May 29th - 9:00 p.m. Panasonic
Neuter/Spay for Rabbits - Panasonic has started a
campaign to build awareness of the benefits of neutering/spaying of
rabbits while also promoting their new Oxyride Extreme Power
batteries. According to Panasonic, their batteries (introduced
last year) last twice as long as traditional alkaline batteries
which is good for things like digital cameras and MP3 players. (See
Bunny Blog entry on Duracell’s
rabbit on March 7th).
Neuter Your Bunny
website states that "Many people are
unaware of the benefits of Panasonic Oxyride batteries, just like
many bunny owners are unaware of the benefits of neutering or
spaying.”There are several links to informational web pages
on the House Rabbit Society website.Whomever came up with
this public service campaign from Panasonic is going to help rabbits
and I'll buy their batteries! See the website at the link
28th - 7:00 p.m. -
Gardening for Rabbits – On Saturday a great article appeared in the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette about Mary Svetan who co-founded the Pittsburgh House
Rabbit Club. She is growing a garden for her house rabbits. Here
are links: Podcast - Growing a Greens Garden for your Rabbit and
in thePittsburgh Post Gazette. If you are in the
Pittsburg area visit the Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club
In the article
it mentions growing wheat grass for your rabbit. There are many
links on the web for growing wheat grass for human consumption and
it is as simple as growing it in nursery flats, watering and
harvesting a couple of weeks later. Bunnies love it!
& Rabbits – An email over the weekend about a rabbit treated
with Frontline twice in the last month who has had seizures prompts
me to post this. There are several conditions that can cause
seizures in rabbits, however, some flea medications do cause them in
dogs and cats. The manufacturer for Frontline urges vets not
to use their product for rabbits as published online in an article
by the San Diego House Rabbit Society . It states:
“Representatives of Rhone Merieux Inc. admit they have received
other reports of "adverse reactions" to Frontline when used on
rabbits, but would not go so far as to say that they knew if other
rabbits had died. They went on to say that they strongly recommend
Frontline NOT be used on rabbits or other exotic species.” See full
San Diego HRS Frontline
According to the House
Rabbit Society, Carbaryl is the ingredient preferred by their
veterinary advisors. I have treated a few cases of severe flea
infestation in rabbits abandoned outdoors. My main treatment (and
cure) was a flea comb. Mr. Hops had hundreds of fleas on him and I
resorted to giving him a quick spray in the sink with lukewarm water
from a faucet spray hose. (I never bathe rabbits nor would I ever
give or recommend a "flea dip" for a rabbit.) I spent the rest
of the afternoon combing fleas off of Hops until he was completely flea
free. He has never had fleas again and no other treatments for
them. I also used this on 3 other rabbits in the same situation with
good results. If a flea comb can help in these cases, then I know
it works. A rabbit can get used to these "grooming" sessions
with a flea comb and having a treat ready afterwards helps!
the cat, joins the Hopperhome family.
My sister, Bonnie, decided to get another cat after loosing her 15
year old cat, Miss Luca, to cancer a couple of months ago. Getting
another cat with 5 full-time rabbits in the house is a very
important decision. After scrutinizing several cats at the humane
society, a big male tabby jumped in her lap, kissed her arm and that
was it. Bonnie found her cat or maybe he found her.
After a day of posturing with my cat, Pele, they are starting to
play. Also, Alfie who is about 3 ½ years old seems to want to make
friends with the rabbits. Even Bonnie’s little Netherland Dwarf,
Miss Sage, hopped right up to Alfie to greet him. Over the weekend
Alfie has been supervised around the rabbits and shows no signs of
aggression. In fact, Mr. Hops chased the new cat a couple of
times. (I’d run, too, if I saw a big romping stomping bunny like
Hops after me!) So even though Luca can never be replaced,
Alfie has been accepted by the rabbits (plus one cat) and the humans are thrilled
he is here, too.
26th - 7:00 a.m. - Training Time for Rescued Reno Rabbits -
Best Friends Great Bunny Rescue
will have "trainers in Reno this
weekend to help teach people how to train rabbits if they want to
adopt one" according to the Reno AP. And, it's a good idea
since there are around 1,000 rabbits to find homes for from this
rescue effort that started in a Reno backyard. "Efforts have
been hindered [for adoption] since potential bunny owners aren't
sure the rabbits can be trained." So Best Friends has brought
in specialists in Clicker Training from California who will conduct
"clicker" classes for people who are interested in adopting the
rabbits. I agree with the article that given the time and
patience with or without clicker training, even feral rabbits can
become pets. But this training will certainly speed up the
process. Go to their website above for more information.
This is the "second biggest rescue effort after Hurricane Katrina"
for Best Friends when "the group saved about 7,000 animals along the
a Hoppy Ending to Jewel & Two Babiesfrom Michigan
Rabbit Rescue - After Easter I get emails from frantic people
who have a "surprise" litter with their newly purchased
rabbit. Then someone sent me the link
about one rabbit that was abandoned over an unexpected litter. The
story of Jewel who was abandoned the day after Easter with her two
newborn babies is very familiar. Who knows how it happened, but it
wasn't this bunny girl's fault! It is great the Michigan
Rabbit Rescue gave Jewel a safe environment so she would take care
of her kits. So many times interference in the routine of a
mother rabbit can have tragic results for the babies. Jewel's little
abandoned family were lucky and are now in a foster home. Read all
about Jewel and see very cute pictures at the link above.
If you want to adopt Jewel or one of her babies, please contact
the Michigan Rabbit Rescue at the link above for more information.
