Friday, November 30, 2012

Bunnydom activities of daily living - 5

#5 - Grooming
Grooming - showing love and affection among bonded bunnies.
Which is not to say that there isn't the occasional hair-pulling,
if alpha bunny needs to reaffirm the pecking order.

A chain of grooming

Lucy in the middle

Bunya in the middle -
The Bunmuda Triangle
Fortunately, we had lots of pictures from which to choose for this activity.

Here's a (too long) video showing how lucky Bunya is - the girls take turns grooming him. A real groom-fest.


This is to be distinguished from when a human wants to groom them, for which they express a different sentiment, succinctly demonstrated here by Bunya.

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(The wire part of the brush Bunya grabbed is not used on the bunnies - it is too harsh for their delicate skin. The soft bristle side is for them, along with the furminator.)

Of course, grooming is most evident if you have a pair of bonded bunnies. (Otherwise, you have to rub their little heads for them.) If you have a single bunny, think about having your local HRS chapter or other rabbit rescue arrange some dates for your bunny. Remember: You don't pick their mate - they do (make sure everyone has already been "fixed" and has healed). If you are thinking about adopting a rescue bunny, forget the dating process and just adopt a bonded pair - that's the easiest.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bunnydom activities of daily living - 4

As noted in earlier post: This week, RR will try to explore the Activities of Daily Living for bunnies. Won't hit them all in a single week, but we'll see what we can do.

#4 - Stay alert - always!

Staying alert is deeply bred into a bunny's DNA.
As Ethel demonstrates, they are forever on alert for a sound or
any other indication of an intruder, a potential threat.

Perceived danger is often communicated
to the other buns with a loud THUMP!
(Video of "Donald Thump" here. Turn your sound on.)

The sequence of detection, threat assessment and action can go like this:

Some sound, smell or movement alerts the bunny.
Lucy: That human is thinking about picking me up.

The bunny may "periscope" to better assess the threat.
Lucy: The humans are cleaning the pen
and that means grooming!

Defensive action - hide!
Lucy: This is the only place they have never been able to reach me.
Heh, heh, heh ...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Little Bunny Foo Foo!

We interrupt the Bunnydom Activities of Daily Living Series to bring you this hysterical poster a friend sent me ...

Bunnydom activities of daily living - 3

As noted in earlier post: This week, RR will try to explore the Activities of Daily Living for bunnies. Won't hit them all in a single week, but we'll see what we can do.

#3: Pooping!
Who pooped?
(Two "Cleopatras" - Queens of Denial)

While many readers commented that their bunnies also love hay cubes (yesterday's post), this one is applicable to anyone who has a bunny, because they love to do this.

One of the many nice things about bunnies is that they can be litter box trained. If they are "fixed", then this is easier. It's also easier when they are a little older. Once Lucy & Ethel approached a year, the number of free-range poops (i.e., not in litter box) decreased substantially.
Everybody gets a corner

Bunny poop is very important for gauging the health of your bunny. Healthy poops are round pellets. Not-so-healthy poops may be smaller than usual, runny or strung together (someone's been eating carpet fibers). No poops might be the worst. Read up on poop in the resources; it can indicate some serious medical conditions that need to be addressed quickly.

Some direct links for you to learn about bunny poops (please, contain your excitement):
Georgia HRS - look under the heading RABBIT POOP & DIGESTION for relevant articles.
Check here under Rabbit Health 101, specifically Disorders of the Digestive Tract
HRS has a page of medical topics here.

Wishing you all a lifetime of healthy, round poops.
Well, wishing that for your bunnies.

(I know ... this should have been Activity #2.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bunnydom activities of daily living - 2

As noted in earlier post: This week, RR will try to explore the Activities of Daily Living for bunnies. Won't hit them all in a single week, but we'll see what we can do.

# 2: Mining for hay cubes
This activity may be done solo, in pairs, or all together.
Since fresh hay cubes had just been added to the box,
this was a group activity.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bunnydom activities of daily living - 1

This week, RR will try to explore the Activities of Daily Living for bunnies. Won't hit them all in a single week, but we'll see what we can do.

