Walking your pet in town can sometimes be a source of problems, but it’s also a great opportunity to create social ties. And when you meet a young woman accompanied by a rabbit of at least 9 kilos, equipped with a harness and walking on a leash like a dog, you wonder…
The young woman is Léa Dopiérala, 22, a student in a master’s degree in performing arts at the University of Reims. She works with the Manège and the Opera, dance companies and on film shoots. The rabbit is Dionysos of the city of Remes, a giant from Flanders, born in a breeding farm in Marne in November 2009. The animal even has its Facebook page. We see him at home, by the sea, in the snow, in Barcelona, placid and happy to follow his mistress everywhere.
Their cohabitation nevertheless required some adjustments mentioned by Léa: “Dionysos is very affectionate and lives in total freedom. He goes to the litter like a cat. But it is an animal that requires a lot of attention. For example, all cables are bundled and put out of reach. I also moved to live in an apartment with a small garden for him. »
Léa is categorical when she speaks to people who would like to have a rabbit: “Never put it in a cage. Even with outings, it is unsuitable (it is active at night). If you can’t let him loose, opt for a puppy playpen instead. »
And she insists: “No one would think of keeping a cat in a cage. It’s the same with rabbits. But I would add that it must absolutely be a considered choice because it generates a lot of costs. »
Sage remarks… Abandoned dwarf rabbits are waiting in shelters.