August 2007

So Summer is quite the love-bug! If you’re looking for an alternative to a shower, just cuddle up with Summer and she’ll shower you with bunny kisses…literally from head to toe. I’ve never known a bunny that LOVES to groom her human companions as much as this little girl. Summer is also proving to be quite the spitfire when she gets to know you. Underneath that shy, quiet, armor of grey, is a bunny that is so full of energy and life. It’s apparent that her days roaming the woods are long forgotten and she is adjusting well to life indoors and to being spoiled!

The first time you meet Agatha, several strong first impressions are made. First is that she is a LARGE bunny. Next is the unmistakable Harlequin coat. Last, but not least by any means, is her prolific dewlap. You can’t miss it!

“Yes darling, that IS a dewlap under my chin, and I Am happy to see you!”

Dewlaps are common with female rabbits in some breeds. A dewlap is merely an accumulation of some stored fat cells. Well, in Agatha’s case, she has plenty saved up for a rainy day! LOL

“Pssst, I was just wondering, is that really All you?” “YES, it’s All me and it’s MAGNIFICANT!”

Although she is a big girl, Agatha is a gentle soul. She is a bit timid when you approach her cage but warms to attention and will hang out with you as long as you like. She isn’t particularily busy. She prefers to find a comfortable spot and relax, ideally at your side as you stroke her endlessly!

Her colors are quite striking and very unlike most rabbits you will encounter. When you get up close, you will notice Agatha has another remarkable feature that not all bunnies have, big thick black eyelashes!

“Darling, who needs false eyelashes when one has these…”

So if you are the kind of person who likes full sized, laid back, sweet buns, Agatha is the one for you. Meeting her in person is a must. We think she’ll convince you to become a part of her new “forever loving home”!

Blake, a member of the Fitchburg rescue, was just a couple of months old when he came into HRN’s care. This sweet, handsome white bun has striking pale violet eyes and a laid back nature. When passing by his cage you will notice his interest in you…. if able to speak, you would hear a request for some snuggles and playtime from this very agreeable, happy guy.

But once out and about, he’s exploring everthing, everywhere….from chinning, nibbling and tossing the toys, to climbing over and under the wooden tunnel, and occasionally he would stop by to check us out for a quick snuggle.

This young buck only has one small shortcoming… he doesn’t have a “forever loving home”…. yet! Come hang out with Blake and he just might convince YOU to change that part of his story.


‘Over or under, what’s a bunny to do?”

Your first impression of Roscoe might be “Awww, look at this cute little rabbit!”. Then, when you approach him to open his cage door to give him a friendly pet, that’s when Mr Gruff kicks in. Roscoe might grunt, snort or lunge at “trespassers” to his domain…. this little guy is letting you know who he thinks is in charge here!

“Ah razzzzzzzzzzzzzzzberries!!!!”

But once you coax your way past his defenses to give him a scrufftie, he’s quite agreeable to let you take him out for some R&R time. Interestingly, the territorial tough guy suddenly mellows out and is as interactive and fun to watch as one could ever imagine. For a solid half hour, he is as good as it gets: chinning and poking all the toys or anything else that he crosses paths with, scooting and running about, even entertaining us with a few binkies! However, he did give one little grunt when picked up at the end of his playtime. I guess he was just “commenting” on the necessity of having to return to his abode!

“Yo, you wanna piece a me? C’mon, bring it!”

Mr. Gruff is definitely not so tough. In fact, with a bit of TLC, this little boy will bring lots of joy to his “forever loving home”…..Might that be YOU?

“Halt, who goes there?”


Let us introduce a pair of especially frisky buns: Riley is the mostly white English Spot mix, while Scout is the gray and white Dutch. Both are of average size and weight, but that’s where the “average” part stops and the true nature of these bunnies come to the fore!


Do you remember that song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”? Well that’s the perfect theme for these two cuties. When they get out to play, they seldom stop for a second. The run, binky, dig, chase and flop to their heart’s content. Now mind you, this happens when there is no interaction with you. Give them some attention and they will play until you say “uncle”!

If and when they finally decide to take a break from their exploring fest, they will lie down near one another in complete harmony. But don’t worry, they enjoy their “out” time too much to spend much of it lying around. Especially when there are toys to toss about and new places to “chin”.

Yes, these happy go lucky girls just about have it made, except for one big thing. A “forever loving” home! That’s where you come in. Come see the girls in person and we’re sure you will want to solve that problem ASAP.

Special thanks to Shannon for her contributions to this posting :-)

These two girls definitely make quite a twosome. Kelsie is a beautiful brown-ticked chinchilla colored lop who has that typical laid back “lop-itude” going for her. Cinder is a warm chocolate brown, up-eared bunny who is definitely full of life and personality.

Kelsie will smush down as flat as a pancake at the first pet given and stay there until your arm gets tired. Cinder will stay briefly but be off to explore and run around. They both love to play with toys and will toss them around and nibble on them, and even play hide and and seek behind things if large enough. It’s really something to see.

Often, when Cinder is off exploring, Kelsie will be like a shadow to her and follow along right behind. As soon as Cinder decides to take a break and rest, Kelsie gets right along side and goes ito full groom mode. When the grooming is done, they snuggle in together in some very cute positions.

These two bunnies definitely enjoy each other’s company, but there is one person’s company who they would enjoy even more…YOU! Especially when you tell them that you are going to be taking them to their new “forever loving” home.

Special thanks to Shannon for her contributions to this posting :-)

Poppy and Charlie are the sweetest couple. They love to run around and binky. Poppy does the best flops. Oh and they like to read…um…eat the Sunday comics. He he :-)

~Erica, Fostermom

Grant is also one of the Fitchburg bunnies, but being shy isn’t in his resume. He is like a whirlwind of a bun when given space to move about. He seldom lingers in any one spot for too long. He’s definitely a fun loving guy!

