Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Butterscotch's Neutering Adventure part 1




My boy Butterscotch....the buzzing bunny  


He liked to hump human hands and feet, stuffed rabbits, oatmeal canisters....well, you get the picture. He also would thump at any perceived sleight from my husband or myself. Very territorial, demanding, cage bar chewing, etc. He was also stressed out, not sleeping very much, always had boundless energy he couldn't focus on anything. He would sleep a little but seem to be breathing heavy. Butterscotch seemed to be extra hormonally charged than even other un-neutered bunnies from my experience.

We went to one vet months for a pre-neuter check up and it took four of us to hold him down. They  declared him healthy enough for the surgery.  One of their vet techs would not go near him afterward. She was terrified of him. He basically tried to jump out of everyone's arms. The approach wasn't too good there. Strangely, it was a vet office we were using for years, but they had not kept up to date with much and didn't inspire my confidence much. We decided to try another vet that is further away. Here is my general experience there (click here) .
Butterscotch still moved around a lot but was calmer than the visit at the other vet.

He likes the spotlight and also likes to know what's going on around him.

Many photos of him are blurry because he moves so much.

If he were a human, the pharamcies & doctors would probably push ritalin on him.



At the new vet, Butterscotch did really well. The tech runs a rabbit rescue, the vet not only specializes in rabbits (they have three rabbit/ small animal vets in the practice!), but he owns some too! Butterscotch was almost as close to calm with them as he could be with my husband or myself!  I wouldn't say he was "still", but he was a lot more cooperative and appeared my comfortable with the new vet and in the new atmosphere. The energy of the place was calmer than the old vet.

The vet tech weighed him and asked questions such as age, etc. Butterscotch is about a year old.  When the vet himself came in he directed me in helping distract Butterscotch and explained what he was doing, even though I was familiar with bunnies. He answered questions. He was willing to answer or explain anything even if I was new. He asked questions about what he eats, his living arrangements, exercise, etc. The questions were ones a vet should ask!

Groggy Little Boy!

Still Waking Up!

Trying to hold his head up.

Might as well nap on the way home.


Butterscotch has hay, water and food to make sure he was eating and okay after the surgery and anesthesia.


He said to not withhold food/hay or water, unlike humans, dogs, cats, etc. Rabbits can't throw up and wouldn't have the same problems with anesthesia as us. It can be dangerous for them to be without food or water actually for long periods of time. Then he explained the surgery a little and what to give him, food, water, a little bit of hay and something soft to lie on for his recovery time for after the anesthesia. The doctor said to drop him off in the morning and they would call and give updates. They called when they said they would and gave accurate descriptions of how he was doing. I picked a still somewhat groggy bunny up in the afternoon.

Butterscotch was so cute as a groggy little bunny. I took advantage by gently picking him up and cuddling his head between my shoulder and neck. He actually nuzzled right in. I knew the chances of this ever happening again with him in his or my lifetime would be pretty close to nil. It was sweet. He slept the rest of the day on and off. He was supposed to have fleece or something soft to sleep and play on in his living space for a few days to prevent infection or tearing where his stitches were.  Butterscotch's stitches were the kind that dissolve so he didn't need to return to have them removed either.

Butterscotch is still buzzing.  He's still been a bit girl crazy but has calmed down tremendously (we were told it may take a bit of time for the hormones to leave the system).  He has hardly chewed on the bars. He is becoming the personality he really has all over again. From day one he was a charmer. Then with puberty it went into overdrive.  Being bunny owners for over 10 years, we generally knew it was hormones. This is what impulsive bunny buyers, who don't educate themselves, tend to think of as a possessed rabbit that is evil and should be disposed of. Rabbits are beautiful creatures that are social and loving. Everyday he is calming down, but still being an active young healthy bunny. He seems more content too in general. 

They also become teenagers. Would you throw away your kids when they became teenagers? Although you may actually wish you could send them away for a while during that period, people stick it out and usually their kids' behaviors level off. Neutering with animals helps with those behaviors and also in preventing pregnancy.

The neutering process is not that difficult for us.  For more information, check out online college veterinary degrees to find classes and noteworthy studies about animal neutering. Of course you just want to find a vet that knows what they are doing. As I write this I am trying to gather vets names who are rabbit savvy, as recommended by rabbit rescues and credible rabbit owners. There are also good spay/neuter clinics that can do it at a discount, but are rabbit savvy. I hope to have a list of rabbit savvy vets and spay/neuter clinics on the resources pages of this blog soon as a reference. Otherwise you can refer to Etherbun (link in blog sidebar) or the House Rabbit Society   for more help in finding one near you.

