Invisible Barriers

August 17, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

Of my four rabbits, only my oldest, Hershey, will hop on the tile floor in our floor. My girl, Piper will hop anywhere there is a rug, but the other two, Butterscotch and Cameron, will only stay in their areas. Butters will not leave his room, even to go to on a runner rug into the living room. Cameron will hop down the hall between bedrooms, but will not continue into the living room with Piper. They’re created invisible barriers for themselves, that will not cross, at least not yet. It certainly makes it easier for me. Hershey on the other hand, once slipped past an open gate and hopped all the way down the hall into my bedroom. Fortunately Piper and Cameron were not in there just then or a huge fight would have broken out!

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Piper, the Alarm Clock

August 2, 2019 at 7:36 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

Nearly every morning my Piper jumps up on the bed to wake me. Unfortunately it’s usually about a half an hour earlier than I actually want to get up. One time I was confused and thought my alarm didn’t go off. I thanked her for getting me up. It wasn’t until I was feeding Hershey and Butterscotch that I realized I had gotten up earlier than intended! She learned, jump up on bed, wake human, get fed!

Bring on the Bunny Thunder!

July 10, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

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“Piper”

Our new house has concrete floors under the carpet while our old one had wood, and the rabbits are so much louder on the concrete. Bunny runs, either for fun or if they get startled, sound much louder. The ceilings are also higher, which means more echo effect so it often sounds like a rocket taking off instead of a rabbit. This is especially striking when it’s in the middle of the night, for apparently no reason. And thumps, my god the thumps are supersonic now! Little Cameron’s thumps sound like fireworks. So now when they get startled, they raise enough of a ruckus to scare me too!

Exploring New Turf

July 4, 2019 at 12:10 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron & Piper”

My Cameron and Piper are getting settled in at our new house. Oddly enough their favorite spot in under a chair in my bedroom. If I can’t find them, that’s where they usually are. I’m keeping closets mostly closed now, as that’s where a lot of boxes and things without homes yet are being kept, so of course that just makes them want to rush in whenever I open one up. They don’t seem to really get the concept of “bunny-safe.” They just want to explore everywhere new, and of course mark it as theirs.

My Little Helper Bun

June 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

The Kronenbuns are in the midst of preparing for our move to Florida. Piper has been very helpful in knocking over boxes and standing in doorways while we move furniture. She loves the new extra space she has in the almost empty room now and keeps trying to break into the suitcase that’s full of rabbit food. She’s like a furry troublesome toddler. Cameron isn’t usually far behind, but a least he’s not quite as destructive as his big sister.

Hoppy 3rd Birthday Cameron

May 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

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“Cameron & Piper”

Yesterday was my Cameron’s 3rd birthday and his first bonded to his bun-wife Piper. She was more than happy to share in his birthday treats while the humans in the family enjoyed a cake. The Jones Beach air show was this past weekend and the Thunderbirds were in town. Now that Cameron is free roam upstairs with Piper, he has been moving around so fast. He’s almost impossible to catch when I need to get him, so I’ve been calling him my little Thunderbird. He still has a little wobble when he’s standing still but he’s as fast a jet when he moves!

Rabbit Road Trips

May 27, 2019 at 1:08 am | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Butterscotch & Hershey

I have started taking my two pairs of rabbits for car rides to get them acclimated to traveling in the car before we move them down to Florida next month. We’re taking one pair at a time, and then I’m flying home to bring the second pair down. Now that Piper and Cameron are bonded, it will make it a lot easier. I’m still keeping them in separate carriers in the car, but can let them run around in the back at rest stops. My boys I may keep in the same, larger carrier as my Butterscotch upsets so easily and his brother, Hershey, is such a comfort to him. He was not thrilled about going to the park last week.

When Bunnies Suddenly Decide They’re Fine With Being Bonded

May 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

While I was away last week, my Piper and Cameron decided that they finally wanted to be bonded. My mom and brother did a bonding session because she kept lying outside of his pen and they seemed to miss their daily sessions together. Once I came home I let them out together for a few hours and they were very good. Then yesterday, Cameron figured out how to move the the bricks I had blocking the underside of my bed and ran under. I had to open up his pen to get him out and he and Piper both ran into the hallway together and snuggled. They were doing so well that I let them stay out together with occasional monitoring for the rest of the day.

This morning I let them out together and they have been good so far. No aggression, but he did mount her side, perpendicular, a few times. She just runs away and doesn’t retaliate, thank goodness. I guess he’s still trying to be the boss, but I don’t think that’s going to happen with her. I’m still keeping them separate at night for now, but they are doing so well together after nearly 6 months of bonding efforts!

Bonding Steps Forward, and Back, and Forward Again

May 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Cameron & Piper”

After several days of successful bonding in the living room I could walk out of the room and not worry about them. I decided to try bonding upstairs, in the hallway and bedrooms they spend their time in now, separately. I took it one room at a time, starting with the hall and there was some aggression on Piper’s part. Then she calmed down after a bit. When we tried my bedroom, where they mostly live, she got agressive again. I think she just has to adjust to him being with her in a space each time. I opened up his pen to them both and she was fine with that. Today he got a little fussy when I did that, but at the end of the 2 hours today they were fine and snuggling.

I’ll be away for a few days working on getting the new house in Florida set up, so I’ll be pausing bonding until I return. Hopefully they’ll still be okay with it, but I’ll probably start up again in the living room the first day back at it. Paws crossed it continues to go well! They are such snuggle bunnies when they’re together and not fussing.

“That Bunny is MY Girl!”

May 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron & Piper”

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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

Recently boding has been going pretty well. Cameron and Piper run around the living room together for 45 minutes and there isn’t much aggression. The only issue is that Cameron sprays her with urine almost every day. I’m pretty sure that he’s only doing it because he smells his brothers. When I’m not bonding, Hershey and Butterscotch have access to the living room. Cam must be marking Piper as hers.

We’re going to be moving at the beginning of the summer to Florida, to a totally bunny-neutral house. Hopefully I can bond in a space that doesn’t smell like anyone and Cam won’t feel the need to keep marking Piper. I think they’d do okay with longer sessions, once I have the time for that. I’m much more optimistic about their bond than I was last month.

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