Opal Needs a Foster Home

November 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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Yesterday I helped a new rescue for the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group. Her name is Opal. We’re looking for a fosterer to take Opal in as her current foster is going away next week and can only keep her until then. Her finder spotted her in her front yard and took her inside because she felt she couldn’t leave her out there in the cold.

She is very clean and has been checked over by the vet. So far she doesn’t appear pregnant, which is always a concern with new rescues. She has a wound on her face, possibly from getting her fur caught on something, but the vet does not think it’s anything to worry about. She is very curious and friendly. She’s got a great appetite and good litter habits, especially considering that she was living outside.

If you or someone you know is interested in fostering Opal, please email information@longIslandrabbitrescue.org All foster homes must be approved by home visit. Opal will thank you with snuggles and kisses!


Suck Up that Fur & Hay!

November 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment




For Black Friday I purchased a new vacuum for all the bunny fur in the house. I don’t like ShopVacs because they are so loud and cumbersome to move, so I use a regular upright for the fur, and before that I use a Shark Sweeper for the poop and hay. Hay clogs a regular upright, but the sweeper doesn’t suck, it just uses brushes. I’d need a 3 in hose ShopVac to do this without it clogging, so I’m much happier using the sweeper and upright.

I bought a Shark vac that’s made for pets to replace my Dyson which is ready to be put out to pasture. I used to use that one for hay too which didn’t work out so well, hence the new purchase. It’s louder than the older vac and seems to be sucking well, so hopefully it will work out well. It’s interesting how some rabbits hate the vacuum, and others don’t mind it at all as long as you don’t suck them up!

Cranberries and Grooming

November 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment


All the buns got some cranberry sauce, some liked it more than others. Both Piper and Cameron licked their dishes clean. It’s so cute to see their little tongues lapping around. Yesterday Glenda had a mini spa day. She had a clump of poop matted on her bottom that I cleaned off and she’s shedding quite a bit, so I brushed her. I also gave her nails a trim and she was a very good girl all throughout.

Hoppy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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All the Kronenbuns wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! My buns always get some extra treats today, because the humans will be eating more than usual too, so it’s only fair that they get a little extra too. My mom makes a great cranberry sauce that most of the rabbits (and me!) love. I bake a pumpkin pie, but so far no rabbit I’ve met will try that, (more for me). The rest of the meal is starches and proteins, so the buns will just have to smell the herbs in the stuffing from afar. They get plenty of fresh herbs anyway though! This will be Cameron’s first Thanksgiving with us. He was neutered the day before Thanksgiving last year, so he didn’t come home until Friday. He seems excited about all the good smells in the house!

Golden Bun

November 21, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments


Glenda bunny is visiting for Thanksgiving. She’s a sweet golden lop who is the color of stuffing, but she prefers cranberry sauce. There aren’t many rabbits as well behaved as Glenda, so she’s always a gem when she visits. My boys are very happy to see her again, and she doesn’t mind being “on display” for them. I do try to give her some privacy in the litter box though.

Christmas Bunny Cottage

November 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment


After seeing our bunny friend, Zelda rocking a cat cottage from Target, my boys had to have one of their own. There’s a bigger one and a smaller one for Christmas, so I bought both. The boys weren’t interested in the big one until I put a blanket on the floor. Now Butterscotch spends every morning in there, and sometimes Hershey hops in as well. I might give the smaller one to Cameron or Piper first. These buns are used to sharing toys.

Hershey’s Tummy Troubles

November 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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Last week my Mini Rex, Hershey, had another bout of stasis. He’s been mostly stasis-free in his 7 and a half years, but in the past year had it a few times. This past time was a bad one for him. The first time he had it with us, he was shaking from pain and had to be hospitalized for a couple of days.

Last week he also started shaking, and of course it was at 10:30 at night. He had also been doing something I’ve never seen a rabbit do before, baring his teeth. Now, Hershey is a tough little guy, so something like that from him wouldn’t surprise me, but in this case I think he was clenching his teeth in pain.

After giving him all the stasis meds we had for pain, gas, and gut motility, I reached out a friend in the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group for a stronger pain med, Buprenex. Fortunately she was able to loan me some and within an hour of receiving a dose he was eating again and moving around like normal. He just seems to get stasis harder than his mate Butterscotch, but fortunately it does not happen as often for him.


Charlie, the First Kronenbun

November 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Piper & Charlie”



Last month I lost my Charlie to kidney disease. He was 10 years old, which is pretty good for a rabbit, and also suffered from arthritis and runny cecals. He had only been diagnosed with kidney problems at the beginning of the year, but may have had issues for longer. I’ll never know if the daily Metacam for his arthritis contributed, but I would be cautious about doing that for other rabbits in the future. I would definitely check blood work more often, and am getting a baseline for all my rabbits now.

When he finally stopped eating anything, was not maintaining his temperature, and was lethargic, I knew it was his time. I did not want him to suffer. I was not sure if I should bring his bonded mate, Piper, to his euthanasia, but the vet recommend it. She let me put Piper up on the table with Charlie, so he could be with her at the end. She was not very upset and I think she understood something.

Piper was fine back at home, and I’m going to attempt to bond her to our failed-foster Cameron soon. They’re living side-by-side now, getting to know one another. It’s usually a good idea to not wait too long to bond after the loss of a mate. Once he or she has grieved, it’s helpful for them to have a friend before they get too used to being alone and get overly territorial. Having Cameron upstairs with her has helped me too. Charlie’s absence leaves a big hole in my life, and Cameron’s plucky little wobbly body helps fill that.

You know how much you meant to me, Charlie, you were so smart that you’ve raised my expectations for all rabbits. No one else will ever quite compare, but all the bunnies whom I love after you, have you to thank for making rabbits part of my world.

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Hoppy Birthday Piper!

November 8, 2018 at 11:47 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Basket of Strawberries Cake”

Today was my girl Piper’s 4th Birthday. I made a chocolate covered strawberries in a basket cake for the humans to eat. I thought she might go after a strawberry, but the chocolate must have put her off. She sniffed it a lot, but just looked at me. “Why did you put all that yucky stuff on the strawberries?!” She got lots of yummy bunny treats instead.


Couch Hopping

November 5, 2018 at 3:09 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment



Last night when I was visit Douglas he keeps nudging my feet for pets. He did jump on the couch a couple of times, but he didn’t want to snuggle then. It was all business on the couch. He hopped over me, onto the arms, and then on the back and right behind my head before plopping down on the other side of me. Good thing he’s so nimble! He’s got those big lop feet to help stabilize.

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