April 2006

Our bunny, Beanbag gets miserable when he sheds each season. He goes through a serious shed for about 10 days during which he tends to be grumpy, hermit-like, and furious. He starts shedding around the base of his tail and it slowly migrates to the rest of his body. As he sheds, his back developes a new pattern each season of faint grey on grey watermarks. We call this his coffee-rings or crop circles and they are never the same twice. As he frantically licks himself, he looks like he wants nothing more than to have a button he can push that will make the whole coat fall all at once. *Poof*
When he’s shedding, Beanbag’s fur is everywhere. I find little tumbleweeds of it rolling gently across the floor. There are little whisps of it on every piece of clothing and in the air. Its in his food and his water. To help him get rid of the old coat as well as trying to contain the fur, we brush him daily. Before, brushing, we rub him down with a damp washcloth. This keeps the fur from ending up in the air and seems to help loosen the coat before brushing. When we brush, Beanbag leans into the brush with his eyes closed. Shed season is the only time of year when he enjoys our help in grooming, the rest of the time, he would prefer to do it himself thankyouverymuch.
Luckily, Bean has never developed a problem with ingested fur. But we have started giving him dried cranberries, pineapple, and papaya tablets as a preventative. Supposedly, the papaine enzymes in these fruits aid the digestive system in breaking down the proteins in fur. At first, Beanbag was more than happy to eat cranberries and pineapple but turned up his nose at the papaya tablets. I took to stuffing the papaya tablet into a large dried blueberry, his favorite treat, so he’d eat it. Now, he had grown accustomed to the flavor of the papaya tablets and will happily accept them without the blueberry wrapper. (Though he will still do just about anything to get a dried blueberry. They remain one of his favorite treats of all times.)

I just got this email from Beebie’s new mom, Paige and I thought I’d share;

“Beebie is doing great! I’ve decided to keep her name since the adoption but I mostly call her my “pretty girl”. She is so friendly and loves to be petted and brushed (she loves grooming like a typical girl!) She gets plenty of exercise out of her cage and she likes to run and kick up her heels when she’s feeling playful. She is about the same weight, so I have not allowed her any more than an 1/8th cup of pellets. But, she loves her hay and greens so much that she doesn’t seem to mind. She is very respectful to my home and has never once made a mess on my rugs or furniture. Nor has she ever knawed on anything or dug and scratched up my things.

Beebie is the best little bun anyone could ever ask for!!! For any one who loved and helped Beebie, let them know she is doing great. Be sure to send a special thnks for providing me such a sweet and special bun.

Thanks from,

Paige & Beebie”

This is why we put all the hard work in. This is the best ending one could wish for.

Ok, now that I figured out how to post pictures (thanks to Liz’s great directions which can be found on the right column on this page) I’m addicted.

Here are the pictures that Chip’s new mom sent of him and his new family. Ginger is missing from these two pictures but I accidentally deleted the other ones.

Here is Chip snuggling in with Shadow.

Chip and Shadow

And here Sugar joins the snugglefest. Sugar is the spiciest bun I have ever met!

Chip, Shadow, and Sugar

What a happy family. Chip was one of the Williamsport buns that was slated for the meat factory until HRN stepped in along with other bunny rescue groups and saved the buns.

Jessica:HRN Member

I was just going through some old pictures and found a few of the love of my life, Opal. Pictures don’t do her justice, but it is all I have now so I treasure them.

This is my darling Opal. Check out those ears!


Here she is stretched out. She was 28 inches from nose to toes and would fill the entire doorway when she flopped across it. For an idea of how big she really was, look at how small the newspaper looks behind her.


This is Rocky grooming Opal’s ears. He would do this for hours and hours and every once in a while she would grace him with one big lick from his nose to his tail. She was so much bigger than him that she wouldn’t even get up to do it. She’d just lift up her head a bit.


She was such an amazing bun.

Jessica: HRN Member

Scout has lived with me since April 15st, 2003. He’s shy. He’s always been shy and I don’t ever expect he’ll be the type of bun to run up to a big two legged monster demanding attention. (He does however love the 65lb four legged monster dog and has never been the slightest bit nervous around him! Go figure!)

Recently I’ve been putting a bit of extra time into loving him and helping him learn to trust me. I lay in front of his open pen for him to investigate me. I dole out loads of fresh and sweet goodies. I move very slowly and deliberately so as not to push him too far. I’m happy to announce that it is working… slowly.

He doesn’t seem as tense lately when I pet his nose and last night he put his head way down while I groomed his face. Rocky and he were squeezed together in a small litter box which I think helped Scout feel comfortable. Scout also climbed almost completely into my lap for a raison! That a boy!

He’s such a sweet shy bun. I hope that with some focused attention and loads of patience he’ll continue to blossom into a more and more confident and comfortable bun.

Rocky, Bear, and Scout

Jessica: HRN Member

Chestnut is a beautiful, active, serene bunny that’s remarkably good at communicating with humans. While she is a fairly large bunny, she doesn’t have the pudge typically associated with inactivity. She obviously enjoys time out of her cage when given the opportunity. Chestnut’s got a stunning cream & charcoal brindled Harlequin coat that photos can’t do any justice. You just have to sink your fingers into her inch and a half long, luxuriously layered fur to know that this is a bunny who knows how to take care of herself. She’s meticulous with her grooming habits and the cleanliness of her cage. While she’s willing to be held for short periods of time, she is a bit insecure about the process of being picked up.
On the other hand, she’ll happily sit beside you for a full bunny massage, grinding her teeth to show her pleasure. Chestnut likes to have space to stretch out in as well as toys and new curiosities on a regular basis to engage her active mind. She enjoys having a multi-level cage at her foster-home where she can retreat from interaction or present herself at the front of her cage for your attention and admiration.

