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Monday, January 21st, 2008
2:03 pm
Funny Pictures
moar funny pictures

Current Mood: amused

(Hopping Through the Forest!)

Sunday, January 20th, 2008
8:50 am
Clumsy bun
So I was holding my little girl, Joy, last night and she suddenly decided to hop up on my shoulder, which is usually fine because she's so small I can carry her around like that. But then she hopped onto the back of my neck, which is a little more awkward. I was afraid she would try to jump off my shoulders while I was still standing upright so I knelt down near her cage, hoping she would just crawl down my back and hop inside the cage. Instead, she hopped off my neck and didn't quite make it inside the cage and slammed face first into the front lip of the cage, which my fiance built to be about 6-inches tall in order to minimize the likelihood that the bunnies can push things out of the cage. Anyway, she composed herself and hopped on top of one of the levels. At first she looked fine - I was half expecting to she a bloody nose or something - but then I noticed that she kept licking her lips in kind of a weird way so I picked her up again to inspect her face further and I saw that she had cut her lip... I felt soooooo bad! Poor little girl... But on the bright side, I checked her out this morning and she seems to be doing much better. No swelling or redness around the cut and she's playing and hopping around like she forgot her little clumsy moment from last night.

This just goes to show that even though they are usually graceful and agile, even bunnies can have clumsy moments!!

Current Mood: guilty

(Hopping Through the Forest!)

Thursday, December 13th, 2007
9:07 pm
Proof that bunnies and kitties can co-exist
Tonight, Sebastian The Cat decided he was going to experience first-hand what it is like to live like a bunny. He ate some hay, chewed on an applewood stick and batted the bell around.

Current Mood: amused

(Hopping Through the Forest!)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
6:50 pm
New Bunny hutch!!!!
My fiance designed this new bunny abode based on my specifications and then built it so bunnies could have a new, better place to call home. Their old cage was getting really dilapidated and was so stained from years of use that I decided it was time for a change. So here it is...

Current Mood: accomplished

(4 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Friday, October 26th, 2007
9:59 pm
Whiskerless bunny
Has anyone ever had any experience with their bunny losing its whiskers? I have. This morning I was playing with my rabbits and I suddenly noticed that something looked rather strange about my Himi dwarf... his whiskers were missing! They are almost completely gone with the exception of a few short stubs on his right side. Even the whiskers above his eyes are no more. I have no idea how or when this happened but I feel bad for the poor little guy but so far it doesn't seem to be affecting him. He's not bumping into things and he can still hop well. I called the vet and he said that his whiskers are like his sense of touch and will grow back eventually. It's just strange.


Current Mood: confused

(3 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Friday, November 3rd, 2006
6:11 pm
OK, so my normally good-with-their-litter-boxes bunnies have suddenly turned rebellious and I don't know what to do about it. This morning they peed all over the top of their cage, which I cover with a towel so they can hop on top of it and have a "den-like" feeling inside the cage. They managed to get the walls and the towels soaked and my poor room mate cleaned it all up because it happened while I was at work. I don't know whether it was Yiska or Joy or both of them who peed everywhere but I don't know how to make it stop. Yiska is about 99 percent with his litter box and rarely has accidents. Joy, I'd say is maybe 50 percent... she's been proving quite the challenge in the litter training department. I've tried cleaning out the boxes every other day and I've also tried making sure that any waste dropped outside the boxes is placed in the boxes but, with Joy, none of it has been working. And now this. Anyone have any ideas? Oh, I should also add that my friend lived in this apartment before me with the same room mate and her bunnies in the same corner mine are situated in right now. Is it possible that the scent of the other bunnies is bringing out the rebelliousness in my bunnies?

(2 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
11:43 pm
Hi! My name is Lisa. I'm a volunteer for my local rabbit rescue which now has it's own live journal (http://mhrr-blog.livejournal.com/). I have two rabbits both adopted. Here's a little about them.

