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February 26, 2009 - 10:30 p.m. - Bunny Puts Woman Behind Bars - A woman in the UK is back behind bars after she said her child’s pet bunny chewed through an electrical wire powering her monitoring equipment.  She had been in prison for three months for money laundering.  She was banned from leaving her family home in the evenings. But Cuddles (above)  chewed through the receiver unit cable in the house.  She and her husband called the engineer who could see the cable had been chewed.  However, police took her back to prison since they believed the unit was tampered with instead. Someone needs to test the cords for rabbit DNA because Cuddles looks really guilty.

On the Wild Side: In Maine the York Land Trust is celebrating 2009 as the Year of the New England cottontail, Maine's only native rabbit. (Shown on left.) They are kicking off the year long series with a three hour trek in the Hilton-Winn Conservation Area Saturday, February 28th. It is prime New England Cottontail habitat.  The New England cottontail was once the only cottontail species in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. That changed in the 1920s, when state wildlife management agencies and private hunting clubs introduced Eastern cottontails into the Northeast.

The Eastern cottontail (pictured on right) quickly expanded into all Northeastern states except for Maine. It's bigger than its native cousin, and has sharper eyes and hearing, making it less vulnerable to predators. The cottontails look so similar that only recently was the New England native deemed a unique species.  The Eastern cottontail often has a small white spot on the forehead, a marking not found on New England cottontails. The latter has a thin black line of fur along its outer edge and a black spot between the ears. Eastern cottontails are found in open fields, while New England cottontails need scrubby brush in which to hide. Maine's only other rabbit species is the snowshoe hare. E-mail: info@yorklandtrust.org.

Bunny Beds? The Pet Extraordinarium  in the UK is selling this pink playhouse. They say it gives your "little lovelies a cozy and comfortable hide-away den."  It is fully machine washable. And honestly, for my rabbits it would need to be if it lasts long enough to make it into the wash.  Pansy or Basil would rip it to pieces.  Adorable idea, but rabbits don't see the color pink.  They could see something in green or blue . . . which brings me to:

A Better Green Idea - A couple of weeks ago I bought an all timothy hay playhouse for Pansy. There are NO wire frames, no string fiber frames - just the tasty hay.  And, yes they will eat it.  I cut a hole in the other side because Pansy won't go in anything without a back door.  Now she sits in it, eats it, digs at it, stands on it, and generally has a great time.  That's more like it!  Pansy isn't into pink.  Get one from www.leithpetwerks.com - they know a good product when they see one! It's a toy, dinner and bed all rolled into one nutritious package.

February 24, 2009 - 9:00 p.m. - “Hare” Raising Chase – look at that big beautiful white bunny and then imagine him hopping down a busy road in Canterbury, UK on a Sunday morning.  Apparently, it took several attempts before two officers and several passers-by captured the big bun.  They nicknamed the rabbit “Tiny.”  A spokeswoman for Kent Police said that Officer Jackson "hopped to it when his colleague confirmed it was not a figment of his imagination.” Tiny was take to an animal hospital close by to wait for the RSPCA to collect him. 

 

 

 

Hitching Hare - In Bakersfield, California a rabbit darted across an auto repair shop floor and the owner of the car thought it was a shop pet. Turns out a young cottontail rabbit must have jumped on board when the driver pulled his car over on the way to have it repaired.  The mechanic caught the bunny and this is their first rabbit.  They've found cats, squirrels and even rats in cars.  The mechanic took the bunny home (I hope to release in a nice field) and named him “Hitch.” 

 

 

On the Wild Side: A small lagomorph known as a pika maybe the first mammal to be protected due to global warming and habitat loss.  A Center for Biological Diversity sued to protect the little rabbit relative under the Endangered Species Act.  The US Fish and Wildlife Agency said it would make a decision by May on whether protection is warranted.  Most domestic rabbits can become overheated over 85 degrees and pikas are intolerant of temperatures over 78 degrees Fahrenheit.  The populations of pikas move up in elevation until they have nowhere left to go according to a biologist.  More than a third of the tiny “boulder bunnies” populations have disappeared in the past century.

 

February 22, 2009 11:00 p.m. - Binky Bunnies – Deborah Morfette with the Boston Pet Examiner has written several articles in her rabbit series and the last one was all about the "binky." She interviewed Mary Lempert who writes The Rabbit Advocate blog and has her own companion rabbit, Graysie (lop mix) including fosters.  She is a rabbit behavior consultant to the Boston MSPCA. Mary knows a thing or two about rabbit binkies.  She has an entry on her blog called What is a binkyThere is a video demonstration.   By the way the photo of the double bunny binky above is a favorite artist of mine in Seattle, Nakisha VanderHoeven. See more of her rabbit art at: The Art of Nikisha

 

Rabbit Explosion - Nanaimo, British Columbia is experiencing a feral rabbit population explosion and people are being warned not to feed or pet the bunnies. In other parts of Canada such as Kelowna (mentioned on this blog before) they have similar issues. Nanaimo is located on Vancouver Island and it has a mild climate which certainly helps the rabbits survive long enough to reproduce and then some.  Of course, the real problem is the pet owners who have abandoned their rabbits to fend for themselves on the island. So far officials don’t see the rabbits as causing too many problems except for the occasional call from a homeowner wanting to rid themselves of the “pests.”  The photo above shows some of the rabbits eating food left for them by the side of a road. One official did seem to understand the issue when he said, "Look at the American Bullfrog that has taken over Vancouver Island. It would have been much easier to deal with them when there were only two."

Legal Lagomorph Fan - An Assistant Attorney General, Marc Litt, who is investigating the Madoff fraud case also happens to be a rabbit lover.  He lives in lives in suburban Westchester County with his wife and two teenagers.  According to Time, he “is also close with his pet rabbit, Whiskers, whom Litt has trained to hop into a cage at the snap of Litt's fingers." “Whiskers is an incredibly obedient rabbit,” according to friends. Although, I normally don't get political on Hopperhome, I hope Mr. Litt thumps Madoff.

Purina Refills ‘Rabbit Bites’ Bowl Rabbit Bites viewers will be happy to know that pet food maker Purina has renewed its sponsorship. The partnership will last at least through the year.  It’s nice to see someone making web video out of their house and featuring two cute bunnies, Buns and Chou-Chou.  If you aren't familiar with Rabbit Bites, the topics highlight popular culture with a satirical look through the eyes of the rabbits.  It’s a little surreal to see the buns grinding their mouths like they are speaking. I want to know what the secret is to the chewing "talking" motion. Where’s the hay?  (Chou Chou is the lop shown above and Buns is the sweet-faced sidekick show on the right.)

 

Bunny Dumping Makes Me Hopping Mad - In Connecticut they have experienced several incidents of rabbit abandonment. According to the Stratford TV Channel WTNH many were in “need of serious medical help."  So far they don’t know who has been abandoning the rabbits (21 of them). According to a caretaker with Hop Along Hollow, “They were found in the snow, in little milk crates with wire tops on them." Hop Along Hollow and other rabbit rescues all over the country are coping with "rabbit dumping.”  It is  becoming an increasingly bigger concern for rescuers since rabbit owners are abandoning these increasingly popular pets in a bad economy.  Go to their website link above to learn more about the bunnies, see TV segments on the issue and donate to help with medication costs. (Brandee Lacava of Hop A long Hollow shown above with one of the rescued dwarf rabbits.)

Hopperhome's house is going through remodeling.  Bunny Blog will be back on February 16th - Email will be down for a couple of days, too, from 2/6 to 2/10... until then have a Hoppy Valentine's Day.  (PS: Get the pic at left on a t-shirt from The Daily Tee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 19, 2009 - 10:-00 p.m. - The New Year didn't start out so hoppy for Hopperhome.  Forgive me folks, but I lost my little friend of 9 years a couple of weeks ago. Coming on the heels of loosing Mr. Hops just a few months ago, it was very difficult to lose Mr. Bumble B. Bunny so soon after. 

 

Many years ago when I adopted this year old lop, he was a frantic and panicked bunny who made a buzzing sound with his teeth. In time he became a very macho mini-lop. Bumble never met a vacuum cleaner or a cat that could scare him. In fact, he would hop over to the loud appliance to be vacuumed himself when he was shedding. He had a bunny wife of 7 years (Rosemary) and the rest of his life except for the last few months was spent happily with Mr. Hops.

 

Bumble knew about 11 words and an infinite number of my inflections of speech. Most of the words had to do with food and the rest were his name or nicknames. Bumble knew the word "dinner" and would become very lively when he heard me chopping up his salad in the kitchen every evening.  He also knew how to get attention by nudging my foot.  Bumble loved to be petted - not just for a minute or two, but through the time it took to watch a movie. I miss him very much. 

 

December 26, 2008 - Noon - Hopperhome is on vacation.  No problems with the "blizzard" with 2 1/2 feet of snow in less than 3 days!  It was a very Hoppy White Christmas! I have been feeding cottontails every evening at my back door.  My domesticated rabbits sit at the sliding glass doors and watch them.  Back blogging after the New Year.  Thanks for visiting the Bunny Blog in 2008!  - The View on Christmas Day:

 

December 20, 2008 - 6:00 pm - Blizzard and that's not the name of a white bunny.  A actual blizzard is supposed to hit my area of the country tonight so I may not be online for a couple of days if the power goes out. (The news keeps reporting power may go out.) I'm prepared with a warm fireplace, extra veggies for the bunnies, and two cats who are feline heaters.

That's a beautiful Snowshoe Hare pictured above in his winter white coat.

 

 

 

 

 

December 18, 2008 - 10:30 p.m. -

Too Much Dutch - The Daily Herald of Wheaton, Illinois (suburban Chicago) reported that 69 domesticated Dutch breed rabbits (pictured on right) were in the DuPage County Animal Care and Control Center awaiting adoption.  All the rabbits were found in an apartment during an eviction procedure. The woman who said her financial situation had overwhelmed her did not present a typical hoarding case.  She was caring for the rabbits and they were in good condition.  She is very upset over the loss of her home and rabbits. The oldest rabbit is about 18 months old. 

All the females have been separated and spayed.  The males will be neutered before they are released for adoption.  An animal control spokeswoman said they thought the woman initially had a pair of rabbits and got caught in a baby bunny boom.  If anyone is interested in adopting the Dutch bunnies, contact the Dupage Animal Care and Control Center at www.dupageco.org/animal control or call 630-407-2800

I have known more than one Dutch rabbit and they make excellent pets.  I adopted “Pansy” (a Dutch breed) a few month ago from a local shelter. She is very smart and turning out to be a sweet, affectionate pet.  Her litter box habits are perfect, too.

New Rabbit Care Book – This book was first published at the beginning of 2008: When Your Rabbit Needs Special Care: Traditional and Alternative Healing Methods by authors Lucile C. Moore and Kathy Smith.  A blog reader who describes herself as a having three ancient rabbits of 10 years plus and who is devoted to alternative medicines wrote to me about the book.  (I haven’t had a chance to review it myself yet.) She explained it contained not only alternative medicine, but also some very practical procedures like administering subcutaneous fluids.  You can find it at any of the large online book retailers.  I am certainly in favor of anything that promotes long, healthy and comfortable lives for rabbits.

Thai Topiary - taken last summer by Eric from the UK.  A herd of topiary rabbits on the lawn at the king's summer palace in Thailand: (click on photo to see larger version).

 

 

December 17, 2008 - 10:00 p.m. - Rabbits on Chairs & Art Sit Well Together! - I found Lorraine Bushek’s blog and discovered an artist, animal lover, and volunteer with the Rabbit Advocates in Portland, Oregon. According to her blog profile, she lives with her husband, 2 cats and 2+ rescue rabbits (the number is ever-changing). Lorraine paints rabbits on chairs (and in other venues) because she believes that rabbits belong in the house with their caregivers.... not outside in a hutch.  The paintings are amazing so go see them for yourself at Lorraine’s link above.  Be sure to scroll down the entire page of paintings to see more.

 

 

Usagi Ringo - According to The Yomiuri Shimbun news in Japan about 35 percent of parents in their 20s, 30s and 40s do not know how to make usagi ringo (rabbit apple), a piece of an apple with its skin peeled into the shape of rabbit's ears.  Usagi ringo is traditionally a popular item for children’s bento box lunches.  How to make Usagi Ringo

 

No Photos with this Entry because we’re talking about Preparation H.  I have used Bag Balm for mild cases of sore hocks and urine scald on rescued rabbits, but not Preparation H.  But it certainly worked for one bunny.  I saw the proof myself on the rabbit’s bottom after only two days of use.  I had heard about Prep H anecdotally from others and now I am convinced it can help. 

Also, my rabbit Bumble had “weepy eyes” for the first time in his almost 11 years.  The local temperatures had recently dropped so I had cranked up the heat and fireplace. As a result, the air in my home is drier than normal.  A drop of regular “Clear Eyes” in each eye for a week has eliminated the problem.  It goes without saying, but I will – always consult a veterinarian if your rabbit has developed urine scald or “weepy eyes.”   Both conditions can be very serious due to infection or other issues.

“Crowe says Rabbits Need to Fend for Themselves” is a headline circulating in the news the last couple of days.  It does Not mean Russell Crowe feels bunnies can take care of themselves.  Perhaps it was a joke, but I received an email about “Mr. Crowe’s inhumane attitude toward rabbits.”  Russell Crowe is an owner of a national rugby team called the Rabbitohs, not a domesticated rabbit.  His team is sometimes referred to as “The Rabbits,” and apparently he wants them to become fiscally sound on their own.  Just a couple of weeks ago I blogged that Crowe isn’t a rabbit rescuer even though he wears hats with his team's rabbit logo.  (I enjoy his movies.)

December 15, 2008, 9:30 p.m. -

A Rabbit in the Hen House – How can a chicken cross the road when a bunny blocks the way?  A local LA newspaper reported that one of the newest and popular diversions for people sitting in cubicles is the Hen Cam.  It’s a webcam where you can look at hens (and a lone lop-eared rabbit named Candy).  Candy isn’t confused about being a rabbit and she teases the other “chicks.”   The lop-eared rabbit creates mischief by flopping in front of the coop door which seems to frustrate the hens. Hop over to the hen cam (with bunny) here: http://www.hencam.com   Candy is pictured in the coop door. (Photo: Terry Golson)

 

Big Bunny Mom - In New Zealand a story appeared in the newspaper about Frosty, a white Flemish Giant Rabbit and her adopted Netherland Dwarf foster bunnies.  The Netherland Dwarf kits were abandoned by their mother the day she gave birth. Giant Frosty had just given birth to her own pair of kits at Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park. The big doe took in the three orphans. Despite the size difference Frosty is gentle with her new charges.

 

BBC Comfy Corner has an interactive rabbit story for young kids.  It’s called The Moon & the Rabbit . It could be named “The Elephants & the Little Rabbits." I wondered what part of Africa creates the setting for the story since both rabbits and elephants co-exist there.  However, your kids will love this interactive story about rabbits and elephants in their computer generated tropical background.

 

 

 

 

Stormy Makes Connections - The Arizona Republic reported a story about Pet Connections.  Pet Connections is a therapy program offered by Hospice of the Valley, has many types of animals that visit patients  including a rabbit named “Stormy.”  Stormy’s bunny mom says he will cuddle up to the patients and fall asleep. The rabbit is 3 1/2 years old and is going into his third year of helping patients. Stormy had a close call early in life. He was found soaked during a rainstorm and nursed back to health. Stephanie Schmidt took him in and her cats took over raising him. "He became a goofy bunny,” she said. “Patients gravitate to Stormy because he's so soft.” (Stormy pictured above.)

 

December 4, 2008, 9:00 p.m. - - È arrivato il Calendario 2009 That's Italian for 2009 Calendar from HRS Italy/AAE Coniglio has arrived. And, it's great!  If you didn't know the House Rabbit Society has a chapter in Italy, well, now you do and they love their coniglios (rabbits)! It is also shown in English at the link above. 

Plus, a little closer to home if you live in the USA, the Missouri House Rabbit Society calendar is always beautifully designed and photographed.  It is available at 2009 Calendar from HRS Missouri.  I also blogged about the 2009 Calendar from HRS Vancouver out of Canada a while back.  So if you live in Canada (or not), see this desk calendar on their website.

 

Get Out Your Rabbit Ears and check out these new educational videos from the House Rabbit Society. They are created by Drollery Press. They operate a rabbit sanctuary.  The proceeds go to the support of these sanctuary rabbits.

 

Your First House Rabbit Covers all the basics of caring for your first rabbit. Newly revised DVD: 43 minutes. $24.95 plus shipping.
Introducing Rabbits Both to each other and other companion animals. Newly revised DVD: 45 minutes. $24.95 plus shipping.
Assisted Living for Special Needs Bunnies
Focuses on day-to-day care. Newly revised DVD: 40 minutes. $24.95 plus shipping.

 

Rabbit Adopts Kittens - After blogging about the video of Snaggle Puss and her adopted kitten, Bubbles yesterday, I received a few emails asking if rabbits will adopt kittens.  I found one in my files about a lop named Summer who was mom to six kittens after their own mother abandoned them.  They followed her everywhere and from the picture it looks like they climbed all over Summer, too.
 

December 3, 2008, 9:30 p.m. - Bunny Blog of the Weird – you know it's a slow bunny news day when I group some fairly "off the wall" entries for the blog like below.

Reason #327 Why Rabbits Should Be House Rabbits – A family in Methil, Fife Scotland was visited by a “big cat” recently.  It mangled their rabbit hutch.  They heard the commotion, but only caught a glimpse of a large black shape running away.  The hutch “was covered in scratch marks” several feet off the ground and one of the legs of the hutch was completely detached.   Lucky for the rabbit, it was inside the house with the family during the mysterious attack on the hutch.  The police wildlife liaison officer said he would not rule out the possibility of one or even a number of big cats at large.  He commented “It’s possible that a creature such as a leopard would take a pet rabbit.” In Scotland? 

What’s with the Tiger Cubs and Rabbits in China?   I received a photo showing rabbits frolicking  with tiger cubs in Sanya, a city in South China's Hainan  Province. Then I received an email with the second photo below of tiger cubs “playing” with rabbits at a zoo in east China's Zhejian Province. The rabbit was not harmed by the cub, and was playing nearby before entering the tigers' cage on his own.

I have two cats and the newest addition to my bunny family, Pansy plays with my five year old snowshoe cat.  I also have firsthand experience with maternal cats and baby bunnies with my first rabbit Groucho and his cat mom, Luca.  A recent addition to Youtube shows a cat caring for an orphaned baby rabbit. See the video at: Snaggle Puss & Bubbles

If you have ever wondered how a newly adopted rabbit, perceives their new family, drop by the New York City House Rabbit Society and see this cartoon From a rabbit's point of view: How They See Us.

Singing Rabbit Ad – I finally caught this Skittles ad on YouTube after hearing about it from several people.  I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.  When the man tries to trade back the rabbit for his Skittles and then lets it run off in the rain struck me as disturbing.  But see for yourself.   Any domesticated rabbit running off into the outdoors in a TV Ad viewed by millions whether it "escapes" or was abandoned sends the wrong message. Ad on Youtube 

Watch for Falling Rabbits:  This sign was sent to me and the return email address was blocked. I couldn't ask if it was for real.

 

Rabbit Sign – I found this sign a little odd.  (Maybe it’s the tie.)  It sits atop a restaurant called “Chez Zee” in Austin, Texas.  I went to their website and they Do Not serve rabbit or a rabbit logo beer. 

December 2. 2008, 9:00 p.m. -  “Long-Eared Guinea Pigs" in Australia? - Janene from Queensland sent me an article that appeared in her local newspaper about the ban on pet rabbits.  The article quotes a Pet Industry spokesperson who said at least three tons of rabbit food is sold through Queensland pet shops every year. It seems there are hundreds of “long-eared guinea pigs” in homes and a “secretive network” of people with companion rabbits. There is a heavy fine if a rabbit is discovered in the home (see photo above).  However, rabbit raids aren’t being conducted on private homes according to the newspaper article. 

Pet owners aren’t the only ones questioning the ban so are the experts. The RSPCA spokesman said, "Two years after Western Australia decided to allow pet rabbits, they did an environmental impact study which concluded the impact was nil.”  But it’s unlikely anything will change soon. An official with the Primary Industries and Fisheries Ministry recently said, “A decision to maintain the ban on rabbits as pets was made after extensive community consultation. There is currently no intention to review this decision in the near future." 

I lived with rabbits in apartments with lease restrictions on keeping pet rabbits for a while without detection, but this is ridiculous.

Only in New York - In the Metropolitan Diary Section of the New York Times, a writer recalled a recent incident while walking her dog Mooshi: “Recently, a group of men were playing Hacky Sack there [in a park in the Chinatown area]. Mooshi, who is used to seeing elderly Chinese men performing tai chi, was intrigued by this new game, and kept staring at the men. But it wasn’t the Hacky Sackers who had caught Mooshi’s attention - it was the little white rabbit chewing the grass next to them. As a native New Yorker, I’m not surprised by the unusual, but a rabbit? In Chinatown? Mooshi ran toward the unknown creature, barking. Soon, a shirtless and muscular Hacky Sacker jogged toward us. I assumed he wanted to know why Mooshi was barking in their direction, or maybe he wanted to share a laugh about the rabbit. Instead, he stopped a few inches away from me and, with a stern face, looking me straight in the eyes, said, ‘Get your dog away from my bunny!’”  (The photo above is Will Bullas’ watercolor painting, “Bad to the Bun” and you can find prints Here)

Bunny Bird Cage - Here's an idea a Bunny Blog reader thought might fly - house rabbits in habitats intended for chickens. Roger who has 3 rabbits in his Texas home was thinking about using this large British built poultry house as a model for his rabbits' new luxury digs in his family room. He thought it was a much better than the smaller cages and runs sold in pet stores. He has dogs and to avoid a tragedy, he cages his bunnies during the day when his family is out. See the website where he found his inspiration: UK-CKC Poultry House

On the Wild Side: Biologists thought the snowshoe hare cycle in Interior Alaska reached its peak last year, but this year is also shaping up with an abundance of the hares.  The snowshoe hare population has a cycle that predictably peaks every 10 years for a year or two and then plummets. It takes two or three years before it starts climbing again. The cycle of snowshoe hares in Alaska matches that in other northern latitudes across Canada.  It’s still a great mystery in ecology how the hare populations can be so synchronized across such a vast territory.

 

Frosted Hare - Speaking of hares, I also received a photo yesterday of another icy pair of hares, but these were decorating a table along way from Alaska. 

 

 

 

NoNatalie Imbruglia in New PETA Anti-Fur Advember 25, 2008 - 8:30 p.m. - Topsy Is Comfortable in his Own Skin - PETA Europe's new anti-fur ad features Topsy, an adorable lop rabbit and Natalie Imbruglia, Australian singer/actress/model.  Both are gorgeous, of course.  You can read about the campaign Here.  Over the years PETA has featured beautiful rabbits with pretty people to garner attention for the atrocities of the fur trade.  Thousands of rabbits are kept and killed in unimaginable circumstances.  You can check out PETA's Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing for cruelty-free resources. Topsy would approve!

Bunnies Instead of Babies - PetPlan, a pet insurance provider in the UK conducted a survey recently that showed 60% of the 3,000 people surveyed would put off starting a family due to the current economic downturn.  Instead, they would choose a pet.  The results were equally divided among men and women. With all the pets being left at shelters in the USA due to the economic crisis, I was wondering when all these folks will start adopting their new fur babies.  Relinquished and abandoned pet are on the rise due to economic reasons. By the way, Rabbits in the UK survey made the Top 5 most popular child substitutes: 1) Dog, 2) Cat, 3)  Rabbit,  4) Guinea Pig  and  5) Rat.  I hope anyone who decides on a bunny (or any pet) instead of a baby understands the commitment to a pet is a lot like parenthood!

Lego Rabbit Art - John from Cleveland (rabbit dad to Spotty and Runner) emailed this photo he found of a Lego Rabbit. (Click on photo to see a larger detailed version). John said he'd like to try this, but he would need money from his Monopoly Game to afford the amount of Legos it took to do this sculpture.

 

 

November 24, 2008 - 9:45 p.m. - Laverne & Shirley’s Hoppy Days - A pair of Flemish Giant rabbits received a lot of publicity when they were awaiting adoption at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.  The two big girls at 20 lbs. each were adopted by the Dills family of Vero Beach, Florida.  A friend of the family had seen the report on the hefty bunnies on TV and told them about the pair.  The Dills had just purchased a baby Flemish Giant the week before. The Dills family hopes to eventually start a rabbit rescue organization. The family has five other bunnies, four of them are rescues.  Most importantly, this is a very hoppy ending for Laverne and Shirley (pictured above) who came to the Humane Society after their previous owner passed away.

Feral Rabbits in Canada - According to the local Vernon newspaper in British Columbia, Canada the overpopulation of feral domesticated rabbits could force tight regulations. The North Okanagan Regional District board is going to determine if local municipalities want a bylaw regulating the sale of unaltered rabbits.

The concept for a bylaw demanding that rabbits be spayed or neutered was put before the committee by Rabbit Rescue, a volunteer group that live traps rabbits. They have the rabbits neutered or spayed and find them homes.  “We have all but eradicated the feral rabbit problem in Vernon, but we are getting more calls from elsewhere in the North Okanagan.”  Rabbit Rescue went on to say, “The only way to stop the problem is to shut off the source [rabbit sales].” 

