Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Message

Hi there. Bunya here.

First, Lucy & Ethel and I want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Please be careful in your celebrations.
If you drink, don't drive.
We don't have anything against moderate imbibing ... the humans don't know it but we've fermented a little carrot juice to celebrate, too. But we are staying home to celebrate. We hate cars.

Even if you don't drink, be careful driving out there, because not everyone is as smart as you.
Don't text while driving either. Just concentrate.

Also, be kind to each other next year. And beyond.
Be kind to all pets and animals, too. (But especially bunnies.)

Take care!

P.S. Here are a few vanity plates with good thoughts and wishes for the New Year...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bunny Pillow (or Book Club, Part 2)

As usual, we were hanging in the basement with the bunnies. Gate was open but since no one was handing out treats at the moment, all three were in their pen.

Ethel must have just tuckered herself out grooming Bunya and Lucy. She flopped on the floor, but rested her head on their book, using it like a pillow.

Eyes open, Ethel is watching TV while resting her head on the book

Ethel's not even bothered by Lucy's attempts to get cheek-to-cheek.

I guess Ethel had finally chewed the book down to a comfortable height for herself.

Check out Lucy & Ethel - and Mr Cookie - on
The Daily Bunny!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bunny cartoons

My wife bought me a book of wonderful cartoons: The New Yorker Cartoons of the Year 2011. And guess what - there were even a few bunny cartoons in it. The "job" one is on the cover, which I'm sure is why it caught my wife's eye as she was scouring the airport magazine racks for some cooking magazine to which she does not already subscribe. (And yes, she is an incredible cook and baker.)

If you want to get a copy, it's supposed to be on magazine stands through 02-20-2012. (Appearing at an airport near you)
Check out these sites to shop for the book or buy individual cartoon artwork.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Bunny Christmas!!!

I am excited because I found this picture past the holiday last year but now it's time to run one of my all-time favorite bunny pictures ...

*Sigh*  Okay, Mom, I'll pose because it makes you so happy and,
after all, I am so darn cute.

This is Mr Cookie, one of the cutest bunnies ever and my way of wishing everyone a joyous, happy and safe holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bunny Book Club

Noticed some activity in their pen (even though the gate was open) ...

Turns out, Lucy was leading the discussion during their book club meeting ...

Lucy: Do you mind? We are trying to discuss the merits of this book.
Ethel: Well, I think it's delicious. The spine glue is quite delicate.
Bunya: I agree, and the pages are so light, easy to chew ...
mmmmm ... I think crisp with a hint of oak.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bunny holiday card

Isn't this an absolutely wonderful card!

Lapin aux Grenades
Some friends sent us this. Now it's possible they bought a bunch of bunny cards to send out, but I think not. I think they found this one for us, which is really considerate. The rest of their cards probably had doggies.   > : )

As usual, I tried to track this down so you could buy it if you wanted and - surprise - this artist has a bunch of great bunny cards. Here's the scoop: Artists to Watch - CC Barton
Go check them out ... you will enjoy.

For more, here's the artist's website: CC Barton

Lucy in her Zen trance

Finally remembered to video Lucy in one of her trances. This is from a Sunday morning after we cleaned out their pen. We then groom all the bunnies and give them the brief physical exam they taught (my wife) at GHRS Bunny 201. Lucy is usually last because she is so hard to catch.

Her eyes wide during and after the indignity of being caught, restrained, brushed and fondled (in a medical way), Lucy's level of trauma is probably second only to going for a car ride to the vet.

After all this, my wife figured she would flip Lucy over and mesmerize her.

And Lucy fell back like a brick - zonked.

I did not cut down this video - I added to it. The three "shorts" were so amazing to me that I used them all. Here are the three segments to it:
1. The trance, laying Lucy back and rubbing her forehead and ears.
2. Same thing, but with the other hand so you could see more of Lucy's head.
3. Looking down on Lucy - not even stroking her, but just letting her meditate, all four little feets sticking up in the air.

"And here we go..."

It really transformed Lucy. We put her down and gave her a little treat. Instead of hopping away from us, flicking us off (got to get a video of that bunny behavior), she wandered around in a little circle in front of us and then finally went back in her pen. Here she is immediately after her massage:

Wow ... thanks ... that was really great.
Um, is the tip included?
I think I'll go take a nap now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bunny Scrabble

Having a few mind-stimulating games on your smart phone helps pass the time if you have to wait in line or just wait anywhere. While my sister and brother-in-law are hard-core Scrabble addicts, I play it on my BlackBerry in a far less competitive mode.

