Friday, July 21, 2017

More GHRS Bunnyfest and Hoppy Hour

Here's another short clip of GHRS's (Georgia House Rabbit Society) 2017 Bunnyfest Hoppy Hour because, well... all those cute bunnies!



Scenes of note:
The box in the upper left corner of the screen with 400 bunnies crammed underneath; it's like a bunny version of a clown car.
The humongous bunny leaning against the litter box (upper center); if ever a rabbit was looking like: Eh, what's up, Doc?
The bunny who just wants to be left alone in his purple tunnel - thanks loads, bunny bouncer Brian (upper right corner).
The litter box full of bunnies in the lower right corner, just all hanging out - in the beginning, one black rabbit "crowd surfs" over them all; the fuzzy grey bunny's nose goes 100 mph.
(Ignore the flopped unicorn in the middle; pretend you didn't see it and maybe imbibe a little less *ahem*.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bunya and Ethel's wild cousin

What adds a bit of fun to a morning exercise walk?
A bunny!


















Spotted the bunny in a neighbor's lawn. Got too close and it bolted across the street to our lawn.

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Then it found something to munch on here and stayed there for a while. Delivery truck didn't bother it. I walked by a few times and it was still there.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GHRS Bunnyfest and Hoppy Hour

A quick clip of GHRS Bunnyfest Hoppy Hour (Georgia House Rabbit Society). The star of this clip is Ostara. She was rescued after having been bitten/shaken by a dog - and her spirit is loving life. The pumpkin colored fluff starts off to the right of the frame, sucking up the love from one of the bunny bouncer volunteers. She circles south following the other buns and then north by the hidey box to be in the center of the action. Ostara is the one dragging her back legs.


Reminder - Do NOT.NOT.NOPE.NOPE.NO-WAY.NO-HOW let domestic pet rabbits loose outside "in the wild". They do not have their wild cousins' coping skills or survival instincts.

Here are a few of the bunnies there:


This little fellow was so cute!
(So many were.)

Some bunnies just piled in and snuggled
and relaxed while everyone else ran around.

So many bunnies, but all in motion -
Hard to get in-focus pictures!

















































































Lots more bunny pictures taken by Bree the Bunny's human - album here.

There were desserts by the Cake Hag (yum), the GHRS Hop Shop branch, bunny salons for mani-pedis and grooming (ever seen a huge garbage can of bunny hair?), massages, cold laser therapy and vet checks. It was a very busy venue. Of course, we bought a ton of supplies and treats for Bunya and Ethel.

Thank you to the legion of volunteers and many vendors for their time and donations.
If you missed it this year, don't miss it next year!
And on International Rabbit Day, 09-23-2017 -- The Hare Ball!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ethel learns to take her meds

A leap forward in giving Ethel her meds!

Both Ethel and Bunya are on meds. Bunya takes his no problem.

Ethel still had to be picked up and "forced" to take the syringe of meds, although we did not have to burrito her. They each get a piece of their favorite treat (a Probios) after they take the medicine.

In this video (~15 seconds), she takes her meds and gets her treat without having to be picked up, just like Bunya!

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Bunya ran into the kitchen to get his. The gate to the pen was open but Ethel took hers through the fence; she perceives it as extra protection against getting picked up. Most of the time, she follows Bunya into the kitchen.

Yay, Ethel!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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).

Monday, June 26, 2017

Behavior unbecoming a healthy bunny

As has been written here before, unfortunately, too many times:
You need to know your bunny's personality so you know when they are sick.

Bunnies can get deathly ill very quickly. Bunnies are prey animals -- they instinctively know that predators seek the weakest. Therefore, a sick bunny will expend all his energy trying to keep up the appearance of being a healthy rabbit. When they finally give in, they can go downhill rapidly.

Bunya's behavior was off.

Bunya is laying in some hay that Ethel likes
that we had put in the pen for her, as if he's in a nest.
He did not come for his favorite treat.


Ethel stands guard over Bunya.
This is not a normal hang-out location for him.


Bunya moved to another isolated spot,
not a usual corner for him to lay down.