#1: Eating

Sharing a bowl of crumbles
(FYI, Oxbow Bunny Basics/T,
as recommended by vet & GHRS)

Sharing a plate of greens.
This one includes fresh carrot tops (not the comedian)

- one of this trio's absolute favorites!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

RR Submission: Coco and Bruno

Look at this adorable squee-worthy couple!

Coco and Bruno.
Um, er, ah ... or Bruno and Coco.
One of those.
Two bonded bunnies in love, just hanging out together. So peaceful ...

Coco & Bruno were "rescued" by their bunny slave from a very sketchy FL flea market. Here is what they looked like shortly after rescue (in the box on the way home):
Saved from a very questionable fate.
(You may "squee" at will.)
Their human is obviously very in love with them, has learned all about bunnies and has set up their own room for them to live in together.

Lucky bunnies!!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bunny sofa diving

Actually, Ethel was on the sofa first and I guess one of them didn't want to share. So this begins with what looks like Lucy shooing Ethel off the sofa.

Then Lucy starts sofa diving. Not sure what was so fascinating. She starts off digging on the pillow she won as the March 2011 Cover-Bun at Bunny-Whipped.com.

video

Maybe she's looking for Black Friday shopping deals - which in her case would be any treats dropped into the cracks between the pillows!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? We hope lots.

We are thankful for:
Family and friends, near and far.
Family hosting a wonderful Thanksgiving feast (and inviting us and our extended, expanded family ... much like our waistlines later today).
Healthy, happy bunnies.
And you -- Rabbit Ramblings readers, members and commenters.

Lucy: Know what turkeys are thankful for?
Ethel: No, what?
Lucy: Vegetarians.
Ethel: *groan*
Enjoy your holiday! 
And safe travels!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New bunny toy!

When stocking up on supplies at the GHRS Hop Shop, saw a new item -  a chew house:

Initial approach is cautious,
but Ethel is the first to go in for the "chin".

Bunya is the first to venture inside.
Ethel's still chinning outside.

Peek a boo!

Room for two!

Lucy peeks over the back wall to scope it out.
When she went inside,
Bunya tried to demonstrate it was big enough for two.
Lucy was having none of that and hopped out over the back wall.

If you build it ... they will nom.
(Movie reference)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bunny treat!

Sometimes, the bunny momma picks up some wheat grass for the bunnies' dining pleasure.
It's like a little piece of lawn comes inside just for them.
And they love it!

The bunnies excitedly gather round their dinner plate.

Lucy taking a breath between bites.
A very short, quick breath.

Lucy trying to go around back,
where there's less immediate competition
from Bunya and Ethel.

We usually let them munch for a couple of minutes and then remove it to regrow.
And one day, we forgot ... it got a bunny buzz cut.

Well, bunny momma goes shopping often,
so there's hope for more lawn treat next time.

Monday, November 19, 2012

More bunny jewelry

Bunny momma's been surfing the internet. Again.
And so RR can bring you some more bunny jewelry finds, for your holiday shopping consideration.

Bunny locket necklaces

Bunny locket brooch
Bunny watching you

What are you waiting for? Get out there and re-start the economy!
> ; )

Sunday, November 18, 2012

St. Louis HRS "Wish Upon a Star" Quilt Auction

By request of commenter almtsbb:

Before getting to the fundraising, I must start off with bunny cuteness. Here is one of this chapter's adoptables.
Dee or Lark?
One of four bunnies rescued together.
See all four at her Petfinder page
Now, to bunny business:
You and your bunnies can snuggle up and stay warm this winter with this quilt from the St. Louis HRS.

This beautiful bunny quilt, "Wish Upon a Star"
is being auctioned off to raise funds for the
St. Louis HRS chapter.
You can see more views of it and bid on it here.

Actually, you may want to hang it somewhere. It is a work of art and, I'm sure, a labor of love. You do not have to live in St. Louis to bid on the quilt. If you are in the U.S., you can bid.

P.S. You can see all their adoptables here.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bunny shopping

Hmmm, to clarify: Not shopping for bunny, but bunny stuff for humans.

RRRR* submitted this find:

Bunny necklace

You can buy it here.

