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January 30, 2006, 7:30 p.m. - Rabbit Crisis - The
dedicated volunteers at the
Buckeye House Rabbit
Society are managing a rabbit hoarding situation. 20
rabbits out of 105 have been placed. They still need
volunteers to donate or help provide care, foster or adopt the
remaining rabbits. See the latest information on this crisis
Buckeye HRS Crisis Update
You will find a Wish List and the
rabbits' story. It is truly unfortunate when this
(Link to article on
animal hoarding by the HSUS.)
Right Now, You Can Help whether or not
you live in Ohio by going to the links above and making a
donation of time, money or by giving one of these rabbits a home.
Dr. Mandel, of the Lyndhurst Animal Clinic is spaying and neutering
all the rabbits and has done 45! What great people in Ohio!
Remember 85 Bunnies need
George Lucas plans to feature a talking
animated rabbit in the new Indiana Jones prequels that
are in the planning stages. The rabbit will be the pet of a
six year old Indiana Jones and will be named Bo Bo Cranks.
Hoppy Ending for Cat....according
to the BBC a bullying bunny gets a fat cat to loose weight.
Apparently, the pet cat, Benji, was so fat he couldn't get away from
the family rabbit who kept jumping on him. The vet put Benji
on a diet and he lost half his body weight. (He had been twice the
size of a normal cat.) No one reported if the bunny quit
jumping on the fit feline.
January 28, 2006, 3:00 p.m. - Hoppy News for Peter rabbit from
Bermuda - the Boston Herald reported that a pet
rabbit, Peter, flew to Boston from Bermuda for lifesaving jawbone
abscess surgery. The rabbit is only a year old and should make
a full recovery. Peter's human companion said Peter was worth
it even though some people criticized her for doing all this for her
bunny. Those critical people should have met my Mr.
who recovered from an inoperable abscess behind his eye, pneumonia,
paralysis, parasites, and more. See
Hops Story (pictured right)
He was worth it. Good for the young woman in Bermuda who
wanted to save her rabbit. Here are two excellent articles on head
abscesses in rabbits:
Nonsurgical Treatment of Abscesses in Rabbits
Treatments for Abscesses
the small white storybook rabbit by Dick Bruna has been a real hit
in Japan since it was the
Year of the Rabbit
in 1999. Even 4 years later the Japan Times reported that
"adorable Miffy is still a permanent fixture in Japanese life, and
she appears on a wide array of character goods from wineglasses to
bathtub thermometer boats. Boyfriends are sometimes so smitten with
a girl, they buy her a whole Miffy bathroom ensemble including a
cover, bathroom slippers and towels, all with Miffy prominently
displayed on them." Miffy is the creation of writer, artist,
Dick Bruna, from the Netherlands. See his website at
www.miffy.com The website contains many of his
drawings that created this "Miffy Mania" in
Japan. Check out this cake created for a special Miffy
promotion in a Tokyo restaurant.
Japanese company, Honda, in 2005 launched a campaign for the
Element. The commercial shown (and heard) on their website
shows a rabbit having a conversation with the Element car on the ski
slopes. Plus, there is an interactive game.
Element & Friends
26, 2006, 8:00 p.m. Holistic Rabbits - I received a couple of
emails today asking about natural treatments and home remedies for
rabbits. I keep a kit with several emergency home treatments
in it for my rabbits. Here are two links to start with (and
ask your vet, too):
Natural Health Care for
Rabbits Plus, for a
list of what to keep in a rabbit first aid kit try this link at the
Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society (If you like the doctor bunny pictured
above go to
Something Fishy Hoppening
A Bunny Blog reader sent me this photo
of "rabbit sushi." The ThaiAm2 Restaurant in Madeira, FL has
apparently served this at Easter (not sure about the rest of the
year). Click on the photo to see a larger photo since it is
truly a work of sushi art. I think a vegetarian version of this
creation would be more like a rabbit. It occurred to me that
this is less fattening and healthier than all those chocolate
rabbits at Easter.
Japan see this wonderful home for a rabbit pictured on the left.
