Hello. It’s Belinda.
Well, today’s the day. I finally get to make my big announcement.
I hired another rabbit.
Can you believe it?
You might be wondering if I have the authority to do this and the answer is no. But I “rolled the dice” as they say in Las Vegas and I lucked out.
Her name is Abigail, she’s a Netherland Dwarf and she’s now part of the Small Pet Select writing team.
And get this: She’s a novelist. She’s writing a book about life with her roommate, “Dad.” He never lived with a rabbit before she moved in so she had to teach him everything from scratch.
So what does all of this mean? It means that every Wednesday, you’ll get a chapter of “Through Abigail’s Eyes” in your email. I hope you sign up for the emails because Abigail’s novel is going to be a big smash hit. Once I started reading my advance copy I couldn’t put it down, if you want to know the truth.
This announcement also means I'm moving into management. I can’t believe it.
It’s funny how well things have turned out, considering the fast one I pulled.
The thing is, for weeks before my birthday, I thought I was going to fired. My roommate and my agent kept acting funny, sneaking around and mumbling about “Earth Day cards” and “inviting other rabbits.”
It seemed obvious to me that Small Pet Select was looking for a new spokesrabbit. But instead of giving me a pink slip, they gave me the best surprise birthday bash of my life. And my friends mailed me 65 birthday cards, not Earth Day cards. I just wish I had asked my agent what was going on instead of thinking the worst.
But I got so worked up that I went behind her back and called a notary office. To make arrangements for what would happen after I was let go.
Here’s what everyone needs to remember. I’ve put a lot of myself into this job since I was hired last September. Figured out how to hack into the system to add big white bunnies to the Top 10 Cuties. Got up the nerve to work the table with Josh at Midwest BunFest. Earned record-breaking sales for my Belinda Bundle. Helped the Las Vegas rabbits. Learned how to develop new product ideas and not take it personally when all my ideas are rejected.
Plus a lot more behind the scenes.
I didn’t want all my hard work and good ideas to be undone by a new spokesrabbit. A new rabbit would want to “make their mark.”
So I thought if I hired Abigail she could do two things. One, as a novelist, give the rabbit’s point of view in a new way. And two, be my “mole” inside the company. Help to keep my ideas and projects going, even after I was gone.
It seemed like a good exit strategy. So I offered her the job and she accepted. The notary drew up the papers and sent it off to Mr. Gordon at headquarters. I guess when he saw the notary stamp at the bottom he knew he was cornered.
But then my birthday arrived and “surprise,” I wasn’t fired after all.
So ever since then, I’m the one who has felt cornered. Waking up in the middle of the night, wondering if the company would want two rabbits on the payroll. Worried that I’d be written up for hiring an employee without permission.
It took a couple of weeks but we got the whole thing worked out. Turns out they think that Abigail's novel is just the right addition to the company blogs.
I’ve never been a manager before. I'm a little nervous, to be honest. If I want my boyfriend’s companion or the English to do something, I just chase them. That’s fine for at home but at work I have to use “total quality management.” I’m five years old and I’m ready for the challenge.
This whole thing has been a whirlwind and I’m glad we can finally get back to selling hay.
Spokesrabbit, Small Pet Select