I will be giving you some follow up in a week or two with photos and video to show the changes in his behavior and demeanor.  Please stay tuned for that in the next week or two!  : ) 

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bunnies Police Run-In

One evening in the distant past, when I was a naive bunny owner, I was renting a second floor apartment in a two family house in a small town with my new husband.  We had five fairly young neutered bunnies that stayed in a closed in pen in our kitchen in the back of the house. Not that I'm advocating this, but we were trying to also keep them a secret from our landlord, who lived on the first floor below us. We were quiet and generally good tenants, which was a relationship I wanted to maintain.

We had settled in for the night and were fast asleep.  Around 2:30am, we were abruptly awakend by the doorbell and a loud pounding on the door. I awoke easier than my husband, but he was startled too. I looked out the window but couldn't see anyone. The front door wasn't visible from the window due to the awning from the porch and our upstairs front porch. I did finally see a police man look up at the window from the sidewalk, so I ran quietly down the stairs so hoping the landlord wouldn't hear me (or the police for that matter).
One of the escape artists - Woody Bunny



I peeked out through the blinds, saw another officer and opened the door.  I don't think I said anything, but probably just looked at the officer quizzically.  His partner came on the porch and stood next to him, which started to make me nervous.  The officer then spoke, "Did you know you have rabbits on your roof?". I couldn't quite figure it out. Since taking in the bunnies, I had begun to have several strange dreams about them and then thought that this was one of them. The cooler night air hit me though and made me realize that I was awake.

Staring at the officer, probably looking groggy and confused, I just said, "Huh? What do you mean?".
He told me there were rabbits on our roof. On the front of the house on the roof. They were hopping about freely.  Then I remembered our little rabbits and although confused was hoping I wasn't going to be arrested for cruelty or negligence.  I didn't have my glasses on but saw movement when I looked at the roof from the sidewalk.
Sally, Domino and Woody in a hutch during our house renovation-all in the police line up.




I told them I needed to get my glasses and my husband.  I invited them up and brought them to the living room.  My husband completely woke up, came out and was just as confused as I first was. I told the police we owned rabbits and went to check on them in the kitchen. Four weren't there, only one. I got panicky now for the bunnies. They couldn't have got out.

Through the living room there was a door that led to a little balcony that goes over the front entry inside stairs. That door was ajar.  That small balcony had another door that led to a small sitting porch for our apartment.  We would sometimes let the bunnies play out there with our supervision on a nice day. Well, it seems that they liked that porch outdoors a little too well.  The door to the porch was ajar also.
This is the house with the small sitting porch on the second floor.  I tried to take a picture that would show how the rabbits could reach the roof.

The half wall that led to the roof seemed like it was too high for the bunnies to hop over, but on the porch was one little bunny, and three others on various places on the roof adjacent to the front of the house. With the help of the police, we somehow got all the bunnies back safely and carried them to cages.
Little Grumble, the only one who was a good citizen during  that night of crime.

The police told us to keep them in lock down. They couldn't stop laughing at the whole thing and said that it looked like we took good care of the bunnies otherwise. For me the tension of it all, the ridiculousness of it all and then the laughter gave me a big sigh of relief in my silly disbelief.

Since then, the bunnies never were allowed to be out at night, although we still have the occasional escape artist. The doors are all checked before going to bed.  I have no idea how they got out through the doors.  I figured they had jumped the pen enclosure in the kitchen and perhaps were either able to jump high enough onto the porch wall and the roof or jumped on furniture then the roof. I was surprised how daring they were and how they all made it.  I, to this day, am thankful they were okay.  I used to pray for God to look over them.

At the time, the landlord never seemed to be aware that this incident occurred and I was so thankful for that also. Who knows?


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ten Ways to a Happier Bunny

Here are some great ways to make your rabbits life a lot happier! To get the best, safest and most accurate information on any of these ways of how to make your rabbit happier, check out the House Rabbit Society website at www.rabbit.org .


1) Neuter your Rabbit: Neutering your rabbit will help eliminate behaviors that stress you and the bunny out.


2) Interact with your Bunny: Bunnies are quite social, but just be patient with him or her. Remember they are prey animals and take time to trust you, as opposed to a dog or cat, which are predatory animals.


3) Give your Bunny Toys: Bunnies are intelligent and like to exercise their bodies and minds. Toys can be simple things such as a corrugated cardboard box or an inner roll tube from toilet paper.