They aren't available in the US yet, but they do look cozy.
The website is in the Japanese language and the English translation
was more hilarious than helpful. I was unable to decipher any
ordering information. However, it could be inspirational for anyone
who might want to make something similar.
24, 2006, 10:00 p.m. Bunny Found in Blue Bag.
The Edmonton Journal reported just last Saturday the lop
earred rabbit pictured right was found tucked away in a blue bag in
a park. The bunny was found with food and a quilt. A man
walking with his dog found the rabbit and took it home to care for
temporarily. The Edmonton Humane Society has the rabbit now
and will put the bunny up for adoption. Obviously, this was
someone's pet. I cringe to think about this after rescuing pet
rabbits abandoned outdoors. See
Hops & Dill
stories. Fortunately, this rabbit was lucky enough to be
discovered probably soon after being left in the park. See my list
Should Never be Abandoned
From Sussex in the UK sells rabbit t-shirts for
rabbit lovers. Just click on Bunnies & Fluffies and you will
go to the bunny web page. It's worth a look even if you don't
want to wait for a t-shirt all the way from Sussex!
By request from readers yesterday, here
is the link to the company that makes the
Carts pictured in my last blog entry below.
22, 2006 7:00 p.m.- Special Needs Rabbits.
After seeing so many rabbit websites with special needs rabbits,
I decided to put one on as my Adoptable Rabbit of the Week.
Vancouver Rabbit Rescue & Advocacy,
a chapter of the HRS in British Columbia, does a wonderful job of
presenting these rabbits on their website.
The rabbit, Hash, pictured above has a K-9 cart and
enjoys his life in spite of his disabilities. See my webpage on
Go to this link for an excellent article on
Quality of Life
Rabbit's creator, Beatrix Potter will go Hollywood via the big
silver screen and has the Lakes District hopping. According to
the Northwest Evening Mail in England today, Renee Zellweger best
known for her role as Bridget Jones will portray Miss Potter.
Filming will begin in April at several different locations around
the Lakes District. For more information on Beatrix Potter's
books and the Lakes District where she lived see
World of Beatrix Potter
20, 2006, 11:00 p.m. Easter Starts January 2nd in Australia
- A newspaper in Illwabarra Australia reported that Easter wares
were being sold in stores the day after New Year's Day in the
Australian city. Apparently, "Woolworths broke out the hot
crossed buns on January 2nd with Easter eggs to come later this
month." Religious and concerned citizens were disgusted.
Haven't they heard of Valentine's Day down under? I haven't
seen any Easter displays since Valentine's Day has taken over
Hallmark here in the US. Maybe we should celebrate Valentine's Day for rabbits like Romeo and
Raindrop pictured above and ready for adoption from the
San Diego House Rabbit Society Those two deserve a loving
the Easter Bilby, also known as the
bandicoot, a marsupial and nocturnal animal with large ears like a
rabbit. It has been endangered for sometime in its indigenous
home of Australia. The introduced European rabbits (which are
ancestors of all domestic rabbit breeds) are competing for the
bilby's habitat. See these online sources about bilbys in
Australian Bilby and
By the way, if you want a personalized
rabbit card for Valentine's Day or any other holiday take a look at
Learn how to
Rabbit in Lots of Different Languages by visiting this webpage
on the House Rabbit Society website. Say "aloha" to your "lapaki"
in Hawaiian for instance.
19, 2006 - 9:30 p.m. Fat Rabbits -
I admit it. I have
one... an overweight rabbit, Mr. Bumble.
Bumble is a 7 year old mini-lop who isn't so "mini" anymore. I
know better and Bumble is on a diet now. His bonded mate,
Rosemary, never gains weight because Bumble eats most of the food.
I feed Rosemary Rabbit separately now. Bumble loves his food and was
pushing Rosemary out of the way to get more than his share of
veggies. He may be loosing his sight to cataracts, but he can always
in pet rabbits is a big problem according to my vet. Even with
all of Bumble's problems he will have a lot more medical issues
sooner if he is overweight. Here are a couple of links to
informative online articles on obese rabbits and how to handle the
Weight Watching for Rabbits
by Astrid Kruse and
Obese Rabbits at Risk (pdf) by Jackie Schulman, a vet.
