Hoppy Birthday Hershey!

January 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Hershey”

“Hershey & Butterscotch”

Yesterday was my Hershey’s 5th birthday! We had  a little party for him last night, but I couldn’t give him as many treats as I normally would since he’s on a diet. He still seemed pretty happy. His cake was a pizza, but made with ingredients a rabbit might use. The crust is timothy hay based, sauce is banana, “cheese” is carrot, and the toppings are green veggies and raisins. When I showed it to him, I figured he’d grab a raisin, but instead he nibbled on a piece of marzipan lettuce. Boy certainly has a sweet tooth!

Snow & Snores

January 27, 2016 at 11:23 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

“Hershey & Butterscotch”

We had a big snowstorm over the weekend, so I got my dad to bring in  a fresh bowl of snow for Piper to check out. I’ve done this with all my buns on their first snow with us. She came over to the bowl and stuck her head in, expecting it to be food, but it was cold! She picked at it, then tipped the bowl over, and after I righted it, started digging in the bowl. This bunny sure knows what to do in the snow! If I’d actually let her out there in it, I’d have never found her again! Later, I guess she felt dirty, because she decided to hop around in my mom’s shower for a minute. Most bunnies take baths, but mine likes a shower!

Bonding went better yesterday than the day before, just like it was before Charlie got sick. I moved them to a slightly more neutral room and she was much calmer, and he less afraid. He even groomed her quite a bit. Still nothing from her though. They even eventually got bored by the end of the half hour. I’ll have to give them more things to play with today.

Last night I was in the dining room and heard a funny noise. I didn’t know what it was, thought it was someone blowing their nose in the basement maybe. Turns out, it was Butterscotch snoring! I’ve never head him snore before. He doesn’t usually sleep near me, nor that deeply in the evening when I spend time with him. As soon as I got near him though, he stopped.

Under the Weather

January 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie”

My little Charlie had a rough bought of stasis last week. It lasted a few days, but he’s finally better now. I was so worried about him since I’ve never dealt with stasis that lasted more than a day, but my tough little guy pulled through. We kept him warm, gave the proper meds and eventually he started eating pellets again. That was the main thing he stopped eating. I’m used to stasis occurring when the rabbit stops eating completely, but Charlie was still eating some things so I was slower to diagnose it. On the plus side, I’ve gotten very good at taking rabbit temperatures now!

We halted bonding for a few days until Charlie recovered and Piper was a little aggressive when we resumed today and wanted to chase him. Maybe she was so eager to see him after not being able to for days? She scared him and he won’t groom her now. I’ll have to decrease their bigger bonding area and let them get to know one another again. Good thing it’s so snowy and cold outside so I’ve got extra time indoors to spend bonding.

 

Checkup Buddies

January 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Butterscotch”

“Piper & Charlie”

Piper had her first vet visit (with us) today. She was a very good girl and in perfect health. Butterscotch was coming along to get his sore hock checked out so she had company in the car. They were both a little nervous. We think Butters got his foot irritated by something and then nervously picks at it. He’s a bit of a nervous guy, so hopefully we can get it healed up and calm him down a little.

We moved bonding upstairs this week. Next step is their actual communal living space. So far so good. They pretty much do their own thing and occasionally come to each another to beg for a snuggle. We’re up to an hour sessions, but it could probably go even longer. My mom thinks they’re already bonded at this point, but I want to keep taking it slow. I’m not ready for my baby to move in with his girlfriend! How do parents do it?

Piper frequently comes over when I’m sitting and lays down behind my legs just like a dog. She’s so very loyal. Fortunately she doesn’t seem to ever want to eat anything that I’ve got, unless it’s fruit. I had some fruity Jelly Baby candy that she smelled and her nose was bookin!

Hoppy First Birthday Piper!

January 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

“Piper & Charlie”

Yesterday we celebrated my brand new girl’s first birthday. Piper was running around her pen after midnight the night before saying, it’s my birthday! She wouldn’t settle down until I gave her an early present. Smart bunny!

We had a party during her and Charlie’s bonding session and she gobbled down her presents. I think Charlie managed to eat a couple. When I presented her with the cake I made (for the humans to eat), she just gave it a sniff and hopped away. “No people food!” It’s shaped like a sailboat because she’s named after a sailboat. Charlie had a pretty good time at the party too. He snuggled underneath her while she chewed on a basket. Awesome party!

 

I’ve Got Your Lick to Keep Me Warm

January 11, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Charlie”

“Butterscotch & Hershey”

Bonding between my Charlie and Piper has been going well. They’ve snuggled a couple of times. Once Piper flopped into Charlie and used his butt as a pillow. He didn’t seem to mind. He licks her most of the time when she asks now, but she won’t reciprocate, so then he hops away. He tries putting his head under her whenever her head is up when she’s chewing on something, but she just pancakes. We moved bonding to the living room while we have some space since it’s colder in the den. They seem okay with it and now I can make the pen a little bigger for longer bonding sessions.

All of our Christmas decorations are stowed away now and that means the tree is gone too. Butterscotch and Hershey loved sitting in front of it, and I know they’ll miss it. We rearranged the furniture after taking the tree down as well, and now the boys have a new favorite spot to lay. It’s the corner of the room where the two heating convectors meet, so it’s nice and warm on cold winter nights. Smart bunnies!

Just us Bucks

January 6, 2016 at 11:18 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Binky”

“Butterscotch & Hershey”

We said farewell to Munchkin last night. Now it’s just my boys and Binky for another hour until he too heads home. Without a doe downstairs, it’s all bucks again. We tend to be boy-heavy in this house for some reason. Binky was throwing around his cylindrical toy last night last night like he was having a party. Boys night out? Or just a late New Years celebration? Binky will be missed, but fortunately he’ll be back next month for another visit. Hope he doesn’t mind the company!

Chilly Snuggles

January 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Munchkin”

“Binky”

Binky let me pet him for a while last night, he’s such a softy. He likes hanging out next to the couch during the day so I have to wait for him to wake up in the evening before he’s somewhere I can pet him, but he’s worth the wait!

It was a cold day yesterday and I got chilly on the couch, so I encouraged Munchkin to hop on up. Nothing better than a bunny as a lap warmer. It’s too bad she’s so small, but it’s still warmer than nothing!

Exploratory Nap

January 4, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Binky”

“Munchkin”

I took a little nap on the couch last night and of course Munchkin decided to join me. She hopped up and climbed all over me, exploring the different placement of the pillows. She nudged and licked, but never settled down. I tried to pet her so we could have a snuggle, but she was having too much fun. After she had jumped back down I realized that Binky  was sitting up on the couch in his pen watching the whole thing!

Lap Buddy

January 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Munchkin”

“Binky”

Munchkin was climbing all over me last night and licking my sweater. I’d like to think that it’s because she likes me, but I can’t help but assume it’s because my sweater must taste good. I was also eating a cookie at the time, so she might have been after crumbs.

Binky loves looking at Munchkin. She looks like a little toy on the floor and I just know he wants to play with her. She’s got spirit though, so it probably wouldn’t be such a great idea for him.

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