But I was excited to find a great 7 letter word with the tough letters I had been dealt:

Just as important, I was excited to find an excellent place for it on the board:

But sound the "foul" buzzer!


Lucy: What kind of lame game is this!?!
Ethel: Hmph! They need to update their dictionary.
Bunya: Where's the phone - we're calling these guys.
They add it to the dictionary or we want a refund!
That's just plain bunny English, acceptable on any bunny blog!

See, they all agreed with me.
For a change.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Commissioner - It's the Bun Signal!

It signals the bunnies ... to run hide!

Actually, just a reflection made by a couple of CDs that my daughter thoughtfully laid out at the right spot between the basement lights.

What made me think of this (other than it stays there on the wall as long as there are lights on in the bunnies' room) is what I saw as I was driving earlier this week. It was too brief and I had no chance to get a picture.

I was in the car heading toward an intersection and coming in my direction was a man on a motorcycle, wearing a black leather jacket, briefly paused to take a left turn. (Think of all the things that had to line up perfectly for this to happen.) The sun was shining from above/behind him at just the right angle to hit his rear view mirrors and project pretty much the image above in the center of his chest. I did a double take, he made his turn and it was all gone.

Wish I had a picture of Bun-man on his Bun-cycle to show you, but you will have to look at the image above and imagine it.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy 1st Anniversary, Rabbit Ramblings

How appropriate that our first year was the Year of the Rabbit!

On a note of Thanksgiving:
Thank you to all you bunny fans out there who are members, followers, subscribers and especially, the commenters, including:, Bunya Momma, Crafty Green Poet. dius, HareForce, Helen, Jay, Joy, Karen Nelson, Kat, Lavender Rabbit, lazeebones, Lisa, Me, Name, Rabbits' Guy, RobynLS, Rose, Sid, SixBunnies, Stiliano, Taylor, The human, thef1chick, tianning, Two Bunny Blog, zoeybunn (apologies if I missed anyone)

hanks to Bunya, Lucy & Ethel for making our lives so entertaining.
Thanks to our daughter who smuggled Bunya into our basement.
Thanks to my son who suggested I start a blog.
Thanks to my other son, who mocks me as totally nuts and whose laugh as he's seen something that amuses him on the blog is a joy to hear as he says:
         Just to be clear, Dad, I am laughing at you, not with you. [He is not alone.]
Thanks to my sisters who, before this blog, probably never realized how many Bunny Things cross their paths almost every day.
Thanks to my wife, my partner in life, bunny crime and bunny care ... she with the bunny mesmerizing touch.

A few RR statistics:
Members: 12 (it says 13 but one is Bunya)
Bunny Things: Over 100
Posts: Over 300
Comments: Over 160
Pageviews yesterday: Over 200
Pageviews - last month: Over 7,500
Pageviews - all time: Over 45,500
Countries we noticed making those pageviews: 102

Wishes for the next New Year:
Healthy bunnies
Greater capacity at HRS and all animal rescues - but not the need for it
More "members/followers" (see right hand column*), comments & page views
To get at least one of our bunnies on Disapproving Rabbits
Whirled peas - Tolerance among humankind, joint efforts to repair the world, good health and prosperity for all

* Hint, hint! Please figure it out, join/follow, subscribe somehow and make comments!

We hope to see more of you next year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Vet Visit - P.S.

At the end of everybunny exam's, my wife showed how Lucy can be mesmerized by flipping her over, cradling her like a baby and gently stroking her forehead and ears.

This is the flattering picture of Lucy in said repose ...
Look at those little bunny teef!
I could not believe Lucy could get into her Zen trance state after all the anxiety of the afternoon but she zonked right out.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Disapproving Rabbit T came in the mail today!

I may be uncool (especially to my kids, and in soooo many ways), but for other bunny geeks like me (which you might very welll be if you are reading this) - this is cool.

After you have read and explored Rabbit Ramblings, be sure to check out Disapproving Rabbits, also listed in the right hand column under Funny Bunnies.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Boycott Notice

Saw this link on the House Rabbit Society's Facebook page and thought it was worth passing along:

If you have a blog or Facebook page, you might want to post it there, too.

Reminds me of an earlier post:
Pet store bunnies ... make me very sad

Vet Visit - we're there. Finally.