4) Rotate your Bunny's Toys: Just like us, rabbits get bored with doing the same thing all the time. If you remove toys and put out different ones regularly, they are likely to look at their old toys with a new burst of enthusiasm when placed out again. Keeping a bunny stocked up with toys and rotating them will also help eliminate negative behaviors such as chewing.


5) Bond your Bunny with a Friend: Just as much as you can be social with your rabbit, it is great to be able to bond them with another bunny, especially if you are not home often. Bonding is something that should take place slowly and be monitored. Check out the House Rabbit Society website link at the top of this article.


6) Keep Your Bunny's Environment as Stress Free as Possible: Bunnies can stress easier than many other animals, so keeping the environment more low key, less noise and quick paced young children, for example, will help your bunny feel his or her best! Reduced stress in the environment probably would help you too!


7) Give your Bunny Play Time: Rabbits love to play, are very social and quite entertaining to themselves and to us! Along with the toys and other interesting things in their environment, it is very healthy for them to give them time out of their cages (if not totally free range in the house) for play and exercise in a safe environment.


8) Give Your Bunny Play Space: Healthy exercise and play for rabbits includes having space to run, explore and hop around. Those legs are made for hopping. This will also help your bunny maintain a healthy weight and help prevent issues that come with being sedentary.


9) Learn your Bunny's Language: Bunnies, like other animals including humans, have their own noises and body language. Learning what these are can go a long way in helping you understand them and for you to communicate with them. They are intelligent, have good memories and are very social! Getting to know some of the basics and learning my own bunnies methods of communicating certain things has greatly enriched my relationships with them!


10) Keep your Bunny As Healthy As Possible: Getting regular vet checks, feeding bunnies the right stuff (such as hay being number one), getting exercise and watching your bunny for signs of sickness or different behaviors (actually anything different) can go a long way in keeping your bunny healthy. (Bunnies are prey animals and won't show being ill or in pain, but will hide it as an instinctual form of defense against predators). Healthy bunnies are happy bunnies and will make our lives fuller and happier too!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Have you seen a Jackalope?

Editor's note: This is for fun, but as for fair warning: taxidermy and slight innuendo are in this post, if this might offend you.  Otherwise, I hope you enjoy.

Have you ever seen a Jackalope? I've seen lots of them-kind of like the Unicorn horns I saw in the Cloister's Museum in New York City, the Jackalope is more common here in the USA!  Usually, I've seen them on t-shirts and bar signs, but then when I was on vacation in the woodsy northern New England states last year, I saw a real one! That's right.
Well maybe I better back up a bit and tell you what a Jackalope is supposed to be!  According to the latest entry on Wikipedia, it is:  "a mythical animal of North American folklore (a so-called "fearsome critter") described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers and sometimes a pheasant's tail (and often hind legs). The word "jackalope" is a portmanteau of "jackrabbit" and "antalope", an archaic spelling of "antelope". It is also known as Lepus temperamentalus.". (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackalope ).

Another website describes them as: "an aggressive species, willing to use its antlers to fight. Thus, the jackalope is also sometimes called the 'warrior rabbit.'

The jackalope is the product of a male jackrabbit and a female antelope. Jackalopes possess an uncanny ability to mimic human sounds. In the Old West, when cowboys would gather by their campfires to sing at night, jackalopes would frequently be heard singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. Jackalopes become especially vocal before thunderstorms, perhaps because they mate only when lightning flashes—or so it is theorized—which explains the rarity of this species." (source: http://www.jackalope.com/legend-of-jackalope/ )

Traits that are supposed to be common to Jackalopes (source: http://www.jackalope.com/legend-of-jackalope/ ) :
  • Size: Males to 24″, Females to 20″
  • Weight: Avg. 6 to 8 lbs. Binge up to 12 lbs.
  • Horns: Up to 12 inches across; 2 to 3 points common
  • Coat: Tawny-brown, lighter on chest and underside
  • Disposition: Secretive, easily agitated
  • Habitat: Grasslands and KOA Campgrounds
  • Range: Western North America into Canada
  • Diet: Grasses, beenie weenies, smores
  • Mating Ritual: Only during intense lightning strikes
  • Population: Less than 10,000 (2000 Census)
  • Predators: Taxidermists and tourists
  • Status: Endangered to threatened
  • Traits: Sure footed and agile; nocturnal; opportunistic; crude ability to mimic campground chatter; fondness for whiskey and Harley Davidson oil lines; will attack if cornered or provoked. 

