Sunday, March 1, 2015

(Some of) What Bunny Volunteers Do

Easter is coming, 04-05-2015.
Please do NOT get a rabbit for Easter or give one as a gift.

The stories below are examples of what happens to these poor animals.
If they are not:
A. killed from improper care (e.g., bunnies need hay, not carrots; many pet store "treats" sold for bunnies can be deadly) or
B. neglected in a corner of the garage or in a hutch (that exposes them to temperature extremes, noxious fumes, no socialization and cramped quarters), then
C. uncaring owners may "release" them into the wild (for which domestic bunnies have no coping skills).

Volunteers:
1. Give hours of time to rescuing and rehabbing abandoned bunnies, often nursing them back to health,
2. Transport bunnies to the vet or elsewhere as needed,
3. Provide a safe, clean, caring environment to house the bunnies,
4. Educate people on how to care for bunnies,
5. Often take these bunnies into their own homes to foster when the shelter is filled to capacity (as it is too often and especially a few weeks after Easter),
6. Look for forever homes for these pets,
7. Advocate for rabbits where often gross mistreatment is uncovered,
8. Donate their own money to the cause and hold fundraising events,
And (finally, to the point of this story) -
9. Are bunny wranglers.
[I am probably forgetting a lot more.]

So to connect item C with item 9 above, here are a couple of the cases from last month. Volunteers tried over weeks to corral these two survivors, dubbed "warrior bunnies" for their incredible will to live. Their survival over these last frigid winter weeks makes their stories even more amazing.

The now named Annie Oakley was spotted near a facility on Oak street, hence the name. She was one of 4 abandoned bunnies. One's body was found after being hit by a car and the other two disappeared, likely prey to the colony of feral cats that lived where they were thoughtfully abandoned.
Abandoned bunny


Finally!

Annie Oakley!

Annie Oakley in her new safe digs
Update from Ellen, the volunteer who took her in: I brought the bunny home and she settled in quite nicely! She finally started eating pellets and Exact, and I couldn't believe how many times this rabbit flopped and rolled over! This was probably the first time in weeks this bunny felt truly safe. She looked so relaxed and happy! She's still very skittish, but looked happy with flopping and grooming! 


Delta was spotted - well, you figure it out - this is Atlanta! In both cases, volunteers were restricted from accessing certain areas, like where the bunnies spent a lot of time. But they persevered and were able to rescue Delta, too.

Spotted!


Delta - safe inside where domestic bunnies belong!





Here are a few topical memes from the Bunny Advocacy Memes page of this blog. Maybe you can share some of the Easter bunny advocacy memes on your blog or Facebook timeline as the holiday approaches.





















Please consider donating to your local animal shelter. Any amount is appreciated. There is no donation too small - of money or your time.

Finally, please go to this page on the blog to read:
Rabbit Rescue Poem
Easter Bunny Poem
A Tribute to Rescuers: One Final Rescue
The Star Thrower

If you made it this far, thank you.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bunny lovin'

Bunnies are very social creatures. As we learned about rabbits and this aspect of their nature, we looked for a companion for Bunya. We ended up bonding Bunya with two sisters, Lucy & Ethel.

Here, Bunya is demonstrating his affection for Lucy by grooming her. The head, face and ears are very popular among the buns.

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Another way they show their love is just laying together. There's a reason for the term "snuggle bunnies". In the picture below, however, Bunya is trying to get Ethel to groom him (as he did for Lucy in the video).


Not everyone can afford more than one bunny as a pet. In this case, you have to realize that your bun will bond with you - this includes lots of "free time" (out of any pen), snuggling and you rubbing their head and ears (the bun is alpha). Of course, this must be on the bunny's terms. A rescued bun, especially, may have a bad back-story involving neglect or abuse. You have to build trust and comfort with your bun so the two of you can bond. You also have to figure out where your bunny likes and will allow grooming. Discovering your bunny's personality is part of the fun adventure.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bunny Lovin'

Bonded bunnies keep each other company and love on each other, as demonstrated here by Bunya and Ethel...

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Bunya has a spot above his tail that when you scratch it, he begins to lick. Ethel seems to have discovered this, much to her delight, and even gets to coast a little near the end and just enjoy being groomed by him.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When the treat is that good...

When the treat is that good, you execute extraordinary strategies to protect your "interests".

