Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another bunny-human look-a-like

Another proposed doppelganger was voted up from the Rabbit Ramblings Facebook page. It has been added to the RR blog doppelganger page.

Liam Neesbun ..................................... Liam Neeson
He has a very particular set of skills...
He will find you. And he will poop in your shoes.
(Liam Neesbun portrayed by Penny of Penny & Sheldon.)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bunny Monday Meme*day

If you are not prepared to cater to a pet bunny for 10-12 years, including bunny-proofing your home, get a stuffed animal or chocolate for Easter. Pros and cons of bunnies as pets are here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Birthday bunny stuff

To clarify, bunny stuff I got for my birthday.
Our (and GHRS's) best guess is that the abandoned sisters, Lucy & Ethel, are Pisces and were assigned birthdays accordingly. I am a Pisces, too, and for some inexplicable reason, people send me bunny stuff.

Coolest bunny item!
Bunny art from my NC artist cousin,
mixed media entitled "Bonded Pair"

(You may have noticed that part of the mixed media
includes cardboard - an integral part of any domestic pet bunny's life.)

Lifelong friend and part-time origami artist sent me the third of "My Three Buns"
(apologies to Fred MacMurray et al, if you are old enough to get the reference)
All in different positions, now representing Bunya, Lucy & Ethel
(note how detailed in the fold, so that it looks like they have eyes
by just folding the dollar bill so the right part is on the head)

And bunny cards!

Inside L: Hope your birthday is magical.
Inside R: Hoping all your dreams come true on your birthday.

(So you can source cards)

Having a birthday close to Easter guarantees plenty of bunny cards,
so some get modified.
Inside L: Everybunny dance now!
[And there is a dancing (vibrating) bunny as the song plays]
Inside R: Fortunately, that's all that I need!
[All anyone could stand, more likely.]

(So you can source cards)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Easter is coming soon - bad for (real, live) bunnies

This is a link where you can read about why: Easter and Rabbits Do Not Mix

The RR Bunny Advocacy page of Memes (many about Easter)

Please ...
Pick some memes/posters you like and spread the word:
Post it on your blog or Facebook page.
Post it in your church.
Ask your clergy to mention it from the pulpit.
Circulate it to your neighborhood groups.
Email it to your friends and contacts.
Send them to teachers/post it at school.
Ask your local paper to print it.
Ask TV and radio channels to make it into a PSA.

Please help save somebunny.
"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little."

Regardless of the effort, after Easter, rabbit rescues will be flooded with rabbits that have become unwanted Easter gifts. Please donate any amount you can to your local rabbit or other animal rescue. If you don't have one, here's a great one: GHRS
And here is the international House Rabbit Society.

Don't give animals as gifts -- this applies to bunnies, chicks, ducklings, cats and dogs. Please be an educated, loving and caring pet person.
Adopt - don't shop.

The Plea of the Easter Bunny

Will you think of me at Easter,
Will you buy me as a gift...
For your girlfriend, boyfriend, little child
To grant their special wish?

Will you think of me inside my hutch,
That tiny 'starter-pack'
That doesn't let me hop around
And starts to hurt my back?

Will you think of me 'tomorrow'
When you go to work or school
With a lovely lunch packed in your bag,
'Cos I get hungry too...

Will you think of me, just sometimes please?
My hutch, it smells so bad.
I'd love some water in my bowl,
And some hay..I'd be so glad!

Will you think of me when the sun shines bright
And it's 'wonderfully hot'
But I cant get cool, this heat is cruel,
Don't tell me you've forgot!

Will you think of me when the north wind blows
And my hutch floor turns to ice,
And I'm shivering whilst you're all warm
Underneath your quilt so nice?

Will you think of me? Please think of me!
I'm helpless, at your mercy!
Why did you buy me on a whim?
Why did you then desert me?

Will you think of me now Easter has
Arrived yet once again,
And a thousand little bunnies
Face a life of hopeless pain?

I can binkie over rainbows now,
I am happy, and I'm free.
But I wonder, now that I have gone,

Will you ever think of me....?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bunny Monday Meme*day

The meme is funny. What follows, not so much.

Coming soon: One of the worst time of the year for bunnies -- Easter.

Do not give bunnies (or chicks or any animals) as gifts or buy one on impulse for the holidays. They are not easy-to-care-for "starter" pets. Educate yourself before you adopt any pet. Starting soon after Easter, bunnies will be ignored in little cages, released outside (very bad - domestic rabbits do not have the coping skills of wild rabbits), or will die from improper care.