Remember to gradually put your bunny on a diet. Drastic
changes can be dangerous. Only give treats of a very small bit
of fruit. Never give your rabbit any human "treats" or store
bought treats. Restrict pellets or eliminate. Feed leafy
green veggies once a day. Hay should be made available at all
times as well as fresh clean water. And, rabbits need exercise
everyday outside of a cage!
By the way if you like
the painting of the "Fat Rabbit" above see this link
Fincannon, Artist out of Tucker, GA.
January 18, 2006
- 8:35 p.m. On
the Wild Side: The Volcano Rabbit is endangered in Mexico. This little pygmy rabbit pictured
to the right lives on the slopes of 3 or 4 volcanoes within a few
miles of Mexico City. It has been reported that the Volcano Rabbit
may be resistant to Viral Hemorrhagic Disease. Genetically it
discovery that makes the Volcano Rabbit very valuable for developing
resistance in other species of rabbits. It is endangered due
to loss of habitat and overhunting. A species of rabbit that
could someday save other lagomorphs including domestic rabbits from VHD
shouldn't be target practice!
the University of New
Mexico is spearheading a program to create a vaccine for Tularemia
which is also known as "rabbit fever." This would be a vaccine
for humans. It is spread by the usual suspects like fleas,
ticks and mosquitoes. Rabbits and rodents are affected by it
and it occurs mostly in the southwestern states. It is not life
threatening if treated early with antibiotics in humans, but it can
Italian Designers are at it again. The Italian designer Alessi
created a small useful work of art. The Bunny Blog reader who
sent in this picture wasn't giving up where it can be purchased. I
am also searching for a photo of an Italian pink bunny. It is
a giant soft sculpture installed on a hillside in Italy somewhere.
However, the toothpick holder is much more practical.
17, 2006 7:30 p.m. Rabbitude You can find out if your bunny
has rabbitude or if you have the signs of rabbitude yourself at
Signs of Rabbitude. Anyone who lives with a house rabbit knows the signs are all true.
An example of Rabbitude would be a rabbit like "Fennel,"
pictured left. Fennel is a male and has
perfect litter box habits. A beautiful black rabbit who could
someday rule the warren at your house. If you live "Up North" you can adopt him from the Minnesota
Companion Rabbit Society in Edina
a web surfing trip to Japan to see
and the beautiful photography of Yuebing, the rabbit. You
won't need more than sushi bar Japanese since there is enough
English to understand where to click on the links to pics. You can
also visit Oolong's web page from there. Oolong is the
rabbit who has had many photos taken with things like cookies balanced on
his (or her) head. It's different and my rabbits would never
hold still for it. But Oolong seems to have had a
very good life. Whether or not some photos are silly most of
the photography is stunning and inspired. Domo Arigato.
January 16, 2006 6:33 p.m. Human-Rabbit
Hybrid? Several newspapers reported today that British
scientists want to grow "human" embryos using rabbit eggs for stem
cell research. This seems very "Frankenbunny"
to me. Enough already!
Shelter Over run with Rabbits according to the Inside Bay Area
news online today. There are at least 40 rabbits who need
loving homes. According to the article several of these
rabbits were confiscated during an illegal sale at a Coliseum Swap
Meet. The Oakland Police have jurisdiction over the Oakland
Animal Services Dept. A real hero by the name of Police Sgt. Dave
Cronin and his dedicated staff care for all of these rabbits.
Like Sgt. Cronin said in the article "They get rescued and now we
need someone to rescue them again." Pictured above is
Otis (# 1431) a very handsome all white rabbit at the Oakland Animal
Shelter. He certainly looks like he would be a lively, happy
pet. If Otis is already adopted, don't worry, there are all
shapes and sizes of rabbits waiting for homes.
January 15, 2006 4:00 p.m.