Saipan Rabbit - I received this photo yesterday in the email and
it puts the salads I make for my rabbits to shame! Look at the
beautiful arrangement of carved carrots and more. I can't let
my rabbits see this or I will have to start preparing elaborate
Bunny Blog will hoppily announce your rabbit event for free if you
are with a non-profit rabbit rescue or sanctuary or animal shelter -
House Rabbit Societywith have aRabbit Family
Reunion picnic for the whole family (bunnies included) on June 10th.
Go to their link for detailed information.
Visit HRS Foster
Rabbits in the Tri-Valley at the Dublin PetSmart on Saturday, June
10th from 1pm to 4pm. This is a Rabbit Adoption event if you
live in the Livermore, Dublin or Pleasanton, California area. Go toHRS Foster Rabbit Adoption
Columbia Ohio HRS Chapter will have their
Summer Picnic on Saturday, June 10th. Go to their link for
more info including a flyer and map.
22nd - 10:00 p.m. - Congress considers pets' in Disasters -
The hurricane season this past year drove home the message:
Americans should not have to leave pets behind during an evacuation
for a disaster. According to a story in the AP wire Rep. Shays of
Connecticut said"When asked to choose between abandoning their pets or their
personal safety, many pet owners chose to risk their lives.The House approved legislation; a similar measure to Senate Rep.
Lantos from California sponsored the Pet Evacuation and
Transportation Standards Act. The bill, which passed 349-24,
would require state and local preparedness offices to take into
account pet owners, household pets and service animals when drawing
up evacuation plans. Offices that fail to do so would not qualify
for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Humane
Society of the United States cited a recent Zogby International poll
that found that 49 percent of adults say they would refuse to
evacuate if they couldn't take their pets with them."
Japan Rabbits are DollsDirect
from Japan there is a website that sells wonderful rabbit dolls.
The dolls are reasonably priced and they ship to the United States
and around the world. The dolls include rabbits with musical
instruments, "cherry blossom rabbit dolls" and more! Hop over
to the link above to see them.
Amazing "Scooter" Rabbit - After I asked for bunny cart plans
for a disabled rabbit on the Bunny Blog, I received a link to a
story about Scooter. Scooter was a mini-rex rabbit disabled
after an accident injuring his spine. Eventually his hind legs were
removed and he received a homemade cart. As the story says
Scooter "was a marvel on wheels." See his story at:
He also has quite a gallery of animal friends on
the website, too.
21st, - 8:00 a.m. - High Flying Rabbits - "Spending on
Pets Spirals Ever Higher" - KATU in Portland, Oregon reported
on the rising expense of pets and used a little lop named Luther as
their first example. It seems a couple were being transferred
to London and found transporting their pet bunny outrageously
expensive. To get a rabbit to the UK it takes a 6 month
quarantine, health certificates, etc.
So at one point the couple
considered "flying him to Paris, then spending $7,000 on a private
jet to get him across the English Channel." Fortunately,
Luther found a way to go via a pet transport service for "hundreds
instead of thousands of dollars." Still the cost leaps into
the stratosphere for anyone taking their pet rabbit to the UK.
See the link above on quarantine for more information. (I will never
complain about the cost of flying rabbits anywhere in the United
States. There isn't any quarantine within the United States -
all fifty states including Hawaii.)
Rabbit Nurse in UK wins prize ...
Since it's an English kind of Bunny Blog day: "A veterinary
nurse from a Warminster practice celebrated winning the Pet Health
Counsellor of the Year title at a national awards ceremony"
according to the Wiltshire Times. She also runs a Summer
Bunnies clinic and has done an in depth study into nurse clinics at
vet practices in the UK. (In England veterinary technicians
Bunny Cart Designs? If anyone has
plans for a cart for disabled rabbits (who don't have rear leg use),
please send me an email. A Bunny Blog reader is looking to
build a customized bunny cart for their rabbit.
Rabbit Rescuers - I'm one of those. My sister and I take
in rabbits informally, rehabilitate them and adopt them out to good
homes. It's easy to get started...the word gets out very fast!
There are many, many people out there who do this without any
affiliation with a formal rescue group and sometimes they become
formal non-profit organizations as their rescue efforts expand.
Several become a House Rabbit Society Chapter or an independent
non-profit group. Having the support from formal organizations
is very important and I encourage anyone doing rabbit rescue work to
join the House Rabbit Society
and consider becoming a chapter. The individual animal lover
who gets hooked on saving rabbits may someday be the next president
of a large rescue group. By the way, the mini-lop, Powder,
pictured above is from a private rescuer in New Mexico who has five
rabbits she is trying to adopt out to become spoiled house rabbits.
If interested contact:
Feral Rabbits Multiplying in
Anchorage - The Anchorage Press published an article last Friday
on the feral rabbit problem in the city. Someone needs to do
the math. This is a problem that won't hop away on its own.
Read article text
17th, 8:00 p.m. - Soggy Bunnies Join Flood Evacuation - The
Concord Monitor Online in New Hampshire reported last Sunday night
that firefighters began knocking on doors advising residents to
leave their homes in several neighborhoods. Some of the worst
flooding in 70 years forced people and their pets to higher ground.
A rescue bus roamed neighborhoods and picked up people, cats, dogs
AND a "pair of white rabbits plucked from a soggy backyard hutch!"
That's a lucky pair of lagomorphs! Thanks to the kind people
of New Hampshire who found all of these animals and brought them to
safety. The picture above is of Linden, a male angora rabbit
at the Concord SPCA. Hopefully, he stayed dry during all the rain
and flooding in the Northeast this past week!