 

 

Practice Turns into Rabbit Rescue – In Denver firefighters practicing ways to rescue victims of rollover crashes had the chance to test their skills. They found a rabbit trapped inside a wheel of the truck they were about to carve up.  Apparently,  one of the firefighters looked up into a wheel well, and saw two shiny brown eyes staring back. The twitching nose made them realize the bunny was alive and probably their next door neighbor.  The rabbit had been minding his own business until the firefighters had ruined his day by turning the truck over.  With their new hydraulic saw, the rescuers started to extract the rabbit. Once the rabbit was freed, it was discovered he was covered in antifreeze and so they had to decontaminate the patient in a bath. The bunny endured the ordeal, and after his wash and fluff, he was released. The firefighters were smiling as the bunny hopped off – it was a good rescue!

 

Baseball Bunny Manager - The new Seattle Mariners Baseball Manager, Don Wakamatsu has a pet rabbit. His name is Dexter. The bunny takes walks on a leash with the family.  Asked to explain himself following his introductory news conference at Safeco Field, Wakamatsu said it wasn’t his idea to get the rabbit.  However, "Dexter's mine by default.”  His wife said that he built a fenced in area in the backyard so Dexter could run around.  Early next year, Wakamatsu will head to Seattle with his family plus Dexter, their rabbit and their dog, “Asia.”

November 19, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. - British Bunny Gets a New Chariot – Four year old, Ethel, a beautiful white lop was paralyzed by a disease earlier this year.  Zoe would not have her pet bunny put down against the advice of vets.  Ethel lost control of her bladder and bowels, but she wears a special bunny diaper at night. Zoe researched and found a company in the USA (Dogs to Go in Texas) that makes custom carts for disabled pets.  Zoe says, “It gave Ethel a new lease on life.  At first she struggled to keep her balance and kept tipping over, but she soon got to grips with it especially on flat surfaces.  Now she loves it. As soon as we put her in it, she starts hopping around and really enjoys it.  Ethel was even featured on British TV on "Cutting Edge:  Special Needs Pets." Photo: SWNS

By the way, the prices on the Dogs to Go website are the most reasonable I have seen for this type of cart.  The “extra small” size (10 lb. and less) is $65.00 which does not include shipping, or extra wheels, etc. Visit their website link above for current pricing and more information.  Also, visit Hopperhome’s web page Caring for a Disabled Rabbit for more information on disabled rabbit care.

Photo of the Day: Occasionally I receive a picture in the email that depicts rabbits in our culture in some fairly odd ways.  These orange rabbit themed caution tape holders would get anyone's attention:

On the Wild Side:  The Amami rabbit is an unusual rabbit since it evolved in isolation on two small islands in Japan.  It is designated as an endangered species in Japan with fewer than 5,000 left. In order to save the species Japanese scientists say they have now created a cloned embryo from cells taken from a rabbit that had previously died. In 30 days they will know if they are successful when the host mother rabbit gives birth.  The chances are less than 10% they will end up with a true Amami rabbit in the mix of genes.  If one of the offspring looks like the pudgy fellow pictured above, they may have accomplished their goal. 

Amami rabbits have dark brown dense fur with heavy bodies, short legs, small ears and no tail.  They also have long, curved claws. Amami have a call that sounds like another lagomorph - the pika. His nose is definitely a bunny nose and so is that inquiring tilt of the head.  Amami don’t breed as prolifically as their cousins like the domesticated rabbits or other wild rabbits. They only give birth to one offspring twice a year. 

The Amami Rabbit is endangered, due to the usual suspects like hunting (stopped in 1921) before legal protection. Deforestation is another cause along with predation by dogs, cats, and especially an introduced mongoose released by people to kill poisonous snakes.

November 18, 2008 – 7:30 p.m. - Is that “O’Hare” Airport?  No, it is a 56 foot long red fiberglass rabbit that will be installed in the new terminal building at the Sacramento International Airport in 2011.  (That year just happens to be the next Chinese Year of the Rabbit.) The rabbit will soar in the terminal’s rafters  toward a sculpted suitcase across a four-story atrium near baggage claim below.  The artist, Lawrence Argent, “hopes the public will find the artwork amusing and invigorating.” 

 

Perched Lionhead - Janene from Colchester in the UK, emailed me a story about a rabbit, Eragon, and his human, Mr. Fletcher, from Clacton-on-Sea.  It seems Eragon, a dwarf Lionhead rabbit enjoys perching on Mr. Fletcher’s shoulder as he goes about his business in town.  According to a video of the two (link below), it all started when Eragon was 7 weeks old.  He would hop on Fletcher’s shoulder when he was asleep on the sofa.  The rabbit was content as his human walked around the house and it evolved from there.  I love this video - Play Video Here  Most rabbits detest being off the ground, but Eragon started very early and in a non-threatening way.  It looks like both human and rabbit enjoy their time together.

 

Bunny is Welcome to Lunch with Rhino Umquali – A very small wild rabbit has lunch dates with a white rhinoceros at home in a compound at the Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales, Australia.  The rabbit now known as “Robby” is the only rabbit brave enough out of his colony to join the mother rhino and her calf, Nadira for meals.  They make an odd pair in their size difference of a 2 ton rhino and about a 2 pound rabbit: See Full Article Here with more photos.  Click on photo above to see larger version.

November 17, 2008 - 8:30 p.m. Hop Hop Hooray! Petco Will Stop Selling Rabbits.  Petco issued a press release today stating they will phase out the sale of rabbits in favor of adoptions by early 2009.  They went on to say that that they already work with rabbit and humane groups in several areas to provide in-store rabbit adoptions, and now want to expand that effort. (Petco News Story)

About a third of their 950 stores offer rabbits for sale currently.  This is great news.  I applaud Petco for this humane decision. This new program will help in several ways.  First, it will prevent further impulse purchases of rabbits at Petco stores, it will offer rescue/adoption groups a good venue for "adoption days," and most importantly rabbits will find good homes. See House Rabbit Society Press Release

Pancake Bunny - The Petco news is enough good news for one day, but I want to share a photo sent to me by a Bunny Blog reader yesterday.  I knew about Oolong the pancake wearing rabbit from Japan. But even though my dad was a chef, I never ate pancakes quite like the one pictured on the left.  By the way, never share your pancakes with your rabbit for breakfast.  Also I don't recommend your rabbit wear one as "performance head art" even though Oolong was an internet sensation. 

 

 

 

November 16, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. -  A Pair of Boys Saved a Pet Rabbit in Raynes Park, UK this last week.  They found Patches wandering on a street on their way to school. They immediately took the bunny to a nearby veterinary clinic where it happened Patch’s brother Fluffy was scheduled for a visit the next day.  The family who lost their rabbit said Patches had been missing for four days and they were very grateful to the boys pictured above who rescue him.  Four days for any pet rabbit outdoors is a very long time and Patches is very lucky to have survived. 

 

In search of the First Pet – My vote is for a white house rabbit, of course.  But it looks like the president elect’s first girls are set on a puppy.  I’d like to see a real rabbit on the White House Lawn instead of the Easter Bunny (pictured on left) who visits every spring.  The only First Family that had a "first rabbit" was John F. Kennedy’s clan.  They had a white rabbit named Zsa Zsa among several other pets.

 

Rabbitohs are a Rugby Team - I received an email last week from Melissa who lives in New York City.  It seems Melissa spotted Russell Crowe with a hat similar to the one on the right and she wanted to know if he was involved in rabbit rescue. I don’t have any idea if Russell Crowe enjoys the fluffy type of pet rabbit, but I do know he is a co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, a National Rugby League Team.  The team is also known as “The Bunnies,” or “The Rabbits” in Australia.  The team was founded in 1908 and got their name, “Rabbitohs,” from their early days when they earned money by selling rabbits.  Not exactly a rabbit rescue activity and it was discontinued a long time ago.  I’m sure they are a fine rugby team and if Russell Crowe is ever involved in rabbit rescue, I will be the first to write about it in the Bunny Blog.

Animated Big Rabbit - If you haven’t seen Big Buck Bunny, it is a short animated film created by a company in the Netherlands.  It tells the story of a giant rabbit with a heart who is harassed by three mischievous rodents. In the typical cartoon tradition he prepares the nasty rodents a comical revenge. If you have kids, they would enjoy it.  See Big Bunny Here  Also, I really enjoyed the images on the website (like the one above - "Don't Mess with the Bunny") and you can Download Images Here. Big Buck Bunny reminds me of my own big white bunny, Mr. Hops.

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. - The Grass is Greener - About once a week I treat my rabbits to wheat grass.  I don't grow my own, but I find it locally in the produce section of the grocery store sprouted about 4 to 5 inches high.  Wheat grass is highly nutritional and full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  It is certainly safe for rabbits.  Most people buy it to juice it and drink it themselves as a "living food." Wheat grass is simple to grow and it is a lot less expensive than store bought.  You can find the seeds for sprouting in a natural foods store or go on the web and search for "wheat grass."  Hundreds of websites will result. They sell everything from the seeds only to growing kits online.  I have never had a rabbit turn it down after a quick sniff.  Like a bunch of little lagomorph lawnmowers, they mow it down in minutes.

A Rare Rabbit Cancer - Yesterday I received an email from Bill in Northern California about his rabbit, Radar, who had been diagnosed with Thymoma and passed away shortly thereafter.  He wondered if I knew anyone whose rabbit had developed this disease.  Fortunately, I haven’t encountered this relatively rare cancer in rabbits myself. Thymomas are tumors of the thymus gland (other mammals including humans have a thymus, too). I’m sure vets are seeing it more in the last few years since house rabbits are living longer and it seems to be prevalent in senior rabbits. Treatment options for thymoma are expensive and difficult choices such as surgery, or radiation therapy.  Here are three articles about the disease: House Rabbit Society – Thymomas in Rabbits, A Miracle for Hopnoodle and Virginia Rabbits – Dusty’s Journey with Thymoma

 

November 11, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. - “Pansy” Blooms in Her New Home – introducing Miss Pansy, my new one year old rabbit from the humane society.  Her records indicated that she was already spayed, and had lived with children and lots of cats.  A cage in a garage was her primary residence.  I love a challenge. 

My 10 year old lop, Bumble, has been consistent in his daily attempts to coax Pansy to be friendly. It is going to take time. This little 4 lb. bunny wasn't very socialized and obviously didn’t recognize a fresh vegetable when offered at first.  Initially, she sat in a corner and boxed me every time I came near. Three weeks later she isn’t running for cover or rearing up to throw a paw at me.  Fortunately, Pansy is fastidious and used her litter box from day one.  As for my cats, they are polite, but she seems to think they are her rightful species.  Fortunately, Bumble is a very patient old rabbit.  Pansy’s antics in the puppy pen next door seem to have lifted his spirits.

 

 

Artful Rabbits Everywhere - Visit Kozydan -This is a website for a couple that freelance as illustrators in Los Angeles and have created some fascinating posters featuring rabbits.  If you visit their website at the link above take a look at the poster "Grey Hares" in the larger version to see all the rabbits in the print. It’s a delightful surprise.  "Bunnies Fall" is another wonderful print overflowing with rabbits.  My favorite is a toss up between "Bunny Blossoms" (on the left) and "Uprisings."   The posters are a bargain for under $20 each. 

Click on photo to see larger version or better yet, see all the hoppy posters at their link above. 

 

 

Hare Mat – here’s one you don’t have to groom.  It’s a door mat based on a 1920’s pictogram.  I believe I read they are made out of coconut fiber (and if you’d rather, you can get a hippo door mat instead).   They are on the pricey side at over $100 .  I think I’d hang it on the wall instead of let people or pets hop all over it.  Find it Here

Eggstatic over Rabbits – for the rabbit fan who has everything there are Bunny Egg Cozies from Germany. These felt bunny cozies come in gray, pink or lavender and are about 6.5 inches tall when ears flop. Breakfast is fun again!

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2008, 8:30 p.m - Dog Blogs About Bunnies – on ABC Channel 7 in Denver. There is a blog in the Family Section of their website and normally the human Ross blogs.  But, this time the dog, “Oden,” blogged about his visit to a foster home for two beautiful rabbits, Daisy and Thumper.  You can see the article Here. The two adorable rabbits are available for adoption at the Evergreen Animal Protective League Website.  The article also noted that the Colorado House Rabbit Society has 120 rabbits who need homes! By the way, the rabbit foster mom, Beverly, is an artist and she creates beautiful rabbits paintings. Click on the photo above to see the detail in the painting!

 

Fine Changes at Oxbow Hay – First of all, if you haven’t been to the Oxbow Hay website lately, there are some great changes.  It has a spiffy new look!  All the same products are still available.  However, I noticed in the veterinary section for health related products, Oxbow is now offering Critical Care – Fine Grind.  This is a great idea.  Critical Care is a product you can get through your vet or with your vet’s okay through Oxbow Hay.  It is a recovery food which can be given to your rabbit that can’t or won’t eat their normal diet due to illness, surgery or poor nutritional status.  

Critical Care has helped save more than one rabbit I have rescued or rehabilitated from a serious illness.  But, my one issue was that I had to mix the Critical Care powder with a lot of water so it would easily go through a syringe for feeding.  With this new fine grind Critical Care, Oxbow has solved this problem.  Thank you Oxbow Hay!   If you want to get a large syringe to keep on hand, you can find them at Bunny Bytes – Outfitters of the Urban Rabbit.  Bunny Bytes also has their Christmas bunny products online for some early shopping for that special rabbit.

Bunny Bento – Jennifer from New York (bunny mom to Buster & Shogun) just came back from Japan and she sent me these photos of bento boxes featuring rabbit designs.  A bento box is a packed meal (normally lunch) with different sections for each food.  They are prepared with a lot of care and artistry. Check out the "strawberry rabbit" face below. Click on photos to see larger versions.

 

 

I have so many photos of Bunny Bento Boxes and Usagi treats that have been sent to me from Japan, they need their own web page. 

November 9, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. - It’s a Zoo Out There – Some bunnies found a home in the Oakland Zoo recently.  Normally, I don’t like to see rabbits in zoos where they are sometimes squeezed between the goats and chickens in the “Farm Exhibit.”  But this time 14 cute rabbits are now housed in a large exhibit in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo in Oakland.  From all the articles I read, it seems the rescuers and zoo staff understand the rabbits’ plight as ex-Easter pets.  Their exhibit is located next to the WildLife Theater in the Children’s Zoo. Click Here to watch the local television news story about the rabbits with a view of their new “digs.”  (Pictured above are two of  the new zoo rabbits.)

The rabbits had been turned loose on the grounds of the Laney College baseball field and then the college officials noticed they were multiplying fast.  Traps were set to catch them and a volunteer from the shelter noticed.  She left a note on the traps that she wanted to rescue them.  After the first six rabbits were easy caught, the rest were more evasive while their rescuers waited for hours to round them all up.  By the way, Oakland Animal Services has lots of spayed and neutered rabbits available for adoption.

Boy, Oh Boy – Bunnies Rescued by Family - A kind family and the SPCA in Canada helped save three domesticated pet rabbits abandoned deep in the woods. The family (including their three boys) were looking for firewood in the forest when they heard a rooster crowing so they went to investigate. On top of a big woodpile sat a beautiful Bantam rooster and in the woodpile were two beautiful bunnies they described as “definitely out of their element.”

The rabbits were abandoned with a little hay and no food.  The family contacted the Queens SPCA in Nova Scotia and they visited the site with them.  Live traps were used to capture two of the three rabbits, and on a subsequent search the third rabbit was caught and brought to safety.  The family who originally found the rabbits couldn’t keep the rabbits themselves, and the mother said explaining such cruelty to her sons was difficult.  ““My three boys are animal lovers and to think anyone could hurt an animal - they can’t comprehend that, they just don’t get that. I told my children some people can’t afford to keep animals anymore and let them go but what they should do is call the SPCA to help out. That’s why we had to save them.”  The rabbits pictured above with the boys are now up for adoption.

Finding Sanctuary - It is not only pets in the United States that are falling victim to the financial crunch.  In Bradford, United Kingdom Bunny Camp Sanctuary owner Sonia McDonough is hopping mad because people are abandoning pets they can no longer afford like the five rabbits brought to her in one week recently.  According to the article, Sonia and her family have 40 rabbits at their home where they operate their non-profit rabbit sanctuary.  She said she was seeing one rabbit a month come in and now it has exploded.  The rabbit pictured above with Sonia is six month old Melita.  This rabbit was discovered shivering in a park by an elderly couple who took her to Bunny Camp.  The rabbit’s ears were badly infected.  Visit the Bunny Camp Sanctuary website at the link above.

It’s Sew Fun – Win a Bunny Quilt! The Rabbit Resource (Upstate NY Chapter of the House Rabbit Society) has a very bunderful quilt you can win and all of the proceeds go to assist rabbits in need.  Visit the website soon at the link above to learn how to enter.  The drawing will take place on December 14, 2008.

Fill’er Up - Time to Help the House Rabbit Society Build Up their Emergency Rescue Fund – Since the Emergency Rescue Fund was began in 2007, the House Rabbit Society has helped to fund other organizations as well as HRS Chapters who need help with large rescues.  It’s impressive that the HRS has spent $11,000 so far and you can see which groups have received funds Here.  Make a donation to this fund at link. (Be sure to include Emergency Rescue Fund in the description field of the online donation form.  Also, donations via snail mail are also gratefully accepted.)

Mobile Bunnies - On the island of Funen in Denmark, Flensted Mobiles, a family business, designs and makes mobiles.  I found this rabbit themed mobile online at Design Public.  The mobile features five geometrical bunnies, all made out of circles. (Click on photo to see larger version) It’s a perfect gift for newborns or someone who would enjoy watching the slow motion of the bunnies enliven their space.  Find it at Flensted Bunnies Mobile at Design Public

 

A heartfelt "Thank You" to everyone who sent me emails and e-cards of condolences. I haven't been able to answer each one. I was overwhelmed at how many people contacted me about Hops' passing. I want you to know all of your kinds words and thoughts were very much appreciated! 

 

I miss seeing Hops' run to see me with his happy head shakes when I get home at night.  Hops was always "the comedian" and full of spirit.  He was a real joy and it was a privilege to have him in my life for as long as I did.

 

Mr. Hops Crosses the Rainbow Bridge - I lost my big, beautiful, white house bunny today, Mr. Hops (aka “Hopper Bopper”).  He went to the vet on Tuesday because I noticed he wasn’t eating that morning and was sitting hunched up.  Hops loved to graze on his hay so I knew something was very wrong. He was fine the night before. I was fortunate to get him into an experienced rabbit vet since my regular rabbit vet was out.  The vet diagnosed GI Stasis.  She started treatment and by evening he was doing better and eating some hay. His symptoms were diminishing. I checked him at noon today and I realized he wasn’t out of danger.  When I came home tonight I noticed his best buddy, Mr. Bumble grooming him like crazy and Hops was flopped on his side.  Hops had not been able to flop on his side since he had a seizure 8 years ago when I first rescued him.  I knew then that he was gone. 

Mr. Hops befriended Bumble my little crippled 10 year old lop rabbit and spent hours grooming him and cuddling up next to him.

Hops could intimidate cats.  He jumped over them, turned 180 degrees and lunged at them grunting. He never met a vacuum cleaner that he feared.  Once when I came too close with a hand vacuum before he was neutered, he  took aim and sprayed my head. No apology.  However, after he was fixed Hops would sit quietly beside me and grind his teeth in his bunny purr when he was happy which was often. He would wake me up by throwing his toys especially when I slept in on the weekends. When I’d come home from work he would do a happy head shake and hop to see me at the fence of his pen. He was a Lavender Point Californian Breed Rabbit who loved pets and kisses on his forehead most of all. After Hops was rehabilitated completely about a year or so after his rescue he wasn’t sick until this past Tuesday – almost 7 years later. I will miss him.  Hop's Story

 “My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.” Watership Down

August 5, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. - Letter Opening Stars - A rabbit named Texx might need a publicist now. The video of the 1-year-old dwarf rabbit opening an envelope with his teeth has generated close to a million views on YouTube. The rabbit’s human is a young woman who is a 27 year old graduate of MIT.  She took the video of her bunny chewing the side of the envelope of her Chase credit card bill in November 2007.  She said her bunny Texx had a thing for eating paper. In fact, he once ate her homework. “I just decided to videotape him because it was just so funny,” After a few months, the head of Plankton Productions, company that operates bestofyoutube.com, featured the video on its web site. As of Monday, the video has generated over 800,000 views and counting. Watch it at:  MIT Bunny Letter Opener.  Of course, rabbits love paper and there are some cute “copy rabbits” such as Dutch Rabbit Open Letters, Too and My bunny Can Open letters.   If you want to see a talented card chewing rabbit watch:  A Very Talented Bunny – Rabbit & Cats Play Cards

46 Rabbits Rescued - The Buffalo News reported late last week that 46 rabbits were pulled from “a dilapidated ‘hutch’ in a yard outside a dangerously cluttered house" in Newstead, NY (that’s near Buffalo).  The rabbits were stained with filth and badly infested with ear mites.  One had a broken leg.  Fortunately, an anonymous caller tipped off the SPCA about rabbits and other animals “living in squalid conditions on the property.”  The SPCA officer went to the house the same day and was concerned when she saw the condition of the house and the backyard. She went back to get a search warrant and returned Wednesday with more officers.   All of the animals were taken to the SPCA where a team of vets were waiting for them.  The SPCA learned that the couple and their three children were on vacation.  Conditions were so bad inside the house he SPCA also notified housing authorities and Child Protective Services. 

You Know It’s a Slow News Day When . . . a fiery red cardinal is featured in the local paper making a fuss over a rabbit.  The bird saw a cottontail attempting to move in on his food.  I have squirrel, wild bird and cottontail squabbles outside my back door quite often. The squirrel always wins.

 

Hare Raising Escape - In Dekalb County, Georgia a family was trapped by spreading fire in their second story apartment.  They tossed out mattresses and then dropped their children on to the soft landings. I have to give one father a lot of credit for not only saving his children, but for also tossing out two pet birds and the family’s pet rabbit to the mattresses.  The parents then jumped out themselves.  Pets and people were all fine after their daring escape.

Mix It Up – Ming Tong is a designer who makes home appliances fun and even seem a little frivolous.  Look at this RabMixer.  It’s cute instead of modern stainless.  It comes in other colors, too.  I don’t bake enough cakes to buy one just for fun. (I wonder if Amy Sedaris could use one for her cupcake business.)  It doesn’t seem to be available online or local retailers yet.  But I like it – carrot cake, anyone?  Designer: Ming Tong

 

 

 

Buried Bunnies Saved in UK – a bunch of folks came together in a community in Cumberland to save some kits when they popped out of a load of chippings being delivered by a landscape company. The little European rabbits poked through the ruble and people started hopping to their aid. They carefully dug out four kits. Volunteers cleaned them up and they started to liven up.  The rabbits were small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They went to a wildlife rehabilitator who will release them when they are old enough.  All were thriving.  One volunteer on hearing the hoppy ending said, “That’s brilliant news. “Isn’t life fantastic when you can help.”

 

 

 

Orange Isn’t Necessarily an Alert – I get one or two emails a week from people new to pet rabbits. They are frantic about orange or reddish urine. (I was, too, with my first rabbit.) After asking them about diet, the color can be accounted for by something like carrots in the diet.  A rabbit’s urine can vary from yellow to orange to brown to red.  It depends on diet, hydration and even medications.  Blood in urine is rare and is an emergency.  The color of urine I am most concerned about in my house is white, “sludgy” urine.  This is due to excess calcium in the diet and the urine can sometimes look like it is “sandy.”  If kidney stones develop, it can mean surgery. It is certainly painful for a rabbit. My sister, Bonnie, administers fluids to her senior Netherland Dwarf (9 years old) twice a week for this reason.  For excellent reading on the subject see these articles: Aging Bunny, Aging Bladder on the New York House Rabbit Society Chapter website and these two articles on the House Rabbit Society website: Bladder Disease and Bladder Disease in the Rabbit and Red Urine: Blood or Plant Pigment

Update:  Bumble Bunny is better, but he's headed to the vet tomorrow just in case. 

August 3, 2008 - Bunny Blog will be updated evening of August 5th.  My 10 year old lop bunny, Bumble, is ill and he is taking all of my attention. He's a tough little guy, but he's up there in years for a rabbit. His best bunny buddy, Mr. Hops, hasn't left his side. 

 

 

 

 

July 28, 2008 - Noon - Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter! Today is the Beatrix Potter’s birthday – she would have been 142 years old. I have always admired Beatrix Potter because even though she was the creator of wonderfully illustrated children’s stories, she was talented in many other ways. Despite growing up as a daughter in a Victorian era family she was an artist and writer, and known as a gifted natural scientist and botanical illustrator. In her later years she bought farmlands and became a sheep expert. She was also a conservationist and left her lands in a national trust.
 

But most of all Beatrix loved animals and the 'real' Peter Rabbit who was a Belgian buck rabbit she called Peter Piper. She said of Peter that he was 'bought at a very tender age, in the Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, for the exorbitant sum of 4/6'. This little rabbit she called her 'affectionate companion' gave his first name to one of the world's best-loved fictional characters. (Rabbit illustration on left is her drawing of the "real" Peter Rabbit.)

 

 


 

July 27, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. -  "My Rabbit Hoppy" is a short film shot in a Melbourne backyard for a few hundred dollars and starring the filmmaker's children and their pet rabbit was in the running for one of the Cannes Film Festivals top prizes earlier this summer.  My Rabbit Hoppy was the creation of Oscar-nominated director Anthony Lucas and was among nine contenders for the coveted short film Palme d'Or (Golden Palm). The film tells the tale of a school project that turns horribly wrong. Lucas's wife, Julia, produced the movie and their children, Henry, 8, and Peggy, 6, acted in it alongside co-star Hoppy.  Lucas said this about Hoppy, "It's funny because I never wanted the rabbit but the wife and kids wanted a pet rabbit because they're all doe-eyed, but I knew I'd end up being the one to look after it all the time," he said.

