Tino & the Rabbits
As you know, we have a million Tino stories. Mostly because everyday was a new adventure with Tino – it’s part of what made him so special. Tino loved chasing critters. He didn’t care what it was – squirrels, coyotes, possums, but his favorite was rabbits. Or maybe they were his favorites because we had an abundance of rabbits in our yard so they were easy pickings.
When we first moved to our current home, Tino must have been about 7 years of age and hadn’t slowed a bit. The home was a bit of a fixer-upper and in the backyard there was an old built-in hot tub. It hadn’t been used in years and a family of rabbits had taken up residence underneath it. This was a wondrous discovery for Tino – a whole family of rabbits to chase and stalk right outside his back door.
Tino possessed the patience of Job and spent MANY hours lying in wait at the edge of the hot tub just waiting for one of those rabbits to poke their head out. Eventually we had the hot tub removed and Tino was sad for many days…until he discovered that the rabbits had only moved under the even larger shipping container the previous family had left in the corner of our yard. An even bigger rabbit den – Woohoo!
I lost count of how many rabbits Tino caught over the years. I did the best I could to get them away from him before he ate the whole thing, but I was not always successful. The amazing thing is that Tino continued to catch rabbits even after he went blind. Certainly not many – I think only one or two…but tell me, how did he do it?