Day for Endangered Wild Rabbits - According to the AP wire the
last known male purebred Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit died.
There are only two females left in the captive breeding program that
was trying to save them from extinction. This population of
rabbits was known to exist from "before the last ice age in Eastern
Washington." (see picture above)
in San Joaquin River area in California, wildlife officials are
trying to determine how many endangered riparian brush rabbits died
during recent flooding. The rabbit (pictured on the left) has
been an endangered species since the Central Valley flood almost
wiped it out in 1997. They also tried a captive breeding
program, but the rabbit's natural habitat has been destroyed by
urban and farm growth in the last 40 years.
a Hoppier Note - Blue Bunny maybe an ice cream, but they have a
very nice logo of a rabbit. This logo is available on various
items like beanies and an antenna bunny at their online store (click
is made in Le Mars, Iowa, The Ice Cream Capital of the World.
Rabbit Law - In New York State, it is
still illegal to shoot a rabbit from a moving trolley car. A
Bunny Blog reader sent this to me and I haven't been able to verify
if the law is still on the books. If people did this
frequently enough to have a law enacted to stop it, then it isn't
the law that is wacky. :)
14th, 8:30 p.m. - Great 2006 Rabbit Rescue Helps Vet Students
- Even in the midst of an overwhelming rescue of 1,000
rabbits from a Reno, Nevada backyard, good things can happen.
Four Tufts veterinary students learned the techniques of caring and
performing surgery on rabbits under the direction of a highly
respected rabbit veterinarian. A Manhattan vet, Dr. Laura
George of Catnip and Carrots Veterinary Hospital in New York came to
work at the Best Friends rescue ranch in Reno. The four Tufts
students who also came out to help with the rescue got the
opportunity to learn from Dr. George. The rabbit veterinary
techniques they learn from this experience will go on to help other
rabbits when they graduate and go into practice later on. For
more information on this amazing rescue go to:
Best Friends Great Bunny Rescue
House Rabbit Society San Diego Chapter always seems to have
something "hoppening." Their office will be open from noon to
3:00 p.m. on May 20th. Stop
by to purchase freshly packed hay, pellets, toys, and other supplies
for your rabbit. HRS premiums (t-shirts, calendars, books, etc.)
will also be available for purchase. Also, bunny's nails can be
clipped for a donation. Visit their website at the above link
for more information.
Pink (Eyes) - I've
heard this: "the rabbit's pink eyes give me the creeps." I
personally love all rabbits no matter what color eyes they have and
this attitude is difficult for most rabbit lovers to understand.
It puts rabbit breeds who can have pink eyes at a big disadvantage
for adoption. The San Diego House Rabbit Society has a very
insightful article (sorry about the pun) on this problem at
Looking Past the Eyes
of Rabbits Dumped!
In April a truckload of
domesticated rabbits were apparently dumped in "Lair O the Bear park
after dark in Colorado. There are plenty of predators in this
open space that is used for hiking and outdoor recreation. The
officers shined their headlights to ward off potential predators and
were able to round up 16 rabbits. They were neutered and
spayed and many adopted out with the help of the Colorado House
Rabbit Society. A few are still available for adoption through
Evergreen Animal Protective League and you can visit their website to find out more. The rabbit
pictured is "Winston" and he is one of the lucky rabbits rescued and
now waiting for a home. Contact the Evergreen Animal
Protective League at the link above about Winston.
Cities' Rabbit Sculpture I used to live near this rabbit
sculpture (on the left) located near the Guthrie Theater in
Minneapolis. Then one day I accidentally found another large
rabbit sculpture in a St. Paul, Minnesota park (picture below).
It is a very large bronze rabbit lounging in a public park.
am collecting photos of rabbit sculptures to put on Hopperhome just
for fun. If you have some rabbit "public art" in your city or
town, please feel free to send me a jpeg with its location to
May 8th - Even Bunny Bloggers get a
vacation - the rabbits and I thought we might go to Rabbit Creek
instead of ending up in Lost Rabbit, Florida. And, we
certainly aren't going to Rabbit Hash, KY, although, I'm sure it is
a fine community.
Back on May 14th to blog about all
May 7th, 10:00 a.m. Insuring
Rabbits Good Health Care - The Mirror.co.UK
reported that “a woman spent £2,000 ($3,700 US) on risky surgery to
mend her rabbit's broken leg so it would not be put down.” The
woman who decided to go ahead with surgery on her dwarf bunny,
Poppy, said "My husband thought I was mad, but I had to go for it."
I understand how this woman feels about her rabbit.
When a pet
becomes part of the family, the level of veterinary care becomes a
decision many people must make for their pets and it is getting more
pet owners “spent $160 million on pet insurance in 2005, compared
with just $61.9 million in 2001,” according to Veterinary Pet
Insurance (pet insurance company in US). In Europe about 25% of
Britons have pet insurance compared to about 2% of Americans. After
some research, I found that “from 1994 to 2003, expenditures for
veterinary services rose 76 percent.” It comes down to longer lives
for pets, the higher level of veterinary care available and pet
owners’ desire to get their pet medical care comparable to their
own. For instance, 20 years ago treating pets for cancer was not a
common practice, nor were laser surgeries for neutering and
spaying. I don't have pet health insurance since my needs have been
immediate upon rescuing rabbits most of the time. Normally each pet
is insured separately. For more information see:
VPI Pet Insurance,
About.com’s Pet Insurance Info,
Suggestions if You Can’t Afford Vet Care
by the HSUS.
