Monday, May 10, 2021

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Especially to all the bunny mommas (and daddies).

If you aren't a bunny mom (or dad), consider adopting a rescue pet.
#AdoptDontShop



If they are lucky, they come from the rescue shelter.

GHRS rescued bunnies: Zazzle (the Mommy) and babies




Zazzle and babies seemed appropriate to include on Mother's Day.



www.leunig.com.au

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Easter bunny napkin folding

 

Martha Stewart bunny napkin recipe
Materials: Cotton or linen napkins, starched

1. Fold starched napkin into thirds to form a rectangle. (If you're using a square napkin, you'll need to fold in half, and then fold in half again to get a long rectangular shape.)
2. Crease in half to create a center line for reference; fold top corners down along this line.
3. Fold up from bottom corners along dotted lines.
4. Bring left and right edges together on center line.

5. Flip upside down and over. Turn up bottom point.

6. To fasten: Fold left and right corners back; tuck one corner into the pocket of the other. Pull out bunny ears first; open up base.


If you are a little less formal, here's a video showing how to fold paper napkins:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Easter - real bad for real, live bunnies

 This is a link where you can read about why: Easter and Rabbits Do Not Mix

The RR Bunny Advocacy page of Memes (many about Easter)

Please ...
Pick some memes/posters you like and spread the word:
Post it on your blog or Facebook page.
Post it in your church.
Ask your clergy to mention it from the pulpit.
Circulate it to your neighborhood groups.
Email it to your friends and contacts.
Send them to teachers/post it at school.
Ask your local paper to print it.
Ask TV and radio channels to make it into a PSA.

Please help save somebunny.

"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little."

Regardless of the effort, after Easter, rabbit rescues will be flooded with rabbits that have become unwanted Easter gifts. Please donate any amount you can to your local rabbit or other animal rescue. If you don't have one, here's a great one: GHRS
And here is the international House Rabbit Society.

Don't give animals as gifts -- this applies to bunnies, chicks, ducklings, cats and dogs - any pet. Please be an educated, loving and caring pet person.
Adopt - don't shop.


The Plea of the Easter Bunny
[There used to be links but they don't work any more.]

Will you think of me at Easter,
Will you buy me as a gift...
For your girlfriend, boyfriend, little child
To grant their special wish?

Will you think of me inside my hutch,
That tiny 'starter-pack'
That doesn't let me hop around
And starts to hurt my back?

Will you think of me 'tomorrow'
When you go to work or school
With a lovely lunch packed in your bag,
'Cos I get hungry too...

Will you think of me, just sometimes please?
My hutch, it smells so bad.
I'd love some water in my bowl,
And some hay. I'd be so glad!

Will you think of me when the sun shines bright
And it's 'wonderfully hot'
But I cant get cool, this heat is cruel,
Don't tell me you've forgot!

Will you think of me when the north wind blows
And my hutch floor turns to ice,
And I'm shivering whilst you're all warm
Underneath your quilt so nice?

Will you think of me? Please think of me!
I'm helpless, at your mercy!
Why did you buy me on a whim?
Why did you then desert me?

Will you think of me now Easter has
Arrived yet once again,
And a thousand little bunnies
Face a life of hopeless pain?

I can binkie over rainbows now,
I am happy, and I'm free.
But I wonder, now that I have gone,

Will you ever think of me....?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Easter Bunny Poem
Jul 10, 2011 by HRS
by Mary Brandolino
In memory of all the bunnies we couldn’t save.

I remember Easter Sunday
It was colorful and fun
The new life that I’d begun
In my new cage.

I was just a little thing
When they brought me from the store
And they put me on the floor
In my cage.

They would take me out to play
Love and pet me all the time
Then at day’s end I would climb
In my cage.

But as days and weeks went by
I saw less of them it seemed
Of their loving touch I dreamed
In my cage.

In the night outside their house
I felt sad and so neglected
Often scared and unprotected
In my cage.

In the dry or rainy weather
Sometimes hotter sometimes colder
I just sat there growing older
In my cage.

The cat and dog raced by me
Playing with each other only
While I sat there feeling lonely
In my cage.

Upon the fresh green grass
Children skipped and laughed all day
I could only watch them play
From my cage.

They used to take me out
And let me scamper in the sun
I no longer get to run
In my cage.

Once a cute and cuddly bunny
Like a little ball of cotton
Now I’m grown up and forgotten
In my cage.

I don’t know what went wrong
At the home I did inhabit
I just grew to be a rabbit
In my cage.

But they’ve brought me to the pound
I was once loved and enjoyed
Now I wait to be destroyed
In my cage.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Fostering Bonded Bunnies is exactly like...

Do you want to know what it's like to foster bonded bunnies? (I hope so because if the title didn't give it away, that's what this post is about.) It's like the movie "50 First Dates", that's what.

50 First Dates - Are you familiar with this 2004 movie?
Henry hits it off with Lucy. Henry thinks he's found THE girl - and discovers she has short-term memory loss - she forgets him every "next day".

No matter the "progress" with the bunnies from hours spent on the floor in the evenings doling out little pieces of treats, the next morning, it's like they've never seen me or any human, before.

[To be read in the voice of David Attenborough]

And so our dating ritual starts over.
They really need to be brushed, but I hate to chase a bunny to pick it up for grooming, so we are letting it slide for now. Bunny hair wafts through the air.

