Thursday, November 19, 2015

Treat-seeking bunnies


Bunya & Ethel seeking treats in all the hidden places (~60 sec).
They know what's coming and anxiously await until the treats are loaded and their Einstein toy is put on the floor. The actual treat enjoyment seems comparatively leisurely. When there were three bunnies, with Lucy, this activity was significantly more frenzied. Greater competition, I guess... and Lucy was VERY good at this. (For an example and a link to where we got the toy, see this video.)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*Day is a tremendous resource for anyone considering adopting a bunny or owning a bunny. House Rabbit Society chapters are listed and linked in the left hand column. The top right corner of the HRS site has a search box that will lead you to a library of expert articles on bunny care, health, diet and more.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

That perfect piece of hay

We have often wondered here what makes that perfect little piece of hay, the one the bunny has to dig for and paw through the rest to find.

Well, apparently, it is possible for a human to identify it for the bunny. Sometimes. Our daughter seems to have the touch and found Bunya a hay treat, that perfect stem with the little hay flower on top.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day

To our veterans on Veterans Day:
Thank you for your service.
Wishing you peace and good health.

For another Veterans Day post, see My Army Bunny Family.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Tales of Two Rabbits
So far, boarding only at the local House Rabbit Society shelter, where they board bunnies (as a fund raiser) and they know bunnies

Friday, October 30, 2015

Treat or Treat

Bunya and Ethel enjoying their favorite treat. Bunnies chewing amuses me, so I'm sharing. (~40s). The treat is a Probios, apple flavor. It's really a horse biscuit that aids digestion, so they share and each get half of one cookie every evening. If I am not on time, Bunya stares at me until I look at the clock - really! Proof bunnies can tell time (see this post). When Bunya finishes, he runs to check if Ethel has any crumbs left he can Hoover.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Halloween Bunny Tale

(Another Rabbit Ramblings "traditional" seasonal post)

Found at:

In the mythical land of Trigiorria there is the legend of The Spirit Festival of the Rabbits.

At the end of the month of Octobré, when the veil between the worlds of the spirit and the real would thin, those who had lost family during the previous year would make a journey to the Spirit Woods. The recently departed would inhabit this forest during the year, awaiting the veil to be thin enough to cross over and thereby give their loved ones one last chance to say goodbye.

The family would sit and camp outside of the woods, sometimes as long as a week, awaiting for a messenger to arrive. That messenger - a white rabbit. As it approached, the family would gather and sit, patiently and quietly. The rabbit would find a spot near the family and sit down, regarding them with its ruby eyes and large ears turned towards them. At that point, the family would tell the rabbit the name of their recently deceased and give a final message to their loved one. Upon finishing, the family would offer the rabbit a token of their thanks, usually in the form of some sweet greens such as the tops of carrots or radishes. The rabbit would stand on its hind legs, taking the offering and, at the same time, folding its ears back, thereby trapping the family's message within them.

Turning around, the rabbit would sprint back into the forest, carrying the message for the spirit. Their ruby eyes able to see the other worldly spirits and their twitching noses able to find the scent of the family even upon the ghosts. Once they found the family member, they'd open their ears once again, imparting the whispers of the message still resounding within them and allow the family member to pass over with their family's love.

However, not all ghosts within the Spirit Woods are benevolent. As the noises that come from the forest are often eerie and vicious, it is the reason the families remain outside of the woods and uses the messengers. On a few occasions, dark shadows were seen lumbering forth from the tree line, but they never made it far for nipping at their heels were the guardians - the black rabbits of the forest. Whereas the inky claws of the spirits could rake furrows into the ground, they would simply meld into the rabbit's own obsidian fur. Wherever the black rabbits touched these creatures, there would be nothing but emptiness left behind. And when dozens of the guardians attacked a shadow, it dissolves so quickly that many people weren't sure they saw a shadow at all - only the frolicking of the rabbits was left behind.

Today, many families keep such rabbits in their homes as family members themselves. In fact, adopting one after the passing of their loved ones is seen as a blessing upon the house. When a white rabbit would stand on its hind legs and stare towards nothing, it is often thought that the animal is welcoming a friendly spirit into the house. The black rabbit would keep the family safe from any spirits that were not welcomed.

[Mark Mensch is a published author and volunteer at SaveABunny rabbit rescue -]

Monday, October 26, 2015

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Now that I have bunnies, I wish this comic was still around (syndicated by United Feature Syndicate, 01-25-1988 to 08-18-1991).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bun o' lanterns -- Bunny pumpkins for Halloween

Rabbit Ramblings traditional pre-Halloween post. If you carve a bunny pumpkin, please post a picture on the RR Facebook page so it can be added to the "library".
Have fun! Be careful carving pumpkins and have a safe celebration!

