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.



www.leunig.com.au

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.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco de Mayo bunny

"Isn't it weird that Cinco de Mayo occurs
on the same exact date every year?"

This bunny looks like he disapproves of this sombrero... probably rather chew it than wear it.
If you celebrate, have fun and be safe!

[If you want to know what Cinco de Mayo celebrates, read here.]

[Bunny picture found on internet with no credit. If you know the source, please put a link in the comments. Thank you.]

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bunya street sign in Australia

A Rabbit Ramblings fan from Perth, Western Australia just send me this wonderful street sign.  How cool is that!?


For the origin of Bunya's name, read this post.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rescue Me

The shelters are flooded with wonderful, adoptable bunnies looking for their forever home.



FONTELLA BASS
"Rescue Me"
(C. Smith - R. Miner)
1965


Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me


Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
'Cause I need you by my side
Can't you see that I'm lonely



Rescue me
Come on and take my heart
Take your love and conquer every part
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me


Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
'Cause I need you by my side
Can't you see that I'm lonely


Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me


(Come on baby)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Hold me baby (hold me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Can't you see I need you baby
Can't you see that I'm lonely



Rescue me
Come on and take my hand
C'mon, baby and be my man
'Cause I love you
'Cause I want you
Can't you see that I'm lonely


Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Need me baby (need me baby)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Can't you see that I'm lonely

Educational Monday Meme*day


Maybe not so much Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day as Educational Meme*day.
#BunnyCare #RabbitCare

Bottom left give you the best control if the bunny is squirmy or anxious. Both bottom methods show supporting the bunnies bottom.

Artist's Instagram account - check it out - really cute stuff.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(No cost to you) Bunny Rescue Fundraising Challenge

Rabbit Ramblings will donate funds to rescue rabbits based on the net increase in RR page "Likes" on its Facebook page by May 31, 2017. New Likes = $1 [Starting Likes count is 13,131.]


The Easter bunny rejects/releases started on Easter and GHRS rescued 6 bunnies - no holiday break for the volunteers. Yesterday, another four were saved, but not before injuries. --------------->

If you have already "Liked" RR (thank you), then tell your bunny friends to "Like" RR on Facebook, re-post the challenge or "share" it from the RR Facebook page. (Non-bunny people will “un-like” it and that gets us nowhere.)

P.S. On this page, there's a "Like Us on Facebook" button near the top of the right hand column, under the Pages list. The donation is for increased "page likes" (versus individual posts on the Facebook page - but you can "Like" those, too). FB comments are welcome, as are pictures of your bunnies being cute or mischievous, things that lend itself to a caption/meme.

If you would like to make a donation yourself, that would be generous and wonderful. No amount is too small - it all adds up and helps save bunnies.
Thank You!


Maximum Likes donation = $1,000.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Snuggle Bunnies

After an exhausting "No live bunnies for Easter" campaign, Ethel and Bunya are relaxing in their favorite box (under their elevated princess bed).

#BondedBunnnies #SnuggleBunnies #AdoptDontShop


Monday, April 17, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Someone in the HRS FB Group page posted an Easter card sent by her sister. It highlights one risk of bunny ownership. (As noted in the comments there...) The detail shows the artist knows bunnies and/or bunny people: bunny collectibles we all have including bunny wallpaper, rabbit ears on TV, picture of bunny tourist on Easter Island, bunny staring at the electric cord, bunny under the sofa, bunny slippers...


Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter bunny napkin folding

Martha Stewart bunny napkin recipe
Materials: Cotton or linen napkins, starched

1. Fold starched napkin into thirds to form a rectangle. (If you're using a square napkin, you'll need to fold in half, and then fold in half again to get a long rectangular shape.)
2. Crease in half to create a center line for reference; fold top corners down along this line.
3. Fold up from bottom corners along dotted lines.
4. Bring left and right edges together on center line.

5. Flip upside down and over. Turn up bottom point.

6. To fasten: Fold left and right corners back; tuck one corner into the pocket of the other. Pull out bunny ears first; open up base.


If you are a little less formal, here's a video showing how to fold paper napkins:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blog Award!

Bel-Rea Small Animal Blog Award

We were surprised and pleased to receive this notice of a small animal blog award from Bel-Rea, a vet tech school in Colorado. The winning blogs cover all sorts of small animals: bunnies (of course!), ferrets, Guinea pigs, mice, hedgehogs, hamsters and more. Check it out.

And thank you for reading Rabbit Ramblings.
Please be sure to check out  and "Like" our Facebook page (for more frequent postings).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Ethel

Cleaning day and everything is out of their pen (you can briefly see it stacked to the left of the pen). Ethel was just feeling happy. After she and Bunya snacked on the choice hay bits that were under the stuff we moved, Bunya went to hide while we cleaned (he tries to avoid being picked up and groomed).

Ethel was just reveling in all the open space of their pen before we vacuumed. Wish I had caught it from the beginning. She was already winding down when I got the camera for the last 28 seconds of her happy feet happy dance.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Everything I need to know, I learned from my bunnies


This adorable graphic/meme was found on the internet and had no credit on it. If you know who created it, please put a link to their page or website in the comments. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action! Bunny video contest!



Channel your inner Spielberg, Hitchcock, Kubrick or Scorsese -- all to help bunnies! 60 seconds or less videos advocating for bunnies. Enter by April 13th. Prizes courtesy of SmallPetSelect.com.

Find out all about it HERE.



Monday, April 3, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Poe's human has set a high bar - hope the main course is impressive, too.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Easter - 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....?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Another bunnies eating video

Bunnies eating dried kudzu leaves in a morning sunbeam

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I wish I had their focus.

If the video does not work here, check out the Rabbit Ramblings YouTube channel.

The hay feeder

We won this hay feeder from the online FB auction of the Alabama Rabbit Rescue. (Their Facebook page is here.)

The bunnies love their new hay feeder, especially since it's filled twice a day with third cut hay. Ethel dives in for that singular best piece of gourmet hay... I'd love to know what makes it so.



One time, I came in the room and she was buried so deep she didn't hear or see me until she pulled her head out - and took off like a rocket to hide. She has issues.

I wouldn't be too surprised to find her entirely inside it one day.





Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bunny Bed

Trying to get them to enjoy the new soft pet bed we got for them. This was inspired because Dr. Mrsbunnymom thought Ethel looked like she needed a little pillow under her head when she flops to nap.

Been tossing some of their pellets in there as a snack, but they don't stay; when they finish, they move on.

Love the "ears up" pose.
They're listening for more pellets to land.


At least Bunya hasn't been eating the fabric.