Now it seems many of the sources on Jackalopes call it folklore, hoax or legend.  This surprises me. But then again, people don't think Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster are real.  Or the unicorns either. Unicorns are probably just extinct.  I have found a website that examines the conspiracy of the Jackalope. It looks interesting. They have sightings, photos, video, everything to prove the majestic and very rare Jackalope really exists! I suggest you check it out for yourself and decide!  Click here for Jackalope Conspiracy website.

Now early on, I told you that I saw a Jackalope on my vacation in the woods of  northern New England. I have a photo that I want to show you that I took of it!  We got lost in the Green Mountains in the car and stopped at campground for directions. We asking for directions and there it was!  He must have been a young one because the antlers were a bit smaller than you see on some.






Okay, so it wasn't alive, but look, it's real! The store was in the woods at the Crawford Notch Campground. It all exists! Someday, I know, now really...I will...seriously see a live Jackalope. I will respect him, but I have this 6th sense for finding and befriending rabbits (he's part rabbit!)...who's to say that I won't find one and befriend him or her.  They found unicorns hundreds of years ago. I just hope the jackalope is more able to elude the humans who seek out his magic powers (his milk is said to be a great aphrodisiac, because he has antlers-sometimes called the "horny rabbit".) and not become extinct, like I believe has happened to the unicorn.


Seriously, just by googling "jackalope" you can find all kinds of fun stuff on him. Hope you enjoyed this.

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Bale Me Out! All About Hay

 Hay and Rabbits

Hay is a necessity for rabbits. It is necessary for their digestion in many ways. Rabbit's teeth grow continuously and eating hay helps wear them down in the right way, compared to eating just pellets. Hay also provides fiber that is necessary for a rabbit's digestive system and also helps prevent blockages which can cause G.I. Stasis, which can be deadly. Alfalfa hay is commonly and best used because of it's higher protein and calcium content  for young growing bunnies until about 6-9 months old. They then should switch over to Timothy Hay because it is lower in the calcium and protein. Timothy Hay is also lower in calories which will help your rabbit maintain an ideal weight or lose it if too heavy. Below you will find select quotes on different aspects of  hay from some places on the web that are more expert than me. Alternatively, you can also check out online universities to find animal care degree programs that can teach you about rabbit food and diet information.


"Adult rabbits need a quality grass hay always available. Grass hays include timothy, orchard grass, bermuda grass, and others. You can find grass hays in pet stores, from horse farms or feed stores, at vet offices who specialize in bunnies, or online from pet hay suppliers. The trick is to find a good hay. Look for a green, fragrant hay. Most rabbits like soft kinds best, but having a mix of stalks and soft parts is great for providing the different kinds of bulk fiber that are good for teeth and digestive systems. Don’t buy hay that is all brown, dusty, has visible mold, or smells moldy. Dusty/moldy hay is dangerous for a bunny!
The most important part of a good hay is one that your bunny will eat. If you find a huge bale of timothy for $4 and bunny loves it, great! But if bunny won’t eat it, it just won’t do her any good. Picky bunnies often love Oxbow Hay brand, which can be found in some pet and feed stores, online pet suppliers, and at www.oxbowhay.com. If you can’t find it locally, ask your pet supply store to order it for you or to start carrying it!"
from  http://www.indianahrs.org/rabbit-care/food-pellets-hay.aspx



Hay (definition from wikipedia) "is grass, legumes or other herbaceous plants that have been cut, dried, and stored for use as animal fodder, particularly for grazing livestock such as cattle, horses, goats, and sheep. Hay is also fed to pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Pigs may be fed hay, but they do not digest it as efficiently as more fully herbivorous animals."
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay


Cuts of Hay

"Horsemen are very opinionated on which cutting is the best to buy. Although there are some differences in the cuttings, the quality of the hay is much more important than the cutting. From a nutritional standpoint, all cuttings can result in prime horse hay. With alfalfa, there will be some variation in protein content between cuttings. First cut alfalfa hay has the reputation of having large tough stems, but this is only true if the hay was too mature when cut. If first cut hay is mowed at the pre-bloom stage, the stems will not be coarse and the nutritive value will be high. Weeds do tend to appear in first-cut hay.

Second cut alfalfa hay is usually the fastest growing because it is developing during the hottest part of the season, and it usually has more stem in relation to leaf. Of all cuttings, second cut tends to be the lowest in crude protein, but its 16 percent average is adequate for all classes of horses.

Third (and later) cut alfalfa, develops a higher leaf to stem ratio because of the slower growth during the cool part of the season. Therefore, third cut hay will usually have the highest nutritive value. Horses which are not accustomed to a good, leafy hay may experience flatulent (gaseous) colic or a loose stool.