So this very short video is immediately after I took the picture above as I rose s-l-o-w-l-y from my chair:


*sigh*

Their personalities are showing.
Lana - The boldest. Least likely to bolt from my approach, or maybe most likely to bolt last (if I get too close). This was demonstrated in the video above.
Lois - Curious and most likely to explore.
Clark - Really is the meek, mild-mannered reporter, I mean, bunny. He is most like to bolt first. 

The bunnies are food (treat) aggressive. When one gets a treat that can't be chewed on the spot, each will look for a safe place to snack. If spotted, the others will give chase. I feel like I have to watch out for Clark to make sure he gets some. When the two-legged treat dispenser is on the floor, Clark is the one in the background.

Lois will take treats from my open hand.
Lana will take a treat from the tips of extended fingers.
Clark prefers his treats to be thrown at him (not violently) from some distance.


If my hand is extended with no treats, Lois bites the ends of my fingers! She's never scratched me or drawn blood, but it's harder than when Bunya used to let you know he was pissed about something ("Read my lips - No more brushing!"). 

Happily, they are not food aggressive at meal time. They will all nibble the breakfast pellets, but the bowl is not empty when they have moved on. Similarly, the dinner greens are heartily set upon by the three, but by the time they get to the romaine leaves at the bottom of the bowl, there's some debris on the ground. They finish it up later.

The Georgia House Rabbit Society (GHRS) has set up their foster program with some guidelines that make it easier to take care of the bunnies, like what to feed them, when, and how much. Dinner greens are romaine lettuce, parsley, and cilantro. To reduce the "move this out of my way so I can get to what I like most" scattering of dinner greens, I have learned to put the lettuce on the bottom of the bowl and the parsley and cilantro on top of it, so they can devour what they love most, first.


As a new bunny foster parent, I'm guessing it would be easier to foster a single bun. We had Bunya for a couple of years, as he patiently waited until we learned how to better care for a bunny and found his loves, Lucy & Ethel. Consequently, he was always the most comfortable around humans, even strangers. He'd check out just about anyone to see if they were carrying a treat, while Lucy and Ethel hung back.

This trio of bonded bunnies have short memories, influenced by each other's behavior. Clark bolts first, triggering Lois, who bolts next. Lana will keep a wary eye on you, and as long as you do not get too close or move too fast, she'll stand her ground. Previously, she would zoom away with the others, but she seems to be evolving, getting a little more used to us.

Been about 27 First Dates so far. I hope I can improve on 50.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Treat time temptations

 Who placed their bets on Lana as first to venture out of the pen? (I did)

Backstory: Fed them their greens dinner and left the gate open. Sat on the floor nearby, which still freaks them. After dinner, sat in my usual place but left the gate open.

Before bed, I got the box of treats, which I have broken into smaller pieces. They get half a cookie a day, but now it's broken into 3 or 4 bites.

I got on the floor far from the open gate. I had their curiosity.
Then I rattled the treat container. Now I had their attention. (Django reference)

Basically, I shot marbles with the pieces, but far from the gate. Lana was the first to come out enough to get treats and then explored a little, even looking in on her fenced mates from a new angle. She explored enough to chin the entrance to the fun house and peek inside.


Clark stepped onto their "doormat", then ran back to his comfort zone, putting the fence between us. He begged for his piece though the fence and he looks so cute, I caved. (Translation: I can't resist his soulful puppy eyes.)


Then Lois chased him down to try to take it away from him.
Lois ventured out onto the mat, but never as far as Lana. She's in constant motion so I will have to try harder to take non-blurry pictures of her.

Bunnies...

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Fosters Three

Last weekend, we picked up three shelter bunnies to foster. They are siblings, two girls and a boy, somewhere around 1-1/2 years old.

They don't know their shelter names and I couldn't recall them either - I couldn't associate them with anything. For now, they are Lois, Lana and Clark. That can be revisited if I make it to teaching them their names; currently, it just gives DrMrsBunnyMom and I a reference so we know about whom we are speaking.

They are very skittish. At first, my standing up from my recliner would scatter them into regions unseen. I'm moving slower now. To get used to the smells and sounds, and to give them a feeling for a safe place, they are limited to their pen. I hope they will want to free-range some, soon.

GHRS provides very specific instructions for meals and treats (what, how much, within what time frames - very helpful... I'm sure they weren't serious about so few treats). Here's them tucking into their greens dinner. About 16 seconds in, there's a brief "Lady & the Tramp" moment between Lois & Clark.


Tried to expand their horizons last night by offering them a treat - outside their pen. They all positioned themselves like this picture of Lana - low to the ground and stretched out, like they were trying to keep one foot on first base while planning to steal second.

Each one ventured a little ways out but only Miss Lana dared to go so far as to snatch her Probios - and then dashed back inside the pen. When she reappeared with Lois, they were both munching, so we're pretty sure Lois helped herself when Lana was working on her piece.

Clark stepped on their doormat, but retreated to beg for his piece to be handed to him through the fence. We complied. Couldn't resist the pitiful begging eyes.

Then Lois snatched some of his. Lana and Clark got to eat only a half of their portion because Lois snatched half of each of theirs, making her the only one who got a full portion. Tried to give half of Lois's treat to each of Clark and Lana, but they were played out.

If we measure bravery solely by how far out of the pen they ventured: 1. Lana 2. Lois 3. Clark

Patience... grant me patience - now, dammit! 

Lana scoring her treat.

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*Day

 


Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

 

Holly the Bunny

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!
Hope you did not overindulge. :)
#AdoptDontShop
#HappyNewYear