Saturday, May 25, 2019

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]

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Bunny care: If fireworks are used to celebrate in your area

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).

Friday, May 24, 2019

Trip to the vet for bunny cataracts

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We wanted to take Bunya in to check his cataracts - his previously "good" eye has started clouding now, too. It also coincided with their 6-month wellness checkup.

Ethel does not like to leave home and her ears shake like carrot tops in a hurricane as soon as she is in the carrier. She almost buries herself under Mr. B. When he is examined, she just shakes. When they are switched, he starts tearing up the towel and eating it until she's back with him.

Whenever one goes to the vet, they both go to reduce the risk of bonding breaks - which we had happen early on when we first had bunnies.

Since Bunya is losing his vision, their setup and the furniture in the room will stay where it is. No more changing configurations of castles, bridges and tunnels. At night, their pen door will be closed to limit his territory in the dark to a very familiar "safe space" for them. It's where they hang out 80-90% of the time anyway, even when the gate is open.

At 11-1/2, Bunya knows that growing old is not for sissies.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day



Weird Bunnies on Facebook
Weird Bunnies website

May be a little darker than usual, but I am tired of people trying to make lame jokes about eating bunnies. Here are some memes you can use in response:

Image may contain: 1 person, meme, text that says 'WHEN SOMEONE MAKES BUNNYLOVE A COMMENT ABOUT EATING MY RABBITS'

Image may contain: one or more people and meme, text that says 'GO AHEAD SAY MY RABBITS LOOK YUMMY 1 MORE TIME'


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Miss Ethel may be mellowing... just a little


Mr. Bunya was our first bunny (and a surprise from our daughter, who left for college a few months later). As we learned about bunnies and bunny care, we wanted to adopt some companions for this sociable animal.

However, before we learned that, Mr. Bunya was a solo bun and got all of our attention. He became familiar with humans and is not as stand off-ish as the adoptees.

Ethel will not come for head rubs by herself. If you try, she'll jet away after a second.
However, she has come to realize that if she snuggles up real close to Bunya, she can PRETEND it's Bunya grooming her.

At first, she would only self-delude for less than a minute, maybe 10-30 seconds. Then she'd look up all surprised-like: "Who is this!? You're not Bunya!" - and run off. Bunya always stays and melts like a puddle into the floor to suck up the love.

In this video, Bunya settles next to my recliner for some head rubs (but never too close, so I have to extend my arm way over to reach him). Ethel hung around for more than 30 seconds. This is only an excerpt from a longer video, but Ethel actually hung out and accepted some pets!

This is a huge development with her. On the bunny pages, people often ask how long did it take for your bunny to trust you?
So Ethel may be mellowing... just a little - and after only NINE YEARS.

Bunnies require patience.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tuesday Meme*day?

Picture found on the FB group Disapproving Rabbits.
Meme'd with permission of Rosie's human.