Police Hop to
Rescue Rabbit – The Daily Journal in Missouri reported this
weekend that “Thanks to the Park Hills Police Department a
domesticated rabbit is going to get a second chance at life. The
department recently responded to call which reported a rabbit had
been mauled by a dog.” The officer found the rabbit had not been
mauled, but had a severe ear infection. Treated by the Animal
Medical Clinic the bunny is going up for adoption as soon as it is
healed. The Animal Control Department representative said, “People
buy their kids rabbits for Easter and then when they get bigger just
let them go. These rabbits can't survive on their own. They don't
have the instincts that wild rabbits have.” Thanks to the Police
and Animal Control Departments plus a kind veterinarian this pet
rabbit will get a new home.
Dances Aren’t just for Rabbits Remember the Bunny Hop? It
started in 1953 at a San Francisco High School . Ray Anthony’s band
recorded a song of the same name (Hokey Pokey was the B side) and
then the “Bunny Hop Mambo” was recorded by Duke Ellington in 1954.
The original Bunny Hop was a big hit at school dances. The Bunny Hug
was also popular around this time. Of course, now we have “Hip
Hop” and that name came from Love Bug Starski, who used to use it in
their rhymes back in the 1970’s. “Hip Hop” . . . that would
be a great name for a rabbit for those of us who are always using
cutesy flowers names for our rabbits (guilty here).
3rd, 9:30 p.m. - Travels with Bunny - Last summer I got an
email from gentleman who called his rabbit "Hobo" since the bunny
traveled all over the United States with him in his RV.
An AP article recently reported that
"according to the Travel Industry Association of America, more than
29 million Americans took trips of more than 50 miles with their
pets during the past three years. Almost 80 percent of those
travelers took dogs. About 15 percent took cats, while the rest took
birds, ferrets, rabbits or that quietest traveler of all, fish."
I have taken my own rabbits 1,600 miles in the car across country
and they were great. Also, a rabbit doesn't require any
quarantine flying into Hawaii (just a health certificate and a
reservation on the airplane). Perhaps taking your rabbit to
the beach in Hawaii is going too far, but a weekend at the cabin
might be okay. For tips on traveling with your rabbit see:
Will your Rabbit Stay Home or Travel or
Traveling with Rabbits
A BunnyFest in Sunnyvale, California
will be held on Sunday, May 21st at the Other Living Things Store -
This is an event for current and prospective bunny guardians. Plus
it is an adoption opportunity, a fund raiser for Rabbit Haven, and
an outing you can attend with your healthy bunny! Call (408)
739-6785 for more information.
in the Sun
Don't let your rabbit loose
it's cool this summer. Take the necessary precautions to make
sure your rabbit is cool. Since wild rabbits seem to tolerate heat
some people think their domesticated cousins (our pet rabbits) can,
too. Wild rabbits are acclimated to the weather and the heat.
Domesticated rabbits are descendants of the European Rabbit and
would normally live in a warren that's
cool underground in hot weather. For more information see these
By the way the picture "Diving Rabbit"
is by Clint Grant who was a staff photographer for the Dallas
Morning News from 1949 until 1998. He was also the "official"
photographer of the Dallas Zoo.
Bunnies Be" was the headline in the Winnipeg news last week.
Apparently many "Manitobans with good intentions dropped off 50
infant rabbits at Glenlea's Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre
since April 3rd, said president Dan Diawol yesterday. Most wrongly
assumed the babies were abandoned." The article made a good
point... "the vast majority are unnecessary orphans." The
centre treated 300 rabbits out of 2,000 animals in 2005.
Remember those shallow places in the yard might contain a rabbit's
nest when starting spring yard clean up. Unlike domesticated
rabbits, the wild rabbits dig very shallow burrows as nests.
Bunny Abode Apartment -My
sister and I have 3 of these single level rabbit homes from
Leith Petwerks. Excellent
for a rabbit that is not spayed/ neutered and litter box trained.
The bottom is a 3" tall galvanized pan so litter can be used over
the entire bottom. I put a litter box in a corner and still
have an easy to clean area should a rabbit have an "accident"
outside of the litter box. See more of their products on my
Bunny Digs page.
Molar MunchiesGo to “Goodies”
Zooh Corner’s Store
– This store has terrific healthy treats for rabbits including the
Rabbit Dental Health Kit developed by Dr. Sari Kanfer and Alexandra
29th - 8:00 p.m.- A Visit to Bunnies by the Bay... this morning
my sister and I drove the bunnymobile up to Bunnies By The Bay, the
whimsical home of one of a kind plush rabbits, cuddly baby clothes
and comfy robes. We were treated to a Tulip Festival special of Tea
& Cakes. We got to keep our "Haremones" cups for tea. (I got
Misty Moody Blues, Dr. Esther Chin's Laughable Prescription for
''Many Paws.") Bunnies by the Bay occupies two houses located
in the small picturesque fishing town
Washington. One house is the General
Store for the Bunnies by the Bay Baby and Baby Me, Too
(for women) and next door is Hareytale House which is full of
their famous plush rabbits and the tea room. The entire house
is decorated in a fanciful style. This is where they hold Nettie
Confetti Birthday Celebrations for
Needless to say, we were in bunny heaven because everywhere we
turned there were gifts like carrot jam, bunny slippers and
bunny-themed clothing for children. We enjoyed every moment of
our visit sipping our tea while sitting on a big overstuffed sofa
and chair. Of course, we came home to our "real" rabbits who
wondered where we were all day. If you can't hop out to Washington
to visit, go online at
Bunnies by the Bay.
