August is, I think, my favorite month. There is something about the end of summer and the beginning of fall that tugs on your heartstrings a little every year. Perhaps it has to do with school days and the end of vacation, and the beginning of a new semester? To me August feels more like the start of a new year than January!
It’s fitting that a lot of things in my life started in August. For a while it always revolved around school; starting at a new university, moving to a new city, then later moving to new apartments. But two events very close to my heart also started in August. My other half and I started dating in August, 4 years ago after knowing each other for 5 months. We met at work, and while we both felt attracted to each other right away, I was stubborn and didn’t want to jeopardize my budding career. Few months later I was convinced we’d both be adults should anything were to go sour, and here we are still together years later. That was a first “gotcha”.
Last year, we made another life changing decision and we bought our first apartment. Tired of paying more in rent than it would be paying mortgage (yes that’s right, Vancouver’s rental prices are insane), we took the plunge. We managed to find one that was reasonably priced just outside of downtown so we could both still walk to work, but also super close to the Skytrain for those lazy days. What a game changer. Owning meant we could finally, finally, bring pets into our lives. However, we both often work long hours, sometimes months of late overtime as well as weekends. We couldn’t get a cat because he’s allergic (that was a struggle for me, I love cats!). We really wanted a dog but agreed it’d be horrible to keep them cooped up all day and possibly late into the evening with no one around to take for walks. Then the light bulb turned on, and he mentioned he used to have a pet bunny. While still allergic to the hay they eat, it would be manageable compared to cat dander. Bunnies it was!
At first we were just planning to get one bunny. The more we thought about it, the more I leaned towards getting 2. They could keep each other company while we were away, and a second wouldn’t mean much more in terms of food or vet bills. Decision made. We went to the Vancouver Rabbit Rescue & Advocacy rescue, and fell in love with two fluffy ragamuffins. We took them home, and introduced them to a variety of yummy foods and toys.
Today marks our first Happy Gotcha Day with our bunnies Peanut and Evie! They don’t know this yet but they’re going to get all the treats later 🙂