 

Benny’s From Heaven:  I loved the first person article in the Columbus Dispatch by Kathy Soukup about her rabbit "Benny."  Turns out Benny was a girl bunny who Kathy had spayed.  Benny was destined for her basement to live, but never made it past the kitchen where she lives in a large pen.  Read Kathy’s article at the link above.  I could relate to Kathy’s statement about shopping for fresh veggies at the supermarket – “I shop often for the freshest produce; the supermarket thinks I have a wonderfully correct diet. And, in fact, I am starting to incorporate some Benny food into my eating.”  Hopperhome agrees that having a rabbit companion is better for your health in more ways than one!

German Police Take “Bunny Murders” Very Seriously - The victims have names like Rocco, Fussel, Marianne and Fluffy. They are the “bunny murders” — 40 domestic rabbits all killed at night in their hutches in the Ruhr Valley area of Germany. If the killing of rabbits isn’t enough, now police are concerned “that whoever is killing rabbits may go on to kill humans.” “Sadists often begin with violence against animals,” said Mark Benecke, a criminal psychologist who has been advising the police since the killings began last year.  The German police are dedicated to finding the criminal responsible. About 300 breeders have been interviewed. The assumption is that the killer is male and computer-literate because he seems to have identified houses with backyard rabbit hutches by using Google Earth.  They think he is most likely living locally. Rabbits in the Ruhr Valley are bred for competition and some as pets.  Now breeders are bringing their rabbits indoors and/or installing alarm systems.  

Jumping on the Bed & Other Bunny Fun from YouTube - Louise from Arkansas sent me this link Arkansas Bunny Rabbit Rescue 2008 that recorded a couple of good old boys rescuing a cottontail rabbit during the flooding earlier this year.  The bunny is stranded, captured (without a lot of finesse), but taken to dry land.  The rabbit does decide to jump ship and swim the last few feet to shore.  After all, it is a wild rabbit and the stress of the rescue itself was probably enough for one day.  Also, once I get to YouTube, it’s hard to leave and all of a sudden I found myself watching “binky videos” of happy pet rabbits.  Some of my favorites were the multitude of rabbits in the HRS Binki Movie,  two videos that share the name “ultimate" in their titles Ultimate Binky Movie, The Ultimate Binky There is a happy, athletic bunny featured in The Bunny Olympics Of several videos which show rabbits jumping on human beds, I liked this one -  Even bunnies like to jump on the bed.   Bernie Dancing on Lucy shows a rabbit dancing on a poor dog who really doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.

July 24, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. - Rabbit Hero Hops to Rescue – a rabbit simply named “Rabbit” was all over the news today touted as a hero in Melbourne, Australia. A beautiful black rabbit saved the lives of an Australian couple from a fire that was burning in their house as they slept according to the Times.  Rabbit awoke his owners by thumping loudly in his cage as smoke poured through the house. The blaze spread fast and destroyed part of the house and roof.  But Rabbit saved the humans (and himself) just in time.  Rabbit is normally allowed to roam the house freely except at night when he is in his cage.  The fire commander said Rabbit had been responsible for rescuing Mr. and Mrs. Finn. "The rabbit saved the couple from injury," he said.  Pictured above are Mrs. Finn and her hero - Rabbit. See CNN video: Bunny saves couple from fire

Lucky Bunnies Hop to a new life in Massachusetts at the Lowell Humane Society.  Some good Samaritans rescued a total of eight rabbits (most New Zealands) at an interstate intersection near Littleton, MA.  They were dumped by three people and six of the rabbits have survived their ordeal.  These stories of rabbit abandonment are heartbreaking, but there are always kind people who hop to help these rabbits.  I read it every day in my research for the Bunny Blog. 

Rabbit Doll - Ted Sato was inspired by the pretty bento box food art on the Bunny Blog Tuesday and sent me this photo of a Usagi-doshi Kokeshi, a year of the rabbit doll he bought for his daughter who was born in 1999.  The dolls are given for birthdays, and other holidays and for good luck in Japan.  The next Year of the Rabbit is in 2011 just two years away.  (Other past rabbit years are: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987)  You can find the Kodeshi Dolls at Japanese Shop online.

It's Just Fine - in the UK a father was fined for kids neglecting pet rabbits – Julian (a bunny lover from London) sent me an article about a fellow who was prosecuted by the RSPCA because his four children neglected their pet bunnies.  The dad said the children “`nagged and nagged' him for pets until he `gave in'.  So he bought Fasty, Bubbles and Squeak and installed them in a wooden rabbit hutch in their garden.  The kids lost interest shortly thereafter.  A neighbor tipped off the RSPCA that one rabbit had died and the others were in dirty hutches and malnourished.  The father said: "I would urge all parents to make sure their children keep on top of their duties. My children nagged and nagged me for pets and I gave in. Then I find myself in court.”  He also paid a fine of 500 pounds. The rabbits were seized and will be adopted out to another home. 

24 Carrot Rabbits – Last month the ASPCA released their list of the cost of caring for various pets.  Keeping rabbits as your companions is more expensive this year.  Dr. Katherine Miller, assistant science advisor for the ASPCA and chief author of this year’s listing, said not everyone is aware of the equipment a rabbit needs, such as a large cage or pen, toys to keep its teeth healthy, a litter box, bedding and abundant hay in addition to other food such as pellets. She said “Rabbit food is a bit more expensive than cat food.” Annual care for a rabbit was estimated at $730 while a cat was $670. Miller stressed that although the figures released are estimates, they are not “guesstimates.” “I think the estimates are very solid this year,” she said. “It is a scientific process.”  Any bunny knows the price of hay has gone up and so have veggies for those of us who feed their bunnies fresh salad.


July 22, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. -    “Hi, bunny, You're Home”  -  There was a great article and video about a new chapter of Rabbit Rescue Started by Patti Brant and Liz Ober in Daytona Beach.  (The original group is based in Gainesville.) They were motivated to help after seeing a growing number of rabbits ending up at the Halifax Humane Society, where they volunteer. A pure white bunny named Snoopy was featured in the article.  It seems “not long ago, Snoopy was anything but pampered and loved. His owners foreclosed on their house and pet. When rescued, Snoopy's nails were 3 inches long and his collar was tightening like a vise around his neck.”   Snoopy was left to die, but now he has a forever home with Liz Ober.  (Snowball with Patti Brant above.)

Kathy Finelli who is the program director for Rabbit Rescue in Gainesville explained the difference in having a rabbit in the home.  Also, there is a great Video about Rabbit Rescue accompanying the article. 

Bunderful 20 Year Celebrations - The House Rabbit Society continues to celebrate their 20th Anniversary with events around the United States.  Several events are listed at their home webpage link above.  Also, while you’re at it see the video made by Rabbit Bites to commemorate the HRS 20th Anniversary and then go read Best Friends wishes House Rabbit Society a Happy 20th Birthday!

 

Hoppy Endings - The Pittsburgh Tribune Review wrote about Wendy Weir who “was scared and confused in her new surroundings. She couldn't find food or shelter. She was dehydrated and sick with diseases from the more than 15 ticks that latched onto her skin.” Wendy is a young Mini Rex rabbit and at the time she was alone and slowly dying in the Greenwood Cemetery in O'Hara. Fortunately, Wendy was rescued by Mary Cvetan founder of the Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club Wendy the rabbit was named after the Weir family, who maintains the cemetery grounds. The Rex rabbit had to have “parts of her thick, jet-black coat of velvety fur shaved to remove the ticks”  But according to Mary, “"She would live on my lap if I let her," She has hopes that when Wendy’s health is back to normal she will find a family and have a permanent indoor home.  I like Mary’s last thought in the article: "There's a lot of houses out there that need bunnies in them." (Mary and Wendy are pictured above.)

Hopping Around the Web Dora-Marie’s Flickr Web Page has the most “hare”larious and sweet video of her female rabbit Noisette who enjoys napping with her male cat Tigger.  See the video at the link above. Crafty Rabbits: I am amazed at some of the creative crafts with rabbit themes at Esty like a  Pink Bunny Mini Clutch Look closely at the design when you visit the website.  That is definitely a rabbit in the pink design.  Are you absolutely knitty about rabbits – it seems Nanette Blanchard is and she has a pattern for Rabbit Finger Puppets on her Knitting in Color Blog She has used this pattern to make puppets for the shelter to sell in their gift shop. See some adorable pet rabbits ready for adoption in Albuquerque, visit her other web site Four Corners Bunnies .

Play with Your Bunny Food  - Hiroko sent this wonderful photo of how she and her friends celebrate usagi (rabbits) in Japan. Not as food, but as foodie art! So get out your kitchen utensils and see if you can recreate this work of art!

April 29, 2008 - 9:45 p.m. - Update on Midwest Rabbit Rescue & Rehome & ZooToo – They deserve big bunny Congratulations for placing sixth in Zootoo's million-dollar shelter makeover contest!  It was a dramatic 11th hour effort and rabbit fans from all over the country supported them.  They had dropped out of the top 20, to 21, but gained close to 900 new members over the final weekend and soared into sixth place.  Midwest Rabbit Rescue & Rehome is the only rescue specifically for rabbits that competed.  They will receive $5,000 for their rescue makeover. The rabbits are the real winners here!   The 20 finalists will be presented at the HSUS's Animal Care Expo in Orlando on May 15th. (Foxy pictured above is one of the rescue's handsome rabbits ready for a new home.)

Poster Rabbits in Singapore – Linda (mom to Muppet the rabbit) from Los Angeles emailed me two posters shown here after her trip to visit a friend in Singapore.  She thought the "shelf rabbit" poster was from a 2006 campaign by the Singapore Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority.  There were several posters made with "shelved" dog, cat, rodents and the one shown below featuring a rabbit.  The other poster showing a child in a bunny suit crying in a hallway is a campaign against abandoning pets.  It’s a pretty powerful message.   A chapter of the House Rabbit Society is located in Singapore and you can visit their website at: Singapore House Rabbit Society  Click on the photos to see larger versions.

And while we're talking about exotic places - Visit the Flickr web page by RosyBunny in Hong Kong.  The photos are fantastic.  RosyBunny is mom to several bunnies and is a member and educator of the House Rabbit Society.  She also authored a Chinese book on rabbit care, "家有寶貝兔", published by Wan Li Book Co.

Pet PhotoApril 28, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. - Rabbits Short on Space -Friends of Rabbits, located in Maryland, D.C., and Northern, VA are in urgent need of fosters! The Montgomery County Humane Society is overwhelmed right now in their small animal room. They are overflowing with guinea pigs and hamsters so the bunnies are being moved to a back room (yikes!). If you can help, call Lori at 301-725-7505.  Or visit the website for more contacts at Friends of Rabbits  That's Bandit above who is just one of many amazing rabbits available for adoption with Friends of Rabbits.

 

 

Bunnies Past Their Prime – I have two bunnies one over 9 and the other 8 years old (see pic) and my sister, Bonnie has two rabbits pushing 10 years old.  Unfortunately, older rabbits are often passed by for adoption.  A story I read about Bongo last week in the Wall Street Journal has a good ending for one senior rabbit. It seems Bongo was in an animal shelter in rural Pennsylvania that reached rabbit overload and after a fight with another rabbit he lost a piece of his ear.  He ended up at the Animal Friends shelter in the Pittsburgh area.  Then a group called the “Red Collar Society” stepped in to help.  It’s a a society for people who adopt older pets, which means dogs more than five years old and cats over six. The article said “rabbits are considered old at three.”  The Red Collar Society appears to be effective since it was formed last April, more than 300 older cats, dogs and rabbits have been adopted from the shelter.

 An older man adopted Bongo who he considers to be a rakish rabbit -- "tough, aggressive and independent, like a one-legged pirate."  The gentleman’s first rabbit passed away and he missed his bunny.

Red Collar members can attend monthly programs on bonding and estate planning.  Bongo’s new human has arranged for Bongo to be taken care of by Animal Friends if the rabbit outlives him.

Rabbits in the Moon:  Rabbits in Asian myths are common particularly in China, Japan and Korea.  The Chinese rabbit moon goddess was mentioned in the conversation between Houston Capcom and Apollo 11 crew just before the first moon landing:

Houston: Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning there's one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit. An ancient legend says a beautiful Chinese girl called Chang-o has been living there for 4000 years. It seems she was banished to the moon because she stole the pill for immortality from her husband. You might also look for her companion, a large Chinese rabbit, who is easy to spot since he is only standing on his hind feet in the shade of a cinnamon tree. The name of the rabbit is not recorded.

Collins: Okay, we'll keep a close eye for the bunny girl.

In 2007, China launched its first lunar probe, named Chang'e 1 (Chinese: 嫦娥一号; pinyin: Cháng'é Yī Hào) in the rabbit goddess's honour.

Bunny Lune is a book I happened upon at the bookstore last week. (Clarion Books) Author Kae Nishimura has written a fanciful book offering beautiful art and an original story.  A big-city rabbit named Bunny Lune wants more than anything to go to the moon. His friend Pyonko has told him about the Japanese tradition that rabbits live there. It's for young children and you can find it online at major book sellers.

 

 

Child’s Play  - Students at a Danville, Indiana Middle School learn about  animal anatomy and behavior, from a language teacher arts who knows his way around pets.  In describing the Dutch bunny visitors that day, the teacher told a group of middle-schoolers: "They've been handled a little, but you have to be careful and always support them. If they get frightened, they'll kick."  It’s all part of an enrichment activities program during a new "flex" period.   Educators hope activities like these engage kids, motivate them to do better, enjoy academics more and help them discover new interests and explore career paths.  (We could certainly use more  Rabbit Rescuers or rabbit veterinarians.)

Blogging about Bunnies -  After my own absence from blogging the last couple of weeks (life got way too busy), I missed my daily rabbit research. Since I started blogging over two years ago, blogs about bunnies have exploded onto the scene especially in the last six months.  I list over 50 blogs about rabbits on my Jump to Links web page and I still can't keep up with all the new rabbit blogs creating lots of bunspace out there.  Here are a few I discovered recently:

The Life and Times of Bunnies – Gus and Betsy make up all the bunderful fun on this blog.  The video from April 28th is cute, but the April 15th blog entry “The Destruction of Betsy” is accompanied by a photo that says it all. 

Ruth over at The Bunny Gardener combines two of my favorite activities, gardening and rabbits.  I love the photos of the garden and her entries like the one on April 14th called “How Much Garden Does It Take To Feed Two Bunnies?!!” 

I also enjoy reading A Houseful of Rabbits which is all about “one house 2 people and 11 rabbits.  I want to know how they find the time to blog. 

April 7, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. - Whimsical Rabbits - who would have thought rabbits live under “marshmallow trees.” Scroll down the page at the following link to see whimsical rabbit paintings by Kristiana Parn.  And, if you have ever wondered how to make a rug in a bunny shape, then go to Bunny Rug on Makezine Blog Plus, the handmade craft website, Etsy.com has several leftover bunnies from Easter like this Handmade Blue Felt Bunny

Good Bunny Book Finds for Kids -  It doesn’t matter what season it is for Anna Dewdney's Nobunny's Perfect dedicated to Beatrice Potter, "who knew bad bunny behavior when she saw it." Three young rabbits "mostly do the things they should," but when sad or mad, they can, in a flash, turn seriously bad. The author seems to adore the "rude rabbits" as well as ones who are "polite and kind and true." (This is a lot like bunny fanatics – guilty here.) Along the same lines is Franny Billingsley’s Big Bad Bunny.  It’s all about Baby Boo-Boo creating the persona of Big Bad Bunny to get some respect from her family.  Clare Turlay Newberry's Marshmallow, is an award winning book from the 1940's and was recently reissued in a revised edition by HarperCollins.  Oliver, a fat, spoiled tabby cat, and Marshmallow, a newly arrived baby rabbit who manages to convince the hoity-toity Oliver that he's really a kitten and well worth adopting. Visit Barnes and Noble online or your local bookstore to find these books.

Speaking of Beatrice Potter, my sister gave me a book for Easter, Beatrix Potter: A Journal (thank you Bonnie).  This lavish, illustrated journal describes Beatrix Potter’s life as a young woman in Victorian England as she struggled to achieve independence and to find artistic success. Using commentary taken from Beatrix’s own diaries, the journal features watercolor paintings, sketches, photographs, letters and period memorabilia to recreate the world in which she lived.

 

All Ears - My lop rabbit, Mr. Bumble, developed an ear infection a month ago without overt symptoms.  He was sneezing a little which prompted me to take him to the vet. Both Bumble and I are lucky since this is his first ear infection at the ripe old age of 9 ½ years. (His lungs were clear). All breeds of lop rabbits are prone to chronic ear infections.  Their ear canals can be very narrow and deformed.  The floppy ears covering the ear canal make a great environment for bacteria to multiple.  Any excess wax debris gets lodged in the ear and it’s an infection just waiting to happen.  Mr. Bumble’s ear cleaning scheduled has been stepped up to once a week now that he has recovered from the infection.  If you have a lop breed of rabbit, please check their ears weekly and ask your vet how to clean their ears.  Pictured above is a beautiful English Lop I found sitting regally in the “Bunny Building” at a county fair last year.

The Bunny Rescue of Nashville, Tennessee was featured in The Daily Herald newspaper.  Laurie Montgomery was interviewed for the article.  “Montgomery said educating owners is Bunny Rescue's primary goal. "Every time I get a call from an owner wanting to dump the rabbit here, I try to talk them out of it," she said. "Most of the problems they have can be solved with a 10-minute conversation."  Bunny Rescue takes in rabbits from across Middle Tennessee, including the Maury County Animal Shelter, where they're often taken after being abandoned in outdoors.  Visit their website above to see all the good work they do for rabbits.  Visit their adoptables web page to view photos of all their wonderful rabbits like Vivian pictured above.

After Easter Rabbit Care – There have been several articles in newspapers online since Easter about how to take care of that new “Easter Bunny.”  The Sacramento Bee published a long and detailed article in their newspaper covering most of the important issues of proper care from diet to housing.  They also gave the House Rabbit Society (www.rabbit.org) a well deserved compliment when they said it is the best site on the internet for pet rabbit information.  Hopperhome agrees.  I refer people who email me for in depth pet bunny information to the HRS website all the time. They have a truly comprehensive bunny “knowledge base" online thanks to their founders and hundreds of volunteers.

Acts of Kindness in Scotland - some very kind people rescued a dumped pet bunny in the UK recently found in rubbish and trash bins.  The rabbit was abandoned in a white and blue bag with a bag of food.  The little rabbit (pictured above on the right) was taken to Inverclyde Animal Rescue in Scotland near where it was found.  As the animal rescue representative said “She is only about 14 weeks old and is a lovely wee thing.”  Indeed, she is.

Pipsqueak Rabbit Ancestor – If you haven’t heard, archeologists discovered the tiny bones of a 53 million-year-old hamster-size bunny ancestor.  The ankle bone, top, and heel bone of the oldest found rabbit relative have features that resemble modern-day bunnies and allow them to hop. This amazing find was discovered in a coal mine in Gujarat, in west-central India. It sounds like this half pound ancient ancestor was a lot like pikas who are hamster-sized rabbit cousins. But Pikas don’t actually hop and so he was more rabbit, and quite a hopper.  The bones were found embedded in material deposited in land once covered with swamps and bays, suggesting the rabbit was a near shore dweller (in other words, the first beach bunny).  

 

Bunny Blog will be updated Monday evening, April 7th because of website maintenance due to technical issues.  I do all my own website maintenance and sometimes the problems multiply like rabbits.

 

March 26, 2008 - 10:00 p.m. - Bunnies Survive a Close Call - Two beautiful pet rabbits from Auckland, NZ survived a close shave when their outdoor hutch was set on fire.  The family discovered newspaper ashes and burn marks around their rabbit hutch on the day after Easter. The rabbits, Bert and Snowy, were unharmed, but Bert’s whiskers were singed.  The family is very upset since it would have been their 11 year old daughter who would have found her rabbits destroyed had the hutch actually caught fire.  This isn’t the first time the family say there has been an intrusion.  A few months ago they found the hutch open and Snowy and Bert running around the yard.  Time to make those rabbits house rabbits!  (Snowy pictured above.)

 

Hopping  to a Different Drummer – Last week among the articles on the perils of buying a live Easter rabbit on impulse, the Akron Beacon Journal did a terrific profile on a house rabbit living with a couple in their apartment.  The Schwietzers adopted Matilda from the Columbus House Rabbit Society about a year ago.  The article made the point that rabbits are not cats and dogs and their owners must be properly equipped and prepared to meet their needs including finding a rabbit vet, feeding the rabbit properly, and learning rabbit psychology.   

"She's been such a joy in our lives," said Susan Schwietzer. "Rabbits do so many different things all the time. She's our baby. ... Just looking at her cheers me up."   The Schwietzers gave the reporter a tour of their living room: Not an electric cord in sight. Matilda is not "spoiled"; she's "indulged," said Ryan Schwietzer. Once you scratch the surface, rabbit fever goes deep, say the Schweitzers. 

Make Mine Earl Grey - I love this photo of “Earl Grey” being tempted with  a piece of lettuce last week at the Northeastern Satellite of the Colorado House Rabbit Society in Greeley. The Rabbit Resource Center has five rabbits for adoption, and also has supplies and provides education about rabbits. The Greely Tribune wrote a nice piece on the chapter and their resource center manager, Debby Schmidt.  (That is a very intent lagomorph.) 

 And speaking of lettuce . . .  

 

 

Lettuce All Visit  Brooklyn Bunny They sell several imaginative products on their website with the proceeds benefiting very worthwhile causes.  I had a good laugh over the Brooklyn Bunny Lettuce Home Perfume Spray.  They approached a Brooklyn-based perfumer, Christopher Brosius about designing a custom room spray for their pet project, and he said, "What about lettuce?" Wow! They did it – you can buy the Lettuce Room Spray which they describe as a light and sweet scent as if you were cracking a head of crisp, fresh lettuce in your hands (supplies are limited). This water-based room spray can also be worn as perfume! My two male rabbits are already enamored with me so I doubt I will go that route.  But, I’m thinking it might come in handy to freshen the room when one of my geriatric rabbits forgets to eat his cecotrophes!

 

 

 

 

Biggest Bunny - I want to know who goes around measuring big rabbits so once a year they can proclaim someone has the biggest rabbit in the universe. It's bizarre.  Anyway, I digress . . Amy, a Continental Giant breed rabbit, is 4 ft. long and 3 stone (around 35 lbs.)  Her bonded mate is Roberto who previously held the heavyweight title. Last year their owner had the big bunnies "marry" in a ceremony probably only enjoyed by humans.

I actually agree with a Continental Giant breeder who said in the Daily Mail newspaper, "It's a load of rubbish."  He and his wife, Sue, bred 28 lb. Dancer - also once said to be the biggest rabbit in the world, but Wayne says that anything heavier is not naturally big, but simply an obese pet.  "it's probably just a big, fat rabbit.  If so, it would be cruel.  Like anything, when you're overweight it causes problems," he says. Another article noted that Amy is fed “two apples, a handful of carrots, half a cabbage, fresh hay, and a dog-sized dish of rabbit mix every day.  Of course, Amy and Roberto have been busily breeding at their home in Worcester (UK), and their owner is confident that one of their 32 offspring will turn out even larger. It is interesting to note that the Guinness Book of Records no longer logs amazing animals because owners were force-feeding their large pets to obesity.

Hopping Mad About Hairless Rabbits -  A professor of animal and wildlife science and director of the Texas A&M’s Rabbit Research Program, is now breeding furless rabbits so they can provide “a solid and sustainable food source for developing nations in warm, tropical climates where other rabbits would have difficulty surviving.”
Underestimating the capacity of humans to have compassion for animals under any circumstance, there is another purpose behind the rabbit’s unnatural appearance according to Professor Lukefahr.  Quoting his statement in the newspaper article: "Many Americans get all emotional about when it comes to eating cute, cuddly rabbits," he said. "They've got a face only a mother could love."
The professor has apparently never met a rabbit lover before. (He probably has never heard of Sphynx cats who are hairless and adored by cat lovers or the Mexican Hairless or Chinese Crested dogs.) Appearance is inconsequential. In my opinion, there are many, many things fundamentally wrong with the entire program of even breeding these rabbits.

Japanese Rabbit Cozy - a Bunny Blog reader, Joann, sent this photo of two rabbits relaxing in their very cute home in Japan.  She made one for her own rabbits in an afternoon on her sewing machine and reports that her rabbits shredded it in record time.  Joann said she had less mess since she skipped putting shag carpet under her version.  She also wanted to know why Japanese rabbits are so well-behaved.


 

March 19, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. Easter Weekend at the Burrow! Kim Scharf over at the Bunny Bunch SPCR in Montclair, California asked me to be sure to mention this event.  Anyone thinking about getting a rabbit for Easter and who happens to live near Montclair in Southern California should hop over this weekend, March 22nd & 23rd from Noon to 4:00 p.m. They will be happy to explain proper rabbit care, offer refreshments and do free nail trims.  They will also have free Chocolate Easter Rabbits while supplies last.  Easter is also the debut of "Photos with Rabbits" – they will set-up a holiday themed booth for rabbits (chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats, etc.) to have their own photo shoot.  100% of the $10.00 donation for a photo will help them to keep rescuing rabbits.  Visit their link above for more information!  (Sesame is pictured above - just one of many, many  Bunny Bunch rabbits.

Midwest Rabbit Rescue and Rehome are in the www.ZooToo.com competition for a shelter makeover. The contest ends at the end of this month and they still need help to stay in the place to win at least a $5000 prize for their rabbits. Go to Midwest RR&R link above to get information on registering with ZooToo .  They started this in October and have steadily climbed up the list.  It would be great to have a rabbit rescue become a winner.