Coursing Banned in Solano County California. These cruel
races were being held in fields near Fairfield, California for years
and it came as a surprise to Solano County Supervisors and local law
enforcement. But the County Supervisors took decisive action and
banned this so called "sport" by enacting an ordinance. This
is a "blood sport in which dogs race to catch and kill
jackrabbits." The news reported on KGO also stated that "the battle
over coursing moves to the California Assembly next, where the
Appropriations Committee takes up a statewide ban in two weeks.
and Bathing - Rabbits are very clean and rarely if ever
need a bath. I get about three or four emails a week
concerning "baths" so I thought I would mention it. Rabbits
clean themselves an average of five times a day top to bottom.
(They are cleaner than cats.) I have never bathed a rabbit except
twice because of outdoor rescues and these rabbits were heavily
soiled. I wash the part of the rabbit that is soiled like a messy
bottom if it is absolutely necessary. For more information read Dana
Bathing A Rabbit’s Messy Bottom. Also,
read a good general article on grooming by
called The Well Groomed Rabbit.
Remember to keep your pet rabbit out of the sink and bathtub!
Fire Crew Frees Three Year Old Boy
From Rabbit Hutch - Alice in Wonderland found herself stuck in
the White Rabbit's hutch in a fictitious tale, but last Saturday it
happened to a little boy. The poor youngster got wedged in the hutch
about half way according to the local newspaper in Manuden (United
Kingdom). His mother was unable to free him. A fire crew dismantled some of the
hutch to free the boy who apparently just wanted to be with the
rabbits. The firefighters said the child was wailing, but
unhurt by the ordeal. I suspect the commotion of the six
firemen and the crying boy also scared the hutch occupants.
of White Rabbits - musical talent Grace Slick of Jefferson
Airplane fame has reinvented herself as a painterly artist.
Her subjects vary, but she has done several paintings of rabbits.
Her work as limited edition prints and engravings have become
popular with art collectors. To see her art go to
Peabody Fine Art
where several of her rabbit paintings are shown online .
26th - 9:30 p.m. It's in the Genes! That's Max from the San
Diego HRS. He's a small neutered male with "agouti" or wild
coloring that makes him look a lot like a cottontail rabbit. I
posted his photo not only because he's very sweet, but because he
also demonstrates how some domesticated rabbits are mistaken for
wild rabbits. While all 60 breeds of domestic rabbits (oryctolgus)
can interbreed, they cannot breed effectively with cottontails (sylvilgus).
They might be able to "breed," but the resulting embryo will not
survive. A domesticated rabbit has one more chromosome than a
cottontail. A "cross" rabbit won't happen. Your pet rabbit has
22 pairs of chromosomes while those wild rabbits eating your garden
this spring have 21 pairs of chromosomes (cottontail is pictured on
the right in the grass). Hares have 24 pairs.
My sister and I rescued "Miss Dill," a
domestic breed, from the outdoors. Just prior we witnessed her
being attacked by a
cottontail who bit her ear when she tried to be social. By the
way, Max (above on the left) is available for adoption
for more info:
BUNS of Santa Barbara Offers
Clicker Training for Rabbits
Learn the basics of operant conditioning in a hands-on workshop
using shelter rabbits and guinea pigs. Offered
June 11, 2006.
Tuition $75. For more information contact
I Brake for
Bunnies - I have been looking for a way to scare rabbits out of
the road for years. I am one of those people that swerve to
miss rabbits (and any other living thing on the road). I read
about about something that might work. It is a Screaming Hawk
Deer Whistle and it's available online for $4.95 each. The ad
says that at road speeds, "air moving through the channels of this
deer whistle creates a screaming sound that ... keeps small animals
off the road." (Supposed to work for deer, too.) It would make
sense that a screaming hawk sound would scare a wild rabbit.
See it for yourself online at
Source for Screaming Hawk Deer Whistle
23th - 8:00 p.m. Post Easter Hit Already Starting - a few
newspaper articles show the post Easter rabbit dump is already
showing up in some places. An article in the Dallas Morning
News reported on the work the folks over at the North Texas Rabbit
Sanctuary are doing to save rabbits. "On Monday, the Grapevine
animal shelter already had its first casualty of impulse buying: a
small, frightened female rabbit with a broken leg." The rabbit
is going to the vet for care and then to foster care. The Plain
Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio also reported that animal
shelters in nearby counties as well as in Cleveland have more than
30 rabbits available for adoption. "Officials fear more are coming,
as Easter gifts mature into adults." It seemed like there were
so many articles this year in the media across the country warning
people about buying rabbits as gifts for Easter and it fell on some
deaf ears. It is just more motivation to keep getting the message
The rabbit pictured above is
Piper a wonderful friendly rabbit for adoption at the
North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary. At some
point in Pipers life, someone removed her ears. Amazingly, this
sweet rabbit still loves and thrives on attention.
Micro chipping Your Rabbit - Most
people don't think of it, but rabbits can be micro chipped just like
cats and dogs. And, if you have a cat door where that little
scamp of a rabbit can escape through to the great outdoors consider
micro chipping. I still can't believe the spots rabbits can
wriggle into and out of including small openings in fences. See this
article at the San Diego House Rabbit Society on Micro chipping
Predators? An email I received the other day prompted me to add
this to the blog. When taking a rabbit out to the garden to
enjoy the spring weather even in a fenced yard, remember there are
predators out there. I once had to throw myself over a small
lop rabbit to protect it from a hawk and it was so close I felt the
wings flapping at my back. I was being careful and supervising
the rabbit's outdoor exercise, but the threat came from above.
