Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dried kudzu leaves snack time

Dried kudzu leaves snack time for Bunya and Ethel. I find bunnies chewing to be an amusing pastime.

At ~1m12s, Bunya finishes his, sees Ethel hasn't and tries to help himself to hers (part of his duties as alpha bun). Ethel doesn't want to play that game.

[Speakers on to hear bunny crunching.]

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The love nest

On pen cleaning day, Bunya and Ethel will try to get out of the way, at least for a while... until it's time for them to inspect. One of their places is this love nest, up high (a castle tower perched on top of their fun house). Ethel is loving on Bunya and he is loving it.


Thankfully, the daredevil Ethel did not fall out.
Bunya can take up a lot of space.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Senior Bunnies

Post from Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program
Rabbit FAQ: Senior Bunnies


Life expectancy for a house rabbit is between 8 and 14 years. But when do rabbits become seniors? There is not an exact age when it happens; however, sometime between the ages of 5 and 8, a rabbit becomes a senior. How quickly a rabbit ages is partly based on the size, genetics, the quality of care he’s received throughout his life, and even whether he has a loving bond mate.

What are the signs of aging?
• Slowing down, sleeping more
• Changes in fur coat (coarser, sparser, more gray hair)
• Changes in nails (thicker, turn outwards)
• Changes in mobility
• Changes in eyesight and/or hearing
• Calluses on hocks
• Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
• Weight loss or weight gain
• Muscle wasting/loss of muscle tone
• Difficulty maintaining hygiene
• Increased health issues (dental, bladder or kidney are common ones)

Preventative care to keep your aging rabbit healthy!
• Proper diet is number one (see links at end for proper diet information)
• Spaying female rabbits virtually eliminates uterine infections and reproductive cancers
• Regular physical exercise and activity
• Mental enrichment with toys, games and interaction with you
• Companionship of a bonded rabbit friend
• Regular veterinary check-ups and blood work

Aging is a natural process. A well-cared-for house rabbit can age gracefully and enjoy many golden years. Your rabbit may need some level of nursing care at some point in her life. Expect this and know that she will be grateful for your loyalty and love. Caring for our elderly companion animals is part of the commitment we make to them that honors the years of love and friendship we share.

Resources
The Importance of Hay
Feed A Diversity of Greens
Senior Rabbits
Older & Healthy, The Care of Geriatric Rabbits (A PDF download)
Elderbuns

Thanks to MN SNAP for the post and permission to re-post it here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Bugs!

This is a bunny blog, so I must note today's special anniversary:
Bugs Bunny's official debut 07-27-1940 in A Wild Hare, 77 years ago today.


Those cartoons are the only reason I know any opera.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


Die-hard James Bond 007 fan (Sean Connery a bonus).
Saw this and burst out laughing. Bunny's attitude conveys the classic line.

Auric Goldfinger to James Bond in Goldfinger (1964), in reply to James Bond's question: Do you expect me to talk?

Friday, July 21, 2017

More GHRS Bunnyfest and Hoppy Hour

Here's another short clip of GHRS's (Georgia House Rabbit Society) 2017 Bunnyfest Hoppy Hour because, well... all those cute bunnies!



Scenes of note:
The box in the upper left corner of the screen with 400 bunnies crammed underneath; it's like a bunny version of a clown car.
The humongous bunny leaning against the litter box (upper center); if ever a rabbit was looking like: Eh, what's up, Doc?
The bunny who just wants to be left alone in his purple tunnel - thanks loads, bunny bouncer Brian (upper right corner).
The litter box full of bunnies in the lower right corner, just all hanging out - in the beginning, one black rabbit "crowd surfs" over them all; the fuzzy grey bunny's nose goes 100 mph.
(Ignore the flopped unicorn in the middle; pretend you didn't see it and maybe imbibe a little less *ahem*.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bunya and Ethel's wild cousin

What adds a bit of fun to a morning exercise walk?
A bunny!


















Spotted the bunny in a neighbor's lawn. Got too close and it bolted across the street to our lawn.

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Then it found something to munch on here and stayed there for a while. Delivery truck didn't bother it. I walked by a few times and it was still there.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GHRS Bunnyfest and Hoppy Hour

A quick clip of GHRS Bunnyfest Hoppy Hour (Georgia House Rabbit Society). The star of this clip is Ostara. She was rescued after having been bitten/shaken by a dog - and her spirit is loving life. The pumpkin colored fluff starts off to the right of the frame, sucking up the love from one of the bunny bouncer volunteers. She circles south following the other buns and then north by the hidey box to be in the center of the action. Ostara is the one dragging her back legs.


Reminder - Do NOT.NOT.NOPE.NOPE.NO-WAY.NO-HOW let domestic pet rabbits loose outside "in the wild". They do not have their wild cousins' coping skills or survival instincts.

