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Almost death by bunny!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I had a fun, very active day today. We went to an outside bizarre/yard sale type thing. I got a great pair of “hippie” suede pants, a retro lamb coat, and two pairs of boots for $35 bucks. I know, I said I wouldn’t buy clothes until I lost the 15 lbs I’ve gained but the price was too good. The pants are a six so I don’t get to wear them until I’m back at goal – that counts right?

So I got home and we watched Farscape. I did a bit of ST during the commercials. I hadn’t finished my steps for the day, so I decided the girls needed a good run/walk. We harnessed up and headed out. I had the skijoring harness on Tazzy so I knew we would be “moving”.
We walked to the path and then started running. Running with both my girls is like running on a treadmill that doesn’t have a stop button. Now both girls are fully trained to verbal commands. I have one command that they will run on, keeping the leashed very taunt – steady pulling for skijoring. We have turn commands and a stop command. I have never had to worry about it, my girls ALWAYS listen. I am never in any danger or have any problems.

Ever hear “never say never”? Well “never say always”. We were going along at a great clip. Then it happened. From out of the brush came the little devil. Ears like the horns of Satan himself.

A rabbit! Out of the brush on the side of the path less than 2 feet in front of the girls! And what does the idiot thing do? It runs directly down the trail. No hiding, no running into the brush – it just ran straight down the path. And my girls kicked into prey drive!!

My legs were pumping as fast as they could. I couldn’t verbalize. We had taken off so quickly, I had no breath. I was just trying not to fall on my face. I started to panic – my girls are trained to VERBAL commands. I could barely breathe. My legs were burning and the stupid bunny would not turn. Even scarier, we were keeping up with it!!! I had to do something.

I smacked Gypsy’s leash so it pulled on her collar. My big girl stopped on a dime and looked at me like “What mom?”. Tonight also proves that dogs can read our facial expressions. I thought she was taking off again when she jumped on Tazzy. Both dogs slowed and I was able to issue a stop. They were looking at me like I was nuts but obeyed. The stupid demon rabbit finally ran into the bushes.

I treated both dogs and we WALKED home. My side is still a bit sore and I need to practice some physical/leash commands on our next run. And maybe a dart gun for the demon rodents!!!
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JAXMOMMY 10/3/2013 1:02PM

    All I can say is that you better watch it out there mixing it up with wild life! Seems you had a near death experience with a deer not so long ago! I am so proud of your Gypsy! Trust me, Jack and now Sassy would have been dragging me along after just a few minutes! Dogs rock! Bunnies don't!

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DOGLADY13 9/24/2013 7:58PM

    I'm slow to reading this, but boy oh boy, am I ever glad I read it. Too funny. I'm glad you lived to tell it.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/23/2013 9:24PM

    OMG!!! ........... I'm glad You could not see/hear me laughing myself silly over this!! ............. and how funny that the 'demon' bunny kept on the hot trail ........... great description of the event .............. (yeah: rodent?) .............. hmm ............. well we wouldn't want any giant rodents joining the pack I guess ................ too funny!! emoticon

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BUNNYCATS 9/23/2013 5:39PM

    A rabbit is not part of the rodent family. A rabbit is in the lagamorph family. They have always been known for tricks, breaking rules and raising awareness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 9/23/2013 5:11PM

    I'm glad your okay and the dogs stopped a dart gun sounds like a plan. Clothes are always good things I can't say no to them either.

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SOULFISH80 9/23/2013 4:30PM

    This is so hilarious!!! I am sorry you are sore, but this is really just too funny! I love your descriptions, you could be an author, really!!!!! I'm glad you weren't hurt too bad. Also, great finds at the yard sale!!!! I love stuff like that, it really is special to find just that right thing at a super bargain price. Keep up the great work!!!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/23/2013 3:51PM

    good dogs!! LOL My dogs see something they run so fast they actually jump OUT of their harnesses...yet to figure out how they do it..

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MALICORNE1 9/23/2013 2:11PM

  Yeah ! you bet ! Rabbits are dangerous animals, emoticon emoticon , better meet them on your table next time , as a stew!
I bet you can fit in those new clothes, and WOW you must be in a fantastic shape to run after your girls.

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SIRENALEANNE 9/22/2013 11:50PM

    OMG! I can see the whole thing in my head now. That's funny! Sorry you're sore. Hope you feel better tomorrow. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/22/2013 11:45PM

    Wow! Sounds like the bunny gave you a run for your money!

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CAT-IN-CJ 9/22/2013 10:53PM

    OMG! My side is hurting too . . . from laughing! (well, ya got to admit, part of it was funny.)

Love your description of the HIIT . . . all sorts of scenarios passed before my eyes.
Coulda been really bad . . . . Glad you're okay!
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BESCATS 9/22/2013 6:28PM

    Holy cow, that was some workout. emoticon I'm glad you weren't hurt.
It's great that you have such a good command over your dogs. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 9/22/2013 6:07PM

    OMG, not a bunny! lol I bet you have your steps in for the day now, don't you?

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LIVINGFREE19 9/22/2013 5:29PM

    How scary! If it would have been me in your place, I would have fallen!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/22/2013 2:36PM

    Dogs probably thought it was the best adventure ever!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/22/2013 12:46PM

    glad you didn't trip!

