Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bunny sneezes

In 8-1/2 years of life with Bunya (and bunnies), I have never heard him sneeze. At first, I thought he might be choking, but he was very casual about it, seeming maybe a little annoyed and not stressed at all. (But just in case, read about the Bunny Heimlich here). 

Since he has been under the weather with a hairball blockage, anything out of the ordinary shaves years off my life expectancy. So here's about 35 seconds of a bunny sneezing. Yes, we will watch for repeat episodes to see if there is something else to worry about (and help the vet pay off any college loans). *sigh*

video

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

If your bunny is choking

Serious topic - Bunya scared the ever living shiznat out of me this morning when he began to, I think, choke. Fortunately, he worked it out himself fairly quickly but I aged several years in probably less than 20 seconds.

Save this link that describes a "bunny Heimlich" maneuver: https://coloradohrs.org/bunny-heimlich-maneuver/. Here's what it says:

Bunny Heimlich Maneuver

Rabbits often choke on pellets, especially if they tend to “gobble” their food.  If you have a “gobbler,” you may want to spread his pellets out on the floor so he can’t eat as fast as he can from a dish.

It’s also very important to be sure that pellet dust isn’t included with the pellets.  If rabbits sneeze, and then inhale, the dust can enter their nostrils, which generates mucous, causing them to choke.

If your rabbit is “coughing,” and trying to rid himself of the blockage, leave him alone.  But if he isn’t coughing, and if his lips are turning blue, he needs your help.  And you need to know how to perform the “Bunny Heimlich Maneuver.”

Place the rabbit on your forearm (right arm for right-handed people; left arm for left-handed folks) with his legs straddling it.  Grip his head on both sides with that hand, and use your other hand to hold him tightly against your arm.

Lift him so he is just above the level of your head, and then quickly swing him downward.  Obviously, if you don’t have a tight hold on him, you can throw him onto the floor, so be very sure that you have a tight grasp.  It might help to wrap a dish towel around him and your arm, so that the towel helps hold him on your arm.

It may take several repetitions of this effort to dislodge whatever is choking him.  Once he begins breathing, he may cough and sputter, clearing out whatever has been left behind, but his lips should begin to grow pink again.  Don’t continue the Heimlich maneuver if he’s doing this.


It’s a good idea to visit a rabbit-savvy vet after an episode of this kind, since it’s possible that some of the material got sucked into his lungs, and to be sure that dental problems haven’t contributed to the episode.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

The NO bunny burrito medicine administration

This is Bunya taking his meds and Critical Care last night. NO BUNNY BURRITO needed!

I retrieved him from his hay cube box, so he had to finish chewing before the meds could begin.

He did the same thing in the morning plus his Bene-Bac dose (it adds another 5 seconds). He takes his Metoclopramide in 12 seconds and a syringe of Critical Care in another 20-ish seconds. Check out the lip-licking at 18 seconds.

I got a little overzealous when finishing the Critical Care so some glopped out onto the counter (my bad, not his). Such a good bunny!

video

This is a new development. I tried it and he seem to realize this was easier that the burrito tussle and he got the same reward treat either way. This way, he gets back to Ethel and hay cubes faster.

Now just stopped getting GI blockages, Bunya!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bunya knows what time it is

That bunnies can tell time has been asserted here before, a few times.

This picture is from last night. If I am absorbed in a book and miss the 9pm Probios treat (their favorite), Bunya hops on the sofa next to my chair and stares at me until I remember. This time, I angled the camera so you could see the time on the clock in the background - EXACTLY 9:00pm!


Since he's on all kinds of medicine and Critical Care, I take this as a good sign, that he shows his usual interest. He's getting tiny pieces right now, until he's better, but he still loves them.

This picture angle may better reflect his
haughty "where's our treat, human" bunnitude.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Decatur Arts Festival Bunnies

Went to the Decatur Arts Festival, one of our favorite annual outings. Started to see bunny art and....

These artists have work that is other than bunnies, but in case you were not aware, this is a bunny blog. Thank you to these artists who allowed me to take pictures of their work. Their business cards are included below so if you like what you see, you can contact them and buy some bunnies! (Or check out their websites for other artworks).

We again saw John Hung Ha. We have seen him at prior art festivals (click this link to see some of his art) and I want to tell you a quick story. We purchased one of his pieces and he also kindly donated one of his pieces to the GHRS annual auction. Well, I started to really want the donated piece but did turn it over to GHRS to auction. I ended up in a bidding war over it. Bottom line: I did not get it but he helped a lot of bunnies with his generosity.

Today, there was a smaller version and now we have our own.


Forgot to take a picture this time,
so I hope this is still current.










Here's the picture of him from today, with more bunny art!
John Hung Ha

Incredible! The other statue next to it was a cat.
They looked like they were "high fiving".
Even got one of the
cards with a bunny.


































There were even vendors selling bunny ice cream!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day

Hi, there. Bunya here.
Here are some holiday rules and cautions:
Don't drink and drive.
Don't text and drive.
Don't drink and text (you can get in a lot of trouble).
When boating, wear a big orange life vest (you humans look so funny in those).
Play with your bunnies and give them lots of treats!


Have a safe & wonderful holiday weekend!


And thank the members of the armed forces, past and present,
that we have the freedom to celebrate.


"Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces." [Link: Wikipedia]

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Congratulations, Graduates!



Best wishes for ongoing success!

(So sorry to have to tell you... no more semester breaks.)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Especially to all the bunny mommas (and daddies).



If they are lucky, they come from the rescue shelter.

GHRS rescued bunnies: Zazzle (the Mommy) and babies




Zazzle and babies seemed appropriate to include on Mother's Day.



www.leunig.com.au

Monday, May 2, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Bunold Thump in 2016!
"I'm fabulous. Free bananas for all -
and I'm going to make the humans pay for them!
It's gonna' be great!"


[What happens when you brush your bunny and end up with so much extra fur.]

Monday, April 25, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


Have a great week!
And remember to check your teeth before that important meeting or date.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ethel frustrating limitation - the gate


Ethel has the heart of an explorer and the elusiveness of Houdini (we call her Bundini). Here, she is at one of her usual haunts, the gate that is one limit to their territory. I'd wager she's nibbling the bars. She has been the mastermind of earlier escapes (as documented in this blog), but so far, this gate has frustrated her mightily.
Sorry, Ethel.

Some of the prior escape posts:
The Mastermind of The Great Escape -- Ethel?!?
Bundinis - Lucy and Ethel demonstrate escape skills (video)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bunya can tell time, when it's important

I don't know how, but I swear Bunya can tell time. That has been asserted here before.


Their favorite treat, a Probios is served (for whatever reason) at 9pm. If I miss the time, Bunya will stare at me from the floor, using his mind meld to communicate his message. If I am too absorbed in my book, then he hops up on the sofa next to my recliner, where I have to see him, and repeats the stare.

It works.