Monday, July 18, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Yeah, well, both.


Funny Bunny Memes are accumulated here.

[Meme says:
Not sure if important electrical cord,
or delicious bunny snack.]

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bunya & Ethel's taste test

Disclosure: Small Pet Select ("SPS") sent us some products (at no charge) and asked the bunnies to taste test them and to post the honest results. RR, its bunnies and its humans have no ownership or financial interest in SPS. Here are the products, the results and a discount coupon code.

SPS sent us (these are links to the product pages):
A box of 2nd Cut Timothy Hay
A package of Heavenly Green Crunch
A package of Vita-Licious Essentials

This discount code is for 50% off of one package of the Heavenly Green Crunch if you want to try it: RABBITRAMBLINGS

For other purchases, Small Pet Select will donate 10% of the purchase to a rescue. When we buy, we use the coupon code GHRS rather than any of the other coupons. You can check to see if there is a code for your rescue or get your rescue to register for a code. (There's a button link in the right hand column of our blog pages - scroll down a little from the top of the page and you'll see it.)

We didn't need to "test" the 2nd cut Timothy Hay. We order our hay from Small Pet Select already and have a huge box of it the bunnies are working on. We also order the first cut hay - we think Bunya and Ethel prefer this. We prefer the first cut hay for them because it has more fiber and flowers. High fiber will hopefully help keep their pipes running, especially since we are dealing with trying to clear Bunya's blockage. They get both the first and second cut hay every day. SPS also has a 3rd cut hay if you have a picky eater. Check out their site for descriptions.

Since I was not going to eat them (even though they smelled good - if the bunnies had not liked them, I might have used them as potpourri), I thought the best way to convey the results was to show you the bunnies. Here's Bunya checking out the Heavenly Green Crunch:

video

Ethel is the pickier eater. It was not that she didn't like it, but I distracted her when I got down on the floor to video them, So I tried a more "scientific" method. I put about a tablespoon of both treats on opposite sides of a plate to see what they would do.


They both ate both treats but the way it settled out here, Bunya seemed to gravitate to the Heavenly Green Crunch and Ethel did the same with the Vita-Licious Essentials.

They did not eat it all in a single sitting (thankfully). They both came back later (separately) and Ethel was sniffing for a particular ingredient. She nosed under the plate to get at it, pushed both treats into one pile and wore the plate like a big tilted hat (wish I had gotten that picture but I laughed too long before I grabbed the camera).

Here's Bunya after he came back later to nosh
from the combined treats mixed together.
Bunya stepped on the plate for easier access
to some snack ingredient.
It's always been a great rabbit mystery to me
why they dig for one particular piece of hay,
what makes it so special.
Here's one of Ethel's solo treat trips.
This was after she wore the plate like a hat
and the two treats became one.
Love her blue eyes.


A great suggestion from one of the GHRS volunteers (thebunnylady, mentioned elsewhere in this blog) was to sprinkle these treats onto the bunnies' hay to encourage them to eat more hay.

Bunya & Ethel's taste test

Disclosure: Small Pet Select ("SPS") sent us some products (at no charge) and asked the bunnies to taste test them and to post the honest results. RR, its bunnies and its humans have no ownership or financial interest in SPS. Here are the products, the results and a discount coupon code.

SPS sent us (these are links to the product pages):
A box of 2nd Cut Timothy Hay
A package of Heavenly Green Crunch
A package of Vita-Licious Essentials

This discount code is for 50% off of one package of the Heavenly Green Crunch if you want to try it: RABBITRAMBLINGS

For other purchases, Small Pet Select will donate 10% of the purchase to a rescue. When we buy, we use the coupon code GHRS rather than any of the other coupons. You can check to see if there is a code for your rescue or get your rescue to register for a code. (There's a button link in the right hand column of our blog pages - scroll down a little from the top of the page and you'll see it.)

We didn't need to "test" the 2nd cut Timothy Hay. We order our hay from Small Pet Select already and have a huge box of it the bunnies are working on. We also order the first cut hay - we think Bunya and Ethel prefer this. We prefer the first cut hay for them because it has more fiber and flowers. High fiber will hopefully help keep their pipes running, especially since we are dealing with trying to clear Bunya's blockage. They get both the first and second cut hay every day. SPS also has a 3rd cut hay if you have a picky eater. Check out their site for descriptions.