Lots of Easter-themed memes are on the Bunny Advocacy Memes page. Please share some on your Facebook page or blog between now and Easter.

Pros and Cons of Bunnies as pets is on this page. It includes links to similar lists.

Please be a caring and responsible pet owner. Thank you.

Friday, March 13, 2015

One day at the bunny bistro

Just another day in bunny-land. This bistro has two sections: pooping and non-pooping.

Or perhaps it's more that Lucy was in the main dining room and Bunya was at the dessert bar. Yeah, I guess that sounds more appetizing. If there was sound, you could hear the hay cubes thumping the bottom of the box, but the TV was on... a restaurant show, ironically.

The box is where the bunnies get their hay cubes. Theoretically, it's to help reduce the spread of hay cube dust. And stepping on an errant hay cube is similar to stepping on a Lego. Of course, the contained box concept is ruined when Lucy comes and bosses the chunks of hay cube out of the box and to wherever she decides to take them.

Ethel stops by to check out the dessert bar menu, but since she had eaten there earlier, she passed the second time.

Ethel: Well, if the paparazzi is going to stick his camera
in my face while I'm trying to eat, I'm leaving.

[And she did.]

Monday, March 9, 2015

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Did you remember to "spring forward" on your clocks this weekend?
If not, you are late for work. And treats.

> : )

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bunny-human look-a-like

Another proposed doppelganger was voted up from the Rabbit Ramblings Facebook page. It has been added to the RR blog doppelganger page.

Phant-bun of the Opera and Phantom of the Opera (Gerard Butler)
Bunny is actually Venus the Bunny

(Suggested doppelganger was Two-Face, but they are really harsh and she's too pretty for that.)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

(Some of) What Bunny Volunteers Do

Easter is coming, 04-05-2015.
Please do NOT get a rabbit for Easter or give one as a gift.

The stories below are examples of what happens to these poor animals.
If they are not:
A. killed from improper care (e.g., bunnies need hay, not carrots; many pet store "treats" sold for bunnies can be deadly) or
B. neglected in a corner of the garage or in a hutch (that exposes them to temperature extremes, noxious fumes, no socialization and cramped quarters), then
C. uncaring owners may "release" them into the wild (for which domestic bunnies have no coping skills).

1. Give hours of time to rescuing and rehabbing abandoned bunnies, often nursing them back to health,
2. Transport bunnies to the vet or elsewhere as needed,
3. Provide a safe, clean, caring environment to house the bunnies,
4. Educate people on how to care for bunnies,
5. Often take these bunnies into their own homes to foster when the shelter is filled to capacity (as it is too often and especially a few weeks after Easter),
6. Look for forever homes for these pets,
7. Advocate for rabbits where often gross mistreatment is uncovered,
8. Donate their own money to the cause and hold fundraising events,
And (finally, to the point of this story) -
9. Are bunny wranglers.
[I am probably forgetting a lot more.]

So to connect item C with item 9 above, here are a couple of the cases from last month. Volunteers tried over weeks to corral these two survivors, dubbed "warrior bunnies" for their incredible will to live. Their survival over these last frigid winter weeks makes their stories even more amazing.

The now named Annie Oakley was spotted near a facility on Oak street, hence the name. She was one of 4 abandoned bunnies. One's body was found after being hit by a car and the other two disappeared, likely prey to the colony of feral cats that lived where they were thoughtfully abandoned.
Abandoned bunny


Annie Oakley!

Annie Oakley in her new safe digs
Update from Ellen, the volunteer who took her in: I brought the bunny home and she settled in quite nicely! She finally started eating pellets and Exact, and I couldn't believe how many times this rabbit flopped and rolled over! This was probably the first time in weeks this bunny felt truly safe. She looked so relaxed and happy! She's still very skittish, but looked happy with flopping and grooming! 

Delta was spotted - well, you figure it out - this is Atlanta! In both cases, volunteers were restricted from accessing certain areas, like where the bunnies spent a lot of time. But they persevered and were able to rescue Delta, too.


Delta - safe inside where domestic bunnies belong!

Here are a few topical memes from the Bunny Advocacy Memes page of this blog. Maybe you can share some of the Easter bunny advocacy memes on your blog or Facebook timeline as the holiday approaches.

