31, 2007 - 7:30 p.m. - Food for Thought - Calcium Levels?
Calories in vegetables? There are lots of questions and fortunately
several informative websites to find good information. For
resources on what fruits and vegetables to feed your rabbit
San Diego HRS - Bunny's Fruit and Veggie List,
to find out
calorie information visit
Small Animal Nutrient Chart by Susan Brown DMV and for Calcium
content (less is better see):
Calcium Chart of Raw Vegetables
by Carrot Cafe. Also, to
understand issues concerning too much calcium in the diet go to
Calcium Problems in Rabbits by Claire King.
Pet Oxygen Masks
- Did you know that many fire departments have pet oxygen masks.
They come in 3 sizes to fit cats, dogs, rabbits and other pets.
If your local fire department doesn't have them on hand, you can
suggest they do. The veterinary division of Smiths Veterinary
Medical PM Inc., of Waukesha, WI distributes them. They cost
about $60.00. Aside from brave firefighters, these oxygen masks are
the best bet to help any animal suffering from smoke inhalation.
White Rabbits in London: Bunny Blog
visitor, Lydia, sent this photo from Regent's Park London of white
rabbit statues: (click to see larger version)
30, 2007 - 8:30 p.m. - Hair Raising Rescue - The Janesville
Gazette in Wisconsin reported on a house fire Monday. The
firefighters on the scene said, "The upstairs was completely full of
smoke. We couldn't see 5 feet inside the door and had to use thermal
imaging cameras.'' When the homeowner returned and "saw the house on
fire, he rushed toward a bedroom window and tried to break it in an
effort to rescue the family's pet rabbit." But the window
wouldn't break. When firefighters saw what was happening, they got
the homeowner away from the house and then rescued the pet rabbit
and a hedgehog. The firefighters explained, "It seemed
important (to the family).''
Jodi Jensen is well known for her painting of rabbits in gardens
like "Petunia Primavera" on the left. She now resides in Utah
and continues her artwork. Her pet lops inspired most of her
rabbit paintings. She has a entire page of bunny prints available on
her website at:
Jodi Jensen Bunnies
January 29, 2007 - 9:00
p.m. - Gifts for Your Honey Bunny - Your rabbits, of
course. Two online companies have great values and
Valentine gifts this time of year:
Bunch Boutique supports Bunny Bunch S.P.C.R. (Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Rabbits) a no kill, non-profit rabbit
rescue and education group, run entirely by volunteers in Chino, CA.
They have a "I Love You Pinecone Basket" that is filled with dried
pine cones. (see photo
above) I know a few
rabbits here at home that would enjoy this!
about (photos, too) the 300 rabbit rescue of abandoned
rabbits from a park in Southern California at
Bunny Bunch S.P.C.R. This a
dedicated group of volunteers!
Bunny has introduced their new Value Packs, a great
value for those with multi-Bunny households or who like buying
in bulk. Go to
They also have terrific things for people, too. It's also
Valentine's Day at Busy Bunny - check it out.
are fun for young kids - a game called: Bunny Balance:
and Build a bunny den for kids:
Build a Bunny Den
Watery Rabbit -
Georgia who has three rabbits of her own sent along this photo of a
rabbit fire extinguisher (in China).
28, 2007 - 7:00 p.m. Temporary Digs for Woodland Park Rabbits:
According to an article in the Northend Herald in Seattle, rabbits
captured at Woodland Park will find interim sanctuary in an old
chapel located in another Seattle park. The chapel which is in need
of renovation will temporarily house up to “30 Rabbits” at a time as
the captures will be staggered. The chapel has water, heat and a dry
place to keep the rabbits. They will be “sterilized and recuperate
in the chapel before they were shipped off to a rabbit sanctuary.
The chapel will be used as a rabbit hutch for only a couple of
months… the volunteers won't capture any rabbits if there's not a
home for them beforehand. The volunteers are looking for other
sanctuaries in the region that can take some." If you live in the
Puget Sound area, volunteers are needed to help in capture and to
work shifts caring for the rabbits. Some rabbits may be available
for adoption. Please be sure to visit their website at
Friends of Park Rabbits
for more information.
Fun Rabbity Stuff:
French Rabbit Wine
named themselves after lagomorphs since "French vineyards are
abundant with our furry four-legged friends." They have a
photo gallery where people can submit pictures of themselves and the
wine, but it seems some real rabbits are hopping into the pictures
They're not cheap, but every possible rabbit mascot
costume is available at this website.
Join Dr. Rabbit’s Band
This musical interactive game is for kids on Colgate’s
website. It stars a rabbit.
Hillsboro Hoarding Case Rabbit
Adoption Date is Set for Saturday, February 3rd - a
hotline has been set-up with more information at (503) 285-7722,
See video of these adorable rabbits in rescue
are Good Medicine - While searching for news articles on rabbits
I came across a news item about a course that will explore the roles
animals play in Native American medicine. It said "If we see
certain animals frequently on our journey, they are bringing us
medicine which we need to be reminded of applying to our being.
Rabbit, for example carries the message of fear." About this time I
hear a ruckus behind me and turn to see Mr. Hops, my Californian
rabbit chasing my Snowshoe cat down the hall. Once they get under
my desk, Hops turns and jumps at a very surprised cat. Totally
fearless. The game continues. This is good medicine.
25, 2007 - 9:00 p.m. -
- The Oregon based rabbit education group
praised the Hillsboro police for their work in locating the 125 pet
rabbits stolen in the animal neglect case. (See January 23rd blog
entry) Helen Swann, president of the board for the Rabbit Advocates
said “Rabbits are wonderful companion pets and the police department
recognized this..." She went on to say, "The Hillsboro Police
took this case seriously from the beginning and we thank them."
The Rabbit Advocate
volunteers spent the last three months giving daily food, water and
attention to the 200 rabbits held in the case. Today's
Oregonian newspaper reported that since the rabbits are
in custody they are being prepared for adoption. They don't
have a date yet, but I will update the Bunny Blog when I know.
If you live in the greater Portland Metro Area, please consider
adopting a rabbit (or two) from the Hillsboro group. The
to offer education for anyone wishing to adopt one of these rabbits.
