Over four million people have watched the heart-warming Hope For Paws video of Bunny’s rescue so far:
A pitbull with cropped ears, Bunny looked intimidating – but with a wagging tail and gentle nuzzle she soon revealed her sweet and submissive personality.
Despite this, Bunny’s journey to adoption has been a long one. Dogs that survive on their own for so long can become almost feral, and she had trouble adapting to being an indoor pet. “Bunny was tricky,” admits Mandy DeGuc, adopton co-ordinator and trainer of Sevadog – who agreed to place Bunny. “She had separation anxiety and was pooping everywhere and climbing over everything. If she saw a dog out on a walk, she’d try and jump out the window.” But not because Bunny wanted to attack them, DeGuc hastens to add, “Bunny is all love.”
That said, finding the right forever home for her wasn’t easy. DeGuc wanted someone Pitbull savvy who would be willing to continue working with Bunny. She received over 200 applications – one even wanted to fly Bunny to Greece – but she finally chose Michael Lawrence and his family. Even then, Lawrence said they had to make some changes first. “We have a wood slat fence, and they told us she’d just grab a board off. So we had put a wire fence on the inside of that. And we had to take the dog door out to prevent her from trying to escape.”
Whilst taking on a dog with issues is not the easiest, Lawrence loves that Bunny hops like a rabbit and barks like a Chubacca when she’s playing. He hopes that as they continue to bond, she will let go of her desire to wander. She already likes sharing the bed and snuggling. Many would have written Bunny off for her unsocial ways, especially being a pit bull. But in her rescue by Hope For Paws and rehabilitation by SevaDog, Bunny was given the chance to blossom and become loved. “She’s very much a people dog,” smiles Lawrence. “She likes to be sleeping near somebody.”
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