Mixed hays from all cuttings will have similar nutritional values except that with a grass/alfalfa mix, the first cutting will contain a larger proportion of grasses than the other cuttings."
 from www.horsegroomingsupplies.com


Other Links On Hay
The article at this link is probably the best on everything a rabbit owner should know about hay in relationship to bunnies! Maybe even more than you ever wanted to know!  http://www.rabbit.org/journal/4-7/hay.html
http://bunniez.hubpages.com/hub/Bunny-Care-Guide-The-Importance-Of-Feeding-Hay-To-Rabbits

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Watership Down Land is Threatened by Development

Many of us have been enchanted by the book Watership Down by Richard Adams. The rabbits in it have helped give us a more kindred feeling with those of us who have rabbit companions in our lives, or with mother nature and the threats she faces. Perhaps you or your children have seen the animated versions. The basic idea is the same,  the beautiful land that the rabbits live on is threatened by development. The story takes place in England, which I, being from the USA, picture as being the prisitine land that it is portrayed as being in the book, animations and many other movies there as well.  Perhaps, it's a romanticized version.  The land, Watership Down, is based on a real place that is supposed to be very faithful to the Berkshire Countryside of England. This land is now under a great and serious threat of development.
Watership Down: The 1978 film was based on the novel by Richard Adams, who is campaigning against the development of the land that inspired him
It seems unbelievable that of all land that is potentially under threat of development is one that helped influence protection of land and the environment in the 1970s. Here is a website where you can take action to help protect the land.
Click here: www.sayNOtoSandleford.org.uk

Here is a link to some pictures of the beautiful countryside:
Click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7360239@N02/sets/72157628025040309/with/6461287567/

I am doing more research into this, will update you and let you know what else we can do to help stop the destruction of this beautiful and inspirational land!

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Share Your Rabbit Resource Links

Do you know where to get great rabbit health info? Where can someone learn about rabbit health conditions in the middle of the night? Where can I go to know if my rabbit can eat a certain veggie? My rabbit is biting me and no one else, what am I doing wrong? Seems like my bunny is trying to communicate with me, what is he saying? Dogs have body language, like the tails between their legs, what about rabbits?  What's the best hay? What is a good bunny toy? Where can I buy great bunny items online? Why adopt, not use a pet store?

You will sooner or later have a need to know something in reference to bunnies, be it behavior, food, medical and a whole host of other topics.  Do you have a place you always refer to something to answer one of these types of questions? Do you know something or some place that would really help out other bunny lovers?

Please share them with Rabbit Slippers Blog so we can share them on our resource pages we are putting together for others! I have places I've been going to for over ten years now and have even been able to help others by sharing info. It can do a world of good, might help someone get a night's sleep, save a life or put even more of a spring in a rabbit's hop!

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Rabbit Rescues/Shelters: Share Your Links

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We would like to make you more accessible without but let you control what information you would like out there.  We will post links and info on our Rescue/Shelter page for you. Please let us know your name, websites, twitter, Facebook page links and physical addresses if you do want them posted. Please also let us know what town, state, region and country you are from so local people will be able to contact you and know they aren't thousands of miles away from you.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Buzzing Butterscotch Bunny (with video)


Not too many bunnies make a buzzing noise, but I had heard of them. Last year one had come into our lives. He didn't start making the noise until he was sexually mature at a few months old (the buzz seems to be hormonal from research I did).  He would buzz at the sight of us or other bunnies, especially females of course.  Most male rabbits do make a sort of grunting noise when "in the mood", but not Butterscotch, he buzzes.

Butterscotch was affectionate from the start, showering us with bunny kisses and responding to any movement we made. When he became "mature", he started buzzing when responding to us. He had become very territorial.and would start chewing on the bars of his cage, the wire barrier in his out of cage area. He also started thumping repeatedly at any perceived sleight from us.  He would become easily insulted if he saw us or heard us giving attention to other bunnies in the house. Thump, Thump, Thump...repeatedly...until we came...and more thumps if we came but weren't petting him, coddling him or whatever he wanted fast enough. The only time he wouldn't thump is if I was carrying a female bunny, which he seemed to think was for him. Then he would start thumping when he realized I wasn't bestowing him with a concubine. He would thump even if we got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night in the dark. He was way too high strung, cute as the buzz was. He didn't even sleep too much or too well. The hormones were stressing this poor little guy to no end.

His buzzing normally makes him seem very cute and appealing.  He was going in for a neuter the day after I shot this short video. This shows the ugly side. I shot the video because some people, including a vet, said the buzz might go away after his neuter. So far it hasn't, but he's a lot more pleasant than he appears in this video.