Check this Out - You can support the House Rabbit Society by
ordering checks with your rabbit's photo at this link:
with checks featuring your rabbit's photo
This is a great idea and you can
take that to the bank!
One of my favorite websites on the
feeding of pet rabbits is
www.carrotcafe.com They have easily digestible information
on what to feed your rabbit including information on topics like:
Hay in the rabbit
Also, see the
FAQ on Diet
at the House Rabbit Society website which is excellent.
Rabbit Diet with
vegetables that guide you through the rabbit's diet.
have probably heard of Will Bullas for his humorous posters of
ducks, but he has a entire line of rabbit watercolor paintings like
the one pictured to the left called "Harebrained." You can
find prints and originals at his website at:
There are several paintings of
rabbits at bars like "Hare of the Dog" featuring a dog and a hare,
of course. I like the "Dust Bunny" myself.
January 14, 2006, 4:00 p.m. The
FUNNY BUNNY TOY COMPANY was started in 1997 by Kerry Sullivan
and her two bunnies Wallace and Sophie with her first product the
BUNNY BUNGALOW. (My rabbit Mr. Hops loved it.) Since then the
Funny Bunny Toy company has gone on to offer very a popular line of
wooden toys like the rattler to the right.
rabbits, Miss Rosemary & Mr. Bumble enjoy the wooden toys because
they can really sink their teeth into them. A kitty toy
brought into their pen by my cat, Pele, offers endless hours of
fascination, too. However, it is better they chew on these
wood toys so I buy them! For information on why rabbits
should have toys see these two articles online by the House Rabbit Society:
Why is it important to provide toys? and also,
What are good bunny
toys? The Rabbit Rehome website in the UK also has a great
article on making your own rabbit toys. If I ever have the
time, I will follow instructions in this article:
Your Own Rabbit Toys
about a variety of easy to make toys.
Visit the House Rabbit Network for more
Rabbit Toys, too.
Carrots! Someone jumped the fence with these garnishes. Thanks to a Bunny Blog reader in New
York for taking the time to share this over the carrot top garnish
13, 2006 6:35 p.m.
BYOB (Bring your own Bunny) if
you live near Goleta, California this weekend. BUNS (Bunnies
Urgently Needing Shelter) will have a free class on rabbit care on
January 15th at 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Goleta Library at
400 N. Fairview in Golet, California. They will even have a
teaching rabbit for those without a rabbit. Email them at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Mr. Freeze & Frosty pictured above are just two of the beautiful
rabbits that BUNS has available for adoption.
BUNS is also offering a "Clicker
Training," training class on Rabbits & Guinea Pigs on February
12, 2006 at the Santa Barbara County Stray Animal Shelter.
This technique can enrich your rabbit's (or guinea pig's) life by
improving communication, behavior and socializing shy animals.
There is a tuition fee and proceeds benefit BUNS. Call
805-683-0521 or email
email@example.com for more info on the class. For online info on
Clicker Training for
Taming & Training Shy or
Feral Rabbits with Clicker Training
Rabbit Society announces a new e-newsletter feature. To
complement their monthly "What's New at HRS" newsletter, which goes
out at the end of the month, They will also be sending out a
mid-monthly feature, prepared by HRS Educator Laura Barnes. If you haven't joined the HRS
yet, go to
Rabbit Society Membership
and become a member today!
January 12, 2006, 10:15 p.m.
troupe of animated rabbits parody Hollywood movies on
The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre
Library collection online. The "re-enactments" are about
30 seconds long. I have watched them all. One of the "movie
stars" is shown on the right.
January 11, 2006, 7:05 p.m.
Much of the email I receive asks
whether or not a rabbit is sick. I'm not a vet and it's really
hard to tell from cyberspace what the symptoms mean. However,
there is an excellent article on the
San Diego House
Rabbit Society website
Your Bunny Sick? I always recommend a trip to the vet
because early diagnosis can save a rabbit's life and a
check-up can avoid future problems . Also, see
What's Up Doc
I love my rabbits, but I think
the wedded bunny bliss pictured left hops over the line. Thanks to
Melanie on the East Coast for sending this photo just for some
lagomorph laughs. I believe in bonding pairs of rabbits and
adopting out rabbits as couples, but this is a first.
