March 2009

Pepsi is the House Rabbit Network’s April 2009 “Adoptable Bunny of the Month” :)

Special thanks to fostermom, Shilpy, for her contributions to Pepsi’s blog!
Pepsi is really a sweetheart: very clever in her ways, yet so receptive to love and affection from her foster parents. There is an overall feeling that she is part of the family.

Pepsi is quite comfortable in her environment. Although she is still not used to being held or picked up, she loves to have her head rubs and being pet! She has a major sweet tooth; her favorite treats are bananas and soft baking raisins.

Pepsi is so cute as she waits by her cage door every morning for her little sweet treats! She will eat apples happily too, and carrots as well as lettuce but only when all the fruit options are gone.

Pepsi is quite the “verbal” bunny, making cute little binky noises when grooming herself and hopping around. When you put your hand in her litterbox, she grunts a little.

She’s very sweet, but very energetic and mischievous as well; always the curious bunny looking for new places to crawl into, new things to chew on, and, overall, be a little spoiled furball! Will you open your heart and home to this sweet little thing? Please give the HRN hotline a call at 781-431-1211 or E-mail us at


Mimosa came to HRN through a rescue of several strays in Norfolk, MA.  She’s quite the looker with a gorgeous deep brown coat and beautiful brown eyes.


Like many of the strays that came in with that rescue, Mimosa started out very very shy.  But as she’s become accustomed to the sounds and sights of our apartment, she’s become much more comfortable. Instead of hiding in the corner, she stretches her head out to sniff you.


Instead of waiting for us to leave the room to eat, she’s digging in with your hand in the cage still.  She’s even starting to like pats. It’s been  a huge improvement in just a few weeks.


The most exciting improvements have been in her exercise time. She’s still very cautious and explores step by step, but now has areas where she’s comfortable and can have some fun. We’ve even seen some good head binkies! She definitely likes to explore, but needs to be able to go at her own pace.


One thing Mimosanever shyed away from was food! From the start she’s been a huge eater, devouring food, greens and tons of hay every day.  Luckily, with that appetite her litterbox habits are excellent.

xcimg9712-2Mimosa is a shy bun that would probably do better in a quiter home with a family that can spend time with her. She has an excellent temperment and is a sweet girl that just needs a forever home to work with her and keep that personality coming out. Does Mimosa sound like she might fit in with your home? Give the hotline a call! She’s waiting to meet you!


UPDATE: Danica has FINALLY gone to her forever home!

Danica is a little spitfire that has been with me for a few weeks now.  She’s a gorgeous himi-dwarf mix with beautiful ruby eyes (despite her fostermom’s bad photography!), and her fur is so soft!


Danica has quite the personality and it’s not hard to tell what she likes and what she doesn’t. Danica has a bit of cage aggression still and may not be a good fit for a home with small children. She really lets you know what she’s thinking with some vocals and body language. She’s been making great improvements as she’s become more at home, and it’s pretty easy to work around with a little planning once you get to know each other. And even better, as soon as she’s out, it instantly vanishes and a real sweetheart emerges who will win your heart in seconds.


Danica LOVES getting nose rubs and exercise time. She thoroughly monopolizes my living room, doing bunny-500’s and binkies galore. She’s always super eager to come out to play. Every morning when she gets fed she tries her darnedest to run out of that cage.  She can’t get enough playtime!


And when she’s out, it’s not just about her- she loves coming to visit you too! In between sprints, she jumps up onto my lap to check out what I’m doing. As soon as you touch her head, that nose shoots up for rubs and she presses into you with surprising force. She will not leave until she gets her fill of rubs!


Danica is a great bun who has come so far in just a few weeks. She talks to you and lets you know what she wants, loves her playtime but also seeks out attention from anyone who will give it. Does Danica sound like she might be the bun for you? Would she be a good fit for your house? If so, give the hotline a call!


3/22/09 – ADOPTED!!!

So here it is! I wasn’t as active as I usually am, but I kept bugging my foster mom to get a movie up of me.

UPDATE 2/19/09: So my foster mom wanted me to tell you a few more things about myself now that I’ve been with her for a bit. I’m not that fond of being held, but I ask you… what lagomorph is? We like all 4 paws on the ground. Dudes, I’ve also learned to jump her 3 foot high xpen and it’s awesome! Who knew my back thumpers were that powerful? Totally rad! I think she’s borrowing an even taller one from another foster mom, so let’s see just how high my thumps can take me now. This ought to be fun ;) Well basically she’s making me tell you this so you know that I’m a jumper. I’m a young bun, full of spunk and high energy. I think she’s a worry-wort myself, but that’s a woman for you. Geesh! Oh, and she promises to make my movie soon. I don’t know what’s taking her so long. Anyway, that’s all for now dudes.

