Quotes are randomly generated on the site and thought this one was fun.
Quotes are randomly generated on the site and thought this one was fun.
Easter is coming and House Rabbit organizations have a campaign–Make Mine Chocolate. The purpose is to inform and the hope to prevent people from purchasing a bunny for Easter. The majority of Easter bunnies end up released or sent to shelters or worse. People need to be aware that a rabbit is at least a 10 year commitment.
If you are thinking about purchasing a cute bunny for your child, choose a plush, stuffed rabbit. Real rabbits are sensitive and fragile creatures. They do not live on carrots or cabbage or ice cream that some authors put in children’s books. Rabbits need an appropriate diet of hay and greens, not crackers and chips.
Rabbits are never to be picked up by their ears. They can startle and be harmed easily. And without proper care and veterinary check ups, rabbits can die.
It should go without saying, Never, Never, Ever release a rabbit. They can be killed by predators, hit by cars, or worse. They can starve or become wounded, and die a painful death.
This is a photo of Nora. She lived for nearly 14 years.
She had surgery after she was attacked. She had several bouts of gastrointestinal stasis that required veterinary care. Later in life she had problems with her teeth which required treatment that included anesthesia. Anytime a rabbit is given anesthesia, complications can occur. And finding a good veterinarian can be difficult.
How cute is all of that???
Buy a plush bunny. They are cute and make great companions. They do not need to be feed. Litter boxes do not need to be cleaned. They do not need to see a veterinarian. And they will not die from neglect.
Or buy a chocolate bunny. Make bunny cupcakes or cookies. But don’t buy a Real Live Rabbit. They are not toys. They are lovely sensitive creatures who should be treated with love, care, and respect.
The best rabbit veterinarian on the California Central Coast is Dr. Susan Choy at Bear Valley Animal Clinic.
Coco fiber roll purchased from the Kinsman Company.
While grooming Bailey, my house bunny I found a tick. It was dead, but it was a tick. This is the third tick that I have recently found on him.
Here’s the thing—Bailey never spends time outside, so the tick had to have been brought into the house by one of his human friends.
Our vet has stated that there isn’t a tick treatment for bunnies. Preventive measures is the only solution.
In the future any time that we spend outside working in the garden or hiking, all clothing worn must be changed before coming in contact with Bailey.
A couple of sites with good information about ticks.
Larisa Vredevoe, Ph.D, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis
Ticks Commonly Encountered In California
This is the tick in a sink full of water. They totally creep me out.
When I was a girl we had grape salad on special Sundays. The salad consisted of head lettuce (that would be iceberg), chopped apples and grapes, topped with a mayo sweet and sour dressing.
Tonight I modified a Poppyseed Salad Recipe and realized it is very much like the special salad of my childhood. The salad has lettuce, quartered black grapes, chopped apples, sliced almonds, topped with a poppyseed dressing.
Why was the grape salad a special salad? Grapes were not commonly found throughout the year in an Ohio village during the 1960s.
Living on the California Central Coast produce is abundant at the Farmers’ Markets and even in the grocery stores. Actually, when I have visited Ohio in the past few years I was pleasantly surprised to find produce looking quite nice. Well, except for the neighborhood market near the village where I spent the first 20 years of my life.
For folks with house bunny companions–it is a good idea to cut grapes into pieces when offering them to your bunnies, and watching the bunnies eat them before leaving the room.
I had a bunny, Baby Cornell who very nearly swallowed a whole grape. Yep, that is very nearly. The grape became lodged in his throat and it wasn’t an experience that I care to repeat. He also had a problem with celery. So, now I always chop celery for my current bunnies. It could have been that Baby Cornell was simply eating too fast, but he changed how I have fed all of the bunnies since.
Yes, I named my bunny Cornell after Joseph Cornell, one of my favorite artists.
Nathanael, “Baby” hasn’t adjusted to the furniture change in the family room. He still sleeps in the same spot even though the sofa he liked to sleep under was moved.
I received my first real comment on one of my blog posts from Dinah at Discardia.
Yesterday I spent the better part of the day cleaning my studio space because of the moth scare. I decided to clear out the truly unneccesary “potential” art materials. Throughout the day I kept asking myself, “What would Dinah do?” At the end of the day, there was her comment.
Uncertainty about my choices faded; I felt validated.
I did have a weak moment, one in which I felt a bit overwhelmed with the task at hand. To calm my mind I typically do one of two things–read or bake. I opted for baking chocolate chocolate-chip cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
Vegan of course.
After a cupcake I went back to my studio refreshed and ready for the task. I needed to stop addressing the cleaning and clearing in a random, willy nilly way. I needed to be methodical.
I started with the first set of shelves where loads of small open containers of bits are stored. Interesting that the boxes of jars that I was keeping for someday came in handy.
Yeah, I am pretty sure that I am not going to make snow globes.
And lids will keep out unwanted critters.
Nathanael “Big Baby” and “Queen” Nora appreciated your comments too.
I have lived with house rabbit roommates nearly all of my adult life. Currently our roommates are Nora an 11 year old and Big Baby who is probably 3 or 4.
We found Nora when we were visiting the Farm Supply. She was all alone in a large feed container. I took a look at her and then noticed there was something wrong with her ear. Gave the Farm Supply money and brought her home.
The problem with her ear was a tattoo. Apparently, for whatever reason after she was tattooed she wasn’t wanted.
Big Baby came to live with us in December of 2009. He was probably two years old then. His name was Bailey, but since that is the family name of my husband’s mother, I felt a name change was in order. It took me a month before I came up with Nathanael, Nate for short.
Unfortunately he answers to Baby, so it stuck. My husband calls him Bruiser. He doesn’t answer to that name even when raisins are offered. Baby is the largest rabbit we have lived with. He isn’t overweight, he is really big.
This is a typical breakfast. They are looking a bit scruffy, not because it is early morning, they are in a major shed.
When you live with house bunnies you might notice that they often aren’t where you think they should be. You might find them sitting on the dining room table, or on your desk or bed, or on a chair…
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