It will be posted on their website as soon as it is available. The
already have lots of rabbits available for adoption like Zeppy and
Poco, a bonded pair, pictured above who were each found abandoned in
a park. The soft grey male rabbit, Caddy, pictured on the left
was found at a golf course. And, speaking of rabbits abandoned
Read Hopperhome's story
Hops & Dill two good reasons to
never abandon a pet rabbit outdoors. These are just two out of
hundreds of rabbits abandoned every year.
24, 20007 - 8:30 p.m. -
"Rabbit Bubble" - No, it is not a new
rabbit disease, but it is a slow news day for rabbits. So I
bring you a story about speculation on rabbits in Japan at the end
of the Edo period when Japan began trading with Western countries.
European rabbits were introduced into Japan back then.
Unfortunately, rabbit breeding was wildly popular from 1872-74 in
large Japanese cities. The tortoise shell rabbit sold for
outrageous prices "as much as the price of a house. Just as in the
'Tulip Bubble' in Holland during the 1630s, people rushed into
rabbit breeding as speculation." Well, it flopped and
"increasingly attracted crime and became a serious social problem."
See this fascinating story at
Scoop on Shredder
Rabbits - I have one and her name is Rosemary Rabbit. She
can tear up the contents of a litter box in minutes without getting
a hair out of place. My sister Bonnie and I also rescued Miss Tansy
and Miss Rosie. They were the litter box "Thelma & Louise"
terrorizing every effort I made to keep the chaos (crap) in check.
So I resorted to drilling holes in one litter box and placing it
over the newspaper in the lower box. Until I discovered the
cat litter box makers had done this already. See my page
on Litter on Hopperhome.
you are using newspaper and hay, then this can help. If you
are using pellet litters, that avoids the problem, too. That
is until you meet a rabbit like Pogo (another rescued rabbit) who
loved to dig.
Tag You're It for Wild
Rabbits - The next time your neighbors think you know how to
solve their "cottontail rabbit problem" in their yard/garden just
because you happen to have a house rabbit - tell them about the
Tagback System to fend
off the fluffy intruders. It works and it is humane. The
Tagbak sprinklers stay on for five to 20 seconds (customer sets
them), and the system comes on only when needed and instantly fends
off the invading rabbits. No need to waste water or hurt the
bunnies. Works for raccoons, coyotes, etc. It's not cheap, but
then neither is a large landscaped yard full of tasty plants.
23, 2007 - 8:00 p.m. - Bonnie Bunnies - The BBC News reported
that "the popularity of rabbits as pets is growing," in Scotland.
It's all part of the media coverage of National Rabbit Week in the
UK. The bunny on the right is Derek, from Dunbar, Scotland.
"Bizarre Twist" in
Hoarding Case - According to KOMO News in Seattle the Oregon
woman who was charged with 257 counts of animal neglect of rabbits
last October was arrested again. She found out where the
remaining living rabbits were taken in the original the seizure by
Hillsboro Police. She then broke in and took 80 [later found to be
nearly 125] of the rabbits. The
rabbits had been confiscated as evidence and were recovering nicely
in a humane society facility. I am sure the rabbits are doing fine
now. But this is really unfortunate since "Hillsboro police
described the scene at her home in October as the worst case of
animal neglect in recent memory."
Rabbits - If you want to visit a rabbit rescue website in an far
away locale see the
Rabbit Society Chapter
website. Their active chapter just held a
"Blogathon" to raise funds over the holidays and you can click
through to read their entries (with photos). The list of vegetables
to feed rabbits in their Diet FAQ includes items such as Siao Pek Chye and Chye
Sim. I'm sure my rabbits would love it even if I'm not sure.
(The rabbit statuary is located in Singapore's Garden of Abundance.
That almost looks like a binky!)
22, 2007 - 7:00 p.m. - Living Large - the CNN video online
today, "Rabbits to the Rescue" I hope is the last of the news
articles on the Flemish Giant Rabbits being sent to North Korea from
Germany to raise for food. The story makes me hopping mad. Instead
of focusing on this disappointing news, I want to say how wonderful
this breed is as a pet. The Flemish Giants I have known are lively,
gentle and relaxed pets. I remember the first time I met a Flemish
Giant. I needed to clip his nails and I found the huge bunny
in my lap was very easy and cooperative. Visit the
Giant Rabbit Rescue in the UK,
mentioned before on the Bunny Blog. Read the
Joy of Big Bunnies
article from Ontario Rabbit Education Organization. The large
breeds are always available for adoption since they are a lot of
bunny to love. That is Bender pictured above from the
House Rabbit Connection of
Massachusetts & Connecticut website. This
adolescent Flemish Giant mix was rescued this past summer as part of
a large cruelty seizure by a Rhode Island animal control officer.
Gotta love those big ears.
Hay - Store it Right - an email today reminded me about the
perfect food for rabbits - Timothy Hay. The question was about
storing hay and how long it lasts. Hay should be stored in a
dry place and out of direct sunlight. Also, it is important
not to seal it up air tight in a plastic container. Hay
needs an "airy" environment so punch several holes in a plastic
container or bag if that's how you store it. It can last up to
a year, but it will loose some nutritional value. (I keep mine
for up to 3 months.) See an informative article on
Hay Management by Barbara Rey with the Rabbit Advocates in
Portland, Oregon. I differ with her in how I make it available
to the rabbits. She uses hay feeders to cut down on the mess. I buy
hay by the bale and use only hay in a litter box with a newspaper
lining. (I change litter boxes everyday.) But as long as hay
is available at all times, it is fine either way you do it.
21, 2007 - 9:00 p.m. - This Week is
National Rabbit Week
from January 22- 28, 2007
in the UK. At the
website there is a list of clinics and groups who will offer health
advice and information about keeping rabbits. The week
specifically tackles the rise in rabbit obesity, dental problems,
and well-being of house rabbits. That's "Freddy" above from
the Greenwich Rabbit Rescue in London
Shopping is in
over at the
House Rabbit Society Cafe Press
store. There are a lot of new items in the store for rabbit
lovers. The best part besides all the rabbity logo items is
the fact that every purchase supports the House Rabbit Society.