This is a good reason to neuter a rabbit. The bunny will be easier to get along with for us and other bunnies, but most importantly he won't feel so stressed out due to hormones either. Butterscotch is still affectionate and is calmer. For the record, he was in this confined space only so I could record the sound close up. He was came out and was given lots of attention after!

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Share your Rabbit Saavy Vets

Butterscotch is groggy in the car after neutering surgery.
Rabbit Slippers Blog is compiling information for it's new resource pages for people who own bunnies and for those interested in them.  We are hoping that you will share your rabbit saavy vet with us to list on our pages for others. Please send that information to: rabbitslippersblog@gmail.com. Please include the name of the practice (sometimes the name of the veterinary practice or animal hospital is different than that of ), the Doctor's name (so they know who to ask for), an address, phone number, and if you might have any internet links for them.We will share them on that page along with any brief comments you may wish to share if they might be helpful (you can be anonymous if you wish).

This may help someone from making a desperate unwise decision when they are in an emergency situation.  I have just found a new vet (read about it here: Click here) that I am very happy with now after nicknaming our former vet Dr.Kevorkian. This gives me such a feeling of reassurance that I know who to call and where to go. My vet's office will be put on that list also. Rabbits require specialized veterinary care so make sure that you only go to a veterinary clinic with staff who attended vet tech schools.  I will include vets for other countries too other than the United States.

Thanks. Please let's all help each other. Information is one of our greatest tools!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February is Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month: Save A Life!



Former Easter Dump Adoptee Jamie

Former Easter Dump Adoptee Grumbles (an affectionate name actually!)
Okay, it never dawned on me until now, so late in the month of February that this is Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month.

Having rabbits in my life is one of the most rewarding things. Not all of my rabbit came from rescues (from before I knew better). I have taken in rabbits that others decided they didn't want or couldn't hold on to. I have been called the Rabbit Lady in many places that I have worked or been involved with. I'm sure other rabbit owners get similar nicknames. Some bunnies over the years were rescues that people considered "Easter Dumps", that is: bunnies that were impulsively bought as Easter gifts like a toy and then dumped when people decided they were more than just a cute toy, but a living breathing creature they didn't realize is a commitment and has needs. Although those that truly learn about bunnies, take the time to get to know them, will find out how special they are & won't ever want to let go of the piece that was missing from their lives, not everyone comes to that conclusion. They get dumped in parks, the woods, on farm property and at shelters. The best choice of those is a shelter. The rescued Easter dumps that I've taken in have been some of the best company and brought some of the most joy into my life and that of others!
Former Easter Dump Adoptee Trixie


Not only does adopting a bunny bring joy into your life, you can really make the life of a bunny special, by adopting one. You can show it real love, the kind it didn't know before. It is one of the most incredible feelings that I can't even begin to describe. It is an investment that keeps rewarding you over and over again. Not only can you make their lives special, but you may even save a life! There are rabbits that get euthanized when put in a shelter that does kill them if they aren't adopted within a certain amount of time. Those stories break my heart.  One of my bunnies, Lizzie (whom I lost a year ago shortly after her husbun passed away), was given to one of those shelters, but saved by a no-kill rescue. They were told that she was unadoptable because she was vicious. I took her in to foster her and instantly got attached to this "vicious" bunny that begged for affection and accepted it every time it was offered.  She was a big (Flemish Giant mix) bundle of affection that went from foster to adoptee, when someone else showed an interest in her on Petfinder (couldn't give her up). I could absolutely not understand what was supposed to be vicious about her. She was super sweet, but a bit shy and easily frightened.  A rescue that I took in later, was a big fat large white bunny named Nick (because he got beat up by other bunnies at a rescue and was "nicked"). He was afraid of everyone and everything. It took him a long time to become relaxed with us. One day, it dawned on us that they were both shy and might hit if off. We were doing a bonding thing where we put them near each other, but separately. The showed interest in the other through the safety of a barrier. Then we introduced them face to face under very guarded conditions. They wouldn't go near each other, until she approached him. He cowered. Then all of a sudden, they started smelling each other and checking each other out. They were pals that day and married the next!  None of this would have happened if Lizzy had been "executed" on death row. Nick and Lizzie were neutered. Originally they were victims of circumstances beyond their control, then through love they were loving companions to each other and to us humans too.


If you can't adopt a bunny right now, you can sponsor one in a rabbit rescue or make a donation to a rescue. You can also buy a Flat Bonnie toy , which was created to help educate about adopting bunnies and a certain percentage of money is given to rabbit rescues and educational organizations.