 

 

Tsai-fi Dust Bunnies, my sister Bonnie found these online. They look like very fat, round cuddly plush rabbits with a lot of personality.  The Dust Bunnies come in several styles and colors. The artist  designs her creations from vector drawings.  This one is called "Rosey Posey."

 

 

European Rabbit – A doe and her kit enjoy a quiet moment in the photo below. This photo was emailed from an anonymous rabbit fan.  A wild rabbit who was the precursor to all the domesticated breeds.

March 18, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. - Baker Raises Dough to Save Rabbits – The Great Harvest Bread Co. located in Shorewood, Il (near Joliet) offers “honey bunnies” as a healthy whole grain alternative to live pet rabbits.  Matthew Simpson of Great Harvest Bread Co. is partnering with the Will County Humane Society for Easter. The store will donate $2 of every honey bunny loaf sold to the humane society. The bread company averages 500-700 loaves of bunny bread sold during Easter.  As Simpson said, “The kids can have a bunny, but it won’t be sent to the humane society afterward.” For more information on the store go to Great Harvest Bread Company  The bunny loaf is shown above.

A Rabbit Round-up in Kelowna, Canada was a kinder option rather than a cull some people are proposing to deal with the “rabbit problem.”  The Responsible Animal Care Society was out wrangling feral rabbits this past weekend hoping to save them from a cull.  They managed to capture 25 and those rabbits are on their way to being neutered or spayed. Several third graders lobbied a council member to find an alternative to a cull. "They asked what rabbits had ever done to me and that was it.”  As a result the council agreed to give the rabbit wranglers a chance to promote a more humane solution of catching and neutering the rabbits and offering them for adoption.

Kelowna is not the only Canadian city to be hit by a rabbit population explosion and controversy over how to rid towns of feral rabbits. In the suburb of Richmond parks are teeming with rabbits and animal rescue groups are pleading with residents to leave bunnies in the pet store this Easter.  They say if you go to Minoru Park it is possible to see a 100 rabbits within a few minutes.  That’s because it is estimated 1,000 feral domesticated rabbits live there.  See one of the rabbit residents pictured on the right. He is certainly someone’s adorable ex-pet.


Helsinki’s Long “Hares” – Urban feral rabbits are becoming a much bigger issue due to a mild winter in normally cold countries like Finland. This coming summer all previous population records are expected to be shattered. According to estimates there are up to five thousand feral and wild rabbits living in Helsinki. The rabbits have good taste in music since the National Opera lawn is their favorite spot.

March 17, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I located a media file of an old Irish music box jig called Rabbit in the Field (sheet music for you musicians).  Play the file while you visit Irish Baby Hare Cam The webcam shows a pen of leverets (baby hares) located in a rearing facility in the Sperrin region of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The facility is specifically for Irish hares. The orphaned leverets arrive from all over Ireland to raise, rehabilitate and release. The Irish Hare Initiative is an independent not-for-profit group working for the conservation and protection of Irish hares.  (Photo above is a Wendy Walsh Irish Hare Watercolor. Click on photo to see larger version.)

Make Mine Chocolate!  Yes, you can have a chocolate bunny or give one as a gift this year and make it Dairy-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free or Food Allergy Free! Try these chocolate makers online for some guilt-free nibbling.   Okay, they are Not calorie-free.  

Amanda’s Own Easter and Passover Chocolates
Divvies Chocolate Bunny 

Chocolate Emporium Chocolate Bunny Assortment
Sweet Earth Foil Wrapped Easter Bunnies
Indulge in Chocolate Vegan Chocolate Easter Bunny

Pre-Easter Rescues – The first was located in Botetourt County (Virginia) where Animal Control officers seized dozens of sick rabbits from an 81-year-old man with a history of animal abuse.  The rabbits were mite infected and if they hadn’t been removed, they could have ended up as Easter gifts in a flea market.  Channel WSLS ran a story Sick Bunnies Find New Home showing the rabbits in a new and safe environment.  The Angels of Assisi loaded up a van at the SPCA on Thursday and took them to Harmony Farm nearby.  They have their hands full with baby bunnies and newborn kits and they expect more are on the way.  The rabbits are recovering from the mite infestation and doing much better.  These are 43 rabbits that won’t be ready for Easter!  But in a few weeks they will be tested again and ready for adoption. See the 90 acre Harmony Farm Sanctuary at the link.

In another large rescue more than 300 rabbits were rescued from "deplorable conditions" at a rabbit meat farm in Simcoe County, Ontario.  The local newspaper reported the OSPCA are still investigating and their shelter was hopping with rabbits.  According to the newspaper, “most of the animals were female and many of them were already pregnant, even though they were nursing litters.”  The conditions were considered "filthy" and many rabbits were sick. The good news is that several area shelters joined in the effort and foster homes were also enlisted to take in rabbits. (Alisa Sears, manager of the Barrie OSPCA, cuddles one of the 300 rescued bunnies above.) 

Last year it was Paris . . . Paris Hilton bought a pair of bunnies for Easter a year ago and this year it is Miley Cyrus.  Several teen gossip websites reported last Sunday Miley Cyrus spent time with her family in Los Angeles where she stopped by a pet store after attending church.  She bought a rabbit she named Jack. While I can appreciate her desire to have a rabbit, her style and behavior is copied by thousands of pre-teen and teenage girls.  I’m hoping this is one time she doesn’t start a trend especially during the week before Easter. 

Shooting with a Camera –  Recently a crew of filmmakers were on campus shooting rabbits with a high-definition camera. The crew is filming a documentary for Animal Planet Canada and the Discovery Channel HD about resourceful domesticated animals running wild in unlikely places.  They hope to make the film into a 12-part series. According to the recent article in the Times Colonist, the “documentary was inspired by a trip Erin Skillen took to Pompeii with her husband in 2005.”  She began researching the phenomenon of domesticated animals living as feral animals and in danger of elimination by humans who regard them as pests. (The newspaper in Victoria noted the culling of university rabbits last year as part of an article on the rabbits.) As a passionate animal lover, Skillen was unsettled by injured rabbits in the University of Victoria’s feral rabbit population during filming.

March 12, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. - Unbunlievable! - Newspapers in Portland, Maine reported that a local teenager was charged with stealing a pet bunny and trying to extort money from the 16 year old bunny owner.  The 17 year old broke into the other teenager’s apartment and stole a gray dwarf rabbit.  He then called the other boy and demanded payment of a $100 or else the rabbit would be hurt.  Fortunately, the local police say the rabbit was recovered “in good condition.”  The thief could take a lesson from the young man in England I wrote about on Tuesday who cares for 90 animals.

Rabbitats for Humanity Since rabbits are my “Maine” subject tonight, I wanted to share the link  above for a rabbit sanctuary located on the South Bristol pennisula of mid-coast Maine.  is a labor of love founded and maintained by Quan Myers. A non-profit organization since 2006, it has become home for more than 100 rabbits.  Read some of their stories here.  You can also read how and why Quan started Rabbitats for Humanity. As is the case with many of us who rescue rabbits, it just takes one rabbit and Quan’s was Harvey.  Best Bunny Wishes to Quan for helping rabbits!

 

 

 

On the Wild Side:  The sight of brown hares "boxing" is one of the most arresting spectacles of the countryside in the fields of lowland Britain. But the behavior that gave rise to the legend of "mad March hares" is likely to become a less common sight in the future. Conservationists believe because of a change in European Union rules about how farms are managed, the animals may start to decline after a program is abolished that paid farmers to leave some of their land uncultivated.  The program dates back 20 years and left 8 percent of Britain's arable land as scruffy, weedy sanctuary benefiting hares and other farmland wildlife. Conservation groups are urging the government to initiate new programs to help farmers and wildlife.

Hare boxing is not two males fighting over a female, as is often assumed, it is a female repelling the premature advances of a male.

March 10, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. - It Started with Jessica Rabbit An article caught my attention from the Leicester Mercury in the UK  about a young man who took home his first abandoned rabbit (Jessica) when he was only ten years old. Five years later he is caring for more than 90 unwanted pets at any one time.  He spends about six hours a day at it before and after school.  Word got out about James and people started dropping off their unwanted pets.  He now cares for 29 rabbits, 22 guinea pigs, six cats, six dogs, four cockerels and eight hamsters.  James says that a lot of the animals are from “unwanted litters.” His parents don’t need to help since he takes full responsibility for his rabbits and other animals. He earns the money to care for the animals himself, but it is expensive.  His mother, Helen, said: "He loves his animals. I just wish we hadn't got so many.”  

Rabbits Dig a Manor House – Speaking of the United Kingdom . . . Jim and Wendy just got back from a trip there and emailed Hopperhome about some rabbits who helped dig up the remains of a manor house dated back to the 13th century. The couple heard the story from locals and decided to investigate.  The house is located near Leamington and the bulldozer bunnies unearthed a large ornate window about six years ago.  It was a breakthrough for archeologists who had been searching the area for 10 years previously.  The dig site was once the location of a moated manor house torn down in the 15th century.  The window became part of the rabbit warren.  The rabbits were discriminating, though; they kicked out much of the glass from their burrow.

Blog Find - On your next coffee break, surf over to the Friendly Farms Blog to see stories of rescue, adoption and fun bunny business as it unfolds at Friendly Farms.  To the left is a photo of a beautiful trio - Spot, Freddie, and their mom, Sara. They are happy to be rescued rabbits. It seems Sarah was a pregnant teenager when she was abandoned outside in the winter of 2000. Fortunately, she found her way to Friendly Farms, where she had her babies in safety. They are permanent residents now.  Friendly Farms Is located in the Monterey County, California area. They are a foster home and sanctuary dedicated to assisting in the placement and protection of rabbits at risk of euthanasia because of overcrowding at local animal shelters.

Busy Bunnies - I took a few minutes out from shopping to look over the spring books for kids in the store tonight.  One in particular caught my attention.  All of the photos in the book were of real rabbits demonstrating normal rabbit behavior.  No costumes, no funny backgrounds - just rabbits being rabbits and easy for young children to understand.  Visit the link above at Barnes and Noble.  (Hopperhome doesn't belong to any affiliate programs.)  I give this book two paws up.

March 9, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. - 2008 Run for the Buns Benefit will be held on Saturday, March 22nd, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  This event supports the Sacramento House Rabbit Society.  They are in their tenth year of rescue, adoption and outreach programs.  See the flyer here: Download an information & registration flyer here. 

Attila the Bun - Two weeks ago I received an email from Marcella in Florida who received a “Christmas present” in the form of a cute little dwarf rabbit. Just a few months later her rabbit took on the personality of “Attila the Bun” and needed a trip to the vet for neutering.  Marcella was very reluctant to take her rabbit in for the surgery since she heard “rabbits are fragile” and many do not survive anesthesia. 

 

Before there were enough rabbit savvy vets educated in rabbit surgical techniques, it was a risk.  However, I reassured her with the list of veterinarians I sent her, her bunny would be in good hands.  Plus, I emailed her  the following link to a detailed article by Susan Brown, DVM in her Small Mammal Health Series:  Taking the Fear out of Rabbit Anesthesia.  Yesterday I received another email and her rabbit is now a week out from his neuter surgery and doing very well.  He has started to calm down and is back to giving her nose kisses.  Plus, he may get a partner soon who will go in for her own spay surgery. Hip Hop Hurray!  (The Attila the Bun print is available from Will Bullas Studio)

Uptown Rabbit Gifts - Every year I think it is interesting to see what extravagant rabbit themed presents are available at the pricier retailers – like Neiman Marcus, for instance.  This year they have some downright almost affordable offerings like the Neiman-Marcus Bunny Paper Towel Holder, or an amazing (and yummy) Bunny Chocolate House for $47.00 with a one year shelf life and a bewhiskered rabbit poking his head out the window.  A notch up or two in price is a very pretty Basil Bunny Box for around $160.00. It’s the hand-set multicolor Swarovski® crystals in the dewlap that probably bump this over the hundred dollar range.  One of the more expensive items is the Buster Bunny Figurine at $595.00.  If you have this much cash to drop, send it to a rabbit rescue instead please! 

Make Mine an Easter Chocolate Cake – Wow!  The folks in Chicago are lucky because The Bleeding Heart Bakery has beautiful rabbit cakes available by custom order only.  See an example of one of their cake rabbits pictured on the right.  If you live in the windy city, inquire @ 773.327.6934 - To learn more about the Make Mine Chocolate! campaign, please visit the link.

 

 

 

 

Yakkity Yak About Rabbits - There was a terrific article (and video) for kids and adults in the Detroit Free Press.  Yak is a mascot for Yak’s Corner -News for Kids in the Detroit Free Press and he visited the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary, a Michigan Rabbit Rescue  a while back.  He fed the rabbits treats and visited their bunny hospital.  It is all recorded in a video and in pictures.  Visit the Yak’s Corner link above to see the article and view the video. Pictured above is Gabe. The story of his transformation is at the link. 

 

March 8, 2008 - 3:00 p.m. - San DiegO HRS Bunnies on YouTube! -  The San Diego HRS has branched out onto YouTube with fun  videos of their adoptable rabbits.  I watched them all and they are bunnerific stars!  Check back often - they add more rabbits everyday!  Visit San Diego HRS on You Tube 

Crisis at San Gabriel Valley Humane Society – Eight rabbits were dumped at the shelter last week with not nearly enough large hutches to keep them.  They are out of space! If they do not get some rabbits out soon, they will be in grave danger... contact Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue and help save some bunny lives. According to their website, they will spay/neuter the rabbits and most are great with their litter boxes.  If you can’t take a rabbit into a permanent home, fostering is an option.

You might enjoy the experience of fostering a doe with her kits.  That’s Momma Bunny pictured above (check out those big ears).  She was dumped at the shelter with 6 babies, around 3 to 4 months of age. A few days later, Momma gave birth to another litter. So they have those adorable babies to care for, too. The shelter is not able to deal with a family or a nursing mom. If you can take this family of bunnies in for a few months, the kits will have a much better chance at survival. Email: alex@mybunny.org if you can help. 

March 7, 2008 - 10:00 p.m. - Rabbit Education Seminar - Sweet Binks in Rhode Island will host a rabbit education seminar on March 22nd from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the RISPCA.  This is a perfect event for those considering adoption or who have a rabbit and want to learn about proper rabbit diet, health, housing, behavior, litter box training and much more. Event is free but donations gratefully accepted. For more info see the Sweet Binks link above.

Home Sweet Bunny Home - Low Country Bunny House Rabbit Society in Charleston, SC has instructions to build your rabbit a roomy new rabbit house that is easily customizable for different size areas of your home. An example is on the left and see more at their link: Build a rabbit home.  However if you live in the Charleston area and you’re not very handy, they can build one for you (charges vary by size).

 

Easter Rabbit Media Campaign – Here is a sampling of just a few of the articles that are being published around the country (and the world) about the folly of buying a rabbit on impulse at Easter: (some articles maybe archived and no longer available depending upon the newspaper’s policies)

Easter bunnies need care after holiday ends - Anderson Independent Mail, SC 

Cute Bunny, Big Responsibility  - Alameda Sun, CA 

Cute? Sure, but think twice before buying a real Easter bunny -

The Canadian Press 

No Rabbits for Easter, Please - OpEdNews, PA 

Public urged to think first before buying an Easter pet - Evening Leader, UK 

Can you give these bunnies a home? - Coleraine Today, UK 

Cast-off bunnies - Vancouver Province, Canada -

If you want an Easter bunny, give thought to adopting ...

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA

February 28, 2008 - 8:30 p.m. - Million Dollar Mission!  - There are a bunch of rabbit lovers from all over the US trying to win a shelter makeover for Midwest Rabbit Rescue & Re-Home by writing product reviews for a new web site called Zoo Too. Ray Milkey from Rabbit Haven in Scotts Valley, CA emailed me about this effort.  The top 20 shelters get to compete for a $1 Million donation for a shelter makeover. 

Midwest Rabbit Rescue is the sole rabbits only shelter competing for the prize. They are ranked number 10 right now which means they are really in the running for the big prize.  But as Ray said, “the 19 runners up will receive $5,000, which isn't too shabby either.” I’m going to Zoo Too after I finish the blog tonight and sign up.  If you want to help, you can go to www.zootoo.com.   If you want more info you can also visit Midwest Rabbit Rescue & Re-Home

Hops for Hope:  If you live near Ypsilanti, Michigan (30 miles from Detroit and close to Ann Arbor) join the Midwest Rabbit Rescue for a benefit on Saturday afternoon, March 22nd at the Corner Brewery.   This event features the www.makeminechocolate.org campaign.  There will be lots of chocolate to try, a beer tasting, and a vegetarian buffet.  Limited advance tickets – so go to Midwest Rabbit Rescue & Re-Home to learn more about this to benefit the 300+ rabbits they rescue each year.

Wild Bunny Kiss - Erin from County Mayo in Ireland sent me this photo of South African native Noeline Haylett who divides her time between work, caring for injured animals and raising money to help a community in Ghana. She founded the Mayo Animal Welfare in 1994, and now takes in injured wildlife from every corner of Ireland.  She is pictured here nose to nose with an recovering wild European rabbit. 

 Bronze Bunnies - Steve Worthington makes bronze animal sculptures.  He videotaped a wild rabbit lounging on a lawn and made prints of freeze frames to work from. You can see the entire process in pictures showing how he creates his bronze sculptures of rabbits at Steve Worthington Art 

 

 

 

Usagi (rabbit) Habitat - Chizuko from Japan read the blog about pet rabbits being walked on leashes in Japan.  She sent a photo to share of her rabbit's home in her small apartment near Tokyo.  Click on  the photo to see a larger version.  The bunny has free reign of her studio in the evenings.  The pen makes my x-pens look pretty drab and she even has a wood litter box.

 

 

February 26, 2008 - Latvian Lagomorph Passes - Leonardo da Vinci, (Lisis for short) was the pet rabbit of Latvian President Valdis Zatlers. The "First Bunny" passed away last week.   Several news media picked up the story as “weird news.”  Anyone who has experienced the loss of a beloved bunny wouldn’t find this “odd news.”  I’m sure the Latvian President and his family will miss their pet of five years. The photo above shows the President with his rabbit.  He felt Lisis may have died from stress since the bunny did not adjust to the move to Riga Castle in the capital where he had free run. The Zatlers family originally thought Lisis was a female and called him Mona Lisa, before discovering their mistake and renaming him.

 

Make Mine Chocolate

is easy to do in 2008!  Last year this time I blogged about all the chocolate alternatives to a live pet rabbit in the spirit of the Make Mine Chocolate campaign.  This year the same chocolate makers have fabulous offerings, but I’m adding a new one to the list.

Up in New England there is a gourmet chocolate company, L.A. Burdick’s Chocolate  that makes a spring time egg hunt (see pic above) with chocolate bunnies.  It can be used as a centerpiece and then dig in afterwards.

Vosges Chocolates – Solid chocolate bunnies with exotic flavors like the one called Red Fire Easter Bunny with Mexican ancho & chipotle chilies plus Ceylon cinnamon in dark chocolate.

Harbor Sweets – they carry Robert L. Strohecker rabbit assortment, but also some great rabbit themed tins. (See tins shown on the right.)

Jacques Torres Chocolate – Smiling bunnies in dark or milk chocolate.

Moonstruck Chocolate Company - Milk chocolate “calico floppy eared” bunnies in two sizes.

Christopher Norman Chocolates – Retro Racer bunny - Hand painted molded chocolate hollow bunny sitting in a woven convertible.

Martine’s Chocolates – a good variety of chocolate rabbits including Bugs Bunny and a Bunny with a marzipan carrot.

Lake Champlain Chocolates -  for a big Chocolate rabbit at 16-1/2" tall and weighing 3 pounds there is “Mr. Goodtime Bunny”

Bunny Girl - a young woman has garnered a following while walking her bunnies on her college campus according to the Daily Texan.  They call her “Bunny Girl” or “Rabbit Girl.” Her rabbits, Eris and Darle, let her know they want to go for their walk by running circles around her in her apartment. There's even a FaceBook group dedicated to sightings of her. As a freshman, she originally walked her bunnies as a source of comfort on the large campus. She explains that she now walks the bunnies for others, for the joy that it brings them.

In Japan this isn’t so unusual since many bunny lovers routinely put their bunnies on a harness completely decked out in a “costume” for walks.  The following link is in Japanese, but it shows several rabbits in their fancy harness attire on walks. Usagi in Japan The little lop on the right looks like he wants to say “get me off this leash and just let me go dig a hole wearing my own fur coat.”  Well, the rabbits do look pampered even if I prefer them in their natural state.

Foster Rabbit On the Early Show (CBS) they featured a story on “Foster Parents for Pets” and how it is catching on.  A foster family for animals in Burr Ridge, Illinois was profiled with their foster pets including three dogs, two horses, two cats and a momma rabbit and her baby.  See picture above of one of the rabbits.  It seems fostering animals has seen a surge since Hurricane Katrina when many Americans took in pets of homeless victims.  The trend isn’t fading. 

Saving Abandoned Rabbits in Michigan - Two women in Michigan have braved cold temperatures to walk along roads looking for rabbit tracks. They weren't hunting. They are searching for signs of rabbits that had been left along the road. Several rabbits were spotted wandering along the side of the road recently.  Two males, both Jersey Woolies, were saved and one was a baby only four weeks old.  Another was found the next morning with obvious signs it had been attacked by a predator.  It didn’t survive.  The rabbits had identification markings on their ears associated with show rabbits. Cascades Humane Society stopped accepting rabbits about a year ago. 

Bunny Blog will be updated on Tuesday night, February 26th. A white bunny (who shall remain nameless since he's so embarrassed) made a rather large mess this evening involving several primrose plants that were waiting by the backdoor to be planted.  The rabbit wasn't white anymore and neither was a large section of the carpet which put the Bunny Blog off schedule.

February 20, 2008 - 7:50 p.m. - Make Mine Chocolate Campaign 2008™ – is hopping along since the Easter holiday arrives early this year on March 23rd. 

This year their raffle painting is "Across the Universe," from artist, Joseph Larkin, and is pictured above. You can purchase raffle tickets for this stunning 8” x 18” painting at the link. Be sure to visit their Cafe Press store; and check out the “Make Mine Chocolate! ™” pins.  

Dutch Bunnies - I recently discovered a new type of Dutch Bunny and it’s not a new breed.  Tiny Dodo is a Dutch online store that sells well-designed products primarily for children.  For instance, the Dorst Ontwerp Hanging Rabbit.  I’m not sure what to do with them, but they are kind of cute and they can hang from tables, crib side, etc.  (maybe, even from the side of a bunny condo).  Tiny Dodo also carries other handcrafted Dutch products in rabbit designs like their very functional knitted Tea Cozy and Egg Cozy.  If you visit the website, be sure to click on US currency on the left side of the page since prices are displayed in Euros.

Politics & Rabbits - In Curry County Oregon District Attorney Everett Dial is running for re-election to the non partisan position.  He is also a rabbit fan.  Two thirds into an article about Dial in the Curry Coastal Pilot, the discussion turned away from crime and law in Curry County. Instead, Dial discussed life with his house rabbit.

Dial and his wife live with their pet rabbit, Nigel, a large black and white French Lop. According to Dial, "He follows us around the house and gets rather bossy sometimes. He won't let us put anything on his chair." It seems Nigel has his own chair and ottoman, in different rooms. "He's somewhat petulant," Dial said. "He's not allowed in the room with the washing machine and dryer. He'll get in when he can, then bang his foot on the dryer to let us know he got in."

February 19, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. -  "I never met a pet I didn't like," artist Andy Warhol once wrote. Portraits of a rabbit, a cat and a dog from Animal Friends (located in Ohio Township close to Pittsburgh)  were painted in Warhol style for The Warhol Museum's "Canis Major" exhibition. The dog and the cat have been adopted. And, I’m hoping, Evelyn, the rabbit (pictured on the left) will get her 15 minutes of fame (something Warhol predicted) and find a home, too. Anyone interested in adopting a pet from Animal Friends can call 412-847-7002 or visit their website at the link above.   Warhol loved animals and this Inspired the "Canis Major" exhibition featuring photographs, paintings, screen prints, drawings and videos of animals, including his own pets. 

Bowling for Bunnies – If you live near Plymouth, Michigan, you can have fun and support the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary  Saturday, February 23rd –  advance ticket sales only and go to the link above or call email tim@rabbitsanctuary.org for more information.

 

 

Cards for Bunny Lovers - Those creative people up north have created some bunderful cards and postcards to support their rescue efforts with SARS BC (Small Animal Rescue Society, BC)  The photos depict rescued rabbits and several other types of small animals in natural poses.  Their rescue stories are printed on the back of the cards which makes them more personal. As much as I love the rabbits, there was a chinchilla named Maggie who caught my attention and a teddy bear hamster called Jean Grey who qualifies for cute overload, too.  (Pictured: “To My Hunny Bunny” card) Go see them all for yourself at SARS BC Cards


February 18, 2008 - 3:30 p.m. -  - The House Rabbit Society certainly has something to celebrate in 2008 - their 20th Anniversary.  Started in1988 by Marinell and Bob Harriman and a few other rabbit fans, the House Rabbit Society has grown from a small group of San Francisco Bay Area volunteers to a network of thousands of members and hundreds of volunteers across the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia.  With this amazing network of dedicated volunteers, the HRS has compiled the most comprehensive website on rabbits on the internet, published a highly regarded journal, educated thousands of people over the last twenty years, and most importantly rescued 20,000 rabbits over the years. To see where and when House Rabbit Society chapters will be holding special events around the country in 2008 visit their website at www.rabbit.org.  Also, they have Commemorative items available for sale at CafePress. 
 