Proof Your Corners - Bunny Blog reader, Gayle, has a "Rabbit
Rumpus Room" as she has dubbed it. The corners in the rabbits'
room were being gnawed no matter what distractions and chewable
items she tried. So instead of trying to change the rabbits
she changed the corners with clear corner protectors from a hardware
store. As Gayle put it in her email "they aren't pretty, but the
walls are saved." The rabbits have been concentrating on their apple
twigs instead of the corners. The San Diego House Rabbit Society has
several good suggestions on bunny proofing here:
First Things First:
Bunny proof Your Home
Willas Ark Bunny Proof.
Davinci Bunny - This was one
of the entries I lost last week when my server went offline:
abunnydance of watercolor cartoon paintings with rabbits. It
pictures of rabbits
and as Lilly says, "Soon the bunnies were multiplying and
dancing right from under my pencil drawings." It's great
bunny fun over at her website at the link above.
January 18, 2007 - 7:30 p.m.
- Pets Wearing Pets? Rabbits are very
popular as pets in Canada, but the
Vancouver Rabbit Rescue
reports on their website that “A Canadian home
been advertising a Rabbit Fur Dog Coat in their "Perfect Presents
for Pets" section.’ The coats are made by a company out of
Mont-Royal, Quebec called
Romy & Jacob
email@example.com) Why would any animal lover want their
pet to wear another pet as a jacket when they already have fur.
(Even a Chihuahua can wear faux fur instead.) Find out more on the
VRRA website link above.
Remember - A Bunny Blog visitor from Utah emailed me a good tip
on rabbits and vacations. When Diane came home from a ski trip
that was cut short on the second day by a sprained ankle, she found
a full rabbit. She arrived home to find her rabbit, Topper,
completely out of the big bowl of pellet food she had left the day
before. The pet sitter was scheduled to visit that night.
Sometimes rabbits will gorge themselves on the bonanza of food left
for them. Next time Diane plans to leave a litter box full of
timothy hay, plenty of fresh water and have her pet sitter offer
fresh vegetables once or twice a day when she leaves on vacation.
She also admits Topper might have been bored. She has found
him a spayed girlfriend to share his food with during her next
Philatelic Rabbits - another Bunny Blog visitor from Australia
sent me this photo of the 1999 New Zealand Year of the Rabbit stamp
series. She not only collects stamps as a hobby, but also has
two rabbits: "Stamper" and "Posty."
Always feel free to send your tip or something
you think other rabbit fans would find interesting to Hopperhome's
email above. Later in the year I plan to add more
interactivity to the Bunny Blog with comments, polls and an RSS
17, 2007 9:30 p.m. -
Escape Artist Rabbit - Here's story about a smart
bunny who should be an indoor house rabbit. Several news
outlets in Wisconsin reported on a rabbit named Houdini who has
escaped his outdoor cages many times ("more than a dozen").
Somehow this little guy has found "rides" on the underside of the
family minivan a long way from his home in Milwaukee. They
bribe the bunny back with apple pieces when the rabbit appears from
out from underneath the van at various destinations. I would
certainly disagree with one report from Houdini's humans that
Houdini is "living an interesting life compared to other bunnies."
It's time to bring this rabbit inside so he can have a
Smart Rabbit - Steve Dales' column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press
printed a letter from a woman concerned her rabbit "turns up her
nose at alfalfa kibble." The president of the Chicago-based
Red Door Animal Shelter, Chicago,
is darn smart."
She went on to say "Alfalfa kibble and timothy hay
pellets are for baby rabbits only. You do want to
feed adult rabbits primarily timothy hay (not to be
confused with timothy hay pellets), which should
always be available. Also, feed lots of salad with
romaine and green and red leaf lettuce . . ."
One of the best websites on rabbit diet is
Also, go to several articles on the
House Rabbit Society
The rabbit pictured above is
Lilac who was found outside, where she was trying to
fend for herself. They say she is very
sweet and loving and likes to sit on your lap be
petted. See the Red Door link above about all
the animals they have for adoption including Miss
- That's Calvin (3 month old male, Dutch Rabbit -
soon to be neutered) and Cassidy (a 5 month old
spayed female Dutch rabbit) enjoying some tubes
(cement forms you can find at Lowes or Home Depot).
foster parents with
The House Rabbit
Connection of Massachusetts & Connecticut
say the pair are very energetic and fun to watch. No
kidding! The tubes come in various diameters
and lengths. They create simple fun for rabbits who
love to jump.
16, 2007, 8:00 p.m. - Hoarded Rabbits Could Be Up for Adoption - The
Hillsboro Argus newspaper reported that "A Hillsboro woman charged
with 250 counts of animal abuse has until Wednesday to post an
$85,000 bond to provide for the bunnies' continuing care while they
are evidence in the criminal case against her." Fortunately, in this
case the 169 live rabbits seized are being cared for by volunteers
with the Humane Society and "all the rabbits are thriving."
If the bond isn't posted, a major adoption effort will be
undertaken. The Oregon Humane Society already has several rabbits
like Taffy above available for adoption.
in a Name - "Groucho" was an easy choice for my little lop
pictured on the left. My sister and me have followed a herb
theme with Rosemary, Hops, Basil, Sage, Hops and Tansy. When I
adopted Bumble his buzzing noises made him "Mr. Bumble B.
Bunny." For two large lists of rabbit names online: Bunny Name List,
About.com Names for Rabbits
If you haven't
found a rabbit calendar yet,
Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue Calendar 2007
available. All the profits go to their rabbit
rescue and the rabbits featured are rescued bunnies. See a preview
of all the beautifully photographed bunny months at this link
Brambley Hedge of Phoenix.
15, 2007 3:00 p.m.