If you want to know more about adopting a bunny, you can check out the House Rabbit Society, where you find out just about anything you want to know about rabbits and adoption. Another place you can help out rabbit rescues by donating to them and learn about rabbit adoption is at Baskets for Bunnies (don't forget to check out the story of the adopted bunny Flopsy Parker while you are there!).  A great place to look for rabbit rescues and shelters where you can adopt a rabbit is at Petfinder, where you look at listings, usually with photos and good descriptions right on line. You can search by different ways too- by location, type of animal, age, etc. I love Petfinder.

If you can't adopt a bunny right now, which it's good if you aren't being impulsive about the thought, then perhaps you may be willing to sponsor one or make a donation to a rescue.  Share this info with others, please.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

New Rabbit Vet Zen

A short while back this month, I brought a bunny in for a pre-neuter physical because the other vet office we used had raised their prices astronomically, were pushing services and other things not pushed before (and that weren't necessary), and didn't seem to be as rabbit savvy in as they were when we started going there. The old vet's office people couldn't handle the bunny who had come in for his physical. Four people couldn't control him or calm him enough. He was so frightened and anxious, he was ricocheting off of walls and people, so it seemed. This experience, along with the vet telling me she was nervous because she just lost a rabbit during a neuter surgery took away all my last bit of confidence.

The new vet's office was less convenient to get to, about a 25 minute ride on some country back roads. They did have a great reputation though! I went into a much larger building that had two separate directions you could go in- the Emergency Hospital and the routine visit side. The feel of the building (for a reason that I still can't figure) was much calmer and soothing. The smell was clean, like a hospital. There were glass display cases that held very old veterinary tools, books and products. Some of those went back to the day of being used by the founder of the hospital. Somehow, they gave me comfort instead of thinking of them being great props for a horror flick.

When I talked to the staff, I just gave the Bunny's name and they were calm, pulled up all the info right away. They didn't seem to have one bit of feeling of chaos and urgency the other place did. The costs were reasonable, but they were well-staffed. They were up front about everything.

When the Bunny and I went in, the vet tech, who did some in-take & weighed him, didn't seem alarmed about my warnings of how four people had difficulty with calming & controlling him. She said, I have bunnies at home. Then a bit later, it turned out she told me she runs a rabbit rescue. I was overjoyed.  Although the Bunny was nervous, he was pretty cooperative with this tech.

When the doctor came in, I warned him about the bunny too. He immediately told me that he had bunnies also and started telling me about his long-earred friends. There were actually three rabbit doctors at this place that all owned rabbits he also told me.  The bunny was very calm for him, with just a couple of typical squirmy bunny type moments that quickly subsided.
Bunny in Car at Vet



The vet answered all my questions. Checking out was easy.   The bunny and I couldn't have had a better experience. I actually felt a sense of calm- a zen-like moment when I was leaving there. I thought about it after, there were no animals making those noises that frightened animals would normally make going to a vet. The dogs on leashes were calm and quiet, the cats in carriers and other animals that I couldn't see in carriers were all calm. The humans with them were calm and didn't seem to need to reassure their animal pals that everything would be okay.  The energy of the place was amazing.

Soon there will be a post on this bunny's surgery. I just thought I would share this separately. The message in this is that you can and should shop around. Don't do it when you have an emergency.  It could not only save your bunny's life,but also your nerves and sanity.


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Official Rabbit Adoption Story Contest (rules ect. included on this page).

Hello Folks!

Welcome to our biggest contest yet! Being near the season where impulsive rabbit purchases take place due to the Easter holiday and then within a short time becoming a throwaway either through dropping the bunnies off outdoors or dropping them off at an animal shelter (often getting killed due to shelters being overloaded or killed trying to survive after being dumped outdoors), we want to make people aware of the benefits of adoption, the commitment it takes, but also against the impulsive purchases.

We are looking for your successful rabbit adoption stories! Tell us the true story of a rabbit that was adopted from a rescue or shelter, is now living a happier life and is enriching the lives of the people the adopted bunny lives with.

Who can enter:
1) An individual who owns an adopted bunny (or more).

2) A rabbit/rescue shelter who adopts out rabbits.

3) An individual who knows someone who has adopted a rescue rabbit and shares that person's story.

What the story itself must contain:
1) The story must be about a rescued rabbit, bonded pair or small group that was adopted by an individual person or household/family unit from a legitimate rabbit rescue or shelter.

2) The story should contain as many elements as possible of the rabbit's history such as age, circumstances of how it ended up at shelter (i.e., dumped at park, Easter dump, abuse, etc.) if that info is available.

