When it came time for us to read over and sign the rental contract for the house we are currently living in, Mr. Tennis, the realtor and I were a little taken aback and greatly amused by one added clause.
Re: "The Existing Rabbit". It was the first time it was brought up and I admit our pens paused for a few minutes as we tried to make sense of exactly what this meant.
Meet BlackJack, "The Existing Rabbit".
He apparently has lived in the garden and backyard of this house for a little over 11 years. The owners didn't want to take him out of his environment at such an advanced age and since he is self-sufficient and "lives off the land", they asked that we keep an eye out for him.
He comes out mainly in the mornings and evenings and doesn't mind the Bostons who are very curious about him and can't understand where he disappears to.
BlackJack has a tremendous burrow in the back corner and we imagine him having a terrific tunnel system that stems from that. Panda is confounded about that hole - where does that "existing rabbit" go? She can't see him.
The house owners have planted a rabbit friendly garden with plants for him to nibble and what I think is an apple tree whose fruit falls to the ground and gets munched on by someone with teeth - either BlackJack or the squirrels, I think.
The sprinkler system fills his water dishes and I do a check in between just in case they run dry.
Today on my excursion to the foreign (to me) grocery store I picked up a carrot for old BlackJack. I wonder if he will eat it?
Meanwhile tonight Sammy and The Maven are coming for dinner. Sammy has just gotten back in town and is anxious to see the house, so they will drive up here after work and eat a dinner I've cobbled together from ingredients I got today from that "foreign" grocery store.
Their reusable bags are great!
Hope everyone's having a good week so far!