The North Georgia Chapter of the
House Rabbit Society is planning a BunnyFest and needs volunteers. They
are also organizing a Bunny Bonding Party to be held the weekend
before Valentine's Day. Visit their website for contact information:
Now, that's a better way to "share the love"
than the "harebrained" pair above!
10, 2006, 9:02 p.m. The Scotsman Evening News reported Monday
that Domino, the rabbit, is "lucky to be alive after being found
shivering in a plastic carrier bag." The "timid black and
white bunny is believed to be an unwanted Christmas present,
abandoned to die....." It goes on to say the rabbit is
recovering in Balerno with the SPCA. The SPCA hopes to find
the person who dumped Domino. Like many other rescues and
shelters they are over capacity with abandoned rabbits, dogs, cats
and other small animals after the holidays.
a lighter note, if you think your rabbit is cute then visit this
Cute Overload The rabbits are too cute for words, but the
pictures do them justice. I like the rabbit with the cookie
(left) ... just like a sweet toothed rabbit I know here at home
named Mr. Basil.
Chat About Rabbits on the House
Rabbit Society Chat Room. Just click on the logo pic to the right
and go there for live chat with other rabbit fans. There is
normally a moderator in the chat who can answer questions and a lot
of "buneriffic" people who know rabbits. That's where I go to
I also located another chat and forum
out of central New York. Click on their
blue logo to the right. The have a
showing where their members are located throughout the world. The pic
of the rabbits in New York - saying "where's the Big Apple" on the
home page is very funny.
9, 2006 7:00 p.m. - This big hollow Violet Rabbit is art
in Italy. (See explanation of the
Looks like fun for the kids to me. And, I thought mother nature's
iceberg in yesterday's blog was silly.
Bird of Paradise & other plants toxic
to rabbits are listed online. The following link includes
scientific and common names of plants poisonous to rabbits.
Many of the entries include the part of the plant that is toxic to
rabbits. Cindy Fisher compiled this list and it is online at
needs to hop to it. There is a barista out there who knows
how to thrill rabbit fans. The mocha drinker who emailed me this photo
didn't disclose the cafe. However, I think it's great someone
thought to take this shot (pun intended) so we could all enjoy it.
January 8, 2006
- Iceberg Rabbit.
. . it's an iceberg photo displayed on the US Coast Guard
International Ice Patrol web page. No mention of where they
found it. If anyone knows where it is, let me know. Looks like a cool
rabbit to me!
The Gallo wine family is helping
restore an endangered species of wild rabbit on their 2,000 acre
Faith Ranch in California. The half dozen rabbits were
released into stands of century-old oaks, cottonwoods and lush
undergrowth. The rabbits were
raised in captivity since their parent's home range continues to
shrink due to encroaching
suburbs. Now all the little rabbits have to do is breed like
rabbits. This is what the
wildlife researchers are hoping for over
the next few months. Thanks Gallo Family!
After Subaru pulled the ads (thank
you Subaru!) showing a pet rabbit being released in the woods, I
started looking at ads featuring domesticated and wild rabbits.
I found they are just as
popular in other countries as in the United States. The ad on
the left is for a cell phone company in Japan. Can you hear the rabbit
saying, "Remember to get radish greens on the way home."
January 7, 2006 -
10:00 a.m. It's
a UK Kind of Day:
Burton, a photographer with
in the UK creates beautiful photography of rabbits
with other pets like the cat to the right. Check out the
website at the link above. Click on "Photographers" near the
bottom of the web page and then Jane's name on the left. Right now they are not selling
prints. We should all email and encourage them to do a
calendar or sell prints.
& Gromit Movie Website The DVD due out in February.
Not only is this movie "hare"larious, it also has a great message.
