Itâs no surprise to hear of a rabbit named Harvey, ever since Elwood Dowdâs six-foot three-and-a-half inch invisible rabbit of the same name made it to the silver screen in 1950. But Liz Schloegel of Ames, Iowa, says her Harvey is often more like Harvey Dent, the two-faced nemesis of Batman.
Schloegel, who is in veterinary school, decided she needed a rabbit to keep both her and her 18-year-old cat company. She did her homework about rabbits and decided on a Netherland dwarf breed and began to browse on Petfinder to find one to adopt.
âI decided to look at two Netherland dwarfs that were available at the MCRS [Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society],âshe says.Â One was a cute little brown dwarf, the other a black dwarf, Orbit, that she had scrolled by many times during her online search. âOrbit was found as a stray, and his description made him out to be a bit of a handful, so I had always kept looking at other rabbits. When I arrived for my scheduled adoption meet and greet, I learned that somebody had adopted the brown dwarf shortly before I had arrived!â
That left the âhandful.âÂ It took several people to corral him into a pen with Schloegel. And then Orbit surprised everyone by curling up in her lap for a nap. That settled it; she adopted him.
âHe earned himself the new name of Harvey Dent (he can be a little two-faced with his moods, especially at feeding time!),â Schloegel says. Â
Harvey Dent is as entertaining as Elwood Dowdâs Harvey, but heâs certainly not invisible. âHe enjoys being mischievous every chance he gets,â she says. He loves, for instance, throwing things down from the third level of his bunny condo.
His unique personality has enriched Schloegelâs life more than she ever expected.