the inside of her ears. Rabbit ears are very very sensible, and most rabbits won't allow any human to even touch the inside of their ears. Not only was I allowed to touch them, I was allowed to scratch, pinch, and pick at them! I tried to be very careful, but it must have hurt anyway. She seemed to be glad, though. She kept perfectly still and held her ears open and in my direction, and she was not at all happy when I got cramps in my legs (from kneeling and crouching under the stool) and stopped. Let me tell you: The inside of rabbit ears are the most soft part of a rabbit - much softer that their noses or tongues. :-)

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