Every year around this time when the weather starts getting warmer and the flowers and shrubs start blooming, hoomans start talking about Easter and more specifically the Easter Bunny.
I’m all about getting together with your family and friends, running around outside looking for hidden treats and then everyone gathering around the table to eat a whole bunch for Easter lunch/dinner. It’s a whole lot of family fun outside in the sun after a long hard winter. But I just don’t get why in the world the rabbit was picked as the trademark animal for Easter.
A rabbit is defined by dictionary.com as any of several soft-furred, large-eared, rodentlike burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, allied with the hares and pikas in the order Lagomorpha, having a divided upper lip and long hind legs, usually smaller than the hares and mainly distinguished from them by bearing blind and furless young in nests rather than fully developed young in the open.
There is a whole lot I could talk about from that definition but let’s focus on the “rodentlike burrowing mammal” part which means rabbits are similar to a RAT. And they also like to borrow things that they probably never return them and say “no that was mine, I bought it” when you ask for it back. We all have “friends” like that huh?
Yes, rabbits do have some good features like soft fur, long ears, cute feet and the ability to wiggle their noses. But you know who else has all those same characteristics …. Basset Hounds!
Basset hounds are very soft especially right after a bath. We have much longer ears than a rabbit and our ears hang low, an activity that was made famous by a song most Basset pawrents love to sing to their hounds. Basset hound feet are just adorable and include big paws and lots of wrinkles. Plus, not only can we wiggle our noses but we can wiggle our butts, our middles and our heads. Get us excited or hold a piece of food in front of us and we will wiggle all over!
Since Easter 2020 is already going to be a lot different for everyone because of that mean Ms. Ramona Virus, I think it’s time we changed the trademark animal for Easter to the Easter Basset! Chocolate bassets, basset baskets, pastel colored basset hound decorations for your table and your porch…what could be better?!
I hereby deem 2020 as the year of the Easter Basset! Cadbury, I’m expecting a call!
Until next time, keep your snout up and your paws down.