Mr. Patterson may be cute, but the staff at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria where he is currently awaiting say that prospective owners should make no mistake — he is a true gentleman.
“Mr. Patterson may be a bit leonine, but he’s actually just a lionhead rabbit (though he’s just as proud of his majestic mane as any big cat would be),” said Gina Hardter, a spokesperson for the AWLA. “This 2-year-old gentleman’s favorite spots are a well-filled hay bin or a snuggly enclosure with lots of blankets.”
Like most rabbits, Mr. Patterson is highly intelligent and enjoys puzzles or challenges to help stimulate his brain.
“Chew toys and places to dig will help you win Mr. Patterson’s heart,” Hardter said.
While all rabbits require some grooming, Hardter said Mr. Patterson’s intense mane requires some special preening.
“As anyone with a fantastic coiffure (or coif-fur) will tell you, you will need to dedicate some time to brushing Mr. Patterson,” Hardter said. “Make sure to find the right type of brush to keep him detangled, because lionheads far prefer brushing and the occasional spot-clean to a bath!”
Anyone interested in learning more about caring for a lionhead rabbit, or to meet Mr. Patterson for potential adoption, is encouraged to schedule an appointment with the AWLA.
How did Mr. Patterson spend his morning? Watching the @NASA launch! This little bun is out-of-this-world cute and can often be found nibbling on hay with his head in the stars. Is he the bunny best friend for you? pic.twitter.com/rUB98S1dIF
— AWLA Alexandria (@AlexAnimals) July 30, 2020
Meet Tiger, a two-year-old white rabbit available for adoption at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue).
“Tiger first hopped into local attention when she was spotted near the Shell Station in Alexandria,” Gina Hardter, spokeswoman for the AWLA, said in an email. “A kind resident scooped her up and brought her to the AWLA.”
Hardter said she is “hoppy” to try new things like games and clicker training.
“[She’s] one smart cookie and can sniff out a treat from a mile (or at least several feet) away,” Harter said.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
“Join me at Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria, along with a fluffle of lionheaded bunnies visiting from Tripple Springs Farm in Brandywine, MD, for Hoppy Hour,” organizer Beth Wolfe Yoga said in a Facebook post.
Tickets to the meditation are $30.
The event is a 45-minute guided meditation, which will include some bunny snuggling. Included in the ticket price is a post-meditation beverage of hard cider or non-alcoholic, house-made apple juice, according to the Facebook page.
Space for the event is limited and attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats. If the event fills up, another is scheduled for April 5.
Photo via Curtis.Kennington/Flickr
The shelter is hopping with rabbits right now, according to Gina Hardter, director of marketing and communications for the AWLA. A residence realized they had too many bunnies to care for and had to part with some of them.
“They are coming out of their shells in our Adoption room, and enjoying the new experiences, including their hidey houses and straw toys,” Hardter said, “as well as the attention lavished upon them by staff and volunteers.”
In some good news, Annie, the high-fiving cat featured in last week’s adoptable pet profile, has been adopted.
“You’ll be excited to hear that after over a year with us, Annie just went home this afternoon, and I’m sure that is in part due to her coverage in your publication,” said Hardter. “Thank you so much for helping Annie find her people!”
From 12:30-1:15 p.m. at 3051 Mount Vernon Avenue, a “fluffle” of lionhead rabbits from Tripple Springs Farm in Maryland is scheduled to make an appearance and play around during a guided meditation.
The yoga session is scheduled to be followed with bunny snuggling and bunny selfies.
Space for the event is limited and $30 tickets can be bought in advance.
Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Children over ten are welcome if accompanied by an adult.