Stop Petco from Selling Rabbits in San
Diego County. According to the
San Diego House Rabbit Society Chapter
website: “In December, 2006 PETCO stores began selling rabbits in
San Diego County. The Escondido (Valley Parkway) and Carmel
Mountain stores currently have rabbits and the Poway is considering
adding rabbits to their inventory. Secondly, it's been reported that
these rabbits are coming from the notorious "puppy mill" breeder,
Marshall Farms, which has now gotten into the "rabbit mill"
business. Marshall Farms is well known for the thousands of dogs
and ferrets it breeds for pet store and laboratory use across the
U.S.” I have my own unfortunate experiences with Petco in
(See Harley Girl
- that's Rosemary above.)
Smuggled Her Rabbit Home - With all the interest in
(the movie) this last couple of weeks, it seems Beatrix did what
most kids want to do when their parents say "no" to a pet rabbit - Beatrix bought
her first rabbit at a pet shop and smuggled him home in a paper
bag. That was Benjamin Bouncer. She taught Benjamin to take walks
on a leash and he was her first model. In fact, all of Beatrix’s pets including her mouse (Hunca Munca), and hedgehog (Mrs. Tiggy)
went with her on vacations and traveled on the train.
in Las Vegas – You Bet! And, the
Las Vegas House
Rabbit Society reports
on their website that the “Lied Shelter (their local animal
shelter), is filled to capacity with homeless bunnies. The
adoption fee is only $10.00 and all
bunnies are spayed or neutered. [They need to charge more than
$10 in Hopperhome's opinion] If you live in Las Vegas, consider
adopting a bunny directly from the shelter at: Lied Animal Shelter
located at 655 N. Mojave Road. Their phone number is 702 384-3333.
That is a beautiful Japanese Harlequin male at one year old available for adoption in Las Vegas.
He doesn't have a name, but he could have a lucky number
A156039 if someone comes by to adopt him! Click on his picture
to get a closer look.
Elves at Christmas – the
Rabbit Haven of Santa Cruz Holiday Bag Program
received generous contributions from “bunny lovers across the
continent and from dedicated volunteers who made toys, assembled
bags, and distributed treat bags and TLC to bunnies at local
shelters and foster homes.!” See their slideshow of the program at
the link above. Plus, further evidence of the Bunny Elves at work
was shown in pictures at the
Indiana House Rabbit Society of
Foster Rabbit Secret Santas Gifts on Christmas morning. See them at
link above. T
January 14, 2007 -
10:00 a.m. My web service provider at Web.com was down this past
week. I lost this past week's blog entries for Jan. 8th through
11th. I will update tomorrow morning now that I am able to add
content to Hopperhome.com. Thanks for your patience!
January 7, 2007 -
2:00 p.m. -
The Los Angeles
Rabbit Adopt-a-thon is featured on the
As they say “With
over 1,100 rabbits checked into the Los Angeles City shelters
yearly, and an additional 1,000 checked into the Los Angeles County
shelters, plus hundreds more in surrounding areas and in several
rabbit rescue groups, the Los Angeles area is overflowing with
unwanted rabbits." No kidding! Don't miss this event on February
11th if you live in the Los Angeles area. Go to the HRS link above for more information.
is just one of many great rescue organizations
in the Los Angles area. (They
are in Van Nuys)
touched by the story of Beyonce on their website (see photo left).
Beyonce was their featured Bunny for December. She was adopted as a
young rabbit and then returned to them at age 9 when her bunny
companion died and her human didn’t want to care for her any
longer. Good Grief! Just imagine losing your mate and your home in
the same week. They say she will need long-term care and has
difficulty seeing, but she certainly deserves a good home her “twilight years.” For
more go to their website link above.
is more than one video showing rabbits performing clicker training
tricks See the one
Diane from Fuzzy Termites emailed me at:
Bunny Performing Clicker Tricks
this one. And, this video is on Clickflicks:
Plus, there are two BunnyFest Demonstrations on YouTube:
Bunny Clicker Training Part 1 and
Bunny Clicker Training Part 2
show rabbits not only show their smarts when
clicker trained, they also have minds of their own.
at Christmas - A little baby Lionhead rabbit
(on left) was dumped in a box on Christmas eve in Marlow, UK as
reported by the Citizen Newsletter. The bunny was
unable to eat because "he had a overgrown teeth and infected gums."
With a new name, Jake, and now in foster care, he has had his teeth clipped and is
eating. According to the article a "number of small animals
including other rabbits and a guinea pig have been abandoned" in the
area recently. They go on to implore people to think "long and
hard" before getting a pet. I second that!
5, 2007 - 10:00 p.m.
- Bold British Hares - British
Artist Sheila Gill paints
watercolors of rabbits and hares. She isn’t afraid to be bold when
depicting their ears and expressive faces. I found her website
recently when trying to locate another watercolor of rabbits.
Sheila’s work made me stay awhile and look at every painting. She
recently completed a children’s collection of paintings of rabbits
and guinea pigs. Plus, she has added new paintings of hares. Go
enjoy sometime with her colorful watercolors at the link above.
"Bunny Lady's Bylaw
Bind" - A recent article in The Record newspaper in Kitchener,
Ontario explained the dilemma of a long time rabbit rescuer (15
years). It seems Jo-Anne Barclay is in violation of a city
by-law "which allows for only six rabbits in a home." She has
twenty rabbits in her care right now and "says she'd rather move to
another city than give up her beloved bunnies." The article
was sympathetic to her plight and goes on to explain "They are caged
and well taken care of, but that didn't stop someone from
complaining." Barclay is looking for temporary foster homes
for her rabbits while she locates a new home. I am sure this rabbit
lover who works as a veterinary assist will find a good situation
for herself and her rabbits. City codes are a consideration for
anyone who wants to house multiple animals. In my own
experience, it seems rabbits multiple fast (without breeding!) once
the word gets out someone will take in homeless bunnies.
