Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bunny from the past...

For TBT - Throw Back Thursday...
Came across a (really old) picture of my oldest, looking "too cool for school" (actually, too young), with a bunny in the background.
If I knew then what I know now about bunny care, I would have been freaking out for that poor bunny.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ethel - Evolution of a Bunny Nap

Bunnies are crepuscular (not nocturnal) - they are active at dawn and dusk. So your house rabbit may spend a significant portion of the day power napping. Part of this effort is finding just the right position, perhaps the bunny equivalent of tossing and turning in bed.

This may be Ethel's preferred position - snuggling.

Bunya blends in to their pen's rug,
but his head is facing Ethel's face.
Bunya, ever the romantic,
allowing Ethel to snuggle his butt.

Bunya gone, Ethel can settle into her little bunny loaf.
After a 90 degree turn,
her little feet showing here...
we call this position the Sphinx.

Another 90 degree turn; back to the loaf.
And so on....

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Funny Bunny Bonus Meme

Always be aware of where your house bunny is - you don't want to hurt him or her. Or you.

Funny Bunny Memes are accumulated here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

From Napoleon Bunnyparte 


I posted last week's FBMM on FB but forgot to post it here.
It was in memory of Lucy.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

One day at the hay buffet


Lucy and Ethel eating hay together. About 20 seconds in, Lucy periscopes for some more hay. Lucy had quite the Dutch bunny bootay. As you can see, her center of gravity was so low, she could lean over like Michael Jackson in Smooth Criminal.

There are two kinds of hay there, well, different "cuts" of Timothy hay. The "first cut" is the coarser, with more roughage or fiber. That's the one they are eating. They also get a variety of "treat" hays in smaller quantities (but not alfalfa - they are too old for that).

(This was a few days before Lucy passed.)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Lucy passed over the Rainbow Bridge August 1, 2015
Several readers have asked about how Lucy passed and how Ethel and Bunya are doing since. We appreciate your concern and support.

Rabbits are prey animals and they instinctively know that the animals that exhibit weakness are the ones the predators will target. Therefore, rabbits will expend every last bit of energy they can trying to look normal or healthy. Once they give in to their illness or pain, it is very far along and you only have a short time to take the sick bun to a rabbit-savvy exotics vet ("exotics" being anything other than just cats and dogs).

Friday, Lucy showed her first sign when she did not come out for treats with Bunya and Ethel (they get treats in the morning and evening, so they get "tested" about every 12 hours). Another sign was that she did not want to eat dinner. Next was that she was hiding in one of their tunnels, not moving, even when I went to find her; Lucy does not like to be picked up and usually scoots away as soon as you find her. The fourth sign we noticed was her urine, that she likely had bladder sludge (a thickening of the urine with calcium). Bunya and Ethel (and before Lucy & Ethel, Alice) had all been sick, but never Lucy.

There are some "at-home" actions that can be taken. They have been successful with Bunya several times when he hasn't felt well, so we tried those with Lucy Friday evening. She still looked terrible Saturday morning.

We took Lucy to the vet Saturday first thing. The bladder sludge alone would not have been a huge deal; get fluids into the bunny and maybe adjust her diet. However, the x-rays also showed a mass in her stomach. (This is one of the things to look for in your (at least weekly) at-home bunny health check, and there was nothing noted in her last at-home exam; links here and here.) Our vet estimated it to be the size of a softball; it was difficult to specifically identify its nature. Surgery was needed to find out what it was and what else was going on that was making her so sick.

Surgery on a rabbit (or any pet) is extremely serious for several reasons. Anesthesia alone can be risky. After surgery, once the bunny is able to eat, her whole complex digestive system has to get up and running again. Even if surgery is successful, the rabbit can be lost in this effort.

We visited with Lucy for what turned out to be the last time. Lucy passed away during surgery.