 
Bunnies Mean Business for MS Office 2007 – Bunny Lover, comedienne, writer and actress Amy Sedaris created a short spot for the Office Online promotional campaign.  It’s called Rabbit Rescue and features Amy plus her bunny Dusty (shown on right) and friends. See Video Here on YouTube

In Microsoft’s Q&A with Amy she says this about her fluffy co-stars:

Office Online: OK, first off: how do bunnies compare with your other co-stars of the past?  

Amy Sedaris: I've worked with a lot of actors with bigger teeth, larger ears, and bushier white tails.

February 17, 2008 - 9:30 p.m. -I like the theme the Humane Society of the United States chose to publicize the 14th Annual Spay Day USA this February 26th.  They say “It’s not just rabbits who multiply like rabbits!”  That’s certainly true, and I’m all for neutering and spaying cats, dogs AND rabbits!  There are several events and activities take place throughout this month.  To learn more and How to Participate in Spay Day USA 2008 click on the link - Spay Day USA 2008

It’s Open House to Find "Somebunny To Love" - Leesburg Today reported that The Loudoun County Department of Animal Care and Control has teamed up with RabbitWise, for Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month. During the month of February, all rabbit adopters will receive free spay or neuter services for their new pet, a free "Bunny Fun Pack," which includes toys and treats and a complimentary personal consultation with a RabbitWise expert who will answer any rabbit-related questions.

If you live near Waterford, VA (Leesburg area) be sure to stop by the shelter for the "Somebunny To Love" open house on Saturday, February 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  RabbitWise representatives will show rabbits available for adoption and answer questions about their care. Visitors will also learn how to build a low-cost rabbit habitat. For more information and pictures of available rabbits go to:  www.loudoun.gov/animals.  To learn more about RabbitWise, visit www.rabbitwise.org

Think twice about live bunnies - Cristina Popa wrote in the Summerville Charlotte Observer about the upcoming Easter season when kids start demanding bunnies and most often the live type.  She gave a realistic picture of what it takes to take care of “Mr. Bunny.”  Easter is coming up soon this year – March 23rd.  There will more on that in the Bunny Blog in the coming days.  By the way, the photo is of “Taffy,” a rabbit rescued from outside Atlanta.  She is waiting inside the Citadel Mall while a rabbit condo is constructed for an adoption event.

Toothy Problem in UK - According to UK Pets online The Wildlife Information Network, (WIN) expressed alarm, at the start of National Rabbit Week (held in late January) at the extent of dental disorders found in captive rabbits compared to that of wild rabbits in whom dental disease is rare. Win’s Senior Veterinary Editor, WIN, said “"We find it alarming that the syndrome of acquired dental disease is rare in the wild rabbit, yet is one of the most common presenting disorders that vets see in pet rabbits and will often require lifelong treatment. Although, there are a few factors that can contribute to the development of this disease, poor nutrition is the most significant and is easily preventable.  As a result of this finding, WIN is going to add a specific chapter about dental disorders in domestic rabbit to its forthcoming volume: "Lagomorphs: Health and Management" due to be published mid-2008.

A Big Thump to Rabbit Dumpers - I read in Gary Bogue's column (Contra Costa Times)  that someone is dumping rabbits on the side of the road.  Apparently, someone called the Pleasant Hill 4-H Rabbit Project about 10 rabbits from babies to adults who were being left to fend for themselves.  They managed to find homes for some of them and are fostering others.  But it happened again and they are unable to help.  The Walnut Creek Parks Department rangers are trying to round them up. 

In Gary’s response he asked the writer to call him at the newspaper so he can help them come up with a solution for the rabbits.  That is going above and beyond what most columnists would do.  But then Gary has been a daily newspaper columnist on pets, wildlife and environmental issues for Contra Costa Newspapers in Walnut Creek, CA, since January, 1970 and he understands the issues regarding dumping any type of domesticated pet. Like Gary said in his column “If the person who is dumping those bunnies out there reads this, please check with rabbit organizations such as the House Rabbit Society in Richmond (www.rabbit.org) for advice on rabbit care, or for help in finding homes for your rabbits.”

Earth, Wind and Fire - These are just a few incidents of human saving their pet rabbits over the last few weeks while the bunny blog was on vacation:

Tornados have ripped through several areas of the country in the past couple of months including Arlington, TN.  A family of ten weathered the storm with their pet rabbit in a downstairs five by five bathroom. While the tornado tore bricks of the structure and imploded an entire wall upstairs the cramped family and their rabbit survived without a scratch.

Firefighters save rabbit Maisey.  The nine year old pet rabbit was trapped in an underground tunnel five feet deep in the British garden.  Maisey’s owners tried for two hours to dig Maisey out before they called the fire service for help.  It took an additional hour and a half while firefighters carefully dug out the rabbit that was trapped in tree roots.  The couple who own Maisey were very grateful to the firemen and were sure their beloved pet would have died otherwise.  "I know people might say it's just a rabbit but she's a member of the family."  Maisey is a senior rabbit and normally doesn’t go down holes.  She is pictured above - safe and sound after her ordeal.  So much for plans for a warren in the backyard. 

A bad house fire near Bellingham, WA forced two teenage girls to escape smoke and flames at their home recently.  The girls saved their pet rabbit and were upset they couldn’t save the cats and dogs still inside. But they had to leave the first floor since they would have been overcome by smoke.  They went to the second floor and jumped from a second story porch roof.  This is a good reminder to have a “pet fire escape plan” in place at your home.  I have carriers in a closet near the front door already to go.  But, I also have a “Plan B” ready if I can’t get to the front door.  Unfortunately, not all plans work and like these brave girls, the best thing is to get up and go.

February 14th - 10:30 P.M. - Unpacking rabbits from the vacation - will be back bunny blogging this weekend - sorry for the delay folks - the bunnies and I are hoppy to be back.

January 16, 2008 - Highway Mirage of Fluffy Rabbits – The Associated Press reported from Ivins, UT that “they appeared in the desert as if part of a cuddly mirage." No one is sure where they came from, but sometime Sunday, 17 lop-eared Angora rabbits (obviously not an indigenous) hopped onto Utah Highway 91. Fortunately, local officers took action to save them from a tragic accident on the road and rounded them up.  The local animal shelter representative said "They're just a mess. They have been neglected."  Their fur was matted with dirt and feces and many of them had injuries to their ears.  Since the shelter didn't have the resources to house 17 rabbits, they started making calls.  By Tuesday, three rabbits had been adopted and four were in foster care. Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT took the remaining 10 rabbits.  (If I get photos of the rabbits I will post - above is an American Fuzzy Lop.)

Puppy Training Pads - Roger from Texas emailed me to say he has been using several different brands of “puppy training pads” to keep his rabbits from having “accidents” on his carpets.  He has a litter box for his two rabbits, but they still find other corners to use as additional bathrooms in his apartment.  A friend with a dog told him about the puppy training pads.  He gave it a try and it worked for his rabbits.  I may investigate this even though my rabbits are very good at using their litter box.  Puppy Training Pads are sold under many brand names such as Piddle Pads, Way to Go, WeeWee Pads, etc. at pet supply stores.  Drop me an email if you try them. 

January 15, 2008 -  President Pinkerton Bunny - Thanks to Diane from Fuzzy Termites, I was alerted to a new candidate for President. Mr. Pinkerton, a New Zealand White rabbit with pink eyes will make a run for President in 2008.  Pinkerton certainly looks like he could lead the herd of current candidates. His campaign website says he has “innovative and effective solutions to longstanding problems, such as global warming . . .”  Since his little lagomorphs cousins, American Pikas  maybe one of the first mammals in North America known to fall victim to global warming,   Mr. Pinkerton will have his paws full if he is elected.  Read about this bunderful campaign: Mr. Pinkerton at Save A Bunny
 

Scientists Unveil Super Carrot - The BBC reported that a new genetically-engineered carrot could ward off osteoporosis in humans since it will provide extra calcium.  As a rabbit fanatic, I don’t want to worry about too much calcium in the small bits of carrot I give my rabbits as an occasional treat.  Calcium can cause kidney and bladder problems in rabbits. But human bones need it and a human will absorb 41% more calcium if they eat the new fangled carrot.  However, the calcium-charged vegetable still needs to go through many safety trials.  So it will be awhile before the new carrots will be in the local Safeway, and I have to take them off my rabbits’ dessert menu.

 

Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month – The House Rabbit Society promotes Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month in February.  The effort promotes adoption and educating potential adopters to help prevent impulse purchases of rabbits especially a couple of months later at Easter.  The promotion not only demonstrates the dedication of HRS volunteers who work many extra hours in February, but independent rescue groups who also support the campaign. 

 

This year the Elmbrook Humane Society in Brookfield, Wisconsin is getting a hop ahead of things. For Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month in February, "Rabbitopia" will be held at the society on February 2nd.   Bunny care classes, free nail trims for rabbits and shopping for bunny gifts are just some of the activities. For more info, check out the Elmbrook Humane Society website.

 

Art Without Rabbits – A large arts and crafts store chain has agreed to stop selling rabbit fur pelts and have further adopted a no-fur policy in response to a request from PETA.  In appreciation PETA sent a vegan chocolate bunny and a thank-you note are to A.C. Moore’s CEO Rick Lepley.  A.C. Moore joins a growing list of retailers that refuse to sell fur, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Forever 21, Wet Seal, Abercrombie & Fitch, Target, and Banana Republic. By the way, if you want to buy vegan chocolate bunnies for next Easter go to Chocolate Decadence

 

January 7, 2008, 10:00 p.m. - Rounding Up Rabbits - The House Rabbit Network rounded up two big white bunnies the other night in a neighborhood of Plymouth, MA  The volunteers were able to easily capture the bunnies. The rabbits were part of a group that was spotted in the neighborhood on Dec. 26th as reported by the Patriot Ledger newspaper.

 

According to the president of the HRN, they have been here before. She thinks someone is “illegally releasing litters every few months when they can no longer handle a large number of rabbits.” They have captured 30 domesticated rabbits since March.  If you live in the Massachusetts, visit the House Rabbit Network website and learn how to adopt a rescued animal. By the way, they have their beautiful 2008 Calendar Available in their website store.

 

Bunny Walking In Winter Wool Scarf - I found this super soft scarf while surfing the web - This original scarf is handmade in Melbourne. No two are alike. Felt details are cut by hand, which are then hand- and machine-stitched. It is "itchiness-proof." Not a real rabbit, (it's wool) but warm and cozy.  Click on picture to see the scarf details.

 

 

Bunny Smiles - for National Rabbit Week in the UK January 21 – 27, 2008– it will focus on dental health, and the painful problems caused by incorrect feeding. Pet owners in Wales can take their rabbits for a free dental check-up with local vets in Wrexham.  According to dentistry.co.uk, three out of four rabbits seen by vets are diagnosed with dental problems.  During the health check, rabbit-owners will also be given advice on how to avoid the inevitable dental problems. Pippa (on the left) is from the South Wales Animal Rescue

 

 

 

 

 

January 2, 2008, 9:30 p.m. - Bunny Surrogate Moms - A couple of months ago I received an email from a woman in Eastern Washington State asking if female rabbits will foster another doe’s kits.   It seems Joann had a surprise litter of two from her recent pet bunny purchase.  Unfortunately, the female rabbit, Gracie, passed away within days of giving birth, and Joann was left trying to hand raise the kits.  She wanted to find a foster rabbit mom if possible.  I referred Joann to a very informative article on the House Rabbit Society website called  Domestic Baby Bunnies and Their Mom by Sandi Koi.  I also told her to start calling anyone who might have rabbits.  As a result, Joann found a doe that had recently lost her litter.  She bought the doe outright, took her home and it was a success. The kits were weaned a week ago and the doe has an appointment for spay surgery. The two bunnies will also be spayed as soon as they are ready.  It’s a good ending for both the unexpected litter of two females and the surrogate mom rabbit.  All are going to stay with Joann permanently.  

I recently read another story on the Rabbit Haven (Scotts Valley, CA) website about Lyra, Lute and Kazoo.  The doe (Lyra) is caring for her own fuzzy lop kits and one tiny brown kit (domesticated rabbit in an agouti color) who came into her care at 14 days old (see photo above). Click on link to read their story.

"Even My Hare Hurts" -  I heard this phrase after New Year's Eve and it brought to mind Will Bullas' irreverent watercolor.  Prints are available at his website: Will Bullas Store

 

 

January 1, 2008, 2:30 p.m. - Hoppy New Year for Abandoned Rabbit - from the Working Mail & News in Surrey, England, a pet rabbit abandoned on Christmas Day has a new home after being found by two kind young men in their yard. The rabbit was hopping around in the garden and there was a note stuffed in the gate that said, “ ‘I’m not wanted any more, please look after me.” A sister of one of the men  who was visiting her family for Christmas from Cheshire decided to take the rabbit home. The rabbit’s new name is Alice and it seems she has found her wonderland.

 

Odd Law: In a recent newspaper column that listed weird laws in different states, I came across this: In North Carolina, it is against the law for a rabbit to race down the street. Perhaps they should scrap that one and make it illegal to abandon a rabbit instead.

 

Rabbit Cut Up - In the "I've gotta have one category," I came across these "hare"larious scissors while shopping online this week:  Rabbit Scissors

Click on the picture to see a larger version and visit the link above if you want to get a pair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 30, 2007, 6:30 p.m. Bunny Biting Art - Rabbit Dental Poster  You may not want to decorate your living room with this poster, but your vet might like it for reception area art or as a teaching aid in an exam room for rabbits. The poster shows a normal rabbit skull, teeth, radiography, anatomy and endoscopy.  It is full color and adapted from the Rabbit and Rodent Dental Handbook by Vittorio Capello, DVM & Margherita Gracis, DVM, Dipl EVDC and AVDC. It sells for $14.95 at the link above.  Click on the poster to see a larger version.

 

Rabbit Baled Out by Hay - Another solo bunny rescue comes out of Centralia, WA from the flooding earlier this month. Several dairy farms in the area flooded with heavy looses of cows and other farm animals. When the floodwaters kept rising, some farmers joined their cows on the higher ground of the another family farm. They knew from the 1996 flood that this was a refuge. But this time everything flooded. One small furry survivor stayed behind on this farm. It was a rabbit that was found earlier on a hay bale along the banks of the rising river. Someone had carefully placed the hay bale inside the barn and that is where he was found . . . sitting on his dinner (the bale of hay) and he certainly had plenty of water to drink. The owners of the farm nicknamed the rabbit Lucky.

 

Bunny "Dude" - Alise from San Francisco sent in this pic of a "rabbit" in Stern Grove.  I did a little research and found out it is a bronze created by Gerald Heffernon and it is called a “rabbinoid” sculpture.  It was created in human-scale with a human body and a rabbit head. The sculpture leans against a boulder and talks on a cell phone.  I will add this to my little gallery of rabbit sculptures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Bunnies Making food into decorative shapes is a favorite children’s bento lunch technique in Japan where it is an art form. See the link above on how to make a apple rabbit.

December 27, 2007, 4:00 p.m. - Moving Experience – The Seattle House Rabbit Society is moving their adoption center to Rabbit Meadows Sanctuary by the end of the year.  You can check out their moving page for the latest news and continued updates as their move progresses.  If you live in the Seattle area they still need volunteers for at both the shelter and sanctuary (soon to be one and the same).  You can make a difference in somebunnies lives. By the way, that is Tess pictured above who came to the shelter and shortly thereafter had a litter.  All of the cute babies are adopted out and Tess is still waiting.  They say she is a friendly and loving rabbit.

 

 

 

 

On the Wild Side:  In January 2008 issue of National Geographic they featured the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.  The one page story explains the challenges with reintroducing this smallest of rabbits back into the wild.  The best part of the article is an actual life size photo of Ivan as an example of their small size. He fits on the magazine page! Ivan makes my sister Bonnie's dwarf Hotot and Netherland Dwarf rabbits look large.  You can see Ivan in the magazine which is on sale now at retailers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 26, 2007, 9:30 p.m. -     

Hop on the Bus – a large rabbit (looks like a French lop perhaps?) was abandoned on a bus in Britain over the weekend. Marble (pictured on the right) is waiting for someone to think he is just the ticket and give him a new home. For now he is safe at the RSPCA's Bawtry Animal Sanctuary. The animal care manager at the RSPCA says “It is hitting us hard already . . . we’ve got animals everywhere. I wouldn’t advise anyone to give a pet as a gift at Christmas as a lot of the time they are unwanted. The giant rabbit was found on a bus by a conductor who contacted the RSPCA to say someone had left it. The RSPCA can be contacted in Bawtry, Doncaster, South Yorkshire if they would like a large pet rabbit. Marble looks like a real cuddle bun.


Post Christmas Shopping Alert – Skip the faux fur-trimmed clothing because some of it is Not fake. Following up on last winter’s HSUS investigation that uncovered a faux fur scandal in the apparel and retail industry, the deception continues this year. The Fur Products Labeling Act currently requires the labeling of fur apparel only if the garment contains more than $150 worth of fur.” Because of the loophole consumers don’t know they are buying real fur. And, unfortunately after testing they found rabbit fur among others. That's enough to make a bunny lover hopping mad!
 

Bunny Fun on Flickr:

Amy Sedaris’ Rabbit Dusty on Flickr   Amy Sedaris is an actress, comedian, author and playwright.  She lives in Greenwich Village with her mini rex rabbit Dusty and is involved with the New York House Rabbit Society. A friend took several pics of Dusty and shares them on her Flickr page. What a great bunny face!

 

Also, see Bungee & Pounder two beautiful lops photographed in all their activities like digging holes, washing their bunny faces and being adorable.  There is a handsome dog in the mix, too.

 

Finally, there are Two Dutch Rabbits to see at Flickr. Lisa, from Cambridge, England is a computer games producer, and talented photographer.  She has photos of two beautiful Dutch bunnies on her Flickr page.

 

December 19, 2007 - PetSmart Will Stop Selling Rabbits -

Hoppy Holidays - Great News for Rabbit Rescuers & Fans - I just heard that Petsmart has decided to cease their "test of rabbit sales" when all the rabbits in the stores are sold. It's amazing what rabbit news can get to me even when I'm on my bunvacation this month.   Now I need to put down the Christmas cards I'm writing and write my thanks to PetSmart for this decision and here's where to write.

 

PetSmart
John Alpaugh, Vice President, Specialty Merchandising
19601 North 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(623) 580-6100
corpcommunications@ssg.petsmart.com
 

And, after New Year's let's all make a resolution to redouble our efforts to Stop Petco from selling rabbits.
 

Hopperhome's Bunny Blog will be back on after December 27, 2007.  Have a Great Holiday!

 

December 7, 2007 - 8:45 p.m. - Flood of Help for Rabbits - Thanks to a woman’s quick thinking in Washington State, eighteen domesticated rabbits were rescued from flood waters and put in her backyard. But a wall of water came and the rabbits were quickly loaded into the back of a pick-up, but there wasn’t anywhere to keep them safe. After coordination with Lewis County, Pasado's Safe Haven joined the rabbit rescue of those eighteen lops and other breeds.  Pasado volunteers picked up the bunnies (see photo above) and took them to a temporary homes where they will remain until their home is habitable again. Many other animals and pets are the focus of rescue efforts in the last few days as flood waters recede. See Pasado's link above for information on donations to help. 

 

December 6, 2007 - 9:45 p.m. - Preschoolers are visiting Bunnytown – It’s a Saturday morning Disney show for young kids that revolves around a town of brightly colored rabbit puppets. There is lots of music from disco to country to hip hop. The sly rabbits in Bunnytown can spy on the human inhabitants of Peopletown. There is a series of tunnels for observing those wacky humans. It’s fast, musical and showcases a variety of silly jokes. The musical numbers occasionally feature original lyrics and are played by the Bunny Band. So “Get off your chair and mess up your hare!”


Rabbit Feet & Sore Hocks - Today, I received an email from a first-time bunny mom who said her rabbit developed sores hocks in the last couple of months. She took her bunny, Mr. Wiggles, to the vet and was upset he developed pododermatitis since he has a clean/dry home and no wire flooring.  While damp, unsanitary conditions and a wire bottom cage can certainly cause “sore hocks,” There can be other factors such as:

 ~ Long nails that put too much weight on the back of the foot

 ~ Some breeds have less fur on the foot to protect the skin

 ~ Obesity - it puts pressure on the feet

 ~ Abrasive flooring and even some carpets 

 ~ Large breeds seem to be more susceptible to this condition

 ~ Sedentary rabbits

My rabbit, Rosemary, never developed sore hocks even though she was very thinly furred on the bottom of her feet. I helped her stay healthy with lots of pedicures especially in her old age.
 

 

December 5, 2007, 9:30 p.m. - Smile the Holidays are Coming! - I couldn't resist sharing this photo of Eva from the Cute Little Animals Set.  Visit the link for more photos of Eva by a talented photographer and art director Laura McCaskill on her Flicker.com web page. With all the rabbits pics I have taken, a smile is really tough to capture - it's those receding chins.

Hopperhome’s 2007 Online Bunny Gift Surfing – I did a little online window shopping for holiday rabbit gifts for both people and bunnies, By the way, Hopperhome doesn’t accept advertising so these are just for fun!)  Hoppy Holidays! 

Take Thyme and check out the third Vancouver Rabbit Rescue & Advocacy Rescue Calendar.  The calendar features rescued rabbits and their stories. It is a desk calendar in a CD case. (Pictured on the right.) Each month features a different rabbit with their story on the back of the card. Go to the link above to order.

 

 

 

Animal lovers Anne and Jennifer at The Bunny Store have bunny themed holiday ornaments.  The Bunny Store will be donating $1 per rabbit ornament sold to the rabbit rescue group of your choice throughout the holiday season. They really have a nice assortment of decorations like the Dutch Bunny ornament pictured on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

Bunny Stocking  - Bunny Bytes, Outfitters of the Urban Rabbit is stocked up with special stockings for your rabbit.  They are filled with a variety of toys and healthy treats for bunnies.  There are several styles available.  Go to the link above to see them.  Bunny Bytes pictures the goodies in each stocking so you know what each one contains.  They are original and very pretty!

 

 

BunnyLuv’s Critter Castle is a safe activity center for active, chew happy lagomorphs. The Critter Castle will accommodate all rabbits and will hold over 100 pounds when assembled correctly. The original design was created with the help of BunnyLuv's foster rabbits especially for house rabbits.

 

 

 

Snow Bunny from Busy Bunny This year they have a snowman for your bunny!  The folks at Busy Bunny have created a willow snowman which is all natural & chewable.  It can be used as a decoration, but I suspect your rabbit find it tasty and tons of fun.

 

 

Cats and Rabbits and More has a special holiday special! from November 15th through December 31st they will be making a 25% donation off the retail price of all sales from their website to the National House Rabbit Society.  Take a look at all their rabbit products at the link above.

Funny Bunny Toy Co Creates natural wood toys for rabbits including a reindeer toss toy.  My rabbit, Mr. Hops loves to throw everything around except his friend Bumble Bunny.  This might be under the tree for Hops this year and no worries - the wood is safe for chewing. 

Speaking of Rabbit Tossing – Hops also tries to toss his litter box from time to time, but RabbitCentral.com has just the right litter box to lock on the side of a cage or pen.  A practical gift!

By the way, the picture shows clay litter - never use clay litters for rabbits.  Hay, pelleted recycled newspaper or pelleted straw litters are safe.

 

Home for the Holidays The Rabbit Stop carries the Ware Rabbit Den for a cage free alternative.  This would be perfect for a small rabbit or maybe a pair of dwarf rabbits with good litter habits.

  For A Bunny Holiday Brunch - Botanical Hay from OxbowHay.com  After testing this product this summer, my rabbits can recommend this enticing blend of Western Timothy Hay and a rich array of three fragrant herbs.  It is an appetizing, long-strand fiber brunch for your bunnies.

Sam Elliott has Hare - Quote of the Week (a long quote):  In the new movie The Golden Compass, actor Sam Elliott, has a jack rabbit named Hester as his spirit sidekick.  An interview with the actor included a section on jack rabbits at movie.com:   

“A lot of people have been kinda looking down their nose at the rabbits of the world. Hester’s a jackrabbit. Initially I thought maybe a horse, but that would’ve been kind of [tough] having a horse in a gondola, a flying ship, but maybe a little more macho kind of an animal or something. I didn’t think that way very long because it occurred to me because of where my family heritage is which is in Texas. . . I used to go there as a kid a lot to see relatives and every time I went there, there were all these billboards or signboards in those days up and down the highways and in the shadow of every billboard there were hundreds of jackrabbits. I mean like this [demonstrates] no elbow room, just fields of ears. So it occurred to me that a jackrabbit is kind of an iconic character in Texas and it made total sense that Hester would be a jackrabbit."

Also, the official movie website included a twenty question test to determine what your “daemon” (animal spirit) would be. So I took the test and should have known it was going to be a Hare!

 

November 27, 2007, 8:30 p.m. - Congratulations to Amy and Scot, owners and founders of www.leithpetwerks.com for two big events in their lives. First of all, they deserve a pat on the back for their recent “adventure in moving.” They moved the entire company (and household) from Indiana to Salem, Oregon cross country in trucks! I’m a native Oregonian and I certainly understand why they chose to settle in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Secondly, on November 22, 2007, Petwerks officially turned ten years old!  Scot and Amy have been creating wonderful homes for rabbits in more ways than one for ten years – they are very active in rabbit rescue (Indiana House Rabbit Society Chapter and more recently the Oregon Humane Society Rabbit Advocates) -- plus, they make terrific bunny abode condos and apartments.  That's my rabbits Rosemary and Bumble a few years ago in their first condo   above.  By the way, the door was normally open, but they enjoyed the top level for lounging and I closed it for the photo op.

