My Big Guy

July 14, 2020 at 11:56 am | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Hershey”

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“Piper & Butterscotch”

Late last week I lost my chocolate Mini Rex, Hershey. He started to have strained breathing so we rushed him to the vet. He had pneumonia and they were going to keep him overnight for observation, but he passed that evening in their care. I’m bringing my other three rabbits to the vet ASAP to get them examined, even though the vet didn’t think he was likely contagious.

Hershey’s bond-mate Butterscotch is taking it pretty well; he may have known he was sick before we did. We brought him to the vet to say goodbye the next day, and I’ve been encouraging our Piper to come over to visit his pen. I think they both like that. It’s probably the closest they’ve been to one another since Hershey usually put himself between them.

Hershey lived nearly nine and half years, and was a boss the entire time. He was the softest rabbit you’d ever met, but also the toughest. I feel so lucky that he was a part of my family. He was loved, and he knew it; he’ll be missed, and I’m sure he knew that too.

Hoppy Birthday Butterscotch!

July 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm | Posted in rabbit | 4 Comments
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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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Today is my Butterscotch’s ninth birthday, and his first here in Florida. We had an ice cream cake to celebrate the day, and my Hershey tried to help himself to a piece. From his brother’s pellets to my ice cream, there is no food that little guy won’t try to steal. Fortunately I stopped him before he took a big, noticeable, bite from the end. The boys got to celebrate with a pellet/hay “cake” in the shape of a “9,” that I think they enjoyed just as much as the humans enjoyed the ice cream. Many happy returns to my sweet orange boy!

Hershey, the Genius

June 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Posted in rabbit | 5 Comments
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“Hershey”

Of my four current rabbits, my oldest, Hershey, is the smartest (but don’t tell the other three I said that). He’s also the most overweight, but that is related to his intelligence as well. He’s got the tiniest ears, but if he even thinks that he hears his brother crunching down on some food, he immediately heads over to see what he’s got. It’s harder to trick a smart rabbit, and misdirection with hay and petting may work for some, but not with Hershey. He always knows when it’s time to be fed, and waits at the gate for me to arrive with his meals. His memory is also great for a nine-year-old rabbit. I only have to do something two times and he remembers and expects me to do the same thing at the same time, every day. A smarter rabbit may be a more demanding pet, but when I talk to him, he sits there and listens, as if he understands. Or he might just be asleep, but he is pretending to be listening.

Thunder-Butters

May 24, 2020 at 11:55 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

We had a loud thunderstorm here a few nights ago, and storms are sometimes more aggressive here in Florida. There was one crack of thunder that even I jumped at. My Butterscotch thumped at that one, but was okay for the rest of the storm. I don’t think the other bunnies even minded the thunder at all. Butters is the most sensitive of my four buns, and I always check on him first when there’s a loud noise in the house. Piper has the biggest ears, and hears the best, but Butters seems to get the most upset. Fortunately he’s got his big brother, Hershey, to comfort him. Nothing fazes Hershey, he’s our little Kronenbun rock.

When Hershey Gets Dehydrated

May 11, 2020 at 8:50 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Hershey”

My big guy Hershey had some stasis trouble last week that kept recurring. After a vet visit we found out that the stasis left him dehydrated and caused some cecal pellets in his cecum to dry out, forming a hard mass that stuck in place. He’s been on Sub Q fluid and critical care for the past few days and is improving a bit every day. The mass was smaller in his first recheck and we hope it will be gone by the next recheck at the vet. Hershey’s been very good about the fluids, but he’s usually a very good boy when being handled. He’s back to being his usual spunky self again, going after his brother’s food whenever he can. I’ll do whatever it takes to help you out, big guy, even sharing my applesauce.

Elder Bun Appetites

April 20, 2020 at 2:32 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

My two older buns are nine and nearly nine, but they’re both in very different shape. Hershey, has been overweight most of his life and continues to be so, even into his later years. My Butterscotch has been generally a good weight but is losing a little as he gets older. Hershey still has a very strong appetite, whereas Butterscotch is much fussier. We have to sneak him food during the day or Hershey would eat it all. He’s more of a grazer, but Hershey is still the hoover he was when he was a young bun.

My Hershey, My Rock

April 8, 2020 at 1:23 pm | Posted in rabbit | 4 Comments
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“Hershey”

My Hershey is my little rock. He’s a tough bunny who doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone, rabbit or human. When I’m feeling stressed or upset, I try not to let my rabbits see it. They’re very intuitive creatures and can understand when we feel something is wrong. My other three rabbits are more sensitive and startle more easily, but nothing seems to faze Hershey. If I need a bunny to pet if I’m feeling anxious, he’s my go-to. He may not always welcome my company because he’s an independent kind of guy and doesn’t appreciate mushy sentiment, but he’ll tolerate some petting if I really want it. In these uncertain times, it’s nice to have a someone I can always depend on, even if he’s just 5 pounds of fluff.

Drying Herbs for Long-term Storage

March 16, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Posted in rabbit | 3 Comments
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Stores may be out of toilet paper and soap, but my cart is full of lettuce and herbs. I’ve made sure to order a little extra hay and pellets from Petco, but greens are a little trickier to store in bulk. Greens in general do not freeze and thaw well due to their high water content, but herbs like parsley, cilantro, mint, dill basil and carrot tops can be dried out and safely stored for nearly a year.

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I dried out 4 large bunches of parsley yesterday in the microwave. After my usual cleaning and drying of the herbs, I laid out several sprigs on a paper towel, then covered them with another towel. I microwaved each batch for 30 second intervals until they were crispy. You can also do this in the oven on it’s lowest setting for a few hours, or by leaving them in a paper bag, but the microwave was the most efficient for me. I’ll let them air dry a bit more and in a few days, store the dried goodies in jars and other airtight containers. We live in Florida, so hurricane season is usually around the corner and some extra dried herbs are always good to have on hand.

Since my rabbits never leave the house, they won’t see much difference amid all the shutdowns, aside from the humans of the house being home more. They sleep most of the day anyway though, so I don’t know if they’ll even notice that.

Bath Time, Master Hershey

February 29, 2020 at 10:04 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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My “big guy” Hershey has had issues with stepping in his cecotropes for a while now. He’s overweight so he has trouble reaching them and sometimes winds up stepping on. I clean his feet regularly and it’s not usually a problem otherwise, but this week he got a big glob stuck between his legs and needed a butt bath. It’s the first one I’ve given him and he was NOT cooperative. I have a lot of experience with previous buns, so I was not about to let him run away with the bath water.

Fortunately he wasn’t too bad and I was able to clean most of it off with a washcloth after wetting his bottom a bit. He was pretty angry afterwards, understandably, but I gave him just a tiny piece of banana to placate him. I don’t normally give that as treats since they’re full of so much sugar, so that made it all the sweeter for him.

Hoppy Birthday Hershey!

January 27, 2020 at 10:32 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

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Today is my Hershey’s ninth birthday. He says he’s going to live forever, and he’s so tough that if he could on sheer willpower, he would. My little chocolate bunny is brown on his back with a white tummy, so I made black and white bunny cookies for the humans in the house to celebrate. Hershey and his brother shared a special plate of greens. He did take a little bite of icing before I took the cookies away though. Chocolate, of course.

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