3) The story should tell how the adoption has benefitted the rabbit (i.e., did it save it's life, shy to outgoing, became playful, etc.) and how the rabbit benefitted the human it was adopted by.  Tell the story of the rabbit in the shelter's life and afterward. The purpose in telling this is to show other people how wonderful it is to adopt a rabbit.

4) Submit photos if you can with your entry.

5) Give the rabbit's name, the name of the rescue the rabbit is from.

How to enter:
1) E-mail the true story of a rescued rabbit adopted from a shelter with photos (if possible) of the rabbit to Rabbit Slippers at: rabbitslippersblog@gmail.com by Sunday, March 11th, 2012 .

2) The stories will be posted on the blog by March 17th, 2012.

3) A participant can enter as many stories as they want up to different five stories (of different rabbits or bonded rabbits).

4) The story must be submitted accompanied snail mail address where a prize can be sent to if the story wins.  Rabbit Slippers will only use that information for sending the prize if your story wins, and for no other purpose.

5) The story submitted must be submitted with a Rabbit Rescue/Shelter mentioned, with contact info, e-mail address and a snail mail address to send the donation to. The rescue/shelter cannot be an individual.  It must be a legitimate shelter/rescue that can prove it is a rescue/shelter as judged by Rabbit Slippers blog. The information will only be used for the purpose of donating to the rescue. In some cases, shelters/rescues do not provide addresses to prevent drop-offs.  Rabbit rescues or shelters must provide an alternative or legitimate way for Rabbit Slippers to donate directly to them. A donation will not be given directly to an individual to give to the rescue, but will only be given by Rabbit Slippers Blog to the designated rabbit shelter/rescue directly.

6) The rescue must also be one that adopts out rescued rabbits.

How contest is judged:
1) Readers of the blog will vote on the best stories by leaving a comment on the story at the bottom in the comments section stating "This is my vote for this story".

2) A reader can vote for more than one story, but can only vote once on each story.

3) Voters can vote from Saturday, March 17th, 2012 until Monday, March 27th (which is the last day to vote).

3) The story with the most legitimate votes/comments will be the winner.

4) Anyone can vote, can vote on more than one story, but can vote only once on each story. You can encourage your friends to vote on a story by commenting on it at the end of the story in the comments section.

5) If there is a tie in the amount of votes in more than one story with the winning stories, the writer of Rabbit Slippers Blog will decide the winner by a drawing of names of the tied score stories.

Prizes:
1) $25.00 (in US dollars) will be donated to the rabbit rescue or shelter of the winner's choice by Rabbit Slippers Blog in your name.


2) A piece of rabbit jewelry will be given to the participant who submitted the winning story. A photo and description will be added soon to this part of the description (2/16/2012).

*Rabbit Slippers Blog reserves the right to judge submissions of entries, votes, and right to judge if a rabbit rescue or shelter is "legitimate" on an individual basis.  Rabbit Slippers Blog reserves the right to substitute an individual prize if necessary (such as if a piece of jewelry breaks) with a similar prize of equal value and style.

**Rabbit Slippers Blog reserves the right to make adjustments to the rules of the contest in order to clarify an already existing rule, only if necessary.

*** Questions & clarifications can also be sent to and addressed by writing to Rabbit Slippers Blog at: rabbitslippersblog@gmail.com

Looking foward to reading and sharing your stories. 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Have A Rabbit Adoption Story to Tell? (Contest)

Do you have a successful rabbit adoption story to tell? Rabbit Slippers Blog would love to hear it and share it too!


Rabbit Slippers is interested in helping inform people of the beauty and benefits of adopting rabbits from shelters and rescues. We want to show how it saves lives and improves them. Tell us how you or someone you know has rescued a bunny (and/or more!) and how your new pal(s) have enhanced your life. Tell how you have improved their lives (especially if you know any background on the bunny- such was the bunny abused or neglected).

If you are a rescuer, please give us your stories too!  This is a contest. More details will be coming soon.  There will be a prize of a donation of $25.00 (in U.S. dollars) to the shelter/rescue of your choice and a piece of rabbit jewelry for the teller of the best story as judged in the contest.

The stories will be judged by the readers of Rabbit Slippers. The details of how this will be done will be announced very soon also.






This post will be updated and future posts will be posted soon. We just really want you to start thinking right now!  You can come up with more than one story too! If you have photos that will help tell your story those can be used also.

Please stay tuned.
Here is a link to the rules and details of the contest:  Click Here! Rabbit Slippers Adoption Story Contest Rules/Details


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