Please consider donating to your local animal shelter. Any amount is appreciated. There is no donation too small - of money or your time.

Finally, please go to this page on the blog to read:
Rabbit Rescue Poem
Easter Bunny Poem
A Tribute to Rescuers: One Final Rescue
The Star Thrower

If you made it this far, thank you.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bunny lovin'

Bunnies are very social creatures. As we learned about rabbits and this aspect of their nature, we looked for a companion for Bunya. We ended up bonding Bunya with two sisters, Lucy & Ethel.

Here, Bunya is demonstrating his affection for Lucy by grooming her. The head, face and ears are very popular among the buns.


Another way they show their love is just laying together. There's a reason for the term "snuggle bunnies". In the picture below, however, Bunya is trying to get Ethel to groom him (as he did for Lucy in the video).

Not everyone can afford more than one bunny as a pet. In this case, you have to realize that your bun will bond with you - this includes lots of "free time" (out of any pen), snuggling and you rubbing their head and ears (the bun is alpha). Of course, this must be on the bunny's terms. A rescued bun, especially, may have a bad back-story involving neglect or abuse. You have to build trust and comfort with your bun so the two of you can bond. You also have to figure out where your bunny likes and will allow grooming. Discovering your bunny's personality is part of the fun adventure.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bunny Lovin'

Bonded bunnies keep each other company and love on each other, as demonstrated here by Bunya and Ethel...


Bunya has a spot above his tail that when you scratch it, he begins to lick. Ethel seems to have discovered this, much to her delight, and even gets to coast a little near the end and just enjoy being groomed by him.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When the treat is that good...

When the treat is that good, you execute extraordinary strategies to protect your "interests".

As has been written here before, the bunnies favorite treat is a Probios (apple flavor). It's a horse biscuit that aids digestion and although it's small, one is too big for any of our bunnies. So about 9:00pm every night, they get one biscuit, broken roughly into thirds.

But they don't always break too evenly. They like it so much that they have learned that if they eat their piece fast enough, they might be able to go snatch some of the big crumbs from someone else's portion (Ethel does not do this, but Bunya and Lucy will).

They have developed coping mechanisms to deal with this behavior. Ethel has learned to hunker down in place and eat hers really fast. Bunya usually does the same, although in this picture, he moved a little away. He stays close because Ethel's usually the easy target for poaching.

Lucy always runs away with hers so no one is close to her and she can keep an eye out while she's munching her treat. Another variation of this is that she will back into the space between their gate and the wall, into her own protective single bunny "cage".

Well, this night, Lucy got the big piece and she knew it. Instead of backing into her panic room, she went in head first so no one could approach her mouth or any of her crumbs.

From this vantage point, she kept an eye on Bunya and Ethel, and finished all of her allotted treat with absolutely no interference.

Bunnies are funny! And smart!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Mani-Pedi Day at the bunny shelter

Last weekend was the bunnies' mani-pedi day at the spa. I mean, at the GHRS bunny shelter. They really were in need of shorter nails. We have done this at home, but took the easy way out this time. The volunteers do it so much faster than we do. It's one of the many services they offer (like bunny boarding and the Hop Shop, where we dropped about a hundred dollars on supplies - we really stocked up on all kinds of hays and Oxbow Bunny Basics/T... it's kindofa long drive from where we live).

The bunnies hate car rides but we put them in their carrier (as I write that, it sounds a lot quicker than it was - Lucy does NOT like to be picked up). Then we all schlepped to over to the shelter.

Notice that there is only
one bunny that requires
TWO bunny wranglers.

Lucy: "When we get home, human,
you will pay for these indignities."

Ethel: "I feel I should warn you -
I am ticklish."

Ethel: "Ahhh, so where did you get your reflexology training?"

Bunya: "I really don't want to be here."
They were all happy to get home.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bunnywood Squares

Bunnies are "crepuscular" (not nocturnal) - they are active at dawn and dusk.

So what do your bunnies do during their "down time" during the day? Well, if the gate is open, our three take some form of what we have come to call "Bunnywood Squares". The most frequent position is with Lucy in the top "square" and Ethel & Bunya in the bottom "square". They do occasionally mix it up.

Bunya: Who's down there?

Bunya is snuggling with Ethel.
Lucy has the high ground.

This is where they are, on one of their castles
that is atop their "fun house".
This is the highest they can "roost" on their turf.

Thump no evil, Ear no evil and Chew no evil.