3, 2007 - 9:30 p.m. -
Carrot Fingers - CBS 13 in Sacramento did
a story on the SPCA welcoming kids to Camp Kindness to learn
about animals. One of the children was quoted as saying: "I learned
that animals need their respect and personal space and never stick
your finger in a rabbit's cage because they think it's a carrot and
will bite you.” After a few bites myself over the years, I know my
rabbits never mistook my fingers for carrots. However, thanks to the
SPCA for teaching children not to invade a rabbit’s space with small
from Bunny Blog Readers - I get these from time to time and
wanted to share a few:
Ann from Rhode Island wrote to say she tried white vinegar and
bitter apple spray as repellants on wires, furniture legs and
carpet. However, her rabbit Wendy decided both were yummy. So Ann
tried her strongest cheap perfumes. They work, but Ann says her home
smells like a “Hare House” now.
Something Fishy About those Wires – Linda from Florida
who has two rabbits and two large aquariums (with fish in them – Not
rabbits) suggests flexible clear aquarium tubing to protect wires
from chewing rabbits. It comes in several diameters up to 1 ¼ inches
and you just have to split it down one side to put the wire inside.
Another Bunny Blog reader wrote me that she never tosses vacuum
cleaner hoses since they can be recycled as protection for wires
from chewing bunnies.
Sock it to Them – Janice from Redding, California stuffs
timothy hay in cotton socks with holes in the toes. She expands the
holes and then hangs the socks on the side of her rabbits' puppy
pen. She says both bunnies enjoy stretching to get at the hay and
eat it even though a metal hay rack is installed nearby.
2, 2007 - 10:00 p.m. Chesapeake Rabbit Shelter Hopping
- WTKR in Norfolk, Virgina reported that an independent rabbit
rescue, Virginia Rabbit, Inc. is anticipating "parents pleading ...
to take the new pet off their hands" in about three months after the
holidays. They should know since Virginia Rabbit, Inc. has
between 80 to 90 rabbits right now and have been rescuing rabbits
for several years. Visit their website
Virginia Rabbit and see some
of the wonderful rabbits they have available like Lucky pictured
Rabbit Making a Comeback - Several newspapers reported today
that the Pygmy rabbit breeding program is thriving at the Oregon
Zoo. “After six years of trial and error, the Oregon Zoo's
successful breeding efforts may help bring North America's smallest
rabbit back from the brink of extinction. The zoo plans to release
12 Washington pygmy rabbits into the wild in March, the first
introduction of the endangered rabbits into their natural habitat
since their removal for emergency captive breeding.” In fact,
Meadow, a 2-year-old pygmy rabbit (see photo) weighing less than a
pound was voted Zoo Mother of the Year last summer. By the
way, initially they plan to protect these little lagomorphs from
predators to make sure they survive. Congratulations to the
Oregon Zoo and others who work to protect the wild rabbits.
we go to a Super-sized white rabbit who made news
in the New Zealand Herald this week because she needs a home. This
gentle girl was fortunate to be brought into the SPCA as a stray and
they think she was someone’s affectionate pet. The animal attendant
says "She's like a cat. She'll follow you and put her paws up on
you." (I had a big white bunny girl who did the same thing so it may just be big
Nonetheless, if you happen to live in New Zealand
you can adopt this sweet rabbit or another animal in need by
contacting your local SPCA. The rabbit's Village ID is: 103864.
1, 2007 - 6:00 p.m.
Hoppy New Year from Hopperhome! It has
been a year of Hopperhome's Bunny Blog! When I started the blog last
January I wasn't so sure I'd find a year's worth of rabbit news,
stories or photos to include here. After a few weeks I
realized it is always hopping! Other than a long power outage
this month, a vacation or two, and a server going offline, the Bunny
Blog just keeps going like an energizer bunny. Thanks to
all of you for visiting throughout this past year!
Dogs Rescue Rabbit
- Starting out with good news this year for a very lucky rabbit ...
According to the Cambridge Evening News in the UK two dogs found a
rabbit under a hedge. They didn't hurt the rabbit and instead,
the dogs who were out for a walk brought the bunny to their owner
without any injury. The rabbit (now named "Lacey") was taken
to a foster home and then to the Heathland Animal Sanctuary.
The spokeswoman at the sanctuary says "Lacey is "bit grumpy at the
moment - we think she might be pregnant. But she is a lovely rabbit
and has a pedigree ring on her." Lacey will be cared for
until a new home is found for both her and her litter.
Rabbit - Also, in the UK near Haworth a young woman and her son
were rescued from a fire in their home last week. When they
were safe the firefighters asked if there was "anyone else in the
house and we said yes - the rabbit." They thought their rabbit
may not have made it due to all the smoke. But the
firefighters retrieved the rabbit. The watch manger said "the
rabbit wasn't moving at first, but once we got him outside and gave
him a whiff of fresh air and a squeeze, he came back to life."
The woman, her son and their pet rabbit, "Rooney," will all be able
to move back into their home once the smoke clears.
Bunny Lovers Unite Pool
haven't been to the photo sharing website,
there is a reason to go and it's the Bunny Lovers Unite Pool at the
link above. It features photos from thousands of people who
post their pet rabbit pictures here. The photo on the left is
part of Ocha's flickr gallery who is featured as the Link of the
Week on the Bunny Blog.
28th - 8:30 p.m. - Harebrained Hangover Cures -
New Year's is almost here and the Washington
Post published their list of the more bizarre
cures for the "January 1st Syndrome." One of
the more repulsive remedies was “Rabbit
Dropping Tea.” I pour the stuff on my
garden, but drinking it has never occurred to
(Two handfuls of droppings in hot water – steep
for two days or so [until cool] and pour on
flower beds). I stick to real tea and
when I think of “rabbit tea,” I imagine sweet
rabbit shaped teapots like the one pictured from
I think someone would have to still be drunk New
Year’s Day to drink the tea I pour on the garden
in the spring.
Winter for New York Snowshoes - The Telegram
newspaper in Herkimer, New York (near Utica)
reported the unseasonably warm weather is taking
a toll on the local wildlife. They are normally
covered in snow this time of year, but there has
been little of the white stuff falling so far.
Unfortunately, the article says the “Snowshoe
hares are facing a particular danger without
snow. The rabbits turn pure white during winter
months, allowing them to hide easily in snow.”
