Even so, I was a bit surprised , when I heard a shrill voice cry : " Get this ....this DOG off of me !!"
" Ms Rabbit ! ", I exclaimed. " Is that really YOU ? "
"You were expecting maybe Sarah Palin ?" , the rabbit snapped. "The DOG ! Hello ...There's a big DOG about to devour me..."
"That's Champ", I soothed. " He just wants to play ..."
Nonetheless, I called Champ and persuaded him to go back inside.
(I had to drag him , and his toenails gouged the deck a little bit --- sort of like rake marks....but not too deep...)
"About time ! ", she huffed. " Is this any way to treat an old friend-who has traveled miles and miles to see you ? "
"How on earth did you get here ? " , I marveled. "The old house is 71 miles away !"
" I flew in ", she responded. "Don't look so flabbergasted ! I hitched a ride on a plane and parachuted in."
Ms Rabbit -(as some of you may know)- is a very enterprising and sophisticated Suburban Bunny ,and little she does surprises me ---but ??????
"Why did you leave your happy home ?", I asked. " Were the new people unkind to you ?"
" No---but they didn't go out of their way to be friendly, either." She sniffled a bit.
"Nobody offered me so much as a single Cheerio ! "
That sounded like a hint, so I fought my way past Champ (who wanted to play "Gimme that bone !" with Ms Rabbit in the worst way) , and got a small handful for my Visitor.
"Mmmmm...! ", she enthused. " Cinnamon coated and extra fiber !! Much better than the old ones !"
"C'mon ! ", I said. " Fess up ! You didn't really come all this distance for a few Cheerios !"
"Well", she admitted-wiggling her nose a bit - " I also came for the annual Easter Bunny Convocation."
"Rabbits from all over come to the Convocation -which is being held near here - to drink dandelion wine,chat with potential burrow-mates,and help the Easter Bunny make up his offerings."
"Hmm...", I said. " So you're basically down for the week..."
"Yes", she admitted. " I stopped by to see if I could hitch a ride home with you on Saturday..."
"How did you know about Saturday ?", I asked-puzzled.
"Oh ! I'm a 5th Cousin (once removed) to the Easter Bunny.I know a LOT of stuff !"
"Once removed ???"
"Yes. I always heard it was a fox that did the removing. Got any more of those Cheerios ? "
I sighed. "Nothing's too good for a 5th Cousin of the Easter Bunny ! Yes, I'll get you some more Cheerios; and yes: I'll give you a ride home. Just one restriction ."
" Yes ! What is it ?? "
"Please don't play that doggone Hip-Hop music on the car radio !"
( Rabbits: You have to lay down the law to them, or they'll hop all over you ! )