Hi everyone. I hope I find you well!
We're well into 2009 now and I have to say, I’ve noticed that it’s lighter for longer on the days when the cloud isn’t too thick. Roll on spring!
My 13-year-old son Billy asked to talk to me the other day, and I wondered what was coming! He had planned a little speech about how, as the youngest of three children, he’d missed out on some things that his brother and sister had enjoyed. I was waiting for his usual gripe (that he couldn’t remember the holiday we loved in Canada as he had only been three-years-old, and could we plan another) but he surprised me.
Billy's unexpected request…
‘Bex and Charlie had rabbits and guinea pigs as pets, but I missed out. And I need someone to love and cuddle and look after. And it would be good for me to learn about the responsibility of looking after an animal. A dog would be best’ he told me. (He must have been reading Dale’s blog – the Franklin family have just added a Bearded Collie pup called Toby to their number.)
Well, we have a dog already, who is ten this summer, and I don’t think we need another. ‘A kitten, then,’ said Billy. We already have Buddy the tabby, strictly speaking he’s Rebecca’s. But a kitten? In 15 years time I’m hoping that Billy won’t still be living with us, but I can bet his cat still would be. And Olley and I have plans to travel in our retirement, without worrying about an old cat!
But Billy is right, really. He has always been the caring, nurturing child of the three, and would love to have his own pet. He suggested a parrot (!) so he could teach it to talk, a snake (to love??) or a ferret. It’s a no to hamsters as they make so much noise at night, so I’m thinking maybe a rabbit.
Should we get a rabbit?
What do you think? I’ve heard they can be house-trained. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of that? It would be on a ‘Billy does the cleaning’ condition – I’m not going back to the days of mucking out hutches every weekend! We found a plan for building your own hutch and rabbit run on the internet which would give him a project until spring when baby rabbits may be available.
But I’m not sure – most of the time the rabbit would be on its own outside in its hutch. Do rabbits need company? Would he have to have two?
I think I may try to distract him onto some other idea, but I have a feeling I’m in for a long battle!