The Rabbits of Summer

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

I was hoping to use Debbie Laity's Summertime Special contest to show off all the hard work Mary has done with our gardens this year, but the unending rains in May have delayed the blooms. There isn't yet much that's really photogenic, and I'm out of time.

 

And we can't venture inside the house, because our granddaughters have temporarily turned it into a combination toxic waste dump/charnel house. So that leaves me with the rabbits.

 

Fred the Lawn Rabbit

 

I love rabbits and I was thrilled when the first one showed up in our yard about 5 years ago. He brought along a few friends*, and now, I can't look out at the yard without seeing at least 3-4 of them happily munching away on my grass. The dogs gave up chasing them years ago, so they're very tame, except for the babies who haven't yet learned that we're harmless. And they're fun to watch - last week, a herd of 7 of them came barreling through our breezeway, happily frolicking their way down to the lake for a drink.

 

One of Fred's Kids

 

Some of my neighbors, however, don't share my pleasure, and have initiated a variety of strategies to rid themselves of these essentially harmless creatures. It's true that they eat the grass and the garden plants, but in my humble opinion, that's the highest and best use of lawns and gardens, and a much loftier purpose than inciting jealousy and rage in the hearts of our neighbors over Mary's green thumb.

 

I have learned from my neighbors that the options for getting rid of rabbits essentially consist of creating conditions that range from unpleasant to fatal, spending a lot of time and emotional energy on the effort, and ultimately succeeding only in driving them to a location that offers them a more peaceful refuge, i.e. my house.

 

I couldn't do what my neighbors are doing. I'm simply unwilling for the resume of my time on this planet to include the phrase "he was inhospitable to rabbits".

 

*The other evening, this clown showed up looking for a race.

 

Flush the toilet and the turtle disappear

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

 

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LMAO I like the bunnies and so do my dogs!!! However the best is that turtle looking for a race

Jun 26, 2015 01:33 AM #5
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Dick we too have rabbits and lots of other criters that live close by if not in our yard. It's fun to watch the parents corraling all the little ones and keeping them safe under a bush or tree. We have an eco friendly yard so we don't have all those troublesome bugs (yea) but rather all the critters that keep it eco friendly. Barney thinks it's great as he likes to chase the bigger lizards - but he never catches them. All is good!

Jun 26, 2015 01:38 AM #6
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:) 

I really like your attitude and my yard is also bunny friendly. They do some damage, but it's part of the overall scheme of things. Mac would love to give chase, but we tell him he has to be nice, so instead he sits and watches with a look of frustrated longing. 

Jun 26, 2015 01:58 AM #7
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Hi Dick Greenberg   Thank you for sharing, I also love rabbits.  We have some land that we share with some rabbits, moose, deers and some times bears  I could do without the bears though   I hope you have a great weekend

Jun 26, 2015 03:28 AM #8
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Dick- love your attitude towards Peter and the other Cottontails.  When we lived in Leesburg and had deer for neighbors I was happy to have them drop by and eat my newly planted caladiums.  They're just plants and I was happy to plant more. 

Jun 26, 2015 03:49 AM #9
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Dick Greenberg my daughter has these in her yard also .They are so cute .I love your comment on turning your house into a toxic waste area .You have to love grandchildren they are so special

Jun 26, 2015 03:55 AM #10
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Dick - that is awesome.  We had plenty in Pennsylvania when I was growing up.  But they did drive our dog crazy.  I can't believe yours gave up.

Jun 26, 2015 04:54 AM #11
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Rabbits are adorable. They can eat and entire garden in what seems like a minute though. 

Jun 26, 2015 05:31 AM #12
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I'm a big fan of rabbits too!  I lost my indoor Bunny a month or so ago.  He was a very sweet life force, and had such a personality.  Glad to hear of your sweet rabbits

Jun 26, 2015 06:52 AM #13
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Even in the desert I have a bunch of rabbits that run across our desertscape. Drives the dogs nuts. LOL

Jun 26, 2015 07:18 AM #14
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We a neighbor who grows a lot of vegitables, and we see rabbits all over all the time. Sometimes our cats do too, and that's a bad day for the rabbits...

Jun 26, 2015 07:31 AM #15
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I can't help what happens to our rabbits as a result of the outdoor cat, but when I see him going after after one, I'll toss him in the house and shoo the rabbit away in hopes they are long gone when the cat goes back out.

Jun 26, 2015 08:25 AM #16
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Dick you neighbors loss is your gain.  Rabbits are fast but I am surprise the dogs are not able to catch them.

Jun 26, 2015 10:34 AM #17
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LOL...I love this post! I see you are putting your new camera to good use. I have to buy mine this weekend. Thanks for entering the contest, Dick. I love rabbits, too, and the ending to this post is priceless. 

Have you read, "Watership Down"? It's one of my favorite books. 

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My Sister had rabbits when we were in elementary school.  They were so soft and cute!

Jun 26, 2015 12:10 PM #19
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Very cute Dick. Your photography and subject matter is really fun. A lovely wabbit is posing for us along with your tortoise friend who probably does not care.

Jun 26, 2015 03:00 PM #20
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I was thinking you were going to write how the rabbits ate the garden, that happened to me last year and now chicken wire wraps my garden and dug deep into the ground. Pretty to look at, but not pretty when they end up in the garden

Jun 26, 2015 11:38 PM #21
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Very cute - I appreciate your efforts to help your furry tenants live a good life. Hope some of that rubs off on your neighbors.

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Good Sunday morning Mary and Dick Greenberg -

When I think of Fort Collins Colorado I think of you two.  Imagine that. 

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Love the photos Dick! We have an abundance of cottontails and I enjoy watching them playing leap frog over each other in the back yard without a care in the world.

Jun 29, 2015 12:59 AM #24
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