As has been written here before, the bunnies favorite treat is a Probios (apple flavor). It's a horse biscuit that aids digestion and although it's small, one is too big for any of our bunnies. So about 9:00pm every night, they get one biscuit, broken roughly into thirds.

But they don't always break too evenly. They like it so much that they have learned that if they eat their piece fast enough, they might be able to go snatch some of the big crumbs from someone else's portion (Ethel does not do this, but Bunya and Lucy will).

They have developed coping mechanisms to deal with this behavior. Ethel has learned to hunker down in place and eat hers really fast. Bunya usually does the same, although in this picture, he moved a little away. He stays close because Ethel's usually the easy target for poaching.

Lucy always runs away with hers so no one is close to her and she can keep an eye out while she's munching her treat. Another variation of this is that she will back into the space between their gate and the wall, into her own protective single bunny "cage".


Well, this night, Lucy got the big piece and she knew it. Instead of backing into her panic room, she went in head first so no one could approach her mouth or any of her crumbs.


From this vantage point, she kept an eye on Bunya and Ethel, and finished all of her allotted treat with absolutely no interference.

Bunnies are funny! And smart!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Mani-Pedi Day at the bunny shelter

Last weekend was the bunnies' mani-pedi day at the spa. I mean, at the GHRS bunny shelter. They really were in need of shorter nails. We have done this at home, but took the easy way out this time. The volunteers do it so much faster than we do. It's one of the many services they offer (like bunny boarding and the Hop Shop, where we dropped about a hundred dollars on supplies - we really stocked up on all kinds of hays and Oxbow Bunny Basics/T... it's kindofa long drive from where we live).

The bunnies hate car rides but we put them in their carrier (as I write that, it sounds a lot quicker than it was - Lucy does NOT like to be picked up). Then we all schlepped to over to the shelter.

Notice that there is only
one bunny that requires
TWO bunny wranglers.

Lucy: "When we get home, human,
you will pay for these indignities."

Ethel: "I feel I should warn you -
I am ticklish."

Ethel: "Ahhh, so where did you get your reflexology training?"

Bunya: "I really don't want to be here."
They were all happy to get home.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bunnywood Squares

Bunnies are "crepuscular" (not nocturnal) - they are active at dawn and dusk.

So what do your bunnies do during their "down time" during the day? Well, if the gate is open, our three take some form of what we have come to call "Bunnywood Squares". The most frequent position is with Lucy in the top "square" and Ethel & Bunya in the bottom "square". They do occasionally mix it up.



Bunya: Who's down there?

Bunya is snuggling with Ethel.
Lucy has the high ground.

This is where they are, on one of their castles
that is atop their "fun house".
This is the highest they can "roost" on their turf.

Thump no evil, Ear no evil and Chew no evil.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More crafty bunnies

Cindy deRosier, one of our Rabbit Ramblings contributors, recently attended Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show. She dedicated a whole post to the bunnies she saw there.

Check out Cindy's post and see more crafty bunnies here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

One day in the bunny pen

We (majorly) clean the bunny pen once a week, usually on Sunday morning. To accomplish this, we empty all their bowls, toys, boxes, tunnels, castles and tubes... so we can vacuum.

This time, the first thing back in the empty pen was their clean food dish, including food.


The second thing back in the pen was the bunnies.


Eating is an activity pursued with great focus.
And enthusiasm. And wiggly noses....

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P.S. Here's what their pen looks like with their stuff in it. Or some of their stuff. A lot of other stuff is in the areas they run around in. Even though the gate is open, they often hang out in the pen, like Lucy & Ethel are doing here.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I think the bunnies can tell time

For whatever reason, I give the bunnies their favorite treat, a Probios, at about 9:00pm every evening.

Probios is actually a horse treat that promotes good digestion; since they have a somewhat similar digestive system (they both eat hay) but are a little smaller than a horse, they only get one - broken into thirds.

It is also good for another reason: If one of the bunnies does not come for their Probios treat, he or she is sick and we have to take immediate action. So it is also a diagnostic tool. Like I said, they love them.

Anyway, I digress. Do you ever get a feeling that someone is staring at you? I was reading a book in my recliner and got that creepy feeling. I looked around, and down to my right saw this:


I turned to my left to see what time it was...


These bunnies can tell time. Or pretty close.
They all got their treat... on time.
Creepy. [Cue the Twilight  Zone theme here.]

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year! (and some bunny care and 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.

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).

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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 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!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


The disapproval is strong with this one!

Funny Bunny Memes accumulated here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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 what you need.