Mascot number 6 – “Pal” – is a seven-year-old mini lop breed rabbit, pet of members Barbara & Larry. It was most appropriate and strictly coincidental that we honor signup #6 at this time (Spring 2011). The Chinese New Year – “The Year of the Rabbit” began on February 3 and we have just concluded the season synonymous with rabbits – Easter!
Barbara provided the following background information on Pal. Barbara chose his name because he bears the same color (tan) as a Palomino horse. Pal is a house rabbit, and is “free range”, meaning he has full run of the house – except for the overnight hours. Rabbits have plenty of personality. After his morning brushing and some cuddle time, Pal heads for the refrigerator and patiently waits for some fresh lettuce. He then begs for his treat – two Cheerios. Barbara believes Pal is a new species of mammal – a “coggit” – a combination cat (because he cleans himself and uses a litter box), dog (begs for food) and of course, the rest is rabbit. Pal has been a Pet Therapist all his life and as a member of the “Fairfax County Pets on Wheels”, visits assisted living nursing homes, and also makes appearances at libraries for children’s story hour and by request for special needs children. Indeed, Pal brings out enthusiastic responses from seniors and children alike.