THROUGH ABIGAIL’S EYES
CHAPTER 102 – Phases
When Bentley first came to live with Dad, he chose his burrow behind the pillows on Dad’s bed. It felt secure and cozy. And it was near Dad.
But as bunnies are wont to do, Bentley felt the need to make his burrow his own, which meant chewing on the pillows and the bedding, and shoving things around until it was just the way he liked it. Which was good for him. Not so much for Dad.
Bentley turned Dad’s expensive pillow shams and sheets into Swiss cheese. “Bentley, that’s quite a number you’ve done on my pillows!” he would say. While most bun parents would have locked their bunnies out of the bedroom at that point, Dad was patient. He knew Bentley was just being a bunny. Reprimanding a rabbit wasn’t an option. So rather than replace the bedding, he just let it be.
Dad remembered reading an article before he adopted bunnies that said, “If you like your house just so, you’re probably not going to want to be a bun parent.” They weren’t kidding. But to his own surprise, even though he was one of those “like your house just so” kind of people, he loved his bunnies so much that he didn’t mind adjusting. It was unconditional love.
“Abigail, I don’t know what to do about Bentley,” he said, “You’re such a good girl, you never chew on the furniture. What should I do?” Abigail thought, “Just be patient, Dad. I’m sure it’s just a phase. He’ll outgrow it.”
Several months passed by. Bentley decided to move his burrow to the closet. He began a new bunstruction project to clear out a burrow. And the chewing of the pillows stopped.
During the next white sale, Dad noticed that his bedding was on sale. He took a chance, and ordered new pillow shams, a duvet cover, and pillow cases. Fingers-crossed, he replaced the Swiss cheese bedding with brand new ones.
Bentley sensed some changes and hopped onto the bed to investigate. “Hmmm, new bedding!” he thought. Dad watched carefully. Bentley explored the bed. The towels with his scent were still under the pillows. Satisfied, he hopped off and went about his business. And Dad breathed a sigh of relief.
Apparently, Abigail was right. It was just a phase.