Catching the rabbit went much more smoothly than I had anticipated! Sunday afternoon my next-door neighbor came over to tell me the rabbit was the yard between our houses. I went out and managed to get him corralled in a fenced area of my yard. Then I sat out there with him, talking to him, sending him Reiki, and offering food and little treats like bits of apple and banana. He was pretty calm and had no problem taking the treats from me.
After a while I went in to get a snack of cheese and soda crackers for myself, and brought it outside to eat. As soon as I sat down a very excited rabbit came over and put his paws on my leg begging for crackers. I had found the magic food to entice him into the cage! First, I looked online to make sure they wouldn’t make him sick (they really shouldn’t have food like this, but a few small bites wouldn’t hurt him). A couple of tiny bites of cracker in the carrier and voila—I had caught myself a rabbit!
I kept him in my bathroom that night and spent most of the evening in there with him. Somehow his name morphed from Bun Bun Nickles to Bumbles as I spent time with him. It only took him a few hours to get used to me and he was soon coming over asking to be petted. Of course, I fell madly in love with him and tossed and turned all night worrying about taking him to the shelter the next day, but I know my living situation is just not right for a rabbit at this time.
So, with a heavy heart, I packed him up Monday morning and took him to the shelter. I expected to leave there crying and miserable, but they were so nice and reassuring. The woman who helped me get him into his cage was obviously very knowledgeable about rabbits, which made me feel better. They said they have really good success adopting out rabbits, and all I could do was hope and pray that he would find a really wonderful home.
I came home exhausted and took a nap. When I got up, I finally got around to doing my daily tarot card draw, and when I looked closely at the card I laughed out loud—there is a brown rabbit on the card!
This made me feel so much better, like Goddess was saying, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this.” May Mr. Bumbles find a wonderful home like this, full of tasty things to eat and someone to love him unconditionally and take excellent care of him. So mote it be!