Without snow the white hares are real standouts
to predators according to wildlife agencies. Too
bad Colorado can’t ship some of their snow back
are in order for the
House Rabbit Society
who needed to raise at least $5,000 in order to
catch up on unexpected bills and costs. The
green rabbit was completely filled up and they
met and exceeded their goal! So thanks are
also in order to all of you who hopped up to the
plate to help with this worthwhile cause!
27th 9:30 p.m. -
– An 11 year old girl emailed me today to ask
why her rabbit races in zigzags and jumps so
much. Other than the fact that
rabbits are made for it and seem to jump for
joy, this behavior can save their life.
The move pet rabbit lovers call a “binky” helps
the rabbit abruptly change direction to avoid a
predator. Also, jumping or running in a
zigzag line may cause a predator to loose its
scent. A great book on rabbit behavior is
sold on Amazon,
Why Does My Rabbit Do That? (see it on the
There are a couple of rabbits in the Southern
United States that will also take to the water
to loose a predator. The Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus
palustris) can float in the water exposing
only its eyes and nose. It also walks on
it’s hind legs from time to time which is
unusual for rabbits. Go to
for more information.
The Swamp Rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus)
enjoyed brief notoriety in 1979 when one had an
encounter with President Jimmy Carter who was
fishing on a pond on his farm in Georgia.
(See Photo Here)
Carter was caught on camera splashing water at a
visibly upset Swamp Rabbit swimming toward his
boat. The media called it a “Killer
Rabbit.” Go to
for more information about them.
was the name of an article in the Frontiersman
newspaper in Alaska yesterday about the plight
of abandoned and stray animals in the Mat-Su
Borough. Jeanette Rogers of
Meadow Gates Farm
in Wasilla, Alaska
was quoted in the article about the Valley’s pet
rabbits that end up at her sanctuary. Her
farm is capable of taking in 200 rabbits, but
this is much less than the demand. “We've got
too many,” she said. “There's probably 175 here
now … It's just irresponsible pet ownership.
There is no market for bunnies.” The article
goes on to say her advice for anyone with any
kind of pet is simple. “Don't breed. Adopt. That
goes for all pets. There are throwaways
everywhere.” If you live Alaska near
Wasilla and want to adopt a rabbit, please go to
the Meadow Gates link above for more
26th - 8:30 p.m. - Where's the Logo?
There have been several articles in newspapers
this year about pets given as gifts at the
holidays and then returned or relinquished. The
reasons for returning them can be as silly as
shown in the cartoon on the left.
Fortunately, several articles have been
published before Christmas this year to
discourage the public from buying a pet on
impulse as a gift. According to an article in
the Daily Press in Michigan "the harsh reality
that too often occurs in the aftermath of the
holiday: Mom or Dad carrying the confused animal
into the local animal shelter to give it up for
adoption." I'm hoping this message was
heard a little more this year so the influx of
puppies, kittens and bunnies is slowed at
shelters this week.
Rabbits Riddle in China
I found a link to this image in Chinese folk
art that symbolizes peace and tranquility.
It depicts three rabbits chasing each other in a
never ending circle. Even though there are three
rabbits they only have three ears. The
website gives a lot information on this image
located in caves near the town of Dunhuang in
northwestern China. Apparently, it is so
popular it appears on everything from carpets to
Pet Photography Fundraising - The photo
on the left is a candid shot, but a professional
pet portrait is a way to raise funds.
Diane from Fuzzy Termites emailed me about a
program that has been successful in the Bay Area
of California. According to the San
Francisco Chronicle article "the My Mutt program
is also turning out to be a popular ticket at
live auctions. At recent fundraising events, the
Peninsula Humane Society and Hopalong Animal
Rescue raised $3,000 each, and German Shepherd
Rescue raised $4,000." The article goes on
to say "Since its conception, approximately 50
local animal shelters and rescue groups, ranging
from Monterey to Sonoma, have been the
recipients of more than $170,000, using the
much-needed funds for food, medical supplies,
space and other miscellaneous shelter needs."
Perhaps this could work in your community.
To learn more about the program, visit
My Mutt Program
510-346-7777 Ext. 1109
Hopperhome Wants Your Candid Bunny Holiday
Season Photos -
my long power outage didn't allow me to put
together a gallery of holiday rabbit photos to
post this week. I have a few, but more are
always welcome. I would like to put
together the gallery as a web page for year
around viewing. So send your bunny holiday
photo in a jpeg format to
and be sure to put your rabbit's name in the
December 24th - 4:30 p.m. - Bunny Blog
Offline Due to Power Outage for over a week!
I live in the Pacific Northwest and December
14th the area experienced a bad windstorm.
Our power went out and didn't come back on until
today! Only one shelter in the area took
pets so we "camped out" in the living room with
the rabbits and two cats for over a week.
No internet, no hot water and heat only from the
fireplace. It was a challenge especially
when the temperatures got down to 25 degrees at
night. My sister and myself managed to
take care of ourselves and our pets just fine.
I plan to be back bunny blogging after a quick
rest for Christmas Eve and Day. Having the
power back on is a blessing and it is truly a
Merry Christmas here!
13th - 8:30 p.m. - Naughty Bunnies - After
blogging about the Pet Santas yesterday, Joann
from Delaware sent me a blurb from a local news
interview with a "Pet Santa" in Delaware.
Apparently, a pet bunny left him a present.
He said, "One time I was sitting with a rabbit
and when they lifted him up there were 'pellets'
all over my lap. I've had run-ins like that a
lot, but it's part of the job. The suit goes
right to the dry cleaner and it's as good as new
after that." That's good rabbitude on the
part of a part-time pet Santa! PS: I get
loads of bunnies in Santa Hat pictures from
visitors this time of year - one is featured
above. (I need to start a new page for all of
them in a gallery. Maybe next year.)
ECards - You can find rabbit ecards for free
on the internet in some of the most unlikely
places.... like the website for Telus (a
Canadian telecommunications company). They
featured rabbits in their print and TV
Rabbit Ears Commercial).
