Last week, the mystery of the dead bunny in my backyard was solved. If you’ll remember, one morning the bunny just appeared in the backyard. I wasn’t quite sure how it got there – Rigby was an option, but so were the neighborhood cats and other wild animals that make the rounds at night.
It was very early in the morning. I had just woken up and, as I’ve mentioned, I’m not terribly coherent in the morning. I stumbled downstairs to let the dog out. Rigby stepped outside when I opened the door and all of sudden a bunny flew across my yard. Before I could say, “Oh, no!” Rigby took off across the yard, aiming for the bunny. For about 2 minutes the bunny frantically hopped across the yard, looking for a way out as Rigby zigzagged after it. The whole time I screamed, “Rigby! Rig-Beeeeeee!” Which was ignored by all.
Most of my backyard fence is brick. One side is an 8 foot brick wall, the other three sides have about 3 feet of brick wall and then picket fence that sits on top of it. Every time the bunny ran towards one of the fences, I just knew that was the end of it. As soon as it got to the brick wall it would have to hop up onto the brick before it could squeeze through the fence. That was bound to slow it down. I cringed at the thought of what would happen if it slowed down.
Finally, the bunny ran into the side closest to where I was standing. Rigby put on the brakes and then trotted back and forth along the fence, clearly no longer chasing it, instead looking for it. Obviously, the bunny escaped. However it probably keeled over with a heart attack having been chased to an inch of its life.
My adrenaline was pumping, but I breathed a sigh of relief that my dog didn’t murder (another) bunny in front of me. I also wanted to strangle her – all that training thrown right out the window. She didn’t listen AT ALL!
I was certainly awake after that!
On a more somber note, my thoughts are with Boston tonight. My home for 8 years, I have a place in my heart for this wonderful city. Whenever manmade tragedy like this strikes, I can’t help but asking, “What is wrong with these people?!?!”