Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day

To our veterans on Veterans Day:
Thank you for your service.
Wishing you peace and good health.



For another Veterans Day post, see My Army Bunny Family.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Halloween Bunny Tale

Another Rabbit Ramblings "traditional" seasonal post.
Don't forget to check out the post Bun o' lanterns -- Bunny pumpkins for Halloween)


In the mythical land of Trigiorria there is the legend of The Spirit Festival of the Rabbits.

At the end of the month of Octobré, when the veil between the worlds of the spirit and the real would thin, those who had lost family during the previous year would make a journey to the Spirit Woods. The recently departed would inhabit this forest during the year, awaiting the veil to be thin enough to cross over and thereby give their loved ones one last chance to say goodbye.

The family would sit and camp outside of the woods, sometimes as long as a week, awaiting for a messenger to arrive. That messenger - a white rabbit. As it approached, the family would gather and sit, patiently and quietly. The rabbit would find a spot near the family and sit down, regarding them with its ruby eyes and large ears turned towards them. At that point, the family would tell the rabbit the name of their recently deceased and give a final message to their loved one. Upon finishing, the family would offer the rabbit a token of their thanks, usually in the form of some sweet greens such as the tops of carrots or radishes. The rabbit would stand on its hind legs, taking the offering and, at the same time, folding its ears back, thereby trapping the family's message within them.

Turning around, the rabbit would sprint back into the forest, carrying the message for the spirit. Their ruby eyes able to see the other worldly spirits and their twitching noses able to find the scent of the family even upon the ghosts. Once they found the family member, they'd open their ears once again, imparting the whispers of the message still resounding within them and allow the family member to pass over with their family's love.

However, not all ghosts within the Spirit Woods are benevolent. As the noises that come from the forest are often eerie and vicious, it is the reason the families remain outside of the woods and uses the messengers. On a few occasions, dark shadows were seen lumbering forth from the tree line, but they never made it far for nipping at their heels were the guardians - the black rabbits of the forest. Whereas the inky claws of the spirits could rake furrows into the ground, they would simply meld into the rabbit's own obsidian fur. Wherever the black rabbits touched these creatures, there would be nothing but emptiness left behind. And when dozens of the guardians attacked a shadow, it dissolves so quickly that many people weren't sure they saw a shadow at all - only the frolicking of the rabbits was left behind.

Today, many families keep such rabbits in their homes as family members themselves. In fact, adopting one after the passing of their loved ones is seen as a blessing upon the house. When a white rabbit would stand on its hind legs and stare towards nothing, it is often thought that the animal is welcoming a friendly spirit into the house. The black rabbit would keep the family safe from any spirits that were not welcomed.

[Mark Mensch is a published author and volunteer at SaveABunny rabbit rescue - www.saveabunny.org]

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Make it a Happy Halloween for your bunnies, too!

Bunnies are prey animals. They don't like things like: strangers, loud noises, sudden movements, fireworks. These can stress them.

On Halloween, keep your buns cool and quiet, away from the constant noise and activity of Trick or Treaters.
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 white noise to help muffle Halloween 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 rabbit treats handy (Bunya told me to say that). But keep them away from the human treats and candy - these can make your bunny deathly ill.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

P.S. Check out the post Bun o' lanterns -- Bunny pumpkins for Halloween


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bun o' lanterns -- Bunny pumpkins for Halloween

A Rabbit Ramblings traditional pre-Halloween post... If you carve a bunny pumpkin, please post a picture on the RR Facebook page so it can be added to the "library". (Bunkin pictures from miscellaneous sources around the internet and from past Facebook contributions, so also appreciate any picture credits you can add - thanks!)

Have fun! Be careful carving pumpkins and have a safe celebration!

Happy Halloween!

Carving a "bunkin" (bunny pumpkin) for Halloween?

Here are a few "Boo! Bunnies" to inspire your creative carving...




Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue FB page & website
Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue FB page & website



A classic lop image
Another approach to bunny pumpkin carving
Was this bunny in "Lord of the Rings" or something?