Artfully Stitched Rabbit Tutorial - Betz White has been stitching felted wool into amazing creations for quite sometime.  Now she shares one of her rabbit designs on her blog for anyone who wants to try out this woolly bunny.  Go to Cashmere Bunny Tutorial on Betz White's Blog

 

 

November 26, 2007, 9:45 p.m. - Bunny Huggers Wanted! The Bunny Barn renovations at the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary were completed recently and they report the rabbits are very happy in their newly updated, warmly insulated, cheerfully bright Bunny Barn.  They had a lot of help to get this big barn finished and now the bunnies need one more thing - hugs!  As the GLRS acknowledges (and most rescuers have experienced) when rabbits come to into a rescue facility they are normally very frightened. The GLRS is in need of volunteers to help these rabbits regain their social skills.  Volunteers help by holding these rabbits, grooming them, or just by talking to them softly. It is a very rewarding! If you are interested in helping socialize rabbits please contact karen@rabbitsanctuary.org If you aren't located in Michigan find a local rabbit rescue and hug a rabbit today!

November 25, 2007, 9:30 p.m.  - Rabbit Adopts Kittens – or was it the other way around?  This week several newspapers reported on a rabbit in Aberdeen, Scotland who has become a mom substitute for six abandoned kittens.  A veterinary technician took the three week old kittens to her home where the rabbit, Summer, normally lives outside.  But the rabbit was inside due to “Bonfire Night” so she wouldn’t be frightened by the fireworks. 

Apparently, the kittens climbed all over the five-month old rabbit and tried to nurse.  Summer wasn’t bothered by all the attention and just let the kittens cozy up to her (see above).  According to their human foster mom, “now they follow her [the rabbit] everywhere. They can't bear to be without her. They're all so lovely together.”  The four male and two female kittens are doing well and a local cat welfare agency has plans to rehome them. See video of rabbit and her kittens:  


"Owners Swear By Their Hares" - the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi has a column called “Humane Helper” that is written by Christine Harris of the Humane Society of South Mississippi in conjunction with ASPCA.  This past week the column touted rabbits as pets.  As the article said, "in the U.S., rabbits have gained a reputation as short-lived, 'disposable' pets, and are often passed over in favor of cats or dogs. Pet owners who buck this trend are happy to tell us how much we're missing." The rest of the article was a review of just a few of the reasons bunny lovers enjoy their lapin pals.

Pet Therapy Licks Loneliness -  Sam a 4½ year old Rex Mix breed rabbit is a frequent visitor to a local Capitola, CA assisted living facility.  According to an article in the Sentinel, this therapy rabbit calmly munches on his favorite foods – carrot tops and basil while he waits patiently to see his friends. Several other pets also visit with their owners. They are members of an all-volunteer nonprofit called Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Service who visit once a month for an hour of unconditional love with the residents at this long-term senior care facility. “Mietz Egli saw an ad in the paper for Furry Friends and thought Sam (pictured on the left) would be a perfect candidate because he loves being petted and is really social.” 

Furry Friends is an  all-volunteer organization and is the oldest of its type in the area.  According to one of the Santa Cruz County volunteer captains, "We are only limited by the number of people who are willing to volunteer."  Even though most Furry Friends members have dogs, the group welcomes all types of pets including birds, reptiles, guinea pigs and livestock.  "Bunnies are perfect, we would love more bunnies.”  See their website at www.furryfriends.org

Hunters Save Pet Rabbit from House Fire – in a unusual twist  four hunters in Ohio rescued a rabbit.  The four men witnessed a fire start in a rural house and jumped into action to rescue a pet rabbit and a truck. The family wasn’t home at the time of the fire, but the hunters checked the house quickly before the fire burned out of control. The four men pushed the truck away from the house and snatched the rabbit from a back deck before the entire structure was engulfed.   

Fat Rabbits - A recent study, carried out by the insurance firm Petplan, showed that a quarter of all pet rabbits are overweight in Britain, with eight out of 10 vets saying the trend is escalating. They found that some owners were giving treats such as honey and even chocolate.  Carrots were also a problem since newer varieties are grown for their high sugar content for human tastes. They noted that “obesity in rabbits is rapidly approaching the same levels found in dogs and cats, of which about one in three are obese. Some rabbits are twice their recommended body-weight.”  Vets said not only are house rabbits putting on the pounds, but also outdoor rabbits kept in hutches that are too small for exercise.   Another culprit cited was “richer processed pet foods.”   Two of the country’s largest pet insurers say obesity-related issues now make up 25% of claims for rabbits.

Hopperhome is on vacation until November 25th. The Bunny Blog will hop on that evening.  Thank you!

 

November 7th, 9:30 p.m. - Surfing Flickr.com for beautiful rabbits I found Cindy’s Rabbit hopping in the fall leaves on a leash.  From there I happened on a photogenic herd of pet bunnies - Finnegan, Baxter, Ollie & Twizzle at home.  Then there was Lagomorph (aka Kelly) rabbit pics featuring a black and white Dutch and friends. Finally, I surfed by Bunny – a black lop on Flickr.  Take a look and see just a few of many picture perfect pet bunny photo galleries online. 

Rabbit or ? – Yesterday I received this photo from Janice (a rabbit fan) from Los Angeles.  She had just returned from a trip to Peru, South America.  She wanted to know if this amazing creature shown here is a type of rabbit.  Close, but it is not a rabbit.  It is a Viscacha which is a rodent and in the chinchilla family.  This is the northern viscacha and yes, it has long furry ears and lives in large colonies (but they are in separate family “apartments”). They have a cousin, the Plains Viscacha, that lives in Argentina, but ranchers consider them pests.  It’s interesting that even though lagomorphs are distributed almost worldwide, they are absent from southern South America.  But they have their Viscachas and, of course, Cavies (guinea pigs) which are indigenous to the Andes. 

Fabric Bunnies – for those of you who are handy with a sewing machine, there are rabbit themed fabrics from Japan on www.etsy.com. See these links to see some of these fabrics.  Most are in cottons and a few are available in more than one color.  Rabbit with Plum Blossom from Japan with Love, Blue Mochi Rabbit from Treasure Trove Funny Rabbit from Neurotic Ann

Bunnies of Cedar Rapids – Yes, the residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa are sometimes referred to as “Bunnies,” according to a recent article on CNN.  I imagined herds of feral rabbits running wild in the neighborhoods within the city limits.  But the moniker doesn’t have anything to do with our furry, long eared pets. Since the 1930’s Cedar Rapids has been home to four different minor league baseball teams called Rabbits or Bunnies.

Rabbit Day at AniMall in Morrisville, North Carolina - AniMall and the N.C. Triangle House Rabbit Meetup group are sponsoring "Rabbit Day at AniMall" on Sunday, Nov. 11, noon to 6 p.m, This education and adoption event will feature opportunities to learn more about the care of pet rabbits as well as to meet adoptable pet rabbits. Go to this link to RSVP

By the way, not just one, but four North Carolina-based rabbit rescue groups will participate in Rabbit Day: Bunny Matters of Raleigh, Carolina Pet Rescue of Durham, Cape Fear House Rabbit Society of Wilmington, and Dancing with the Bunnies of Greenville.

White Rabbits Rock – the Quebec Rabbit Rescue presents the White Bunnies Rock, a two-day adoption event on Nov. 10th and 11th, Plaza Pointe Claire (Highway 20 and St. John's Blvd.). Contest, prizes, fun, and demystifying of the white rabbit! For more information visit www.QuebecRabbitRescue.org That’s Snowball above who is a Jersey Woolley mix and just born in February 2007. He is litter box trained. Snowball’s profile is at the link above both in French and English.

October 29, 2007 - A Bevy of Disapproving Bunnies are frowning their way into the pop culture with Sharon Stiteler’s book “Disapproving Rabbits.”  The Tacoma News Tribune in Washington State gave the book a good review.  The reviewer praised the book for the photographic study of the rabbits with haughty attitudes.  See Sharon’s (Bird Chick) website at www.disapprovingrabbits.com  Her book is also available on the website and in bookstores.  Sharon was also recently featured on MSNBC Netiquette – Bunnies Rule the Internet and several other websites.  Congratulations Sharon!  (Above is the Disapproving Jack O' Lantern from the website - too funny!)

Out of the Fire - The North County Times published a recent article on how Westwood residents have reacted to the fire devastation.  It seems in Rancho Bernardo, one family member found joy in the sight of a dirty, but quite lively rabbit hunkered done in the flooded bushes outside her half-burned family room door.  She said “When I saw it, I was so happy I just started jumping up and down.”  I’m sure the rabbit felt the same way!

Nothing But Blue Skies for Stormy the Rabbit - Stormy, a 2-year-old dappled black-and-white bunny was one of several rescued pets honored for courage at gala event in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Stormy was rescued from drowning in a flood at two months old.  He was taken to the East Valley Bunny Rescue, where caretakers expected him to catch pneumonia and die.  Instead, Stormy went to a foster home where he was brought back to health with the help of his human fosterer and two pet cats.  His foster mom said Stormy thinks he’s cat, but remains a vegetarian.  Stormy has a career, too.  He volunteers for Hospice of the Valley, visiting patients and he cuddles right up to them.
 

Former Pets Take over Campus - I have been reading about the feral rabbits at the University of Victoria, British Columbia for quite sometime.  The university now has a rabbit committee to deal with their multiplying problem “that hops around campus and even delays soccer matches.”  There are so many rabbits they are now moving off-campus and into neighborhoods nearby.  The new committee plans to “. . . look at ways to hear everyone's concerns and determine the scope of the issue." Eight more rabbits were found over the weekend during a women’s soccer game that was delayed when a rabbit popped up near the goal net.  Inside the rabbit hole were eight newborn bunnies.  They were taken to a nearby animal hospital and the game resumed. (Pictured above is just one of the abandoned pet rabbits at the U of V.)

October 24, 2007, 9:00 p.m. - News for Fire Displaced Pets - Thanks to Ray Milkey of Rabbit Haven who sent this good news for fire displaced pets in Southern California - VCA

animal hospitals (in Southern California) are offering free care for displaced pets while they have room.  You can get a list of the hospitals along with contact info from their website: Rabbit Haven

 

Finnish Bunny Village - Marta sent this photo of a rabbit village at a park in Tampere, Finland in a warmer part of the year.  These homes could be an inspiration for bunny hideaway inside a human house. 

 

 

 

 

October 23, 2007, 8:00 p.m. - Cats and Rabbits and More home of the Cottontail Cottage has provided information for people with companion rabbits in San Diego. They note that thousands of people are affected by the fires including volunteers and supporters of the San Diego House Rabbit Society. Foster homes have been forced to evacuate and many local shelters have contacted the San Diego HRS to foster their rabbits while this emergency continues. Although, shelters are accepting pets, many people will still need help with their pet bunnies.

The San Diego HRS has started an online list for the rabbit community to post requests and offers of help. To join the group:  
San Diego Emergency Rabbit Assistance - Note: anyone can post and it is the responsibility of individuals to evaluate offers of help.


Fire Air Quality Hazard to Rabbits!  I know about this firsthand from a large fire in Carson City, NV a couple of years ago that got within a mile of home.  Leave your pet rabbits inside or bring them in if they normally spend time outdoors.  Rabbits need clean air with good circulation so find a room for them in the house.  It can really be an issue especially for an older rabbit or a bunny who is compromised medically.

 

October 22, 2007 - 9:00 p.m. - Things that Go Hop in the Night - Bunnicula is a children's tale about two family pets, Harold the dog, and Chester the cat who try to warn their human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.  In 1979 James Howe published Bunnicula, and Halloween isn't just for ghosts and ghouls anymore.  Bunnicula went on to receive numerous awards as a children's favorite.  There are also two sequels, Howliday Inn and The Celery Stalks at Midnight.- Go to Barnes & Noble’s page of Bunnicula books.  The Bunnicula Plush Doll pictured above is from Stuffee & Nonsense

 

The Bunny is Green! – Earlier this year the House Rabbit Society started the National HRS Rescue Emergency Fund.  This fund is earmarked to help in emergency rabbit rescue situations around the country for 50 to 1500 rabbits.  They have now exceeded their goal thanks to very generous donations! They have already made grants to Animal Friends, Inc to help with a rescue of over 50 domestic rabbits in Pittsburgh; Bunny Bunch of Southern California to help with a rescue of over 500 domestic rabbits in Garden Grove, CA; Wild Rescue of Texas to help with a rescue of 45 domestic rabbits in the Louisville Metro Animal Services of Kentucky to help with a rescue of 100 rabbits from a basement breeder.  By the way, if you want to make Donation to this fund go to the link. To apply for these funds, rescue groups and shelters please Click Here.


Bunny Blossoms - Kozyndan
is the joint pseudonym of Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife team known for their whimsical and occasionally absurd illustrations of modern cityscapes.  My favorite illustration is “Bunny Blossoms.”  Unfortunately, the prints are sold out and it’s not a surprise since it is so original.  Click on the thumbnail picture to see a larger version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neat Idea Cube (NIC) I stumbled upon a photo of a large Neat Idea Club house for a rabbit and that took me to the Flickr Gallery of a House Rabbit Habitat plus: house rabbit keeping for the overly organized!  Several tips and products are recommended here, too. 

October 18, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers - In the Valley Ridge neighborhood of northwest Calgary, Alberta animal rescue workers are humanely trapping abandoned pet rabbits.  The rabbits are angering residents by eating their gardens.  The rabbit rescuers plan to ship the bunnies to a sanctuary in British Columbia.  According to CBC News, an animal rights activist who is with “the group Compassion in Action and volunteers for Pound Rescue, said the city would likely combat the problem by using snares or poisoning the animals.”  Fortunately, there are people who know the rabbits deserve a better fate and will make sure they have one.

Hare Brained! -  It seems poplar trees with rabbit genes accelerate the cleaning of soil.  Researchers have discovered that genetically modified trees breakdown pollutants 100 times faster than unaltered plants. Tests were performed on poplar cuttings that had a gene from a rabbit inserted into them.  According to a researcher, “these transgenic poplars may provide the means to effectively clean sites contaminated with a variety of pollutants at much faster rates and at lower costs than can be achieved with current conventional techniques." The good news is “ultimately, the scientists would like to manipulate the plant's own genes to achieve the same goal. (The painting above is “Smiling Tree and a Rabbit” by Maryam Gousheh-Forgeot)  

Handmade Bunnicula - I found this handmade Halloween sock bunny for sale on Etsy.  The bunny is made from brand new cotton socks and new orange fabric and filled with nice safe toy stuffing. Storey Shop at Etsy 

 

 

 

 

 

Update to Bunny Blog Entry on October 14th about the stolen bunny - kind-hearted people touched by the story in the local newspaper flooded the family with offers of help. One man, who wished to stay anonymous, went a bunny-hop further and handed over a special present to the distraught girl – a new bunny.  Her father said “. . . It just shows there are more nice people than nasty people. "She will love the new rabbit just the same as Gizmo, but if we get him back it would be fantastic.”

October 16, 2007 - 8:30 p.m. - Rabbit Ears on TV - The Seattle Animal Services Small Animal facility was featured on Evening Magazine, a Puget Sound area (Seattle) television show.  The show regularly presents segments on nonprofit animal rescue organizations and governmental animal services. A representative from the shelter held very pretty Rex rabbit during most of the segment. The bunny looked a lot like the male mini Rex (above), Stewart, who is available for adoption on their website.  If you have a local television magazine program in your city, write a letter and suggest they feature local animals for adoption.  See the video segment from Evening Magazine online: Video featuring Rabbits & Small Pets at Seattle Animal Services.

Inspired by Rabbits - Erika Moen is a talented illustrator and has lots of photos of rabbits on her Flickr web pages with several from BunnyLuv.  She also has a terrific portfolio of her illustrations and cartoons online.  There is one I really enjoyed about rabbits at Missing Shelter  

By the way, BunnyLuv  will host their 5th Annual Open House and Fun Day on Sunday, October 21, 2007 – in Van Nuys, California from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Go to their link  for more information.  The photo above is part of their facility.

 

 

 

 

The House Rabbit Network Benefit will be held on Tuesday October 23rd from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Flatbread in Bedford, MA. Flatbread is a unique restaurant that promotes organic farming and the community. Tuesday nights are Benefit Nights where Flatbread donates $3.50 from every large flatbread and $1.75 from a small flatbread to a local charity. The House Rabbit Network is honored to be the chosen charity for October 23rd. So if you live within the Bedford, MA area go to the link above for more information and join other rabbits fans for the fun!  The two adorable bunnies, Skittles & Tootsie above are the featured as Buns of the Month at the House Rabbit Network website.

Big Bunny Art - Below is a corner section of a mural in the Executive Boardroom at SPCA of Texas.  Click photo to see a larger version.

      

October 14, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - Rabbit allergic to carrots snatched According to the Mirror Newspaper online, UK, “It may seem hard to swallow, but this floppy-eared bunny called Gizmo is allergic to carrots and lettuce and he was taken from his hutch" near Sunderland in the UK last week.  The bunny is a family pet and especially for a 10 year old girl who is autistic.  The family is hoping for a happy ending and have offered a cash reward for Gizmo.  This is the second rabbit stolen in the area in a week.   

Rabbit Videos - I receive many requests for videos on rabbit care.  The House Rabbit Society has an excellent selection of videos and CD’s to help keep your rabbit healthy.  Just a few of the titles available are “Your First House Rabbit, Choosing, Preparation, Feeding and Training” by Marinell Harriman, “Helping a Friend Make a New Friend - A Matchmaker’s Guide to Rabbit Introductions to Each Other and to Other Species,” also by Marinell Harriman and “Encouraging Your Rabbit to Exercise – Activities that Promote a Bunny’s Fitness.”  There are several other subjects including videos for veterinarians.  See the link above.

 

 

Baby Pictures - If you would like to see  photos of baby rabbits visit Alabama Ears – Foster Babies They are fostering these babies for the Huntsville Animal Services.  When they are old enough they will will be spayed and neutered and be available for adoption through the Huntsville Animal Services.

Two Bucks Off –  If you are in the Atlanta area and plan to attend the Atlanta Pet Expo present a coupon from the Georgia House Rabbit Society with a full priced adult admission and a $2.00 donation will be made to the House Rabbit Society.  The Georgia House Rabbit Society has the coupon on their website for the upcoming Atlanta Pet Expo 2007 slated for November 3rd and 4th.

Gainesville Rabbit Rescue For folks who might not be able to afford the cost of spaying or neutering your pet bunny, GRR may be able to help.  Ask about their new B.U.N.S. program Email for more information.

 

 

Hoppy Holidays – If you want to get an early start on your Christmas cards visit the Upstate New York Bunny Themed Holiday Cards  All profits benefit T.H.E. Rabbit Resource and the upstate NY Chapter of the House Rabbit Society.  Visit the link above for more information.

 

Hoppy New Year – Low Country HRS has announced a new 2008 rabbit calendar is available. They are a rabbit rescue organization based out of Charleston SC.  Go to the link above for more information.  

But if you’re from Texas you might enjoy a calendar from Bunny Buddies of Houston Area.  It features some of the cutest rabbits from the Houston area all year round! 

 

Director's Choice" Rabbits – This caught my attention on the Los Angeles Area Rabbits website. 15 New Zealand rabbits were turned into a local shelter right before Christmas. These rabbits were used for a commercial shoot. The director took them home and then had his housekeeper drop them off at the shelter. There are 6 boys and 4 girls still available for adoption. 

Also, if you live in the Los Angeles Los Angeles Area Rabbits will be hosting a Rabbit Care Workshop next weekend on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - View and download flier!

Brandee’s Blog – This blog is from the Vice President of the Hop-A-Long Hollow, a Connecticut based Rabbit Rescue that also helps out with the re-homing of other animals. The purpose of Brandee’s Blog is to give people an idea of the day to day life running a rabbit shelter.  Go to the link to see this blog or be sure to visit Hopalong Hollow.

 

October 8, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - Turning to Bunnies for Comfort - In Bethesda, Maryland a cancer survivor turns to her rabbit for comfort.  A recent article on the nonprofit “Critters for the Cure” organization described women who are breast cancer survivors and their pets.  The women will appear in the organization calendar. Wendy brought her dwarf rabbit, “Mr. Bunnis” to the photo shoot in June.  As she said, “My pets absolutely comforted me. . . They’re always there to love you and it doesn’t matter. They’re happy to be petted and sit with you and just be content in the moment.” Critters for the Cure

 

Color Like No Other Ad  A recent commercial for the Sony Bravia Color Like No Other campaign will air soon.  It features Play-Doh brightly-colored model rabbits hopping about the streets of New York. They used a mixture of “Play-Doh” or clay rabbits combined with six inch, one foot and two foot bunnies which were made out of foam and latex but made to look as if they were made from Play-Doh. In total we had nearly 200 rabbits of varying sizes. See the whimsical bunny ad at the link above.

 

Jaw Abscesses - Jeff Kahler is a veterinarian in Modesto and in his recent column in the Modesto Bee he wrote about rabbit jaw abscesses.  The bunny in the article was his patient, “Oscar,” (a Netherland Dwarf) who developed a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and then it became the size of a golf ball.  At that size, of course, it was painful and Oscar’s appetite decreased.  As Dr. Kahler said “I am not an advocate of ‘wait and see.’  The abscess was surgically removed.  This a delicate surgery since the rabbit’s mouth does not open wide. I have treated abscesses with “Bicillin” shots with excellent results.  But jaw abscesses such as this may not respond to antibiotics.

The best prevention is a regular home exam for lumps on the rabbit’s head and a yearly exam that includes the rabbit’s mouth and jaw by a veterinarian. Non-surgical Treatment of Head Abscesses in Rabbits and Abscesses In Rabbits

 

September 30, 2007, 9:00 p.m. - Rash of Rabbit Robberies – All I had to do was go offline for awhile to replace my crashed computer and it seems a whole lot of rabbits have been nabbed in the last couple of weeks. 

 

Tea Garden Mystery - A giant rabbit named Ralph was stolen from a tea garden in Arlington in the UK.  He was taken with 10 chickens and a hutch from a farm shop who kept Ralph as a pet for customers.  It seems nine months ago another giant bunny named

“Bambi” was stolen from the same shop.  It’s unfortunate, but the shop needs to reconsider keeping a rabbit for customers to pet.

 

UnFair Theft - Someone at the Puyallup Fair stole a rabbit resting in its cage after it won the top blue ribbon.  A little Netherland Dwarf was somewhat of a celebrity since he won top prize at this annual State Fair in Washington State.  Miraculously, RJ (the rabbit) was recovered in a box several blocks from the fairgrounds on the sidewalk several days later.  Someone had left water and chopped up carrots for the bunny.  The owners said they would take the bunny home since he “had been through a lot” and they didn’t want RJ to be stressed any further.  This was the first rabbit ever stolen at the fair.

 

Preschool Caper - Sugar Bunny was stolen from a preschool in Spokane, Washington and fliers protesting circus animal acts were left in its empty cage.  The protest theft was against Ringling Brothers Circus which was in town for the weekend.   (The preschool had no affiliation with the circus).  The fliers named PETA and the NW Animal Rights Network.  However, the director of PETA’s domestic animal department said the group would not endorse stealing a pet bunny.  After all, how does anyone explain the missing pet to children (whether or not one believes in cages or school rabbit pets).  I guess the thieves couldn’t fit a circus elephant or a Siberian tiger in their getaway car so they found a suitable substitute in a preschool pet bunny.

 

City Ordinance Breeds a Laugh – at least I was almost laughing (if it weren’t so misguided) when I read a story about a proposed ordinance.  It seems City Council members in a northern Wyoming town gave initial approval to an ordinance that “limits rabbits to three breeding pairs a household.”  Apparently, the Police Chief agrees with my assessment when he warned that rabbits are among the reproductive wonders of the world.  He said “if you have six . . .you’ll have 60 rabbits.”  Actually, in a year you will have over 2,000 from one pair. 

 

RRR/HRS 13th Annual Rabbit Care Conference will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle, NY.  The line-up of informative talks is impressive including: Feeding and Longevity by Susan Brown, DVM and on Caring for Senior Buns by Mary Cotter, ED.D., LVT and Gil Stanzione, DVM.  Plus, there will be a demo on introducing bunnies for trio living called, “Threes Company.”   There is too much to list here, but you can go to the link for more information at: RRR – NYC HRS 13th Annual Rabbit Care Conference  I wouldn’t miss this if I were within driving distance of New Rochelle!

 

Rabbits Being Abandoned on Long Island – This AP story made the front page of CNN last week online.  Someone has been abandoning rabbits on roadways and in parks around school grounds on Long Island’s South Shore more frequently in recent months.   Earlier this month, a man was seen dumping 20 rabbits in a box at a train station and driving away.  A Nassau County SPCA has speculated that someone is raising rabbits and trying to get out of the business.  A reward is being offered for who is responsible for dumping the bunnies.  The rabbits that have been recovered are infested with fleas and ticks.  However, they are being treated, fed, cleaned and put up for adoption.

 

September 15, 2007 - Hopperhome's trusty little e-machine finally crashed for good this weekend.  Time to hop to it and buy a new super fast, up to date, brand new bunny computer.  After all this time, Hopperhome can now invest in a computer that will keep it hopping along another 9 years - The Bunny Blog will be back next in a week or so after the new computer is installed.  Thanks for your patience!