I learned a (close) lesson. Even if it doesn't seem like there
are predators in your suburban yard, many of our yards are now
located farther and farther out toward wilderness areas.
Predators are coming into our cities like the coyote that was in
Central Park in New York a couple of weeks ago. Here are a few
predators in North America: Coyotes, Wolves, Lynxes, Bobcats,
Mountain Lions, Wolverines, Minks, Foxes, Owls, Hawks, Eagles,
Opossum, Raccoons, House Cats, Dogsand of course, cars if
the rabbit gets into a driveway or road.
Bunny Cart - That is Tools who will be 9 in May. He is
blind and has lost the use of his back legs due to arthritis. But
Tools is enjoying the flowers in Kym's backyard. Here is how
they made it: "The cart is made of C PVC pipe. It is even
lighter than PVC pipe and the wheels are courtesy of a young friend
who gave us a Lego toy he no longer used. There is also a small Lego
wheel in the front center of the floor board to improve
stabilization. The very back pipe has fishing leads in it for
weight. Tools was used to his harness because we have walked
(hopped) him around the yard in his younger days. That made it an
easy choice to use it for his cart. The sling that he rests his body
on is vinyl fabric." As many of us begin to see our rabbits
grow older and many wonder about their quality of life see this
House Rabbit Society article:
Quality of Life: How
to tell if your disabled bun is still enjoying life
20th - 8:30 p.m. - Philippine Mall Bunny Giveaway - James
Cromwell, an American actor (best known as Farmer Hoggett in the
movie "Babe") tried to stop a bunny giveaway promotion at a mall in
the Philippines. According to INQ7.net the "Makati City mall
Easter promotion drive was planning giving away 1,000 bunnies as
prizes to customers." James Cromwell "took a break from
filming Spider-Man 3 to write Nestor Padilla, president of Rockwell
Land Corp., which owns the mall, last April 14 to urge him to call
off the plan." His letter said in part, "It's natural for kids
to get caught up in the excitement of this kind of promotion, but
inevitably, the novelty of getting a free rabbit quickly wears off."
The mall responded that the giveaway would go on despite the efforts
of James Cromwell and local animal rights activists. I hope it
didn't, but I haven't heard the outcome yet. Many thanks to
James Cromwell for his efforts on behalf of the rabbits.
Hugger - Kate Ford who stars in Britain's most popular soap,
Coronation Street, posed with an equally beautiful white rabbit in
a new anti-fur ad. And, I think they both look stunning in red.
Online retailer, RedEnvelope, recently decided to allow bunnies to
wear their own fur instead of creating earmuffs and other
accessories with it. Also, the Olan Mills company is removing
rabbit fur trimmed props from their photo studios and will use only
artificial fibers from now on. My rabbit, Mr. Hops, who looks
a whole lot like the the white rabbit on the right approves.
Poop in the Movies - The documentary film "Flight of the
Dodos" debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York at the end
of April takes on the Evolution vs. Intelligent Design debate.
At one point in the film it shows a rabbit eating it's cecal pellets
I suppose to question if this is "intelligent design." The
cecal matter isn't feces to begin with since
is material that contains vitamins produced by intestinal
bacteria. Since rabbits don't absorb the vitamins (especially B
vitamins) through the intestinal wall they eat their cecals
primarily at night (sometimes they are called "night feces" for this
reason). They get more nutrients this way from their diet and it is
essential to their health. Sounds smart to me even if it looks yucky
to humans. For an excellent article explaining all about it
The Mystery of Rabbit Poop by Dana Krempels PhD.
Lop Rabbit is Lucky Charm on Deal or
No Deal Monday Night - Did anyone catch the cameo of a very cute
lop rabbit owned by Erin Birch a contestant on Deal or No Deal last
night? The bunny video clips were shown while Erin won well
over $160,000. Erin planned to donate 50 percent of her
winnings to Special Olympics Tennessee. Congratulations to a
bunny lover for winning!
16th - 8:30 p.m. "Golden Bunnies" -
That is what one website
calls "older rabbits" over six years of age. They take special
care. Just like people, things can start to need repair or
just breakdown. Bumble pictured on the right (taken when he
was young) is my oldest rabbit at 7 years and his girl, Rosemary,
isn't far behind in bunny years. My sister, Bonnie, has Mr.
Basil and Miss Sage, both dwarf rabbits that are at least 6 years
old, too. We make sure our rabbits get annual exams at the vet and
watch them closely. That's the key to catching a problem early
with any rabbit no matter what their age - be observant of their
behavior and notice changes. Bumble has cataracts and has
always run into things, but he does this more often now and follows
Rosemary closely. Their litter box is lowered on one side and they
lounge more. For more information see the
San Diego House Rabbit Society – Article on Elderly Rabbits and
also visit a website dedicated to rabbits over 6 years of age at
Golden Bunnies WebsiteAfter all, we all want to end up
with old buns.
& Guinea Pig Roommates - There was a clever ad by Blockbuster
aired on TV sometime back depicting the two species as pals. (see
them on the left) I have seen a guinea pig and rabbit devoted to
each other as much as two rabbits would be. I have also seen a
poor little guinea pig housed in a pet store with a very large male
rabbit that was not neutered. (I took the rabbit home for his sake
and the guinea pig's, too.) Rabbits and guinea pigs have
different nutritional needs and then there is the difference in size
which can have bad results in a pairing of these two species.
