My name is Sue and I have had rabbits since I was a little girl. In fact my parents had rabbits before I was born, so I am no stranger to these wonderful, complex little creatures. Until fairly recently I had my own three beautiful mini lops, Willow, Merlin and Milo who used to live indoors with us here and were thoroughly spoilt. Unfortunately over the last few years they have each crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. They may be gone, but never, ever forgotten.
Cottontail Lodge was born out of a desire to create a safe, clean and happy accommodation for rabbits. One that I would be happy to board my rabbits at. I found it extremely difficult to find anywhere in my area that actually accommodated only rabbits. There were plenty of dog kennels, catteries and places that would accommodate all animals large or small. However, there were none that just specialised in rabbit boarding.
Cottontail Lodge is set in a very peaceful garden (well most of the time it is!) Although we are situated just on the edge of the town, we are extremely quiet here, apart from the gentle clucking of our chickens.
We started out with 7 large hutches back in March 2012, We had lovely large (or so it felt at the time) runs on the grass. We built up a good clientele from day one. I have some of those clients still. However, over the years it became apparent, that this type of accommodation was not ideal and I decided to change bits and pieces. Each year we would change something or add something like The Burrow. That was until October 2015 when we changed it all completely. We kept The Burrow but out went the hutches and separate runs and in came purpose built large pens that led out into their own large runs via a pop hole. They are secured onto concrete bases so that they are easier to keep hygienically clean. This has proved to be very successful. I wanted to give the guests more space to live while they were here to lessen any stress they may have with being away from home. It also meant the bunnies were not being picked up and put in their carriers twice a day to move them from their hutch to the run and back again. This was quite obviously stressful for them too. So now, the bunnies have lots of space and a lot less stress.