Since I was not going to eat them (even though they smelled good - if the bunnies had not liked them, I might have used them as potpourri), I thought the best way to convey the results was to show you the bunnies. Here's Bunya checking out the Heavenly Green Crunch:

video

Ethel is the pickier eater. It was not that she didn't like it, but I distracted her when I got down on the floor to video them, So I tried a more "scientific" method. I put about a tablespoon of both treats on opposite sides of a plate to see what they would do.


They both ate both treats but the way it settled out here, Bunya seemed to gravitate to the Heavenly Green Crunch and Ethel did the same with the Vita-Licious Essentials.

They did not eat it all in a single sitting (thankfully). They both came back later (separately) and Ethel was sniffing for a particular ingredient. She nosed under the plate to get at it, pushed both treats into one pile and wore the plate like a big tilted hat (wish I had gotten that picture but I laughed too long before I grabbed the camera).

Here's Bunya after he came back later to nosh
from the combined treats mixed together.
Bunya stepped on the plate for easier access
to some snack ingredient.
It's always been a great rabbit mystery to me
why they dig for one particular piece of hay,
what makes it so special.
Here's one of Ethel's solo treat trips.
This was after she wore the plate like a hat
and the two treats became one.
Love her blue eyes.


A great suggestion from one of the GHRS volunteers (thebunnylady, mentioned elsewhere in this blog) was to sprinkle these treats onto the bunnies' hay to encourage them to eat more hay.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ethel sneaking food pellets

Since Bunya is off bunny pellets for now, Ethel can also be deprived. Ethel and I have developed a little scheme... when Bunya's not in the kitchen but I am, she will sneak in and wait for pellets. 


So, basically, I suppose you could say Ethel trained me to give her pellets when Bunya's not around. She sits on the floor and stares at me until I remember. This is her big blue-eyed "what took you so long" look.


Bunya hanging out elsewhere
(in the hay cube box)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

The bunitude projected here is amazing.
Look at that face, that mouf!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Make it a Happy 4th of July for your bunnies, too!

You remember the holiday message right?
Don't drink and drive.
Don't text and drive.
Don't drink and text.
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!

Be grateful to be in the land of the free and the home of the buns.

Well, here's another one: Bunnies don't like fireworks.
It stresses them just like other sudden and/or loud noises.

If your bunny's neighborhood is firecracker noisy, keep the buns cool and quiet.
Close the windows and doors. Close the blinds to avoid flashing lights.

Play music - peaceful, easy listening (not loud). Think elevator music.
(No hair bands or hare bands. Stay away from 1812 Overture.)
Your TV service might even have a suitable channel in its lineup - you just never tune to those channels.

If you do not already have boxes for them to play on and in, get some plain cardboard boxes (not slick or a lot of ink/color, no staples, labels or tape); cut at least two openings in each box big enough for your bunny to get in and out. They can hide in them, to further mute the noise and feel a little safer.

An air filter in their room may provide a white noise to help muffle the fireworks' sounds.

Keep them company and reassure them that everything's okay. Pet them if they are the petting kind of bunnies. Have a couple of healthy treats handy (Bunya told me to say that).

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July holiday!

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Previously saw these bunnies celebrating on the GHRS Facebook page and their humans from Langhorne, PA graciously sent their too cute pictures for the RR Fourth of July ...

Chloe & Casper,
Rabbit Ramblings' 4th of July bunnies!
<< Insert "SQUEEE" here >>

(Chloe looks like a living Rorschach test)

And Daffney is preparing for the sunshine and cookout
(or maybe the fireworks ... be a dear and fetch her ear plugs, please).

P.S. Daffney, a lionhead, was adopted from the Bucks County SPCA.

Four lucky bunnies (two bonded couples) live together with well-trained human servants who have been adopting rabbits for over 20 years -- way to go!
Wisely, all bunnies are "math-impaired" (they can't multiply).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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]