And it will, of course, make an appearance on the Bunny Things page. By the way, if you really would like a bunny themed gift for someone, check out the Bunny Things page. You may get some ideas and many of the items pictured have links to the store or artist.

* Regular Rabbit Ramblings Reader

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bunny packing boxes

Not boxes to pack bunnies in, but packing boxes for bunny playtime.
Recently, we received too much packing material, which included 2 boxes (see The Paper Box Revisited). This is a good thing because if you don't find things for your bunny to explore and chew, they will do it without you. (And how many of us have "rounded corners" on our wooden floor molding?)


Step 1 is always the same - peel off any tape, labels and staples.
Step 2 is to make some doors.
More than one helps them feel like they can escape danger.
Usually, they get at least one per side.
Some bunny slaves prefer to cut openings, but I've found
that they like to chin and chew on the doors, too.
You could stop here and the buns would have fun with this.

But since we had these great boxes,
including this huge one, we kept going.
The brown box in the first picture is inside this even bigger box.
The white box is over twice the height of the brown box.
So they have three levels to play on
and different places to hide inside.
The "doors" of the brown box ended up
holding it in place inside the bigger white box.

Lucy: Hey, there's an echo in here!
In here! ...
In here! ...

Bunya's peering down into the "box canyon".
Ethel hops from the top of the "warren" to the top
of the new box(es). She is too fast for a focused picture.
Almost all the pictures are taken without a flash and
this bunny blur is the downside. The upside is that the there is
no flash to disturb them and the colors are more natural.
And no bunny red-eye.

Ethel loves the high ground.
But she's happy to share with Bunya.

How do you keep your bunny entertained?
Please share in the comments any ideas for enhancing one's bunny playground.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rabbit Ramblings has a Facebook page!

Rabbit Ramblings has a Facebook page!
But I repeat myself.
Bunya has decided to try to expand his
and the girls' web presence with
this next move into social media.
(And there it will stop.)

A few months of prior posts have been listed to seed the page. Links to new RR posts will be added to the Facebook page as they are written. This is just another way for RRRR (Regular Rabbit Ramblings Readers) to keep up when a new post is added to the blog.

So, would you please go to http://www.facebook.com/RabbitRamblings and
"Like" the RR page? (at the top, just under the banner).

Also, if you can figure out what it takes to be added as a "Member" (see right hand column) of this blog, please join us here, too.

Thank you!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bunya loving on Lucy and Ethel

The bunnies were all together, having just nommed some papaya treats. And sometimes, when they are all heads down together, the Bunmuda Triangle forms, and loving ensues ...

video

Something distracts Bunya for a few seconds, but the girls patiently wait for more. If anybun is getting groomed, they all seem to have this relaxed patience to wait for more. They want to make sure they are getting all the licks the mate is willing to give.

In this case, Bunya is doling out the licks. I suspect if we could put a timer on it, the order of bunnies that love their bonded mates the most are:
1. Ethel - the sweetest, loving-est of the three, by far
2. Lucy - toss up on whether she'll be spotted giving or receiving loving
3. Bunya - as alpha, most likely to be on the receiving end of the equation (if you had a choice, would you rather give or get a massage?), although as demonstrated in the video, not always

Monday, November 12, 2012

In Memoriam: Goldie

Another blogging bunny has passed away...

Goldie passed over the
Rainbow Bridge 11-09-2012
Even more sadly, this is not the first loss for the Rabbits' Guy and family this year. Goldie and the other bunnies are fortunate to have such a loving and caring bunny household in which to live.

You can read about Goldie, and offer your condolences at A Houseful of Rabbits.

Please make a donation to a bunny shelter near you in Goldie's memory.
If you don't have a shelter, here's a great one. 

Rainbow Bridge is posted here.

Chew, chew! (Again, not a train)

Bunny lovers know that part of bunny-proofing your home is providing them with alternative things for them to explore, chew and dig. The paper box is for that digging urge.

Whatever your objective, bunnies will multitask and one item may serve multiple purposes. The digging box is fine until they have chewed it to cardboard dust and then it needs to be replaced.

