Originally, the name for "Five and a half dog squad" came having foster dogs in mind...
We have an "extra" dog most of the time, so it felt like, our squad is expanded by ever changing dogs. I thought it's a smart idea!
Once it went in motion, our family was extended by a rescue bunny. And suddenly it became half and a 1/5.
IT ALL STARTED ONE SUMMER DAY...
Triu is short for "Triushis (Triušis), in Lithuanian meaning - bunny. The story of how I got her, em....where to start!
It all started from one cold summer day, when a car rolled into my back yard and an elderly gentleman stepped out of the car, carefully observing my house. Thinking this is utterly weird, I stepped out to greet the gentleman. The gentleman was lead to us by the free flowers available at our gates. It quickly turned into long talk about everything.
Several months later, after this interaction was forgotten, the man appeared again asking for some help with some things for sale. In exchange he offered a bunny cage, for free. I agreed to help, but with no need for anything in return, certainly not a cage, that I had no intention filling.
Turns out, two bunnies were left, at a property of a sold house, with no one to care for them. Luckily, the gentleman I befriended, found out about it and brought the bunnies to someone, who was interested in keeping them, thus - leaving one empty cage, free to give away.
I was asked multiple times about the bunny cage and in the end this lead to conversation to take in the bunnies as well. I hesitantly said, that I will take in the bunnies, if they will have no other option, at the time, believing, they are already settled into a home. I eventually also said yes to the empty bunny cage, JUST IN CASE. I planned to repair it and maybe sell online or donate to a shelter.
THE DAY OF...
The day of, when I was politely talked into getting the bunny cage, finally came. It was delivered and it seemed that, that was it. But the same day, late at night, I received a message saying, another cage, with one bunny, will be delivered to me within an hour. Apparently one of the bunnies died, because of lack of proper care and the fate of Triu would have been the same. So, the man wanted to avoid that and brought her to me.
I had no choice, but to prepare myself - with the help of Google and Youtube - as much as I can, for the arrival of a pet, I have never really had before. A pet, my dogs knew only by the ear smell, as they often snacked on dried rabbit ears and also as someone they chase in the fields around us...
It took several months, random stranger and many small events, for this bunny, to end up in my home. PRECISELY THIS BUNNY - with the colour and gender fitting into our squad "standarts".
Innitially, it was planned to find Triu a new home. But, as I am a strong believer in "what's meant to be...", after meeting Triu, I could not give her away anymore. It was decision made, despite knowing, that not all of the dogs will take it lightly.
TRIU'S "CRIB" DEVELOPMENT