1. Name, age, sex of your bunny foo foo.
Both neutered boys. Q-Tip is 6 years old. Jerry Maguire is 1 year old.

2. Breed of Rabbit (if you know).
Both mutts. Q-Tip looks like he has some californian in him. Jerry looks like he might have some netherland dwarf and/or dutch in him.

3. How you decided on naming your bunny.
My sister came up with Q-Tip (previously Thumper) because he's round, white, and fuzzy. Jerry Maguire was previously Lizzy McGuire. It was the first similar but boy name that popped in my head. I usually call him Little Jerry like the rooster on Seinfeild.

4. Any special tricks your bunny has, list here.
Tricks? Uhh... They recognize the sound of me opening the treat bag. Does that count?

5. Rabbit's favorite foods.
Q-Tip goes crazy over cilantro and bananas. Jerry will eat just about anything. He really likes toast. I just give him a tiny piece off the crust every once in a while since it's not really good for him.

6. Tell us anything else about you or your bunny that you would like to share.
I tried to bond them, but eventually gave up. I just let them out at separate times. I usually let Jerry out in the morning and at lunch since I can get him back in his cage easier when I have to leave. He either runs around like crazy or climbs the boxes in my closet usually. Q-Tip runs around a bit then chills out in the living room with me in the evenings while I watch tv.

7. Last but not least, share a picture if you have any!

Jerry has his own live journal: http://jerrybunny.livejournal.com/

Current Mood: cheerful

(Hopping Through the Forest!)

Monday, July 3rd, 2006
4:01 am
Meet Jelly Belly the pound bunny!
1. Name, age, sex of your bunny foo foo.
Name- Jelly Belly, yes she came with this name. Age- Unknown Sex- They were pretty sure she was a girl...

2. Breed of Rabbit (if you know).
Mutt, I got her from the pound.

3. How you decided on naming your bunny.
She came with it, I was going to change it to Liberty Bell, but my boyfriend liked calling her Jelly, so Jelly just kind of stuck. We think she was an Easter Present to some one who didn't understand they were getting a living creature, and not a toy.

4. Any special tricks your bunny has, list here.
I have had her a total of 1 day, I'm not sure all her little tricks right now she works hard at being down right ADOREABLE! She also does well in a house of one large dog, and 5 cats.
She likes to chew on my boyfriends Goatee, which is the cutest thing.

5. Rabbit's favorite foods.
CARROTS, I gave her one, and she went insane for it.

6. Tell us anything else about you or your bunny that you would like to share.
Jelly is my second bunny, and my second rescue rabbit. My other bunny passed away in Feb. He was going on 7 years old, and he passed in my arms. I waited several months before being ready for another little guy. Although Bixby (my first rabbit) was never 'little' when I got him he was already closing in on 8 pounds.
I live in a house with 5 cats and a dog, and we are debating getting another dog. Our 11 year old dog just passed away from a lump on her liver that didn't present any signs until it was too late. My dog has never been an only dog, and she's very confused.
Right now Jelly Belly is the only thing that makes her perk up and seem like her normal happy self.

7. Last but not least, share a picture if you have any!

The soulful eyes in the background are my Sydney dog, a mixed breed mutt herself, part Aussie Cattle dog, all mutt. Who thinks the bunny is her new puppy.

I have no idea what kind of bunny she is, how big she's going to get, or anything else. I kind of hope she stays little, but if not, I'm ok with that! I could never take an animal to the pound, ever, so no matter what size she gets, she'll stay with me.

Current Mood: amused

(Hopping Through the Forest!)

Thursday, June 8th, 2006
11:58 am
Fur mites/ Ear mites
Does anybody know anything about fur mites or ear mites? I was just wondering if any body has had any past experience about it and how they handled it. Our vet gave us this liquid medicine you rub in the skin behind her ears, but it hasn't seemed to work. So I was just wondering if you guys knew any other ways or whatever you guys did to solve the problem. Thanks, all your help is appreciated.
Sorry there's no picture, I don't have any time to load one up yet as I am going to school right away, but I can load one later of Nibbles.