NOTE: Due to Mousse’s extreme high energy, his adoptive home will need to be able to deal with him as if they were dealing with a 2 year child. Otherwise, we think he MIGHT be a handful for someone not that experienced with rabbits. Although the adopter who falls in love with him would probably be able overlook his “busy bunny” tendancies. We also don’t think he’d be the best rabbit for a home with young children. Everything is on his terms and he doesn’t sit still for long. He would do best as a free-range rabbit in one or more rooms, as he does not chew on anything he’s not supposed to (provided he has proper bunny chew toys) and he does not like being caged. His litter box habits are excellent.

2/12/09: Was’ up dudes and dudettes?! My name is Mousse and I just recently came into HRN foster care. I spent about a month or so outside in this frigid New England weather, eating what I could of the dead vegetation and hiding out under a porch and tree. Dudes, this weather is for the birds and if I had wings, I would’ve flown south after I got dumped outside by my former owner. Brrrr!!!! I might have a fur coat, but it’s no match for weather like this.

Am I a stud-muffin or what?!

Am I a stud-muffin or what?!

Anyway, a few kind humans rescued me and brought me into their home. Actually, they put out a cage for me and I hopped right in. I couldn’t wait to get out of the cold and I knew these people would help me. I just had that feeling. Little did I know though, I was taking shelter at the home of a german shepherd rescue (thank you Echo White GSD Rescue). But it wasn’t so bad at all. The humans were very nice and the dogs really didn’t scare me too much either. I’m a chill little dude-bun and the GSD rescue people really wished they could have kept me, but they knew that they had to contact a rabbit rescue because one of those dogs kept looking at me like I was lunch. Yikes! So here I am living the high-life until I get adopted! And you’d better adopt me quick. I groomed my foster mom the moment she held me and I knew I had already stole her heart! Do I know how to swoon the ladies or what?
Ahhhh... the life of a bun basking in the sun.

Ahhhh... the life of a bun basking in the sun.

I’m a pretty young dude-bun, definitely estimated to be under a year. Hey, I’m a bunny, I don’t remember when I was born, so the humans have to guesstimate! I love to bounce all around, do Bunny 500’s, binkies galore and then I totally chilllllll when I’m done. I’m great at “dead bunny flops” and the superbun pose. I also do rico-suave-looooove-dances around my foster mom and she just laughs at me and calls me her little Moussie-man. Doesn’t she know I’m courting her? Silly human. But I know she likes me too because she gives me these totally rad rabbit rubdowns and I just melt. My two front paws go out superbun style (SUPERBUNNNNNN) and I close my lids and soak in the rubs. Totally dude! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. I love to explore anything and everything and I’m pretty hyper. Hey, young buns usually are! So I need a lot of playtime to stretch my thumpers please. During my explorations, I found out that there are two other resident bunnies that live here. Totally cool! They don’t like me though, so I just tell them to chill out. I’m just passing through until I find a home of my own.
I look good from this angle too!

I look good from this angle too!

I would like to have my own forever home with a nice dude or dudette or both! Doesn’t matter to me as long as you love me and give me a nice indoor home to kick back and relax in.
Take me home! Take me home! :)

Take me home! Take me home! :)

If you’d like to adopt me, you need to first call the Hotline at 781.431.1211 and a nice volunteer will get back to you. Oh yeah, my foster mom says she will take a video of me soon and then I can show you just awesome I really am. So keep a look-out for my movie debut.
Until then, peace out dudes!

UPDATE 4/11/09: ADOPTED! Tom & Jerry are happily snuggling in their forever loving home tonight :)
On Saturday, March 7th, HRN conducted an Education Day at the PETCO store in Peabody, MA from noon to 4 PM. HRN volunteer, Robin, and her daughter, Francie, rescheduled their day to help out at the HRN Ed table, so special thanks to them. Also, special thanks go out to foster parents, Melissa and Justin, for dropping off two very cute little boys, Tom & Jerry, which debuted in their first social event since being born in November.

The boys were a little skittish with the newness of the surroundings and all the noises that a busy pet store has going on, but by the end of the day, they were out and about exploring on a regular basis!

It was a very steady and, at times, very busy day. We ended up staying an hour longer than planned because of all the activity at our table. We passed out LOTS of literature, sold a calendar or two, answered a gazillion questions, and, hopefully, planted the” seeds” for a few adoptions.