[Continued from prior two posts]

Ethel seems to be the go-to bunny when Lucy and Bunya want comforting. They snuggle into her. Here, it's kinda' hard to see, but Ethel is resting her paw on Lucy.
Ethel's little left paw is resting
on Lucy's right shoulder, under Lucy's ear.
Batting order was Bunya up first (the easiest), Ethel on deck, batting second, and Lucy batting clean-up ... we figured everyone would be exhausted after her, so she's last.

We wanted to follow-up on Bunya's embarrassing condition (Poopy Butt). As those things go, it was deemed not a big problem ... they've seem major P.B. and this wasn't it, so Bunya gets to slide. Lucky Bunya, we get to keep an eye on his P.B. when we groom him. Lucky us.

I asked if it would help to trim the hare's hair down there. Dr. Mike suggested a Brazilian for Bunya. Bikini pictures to follow in a future post. Maybe a Speedo.

Ethel is always the polite young lady.
Hey, Buster, you better bring me flowers and treats
before you touch me there!

Lucy was last and I don't know why that's when we really got into the details of a bunny exam (my wife has a medical background). A very important thing to check on bunnies is their teeth. You want to make sure that they haven't gotten too long or are curved to where they injure the bunny's mouth. This could be one of a few critical reasons a bunny stops eating and why you have to monitor their behavior.

Minimum of two to hold Lucy down

Ig oo gon't get ur han outta my mouf...
Lucy finally went back in the box (carrier).

The bunnies did well. We were very proud of them ... they love each other and keep themselves and each other very clean, even their ears ... no one needed any orthodonture. Our vet told us some stories of not-so-well-cared-for bunnies. And it's only because people don't know any better. All you have to do is learn a little about them, like from your local HRS chapter or online (check out the Rabbit Resources in the right-hand column of this blog).

Hopefully, everybunny stays well and we are done with that until their next regular check-up.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Vet Visit - the round up

[Continued from prior post]

We scooped up Bunya and Ethel relatively easily, although they then get the wide-eyed anxious look that breaks your heart.

Lucy bolted like a bat out of hell.

Her clear first choice in hiding places is in their pen ... lots of boxes and tunnels to hide in or run around when one is being pursued.
We had closed the door to the pen.

So Lucy did an about-face and headed for the box we call "the warren". They all really love it.
Bunya in "the warren"
It is one very big low box into which we cut a number of "flapped" windows and doors (we did not cut holes and remove cardboard - we cut 3 sides and left it for the bunnies to chin, chew and push). Unlike the picture above, inside the big box is now a smaller box in the center, also with doors and windows. The buns can run all around the smaller inside box or take a shortcut through it.

If you can find the right boxes, try it for your bunnies. They're fun to watch ... more than one will get in ... they hop in one opening and out another ...

Anyway, back to the round up. With the pen gate closed, Lucy bolts to the other side of the warren, to keep it between her and us. When we get close to her, she jumps inside.

Borrowing Ethel's brain cell, we thought: Aha, we best block her egress (that's an exit, not an organ). So we each blocked as many of the windows and doors as we could by closing (what was left of) the flaps and planting a leg or hand in front of it. Think of a really bizarre 3D game of Twister but all in brown cardboard instead of primary colors.

Then we opened the top of the big box. Lucy was huddled in the corner, all big-eyed and scared poopless (well, not quite, because she left us a little rabbit raisin to show us her opinion of us).

My wife was closest and went to pick Lucy up - and that's when Lucy became the bucking bronco. This is an important rabbit care point, to get a proper, firm grip on your bunny - even more so when they are scared. They have powerful back legs and will use them to kick while twisting their bodies to get away from perceived danger. She perceived danger and my wife has the scratch to prove it. Fortunately, Lucy was still close to the ground and there was no injury to her when she got away.

Lucy hopped into the inner smaller box.
Rinse. Repeat.
Except with a better grip the second time.
Shaking ears show their "nerves".

(Pay attention to verse lyrics on which video soundtrack starts -
a "tip o' the hat" to one of my favorite bunny sites and
definitely what these little dawgies were)

All three were in the carrier, barely in time for our appointment, and we headed to the car.

To be continued.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Congratulations to Disapproving Rabbit!

We briefly interrupt the Vet Visit series to say how happy we are for Dougal and his new human slaves at Disapproving Rabbit. Cinnamon will never be forgotten ... but once Dougal settles in, he looks more than capable of continuing her legacy of disapproval.

As one of the DR commenters noted [you will have to do the heavy breathing, deep James Earl Jones voice in your head]: The disapproval is strong in this one!