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FLORIDASUN 9/22/2013 12:06PM

    Death by bunny...sweet! emoticon emoticon NOT!

I love your story and high intensity intervals probably gained you a SWEET calorie burn! Love your doggies..they were just getting started.

MOM...you PARTY pooper! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XTRACATE 9/22/2013 10:56AM

    Devil Bunnies! Glad your good girls stopped, my boss's dog is like that perfectly behaved until the small and furry present themselves (bunnies and chippies) that he is a mad animal who I almost lost twice on walks, so I know how nuts it is.

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JUSTME29 9/22/2013 10:33AM

    YIKES! Stupid bunny! Maybe he lost a bunny bet? Depressed and suicidal? Was filming the bunny version of Jackass? A bunny serial killer?

Am I only one who's mind went to the killer bunny from Monty Python the Holy Grail?

I'm glad you're ok.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/22/2013 9:29AM

  OH my gosh! Glad you and the girls survived!

Reminds me of biking on the path and a kamakazi chipmunk ran across the path directly in front of my bike. I couldn't swerve to avoid it on one side as there were bikers going the opposite direction, and on the other side was a ravine! I just applied my brakes and prayed! Fortunately, nobody behind me and I managed to avoid being thrown over the handlebars.

HUGS and hope today's a less fast-paced day!

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APED7969 9/22/2013 8:50AM

    lol, I could see my dogs doing that :-) Mine are pretty well trained but I always assume something can convince them not to, thankfully they get to be off leash a lot!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/22/2013 8:06AM

    Wow! You had quite the day! emoticon So glad you didn't face plant. That would hurt.

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DALMOM2007 9/22/2013 8:03AM

    emoticon I'm sorry, but I have to laugh...those darned demon bunnies...just lurking in the bushes! I'm happy that you're OK.

What is it with these Demon Rodents, yesterday a friend almost got tossed off her horse because Satan's Squirrel was coming after him. emoticon

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DARLY55 9/22/2013 8:01AM

    Intervals by nature - awesome! Way to hang on, Kitty!
You told this story wonderfully.

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STARTINGINLIMBO 9/22/2013 7:45AM

    Wow, well I guess you got some high intensity into your workout that time for sure!
Yeah, the rabbit was taking the path of least resistance to get away faster I'd guess, but goodness, that made for quite the mad dash for you three!
I'm glad you didn't get hurt, other than your side, and hope it feels better today.
Yay for Gypsy responding and for jumping on Tazzy to! They love their momma, even when they don't understand her. :)

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ANATASHIKI 9/22/2013 4:27AM

    you have 2 good dogs. you should teach them non verbal commands too , sounds you could need them sometimes. bunnies aren't very bright , huh? glad to hear you bought some nice clothes . I didn't think of cadbury eggs but I think I had a vision of a killer bunny with an axe emoticon

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PHEBESS 9/22/2013 4:06AM

    That really is a funny story, though I'm sure it was scary at the time!

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/22/2013 2:48AM

    Oh my! I'm laughing at the visual even though I know it wasn't funny for you. I'm just glad you didn't fall or get hurt. Like Deb said, I thought you were going to talk about the Cadbury bunny too by the title of the blog. emoticon Just think of how much of those eggs you burned off on your run. emoticon Glad to hear that you found a way to get Gypsy to stop. Animals are so smart and she's a smart girl for being able to read mom's face.

I never had anything like that happen to me. Instead the opposite, when we lived in the city we (me, Pebbles and Pollywog) had to outrun German Shepherds running towards us that escaped out of their back yard. Thankfully they got sidetracked with something else before they got to us. I started carrying pepper spray after that.

The devil bunny was just trying to help you run off the calories you consumed from the Cadbury eggs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AHAPPYLIFE 9/22/2013 2:24AM

    What a great story!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/22/2013 2:11AM

    not the bunnies fault though love.glad it turned out alright in the end.take it easy today. emoticon

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FAITHGIRL91 9/22/2013 1:09AM

    Ahhh, yes, I've had those things happen to me here with Missy...cats, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs... critters of all kinds popping out at us and then me trying to restrain Missy the huntress! :)

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PAMNANGEL 9/22/2013 12:05AM

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GMO_JEN 9/21/2013 11:11PM

    Wow-I agree, HIIT is only marginally fun (or something) when your ready for it! I am so glad you are fit and can keep up-I would have lost them! And, good that your girls stopped! Crazy bunnies!

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KALEWINE 9/21/2013 11:07PM

    Wow! Who knew bunnies were so dangerous? I'm glad you survived!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 9/21/2013 11:06PM

    Yikes! Sounds like you had a close call but got it all under control. When I read your blog title I was thinking it had something to do with those darn Cadbury eggs LOL. Just think how many of them you burned off chasing the actual Easter bunny :-).

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LESLIELENORE 9/21/2013 11:06PM

    Yikes, talk about high intensity!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/21/2013 11:01PM

    Wow, they say quick bursts of high intensity in your workouts is a good idea but that was crazy scary. Glad everyone survived and you burned extra calories you hadn't planned on. emoticon

I look forward to seeing a picture of you in that groovy outfit! You are so cool!

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