Friday, September 30, 2011

Professional Tutorial - How to Draw Bunnies!

Remember those matchbook covers: Can you draw this?

Now, without paying for lessons, you can go via this link to learn How to Draw a Bunnies
or you can go right to the artist's blog for the same instructions.

Learn to draw bunnies here
Have fun!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thank you for calling Domino's Pizza...

Bunya: Yes, we'd like to order a pizza for delivery.
Ethel (whispering): Better make it a large ... Lucy wants some, too.

Bunya: A large, please.
Crust? None necessary.
Oh, we have to ... well, then as thin as possible.
You have a two topping special? Excellent.
Please make both of our toppings carrots.
What do you mean you don't have a carrot pizza -
what kinda' pizza joint is this anyway?!?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vanity license plate - DITZY1

Ethel drives a car!
We had no clue, but we found her wheels, for sure!

How does she drive?
Ethel must steer and Lucy must work the pedals for her. That's it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grooming - Proper Posture & Procedure

When it's time to groom, there are steps to our procedure.

1. Catch a bunny.
Bunya is the easiest to catch. He was here first and is much more used to humans. He thinks he is going to get a treat and will pretty much bound up to anybody who's friendly (unless one of the girls, usually Lucy, panics and sets everyone to zooming around looking for cover).
The problem is that this alerts Lucy to the fact that she is going to be picked up soon.

2. Put them up closer to us, like on the countertop (where they will be less inclined to jump away).
Yes, Mom, we wipe it down before and after the grooming session and set the bunnies on a piece of paper.

3. Gently, being aware of their very sensitive skin, furminate bunny. Then gently brush bunny.
Now, what do we do with the hair that starts flying all over the place? This is a bigger issue when it's time for one of their seasonal sheds. While grooming, we grab handfuls of fluffy hair and toss it in the open trash can next to us. Sometimes, it easier to let it stick to your t-shirt and then use a lint brush on yourself afterwards; some of this is going to happen anyway. Mainly, we keep a hand vac at the ready; it's really good for grabbing the "floaters", bunches of light hair that just starts to float away. Empty the vac often, if you use one. (We do not start the vac right next to them. They are used to it because we use it to clean up the 2% of poops that don't make it to the litter box, or get kicked out. We start it behind us and away from them and then bring it closer to get the hair, so it does not startle them.)

4. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP - Place bunny so they once again have "four on the floor" (fuzzy feets, that is - never trim the hair on the bottom of their feet) - and give them a treat. Unless you like getting rear feet flicks. Lots of feet flicks.
Use a "high value" treat, like papaya or a piece of Probios.

Here, Ethel demonstrates the proper posture for her weekly grooming.

Can you move that to the left?

Ahhhhh, yeah, that's it, that's the spot, right there...

You can see the little treat in front of Ethel above. Lucy and Ethel will not eat while grooming is in process, so for them, this is just a little reminder of rewards to come.

Bunya, on the other hand ... well, we haven't seen much you can do to or with him that will prevent him from eating treats. He is the only one we can just get down on the floor with and groom - as long as he's getting treats and you don't mind grooming a moving target.

We're even able to catch Lucy for a grooming, most of the time. This is a bunny who - even if you do not move, do not look at her, but merely have the thought that you would like to pick her up - will look at you askance, run and hide. She has ESP or something. Sometimes, though, I don't think she's trying as hard as she used to.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Late one night, just before bedtime...

... and God bless Lucy and Bunya.
Oh, and parsley and cilantro and all kinds of lettuce.
And fruit, don't forget the fruits.
And TREATS - yes, yes, yes - the treats.

(I wish she would pray for Bunya to stop shedding so much.)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

No Surprise - GHRS Fundraiser was Bunny-Rich Environment!

Kudos to GHRS.
Last night was their annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser.
Let me get the easy stuff out of the way first:
The food was excellent.
The music was great (live band).
There were an incredible number of auction items to bid on.
The many wines - from Rabbit Ridge Winery!!! - were delicious.
The most gracious host family's home was beautiful, large and inviting.
The people were friendly, amusing, entertaining, fun and, for the most part, as bunny crazy as we are.

Okay, to the point - there were "Bunny Things" galore!
The owners had bunny things - and bunnies!
The members of GHRS brought more bunny things over to decorate and serve.
The auction had myriad bunny things to bid on (got one, not another).

So, with my cell phone camera and pretty much in the order I spotted things,
"here we go"*:
(* Couldn't resist movie reference ... Joker in The Dark Knight)

Get your auction number
Bunny bookend

Could be Ethel
Could be Lucy

Bunny lamp - looks like Lucy

Bunny chandelier!


Serving dishes

Nested bunny serving dishes

He served one of the
many delicious cheeses

Auction items - to decorate in Bunny
(can you see the mug handles?)

Another auction item

Bunny lamp

Love this sofa pillow


Right ... you don't hear anything...
all of a sudden, you're surrounded
by little poops
Original autographed art
from comic strip

Several bids were made on this piece
One of three autographed prints (I got this one)





Bunny rug for auction

Really sweet host snuggle bunnehs!

Great cups
Spotted this walking out the door.
Very cool. Very jealous.

There were plenty of non-bunny things to bid on at the auction, too.
You will have to search for someone's "non-rabbit ramblings" blog to find those things, though.

P.S. Collage of the bun-watching on the "Bunny Things" page.