Don't forget "EB" - the Energizer Bunny


Bunny from Prickly City?
Bonded duo

                                                         Models for bonded duo pumpkin
Bunny Butt!
Talk to the butt, 'cause the ears ain't listening!

(Bernie Bunny from Annie's)



Bunny model: Pinki Larue
Model for pumpkin above


Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween-flavored Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


This is Lucy, a rescued bun who was being starved to death so the idjits wouldn't have to pay a surrender fee to the shelter - a true horror story. She has re-learned to eat and drink and is happy in her new home - a tremendous will to live.
Thank you, Lucy's humans.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Where's Ethel?

Noticed Ethel was "missing".

The hay box is supposed to be opened in a way to let them graze without turning it into a litter box. Don't think she turned it into a litter box but still, the best-laid plans of mice and men...


Monday, September 25, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ethel in the hay box

Ethel's dumpster diving efforts are extraordinary - she goes to great lengths to find that perfect piece of hay.

The box top is set like it is to allow them to access the hay, hopefully without them turning it into another litter box. About 9 seconds in, she uses her head to try to move the top out of her way. (Total clip ~24 seconds)


Ethel's previous attempt to go "all in"...


And some postprandial snuggling...


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

(One day late, due to lack of electricity and internet. Hope you are well.)


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The box of hay


Ethel usually stretches up (periscopes) to get that particular piece of hay (whatever characteristics makes that piece the one she has to dig out). Last night, she just settled into the hay and grazed in comfort.

Hopefully, that's all she did. I was trying to prevent their hopping in, by only opening the box as in the picture; but Ethel is so tiny, she squeezed in anyway.

Bunya stands guard (not really, he's just waiting for treat time).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dried kudzu leaves snack time

Dried kudzu leaves snack time for Bunya and Ethel. I find bunnies chewing to be an amusing pastime.

At ~1m12s, Bunya finishes his, sees Ethel hasn't and tries to help himself to hers (part of his duties as alpha bun). Ethel doesn't want to play that game.

[Speakers on to hear bunny crunching.]


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The love nest

On pen cleaning day, Bunya and Ethel will try to get out of the way, at least for a while... until it's time for them to inspect. One of their places is this love nest, up high (a castle tower perched on top of their fun house). Ethel is loving on Bunya and he is loving it.


Thankfully, the daredevil Ethel did not fall out.
Bunya can take up a lot of space.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Senior Bunnies

Post from Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program
Rabbit FAQ: Senior Bunnies


Life expectancy for a house rabbit is between 8 and 14 years. But when do rabbits become seniors? There is not an exact age when it happens; however, sometime between the ages of 5 and 8, a rabbit becomes a senior. How quickly a rabbit ages is partly based on the size, genetics, the quality of care he’s received throughout his life, and even whether he has a loving bond mate.

What are the signs of aging?
• Slowing down, sleeping more
• Changes in fur coat (coarser, sparser, more gray hair)
• Changes in nails (thicker, turn outwards)
• Changes in mobility
• Changes in eyesight and/or hearing
• Calluses on hocks
• Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
• Weight loss or weight gain
• Muscle wasting/loss of muscle tone
• Difficulty maintaining hygiene
• Increased health issues (dental, bladder or kidney are common ones)

Preventative care to keep your aging rabbit healthy!
• Proper diet is number one (see links at end for proper diet information)
• Spaying female rabbits virtually eliminates uterine infections and reproductive cancers
• Regular physical exercise and activity
• Mental enrichment with toys, games and interaction with you
• Companionship of a bonded rabbit friend
• Regular veterinary check-ups and blood work

Aging is a natural process. A well-cared-for house rabbit can age gracefully and enjoy many golden years. Your rabbit may need some level of nursing care at some point in her life. Expect this and know that she will be grateful for your loyalty and love. Caring for our elderly companion animals is part of the commitment we make to them that honors the years of love and friendship we share.

Resources
The Importance of Hay
Feed A Diversity of Greens
Senior Rabbits
Older & Healthy, The Care of Geriatric Rabbits (A PDF download)
Elderbuns

Thanks to MN SNAP for the post and permission to re-post it here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017