Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year! (+ some bunny & human care)

New Year's reminder from the humans:
Bunnies do NOT 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 reduce flashes.

If needed to "cover" firecracker noise, 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.

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).


A message from Bunya:
Hi there. Bunya here.

First, 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 always ferment 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, 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.)

Have fun & be safe!

Found this:

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Wishing you a very bunny Christmas!!!

One of my all-time favorite bunny pictures, my standard Christmas bun - and it's not even our bunny!

*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! Hope Santa Paws bring you what you want and, most importantly, what you need.

[Mr Cookie passed over the Rainbow Bridge about the same time we lost our Lucy, August of 2015. The internet and our hearts allow our treasured pets to live on and I hope they're having fun together over the bridge.]

Monday, December 23, 2019

Not-So-Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Help somebunny's holiday wish come true. 
Pet rescues are overloaded with wonderful pets someone abandoned. You can help:

If you have room in your holiday budget, make a donation to your favorite shelter. Here are a couple of great ones:

Please - Do not give pets as gifts.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

A Very Bunny Chanukah

One of the things I think about during the holiday season is the bunny picture I post for Christmas (this is the one time I'll tell you not to look back at older posts ... just wait). It is one of the cutest I have ever seen and look forward with anticipation to sharing it each year with Rabbit Ramblings readers.

But then I was wondering about Chanukah (or Hanukkah, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Channukah, Hanukah, Hannukah ... however you prefer to spell or pronounce it ... ask 2 people and you'll get 4 opinions).

Anyway, are there any bunny and Chanukah tie-ins???
Well, yes there are. And thanks to search engines and the world wide web, here are some examples ...
Bunnies lighting a menorah
is an animated ecard on doozycards.com
This bunny sitting on a carrot is a Menorah.
You can buy cards with a bunny and Chanukah theme here.
A bunny book about the holiday for little kids is available here.

Bunny and chocolate ... yum!

Needlepoint bunny eating a latke*.
Don't think a bunny would
really eat a latke, but it's cute.
(* fried grated and seasoned potato pancake,
traditionally served on Chanukah.
Think of a really excellent little hash brown round.)

Artist: Penny Collins of Regarding the Secret Life of Rabbits
(if you don't already follow her, do yourself a favor and check these out.)

Happy Chanukah - The Festival of Lights!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Adapting to aging bunnies

Sometimes, Bunya needs a cuddle to get away from Ethel's treat-aggressive behavior. Which he taught her.

Here Bunya's munching a small piece of their favorite treat, a Probios. It looks like a "crumby" disaster but part of that was because the camera was so close. Love watching bunnies eat. Their little moufs are just so cute.

You can also clearly see his cataracts.

Bunya has very little vision left; we think he may be able to see a little light. When I call him for a treat, he'll run into my leg. I'm happy he still shows such enthusiasm for treats, but am sad, too.

We just had their semi-annual wellness vet visit. He's over 12 and she's 9-1/2. They are aging gracefully, but both are losing weight as they age. They are the lightest they've ever been.

Ethel is a food vacuum; we might change her name to Hoover. Bunya can't even eat as fast as he used to - of any food given to the two of them, 80% is speedily consumed by Ethel. To give Bunya a chance to have a few pellets in peace, we have modified their morning procedures.

Old way: I used to give them their medicine in the kitchen, with a Probios treat chaser. Ethel runs around like crazy, sliding all over the slick floor, so excited for her morning medicine and treat. Bunya, a lot more low-key, starts to take his medicine. When Ethel sees this, she runs towards Bunya, slides on the kitchen floor and body-slams Bunya out of the way to take her medicine, so she can gobble her treat. If Bunya is interrupted in taking his meds, he does not like to restart.

New way: They stay in a pen overnight (so hopefully, Bunya doesn't get into trouble or hurt himself). Instead of opening the gate to let them run into the kitchen, I give them their medicine while they are still in the pen (Ethel still body-slams Bunya out of the way, but I can give them the medicine at the same time). Then they get their treat.

I open the gate and have trained Ethel to expect a special treat for her in the kitchen, so she gobbles her Probios and races out of the pen. In the kitchen, half the pellets are waiting for her in an edible treat bowl that she loves. So after she finishes the pellets, she starts eating the bowl, sliding it around the kitchen floor and leaving a Hansel & Gretel kind of hay crumb trail behind her.

The next video is from our new buncam. It does not broadcast but allows me to check on the bunnies from other rooms and the office.

This is what happens when they get morning meds and breakfast. It's black & white at first, until the lights come on (there's a flash as the camera adjusts). Ethel gets so excited and speeds around their (nighttime) pen in big circles. Bunya "looks" at her like she's crazy (he's right, she is).

Mr. B waits for the two-legged treat dispenser to deliver meds and treat [dispenser is dressed to get on the treadmill, so please excuse]. On one of her laps, she sees he's waiting and pushes him out of the way. When it finally arrives, they take their medicine and treat. Ethel gobbles hers and races to the edible bowl (with pellets) in the kitchen. Bunya finishes - taking so long to eat, you'll think the video has stopped - and walks to where he expects his bowl to be, because he can't see it; he has adapted to the new routine, too.

Here's Ethel at her edible bowl in the kitchen.

This keeps her busy as long as I leave the bowl on the floor. In the meantime, I give Bunya his own (non-edible) bowl with some willow leaves and pellets. Once he has had a chance to eat the pellets at his leisurely pace, I pick up Ethel's bowl and she joins him snacking on willow leaves.

They can still share a bowl of water without Ethel reverting to her Roller Derby manners.

This is an extra bowl of water in the kitchen. More bowls mean bunnies drink more.
They have a much bigger version of this flat bottom crock in their pen.
Ethel (aka Hoover) figured that after she scarfed down her pellets, she should run back and check on what Bunya was eating. After one day of that antic, I closed the gate to protect Bunya and his more leisurely dining experience.


Well, Ethel took her perseverance to a whole new level this morning. She finished her breakfast and ran back to snatch Bunya's. The gate was closed to prevent that - NOT. That stopped her for one or two mornings and she just decided she was a force of nature.

After my initial panic, I remembered I had some wire cutters in their room and could get her out, so, of course, I had to take a picture first. When I slowly opened the gate, she swung away from the food, so she just finished wiggling through and continued eating his pellets. No assistance needed.

I guess I'll have to stand guard now, like a hockey goalie, to give Bunya a chance.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Bonus bunstruction meme

Do you have artistic bunnies? Ours have made "impressions" on our carpets, books and, of course, wiring.

Our home decor now includes bricks or cinder blocks that we put in corners to block the midnight chewers. (The carpet wasn't even 2 weeks old. *sigh*)

If you see bunnies in the world, like in this picture, you might want to send them to BunSpace's Rabbits Everywhere page. (Among the older postings, you will see several from Bunya, Lucy & Ethel.)