He loves tunnels of all sorts. One of his favorite things to do when we were with him was to run behind the cloth backdrop that was draped over the exercise pen wall. He would go back and forth and poke his nose or head out and turn around and go back to the opposite end and do the same thing. He had a blast!

This handsome guy is a Dutch mix and he has those tips of his ears that curl over ever so slightly that give him that cute little puppy-like look. He’ll sit still and thoroughly enjoy any pets you want to direct his way too!

If Dutch bunnies are the type to make your heart go pitter patter, Grant is definitely one you should consider making a permanent part of your home! With that face, how can you say no?

Special thanks to Shannon for her contributions to this posting :-)

“What ears???”

Becca is one of the Fitchburg bunnies. Since most of these bunnies were never properly socialized in their prior environment, they tend to be a little on the shy and reserved side. Becca is like that too. She may be skittish with you at first, but if you have patience and speak to her soothingly, she will relax and become more inquisitive.

“Those greens were whisker smacking good!”

When she relaxes, you will be treated to a view of those astounding, beautiful ears in “full bloom”. Those wonderful ears, combined with her striking snowshoe hare fur, and long, dark eyelashes, will make a lasting impression for sure!

Becca is thinking of trying out for the Bunny Track Team as a hurdler. Check out her form!

We know that once she finds her forever loving home, hopefully with YOU, she’ll bring a lasting, loving presence with her that will make that home a truly special place!

“Could your house be my new forever loving home? I sure think so!”

Special thanks to Shannon for her contributions to this posting :-)

8/13/07 UPDATE: This past weekend Summer literally turned the corner and became a somewhat outgoing (still a little cautious though), loving little bunny. Friday night was the first time, since coming into foster care, that she did a a binky (a happy bunny dance)! She also did “bunny 500’s” whenever she was and about exploring the room, showing just how much fun she was having and learning what it was like to be a true house bunny. As I was sitting there on the floor with her, she came over to me, climbed up on my lap and started grooming me…the ultimate in bunny love. It melted my heart. Summer’s antics this weekend showed me that she is slowly but surely, learning to trust humans again.


The call came in the first full day of summer…there was a grey rabbit that had been spotted for the last 3-4 weeks in the yards of three homes sharing a common drive in Reading. There was also a black rabbit, but unfortunately s/he hadn’t been seen in about a week now. The caller was worried about the grey rabbit now, as there was a fox and coyote that was roaming the neighborhood. Probably why the black bun was no longer seen.

I went that night to check it out, as it was in my town, and sure enough there she was, happily munching on a huge buffet of garden greens and flowers. It was a bunny’s dream come true! And it was clear, by her “roundness”, she certainly hadn’t missed a meal. I, of course, wasn’t prepared to catch a rabbit that night. Still in my dress work clothes, no xpens, nothing. Not to mention, this area backed up to a small man-made pond and lots of woods…infested with every mosquito that resided in Massachusetts. I tried for as long as I could to get close to her and just grab her, but no such luck. She did take a carrot right from my hand, but kept just out of arms length. So the plan was hatched….gather some volunteers and head back the next day.

On Saturday, eight of us headed over there, well prepared with many xpens, treats to lure her and a carrier. For 3 hours, all of us, along with the homeowners searched for this rabbit. She was no where to be found and we feared the worst. Some of us decided to go back that evening, when she’d more likely be out feasting again.

At 6:30 PM one of the homeowners, Ruth, called me; the rabbit was out dining again. When I got there she was eating in one of the gardens. Of course this garden had a picket fence running through it and a small pine tree in the middle of it. I quietly got all my xpens out and started making a huge cirlce around her. She was a little cautious and watched me as I did my thing, but continued to eat. Tommy & Tricia showed up as I was slowly closing in on her with the xpens. But we had the problem of the fence. She could still escape through that opening if she got near that area. As we got closer and closer, she finally realized, “uh oh, something’s going on and I don’t think I like it”. She ran under the pine tree. I blocked the opening near the fence, Tricia blocked the other side and Tommy gently tried nudging her out. She finally darted towards Tricia, leaping into a huge garden of flowers…Tricia dove in after her!

There was a bit of struggle and Tricia finally came up with an armful of flowers…BUT…what about the rabbit? She was in there too! YEAH!!! She was caught and was now safe. All in all, it literally took about 15 minutes to catch her that night.

Appropriately named, Summer is no longer sharing the woods with groundhogs, wild rabbits or mosquitoes. She is resting in my house, where she should be and is now ready for adoption.

Summer is a charcoal grey mini rex, with brown highlights running throughout her fur. She’s a timid little girl, so I can only imagine what her life was like prior to being so callously “dumped” by her former owner(s). Her litterbox habits are impecable and she has a very curious little nose, constantly boinking things to check them out if they are unfamiliar to her. Slowly, she is coming around and out of her shell, learning to trust humans again. I do think it will take some time for her and with an owner who will understand this. She has learned however, that a shake of the “banana chip jar” means something good and she readily comes over. Still a bit cautious, but she does come. She enjoys sitting on my lap and loves to be pet. She’s also a huge hay eater, which is great. I think Summer would do best in a quiet adult only home that will shower her with love. She still startles easily with loud noises, but we’re working on that as well. She may be a good bonding candidate, as she’s a very gentle soul. I also think she could definitely be a free-range bun given proper bunny proofing of the home.

If you’re looking for a quiet, gentle bunny soul with lots of love to give you, Summer’s your girl.

Oh and by the way, the black rabbit that was seen with Summer…she was caught and rescued by a family living nearby. She is safe now as well.


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