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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Boys will be boys, and dogs will be dogs

Boys will be boys, and dogs will be dogs

Boys will be boys:  Last week we had dinner with a family we met through church.  I’d never met them before, but Amy had talked to them quite a bit - so we went over to their house one evening for dinner and fun.  After dinner, the kids (they have 4 as well) all trucked outside to play.  After chewing the fat for a couple of minutes, I stuck my head out the back door for a quick check.  In the far corner of the yard, I saw Levi (who is 2 and 1/2) with his pants around his ankles, PEEING ON A TREE IN THEIR YARD!  I yelled, “What are you doing, Levi?”  His shouted over his shoulder, “I had to pee on their tree.”  That explains nothing and everything in seven small words.  Apparently one of our friend’s kids asked several times if he should be peeing outside, and was informed by both Levi and Gabe that “he does it all the time.”  News to his mother and me.

Dogs will be dogs:  I’m working on an outside hutch for the rabbits - it’s essentially a lean-to on the back of our garage.  ‘Nother nifty diagram for your viewing pleasure

Hutch

Eventually, it will be enclosed by a cute picket fence with flowers and vegetables planted around it.  For now, it’s enclosed by a rough-shod wire fence that keeps Ruby from the all-she-can-eat rabbit poop buffet.  The gate is just leaning in place - I plan to attach it tomorrow.  Two days ago, I went out to check on the rabbits in their new home, and noticed that one of the youngsters was holding up a paw covered in blood.  Total bummer.  I washed it with peroxide and put antibiotic ointment on it.  I figured he/she cut it on something in the cage.

Yesterday I was in the garage feeding the chickens, and I heard Fraser, our house-mate’s Boston Terrier scrambling around in the rabbit hutch.  The gate had fallen down and he was in there causing a ruckus.  I chased him out and was about to head back to the chickens when I noticed that Mr Nibbles was bleeding profusely from his foot, and sitting on top his little sleeping cave - which I had never seen him do before.  Suddenly it all clicked in to place.  When the rabbits stand in their cages, their toes and toenails poke through the wire.  To Fraser, the probably look like furry doggy jelly beans - with the thrill of the chase mixed in for good measure.  He was just tall enough, when standing on his hind legs, to reach the underside of the cage.  Mr. Nibbles was now short a toenail - but let me clean it off without too much fuss.  The other rabbit looked a bit worse - and still won’t put weight  on the front paw.  But it is eating and drinking just fine - so we’ll give it a few days and see.  As I said, dogs will be dogs.  But I’m putting up the fence and gate ASAP.

63 Responses to “Boys will be boys, and dogs will be dogs”

  1. Amy Wolthuis Says:

    Hey, Nate and fam…
    Just wanted you to know we found you here and are really enjoying your stories and nifty drawings. Keep it up!
    Amy

  2. Amy Wolthuis Says:

    oh yeah, and could you do a piece on how you take care of your fruit trees? We have an Italian prune/plum tree which is super low maintanance. Brian wants to get another fruit tree, but that is daunting to me. I have visions of bugs and birds getting more fruit than we do. And remember the cherries/worms we once shared at your house?
    Amy

  3. mrs. varney-crawford Says:

    re: bunny protection - it’s good that you will be putting a fence around your hutchs. my friends in dexter had rabbits in a hutch raised above the ground like yours and up against one of their sheds. they went away for an overnight visit and on their return the next day found all their rabbits dead in their cages with no visible wounds. they believe the rabbits were scared to death by stray dog(s) because they found lots of dog prints under and around the hutch structure (they had no dog). you’re a good bunny dad!

  4. joanE Says:

    how about a category for “nifty drawings there in the side bar, just so we can find them?

  5. joanE Says:

    that’s “nifty drawings”. edit feature needed on comments!!!

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