We tried simethicone (for gas) and water; he had taken metoclopramide (a pro-motility medicine). However, it didn't help and he ended up in his "I am really hurting" pose, where he is laying in the litter box pressing his stomach so it is almost curving, against the litter. This is not a normal behavior for him; he doesn't hang out here and it's like he's communicating quite clearly with us how he's feeling.


So Bunya is at the vet, which brings us some relief and, happily, him, too.

Since Ethel has been through it herself so recently, we kept her home until we knew he would be coming home (tomorrow). We didn't want to stress her but we will drop her off tomorrow morning to re-bond with Bunya at the vet during the day. Then we will pick them up together in the afternoon. We find this works best with them.

Get better, Bunya. We love you and miss you.
So does Ethel...

... although she appears to be enjoying that break. Grooming Mr. B must be exhausting. And she is so influenced by his behavior. When we put a few pellets in their pen before we leave for work or go to bed, alpha bun Bunya will chase Ethel out of the way so he gets first crack at them (food aggressive behavior he learned from Alice). Ethel has a couple of routes she dashes to avoid him.

He's not here but when I put the pellets in the bowl, Ethel still runs her pattern, like she was going long to catch a pass. Habits are hard to break.

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


Some 'nanner might get that look, too.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


Bunny care - Carrots are a treat. A little slice is plenty. For a human, it would be like eating a donut. However, carrot tops are a great green that bunnies love.

Check out the Funny Bunny Memes page here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


Wishing you a safe and fun Memorial Day.
Remember those who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

Friday, May 26, 2017

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 15, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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.



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bunny care: Ethel to the vet

This is another post about "Monitor your bunny's mood".

We give treats to our bunnies for a few reasons, like:
We love them.
Some treats are healthy.
Also, and perhaps most important, when the bunny is not enthusiastic about the treat, this may be an early indicator that something is wrong. As in: Get to the vet - fast.

Ethel was exhibiting several variations on her usual "happy treat" self. One time, she came out for the treat, but didn't eat it - she licked it across the floor until Bunya finished his treat and came over to see if she had any leftovers. He got it all. She was interested but just couldn't close the deal.

Another time she did not even come out for the treat. However, when we were cleaning their pen, she seemed fine, doing some little binkies and NASbunnies (aka Buntona 500s). So we were getting mixed signals.

If GI stasis is starting, the bunny may not eat. As an experiment, we tried breaking the treat into little pieces, to make it easier for her to eat. She scarfed them down.

Ethel eating her Probios treat
once it was in smaller pieces and easier to eat.

For the next test, we mixed some Critical Care. Ethel is particular. Well, so is Bunya. We have to give Bunya his in a syringe. Ethel likes it and will eat it, but only out of "her" spoon.

Ethel scoping out her spoon of Critical Care.

"Yum!"



As another test of interest in food/treats, we offered Ethel something soft, i.e., easy to eat. Of course, as alpha bunny, Bunya had to have a bite first... he was just making sure it was tasty enough for Ethel (Yeah, right). Ethel also enjoyed the soft banana.

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(That one bite was a treat size portion - no more after what you saw in the video.)

Since Ethel (1) seemed relatively happy, versus in pain, (2) showed an interest in treats and food, and (3) actually ate when the treats and food were soft or in tiny pieces, we were thinking this might be tooth related. In any case, a trip to the vet was in order.

And yup, Ethel had "points" digging into her tongue, which made eating pellets and Probios very painful and difficult. A short procedure under anesthesia to remove the points and she was pretty much back to normal. 

Don't you love it when the dentist gets you all geared up
and then starts asking you
"So, how are things going? How have you been?"
"Ugh, A've 'een 'ine. 'ow ughou' oo?"
As usual, we took Bunya to the vet with Ethel; they spent the day together while the vet observed Ethel to make sure she recovered from the anesthesia and was eating. We take them together to help preserve their bond... don't want one coming home smelling strange, like the vet's office, and then start fighting when re-introduced.

Once there are teeth issues, have your rabbit-savvy vet check your bunny at least every six months or if you see the types of indicators described above. No teeth issues for Ethel for six years, but now that they started, her teeth have to be monitored regularly.

Just another adventure in bunny-dom.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day



People think they are funny and they are not. Save this meme so when someone makes a comment, you can post or show them this in response.

Lots of funny bunny memes are on the Rabbit Ramblings Funny Bunny Memes page.