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Diary Of Two Pet Therapy Bunnies

What can two rabbits with lots of love to share do? Plenty!

By Sherri Tarver with "petitorials" from rabbits William and Shakespeare

therapy rabbitsIn the lobby of a prestigious nursing home in Washington, D.C., visitors unceremoniously come and go. The hospice suite on the first floor of the facility occupies a tranquil wing of patient rooms decorated like home, and a tall, thin woman in teal-colored scrubs steers a large, blue stroller onto the unit. Upon arrival, it is always covered with a soft pastel, baby blanket — but there’s a pretty big guarantee that the happy babies inside will never cry or scream loudly and disturb the peace.  The two visitors who have been chauffeured in by stroller always check-in at the nurses’ station. Predictably, everyone stops writing on charts and comes closer to peek inside and smile. Often, the quietness and somberness of the afternoon is interrupted by a gleeful shout, “The bunnies are here!”

For the full article, pick up the 2011 issue of Rabbits USA or click here to buy the issue.

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I loved this article!!! I have a rabbit I would love to get in the certified rabbit therapy program, however, there is no such program where I live...
I'm currently in the pain treatment program at John's Hopkins and would love to have Will and Shakespeare come visit the floor. There are geriatric patients here as well that would love to have them! For me, rabbits are sometimes more healing for me than any other animal when I need a lift. Seeing "the bunnies" would really help me through this process...
Willow, Cumberland, MD
Posted: 4/3/2011 6:56:34 PM
I loved reading this article. It was very moving reading about how Willy and Shakes became therapy bunnies and all the joy they bring to everyone they visit!
Angela, Canmore, AB
Posted: 3/23/2011 7:38:10 PM
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