Disapproving Rabbits is one of my favorite bunny sites (Did you order your T-shirts in time? I did) and is listed under Funny Bunnies in the right-hand column.

Check out Dougal's story, some photos and an adorable video of his little mouf processing treats into rabbit raisins ... all that and more at Disapproving Rabbits where you get "All disapproval, all the time."

Wishing Dougal a long, happy life of disapproval in his new home.

Vet Visit - let the preparations continue

[Continued from prior post]

One of the bunnies' health tests is a fecal float test, looking for parasites. I labeled 3 little plastic bags with each of their names and set about to procure separate identifiable specimens (read: poops).

This entails erecting one of their little pens and giving the targeted bunny a clean litter box. Bunya was the first volunteer.

Lucy and Ethel were curious. Ethel ventures in for some fresh hay while Lucy observes from the outside, wary of a trap.

The best laid plans of bunny and man...
Didn't get the required cooperation in time. If they turn up any parasites, they would all be treated anyway because of their close proximity. So at the last minute, we gathered up a random sampling of poops and put them all in a single bag labeled Group-on Poop-on.

We await test results.

To be continued.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vet Visit - Let the preparations begin

How do we prepare for a vet visit?
By dreading it ... but maybe not as much as the bunnies.

So, assuming the appointment is made and we are within a week, we start by taking the bunny carrier off the top of the frig and setting it on the floor in the bunnies' kitchen. They explore it, bonk the door with their nose, etc.

The day before or day of, the carrier is put in one of their their regular travel paths.

Lucy periscoping to peek in through the top

Lucy inspects this thing inside and out, like Houdini preparing for an escape. That reminds me of Lucy and Ethel's "Bundini" escape act they pulled when we first got them, but that's a story for another post.

Lucy's the first one in the carrier! If only we had been going right then, we could have closed the door and top-loaded the rest of the bunnies. Of course, this will leave us wondering for next time: Do we put the carrier down moments before we are ready to go? Will she hop on in like this time?
Probably not.

Lucy is passing her skittish ways onto Bunya. He used to be the easiest to pick up. Well, he still is, the little tub o' bunny, but he's started shying away from the round-up. But he's nothing compared to "Don't pick me up" Lucy...

To be continued.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bunya's sunbeam

You might have noticed on the Buncam, especially in the morning, that with winter approaching, the angle of the sun has changed and is shining into the bunnies' pen.

Bunya has noticed it and appreciates it. He will stretch himself out to flop into a sunbeam, close his eyes to slits and start chanting his mantra:
Treats, treats, treats, treeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaats....

Sometimes, the size of the sunbeam and the size of Mr. Bunya only allow for partial exposure ...

... in which case, he must reverse position in order to sun his bum.

He manages to warm himself all over.

And don't worry, he won't burn - he uses CopperFur lotion.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bunnies watch TV

As far as we can tell, bunnies watch TV. And it's nice to have the company.
The quality of this video is poor, but it's easy to see that Bunya is concentrating on this TV show.

But that's probably because it's the Food Network.
(So he was watching TV with my wife.)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snuggle bunnies snuggle anywhere, anytime

Whether lounging in a corner of their pen (with the gate wide open) ...

... or eating breakfast together ...

... the Snuggle Bunnies Three they be.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bunny news flash - Beware demolition in construction area today!

Tear it up, Ethel! Take a gander at the Hopper Hideaway...

Although I am at work, one of my screens is tuned into the buncam and every so often (less than you'd think), I peek in on the bunnies to see what they are up to, and so I can see that they are okay.

This is what I saw today. Earlier, I did see the destruction in process, but it was nowhere near this point.

Screenshot from the buncam
What the Hopper Hideaway is supposed to look like
You can see Ethel, having expended all that excess energy, has made her little self into a bunny loaf in the lower right-hand corner of the pen, from where she can look out over her domain.

Bunya is peeking out from the top of the tunnel, surveying the destruction up close and wondering at the needless expenditure of calories that it must have required.

If things are as usual, Lucy is lounging in the Cheerios box, snoozing until suppertime and thinking evil thoughts about humans who try to pick her up to snuggle.

More bunny things

Our daughter was home (with fiance!) for Thanksgiving, a wonderful visit. She lightened her return load by leaving behind many, many bunny things she found in her travels. Look for them to be posted in (can you guess?) ... Bunny Things!

Bean bag bunny
(If I had to guess, the manufacturer might switch the body
with a long tail and short ears to make a mouse.)

This and more, coming soon to a "Bunny Things" bunny blog page near you!