I am Grijsje and was born end of February 1994 in a garden
hutch located in Rehovot, Israel. My father was a beautiful Chinchilla rabbit
and my mother a white New-Zealand doe. My father had some character
and often escaped the hutch to go and roam in neighbouring garden and find
some good food. I must have inherited this from him; I love fresh vegetables
from my youngest age.
Life did not start so
good for me and, at the age of about 4 weeks, I got sick. I suffered a severe
infection of the right eye, and my stomach was not doing so well too, maybe
stasis. I was nevertheless very curious about life and food and, beside my
mother’s milk, I tried to nibble some hay, pellets and some vegetables. Esther
furthermore cared well over me and I eventually recovered and became a healthy
Shortly after arriving
into the home of Esther, there was a heat wave or „hamzin". Humans define
it is 40 degrees, with dry desert air, and become less active. So do we, Sniffy
and me !
When we were lying together,
Sniffy taught me a lot of things: how to use a litter box, what are tasty
vegetables, and talked about her experience as a house-rabbit. She took care
of me, licked me a lot on my little nose to reassure me that nothing was wrong.
This always made me feel much better.
Sniffy was furthermore
my protector and she would not hesitate to bite and attack in order to defend
me. Yes, she was very courageous !!! We have had a lot adventures together.
So I remember very well the earthquake we had in Israel, in November 1995.
Since that day I do not like to be in something that moves.
Sniffy and me like to play
a lot together; hide and seek was our favorite !
When we got a bit older, Sniffy and me would often snuggle together for
hours. We both like to be together and groom each other’s fur.
I also like very much to
visit the garden. There is always something new to discover.
After some exercise to
keep fit.., it is nice to be inside the house again and rest with Sniffy.
Often, our humans would bring a bowl with fresh fruit
Usually she would climb
on my back and both we would doze. During the last months of her life, I cared
a lot for Sniffy, grooming her and keeping her mood high. Unfortunately she
suffered a stroke and left me, Esther, Arie and Louise. We miss her a lot.
Lately I like to listen
very much to piano music and have a special place in the living room to listen
to it. When it is finished I will go to eat something or play with Esther.
Since a few weeks, I have
a new friend, Stampi, but that is another story....
Getting older was accompanied with some health problems. Stampi
was full of patience and Adar, though very young, cared all the time for me.
End of December 2002, we went for a vacation to our favorite garden. I was
very sick and was hand-fed several times a day. It was a good time, with all
my rabbit and human friends.
Grijsje passed away
on January 12th, 2002
and has been buried in the favorite garden, aside of Sniffy.