Hare-raising encounter: Easter Bunny delights dogs, terrifies tykes on visit to Slope

Hare-raising encounter: Easter Bunny delights dogs, terrifies tykes on visit to Slope
Photo by Taylor Balkom

These kids had a little too much bun.

Youngsters jumped in line to meet the Easter Bunny at Washington Park near Park Slope’s Old Stone House museum on Saturday, but some tots were not hoppy at all after face time with the festive rabbit, according to one mom.

“She was extremely excited to see the Easter Bunny — until we got very close,” Jennifer Turner said of her 2-year-old daughter, Veronica Madar. “He didn’t talk, which may not have helped.”

The floppy-eared furball appeared at a so-called “Eggstravaganza” event for humans and their canine companions that local pet-sitting service Brooklyn Bark organized to raise funds for the no-kill shelter Sean Casey Animal Rescue in nearby Windsor Terrace.

Attendees who donated money at the event received the opportunity to photograph their two- or four-legged children with the Easter Bunny — a photo op that generated lots of excitement resulting in long queues that left some parents waiting as long as 45 minutes to snap a shot of their loved ones with the rabbit, according to Turner.

The mom said her daughter was thrilled at the thought of meeting the buck-toothed bunny while she patiently waited in line, but that things took a turn for the worse when the girl came face-to-face with the hare.

“She was delighted during the wait to meet him, until she actually got close enough to touch him and started crying,” Turner said. “I’m not expecting a different reaction to Santa.”

But the sweet kid quickly recovered from her traumatic audience with the rabbit, insisting that, come next spring, she’ll be ready for a less emotional sit-down, according to her mom.

“She’s been talking about him every since, about how the next time she meets the Easter Bunny, she’ll sit on the bench and shake his hand,” Turner said.

Parents of dogs seemed to fare better than those of humans, however, as most pups took the visit with the fluffy white hare as an opportunity to pal around, according to another attendee.

“We had a good time,” said Jamie Goldstein, who brought her 1-year-old hound Rosie to meet the rabbit. “It was really fun.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Good dog: Athena Schutte pets Ashley, a 5-month-old Shiba Inu, at the fund-raiser organzied by Brooklyn Bark to benefit Sean Casey’s no-kill animal shelter in Windsor Terrace.
Photo by Taylor Balkom