It can work, though, and for two resources on pairing rabbits and
guinea pigs see these links:
Horse Show Jump - I'm
not horsing around. Click on the picture on the left and see
the larger version. That is a horse show jump. Sometimes
the photos I get in Hopperhome's email mystify me. I have no
idea where this jump is located, but the horses do need to hop like
a bunny to get over this large wooden structure.
Paper Rabbits - This
Origami Rabbit Website
has several complicated paper folded rabbits like
eating a Carrot" by Akira Yoshizawa.
I looked at the instructions at a website for
Running Rabbit Origami
Instructions and my fingers started
to cramp just looking at it. Visit and see for yourself at the link.
Portland, Oregon are running a great campaign for
Easter that shows the difference between an "Easter
Bunny" and a live rabbit (see photo on right).
is very apparent after the Easter Holiday when
shelters and rescue groups fill up with unwanted pet
of the common reasons people give as to why they
can't keep their rabbit are:allergic to rabbits,
behavior problems (most likely the bunny isn't
spayed or neutered), no time, new baby or husband or
wife or dog, too expensive, new landlord won’t
allow, too high maintenance and can’t afford to
neuter or spay. The
Massachusetts House Rabbit Society – Can’t Keep Your
Rabbit for Life is an informative article
if someone truly needs to find another home for
their pet rabbit.
House Rabbit Society
is giving away free compost. Their bags of
compost contain paper litter, hay, rabbit urine and
droppings. Bags are free to anyone who will
get them at their Broomfield, Colorado facilities. What a great
idea! If you in the greater Denver metro area and
are interested, email at
Hippity Hoppity Bunny Day
(Cleveland area) will
take place this
Saturday, April 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at
Geauga Humane Society's
Rescue Village (Russell Township,
Ohio). The Buckeye House Rabbit Society will answer
all of questions about rabbits.
Georgia House Rabbit Society is having their
Third Annual Bunny Fest on April 23rd, from 3pm
to 7pm in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Go to their
website to email for more information.
Vinegar The Wonder Cleaner
- That's right plain old white
vinegar. It cleans up rabbit litter boxes and
trays. It is safe for rabbits (and you),
non-toxic to the environment and very inexpensive. I
gave up searching for anything else safe for my
rabbits a long time ago, since most household
cleaners are harmful to rabbits in one way or
another particularly to their sensitive skin and
respiratory system. The
Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society – Vinegar Article
explains the virtues of vinegar in more detail.
April 11th -
9:30 p.m. - Big Bunny Terrorizes Northern England - Several news
outlets have reported on a large rabbit eating his way through
communal gardens in northeast England. Sound familiar? It
reminded me of "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit" movie
featuring a large rabbit that destroys prizewinning vegetable
gardens. Apparently, the monster rabbit in real life is
black/brown with one ear larger than the other. And, this bunny is
hungry and munching his way through carrots, parsnips and other
vegetables. It is "hare"raising for the gardeners who are
trying to protect their vegetable patches. I suspect a Continental
Giant was let the loose in their neighborhood.
- send a free
rabbit postcard at the House Rabbit Society Website. There is
a wide variety of pictures from lops to Netherland Dwarfs to classic
black rabbits and more. The photos to chose from are really "ear"sistable.
Headlines Discourage Rabbits as
Easter Gifts - Just look at a few of the headlines in the
newspapers across the country this past weekend. Rabbit rescue
groups, human societies, shelters, veterinarians and other concerned
rabbit lovers are trying very hard to get the message out.
Even the nationally syndicated column, "Hints from Heloise,"
addressed the problem of people buying baby rabbits on impulse at
Easter in the Saturday column.
Your Rabbit is a new book being released as an electronic book
www.clickertraining.com Next month the bound book will be out
and available for $16.95. Clicker training is one way to teach
rabbits good behaviors.
Down Memory Lane and visit this web page about
Capt. Kangaroo’s Bunny Rabbit
I received an email asking
me about this television rabbit the other day. (I get all
kinds of questions about rabbits both real and fictional.)
What a blast from the past! Bunny Rabbit wore glasses even
though he ate all the carrots he could trick out of Capt. Kangaroo.
For some reason Capt. Kangaroo carried lots of carrots in his big
April 7th -
8:00 p.m. -
Eat Your Stems
Oxbow Hay has a new
“Academy” section at their online store. It includes articles
on picky bunny eaters, “my bunny won’t eat what’s good for him,”
etc. They also have an article that explains why the less
tasty “stems” of the hay are the best part of the plant for your
rabbit. See the article at the link above.
Most Expensive Bunny – I actually thought this was my rabbit Mr.
Hops, but Harrod's is featuring the
world's most expensive bunny. The rabbit
is designed to look like a Lindt chocolate rabbit wrapped in gold foil. It is the same
size, but made of 24-karat gold. Inlaid with diamonds, rubies,
citrine and topaz, and is valued at over $35,000. They have this
golden rabbit on display until Easter in the Candy Room at the
Harrod's Knightsbridge store in the UK. I still think Mr. Hops is a
Lavender, aka, Rabbit Ears
has ears that seem to bloom as you can see. It grows like crazy in
its second year and spreads everywhere including sewing its seeds
quite a distance from the original plant. Grows in zones 8 through
10 (give it some shade in zone 10) Instead of flower pedals, the
ears are actually large sterile bracts that give it the rabbit look.
this year John Stossel of 20/20 reported on The Bunny Test for
Guilt. Suffolk University professor Jane Bybee ran an
experiment to see “how guilt played a role in kids' decisions. A
few 5- and 6-year-old kids were brought into a classroom and told
that a bunny in the room was hungry." The children were told there
might be carrots in the room. (No wonder people still think this is
the best food for rabbits – good grief!) They also had toys
available. So the question was would the kids “play with the toys
or would they look for the bunny's food?” Apparently, the deciding
factor between kids who looked for food for the rabbit and those who
played comes down to guilt. “A child who feels guilt will feel
responsible for the rabbit's hunger, and will make a real effort to
find carrots.” Most of the kids looked for food for the bunny,
rather than playing with the toys. Some comforted the bunny.