Thanks !!

(1 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
5:28 pm

(1 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Monday, June 5th, 2006
10:31 pm
Green Batava and Buns?
Hi all! Husband picked up some lettuce like stuff called "Green Batava". it looks like a med green lettuce. Any idea if they can have it? Its defiantly not a light green lettuce. I've never seen it before :P Thanks in advance guys!


(2 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Thursday, April 13th, 2006
1:26 pm
Below is an editorial I wrote about purchasing live bunnies as Easter presents. I'm a reporter at a mid-sized daily paper in Central Pa. so every now and then the urge to write an editorial will strike me... in addition to the stories I write regularly. Anyway, since this is a bunny owners forum I thought you all might like to read my work.

Here comes Peter Cottontail, but what will happen after Easter?
They’re fluffy and cute with those long, silky ears, perpetually twitching noses and round, puffy cheeks that beg to be stroked. It’s amusing to watch them hop around using those large back feet and it’s endearing to see them stand up tall, tucking their tiny front paws in towards their tummies, to inspect something beyond their reach.
Because of their sweet, gentle persona, bunnies have earned the role of Easter spokesmodel. So when Easter rolls around parents flock to the nearest pet stores and local farms to buy their child a bunny. What could be cuter presenting a tiny fluff ball sitting in an Easter basket among the candy and toys to a child?
Mom and dad are thinking this will be a wonderful way to teach their youngster responsibility. They think that starting with a small animal like a bunny will better prepare the child for larger responsibilities later in life.
Little do mom and dad know, however, junior will most likely grow tired of his little bunny, probably because of its shy, timid nature and the fact that they are sensitive to loud noises, fast movements and anxious children.
As a result, mom and dad either end up taking care of bunny themselves or surrender him to an overcrowded shelter where, chances are, if bunny doesn’t find a new home he will be euthanized to make room for the next wave of unwanted bunnies.
But the truth is, these curious creatures require a tremendous amount of attention. Rabbits require a constant supply of Timothy hay, pellet food (not the kind with the dried up fruit and vegetables in it) and a daily supply of various fruits and leafy vegetables.
In addition, most people don’t seem to realize that rabbits need to run around — constant confinement to a cage will not suffice. Instead, it breeds overweight, depressed bunnies who become more prone to sickness and disease.
As a “mom” to two adorable little dwarf rabbits, who were once unwanted babies searching for their forever home, I’ve come to fully understand what it takes to raise and keep these skittish, but amazing, little creatures happy and healthy.
My itty bittys, Yiska and Joy, live the high life and have not only taken hold of my heart but have also taken over my living room — their over-sized cage is encompassed by an exercise pen and always remains open. Yiska and Joy have the freedom to hop in and out of or on top of it whenever they please. As an added bonus to me, I never have to worry about them satisfying their insatiable hunger for electrical wires and wooden furniture while I’m away at work.
Don’t get me wrong, rabbits make amazing pets as each one of these intelligent creatures is endowed with a unique, vibrant personality. But before adopting or purchasing a rabbit, thorough research needs to be done.
Remember, the average life-span of a healthy rabbit is 8- to 10-years, so please, before you consider purchasing an Easter Bunny for your child, think about what the outcome will be and be prepared to take on full-time responsibility. If there’s any chance, no matter how small, that your child won’t want to care for the rabbit and you know you would rather not have the responsibility, then please don’t buy a bunny.
But if your heart is set on getting a furry little cottontail in time for Easter, do the proper research and please be willing to open your heart and life to an 8- to 10-year commitment. Believe me, it will be well worth your time.

