The rabbit has begun to socialize with us—freely and without hesitation. He has actually become friendly. I cannot imagine what has induced this new behavior. During the day, I leave the door open to the laundry room and he can now see me work as the dog naps at my feet. Perhaps, this constant company comforts him. Whatever has softened his approach and significantly reduced his sarcasm, we are all continuing to encourage the rabbit in this positive, new direction. He even now puts his paws on the door frame to his cage and pokes his head out for petting. This is definitely a kinder, happier rabbit.
I wish people were as malleable as pets.