According to the story, one girl practically tore the place apart
looking for food for the rabbit. A few of the kids did play with the
toys. When asked why they didn't look for food, the kids said they
were too busy playing. I always feed my rabbits first when I come
home from work and this confirms what I already knew. All of my
rabbits are expert beggars and yes, I feel guilty.
Enough with the "experiments" already! I could have told them
4th - 8:00 p.m.
Make Mine Chocolate
Really Good Chocolate! For
the past few years the House Rabbit Society has campaigned at Easter
to break the cycle of people buying rabbits at Easter and then
relinquishing them only a few months later. After Easter many,
many shelters and humane societies receive unwanted, former
Easter rabbits. Those are the lucky ones since many pet
bunnies are abandoned outdoors. So this year get a
chocolate rabbit and here are my best picks for really delicious
Made with Michel Cluizel’s wonderful
cocoa dark chocolate. This is a classic Easter Bunny. Includes a
hollow dark chocolate Easter bunny and three chocolate bonbon eggs.
Wedding - The BBC ran an article about two Continental Giant
Rabbits (Roberto & Amy in BBC pic on right) who got hitched
recently. The RSPCA called it "belittling" and "said it sent
out the wrong message about animals." I agree rabbits are
not toys to dress up. I'm partial to my rabbits "au
naturelle" and besides they are wearing perfectly fine fur coats.
Apparently, the "wedding" was an Easter season stunt for a company
that hired them temporarily. The owner of the newlyweds said "these
animals are totally spoilt and very well looked after." I am
sure they are, but they look like they'd rather hop away from all
No More Large Pet World Records -
A while back I wrote about
Roberto and his
Guinness Book of Records record as the longest rabbit in the world.
It seems the folks over at the Guinness Book of Records have
"stopped accepting records for large pets in an attempt to stop
owners overfeeding them." Thank you Guinness Book of Records!
Bunny proves winter isn't over yet. A Bunny Blog reader
sent in this ski bunny photo just for fun. I am amazed this
white rabbit isn't melted yet. It's spring where I live.
If those were snowshoes instead of skis, it would be a "snowshoe"
2nd - 10:00 a.m. Mighty Mites - Mr. Hops, a Californian who came
home several weeks ago (adoption returnee) was found to have
Cheyletiella, fur mites, also known as "walking dandruff" at the vet
appointment. (He is also down to a svelte 9 lbs! The
diet worked.) We declared war on the mites. This involves a lot of
bleach, carpet cleaning, and loads of laundry. Cheyetiella is
not tough to treat. Hops got an extensive combing, all
the rabbits got treated with Invermectin and the place got a really
good "spring cleaning." We get to repeat again in awhile to be
sure the life cycle of the mite is broken. Vets don't agree on
how or where this came from ... it could have been there all along
and once Hops got too heavy to groom himself properly it may have
gotten out of control, or he got too stressed or the mite found him
via hay or another rabbit. (Our other rabbits don't seem to
have it.) The mites live two days, but lay eggs. Our vet said
that every rabbit he has seen lately has fur mites! It looks a
lot like heavy dandruff and your vet can diagnose with a skin
scraping, or collecting a sample with tape and checking it under a
microscope. Here is a link to a photo of the yucky creatures
and more information:
Rabbit Fur Mite See more about Hops
February 5th Bunny Blog.
Don't Know Jack - Have you ever wondered how those hares differ
from your pet rabbit. Here is a link to a website on Jack
Rabbits (they aren't rabbits - hares instead).
They got their name Jack rabbit" since the ears supposedly look like
those of a jack ass. "Jack Hare" would have suited them better. Mark
Twain talks about it in his book Roughing It: “...We saw the first
specimen of an animal known familiarly...as the 'jackass rabbit.' He
is well named. He is just like any other rabbit, except that he is
from one-third to twice as large, has longer legs in proportion to
his size, and has the most preposterous ears that ever were mounted
on any creature but a jackass.”
with Marc Marrone I enjoy this
quirky, fun pet television show primarily because of Harvey.
Harvey is part of Marc Marrone's cast on the show.
Harvey is a Flemish Giant Rabbit. According to the website for
the show Harvey was found "out in the backyard. As soon as Marc saw
him, he knew that Harvey would become an essential member of the Pet
Squad." And, Harvey is one of the largest at 13 lbs.!
Harvey is always perfectly calm. Hey and why not, he came in
from the cold and now he is part of a TV show cast. See show
times at the link above for your area.
Two Ohio Dogs Killing Pet Rabbits
- I am glad my rabbits are indoor house rabbits when I read
newspaper stories like this. According to the Times Reporter
online, "New Philadelphia police are warning residents ... to be
aware of two large dogs that have killed pet rabbits ..." The
article notes it started two weeks ago and one of the dogs was seen
"chewing a hole in a rabbit cage and taking the rabbit."
The police say the dogs have collars and tags. They are also
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