Happy Halloween!

Carving a "bunkin" (bunny pumpkin) for Halloween?

Here are a few "Boo! Bunnies" to inspire your creative carving...

A classic lop image
Another approach to bunny pumpkin carving
Was this bunny in "Lord of the Rings" or something?

Don't forget "EB" - the Energizer Bunny

Bunny from Prickly City?
Bonded duo

                                                         Models for bonded duo pumpkin
Bunny Butt!
Talk to the butt, 'cause the ears ain't listening!

(Bernie Bunny from Annie's)

Additions (submitted through the Rabbit Ramblings Facebook page)

Bunny model: Pinki Larue
Model for pumpkin above

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trix casting call for real rabbit!

Submit your entries here.
Official rules are on that same page, but at the bottom in small type.

Also send or post your cute bunny pictures on Rabbit Rambling's Facebook page for possible future captioning (Remember to "Like" our FB page). Read about it here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ethel versus the gate

Ethel is having some bunny discourse with her pen's gate. They all have done it, although not necessarily on the gate. The pen is 7'x7' (this is where they reside when no one is home; otherwise the gate is open). They will go up to a wall of the fence and tug on it with their teeth; now that I think about it, it seems they only exhibit this behavior when they are outside the pen, looking in. Lucy could really raise a racket; if we made her stop, she'd just go back to it after we sat back down.


Saturday, September 19, 2015


Domestic pet rabbits do not have the coping skills to survive in the wild. It can be a tortuous death sentence from starvation, predators or parasites.

This beautiful bunny was abandoned in a huge park (while there's a small chance he escaped from his home, no one else appears to be looking for him). This video shows him in the scrub near a parking lot and then munching some hay, pellets and papaya left for him. He's otherwise surviving off the weeds growing through the parking lot cracks. GHRS volunteers were finally able to capture him.


Safe -- and headed to the GHRS bunny rescue shelter

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BUNDERFUL NEWS!!! Whole Foods to stop selling rabbit meat by the end of the year



September 15, 2015: Rabbit Advocacy Network, House Rabbit Society, and SaveABunny, on behalf of tens of thousands of house rabbit lovers, are thrilled to announce the end of rabbit meat sales at Whole Foods Market (WFM).
Whole Foods Market's sale of rabbit meat began in Summer 2014 as a pilot program and drew widespread criticism from pet lovers across the nation, attracting dozens of protests at their stores as well as a petition signed by over 50,000 people.
A House Rabbit Society member and long-time Whole Foods shareholder traveled 800 miles to attend the annual Whole Foods Market Shareholders Meeting in Charlotte, NC today to speak on behalf of the bunnies being killed for the grocery chain’s meat case.  She does not consider herself an activist, but felt strongly that the shareholders meeting would be an integral outlet to bring up her concerns as both an investor in the company as well as a lover of pets. After her heartfelt plea to the Whole Foods leadership team, she was told by Whole Foods’ Chief Operating Officer, A.C. Gallo, that Whole Foods had decided to cease the sales of all rabbits by the end of 2015.

According to the 2012 American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Owners Survey, 2.5 million households now live with rabbits, who are now the nation’s third most popular (behind cats and dogs) furry pet. Their 2009-2010 survey found that 
6,678,000 rabbits were kept as pets in the United States in 2010, and that number continues to increase.
Margo DeMello, President of House Rabbit Society, had this to say about Whole Foods’ decision: “We could not be more excited that Whole Foods has decided to listen to their customers, and pet lovers across the country, and ended their sale of rabbit meat. We thank Whole Foods for putting pets before profits. We hope that other grocery chains will follow in Whole Foods’ footsteps, and make a similar decision: that rabbits, or any pets, are not a viable meat.”
Tara Baxter of Rabbit Advocacy Network commented, “We are extremely grateful that a monumental amount of rabbit lives will be saved moving forward.  We hope that other grocery chains will follow suit so that the cruelty inherent in rabbit farming will cease forever. The undercover investigation done by Last Chance for Animals of the Pel-Freez rabbit farm proves that there is no humane way to farm and kill a bunny and that these animals suffer immensely when they should be treated like the beloved companion animals they are.”
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*Day

Yeah, we all understand this.
Bunny-proof your home for the safety of your bunny. And your stuff.