Okay, I won't give away the ending if you haven't seen it, but it is
a lot of fun. On the website which is based in the UK, there
are products for sale including a cute backpack depicting "Hutch"
one of the rabbits in the movie. I was told there was a town
in Dorset that does not utter the word "rabbit" since years before a
crane gave way due to a large warren underneath causing a fatal
accident. The producers of the Wallace & Gromit movie removed
the word "rabbit" from ads in Dorset. The movie
tagline "Something wicked this way hops" or "furry
things" would be appropriate.
January 6, 2006 - 10:30 p.m. A great website
that should be an example for any community dealing with colonies of
feral rabbits is
Woodland Park Rabbits. The
Seattle Times reported in late December that this huge population of
abandoned pet rabbits showed a "census on Nov. 30 of a mere 18
rabbits, although others likely were hiding." (The warrens
are huge and probably hiding many, many more.) The round up of rabbits is being
conducted during the winter. Most of the rabbits will make
their way to the Redmond Meadows Sanctuary and others will be
adopted out through the
House Rabbit Society
chapter in Seattle. For more information on feral rabbits see Hopperhome's web page on
Feral Rabbit Colonies.
January 5, 2006 - 10:00 p.m. This past fall I learned my lop, Mr.
Bumble B. Bunny (Bumble), has cataracts and
will go blind eventually. Between myself and his bonded mate,
Miss Rosemary Rabbit, Bumble will get along fine even as he looses
his eyesight. Two articles available online I recommend about rabbit
eye health are:
With Blossom Eyes Herta Rodina and
Your Rabbit's Eye Health by Astrid Kruse. I also
have info on disabled rabbits at
Caring for a Disabled Rabbit.
From Japan I received this
great photo in celebration of the New Year (shogatsu or oshogatsu).
This is celebrated January 1st - 3rd. The Chinese
is only 5 years away in 2011.
January 4, 2006 9:00
p.m. - Just a
few days ago in The Humane Society of Canada offered a $1,000 reward
for information that leads to the conviction of people responsible
for killing a family's pet rabbits in Gordon Head. The family
had already had four rabbits stolen in September. The HSC is serious
about enforcing the law on cases like this.
In December TV Station KDKA
ran a great video online they had broadcast about a
domesticated rabbit found outdoors in Westmoreland County. The
local animal shelter treated the rabbit's ears for severe frostbite
and will put the rabbit up for adoption. (He looks like lavender
point Californian.) The reporter made a point about the
cruelty of letting rabbits and other domesticated pets loose in the
wild. Thanks to KDKA for caring! Remember to keep your rabbits warm this winter!
January 3, 2006 8:30 p.m. - Don't try
this with your house plants. Dutch farmers are spraying their
fields in first phases of growth with American Tabasco to deter
rabbits. It works. The Dutch animal welfare people seem
happy with the spicy repellant since "It's better than going into
the fields with a shotgun."
There is a Canadian rabbit
hero in Ontario. A pet rabbit woke up a snoozing family of
four so they could escape safely from a house fire a couple of
Try this with
your bathroom towels. I was sent this photo of cruise ship bath towel origami. If
anyone has instructions for this, please send so I can publish
online and we can all try it at home. However, I think I will stick
with bunny slippers and leave the towel origami to cruise ships.
January 2, 2006 9:30
- My cat, Pele, made a new friend this New Year's with a Holland Lop called "Speedy".
The cat brought Speedy several kitty toys each evening. The
photo shows Pele offering his favorite toy to Speedy. Speedy sniffed it politely.
Dogs can be heroes for rabbits like a
recent story about a drowning rabbit who hitches a ride on a
Labrador. It seems the dog chased the cottontail into the
water and when the rabbit started to struggle, the dog swam over.
The rabbit hopped on the dog's back for a minute or so. Once
they got to shore the rabbit jumped up and ran again.
January 1, 2006 9:00 a.m. - Hoppy New
Year! Rabbit resolutions to make:
Clip your rabbit's
nails once a month.
Adopt a second rabbit. All rabbits love company since they are
so naturally social. Get your rabbit a new toy. Start planning a "carrot patch"
to plant this spring to grow fresh
veggies for your rabbit. Take your rabbit for an annual exam
by a rabbit savvy vet. Find vet directories