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'A Bunny Named Barnaby' reminds would be pet-parents - bunnies are not an impulse buy

Posted at 7:57 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 12:26:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Easter is right around the corner and the temptation to buy a bunny on impulse leaves many of them discarded or in shelters. Now, a Nashville couple has a solution and a dose of cuteness!

"Our number one comment is, 'That’s a funny looking dog. Or that dog hops really funny,'" said owner Katja Russell.

Katja Russell and Nicholas McGinn say their English Angoras act a lot like dogs and also a lot like cats.

"They want all this affection and they need a lot of attention and stimulation because they’re highly intelligent animals," she said.

They come on command like dogs, use litter boxes like cats, and inspire their pet parents to take pages and pages of pictures.

"We make bunny puns and we set them up to do funny things and makes people laugh. We love sharing," she said.

In fact, their "Bunny Named Barnaby" was such a hit on Instagram now - he even has his own book.

The couple says the book is a great way for parents to give their kids an Easter gift without making an actual pet purchase.

"All of our rabbits are rescues because rabbits are the number one discarded animal," Russell said.

Bunnies can live 10 to 15 years and many people become overwhelmed, even letting them go outside.

"[Bunnies] start flooding rescues, shelters," she said.

So, maybe, leave the bunnies to Instagram and watch their cuteness from afar.