We are a petless family much to the dismay of my children. The begging, the promises of doing all the work, the longing in their eyes when they visit friends with pets– it’s almost enough to cause my husband and me to reconsider. Almost. We’ve already had a poor experience with a Beta fish, which is practically immortal. Certainly we’re not ready for a real pet?
Enter Farmer Mary, the owner of Winterpast Farm Petting Zoo in Wake Forest. Besides opening her farm to animal lovers, Farmer Mary offers families a taste of pet-life through her rental program, which was inspired by the number of bunnies brought to her farm following pet-giving holidays like Easter and Christmas. Farmer Mary’s philosophy: rent one before you buy one.
So we did.
Farmer Mary offers week-long rentals of an assortment of farm animals such as bunnies, guinea pigs, and baby chicks. Even baby goats and lambs can be rented for an afternoon. With Easter on the horizon we chose a bunny, sent Farmer Mary a text with the requested information (A MUST!), and soon we were gushing over Latte Larry’s picture.
We arrived at Winterpast Farm promptly at our designated time (another must) and Farmer Mary provided us with a freshly cleaned cage, food, and other necessities including some basic instructions. We provided her with $40. The kids talked to Larry the whole way home and I began to relax that we would all get along just fine.
Larry’s Stay Through the Eyes of the Kids:
Larry is so soft!
Larry is so cuddly on my lap!
Larry likes to give sniffs and kisses!
Larry is fun to show off to friends and guests!
Feeding Larry is a breeze!
Don’t Larry and I look cute together?
Larry is a good listener.
Larry is $40 well spent.
Larry’s Stay Through the Eyes of the Parents:
Larry is so soft.
Larry is such a well-behaved rabbit.
Larry poops and pees a lot. A LOT! And usually right after we clean his cage.
Larry’s cage can smell.
Something is bothering Larry’s tummy– is it the apples? Too much hay?
Is Larry warm enough? Too warm? Hey, Google…
Larry is one more thing to nag about during morning routine.
I can’t believe I paid $40 to clean a rabbit cage for a week. Farmer Mary is a genius.
All in all, we loved hosting Latte Larry. Most importantly, I learned that while my kids are especially great at loving pets, they are not ready to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of one. Perhaps one day. In the meantime, I will happily bring them to visit Winterpast Farm for a quick fix any time they need.
Bottom Line: Farmer Mary’s philosophy is spot on. Rent one before you buy one.