Even though Lucy exhibited normal behavior almost to the end, what was wrong had to have been going on for several days earlier. So the last and fatal thing that was wrong was that there was a blockage of something hard in her digestive system beyond the stomach mass. It had become lodged and the tissue around it was already necrotic.

It's hard to believe there's no more Bun-muda Triangle.

Bunya and Ethel
Bunnies' reaction to the loss of a bonded mate can vary. Bunnies can mourn this loss. When a bunny passes, recommendations include allowing the body of the deceased to be with the survivor(s), so they can process what happened. Reactions can include, for example: (1) the survivors ignore it; (2) they examine it; (3) they groom or sit with it; or (4) they get angry with it.

In this case, we brought home Lucy's body and laid it on the floor. Both Bunya and Ethel came out and gingerly made their way around the low edged box where Lucy lay on a towel. They looked and sniffed and chinned and, eventually, moved on.

The most telling thing we believe Ethel did that showed she missed her sister happened the next morning. Every Sunday, we clean the bunnies' pen the most thoroughly (beyond just a litter box change or hand vacuum). As part of this, I was cleaning out the bunnies' carrier that we had used for Lucy the day before. There is a piece of carpet in the carrier to soften the bottom and give the buns some traction.

As part of the Sunday cleaning, we remove the carpets from their castles, tunnels, ramps and other toys to vacuum them. I had put the carrier piece down on the floor, too. Ethel came over, stood on it, and started very slowly sniffing it inch by inch. Of course, this started us crying all over again. Not that it takes much to get us started.

One of Lucy's favorite summer places to stretch out was on the cool bricks of their fireplace.
This was taken maybe 3 or 4 days before Lucy passed.
It was Lucy's "spot".
This is Ethel in Lucy's spot, about 3 days after.

I hope this answers your questions about what happened to Lucy and how Bunya & Ethel are handling it. Thank you all for your concern, well wishes and especially, the donations to GHRS in her memory.

Sisters Lucy & Ethel, adopted from GHRS
You can read the Rainbow Bridge here.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

In memoriam: We lost Lucy today...

Lucy passed over the Rainbow Bridge August 1, 2015
We lost Lucy today.

We will miss her so much. We don't know what she and her sister Ethel went through before we adopted them from GHRS to be bonded with Bunya. In any case, she did not like to be picked up; if we even thought about it, her 6th sense told her and she'd give us the stink eye. If we actually moved towards her, she was gone like a bullet.

Lucy was a fearless and skillful explorer, like when she managed to find her way onto the kitchen table. "Bunny-proof" was a personal challenge to her.

But she was mellowing and I will miss the nose bonks on my ankles telling me to get out of her way or to get her a treat.

I can't believe she's gone.

[Update: Read more about what happened and how Bunya and Ethel are doing after at Lucy.]

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

200 Rabbits Need Help!

About 200 rabbits found in a neglected and mistreated situation. They will be removed in small increments over several weeks from horrible conditions - no hay, inadequate water, filthy wire bottom cages, out in horrendous heat, some sick, none "fixed". And this is a @#$%&*!!! "petting zoo"! 

Please donate to the Georgia House Rabbit Society - whatever you can - no amount is too small.
Donate to GHS here 
Thank you.

The one dirty, sick bunny
GHRS was allowed to remove.
In a cage offered "For Free"
WSB TV news video
Fox 5 report

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy 75th Anniversary, Bugs Bunny!

I may be one of the few people with the calendar entry:
Bugs Bunny official debut anniversary 07-27-1940 in A Wild Hare.

Probably the #1 reason we all thought carrots were good for bunnies (they are okay as a treat but they need unlimited hay and water; see "What is a Treat?").


You can read more about this cartoon here.

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

And remember, no more than two per outlet.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Arm candy

And little Miss Ethel is the sweetest bunny.
Love those blue, blue eyes.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bunny sea slug!

Jorunna parva - the fluffy little bunnies of the sea...

See more pictures and read the article here.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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.

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.

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).

Monday, June 29, 2015