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This year's sponsored event for Rabbit Welfare Awareness will see me taking on the infamous West Highland Way, or Hop, over the course of a week from 24th May to 1st June.
Rabbits are our MOST neglected companion animals. This is largely due to our outdated perceptions on what rabbits are, and an industry which continues to breed and sell rabbits on mass with NO real regulations, licensing or substantial legislative welfare protection towards the true needs of our buns.
Rabbits are still viewed by many as cheap, easy, starter pets, ideal for kids and housed in totally inappropriate small hutches or cages, fed harmful foodstuffs then often ignored or simply cast aside once the novelty wears off.
The reality is rabbits ARE a big commitment! They have species specific welfare needs and complex health issues. They require lots of daily care and interaction and in truth will cost you so much more to care for over their lifetime than a cat or dog. They are a lifetime commitment that can last up to 12 years or more. Are you ready for that?
When properly cared for, understood and their welfare needs provided Rabbits make for truly bunderful companions; they are full of love, fun and mischief. Once you've caught the bunny bug there's no going back. <3
My sponsored hike will see me walk 96 miles over 7 days through one of Scotland's popular and busy tourist/hiking routes. I'll be carrying the rabbit welfare message with me via our special rabbit welfare flag (see pic updates below) and lots of literature to help raise awareness towards the need for improved rabbit welfare and understanding.
My sponsored hike may be a wee while away yet, but it will take a bit of planning on my part as I need to make sure I am properly prepared for such an epic adventure.
I'll be tackling this challenge on my own and camping out at the various stop-overs along the way to help keep costs to a minimum. I just hope our fine Scottish weather is kind to me come the time!
You are of course welcome to join me if you wish, but I will be going at my own pace so please don't expect me to keep up! However it would be lovely to meet and have to company of others, even if it is just for a tea break along the route or if you can only join me on the hike for day or two!
My planned overnight stops are highlighted in the map on the page's profile picture, where I hope to mainly camp 'wild' or make use of the camp sites along the way.
I'm strangely excited about doing this hike now, I'm not a terribly fit bunny but I do enjoy the outdoors, however I've never properly camped before so it's all very new to me. Still, it should be a bunderful experience.
If you're unfamiliar with the beautiful and popular trail through one of Scotland's scenic hiking routes you can find more info here:
More details will be added as our plans progress so keep an eye on the updates or follow our event page on our charity's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1834385070131465/
The things I do for our bunderful rabbits! ;) ♥
Disclaimer. please be aware that our weather may be an issue come the time, although I certainly hope not! Should the worst happen and the elements do work against me I will either postpone the walk or look to complete the route another time should I have to abandon the hike during any stage of my travels. It is Scotland after-all, although I would hope that during the month of May the weather will be kind to me. So on that note, please keep those furry paws and tails crossed! ;)