Telus has two cards you can send online like the
photo above with "Thanks a Bunch" as the
caption. Of course, the House Rabbit
Society has e-postcards you can send (HRS
Here are a few obscure spots to look:
Federation “Ears to Spring”,
Toonsgig “I’m Sorry”
Cartoon Rabbit Card
12th - 9:00 p.m. - Photos with Santa Paws -
A Bunny Blog visitor sent me the photo (on the
right) of a sweet rabbit with Santa Claus today.
Then I happened on an article in the Pioneer
Press (St. Paul, MN) about the increasing
popularity of Santa photos with pets at malls.
The largest mall in America, Mall of America, is
offering Santa Pet photos this year and several
other malls in the Twin Cities have hopped on
Santa's sleigh. Of course, Santa has a few
rules at the mall such as animals must be on
leashes or in cages, and proof of vaccinations
is required. Check your local mall to see
if they allow pets for pictures. My
rabbits can cope with car trips, but many
rabbits cannot. Please take your rabbit's
stress level into consideration before you cart
him off to the mall. A photo at home with
your own Santa maybe all the holiday stress your
rabbit can handle. And, if anyone knows
the identity of the bunny above, let me know.
- An animator named Amy created this Big Pink
Bunny that seems to think cats make a better
lunch than carrots. If that wasn't strange
enough, some of the Big Bunny animated episodes
do contain carnivorous behavior. (Screen
first before you show the kids.) I like my
rabbits cute, but Big Bunny is an original from
a creative animator.
11th - 7:30 p.m. - Shop 'Til You Flop -
What are you going to get your rabbit for
Christmas? If you need ideas, here are
links to online rabbit shops. I have tried
a variety of toys over the years. Mr. Hops
loves the natural willow balls, Bumble enjoys
treat bags, Basil (pictured above) & Sage enjoy
pine cones and willow toys, and then there is
Rosemary who only wants the cardboard from a
paper towel roll stuffed with timothy hay.
Hopperhome has never accepted advertising... the
stores below are where I have shopped.
The Bunny Store
Cats and Rabbits and More
Funny Bunny Toy Company
Pet Rabbit Toys
The Rabbit Stop
(The "Snow Bunny" above is by
Bunny Bites - I once watched an
experienced rabbit rescuer clip and file a
rabbit's teeth. The
health improved almost overnight since it could
eat and was no longer in pain. I don't
recommend this for amateurs and recommend vets
perform dental procedures on rabbits. (I
can do a lot on my own like shots, but I will
leave the dental problems to the experts.) I
have never had a rabbit foster with a
malocclusion problem and I consider myself very
lucky. However, if you need information on
dental problems in rabbits, three online
websites have good information. The first
two links are not for the faint of heart since
they contain photos depicting dental problems
Ben's Dental Extraction
Long Beach Animal Hospital Dental Information
When Chester Couldn't Chew by Marinell Harriman
My sister, Bonnie, discovered artist
"Tortoise and Hare." Phillip is an artist
who creates some unusual and surreal paintings.
I didn't see any other rabbit paintings on his
website, but I love this one. The poster is
available online at various poster stores. Visit
his website at the link above.
10th - 3:30 p.m. - Rabbits "now the most abused
pet" according to a news report by the BBC
in the UK. "Rabbits are the most abused
domestic pet in England and Wales, with 35,000
abandoned every year, says the RSPCA."
They go on to explain that "70% of the rescued
rabbits had been kept hutched 24 hours a day.
Almost 40% had no food and half had been living
in filthy conditions." It was further
reported "that people bought rabbits, but then
quickly lost interest. On average the
abandoned pets it came across had been dumped
after just three months." Since rabbits
are the third most popular pet in England and
Wales, we need to take pay attention to these
distressing statistics since rabbits are quickly
becoming a popular pet here in the USA.
(The black bunny pictured above is George from
the South Wales Animal Rescue.)
Five Days Left to Enter the Oxbow Hay Holiday
- Show Oxbow pictures of you and your pets
actively participating in the holidays. Winners
will be awarded with gift certificates for Oxbow
Products. 1st place: $100 gift certificate, 2nd
place: $50 gift certificate, 3rd place: $25 gift
certificate. Go to their website at
for more information. Pictures need to be
submitted to Oxbow Pet Products by Dec. 15,
2006. Winners will be announced no later than
Dec. 20, 2006. Email pictures to
Another resource for veterinary professionals.
Dr. Esther van Praag of The Netherlands –
Switzerland developed this website with the
latest rabbit veterinary medicine knowledge,
articles and more. There are several
language translations available on the home
6th - 8:30 p.m. - National Rabbit Week in the UK
January 22 - 28, 2007 - Rabbit health and
nutrition will be the focus of this year's
National Rabbit Week across the Atlantic in the
UK. They will be highlighting the rise in
rabbit obesity, dental problems, inappropriate
diets and health advice for
Plus, they are planning "Healthy Hopper
Evenings" at local veterinary practices, country
stores, etc. They take their rabbits seriously
in the UK. After all, they are the third
most popular pet there! For more
National Rabbit Week in
.The lovely Dutch breed rabbit pictured on the
right is Hazel from a UK rehome agency.
60 Rabbits Rescued in Virginia - Hanover
County authorities in Virginia are investigating
a case where nearly 60 rabbits were abandoned
inside a home. An affidavit obtained by WRIC 8
News in Richmond, VA, stated the renters “moved
out on Nov. 6th. The homeowner went inside a
week later and found cages of rabbits in the
basement.” Without food and water, the rabbits
were soiled and obviously in very bad
conditions. Unfortunately, one of the
rabbits died, but five dozen more were taken to
the Hanover County Animal Shelter, where they
are now up for adoption. The report further
stated it could have been a hoarding case.
Animal cruelty and abandonment charges will be
pursued. Go to the
Hanover Animal Control
website if you are interested in adopting one of
Animal Hoarding - Rabbits or any animal
fast to someone who is no longer able to care
for them properly because of the numbers of
animals, or other circumstances. It's
ironic that in most of these cases people have
good intentions. To find an excellent
collection of articles from the Hoarding of
Animals Research Consortium ... go
5th - 9:30 p.m. -
Hare Raising in Odessa, Texas
No real rabbits were bred to create this fund
raising event awhile back. Instead,
several local art organizations in Odessa came
together to raise funds for public art projects
and scholarships for art students at the
university with the help of some artsy hares.