Current Mood: contemplative

(1 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

12:37 pm
Righty, every fricken winter Thy starts her sneezing fits up again. Her nose and eyes are clean and not leaking, her chest is clear, hutch is clean, she eats, plays, potties, destroys carpets all as she normally does. I am thinking its something they put on the hay in the winter or in it to keep it fresh and it just gives her the sneezes (the other two are fine), but anyway, we bring all the bunnies in for the winter to keep them a bit warmer, this year she is sneezing more and even the house has been colder, again, clear eyes, nose, and chest.

The warmer the room gets the less she sneezes it seems, or maybe she just snuggles up and sleeps instead of sneezing lol! anyway, point is, has anyone ever tried one of these: http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product.asp?dept_id=138&pf_id=2265?

My girls chew on EVERYTHING, so I'm not sure if they would dig it out and eat it. Does anyone have experience with these? thanks so much!

Current Mood: confused

(2 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
8:20 pm

Current Mood: amused

(1 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
9:41 pm

(6 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

2:09 pm
New Here!
1. Name, age, sex of your bunny foo foo - Yiska will be 2.5-years-old in June and his girlfriend, Joy, will be a year old in June.
2. Breed of Rabbit (if you know). Yiska is a Himilayan Dwarf rabbit. We know for sure that Joy is part Netherland Dwarf and we think that she may also have some mini-rex in her due to big brown doe-eyes and a large, flat tail.
3. How you decided on naming your bunny. Actually, I got lucky and they both had really nice names when I adopted them so I decided not to change them.
4. Any special tricks your bunny has, list here. I have Yiska and Joy trained to come a-hopping when I open the treat door. Other than that, they are pretty much voice trained, Yiska more than Joy, and they are constantly doing bunny dives, binkies and bunny 500s.
5. Rabbit's favorite foods. Carrots, apples, parsley and basil
6. Tell us anything else about you or your bunny that you would like to share. They are my little joys. They make me happy when I'm sad and never fail to melt my heart. : )
7. Last but not least, share a picture if you have any! I'm at work right now, but will post with a plethora of pictures later. : )

Also, I'm happy to have found this community of fellow bunny lovers. I'm still fairly new to being a bunny mom, having adopted Yiska only two years ago, when he was still pretty much a baby... he was 6-months-old... and Joy just last October when she was 4-months-old so I still have a lot to learn but am more than willing to.

Current Mood: bored

(2 Bunny Foo Foos | Hopping Through the Forest!)

Friday, February 3rd, 2006
9:43 pm
Encephalitozoon Cuniculi... WTF?
Bromier's lab results finally came back that he had done before NYE. I'm in a bit of shell shock here and I guess I'm looking for some advice for people who have experience here... or who have rabbits that have tested positive...

Bromier's titer came back moderately high (1.9) and the vet wants to treat him aggressively for the next 21 days with oral panacare (sorry, not sure of spelling). She mentioned to me on the phone that there is no definitive clinical proof that rabbits respond to the treatment, it is supposedly helpful and has anecdotal support to back it up.

The vet was explaining to me that the E Cuniculi passes through the urine--which would be how Bromier caught it. She mentioned that advanced stages of the disease include kidney problems, central nervous problems, and seizures.. among other things.

She pointed out that it's zoologically (sorry, not sure if that's the right term), meaning that it can be spread from rabbit to human on rare occassions.
***Is it possible for it to be passed along to cats and birds?

She mentioned that there were possible side effects to the medicine.... she said something about it being a deworming agent in dogs? And told me to be on the look out for any possible changes in behavior and to contact her immediately if I noticed any.

She won't neuter Bromier until he's had the 21 days of meds and then retested at a later date.... to at least make sure that his titer has not gone up.

I appreciate her willingness to share information with me and I do like my rabbit vet!

I've been on the HRS website but it's very complicated and I'm confused....

Sorry, I'm rambling and it's just because I'm worried about my baby....

x-posted to a few places and to my own journal.

Current Mood: worried

(Hopping Through the Forest!)

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