The primary purpose of this box was for exploration and shelter. The bunnies are going to chew on any box, but for this one, it seemed to transition from primarily a place to explore or hide into a chew toy. In this video, Ethel is giving it "what for". She wants a door where she wants a door.

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So that's Ethel's efforts but all of them have participated. One night, one bunny was on one end of the box and the other two on the other end. Their chewing was pushing the box back and forth like a dinghy in rough seas.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ethel does the Funky Chicken

Well, her funky chicken.
(For those too young to recall, Google "Funky Chicken" - it's a dance.)

Ethel was by the gate to their pen. The video was on because maybe she was going to do one of her adorable full-body flops. But no - it wasn't meant to be. Instead, she settled herself into the "chicken" position. Looks like she could lay some eggs. This was cut from several minutes, waiting for her to flop, to about 10 seconds, the time when she finally decided she'd nest herself.

video

What I think is really funny is in the first few seconds: Ethel drops her head and tries to pull it back up, kind of an "I can't keep my eyes open or head up any longer, I'm so sleepy" micro-nap. She really fell asleep on her feet.

I'm empathetic - I remember those nod-offs from some not-my-major college classes.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The bunny paper box revisited

The evolution of the bunnies' paper box has been discussed (for example, here).

My wife ordered something. It came in a box that was at least 8 times the size of the item, surrounded by lots of those static cling packing peanuts (hate those). Didn't matter - it was broken. The company's customer service was superb; they re-shipped the item post haste. It came in another over-size box but was packed well enough not to break. Just wish the company would be a little more "green". It would seem they could save a fortune on packing materials and shipping.

Anyway, for our order at least, we tried to make them green. New boxes for the bunnies! And the rolls of brown paper that were crushed into the box as packing - another whole adventure for the bunny SCUBA box (Self Contained Underpaper Bunny Apparatus).

I brought the boxes and paper into the basement to start working on them. The brown wrapping paper was unrolled and trailing behind me like a 30 foot bride's train. It was very crinkly (that is, noisy) and the buns did a mad dash to hide. [THUMP!]

I crumpled the paper into their paper box and, after they came out of hiding - after all, it was just the silly human - they started exploring it while I worked on the boxes.

Ethel was the first out to see
what happened to her paper box.
Lucy quickly joined her.
Brave bunny Bunya watches from inside the pen,
putting a strong fence between him and the intruder.

Eventually, Bunya comes out to get up close and personal,
to examine this for himself.

Ethel nibbling a corner of the new paper and
gently rolling it around in her mouth
to detect the flavor nuances.
It meets with all the bunnies approval.

Here's 15 seconds of Ethel SCUBA diving:

video

All three of them love the added paper, whether they are nibbling it, hiding in it, or just making the noisy crinkling sounds themselves ... such power - they didn't know they could make that loud a ruckus all by themselves.

When we are gone and they are in their pen, they even stick their heads through the fence to grab big pieces and pull it back through to play with.

More about what the boxes turned into later.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What's a bunny?

Came across this YouTube video; it explains some rabbit attributes and behaviors.



If you watch the whole thing (about 10 minutes), you can get CLE credits (no ... sorry, attorneys, not Continuing Legal Education credits - this is a bunny blog; you get Continuing Lagomorph Education credits).

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

VOTE!

Whether you are a Rebunnican or Rabbicrat, vote!

It's the patriotic thing to do!

And whoever is elected, at least the ads will stop.
For a couple of years, anyway.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sister bunnies synchronized hay cube eating

Practicing for the next bunny Olympics team competitions ...

Okay and together, remember to keep those ears in the "rabbit ears V".
Now, down and nibble ...


And up and smile ...


Very good!
But Ethel, please face forward.
Let's try it again ...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Peter Rabbit dishes

My sister went to visit our cousin's new home and ended up on a bunny scavenger hunt.

Peter Rabbit bowl

Peter Rabbit mugs
(for two-fisted drinkers,
but advanced beyond the sippy cup stage)

Ceramic bunny

The ceramic bunny was an art project of our cousin's daughter. Let's assume the Peter Rabbit dishes were hers, too. A couple of decades ago.

A recent post talked about how Emma Thompson is reviving the Peter Rabbit stories.