Thursday, February 6, 2014
Sorry For Only Talking About Bunnies & Bathing
Today I took one of my rabbits, Panda, to get spayed. When I brought the portable crate into her enclosure, I set it down with the door open and stood back for a minute. She hopped in, all curious and trusting, with no idea that we were headed somewhere strange and scary.
I wish I could explain to Panda why getting "fixed" is for her own good. Middle-aged lady-bunnies who haven't been altered are likely to develop tumors in the reproductive organs, according to a 1958 study cited by House Rabbit Society and Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund. Who knows, though--even if she could understand the reasons, she might still want to keep her uterus and ovaries, so she could have kits...
I hope Panda will forgive me eventually. Better yet, maybe she doesn't have the rational thinking skills to figure out who was behind her ordeal. I know I'm anthropomorphizing her egregiously. I just feel so bad! Surgery is awful, no matter what species you are. At least it will be a good thing in the long run.
Anyway, the procedure went fine. We got it done at Napa Humane, which is a local nonprofit shelter/clinic that I deeply appreciate, both for their accessible prices and their mission. In fact, I wanna promote something real quick: Sage Flower Hill, a handcrafted bath & body boutique, is donating 10% of February's online sales to Napa Humane.
Sage Flower Hill produces "high quality cold process and milled soaps using ingredients that are good for skin, less impactful on the environment and easy on your conscience. [...] Due to our concern for the environment, we decided to keep our focus on using ingredients that are derived from natural sources. [...] All of the oils in our products are organic and/or fair trade. Early on we decided that our oils needed to come from sources that paid their workers a good wage, had less impact on the environment and were skin loving... all at the same time!"
This company sounds inherently awesome, and "Don't Get Fresh With Me" scented scrub would be an amazing Valentine's Day gift. Go buy it. (Sonya Mann, mistress of subtlety!)
Vest AND cardigan. Obviously I was still cold.
Postscript: I'm taking a day off from the internet today--this post was queued--so I'll respond to any comments tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!