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Dear Reba Rabbit

We’d like to surprise our daughter with a pet on Easter morning. We’re thinking about a bunny, but we wonder whether a baby chick or duckling would be better. Which will require the least care, and which will be easier to give away when she gets bored?

Reba Responds

Pets require a lifetime commitment. We are sentient creatures, not disposable toys. So before you bring a pet into your family, everyone must pledge to provide lifelong care.

It sounds like your daughter isn’t ready for a live pet, so let me offer some alternatives to brighten her Easter morning and relieve you of the duty to care for -– and then give away -– a live animal.

My favorites are stuffed animals, especially soft, lop-eared bunnies. Make sure the fur is synthetic, not real.

Depending on her age, your daughter might enjoy a virtual or robotic pet as well.

For an extra treat, give her a chocolate bunny. We rabbits don’t eat chocolate, but I’m sure your daughter will enjoy it.

To help you decide whether a live rabbit -– or a chocolate bunny -– is right for your family, visit www.makeminechocolate.org. This interactive Web site is both fun and educational.

 

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