Bertie is my rabbit, he's 9 years old now. Well, that's just a guess because I adopted him 6 years ago from a local farm. He was dumped in a cardboard box with his brother in the middle of the night. Sadly his brother didn't survive the night, but Bertie did. This was the first photo I took of him, just after I'd stopped a load of children poking him through his hutch. It was in this moment that I knew he would be coming home with me. Just look at that tongue, it's an awfully blurry photo but this was back in the day when I had a battery powered camera.
Fast forward 6 years and here is my boy now. We've lived in three different homes together. He has lived in a hutch outside, been an indoor rabbit and now in our flat he lives outside on our balcony.
On Thursday just gone I took Bertie to the vets for his annual jabs and was told he's in a great condition. One of his teeth need to be monitored as it looks a little sharp, so I've been advised to up his hay intake even more to wear that tooth down. If not I will probably have to fork out for an operation and that's where his insurance will kick in I hope. With two Guinea Pigs and Hamsters I have them all covered just incase. As Bertie is 9 I really hope that it won't come to an operation because the risks would be so great with his age and I don't want to lose him.
Here we are sat on the balcony during his weekly grooming session - it's not usually this bad, he's blowing out his summer coat at the moment. When I first got Bertie way back in 2009 I couldn't believe just how much hutches cost and of course there were no expense spared for his home. In that same year I'd become aware of the theft of rabbit's and their hutches around where I lived and everyone was advised to make sure the hutch was added to your home insurance. I'd left that up to my mum at the time, but the hutch was added to the policy.
Now as an adult the hutch was one of the first things added to our home insurance when we moved in, luckily due to someone really close to me working at Legal & General sorting out our own insurance was fairly straight forward. For the past four years the balcony has had his hutch, always open, a den and a pot of various hay/grass combinations. I wish I'd taken a photo of this before I'd packed it all away last week. It is a no mans land at the moment, but you can see I fenced the side so he couldn't escape. He loves it out there.
We had a letter through from our property management company stating that there would be work completed on the flat block over the next 5 weeks, so I've bought Bertie inside. I wouldn't want him to be stressed out with people climbing ladders over the building. Matt and I went to bring his hutch inside but the hutch was battered. Four years of being outside in all weathers had really taken it's toll, so I hopped (ha!) out and bought a new one.
When the flat work is complete I am planning on creating the best DIY rabbit enclosure possible and I've been hunting around the internet for ideas. So, if you have any ideas for enclosures for rabbits please let me know!
Here's to my next project.