 

September 11, 2007 - 8:30 p.m. Great! Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary - On August 18th, 108 rabbits from the Reno rescue of last year arrived at the  GLRS sanctuary. Though Best Friends had found a home for them, it did not work out. When GLRS heard of the situation they let Best Friends know the rabbits would be welcome in Michigan. So after a three-day truck ride for the rabbits, 108 more Reno rabbits are happily hopping around the the GLRS sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Rabbits – It’s that time of year again when state or county fairs open and display rabbits in small cages in stifling, hot buildings with noisy roosters.  This year my sister and I went up to our regional fair and chatted up people who were interested in rabbits as pets.  We don’t have a booth.  But it’s easy to start a conversation over a litter of baby rabbits.  Bonnie found the organizers and asked why there weren’t any resting boards in the cages.  Aside from the heat, poking fingers (children) and the din of noise from people and poultry, there wasn’t a resting board in sight.  I manned my informal conversation station by a cage full of baby Dutch rabbits and a doe (see them below). Someone mentioned they had been to a fair in a hotter part of the state and the organizers asked those showing Angora rabbits to take their bunnies home due to heat. A girl showing her Angoras told me she was disappointed since she was there and I to

ld her to be grateful she didn't lose her rabbits to the heat, but she wanted a ribbon. About then Bonnie came over to tell me no one used a resting board because it was “against the rules” and “wasn’t clean.” That was it, we headed out to the

booths for decadent fair food and fresh air. However, we felt glad we had handed out several cards about rabbit care with  website links for the visitors in the rabbit building. We told them how wonderful rabbits are as house pets. The photos here are of some of those rabbits.

 

September 9, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - Local TV News Station Features Rabbits! A news program (Ch. 17 news) in Raleigh, NC recently ran a story called, Many Choose Rabbits for Pets.”  The story online and the video were terrific – see at link.  They interviewed and filmed, Kimberly, who has two lops.  She explained how her rabbits have lots of personality and they like to interact at floor level.  She also said  rabbits should be house pets and have room to exercise. A volunteer from the local SPCA was also interviewed.  She noted that rabbits should be adopted in pairs and can be litter box trained.  Rabbits were shown at their best as pets.

 

On the Wild Side The federal government released a draft recovery plan for the pygmy rabbit.  Right now there is only one lonely rabbit in Eastern Washington.  Officials plan to get him some company. He was released earlier this year with 20 other tiny rabbits and now is the only one remaining.  The little pygmy rabbits are the smallest rabbits in North America and it’s only one of two rabbit species that dig burrows.  The Columbia Basin rabbit has been an isolated population for thousands of years and is genetically different from other pygmy rabbits. The Fish and Wildlife Service will accept comments on the recovery plan until November 6th.  I think the lonely pygmy would say “Hop to it, folks!”

 

"Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to hop" — and the music started at the Evergreen State Fair over Labor Day in Monroe, Washington.  The laughing crowd flowed together, their long ears waving and bobbing.  It appears the Guinness World Record for the largest bunny hop was broken — by a whisker — by fairgoers .  Participants all wore pink and white bunny ears. Bunny-hop organizers say 1,886 people formally registered for the event, held in the spirit of the fair's "Be Somebunny! Hop to the Fair" theme.

 

September 6, 2007 - 8:30 p.m. - Sprinkles of Kindness in Flood - Water rushed over a dike across the street from a family home in Rushford, Minnesota where a bunny named Mr. Sprinkles lived.  The late August flood ultimately caused $12 million property and infrastructure damage in Fillmore County. About half of the town’s 760 homes were ruined.  Mr. Sprinkle’s family had to evacuate their home in a hurry at 4:00 a.m. as the water surged over the dike.  The rabbit was left in his backyard cage.  The family feared the worst upon their return after the flood waters receded.  They were stunned and relieved to find Mr. Sprinkles alive in his cage on the front porch after a neighbor had rescued him. 

Volunteer in Vancouver, B.C. - Mercy’s Reach Rabbit Refuge (Vancouver, BC) urgently needs volunteers for cleaning, feeding, grooming and socializing rescued bunnies, awaiting adoption. Even two hours a week will help their overworked bunny lovers. Call Muriel 604-530-3297 for more info if you live in the area and can help. September 5, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. -

Mr. Whiskers May Need a New Home - In Anchorage Alaska officials are proposing rule changes would require “that Mr. Whiskers the rabbit find a new home.” The rules to be considered by the Anchorage Assembly would ban many animals from small backyards, from ferrets to chickens to bunnies.  According, to the Juneau Empire. “the rules would limit the number of small backyard animals to three on regular residential lots smaller than 10,000 square feet.” Four rabbits will require a permit in a backyard. The newspaper included the thoughts from a rabbit rescuer in their report. “Karan Nixon, who rescues bunnies, including Mr. Whiskers, says the proposed rules aren't realistic. She said many people have more than three rabbits, adding that a crackdown would only deluge Animal Control with orphaned animals.” Public comments will be taken regarding the proposed changes in the law in September. 

Rabbits in the Will - Leona Helmsley left her dog Trouble $12 million and even though the amount is unusual, naming a pet as a beneficiary is not. Ohio allows for trusts for pets. Also, I recall in 2005 several dogs and a spotted rabbit called Roxy were part of a gathering in Hawaii to witness the Governor sign a measure into law that would allow their residents to leave a trust for care of a domestic animals.  It seems, 60% of American households include a pet as a beneficiary.

Rabbit Talk - A blog that is written from the perspective of the rabbits - The Bunny Lovers Shop Blog - Malou This blog has some wonderful photos of Malou and friend Talisman.  Both are beautiful agouti lops who live in France.  Don’t worry – the blog is written in English. Malou is pictured above standing in a gift of parsley.  (Hopperhome doesn't recommend this!)

 

 

 

Wet British Winter Rabbit Disease - According to many newspapers in the UK, pet rabbits have become the latest victims of Britain’s wet summer and humid weather triggering a resurgence of myxomatosis.  The disease kills wild and domestic rabbits alike.  Animal experts in the UK are encouraging the public to to vaccinate their rabbits against the disease now and every six months. Wild rabbits have built up some immunity to the disease that is spread by biting insects like fleas and mosquitoes. There are estimated to be 1.6 million pet rabbits in Britain and they are the third-most popular pet after cats and dogs, but only one in ten pet rabbits is thought to be vaccinated against the disease. Myxomastosis also rarely occurs in the United States primarily in California and is not as prevalent as in the UK. For more info see: Oregon State University Myxomatosis Information

 

Red Eyes Have Power - In the Edo period in Japan during the Hina (girls) Festival parents pray for their daughters' happiness through a thread taken from a piece of old clothing.  It is then sewn into a hanging ornament such as the one shown below. People entrusted their wishes to the ornaments. The ornaments (110 different ones) have separate meanings. The red eyes of a rabbit are traditionally supposed to have the power of curing diseases.  

 

 

 

 

August 19, 2007 - 7:00 p.m. -Shelter Resources - Thanks to the House Rabbit Society for providing Resources for Animal Shelters on their website.  So many shelters are only set-up for cats and dogs and do not have resources for small animals.  The HRS has materials to help educate the public, improve a rabbit adoption program and provide proper care for rabbits at a shelter.  Visit your local shelter and let them know.  See the links above. 

 

 

 

Ferret Friends - Yesterday I received an email from someone who saw young ferrets and rabbits housed next to each other in a pet store and wanted to get one of each.  First, I told them to adopt from a rescue organization. Then, I explained that Ferrets are the domesticated descendants of the wild polecat and they are kept as both pets, but also as “working ferrets” that help flush out wild rabbits from burrows for hunters. They are carnivores and the few times I have seen rabbits go on a real “thump fest” (a signal danger is near) was when a raccoon or ferret was close.  I don’t recommend it even though I have heard  from ferret owners that their ferrets would never attack a rabbit. Personally, I wouldn't take that chance and two ferrets together would be great companions as pets. For a directory of Ferret adoption resources see Ferret Organizations & Shelters

 

Rabbit Radio  I found this diminutive white rabbit FM Radio on the internet.  In this age of ipods, this is a novel gift for a rabbit fan.  They also come in pink and run around $10.  See the link above for more information.

 

Folded Rabbits - Cindy at Fingermagic wrote me about the Origami Rabbit Kits they have for sale.  They look like fun folding for adults and children.  See the photo of these cheerful folded rabbits on the right. Also, they have a beautiful  Origami Rabbit Necklace in white.

 

 

Bunny Preference - Ann caught me – my Bunny Blog entry about the BADD (Bunnes Against Drunk Driving) a couple of weeks ago showed my lagomorphic preferences.  Ann wrote “I just love the 'order' of this sentence in today's bunnyblog......’Both the rabbit and driver were unharmed.’ oh ya, the human was ok too - tee hee!  Speaks volumes about how we bunny parents think.”  Okay, I AM guilty.

 

Worldwide Rabbit Love & Appreciation Day, Friday, August 24, 2007August 16, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. -

24 carrot lane Proclaims First Annual Worldwide Rabbit Love + Appreciation Day  - A special day for rabbits on August 24th!  It is  all about encouraging rabbit parents everywhere to do their small part to spread the word about responsible rabbit guardianship, to let others know how intelligent and affectionate rabbits can be, and to remind everyone that they CAN make a difference for the better, which will ultimately help to reduce the number of rabbits surrendered to shelters.  Tania  of 24 carrot lane has several suggestions on how you can do you a bit of good where you are, in honor of rabbits everywhere.  Your suggestions are welcome, too. Check it out at the link above!

 

Update on Seattle’s Woodland Park Rabbits – Good News!  According to KIRO news in Seattle, “hundreds of rabbits abandoned in Seattle parks have been rounded up and taken to an animal sanctuary” near the Olympic Mountains.  The rabbits were under stress in their temporary housing in a old chapel in a city park.  Precious Life Animal Sanctuary are going to build a permanent rabbit pen funded by the taxpayers.  See website for Precious Life Animal Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

BADD "Bunnies Against Drunk Driving – The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that a 19 year old man sped down a street and severed a telephone pole. His pet rabbit was in the car!  Fortunately, the car stopped before it ran into a house.  The prosecutor said that “speeding and alcohol were believed to factors in the crash.”  Both the rabbit and driver were unharmed.

 

Hillsboro Rabbit Hoard Case Postscript - It was disturbing to read the Eugene Register Guard article about the Hillsboro, Oregon woman who was arrested last year for animal neglect.  Miriam Sakewitz "has returned to jail because she violated her probation by keeping a rabbit at her house.” Last year when she was originally arrested she had almost 250 rabbits, including 88 who had passed away. 

 

A county probation officer, “testified that Sakewitz, 45, had a rabbit at her house in June, repeatedly canceled counseling sessions and did not open her door for unannounced visits.” Also, two neighbors testified.  The judge sent her to jail for three days and “he also ordered her not to go within 100 yards of a rabbit when she gets out.”  For information on animal hoarding see the Tufts University website at: Animal Hoarding Research

 

August 6, 2007 - 10:30 p.m. - Priceless Rabbit - A bunny named “Harry” was featured in an article in the Akron Beacon Journal about how Americans spend $41 billion a year on their pets.  Harry’s bunny mom said they found him “He just hopped up the neighbor’s yard about six years ago and needed a home, so we took him in.”  A some point Harry started bumping into things and had eye surgery last year.  Six year old Harry goes to a veterinarian who has a ophthalmology practice.  Specialized veterinary eye care is becoming more common.  Artificial lenses to replace natural eye lenses clouded over by cataracts are available for cats and dogs.  No one has made replacement lenses for rabbits yet.  Cataracts can be removed. However, a rabbit like one of my own (Mr. Bumble) isn't a candidate for surgery since he is over 9 years of age and is already medically compromised.  Fortunately, Harry was able to tolerate surgery.  He also has a princely life.  The article notes Harry likes to nestle in his mom's lap while she sips coffee and reads the newspaper.  Now that’s priceless!  For more information on rabbit eye health see: House Rabbit Network - Your Rabbits Eye Health

 

Rabbits on the Road -  According to Explorer.com pets are no longer relegated to small motels and campgrounds.  The AAA’s 2004 Traveling with Your Pet Guide says “20,000 up-scale accommodations are happy to shake paws with your whole family.” It seems  Loews Hotels opens their doors to all walks of life, from dogs and cats, and yes, rabbits.  The concierge at one of their hotels said “A lot of our guests choose to travel with their pets, especially during the summer months.  It makes for a great work environment for all our employees.”   With that trend toward a pet friendly attitude, it’s no wonder 67 percent of pet owners travel with their pets when over 50 miles away from home.

 

PetSmart Rabbit Sales - Last week the Arizona Republic and the Green Bay Press ran articles about the move by PetSmart to sell rabbits.  Petsmart has “begun breeding and test selling dwarf rabbits.”  A company spokeswoman was quoted as saying, “We certainly don’t doubt that there are rabbits in shelters that need homes, but we also know that there are people seeking pets that have been bred and want to have that pet from the start.”  The article goes on to say “rabbit sales began the week of July 9 and are placed in 25 stores nationwide.  That number could expand to a maximum of 40 stores.”  For more information and to express your concerns go to:  House Rabbit Society – What You Can Do

 

Little Cotton Rabbits – That’s the screen name for a bunny knitter in the UK.  Julie has a wonderful store on Etsy.  And, she does knit the rabbits to relax. However, her rabbits are very popular so she is taking a break until autumn.  But go see her gallery of knit rabbits at Little Cotton Rabbits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 31, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - The Story of Chris Dodd's White Hare  - Candidate for President Chris Dodd has a White Hare.  His campaign was in a frantic search for a well-behaved bunny and found that a 3-year-old New Zealand shorthair from the Humane League of Lancaster County was just the ticket. Dodd named him Lancaster.  On Senator Dodd's website there are more videos of Lancaster behind-the-scenes – see link above. Lancaster was actually saved the day of the shoot from an animal shelter, where he was slated to be "put down" within the next forty-eight hours. Happily, Lancaster now lives with a new owner. It seems Dodd gave Lancaster his 1 minute of fame and in the process found the big white bunny a new home. Too bad rabbits can’t vote! (PS: Hopperhome doesn't endorse any presidential candidates.)

 

Advance in Science Helps Rabbits - From a post on the blog at SciFi.com - I learned “scientists at L'Oreal have invented a product called Episkin, which is basically a layer of skin cells grown from human 'donor skin cells' in a Petri dish. These small amounts of skin can be used to test beauty products that would have otherwise been tested on animals. Episkin can tan, and can be made to "age" with high exposure to UV light.”

Episkin will help save thousands of small animals, particularly rabbits, in providing cruelty-free cosmetics for consumers.  Europe will institute an animal beauty product-testing ban in 2009.  The practice is banned in the U.K. already.  The photo above is from Marmee Craft on Etsy

 

No Moo Juice for Rabbits - A couple of days ago I received an email asking if cow’s milk is okay for an adult rabbit.  My email answer was returned so I hope Steve reads this blog entry.  Cow’s milk should never be given to adult or orphaned baby rabbits.  From the scientific literature cited on MediRabbit  it says  “Adult rabbits naturally do not have the right bacteria to digest milk derivates in the cecum and intestine.  In the absence of  Lactobacteria, milk derivates accelerate the onset of stasis in adult rabbits.”  To see the entire page go MediRabbit’s link above.  Also, studies show that, “rabbits that were given cow’s milk on a daily basis during several months evidenced the development of rheumatoid like lesions.”  The word “stasis” should stop any rabbit lover in their tracks from giving milk to a rabbit let alone the part about “lesions.”   That’s a big NO for milk in a rabbit’s diet.

Hopping Mad – First there was a Wall Street Journal Article about Hare Today where a rabbit farmer spends her days packing and shipping frozen rabbits to her customers who feed them to their cats since the pet food scare a couple of months ago.  Then the Chicago Tribune Article in the Chicago Gardener column picked up the theme suggesting all the extra rabbits ravishing gardens in Chicago could be used for the same purpose.  I got out my pen and started writing.

I have two cats in the household. When the pet food industry contamination became news, my sister and I simply checked our pet food. Fortunately, it was not on the list of contaminated pet food.  If it had been, the cats would have gone in for a vet appointment and their food would have been switched. (My cat, Pele, grooms Mr. Hops above.)

July 28, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. -PetSmart Best Friends Petition - Please sign the petition asking Petsmart to reconsider its decision to sell rabbits in its stores. Best Friends Petition Best friends has a Rabbit House at their sanctuary near Kanab, Utah.  If you can't take a trip to Utah visit them at Best Friends Bunny House on their website. That's Snuff, a Flemish Giant and his friend Cocoa who is a dwarf rabbit both from Best Friends.

July 25, 2007 - 9:00 p.m. - PetSmart Petition - Several rabbit lovers emailed me today to let me know (and all Bunny Blog readers) a petition is available on ipetitions.com regarding PetSmart: Stop Selling Rabbits. If you are concerned about this issue, you can read text of the petition and electronically sign in about 60 seconds.  I will be visiting to sign as soon as the blog is finished. Go to: Petition

 

Store hops to save bunnies - Several news media outlets covered the story about a Tops Market that was overrun with several white rabbits behind their store in Erie, PA. So far 16 white bunnies have been rounded up. It is believed someone dumped them in the woods directly behind the store. The employees hopped in and took the task of bunny wrangling upon themselves. Plus, they are going to try to find permanent homes for them. Many of the rabbits went home with store employees. The rabbits included several very small baby bunnies and a few full grown adult rabbits.

July 23, 2007 - 10:30 p.m. -Hop Hop Hurray for the Humane Society of Fairfax County whose shelter looks more like a home than a typical shelter.  The two-story building is home to the cats and rabbits ready to be adopted. The HSFC is a no-kill shelter and their main goal is to give animals a good home and the shelter is a good start.  They  have volunteers who sit and play with the animals and many of their volunteers are students from George Mason University. Some GMU students sit in the rooms and do their homework.

Each room is cleaned twice a day and specifically designed with the animals in mind. The rooms include a radio, usually playing classical music, a nightlight and toys and linens, donated from Fairfax County residents. The "rabbit room" was cleared of anything a rabbit could chew on. Rabbits are on rotation for time outside of their cage. If the rabbits are compatible, they are housed together and then they are adopted together," according to the HSFC President. (Tiger is one of their adoptable rabbits pictured above.)
 

Down the Rabbit Hole - A couple of pet dogs were stuck in a rabbit hole for three days in Hertfordshire, England recently.  They finally got free (Winnie the Pooh style) when the mother Jack Russell and her puppy lost enough weight to wriggle out.  It seems the puppy ran down the rabbit hole chased by his chubbier mother.  She got stuck trapping not only herself, but her puppy inside the warren.  The dog owners were understandably upset. 

This also happened a couple of years ago when a dog was trapped over 6 feet down in a warren.  Fortunately, he also managed to get out with some help.  Rabbit warrens have been known to destabilize soils so much that a bus in Britain fell several feet into an abandoned warren last year on the side of a road.  The photo above is a warren entrance from Sweden excavated by European rabbits (our pet rabbit ancestors).  So if anyone is wondering why their pet rabbit digs and needs advice – see these links: San Diego HRS - Rabbit Digs, Rabbit Haven Q&A Digging  YouTube 30 seconds of a lop earth mover: Cute Bunny digs a tidy Hole!

Sizeable Theft - A giant French lop was stolen from his garden run in Port Seton, UK.  The big bunny was very lucky to come home safe and sound after being found in an abandoned garden some distance away.  The rabbit’s name is “Wee Jock” and he is very tame.  His owners regard him as a member of the family.  They don’t plan to leave him in the garden alone ever again and were very happy he was unharmed.  He is normally a house rabbit, but was on a run in his large outdoor enclosure when he was taken.  The people who first located Wee Jock though he was a large cat due to his size.

Pictured above: Tango is a big beauty at the Giant Rabbit Rescue in the UK.  He is one of their newest bunnies. Tango is an orange and white French Lop Buck with a wonderful temperament.

Bunny Bath -  Moen (the faucet maker) took a look at how Americans bath their pets – they commissioned a company to do a survey and found out that 47 percent of Americans bathe their pets in their home bathtub or shower.  It seems only 6 percent take a pet to the groomer.  It seems most folks bathe cats or dogs, but 5 percent surveyed have bathed their birds and guinea pigs and 4 percent.  One percent have bathed their rabbit. However, rabbits don’t need to take a shower or bathe in a tub.  At only 1%  it seems most rabbits are cleaning themselves.  After all rabbits clean themselves five times a day top to bottom - someone pass the carrot scented soap please. (The photo above is  a stamp from a collections of rabbit themed stamps at:  Hopper Stamps

Black  Rabbit - Hiroko sent me this photo of the Kuro Usagi (Black Rabbit) Pub in Okinawa. She also has a black rabbit named Kuro. She enjoys knitting "coats" for her rabbit for their walks in the winter since he is a full-time house rabbit.  (By the way, no Rabbit served in this pub.)

 

July 20, 2007- 8:30 p.m. - White Rabbits Need Your Help I heard from Kathy in Massachusetts who referred me to the House Rabbit Network It seems they have rescued a lot of white rabbits recently.  Some of these were strays and others were from a law enforcement case. I'm not sure why some people don't love pink eyed big white rabbits, but I adore them - all of them....New Zealand and Florida White breeds.  They are classic rabbits and I agree wholeheartedly with the House Rabbit Network that these big rabbits have wonderful, calm and playful personalities.  If you live in Massachusetts or close by and would like a spayed/neutered and litter box trained big white bunny, there is one waiting for you.  You will have lots of support  on rabbit care from this great rescue group, too.  The rabbits pictured above were part of the 34 rabbits from a law enforcement case in Fitchburg, MA. The gorgeous rabbit on the right is Candace who is a friendly Florida White and ready to adopt.  She was part of the Fitchburg rescue.
Summer Bunny Bash!
Save the Date, Saturday August 4th is HRN's 8th Annual Summer Bunny Bash. It starts at 1pm in Wilmington, MA. The Bunny Bash is a pot luck and everyone brings pictures of their bunnies and plenty of stories to tell! Visit their link above for more information

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July 17, 2007 - 9:00 p.m. - On the Wild Side: Swamp Rabbit Restrooms - According to an Associated Press article, researchers are building better bathrooms for Swamp Rabbits.  The scoop on all the bunny poop is that researchers at So. Illinois University are setting out fake latrines so they can study the aquatic rabbits' habits. They want to know if returning former agriculture farmlands into wetlands or wilderness will help the rabbits’ population jump in Illinois.  Their baseline is this: “Knowing where the bunnies have been requires knowing what they left behind.”  It seems to be working since the swamp rabbits who are excellent swimmers and cousins of cottontails are leaving their calling cards in the new custom commodes.

 

Hare Raising Pot of Flowers - A woman in Glenvar, Virginia found three baby cottontails "planted” in her pot of petunias.  The pot is just ten feet from the home’s back door, but the doe doesn't seem to mind.  She is feeding the bunnies at night.  The home owner, thought at first it was squirrels who were digging in her pots only to find the newborns nestled in the largest pot.  They were discovered probably when they were only a few days old since they were very small and  their eyes weren’t open yet.  Now they are fully furred and ready to hop out of their pot.  See the flower pot bunnies pictured on the left.

 

Parking Lot Bunnies Rescued - From the Winona, Minnesota Daily News – “During a torrential downpour last week, Nancy Unnasch and a few volunteers from the Winona Humane Society and the Pet Medical Center were busy rounding up abandoned rabbits in the K-Mart parking lot.”  The bunnies were dumped near a “swampy wooded area near the edge of the lot” so they had no protection.  They captured 17 out of 25 rabbits and efforts were made over the next few days to get the last six, but to no avail.  Unfortunately, the local human society does not taken in rabbits so Nancy took the rabbits to her home to await adoption or transport to shelters in the Twin Cities area.  She is a certified Veterinary Technician and it seems every rabbit picked up by Winona (Minnesota) animal control gets to her door. Anyone who lives near Winona, MN and is interested in adopting a rabbit can call  Nancy Unnasch at (507) 458-1320 according to the article.

 

By the way, in the Twin Cities area the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society is a very active rescue and adoption group with many rabbits available for adoption such as Tristan & Isolde pictured above.

 

Very Bad Sport – In sports news it was reported that a 52 year old man will be prosecuted for throwing a rabbit during a game in Milan.  The rabbit’s legs were tied up so it could not escape.  Fortunately, the animal was recovered in the middle of the game and rushed to medical help.  In spite of suffering some unspecified injuries and shock, the rabbit survived and has been adopted.  The “procurator” in Milan is requesting minimal punishment of a fine for animal cruelty.  However, the man could face charges for throwing an object at a sporting event and in Italy he could face one to four years in prison.

  

July 16, 2007 - 10:00 p.m. - PetSmart Should Be Smarter Than to Sell Live Rabbits – PetSmart hasn't sold live rabbits in their stores until now.  According to the HRS, PetSmart’s reason for selling rabbits is in response to “market demand.”  There hasn’t been a noticeable surge in the demand for pet rabbits considering all the adoptable rabbits languishing in shelters and with rescue groups. In fact, there are more rabbits who need homes due to the Easter "dump." A compassionate answer to customer demand would be adoption days at pet supply stores, and referrals to shelters and rescue groups. Read about PetSmart’s decision to sell rabbits at www.rabbit.org  Please take the time to write a brief email to them (I did today) to let them know your concerns. (Rosemary above was my “Petco Rabbit” – read her story at Rosemary Rabbit)

 

Where to Write PetSmart:

Email: PetSmart Email Form - Phone: (800) 738-1385
Fax: (623) 580-6502 or write them at:

PetSmart, Inc.,19601 North 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85027

 

Writer Jumps to It & Gets the Facts Right – I don’t really monitor newspaper stories about pet rabbits so I can scold the writers.  But Samantha with the Independent mail in Anderson, South Carolina got an earful from this rabbit fan last week.  However, she gets a lot of credit for writing another “humor” column about pet rabbits on why they aren’t the best pet for small children and correcting some errors about their longevity, etc. Her readers got the facts on pet rabbits and everyone’s hoppy now.  Read her article at: Samantha Learns the Facts of Life About Rabbits   

Lonely Rabbit Calls Police - The Guardian Online in Corydon, UK reported on a strange call.  It seems police officers “forced entry into a home in a bid to help a woman heard crying only to find it was her rabbit who had called for attention.”  It seems the phone operators monitoring service connected to the house told the police they heard a woman crying and whimpering on the line. So when the officers were unable to find a friend or relatives to assist they “demolished the door and frame and a large part of the surrounding wall and hallway.”  They found a large brown, lop-eared rabbit with Dutch markings “hopping around the front room and whimpering.”  So much for a distressed “woman” – the rabbit was a male, too. Humphrey, the rabbit, had pulled the cord which phones the monitoring service while his owner was out shopping.  I think Mr. Humphrey needs to be bonded to a rabbit friend soon.