One recurring theme we seem to run into at these Ed Days is people who stop by that are rabbit owners who have purchased from breeders. Usually, these bunny owners are woefully misinformed about how to feed and take care of their pets! Most of these people have been told that hay is not important as a food for their bunny, and some people have even been told that if they bring their bunny inside the house to live, that it will cause the rabbit to die! One such owner was practically crying tears of joy when we told her that her male rabbit did not have to spend the rest of his life living in a hutch inside her garage. She is planning to have him neutered, to litter box train him, and to bring him inside the house to live with her family. Once this transition is settled, she is also interested in finding a companion for her little boy! :)

Experiences like these are what make volunteering at the Ed Events so rewarding. At the end of the day, you may have helped improve the quality of life for a rabbit that otherwise may not have had that opportunity.

So, if you want to make a difference in a rabbit’s life, try volunteering for an Ed Event, you will be glad you did!

Tricia & Tom

Many thanks to Miss Holly’s foster parents, Jillian and Tom, for their contributions to her blog :)

Miss Holly is an adorable little bun who was rescued during a large stray capture in Norfolk, MA back in January. She was the youngest and smallest of all the buns scooped up on that frigid winter’s day. This little girl has certainly settled in to having a warm bed and plenty of food! Holly’s favorite thing, above all else, is eating. Her foster mom thinks that she might be making up for all those months when she had to share with all those other buns. If you are eating food where she can see you, she will watch you and make little chewing motions. When her foster mom calls out “Holly”, she comes running for her treats. Holly seems to think her name means “food”. She is such an adorable girl!

Holly is also a little “mountain bunny”. She loves to climb and jump on top of things, and spends a lot of her time looking up. She also likes to treat her foster mom like her own personal jungle gym. Holly’s litter box habits have much improved since she came back from her spay, and are very good for a young bun. When she gets playtime in the living room, she doesn’t leave more than a few pellets, just to tell the resident buns who is boss. She also does fairly well with being picked up, like most buns she doesn’t care for it, but she’ll tolerate it.

Holly would also be an excellent bonding candidate. She loves it when her foster mom’s resident buns come out to play. She has also recently started doing happy binkies and laps around her pen. She is usually too busy exploring to have time for pets, but once she settles down she’ll be ready for some nose rubs while grinding her teeth. For the rest of the time, she likes to do big bunny flops, especially when the other buns are watching. Holly is a “flop off” champion!

Holly would be a sweet addition to any home. If you would like to adopt this cutie pie give the HRN hotline a call at 781-431-1211 or E-mail us at


Great news! I’ve been adopted – I’ve found my forever loving home :)

My bunny surrogate friend “bunny” and I had a wonderful day at Especially for Pets in Newton. I groomed my stuffed bunny friend all along, so everybody was sure I am desperately looking for a real bunny girl friend. I was wonderful with the dogs and people around. Not scared at all!
    Thank you,
       Fuzzball Jackson, March Bun-o-the-Month!




4/11/09 UPDATE: ADOPTED! Oscar is happily binkying in the home of his forever loving family :)
4/2/09 update by, Barb, HRN volunteer!
Oscar is a love. The first thing I do when I go to Suzanne’s house before I clean cages is pick up Oscar and put him in my lap. I pat him for a good 1/2 hour. I was wooed by Oscar when Suzanne requested I have him be the feature spot for NECN’s Segment, “Adopt-A-Pet”, last December. He was so calm during the show that the interviewer, Art, thought he was falling asleep. Not many buns in a strange environment would be so relaxed!

After Oscar and I spend some quality time together, I set him up in an exercise pen while I clean litter boxes. I guess I spoil him as I really want him to have a happy home, and in the meantime, I give him the best I can offer. He enjoys playing in his pen and doing some mini-binkies. Then when I’m done cleaning cages, I begrudgingly place Oscar back in his cage. He plops down on the floor as if to say, “Thanks, that was fun!”

I wish someone would adopt Oscar. He is a real sweetheart! He has a beautiful coat, and warm, but sad eyes. (Maybe that’s my interpretation, as I really want him in a happy home)

I suppose I could bring him into my house, to foster, but I would probably be a “foster failure”. My husband who isn’t as fond of animals as I am – tolerates my 4 other rabbits and 1 guinea pig.

Oh, if only I could have an addition put on my house and a few other folks to help out with the buns . . . . .

If you had to use one word to describe Oscar’s personality, it would be “eager”.

He’s always alert and responsive to any stimulus nearby. If you speak to him, his ears go up and focus on you.

If you approach his cage, he raises up on his hind quarters hoping that you will reach in for a pet or scritch.

The interesting part is when you happen to be close by his cage and stop paying attention. If you are lucky, Oscar will go into “flop mode” to regain your attention; he actually did 4 big “dead bunny” flops in a row as we were engaged in conversation :)

He is definitely a bunny who would appreciate your attention! He is waiting for your call to the Hotline, 781-431-1211 :)