Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

More Vancouver bunny sightings - Part 3

A few more bunny sightings, of the not-necessarily-for-sale variety ...

One of Dr. Mrs. Bunnymom's favorite stores

Sign inside Lush store - part of their anti-animal testing campaign

Read about this here

Well, the sign said "buns", so we included it

Fresh veggies made us think of...

On a window

Mannequin in
children's clothing
store window,
Redfish Kids

Window at airport

Detail from window above

Animal stickers

Bunny sticker (second row, left)

Detail of shrubs at Butchart Gardens
(pronounced Bushart).
Looked like a bunny head to us.

For sale in Chinatown store, Victoria

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

More bunstruction ... the "new" carpet

You may think you have bunny-proofed.
But bunnies are smart, curious, playful and persistent.
And looooove to chew.

So when we cleared out the room for carpet, we found what they had done to the surge protector and are thankful we do not have any toasted bunnies. We thought it was safe.

The new surge protector wire is encased in protective tubing.
Keep your paws crossed.

Oh, yeah, and that "new" carpet ...

Well, that lasted about a week.
The bunnies range has been reduced by about 20%. 
Basically, they have a den and little kitchen now.

They're still worth it all.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

More Vancouver bunny sightings - Part 2

Some of these pictures were "walk-bys", where we were toddling down the sidewalk and spotted things in store windows. As always, the vendors and artists had lots of non-bunny things in the store, but, as you know, this is a bunny blog.

Variety of stuffed bunnies from a Vancouver book store

From the Capilano Suspension Bridge gift shop

Various animals were made into vegetables,
according to the artist's whim, I suppose.
The bunny was made into an ear of corn. Why???
(Don't feed corn to your bunny.)

Artist's conception of a rabbit.
We checked - it had a bunny tail.
(Artist may have partaken of illegal substances...
no judgement, just observation)


Monday, November 25, 2013

Bunny Monday Meme*day - Shop!

Thanksgivukkah and Christmas are around the corner!
Head out to your local HRS chapter or animal shelter Hop Shop for gifts for your bunnies. Buying supplies and pet toys from their store helps support their rescue efforts.
And donations to charities in someone's honor make great gifts, too.

List of HRS chapters is here (left hand column).

Sunday, November 24, 2013

More Vancouver bunny sightings - Part 1

Some of these pictures were "walk-bys", where we were strolling down the sidewalk and spotted things in store windows. Where possible, the vendors' cards are included in case you would like something you see. (And if we mixed them up, there is still something bunny in that store!)

Thank you to those who allowed RR to photograph all things bunny for the blog. As always, the vendors and artists had lots of non-bunny art in the store, but this is a bunny blog.

Other bunny things spotted on this trip are here (Vancouver Art Co-op a Bunny-Rich Environment) and here (Seattle bunny sightings).

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The DBF (Dead Bunny Flop)

No - the bunny is not really dead. It seems that this gives many new bunny owners heart attacks.

But it means you are doing a good job!
Because they are secure in their surroundings and comfortable enough to relax.
Your bunny's other "Seal of Approval" is when they binky - you have a happy bunny.

Our very own Alice demonstrates the basic DBF.

Black & Sabbath demonstrate the 4 feet in the air DBF
As commentors on the RR Facebook page noted:
This is expert level DBF and Peanut could teach classes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Seattle bunny sightings

On the way to Vancouver, stopped in Seattle and wandered around Pike's Market.
Thanks for letting RR take pictures and while the artists do more than bunnies, this is a bunny blog.

Bought Dr. Mrs. Bunnymom one of the bunny pins

Vancouver bunnies were here and more coming up!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blazer bunny is a true hero


Rabbit Saves N.J. Couple from Deadly Gas Leak

by Jerry Slavin

If not for an unlikely hero, a gas leak could have killed Jake and Mary Pruett, of Bridgeton, N.J., this past Saturday night. Dogs and cats are sometimes known for saving their families, but this time the champion was a pet bunny.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday night, Pruett stated that her pet rabbit Blazer woke her up, by “walking on my face and making noises like a horn was stuck in her nose.”  Once awake Pruett stated that she immediately smelled the leak and roused her husband. They exited the house with Blazer.

Pruett explained that Blazer has a litter box so she is allowed to roam the house like a dog or cat, and that there are pet steps next to the couple’s bed that let Blazer come up and down. Pruett said that it is unusual for the rabbit to visit the bed during the night, and that Blazer mostly comes up during the daytime when the couple is awake.

After evacuating their home on Saturday night, the Pruetts called the Bridgeton City fire department. According to fireman Steve Chambers, “it is lucky that they got out alive.  Leaks like this are often fatal either due to death from toxicity of the gas or an explosion.”

Because carbon monoxide causes unconsciousness, victims who are already asleep often die without waking up. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are as many as 500 deaths a year due to gas leaks.

The leak was due to a faulty stove installation. Firemen were able to stop the gas on Saturday night and the couple was able to return home on Sunday after the fumes had vented.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Tribute to Rescuers: One Final Rescue

This has been added to the other pieces on The Rainbow Bridge page of this blog.

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special.

It wasn't too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway...the ones who had been at RainBow Bridge for a while...knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times.

Although it was obvious the animal's heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness. Unlike the pets waiting at the Bridge, this dog had not been restored to his prime. He was full of neither health nor vigor. He approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who were by now watching him. He knew he was out of place here. This was no resting place for him. He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old dog and apologized sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the RainBow Bridge. And he had no special beloved people...not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below.

With no place else to turn, the poor elderly dog looked toward the fields before the Bridge. There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself...elderly and infirm. Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren't playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge. The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join them. And so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at the Bridge, who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the pets who had been there for some time to explain it to him.

"That poor dog was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of him. The way you see him now, with graying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels. He never, ever made it out and passed on only with the love and comfort that the kennel workers could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for good. Because he had no family or special person to give his love, he has nobody to escort him across the Bridge."

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?"

As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the all-invasive gloom lifted. Coming toward the Bridge could be seen a single figure...a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary...a person who, just like the elderly dog, had just left Earth forever. This figure turned toward a group of the sad animals and extended outstretched palms. The sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were bathed in a pure and golden light. Instantly, each was young and healthy again, just as they had been in the prime of life.

From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a group of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway. As they came close to the passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure softly murmured each name. Then, the newly-restored pets fell into line behind the figure and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they all crossed together.

The recent arrival who had been watching, was amazed. "What happened?"

"That was a rescuer," came the answer.

"That person spent a lifetime trying to help pets of all kinds. The ones you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of such unselfish work. They will cross when their families arrive. Those you saw restored were ones who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are permitted to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor pets that couldn't place on Earth across the Rainbow Bridge. You see, all animals are special to them...just as they are special to all animals."

"I think I like rescuers," said the recent arrival.

"So does God," was the reply.

-- Author Unknown.

Fur the Love of PAWS