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So, there’s a bunch of random things and links and videos… they all keep me laughing, so why not share 🙂

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One of my favorite bunny blogs:  http://www.dailybunny.com/

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Person Bunny 🙂

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Did you know you can take bunny for a walk?!?  You can 🙂  Please make sure you take the time to work with your rabbit and get them comfortable with the leash so you don’t scare the poor thing to death. Also, make sure your rabbit is comfortable heading outside or wherever for a walk, if they are too scared it’s not good at all 😦  And, please consult a vet or expert on leashes and how to introduce bunny to leash!

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Kickin back and relaxin 🙂

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The Animal Humane Society held it’s annual Walk for Animals this past weekend!  They are counting up all the funds raised and I am very excited to see the numbers!  And guess what!?  It’s not too late to donate, even if it’s $10 everything helps and considering getting involved next year!

The Walk for Animals is an AWESOME event full of wonderful people and their pets 🙂  It raises money for the five Animal Humane Society locations around the state of Minnesota and helps sustain the shelters throughout the fiscal year.  Without the walk, AHS would have a really hard time doing the work they do and as much of it as they do!

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Check it out!!!!:  http://events.animalhumanesociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk2012

The importance of health care for pets as a whole is extremely important, yes it can get spendy but it is important!  The biggest thing for rabbits is having a vet that KNOWS all about rabbits, and I mean really knows.  Rabbits are very different then cats and dogs and need a specific knowledge of their care/needs.

It’s also very important to have a well-versed vet when questions arise!  Yes the internet is great for answers but at times there’s nothing better then being able to call or go see someone who you can trust that really knows what they are talking about.

Here are some vet listings by state, you can also call around to local vets and ask about bunny docs 🙂 – http://www.rabbit.org/vets/vets.html

Like many creatures, rabbits are VERY social – they tend to be even more so then a majority of animals.  Therefore socialization with other bunnies is so important.

There are a couple of ways you can do this: take them to events where they meet

others OR have a bonded pair.

The first is straight forward so I’m going to spend some time on the bonded pair, because, there is a lot to this…

When I adopted Jimmy he was by himself and I knew I may want another one day.  I only wanted one at the time to get used to having a rabbit, not get in over my head.  About 8 months later I was ready to start looking for a friend for Jimmy.  And WOW, what a process.  See, one of the things I didn’t come across in my research was how difficult it can be to bond rabbits, they really love the company and the partnership BUT it’s a hell of an ordeal to get them that way…

I consulted our Golden Valley rabbit expert and started “bunny dating” Jimmy with potential friends.  We tried 4 or 5 times with no luck, then we finally found Winston!  It was exciting!  But no, that wasn’t the end of it! Once you find an “approved” rabbit now starts the bonding process – it took me about 2.5 months to get them to the point where they could live with each other 24/7 and without supervision.  I don’t even know where to begin with explain how to bond… check out these AWESOME links and consult, yes like go into a shelter with rabbit experts or call, about any questions!

It is so important, rabbits are very territorial and will fight to the death.  This is nothing to take lightly.

http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/introductions.html

http://www.rabbit.org/journal/4-4/tough-bonding.html

http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articles/bond.shtml

 

Through all the work, it was SO worth it!  They look so happy together and it is really cute to watch them interact and cuddle and all that jazz.

Bonding is not a perfect science however, and just because you do everything right doesn’t mean it’s always going to work out 😦  Just like you can’t force humans to be friends with each other you can’t force bunnies!  And even if it does work, there’s a chance they may split.  Like mine 😦  Currently my bunnies do not live with it each other unless supervised.

This winter Winston had an absese on his face and got sick.  After he started healing he started picking fights with Jimmy, like full blown dangerous fights.  We call it “ying-yanging” and it’s when bunnies start fighting and running in circles with each other, head to back end head to back end – it’s a way for them to try and go for vital organs :/  It is really dangerous.. my vet, GV bunny expert, other bunny organizations I asked really don’t have an answer as to what happened, it just …happens sometimes 😦

I’ve been working with them to get them back to bonded but with not a lot of luck right now, it’s tough to dedicate the time when school is in the middle of the semester.  I’m going to try really hard this summer!  They still play together and hang out when I’m able to keep an eye on them and brake up any fights but we’ll just have to see what happens!

