Riva was out of the house and Monty was oh so happy! He was binkying around and cuddling like never before. We decided we’d give him some time before trying again. when we were ready we messaged Riva’s foster mom and let her know since we knew Riva would be at this event. We felt that there would be enough rabbits around that it shouldn’t be a problem. Well….bunnies must have long memories because Riva tried to get at Monty the moment he was put in the socializing area. We were able to solve the problem and Monty continued to meet other eligible bunnies. One of whom was Callie, a beautiful calico rabbit.
We decided to give Callie a try with a couple of supervised longer “dates”. As you can see from the picture above, they seems like they would get along. We had Callie join our home and set them up in separate pens, side by side for them to get used to seeing and smelling each other. We then set up supervised times for them to be together. This time around, we did not rush the process. We made sure take it slow and use banana power. What is banana power you ask? Well the lure of banana to rabbits especially strong. So to create happy feelings you rub banana on their heads and they are so incensed by the smell of banana that they try to lick it off the other rabbit, thus making the other rabbit feel as though they are being groomed. It’s faking it ’til you make it at it’s finest.
Slowly they were able to be together for longer periods of time without worry. They moved into Monty’s living space (after a thorough cleaning), still in separate pens until they were able to be together full time. the first night I did not sleep well thinking I’d hear a fight break out, but it was all quiet. Callie seemed to know what it would take to win Monty over…lots of patience and very little pushing. Today, they are living their best lives, lovers spats and all.