Tiney was the name of a hare owned by a local poet called William Cowper who lived in Olney in Buckinghamshire not far from me and kept three pet hares, Tiney, Puss and Bess. He wrote a poem about Tiney who escaped one day and ran down the street, he was eventually recaptured.
Cowper was a great nature writer and wrote extensively about his captured hares which he kept in clean straw filled boxes in his house. Throughout history people used to keep wild hares as pets, although I am assured now that it is illegal (unless the hare can't be reintroduced to the wild for injury reasons or because it has been too imprinted onto humans). I am also reliably informed that the keeping of wild hares is not recommended as my friends, who are looking after various wild hares before they are reintroduced into the wild, suffer much damage to their furniture. Here follows Cowper's words on his hare:
'Old Tiney, surliest of his kind,
Who, nursed with tender care,
And to domesticate bounds confined,
Was still a wild jack-hare'
Interestingly, Cowper co-wrote the beautiful hymn 'Amazing Grace' with his friend Rev John Newton who was anti-slavery, the hymn which is now famous throughout the world was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year's Day in 1773.
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