Bronze Bunnies - Georgia Gerber does the most wonderful sculpture and bronze casting especially of animal figures like rabbits.  She lives on rural Whidbey Island, Washington, where she operates her own studio and foundry with the assistance of two women artisans and her husband. She primarily works with life size animal and human figures – see her wonderful rabbit sculptures on her website like “Stretching Hares” pictured below.

July 10, 2007 - 9:30 p.m.- Cottontail Out Foxes a Cat – in the Houston Chronicle Dr. Michael Fox’s column featured a story sent in by a reader in Minneapolis. Just outside a large backyard the mother rabbit tried to rear her new litter a few feet outside the fence while a chocolate lab presided over the yard. But unfortunately the babies were attacked and killed by a cat. This year the rabbit made her shallow nest 8 feet in front of the dog’s house and all are thriving. The dog is unbothered by the rabbit family in his yard. (Above is a Giant Continental Rabbit and a Black Lab who are best buddies.)

Rabbit Shopping Finds Online! I did a little window shopping online for my rabbits and found some great bargains and new items for rabbits.

Bunny Bunch – Check out this Extra Large Willow Tunnel for big buns.  Finally!

Bunny Bytes  has a new Bunny Treat Jar that’s airtight and keeps treats fresh (and even those papaya pills some bunnies love.)

Busy Bunny See the Bun-nanza Bargain values like this Carrot Basket and Mini Ball Trio Value Pack.

Cats and Rabbits and More has a complete weatherproof pet first aid kit on sale with 30 of the most recommended items.

Funny Bunny Toy Company  With a hobby that became a business these natural toys were created and great for chewing, tossing and playing. Huge Variety.

Leith Petwerks  It's a treat, it's a toy...wait, it's both – stuff this with timothy hay and watch your rabbit enjoy this treat/toy.

July 9, 2007 - 9:00 p.m. - Bunderful Generosity – In Coventry, England the RSPCA put out the word in the local newspaper about a white rabbit who needed donations to cover the cost of an operation to remove a badly infected eye.  Over 100 generous people came forward and donated $4000.00 (US)  Dillion got his operation and is on the road to recovery.  He will be reunited with his mate, Julie, who also arrived in terrible condition.  Both will be ready for adoption as a pair soon. The operation cost $300.00 and the RSPCA had a little extra leftover.  They are now repairing buildings and the funds will keep the center open for the all the animals.  It’s all due to the kindness of people who wanted to help one rabbit. Dillion's photo wasn't available.

Rescued Just in Time – According to InsideBayArea.com, “Nearly a dozen rabbits, some soaked in urine and kept with no food or water, were rescued by police last Tuesday from dirty, cramped cages behind a four-plex. “  Some of the bunnies were only 4 weeks old and some of the cages were small bird cages. The Oakland Animal Services representative said “The owner could face charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect because of conditions the rabbits were kept in.”  With temperatures rising this past week in California, the rabbits were found in the knick of time.  The rabbits are being cared for at the shelter and will be available for adoption. Call (510) 535-5602 or visit their web site Oakland Animal Services (One of the rescued bunnies is pictured above.)

Bunny Gets Standing Ovation - The Calgary Sun reported something very bunny happened at a football game between the Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  Several times during the contest, a rabbit ran onto the McMahon Stadium turf, once causing a delay of the Tiger-Cats punt team. When the bunny scampered across the goal line, the alert crowd at McMahon Stadium let out a huge cheer.  But the baby bunny didn't stop there, taking the play all the way down the opposite end to score again for another ovation. 

Iowa Rabbit  Day at the Spa- the Animal Rescue League of Iowa is rolling out the red carpet for rabbits on the afternoon of July 28th with a Bunny Spa Retreat.  For $5, bunnies can get nail trimming, grooming, ear cleaning and a massage. There also will be a special rabbit movie and fresh rabbit greens and more. The Animal Rescue League's own rabbit and small-animal specialist will be on hand to answer questions.  Plus, some beautiful rabbits will also be available for adoption.  Hay, someone pass the carrot juice!

One Bun Salute - The folks at the San Diego House Rabbit Society have a great sense of humor.  I was too late to get a shirt for this year, but I’m ordering one for next 4th of July like the one pictured on the left – One Bun Salute. There are two other designs to choose from – see the shirts at San Diego HRS Patriotic T-Shirts and More If you look around their Café Press store, they also have some nifty bunny grooming aprons.  (They could be salad making aprons.)  And, they get my vote for the one of the cleverest rabbit names I’ve seen for a rabbit:  Elvis Parsley

July 3, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - July 4th is a Loud Day for Rabbits - remember to keep your rabbits secure and inside the house. A rabbit's hearing is far more sensitive than a human's hearing. The sound of a radio or TV can help mute the sound of fireworks. My bunnies like a little classical music. Be sure fireworks don't pop off outside the room where the rabbit is housed. 

July 2, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - Bouncing Baby Bunnies - Ray from Rabbit Haven (Scotts Valley, CA) sent me a video of 8 babies that he has been fostering (two were adopted last week).They are quite a herd of hopping bunnies. They will eventually grow into their big ears, too.  See three minutes of cuteness at Baby Bunny Video A great way to start a Monday!

 

 

Thanks to Austin Statesman.com writer Jane Greig who wrote a commentary/response to a question about a full grown abandoned rabbit who recently appeared and is living in her garden.  Jane’s answer gave the number to the House Rabbit Resource Network.  She also noted the HRRN currently has 250 rabbits needing homes with an average foster stay of six months. She also suggested if “you use a humane trap to catch the rabbit, check it every hour to prevent death from stress, heat or predators.”  This is especially important in the warm weather.

Quote of the week - gotta love British bunny lovers and press …Reuters wrote a report on the on Britain's new Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister), Alistair Darling.  The article was all about politics until they wrote: “With jet-black eyebrows under a mop of silver hair, Darling cuts an unusual figure in parliament. Until a few years ago, he also sported a beard-a rare sight among cabinet ministers.  He also has a pet rabbit called Bertie. ‘It's the biggest rabbit you've ever seen. It must be three feet long,’ said one visitor to the Darling home.”

June 28, 2007 - 8:45 p.m. - Shop Rabbit – The first time I met a “shop rabbit” was in an antique store where a large French Lop lounged on the furniture. He fit right in with the décor.  Pictured on the right is "Mel Blanc." Mel is a three year old Champagne D’Argent breed rabbit who welcomes visitors to the Scooter Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Mel spends most of his day enjoying the waterfront view out the windows. However, he is very social and enjoys greeting visitors to the shop. He also patrols the showroom to make sure it's hopping. 

West Nile Virus - Bob from Colorado emailed me since he is concerned about West Nile Virus and his pet rabbit who spends exercise time in the backyard. According to the South Dakota Dept. of Health website, “WNV can make horses very ill. It can also be detected in dogs, cats, bats, chipmunks, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and domestic rabbits. It is important to remember that animals cannot transmit WNV to people. “ See the CDC  West Nile Virus 2007 Activity Map to find out where the disease has been active this year. Also, the Center for Disease Control  website has a information on mosquito control and lots more resources. 

Bento Box Bunny -  In Japan the bento is a individual portion take-out meal.  The container can be as simple as a throwaway box to elaborate handcrafted boxes. Below is a photo of a rabbit shaped bento emailed to me by Lisa in Japan.

June 27, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - Bad Hare Day on Milan Runway – that’s the airport runway.  The airport flights were suspended for three hours at Milan's Linate airport according to the AP Wire while a hare capture took place.  They netted 57 hares and 4 rabbits.  All were taken to nearby nature reserves according to the article.  The leaping lagomorphs were causing false alarms in the control towers.  Milan is better known for it’s fashion and style where every “hare” stays in place instead of wild hares.

A Little Wild - Conservation biologists are encouraged the last male/female pair of Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits out of the twenty released last spring have successfully bred.  The little rabbits are the only rabbits who dig their own burrows in the United States and were released to help increase their numbers.  It seems they have a bit of catching up to do since coyotes, badgers, hawks and owls took their toll.  Two other males who wandered out of the study area were captured and sent back to the captivity.  If I were those pygmy rabbits, I’d stay close to the burrow for now.


Keep Flies from Striking – Fly strike is a disgusting condition in rabbits caused by flies laying their eggs under the skin of a rabbit.  By the way, a trip to the veterinarian is in order if you think your rabbit may have fly strike.

The best prevention is to have a fly free house.  Use whatever means you can like fly traps/strips, fly swatters and repair screen doors and window screens.  Make sure your rabbits are dry and their area cleaned daily.  If you have a disabled rabbit with problems such as incontinence or fecal matter sticking to fur, keep the bunny as clean as possible.  I have also clipped the fur short around a rabbit’s bottom to help.  After experiencing the results of fly strike in some of my rabbits when they were rescued, I know how important it is to make sure rabbits are in a “no fly zone.”   

By the way, the handmade bunny with wings is a lot prettier than a picture of a house fly.  It was sent to me months ago from a Bunny Blog visitor in Japan so I don't know where to buy them.

June 25, 2007 - 8:30 p.m. - Rabbits Would Approve! -For those of you who haven’t visited the Disapproving Rabbits Website, please take the time on your coffee break since it is “hare”larious.  It will definitely make your day especially if you have seen the disapproving look from your own rabbit (or rabbits).  Someone at Harper Collins book publishers found Sharon Stiteler’s disapproving rabbits so intriquing that a Disapproving Rabbits Book is due out this October 2007.  Yes, Disapproving Rabbits: the Book will be going nationwide at bookstores. I bet the rabbits approve of this!  Order direct from Sharon herself at the link above.  Sharon will autograph and/or inscribe a personal message for you. Congratulations to Sharon on her book!

 

 

On the Wild Side: Coyotes, aka Canis latrans is one more reason to keep your rabbits as house rabbits.  One of these distant cousins to the dog family and native of North America was standing about 12 feet from my back door over the weekend.  He was a young coyote and casually sniffing the grass until he disappeared back into the forest greenbelt behind my home.  Coyotes can adapt to many different environments including urban areas like the one found in New York City a few months ago.  My sister and I enjoyed watching the coyote and were glad all of our pets are indoors.

A Clover Deterrent - The Boston Globe published a recent article on the benefits of clover in yards.  One of best reasons for planting clover is how appetizing it is to wild rabbits. “Rabbits are so fond of clover, garden experts say, that if you determine where their burrows are and grow a patch of clover between their homes and your vegetable garden, they'll never make it to your beans and carrots.”

Yearly Check-up - my two old bunny boys visited the vet last week for their yearly exams.  Hops is seven years old and Bumble is nine. Hops, who had a very rough beginning, was just fine.  Mr. Bumble had a blood panel done and he was normal, too. He has a bit of arthritis in a forepaw he broke two years ago.  His eyesight is going due to cataracts, but he still has some vision. The visit was noisy since Hops and Bumble have bonded, and are very protective of each other.  Both thump at me when I pick the other one up.  It was a real "thump fest" at the vet's office when the vet tech removed one or the other from the carrier.

Hoppy Thoughts - While my server was down for editing the last several days, I had time to rethink the web design for Hopperhome's website and what else I want to add to it this year.  I will be making time to make changes this year and adding more to the website content especially on health issues.  A few contests are planned, too. I will keep you posted! 

June 12, 2007 - 9:00 p.m. - A Rabbit’s Best Friend can sometimes be a dog.  The story about fifty Reno Rescue Rabbits who found a new home with thirty Rottweilers at the Broken Heart Animal Rescue in Texas maybe a little unusual.  However, the rescued rabbits have separate living quarters. The last time I blogged about dogs and rabbits I received an email from a Rottweiler and bunny owner. The dog was well-behaved with her English Spot.  Some people believe it depends on the dog breed if they are safe to live with a house rabbit.  But there are exceptions like the Beagle owner who had a near tragedy upon introducing a new rabbit in her home.  On the other hand, a German Shepard owner wrote that her dog was protective of her dwarf rabbits.  The little rabbit pair slept with the dog during the day. See these articles about dog and rabbits together:  When Fido Met Thumper (Dogs and Rabbits), Dogs & Rabbits (about the Dalmation & Hershey pictured above), and Dogs & Rabbits Article. Video about a Dobie who Loves Bunnies

 

Idea for a Rabbit Home - Speaking of dogs, a large dog kennel can be a great habitat for a rabbit.  Joyce emailed this photo to me as an example since this photo inspired her to turn an unused dog kennel into a bunny home.  She is working on adding a shelf to Reggie the rabbit's newly remodeled kennel. This kennel breaks down flat and is portable. By the way, Joyce leaves the kennel door open 90% of the time, but "Reggie loves lounging in his own space."

 

 

 

Illuminated Rabbit Lamps in Soho London from Bob & Shannon, rabbit lovers on vacation in the Britain.

 

June 11, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. - Boing - That's a Lot of Bunnies - Karen and Nimal from Boing in Australia are rabbit rescuers with over a dozen living in different rooms in their house.  You can see them all on at Boing Bunnies on Video. If you think you have lots of rabbits, this couple has a pair or single rabbit in every room in the house.  The rabbits and humans all look happy.  The interludes of Karen and Nimal running in their hallway with litter boxes to each room is pretty humorous.  I know that feeling.  By the way, that's Annebelle above who I think is the "kitchen bunny."

Cartoon Rabbits - Boing also features the work of artist, Joelle Mayberry They call them her “cheeky” cartoon rabbits (sample on left). I don’t know if she ships to the USA, but she can make any bunny “into a cartoon.”  Go see her artwork and for more information about  immortalizing your rabbit see the link above.  By the way Joelle is a bunny lover with her two bunnies, Daisy & George.

 

 

 

 

Police Band together for Bunnyless Family - In Ipswich, Britain, the Evening Star newspaper reported police did something really “bunderful” - they surprised a family who lost their pet rabbit by digging into their own pockets to get them a new rabbit.  The original rabbit most likely escaped while playing in the backyard and met a terrible fate on the roads nearby.  A new black rabbit “Roger” was presented to the family when police heard how upset the family was over their loss.  The police officer said “We felt really bad when we heard through various different people that [the rabbit] had unfortunately been hit by a car.” So the police “banded together to pay for Roger and an outdoor run so he cannot escape.”

 

Fun Whimsical Bunny Stuff:

Bunny Family House Play Set

One of a kind set for a young child including the whole rabbit family and fun bunny furniture in a soft house with lots of detail.

Lettuce Scented Pink Bunny Soaps

Crisp and clean and everything green with pink rabbit centers! The rabbit embedded soaps smell like romaine! I found them on www.etsy.com – the hip crafts website with thousands of one of a kind items.

Bunny Pillow Tutorial

If you know your way around a sewing machine, this is a whimsical pillow with a pocket for the two little bunny stuffers.  Photos and all instructions to make one yourself at the link above.

Goldfish Don’t Burrow - In Germany the EarthTimes.com reported on how Germans spoil their pets.  And, it seems they are becoming more responsible when it comes to choosing their pets.  However, the article noted there are exceptions. A German Veterinarian tells about a woman who came into his practice asking how she could get her pet rabbit to stop its natural instinct of burrowing in the garden. His very direct advice: "Get yourself a goldfish. They don't burrow."   

Sludge in Bunnies – My sister’s eight year old  Netherland Dwarf, Miss Sage, recovered from an abscess (causing severe head tilt) and a respiratory infection in the last few months.  However, recently it was discovered there was too much sludge in Sage’s urine.  Bonnie and her vet decided the course of treatment would be subcutaneous once or twice a week.  Even though Sage eats a diet low in calcium and drinks water, the additional fluids should help to dilute the “sludge.”  If your rabbit ever requires subcutaneous fluids, your veterinarian can teach you how to do this.  Yes, it involves needles.  (Bonnie is doing a great job!) For a demonstration and explanation online go to Administering Subcutaneous Fluids (it’s for cats, but good photos).  For information on sludge in rabbit urine go to: Bladder Stones In Rabbits, Aging Bunny, Aging Bladder, and Lowering Blood Calcium

Hopperhome has experienced several intermittent problems with my web hosting company. (They have been bought out 3 times in the 9 years I have been with them.) I'm looking for a new company. In the meantime I appreciate your patience.

June 6, 2007 - 10:00 p.m. - "Luv of Buns" - The Berkshire Humane Society will host their Second Annual “Luv of Buns” Event on Saturday, June 9th. in Pittsfield. The event is in conjunction with 3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue for all rabbit lovers. There will be bunnies from the 3 Bunnies foster program available for adoption along with rabbits currently available at BHS. Go to 3 Bunnies Rabbit Rescue for more info.

Speaking of luving buns, the rabbit shown above is Bling Bling. He is a handsome Dwarf mix about a year old.  Poor Bling Bling was found “roaming in the dump in Hartford, CT."  He had an ear that had been pierced with a hoop in it.  It’s all healed up now.  Good Grief, I know rabbits have lots of ear, but they aren’t for piercing!  Go to 3 Bunnies link above to find out more about this bunny.

Masked Marauders and Foxy Critters  - The newspapers in the UK run many articles about foxes breaking into outdoor hutches with tragic consequences for pet rabbits.  In my suburb a common culprit would be our local raccoons (and possibly a fox or coyote) getting into a rabbit hutch.  Raccoons are very good climbers and can easily kill a rabbit. Just because you live in a suburb, please be aware foxes and raccoons are living in your neighborhood.  The picture above is one of “my raccoons.”  My place backs up to a large green belt of woods even though civilization is out the front door.  When the weather is nice, some people are tempted to take their house rabbits outside, but it's safe only when rabbits are supervised. I received an email this week from a couple who said they went inside to eat lunch, and from their kitchen window saw an eagle take their rabbit right out of an x-pen. They were devastated and in shock. 

Hop on the Bus - Below is a photo of a bus in Japan.  Mrs. Yamaguchi who sent me the photo called it a "usagi" (rabbit) bus. This is "hare"larious and I want one!

The National House Rabbit Society has been accepting donations for a Rescue Emergency Fund to make funds available as small targeted grants to help rescue organizations with large rescues.  This is great since last year was a year for big bunny rescues all over the country.  Donations have been coming in and already the HRS is making them available.  The grants made so far include Animal Friends, Inc.; Bunny Bunch of Southern California to help with a rescue of over 500 domestic rabbits in Garden Grove, CA and Wild Rescue of Texas to help with a rescue of 45 domestic rabbits in the Fort Worth Area.

These funds are helping some very deserving rabbit rescue operations (and the rabbits, of course!). Go to the link above to donate and learn more about the program.

San Diego HRS  started the first of its kind, “rabbit only” Spay/Neuter Rebate program in February 2006. People who get their rabbits spayed or neutered can mail a copy of their receipt to the San Diego HRS for a refund for a portion of the surgery cost. Click here for  More Info  if you live in San Diego County. The gorgeous girl above is "Tootsie." She is an Angora mix who is a little over a year old and good with her litter box.  And, look at those helicopters ears. See Tootsie at: San Diego Adoption

Are real bunnies naughty like Peter Rabbit?  If you live in the Bay Area of California you can find out on Saturday, June 9th at 11:00 a.m. The House Rabbit Society Headquarters (Richmond, California) has an event for kids (and grown-ups) called "Storybook Bunnies and Real Bunnies." Susan Davis, HRS Educator, will answer questions like the one above and others like: Do wild rabbits really frolic in the woods like the ones from The Velveteen Rabbit? She will also read excerpts from classic rabbit-themed children's stories and then lead a discussion on the differences (and similarities) between fictional bunnies and real ones. Find out more at the HRS Events Web Page

Dippy Rabbit - Martha Stewart take note -  Rhoda from Texas found this photo and emailed to me.  Rhoda even tried to duplicate this bread bunny for her party with "some success." (She didn't send a photo of her attempt.)  But she did make hers more colorful by adding some other veggies.

June 5, 2006, 9:30 p.m. - When you Hop on - An Oregon congressman wants to take care of your bunnies. (Oh yes, that includes dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, birds, fish, horses and reptiles.) What happens to pets when their owner passes away. The Oregonian reports Rep. Blemenauer wants pet owners to be able to set-up a federally deductible trust fund for  “fur” kids.  According to the article “The obscure bill has the support of animal rights advocates.”  Also, Blumenauer says, [the legislation] “would give ‘peace of mind’ to the many Americans who think of their pets as family.” Thirty-nine states -- including Oregon -- allow people to set up trusts for their pets.  (That’s Gretchen above - she is a lovely, small grey Rex who was a stray. Her litter box habits are great.  She is very sweet, loves to be held and enjoys sitting in one's lap. See Rabbit Advocates of Portland, Oregon)

British Bunnies Will Get New Digs - The RSPCA in Wiltshire, UK discovered some disturbing findings from a survey concerning rabbits seen by the RSPCA in the South West region over a six month period: "69% did not have access to a run and spent 24 hours a day locked in a hutch; 50% did not have an adequate sized hutch and 32% of rabbits were living in old hutches, which they were given free from a friend/neighbor who had previously had rabbits."

In the UK many rabbits are kept in hutches, but after the survey the RSPCA is going to improve the living conditions for rabbits throughout the South West region.  They are offering a limited number of brand new and large hutches to existing rabbits owners who cannot afford them with a minimum donation.  Of course, I recommend bringing bunny inside, but these rabbits will have much improved lives over cramped quarters. (Borris, a Lionhead mix, represents the UK above – he’s listed with the Rabbit Rehome.

Hay - it's a Good Deal The folks at www.oxbowhay.com have a special deal so you can add variety to your rabbit’s diet.  Taste of Oxbow combines 15 oz. varieties of Western Timothy Hay, Orchard Grass Hay, and Oat Hay with your choice of Alfalfa Hay or Brome Hay.  I have purchased all of these hays separately for my rabbit’s discriminating tastes (except the Alfalfa Hay since it's too fattening for my geriatric bunnies).  See the link above for a terrific price on four 15 oz. bags– it lasts until June 30th.

Hoppy Toy Bunny – Keep this in mind for next Spring or even Christmas – a toy bunny that hops.  The jumping rabbit is available at Cloud Nine Toys online and you can see the Hopping Toy Bunny hopping at their website. A machine will never be able to duplicate a real "binky," but the hops are cute.

June 4, 2007, 9:30 p.m. Rabbitt in Paradise Here’s an artistic website with a lot rabbittude. Be sure to check out their book section in their store at Rabbitt in Paradise Books They have books on Blackberry Rabbitt’s move from California to Hawaii to become the “Rabbitt in Paradise." Find out what happens when a new ottoman appears in the living room.  Rabbit lovers can appreciate this.  Get your fill of rabbit aloha at this website. 

By the way, Hawaii has recently become the 43rd state to make cruelty to animals a felony offense now that their governor has signed a bill to protect pets into law.  Pets are defined as dogs, cats, domesticated rabbits, guinea pigs, domesticated pigs and caged birds that are not bred for consumption. The new Class C felony of cruelty to animals in the first degree is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

No More Rabbit Rescues? I love the list at CottonTails Rescue in UK about “How to Put Your Local Rabbit Rescue Out of Business.” 

It says:

1. Do not buy a rabbit on impulse.

2. Do not breed your rabbit.

3. Make sure that the sex of the rabbit is what you think it is, especially if you intend to keep two together. Seek confirmation from your vet.

4. Never buy a rabbit as a gift for someone

I would add:  1) Neuter and spay your rabbits and 2) buy the pet for yourself and not your children, but they can play with the bunny with rules.

 

Lavender Luvies started with a lavender stuffed bunny.  In Seattle a resourceful woman hand-stitched a lavender bunny, which she said calmed her daughter. "Bears are so typical. So, I made a bunny. ... That was kind of fun, and I thought I could sell these," Jordan said. "I thought it would be cool to make a living."  After making that first bunny in 2002, she would stitch other rabbits together while her young son, Liam, napped.  After stockpiling a cadre of lavender bunnies, Jordan began selling them the following year at Pike Place Market in Seattle.  She now has a shop on Queen Anne Hill called Lavender Luvies.  See her website for not so real, but calming rabbits at: lavenderluvies.com

Seeing Double Again - As an identical twin myself I find cloning pretty silly, but it was bound to happen.  A Hungarian research team cloned the first Central European rabbit near Budapest last Friday.  That makes them one of five teams world wide to successfully clone a rabbit.  The rabbit, named Tapsilla (in English that would be Thumpella) also had a twin that did not survive.  But Tapsilla is doing well.  And, what is the point of all the bunny cloning?  I love my unique rabbits.

Hopping through Flickr.com reveals lots more rabbits.  To see photos of the Red Door Rescue group assisting with a rescue of 180 rabbits go to: Red Door – 180 rabbit rescue photos on Flickr and Sweet Binks has some of their rabbit rescue photos online at Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue Photos (see two white rabbits above from Sweet Binks.)  If you want to  visit some house rabbits in the UK go to: House Rabbits in Nottingham, UK  And, these are just beautiful and maybe used for a calendar Leslie Levings Photo Shoot for BunnyLuv 

 

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