Here are a few of the bunnies there:


This little fellow was so cute!
(So many were.)

Some bunnies just piled in and snuggled
and relaxed while everyone else ran around.

So many bunnies, but all in motion -
Hard to get in-focus pictures!

















































































Lots more bunny pictures taken by Bree the Bunny's human - album here.

There were desserts by the Cake Hag (yum), the GHRS Hop Shop branch, bunny salons for mani-pedis and grooming (ever seen a huge garbage can of bunny hair?), massages, cold laser therapy and vet checks. It was a very busy venue. Of course, we bought a ton of supplies and treats for Bunya and Ethel.

Thank you to the legion of volunteers and many vendors for their time and donations.
If you missed it this year, don't miss it next year!
And on International Rabbit Day, 09-23-2017 -- The Hare Ball!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ethel learns to take her meds

A leap forward in giving Ethel her meds!

Both Ethel and Bunya are on meds. Bunya takes his no problem.

Ethel still had to be picked up and "forced" to take the syringe of meds, although we did not have to burrito her. They each get a piece of their favorite treat (a Probios) after they take the medicine.

In this video (~15 seconds), she takes her meds and gets her treat without having to be picked up, just like Bunya!

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Bunya ran into the kitchen to get his. The gate to the pen was open but Ethel took hers through the fence; she perceives it as extra protection against getting picked up. Most of the time, she follows Bunya into the kitchen.

Yay, Ethel!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Make it a Happy 4th of July for your bunnies, too!

You remember the holiday message right?
Don't drink and drive.
Don't text and drive.
Don't drink and text.
When boating, wear a big orange life vest (you humans look so funny in those).
Play with your bunnies and give them lots of treats!


Be grateful to be in the land of the free and the home of the buns.

Well, here's another one: Bunnies don't 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 avoid flashing lights.

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.

An air filter in their room may provide a white noise to help muffle the fireworks' sounds.

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).

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July holiday!

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Previously saw these bunnies celebrating on the GHRS Facebook page and their humans from Langhorne, PA graciously sent their too cute pictures for the RR Fourth of July ...


Chloe & Casper,
Rabbit Ramblings' 4th of July bunnies!
<< Insert "SQUEEE" here >>

(Chloe looks like a living Rorschach test)

And Daffney is preparing for the sunshine and cookout
(or maybe the fireworks ... be a dear and fetch her ear plugs, please).

P.S. Daffney, a lionhead, was adopted from the Bucks County SPCA.

Four lucky bunnies (two bonded couples) live together with well-trained human servants who have been adopting rabbits for over 20 years -- way to go!
Wisely, all bunnies are "math-impaired" (they can't multiply).

Monday, June 26, 2017

Behavior unbecoming a healthy bunny

As has been written here before, unfortunately, too many times:
You need to know your bunny's personality so you know when they are sick.

Bunnies can get deathly ill very quickly. Bunnies are prey animals -- they instinctively know that predators seek the weakest. Therefore, a sick bunny will expend all his energy trying to keep up the appearance of being a healthy rabbit. When they finally give in, they can go downhill rapidly.

Bunya's behavior was off.

Bunya is laying in some hay that Ethel likes
that we had put in the pen for her, as if he's in a nest.
He did not come for his favorite treat.


Ethel stands guard over Bunya.
This is not a normal hang-out location for him.


Bunya moved to another isolated spot,
not a usual corner for him to lay down.

We tried simethicone (for gas) and water; he had taken metoclopramide (a pro-motility medicine). However, it didn't help and he ended up in his "I am really hurting" pose, where he is laying in the litter box pressing his stomach so it is almost curving, against the litter. This is not a normal behavior for him; he doesn't hang out here and it's like he's communicating quite clearly with us how he's feeling.


So Bunya is at the vet, which brings us some relief and, happily, him, too.

Since Ethel has been through it herself so recently, we kept her home until we knew he would be coming home (tomorrow). We didn't want to stress her but we will drop her off tomorrow morning to re-bond with Bunya at the vet during the day. Then we will pick them up together in the afternoon. We find this works best with them.

Get better, Bunya. We love you and miss you.
So does Ethel...

... although she appears to be enjoying that break. Grooming Mr. B must be exhausting. And she is so influenced by his behavior. When we put a few pellets in their pen before we leave for work or go to bed, alpha bun Bunya will chase Ethel out of the way so he gets first crack at them (food aggressive behavior he learned from Alice). Ethel has a couple of routes she dashes to avoid him.

He's not here but when I put the pellets in the bowl, Ethel still runs her pattern, like she was going long to catch a pass. Habits are hard to break.

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day


Some 'nanner might get that look, too.