A total of 37 wildly colorful hares like "Money
Bunny," and "Fiesta Hare" were produced for
sponsorship and purchase. See all 37 on
the Odessa, TX Visitors Bureau website at the
link above. Click on each rabbit when you get
there to see the information about the rabbit
and the artist.
Rabbits in Japan - An acquaintance of mine
returned from a trip to Japan and told me about
the “White Rabbit of Inaba” on everything from
building signs to buses. A myth told in
Hakuto, Japan (hakuto means “white rabbit”),
concerns a rabbit that lands on the beach.
Apparently, the rabbit almost met a tragic end
and you can read a version in English
Another tourist spot is Fuzofumetsu pond where
the rabbit took a bath (which I never recommend
for real rabbits). Link to
Japanese Rabbit Dolls
Grooming Tip - Bunny Blog visitor,
Shannon, wrote to share a grooming tip she read
in Heloise's column: When it is time to
groom your rabbit, put him in a deep-sided
litter box lined with newspaper on a table.
The box makes the rabbit feel more secure and
clean-up is easier since all you do is throw out
the newspaper where all the hair collects.
Remember to use a soft brush. (The sculpture
pictured, "Jack Rabbit Grooming," is by
4th - 8:30 p.m. - Under the Influence of
a Rabbit Named Dusty.
In Touch magazine featured Amy Sedaris with her
rabbit in the November Celebrity Pets section.
Also, Boston.com reported that Amy Sedaris
(writer, actress, comedienne, rabbit lover,
etc., etc.) will begin work on an
instructional video about rabbits. ..."Sedaris
has a 4-year old Mini Rex rabbit named Dusty...
"My apartment is like a psychiatrist's office --
no cords anywhere. ... To see a rabbit hop
around is a joyful thing," she says." Amy
has a new book out, I Like You: Hospitality
Under the Influence. Dusty is featured
in a chapter.
Potter the movie will be in general
distribution in January 2007. I have always
loved Beatrix Potter books and Renee Zellweger
now brings her story to the screen in "Miss
Potter." the movie is set in late Victorian and
Edwardian England, during which Beatrix finally
publishes her debut book, The Tale of Peter
Rabbit and falls in love against the wishes
of her parents. Beatrix's story characters such
as Peter Cottontail are CG animated in the
movie. Visit the movie website at
to see the trailer.
For Bunny Lovers in Australia this website has
lots of information from Building an Indoor
House out of NIC Squares (with great pics) to
Bunology a pretty good glossary of terms related
to rabbits. They have quite a menagerie of pets!
3rd - 9:00 a.m. - Hoppy Holidays - rabbit
lovers seem to be party animals with all the
December events coming up. Be sure to
check with your local rabbit rescue group and
humane societies for events you can attend or
volunteer with for this holiday season.
Here is a little of what's hoppening:
Holiday Party Celebrate the holidays with
your rabbit friends at
San Diego House Rabbit Society Chapter
annual holiday get-together on Friday, December
15th. Bunnies are welcome, in a carrier or on a
leash. Click on their link for more
HRS Headquarters Hoppy Holidays - Join
others in the rabbit community for a fun and
festive day on December 10th at the
House Rabbit Society International Headquarters
& Rabbit Center, Richmond, CA.
The store will be stocked full or all sorts of
wonderful gifts for bunnies. They will
also have a special area of the shelter devoted
to a Holiday Gift Boutique Visit the shelter
bunnies and treat them to little holiday bags of
organic treats and don't forget to sign up to
purchase a bag (or more) of treats for a lonely
Bay area shelter bunny.
Colorado House Rabbit Society Chapter
Bunny Burrow Gift Shop will be Open every
Sunday in December from Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Paws at the Holiday Bazaar at the
Wisconsin House Rabbit Society
Sunday, December 10th In Madison, WA. Buy your
holiday gifts and support Wisconsin House Rabbit
Rabbit Advocates of Portland, Oregon
Will hold their December Outreaches on Dec 16 &
23 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Western Pet Supply
in Beaverton, OR. Come meet adoptable rabbits
and RA volunteers, or just come with your
questions - they love to talk about rabbits.
It Up for Bunnies
Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue, Inc.of Foster Rhode
Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping. They will be
at the Barnes and Noble in Warwick on December
8th after 6:00 p.m. and on December 24th from
9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. with volunteers to wrap
your presents. Support Sweet Binks and
meet some buns!
Brambly Hedge Rabbit Rescue Phoenix, Arizona
on link for information on their December
Farms Small Animal Rescue Sand City (Monterey),
will be at the Sand City PetSmart on December
16th from Noon until 4:00 p.m. They will have
many beautiful bunnies available for adoption to
loving, indoor homes. Bring your questions about
living with a house rabbit, or bring your bunny
or guinea pig for a free nail trim! They
also assist with matchmaking and bunny bonding,
if you and your bunny are ready to make the leap
to a multi-rabbit household.
in the Bag
Rabbit Haven of Santa Cruz, CA
They start making holiday treat bags that are
delivered to every bunny at local shelters and
foster homes throughout our network. The plan is
to make 400 bags, depending on the amount of
Shop Bunny Bunch Boutique for the Holidays!
Be sure to support The Bunny Bunch bunnies by
for gifts for your bunnies, guinea pigs, chins,
friends and family. We have some new holiday
items! Bunny Christmas cards, bunny jackets, and
scarves with bunnies on them, just in time for
the cold weather.
Rolling in Some Dough
Midwest Rabbit Rescue & Rehome of Ypsilanti,
It’s their Second Annual Holiday Open House in
Plymouth, Michigan on December 9th from Noon to
4:00 p.m. See the flyer on this event at
their link above.
The Rabbit Habit in Pennsylvania
December 11th: The Rabbit Habit Holiday Party
for Members and Volunteers. Click on their
link for more information.
Find bunderful presents at the
Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club
for the rabbits and people on your list
Saturday, December 16th – 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Gift Boutique from toys to treats in
Pittsburgh, PA. Go their link for more