Chestnut’s calm demeanor and laid back attitude are a great part of her charm. She’ll be happy to just kick back with you, or check out the latest toys you have to offer. Her easy-going nature makes her a pleasure to interact with and her clear communication style is unusual in a bunny of her size.

Clark is a big, snuggly guy. But don’t let the size or face fool you into thinking he’s docile or inactive. Those brilliant pink eyes and floppy ears hide the soul of an explorer according to his foster-mom! Cheryl says he’s been know to climb out of his pen and go visit other bunnies or greet you from the top of the nearby food bins. His long legs and body give him ample opportunity to stretch and explore the world around him. But hey, he’ll still take a couple minutes out to hang around and get scratched on the nose or behind the ears. A buns got to have his priorities, you know!
Clark was found on the edge of a major traffic intersection near Clark University in Worcester. Lucky for Clark, a good Samaritan caught his former-owners in the act of releasing him and reported it immediately. With his curious and trusting nature, Clark might not have survived long in the wild. But with his foster-mom’s help, he’s bound to find a good home and have lots of safe opportunities to indulge his curious nature.

I had the pleasure this weekend of visiting with Cheryl at her foster-home in West of Boston. Harpo, one of her foster-buns, was most eager to introduce himself to us.
Harpo is a social, active, curious bunny with a sense of mischief in his soul. A traditional black & white Dutch, he’s got a lot of good habits to his credit. He’s not aggressive, keeps a clean cage, uses his litter box, and interacts really well with humans. When we arrived at his cage, he presented himself at the front door for a greeting. “Hello,” I said cheerfully as I opened the cage door. He snuffled my hand, getting a scent of who I was and which other bunnies I’d been interacting with. I scooped him up gently, supporting his rear legs and his ribcage as I pulled him out of his cage.
Once out, he was happy to burrow into the crook of Matt’s elbow while I took a couple photos. We let him down to explore the play space and he immediately checked out the giant cardboard tube. He darted back and forth through it a couple times to show off his agility. He’s really speedy when he decides to get going.
A set of plastic baby keys caught his eye and he flipped them around a couple times before kicking up his heels in a devil-may-care way as he scooted of to explore the rest of the pen. I settled down on the floor to watch him play. He zoomed around, snuffling, standing up, listening, watching, nudging at various toys. Once in a while, he’d come over to say hello to me.
I’d oblige by giving him a stroke down the length of his body or a quick scritch on the head. He’d settle down for a moment or two to enjoy the attention, then wiggle out from under my hand to go off and explore again.

This, I hope, will be my last post about bonding for Eve and Dorian. We decided to let them sleep in the same cage and they were wonderful, kind, well-behaved bunnies. I got up twice during the night (not specifically for the buns) and checked on them. Each time, they were sleeping quietly on the second level, once, they were snuggled next to each other. They have been together in the cage ever since…

We fed them greens together in the cage, and treats. No problems.

We are leaving them in their huge cage at least until evening, we would like them to do a bit more exploring of the extra level.

I would say they still have to work out some things in their relationship. Eve can be on the ‘cold’ side. Dorian adores her. He is always trying to snuggle, but sometimes she doesn’t respond. I think he still annoys her at times, but the cage is so big that there is plenty of space for getting away.

Dorian did discover the litterbox, thankfully. We thought he was too distracted by the new cage and we would have to clean up bunny pee this morning, but no, he did fine.

The cage is absolutely huge with the third level. It is our highest ‘furniture’ and really has taken over the room!! We might move it to a different window in the same room so it is more centralized…something so big looks better at the center of attention. I just can’t believe how big it looks. These are spoiled bunnies! Since we didn’t know what size Eve’s bonding-mate would be (we ordered the cage before she chose a friend) we wanted to be sure they had tons of space. Well, she chose a dwarf and that makes them even more spoiled (less bunny bodies, more space).

For those of you that were looking forward to the ‘drama’ of fights, tussles, and other match-making problems, I am sorry to disappoint. Apparently, this soap opera has only run 13 days…perhaps I have paved the way for others to post about bonding experiences??!! C’monn everyone!

Rachel- HRN Member

Today, we let both bunnies out in the x-pen; we intended to clean their cages and then let them have their play time together. However, before we could close Eve’s cage door, Dorian ran into it (this was after Eve had already come out of the cage). Then, Dorian ran up to the second level of the cage (he figured the ramp out quite quickly). Soon after, Eve realized Dorian was in ‘her’ cage, she ran over. We were sure we were going to end up breaking up a fight at this point. But, we were wrong. There was some stomping on Eve’s part, but she did not attack Dorian. She ran up to the second level and he groomed her immediately. We didn’t expect this.

They were playing nicely and each decided to check out the other’s cage (this was after we cleaned the litterboxes). Eve is too big for Dorian’s temporary cage, but she spent a bunch of time in there.

Later, we decided to put the third level of the cage on. We had a two-level bunny abode and bought a third level in anticipation of them being housed together. Tonight, we put the next level on. Eve was comfortable with it almost immediately, Dorian still has not visited the highest level. Right now, he is sitting on the second level and Eve is on the third.

I still think Eve doesn’t like to have Dorian around all the time–he definitely adores her, but she sometimes finds him annoying. However, she is polite to him when he steps ‘out of line.’ For the most part, they get along. They aren’t ‘lovers’ yet…who knows if they ever will be?

We are debating about whether to let them sleep together in the cage. I think, at this point, it is doubtful that they will have problems, but I don’t know.

We have had Dorian for only 12 days, so I think this is amazing progress.

Rachel- HRN Member

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