Sunday, November 14, 2010

For Malcolm: The Joy of Loaf

My last post mentioned that Mickey is a practitioner of bunny yoga, specifically the "loaf" position. Allow me to expand on this:

"Loaf" is a position of being and doing, of verb and noun; the bunny is involved in the act of loafing while actually looking like a loaf of something. Above, Mickey performs the "fresh-baked bread" variation. The paws are thoroughly tucked in, the head and body are also tucked in, yet the pose is one of complete relaxation. Sometimes, a bunny even gets so relaxed that they transition from "loaf" straight into all-out "flop", but that is often accidental and not a desired occurrence.





Behold the ultra-rare "carrier loaf". "Loaf" is best achieved in one's cage, under a chair or table, or in any sheltered area so as to avoid interruption or in case a full-fledged nap is called for.

The "loaf" position is a time to reflect upon one's state of bunnyhood; to contemplate ways in which one can achieve all that is desired--a few more treats, an extra ear rub, world domination, whatever--or review past actions and their success or failure.



"Loaf" is not a position to be taken lightly; it requires great concentration, and any interruption of the process is guaranteed to result in some serious disapproval, if not some retaliatory poop in your shoes. I was lucky to escape with only minor snubbing after taking the photo above. If you happen to see your rabbit in the "loaf" position, it is recommended that you maintain your distance, but observe them carefully until you are certain that it is safe to approach before attempting any kind of communication.

14 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely post! Yes the loaf is definitely a serious position!

The Fab Furs said...

Thank you Mickey and Jade for illustrating and explaining the loaf of bun. (If you have cats and bun/s, do not allow your cats to knead the loaf.)

Lisa said...

Jon thinks the bunny loaf looks like a duck floating on a pond.

Clovie Boy said...

I'm trying to visualize Mickey in his loaf position in a loaf pan. They probably don't make one big enough.

Jade said...

I SO wanted to Photoshop a pic of Mickey in a loaf pan, but I couldn't find a pan pic that would work with the photo. I actually considered popping him in one of my loaf pans to see if he would fit, but he would never have tolerated it.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Mr. Mick is quite obviously a serious professional at the loaf. Awesome, really.

SixBunnies said...

BUN LOAF! Micky has achieved the ultimate level of Bun Yoga!

Jade said...

Mickey is a certified master of loaf--the Loaf Guru, if you will. ;)

Karen M said...

I did not know that carrier loaf existed. Thought it was a myth.

Rabbits' Guy said...

So the Mick is actually a Loafer! A handsome one at that!

Jade said...

Mick is a most stylish Loafer--but if you try to put a penny in him, he will give you such a nip. ;)

Reese said...

Mickey, you are so irresistible. So, so adorable with that pose, huh? I have not seen my bunnies doing with those yoga moment. Do all bunnies do that? I think, I need to spend more time with them and have a cage at home rather than the rabbit hutches for outdoors.

Kylie said...

How did Mickey get such loaf looking body? What makes it more convincing is the light brown color of Mikey which matches with the color of the bread ends (lol). Seriously, maybe you stock Mickey in the rabbit hutch that is why it gains too much weight or lack of exercise. But not to deny Mickey is the cutest rabbit I'd ever seen.

Jade said...

Kylie: Thank you for your concern, but Mickey gets plenty of out-of-cage exercise. He is more fluffy than fat, especially when he gets in his "loaf" pose.