Advice on this: if this happens to you consult bunny people, ideally a vet that KNOWS rabbits to see if you can find any clues as to why this is happening and what you can try to do.  Also, do fully separate your bunnies!  Mine still live right by each other but they are split by the cage walls so they cannot hurt each other BUT they can still see, smell and be around the other – helps promote rebonding and limit loneliness.  They lay by each other and snuggle through the doors and sometimes they do try to  get at each other but it’s easy for the other to get away – if they have to be separated it’s the best way.

My biggest advice is, if you think you’ll want two later on and you commit and you have the option to adopt an already bonded pair – DO IT!

Bunnies are happiest with friends, they DO get really really lonely 😦

This post will be all about rabbit personalities.  Most people don’t realize that rabbits have big personalities just like any other animal – though they might just be a bit more quiet and take more time to appear they ARE there!

I’m going to start with my two boys: Winston and Jimmy .

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This is Jimmy 🙂

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Jimmy is a very adventurous guy.  He’s a lover who loves to be pet, if you lay on the ground he’ll come up to you and lick your face.  When I walk through the door at home he runs to the front of his cage and stands up against the bars so I’ll pet him.  He’ll groom you (big bunny compliment!) and bring you things to play with you.  He flattens to the floor when you pet him and isn’t super afraid of strangers.  He is, all and all a very friendly, happy, carefree guy!

Though, he is a bit of a trouble maker…

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He’s just really cute 🙂

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Then, there is Mister Winston 🙂 

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I adopted Winston as a companion for Jimmy.  Winston is more quiet, a little more skittish, takes a little longer to warm up and honestly, has a bit of an attitude X)  My family and I joke that he is British, I mean look at that face.  I think Winston takes some time to warm up because he wasn’t socialized enough, or well enough to be really comfortable right away.  We loves me and will come up to me sometimes but he likes to know what’s going on, he likes to feel safe and he likes to make sure everything is safe before venturing out.  He and Jimmy are perfect balance for each other!

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Bunnies are very unique and each is their own.  Some bunnies are very nice, friendly, scared of no one and easy going.  Others are more timid, need to feel safe before doing anything, and cautious.  Others may be a bit hostile, some may be bossy, some may be standoffish.  And that’s just for starts.  But what I have found is that every bunny is capable of becoming very attached and affectionate to a dedicated owner.

The best thing you can do to help your rabbit be as social as possible is take the time to get to know your rabbit and let them know you!  Be patient with them if you have one that is more timid and try to be understanding.  Since rabbits are naturally prey animals they are going to be more skittish, I mean, they think you’re going to eat them… If you’re able to get your bunny at a young age really really work with them!  Handle them nicely, play with their paws, pet them a lot, set them in your lap to pet them, BRUSH THEM – basically, get them used to you!  It will REALLY pay off down the line.

If you adopt an older rabbit like I did with Winston they may be harder to socialize and in some cases may never get to the point you ideally want them to get to.  But working with them will only make things better, do not give up!  Once they trust you, you’re golden 🙂

Okay… I hear this a lot – I don’t want my bunny (or any pet for that matter) anymore SOOOO I’m just going to release it.  NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOO!

Do NOT do this… not with rabbits not with any pet.. there are shelters and rescues in place for a reason.. by just releasing a domestic animal you are basically signing its death certificate -_- Domestic animals are just that, DOMESTIC!  While they still do have some time to their animalistic roots they can’t really survive long on their own, especially in highly human populated areas.

This rings most true with rabbits.  Have you ever seen a wild bunny that looks like the really cute ones you see at the shelters or on TV?!  No, you haven’t, and if you haven’t weeeeell they’re not wild!  This is because domestic rabbits have been taken so far away from their wild ancestors they look and act much different.  But the most important and scary thing about that domestication is they really, really cannot survive on their own in the wild.

Case in point, if you get a bunny and cannot take care of it for any reason – take it to a shelter or contact a rescue.  Do not just drop your bunny, because honestly, they’ll probably die 😦

OR on a happier note this will happen, Long Beach City College AKA Bunny College 🙂 <— view the ABC News story done on this, what I’d call, wonderful place 🙂  **side note, I don’t promote this at all, it’s not good haha but I mean, I’d go to this school for the bunnies!**