This past weekend my wife, one of our friends and I went to one of the foster homes to help clean cages. We had a couple bags of carrot greens we’d been given by a Farmers’ Market and wanted to give them to the foster rabbits, as we had far more than our own rabbits could eat before they went bad.

Cheyenne was among the rabbits whose cages we cleaned . Most of the rabbits got at least some cuddle time, but Cheyenne seemed to get a disproportionately large percentage of the affection. For most of the time we were there cleaning cages, SOMEONE was holding and petting Cheyenne.

Cheyenne has cataracts. This has rendered her blind in one eye, and she’s at about 50% of her vision with the other. Because of this, she needs to be approached slowly. If you come at her too fast or from her blind side, she jumps and runs, sometimes pouncing your hand.

If, however, you approach her slowly from her good side, or make some noise so she knows you’re approaching, she puts her head down for petting.

Approaching her slowly is well worth the effort, as she’s one of the most affectionate and cuddle oriented rabbits I’ve met. Once she knows you’re “OK” you can pick her up and hold her for as long as you like. Most rabbits love being scratched gently behind the ears or otherwise petted, and Cheyenne is no exception. What makes her unusual is that she genuinely loves being held, and will melt into your arms with a leg dangling off your arm.

In addition to being a cuddle bug, she’s a velveteen rabbit, that is to say, her fur is soft and velvety with a smoother than silk feel when you pet her.

From the moment we took her out of her cage to clean it, until the moment it was time to give her the carrot greens we’d brought, Cheyenne was sitting in the arms of one person or another, melting like any good rabbit enjoying life.

At one point while holding her, I turned to my wife and whispered “This is a dangerous bunny” a phrase the two of us use to indicate a rabbit that we shouldn’t be allowed to foster, as we’d end up adopting him or her. There are a few “Dangerous” rabbits at HRN, Cheyenne and Emily being the major ones.

One of the sanctuary rabbits is completely blind, and the foster home where she lives has made some adjustments to accommodate her.

All of the rooms that the rabbit frequents have a different textured floor. This means the rabbit always known what room she’s in when she’s put down. The following are of course optional, and Cheyenne probably won’t need this level of care, as she’s far calmer than the sanctuary bun for whom these steps were taken.

All the free roaming animals and persons in the house have a different bell, so the rabbit can hear who is approaching. I’m told this took some getting used to for everyone involved, but it greatly reduced the moments where the sanctuary bun was frightened or startled by someone approaching. If wearing a bell full time is a bit much for you (and I can’t blame you) then keeping one near the rabbit’s cage so you can pick it up and clip it to a belt or slip it over a wrist when approaching the cage should accomplish the same thing.