So today I spent a good number of hours giving “Bunny Tune-ups” and getting to know some of the foster buns at the various foster homes a bit more. My main reason for going was to groom Noel, a blackish-grey 2 year old angora that just came into HRN last week. She is bonded to her son, Spirit, a one year old, white with tan markings angora. This duo spent their years outside. Apparently Spirit’s fur was so badly matted when he was surrendered to ARL, they had to completely shave him down during his neuter. His former family said they never groomed him in his entire year of life. Poor little man. Now he’s starting a new year, a new life…indoors and matt-free and hopefully he and his mom will find a loving, forever home in the New Year too. They deserve it. Of course, the pair will require weekly grooming and maintenance to make sure they stay matt-free, healthy and happy.

So my day started grooming Noel. I got her brushed out and started trimming her all over to thin her coat, until I got to her backside butt area. Whoaaaa! She had a matt so thick in that area, I couldn’t determine where the fur and skin met. Throughout the day, I worked on that area, taking long breaks in between. But it got to the point where I just couldn’t do anymore with her. When it gets to be that bad, it’s a “hairy” situation and it’s best left to a vet or vet tech. Someone that knows what they’re doing. So tomorrow she’ll go to “the professionals” to be shaved in that area. Then she too will start a new year matt-free.

Spirit and Noel are a timid pair, (probably from spending their years outside with no human interaction), but already Spirit is starting to come out of his shell. Noel is still a bit apprehensive with us humans. With some time, patience and an understanding human, I’m confident they’ll both blossom into wonderful angoras.

Mabel is the outgoing, white lop with ruby eyes. She was in the pen playing when I got there. As soon as I was there, she was standing on her hind legs, front paws up on the sides of the pen, begging for pets. How could I resist? She’s awesome. Loving and outgoing. She’s going to make a great bun for someone or some family.

Okay, so my last post I made a mistake…Bogart is indeed a dark, smokey-grey colored rex. But in a dim light he does appear black. Bogart was the only bun that wanted no part of a nail clipping today. No way, no how. But he did allow me to hold him and give him some lovins’. Thanks Boggie!

Cheyenne of course IS an all black mini rex. Sweet as can be too! She was a little lady, allowing me to clip her dark black nails. When we finished, she snuggled right into me and enjoyed the attention. She’s perfectly fine being held and I think she also was content listening to me to talk to her. What a snuggle-bunny.

Desmond was a feisty boy today. He wasn’t thrilled with the nail cutting or me holding him, but he did tolerate it.

Mr. Snookums is a recently neutered, very outgoing mini-lop. He’s going to make some family very happy. I’m sure he’s full of personality (a lot more than I got to see for the time that I spent with him) and will acquire the nick-name Mr. Personality.

Finnegan is a small, quiet, gentle little man that was very good for his nail trim. He enjoyed the attention and the head rubs. Because he’s kind of on the quiet side, he may get overlooked, but if you’re interested in an all-around good little bun, he’s your man!

I didn’t get to do a trim on Lancelot either. Most of the time he was snoozing in his litter box (it WAS nap time, how dare I intefere with that!). Occasionally he’d poke his head up and I’d pet him, but he’s was just as content to take a good bunny nap.

Payson is the spry little dwarf who’s high energy and outgoing personality is what many potential adopters look for. So why hasn’t he been adopted yet? We’re not sure. But we’re confident that the New Year will bring Payson a new family. Will it be you?

Charleston is a handsome, smaller dutch who is friendly and was at the edge of the cage whenever I passed on by. Of course when it came time for his nail trim, he was at the far side of the cage :) Little devil! But he too was a good little boy for his “tune-up”.

Now Duncan. Duncan was a very shy, large, hermit bun last time I was there. What a surprise to see him begging for pets and lovins’ this time! I was thrilled. He’s definitely blossoming, like I thought he would with time. He’s on the bigger side, but a bigger bun means more bun to love!

Harriet is another white, ruby-eyed lop bun. LOVES to be pet and I can’t stress that enough. This little lady would literally probably sit for hours to be petted. Didn’t mind getting her nails trimmed or being held either.

Harriet’s “downstairs neighbors” are Chloe and Clover. These two are huge hay eaters and were constantly in their litter box eating fresh hay. Because of that, I was only able to clip one of their nails (not sure which one is which). Which ever bun it was, she was perfectly fine. They are both pretty friendly buns.

“The Trio” is just an awesome family! Mom Darcy and her boys Alfalfa and Buckwheat are a bonded trio who are on the very small side. With time, Darcy is another bun who is coming out of her shell. As soon as I opened the cage door, all three came running over. If I didn’t already have my own two buns (THAT is my limit this time around!), these three would have been home with me in a heartbeat. Just an absolutley wonderful trio of bunnies. I can’t say enough about them.

Meadow is another dutch, grey and white. She’s kind of shy and doesn’t really like to be held, which was evident as she hopped out of my hands and was off! Once I caught up with her again, she was perfectly fine sitting for her nail trim. Pansy is Meadow’s daughter and “next door neighbor”, but they are not bonded. Pansy is more timid than her mom, but I think she (and Meadow) just needs that one-on-one time and she’ll be fine. Isn’t that what everybunny wants? Just a loving human to call their very own.

Electra is one of a kind and her picture doesn’t do her justice. She’s kind of a crazy little bun with crazy floppy ears, always at the edge of her cage. She actually started coming out at one point until I caught her. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but she’s not on ground level!

Sally is a larger and long bun with 2 dewlaps! So she’s got a built-in pillow…or two…what’s better than that?! Sally was a doll. Very polite and very good for her “tune-up”. She got the works today too. Nails, brushing, etc. A lady like her needs to look her best!

Tatum is a newer bun who will be available soon, once she’s spayed. She will surely be adopted very quickly, as she’s a cutie-petutie!!! Smaller, dwarf-sized bun with an agouti coloring and white markings. Her eyes draw you in to her cute little demeanor and looks.

Punky…poor Punky. Another bun that we just don’t understand why she hasn’t been adopted. The most beautiful blue eyes and silky white fur. A small little girl with lots of ‘tude, but was very cooperative for her nail trim.

Hailey is another one that could compete in the “cutie-petutie” department. That unique coloring and expressive lop-like ears would draw anyone in. She’s outgoing, constantly wanted to be petted and loved and was great for her “tune-up”.

Katie and Libby are sisters who are oh-so-sweet. They weren’t as cooperative on their nail trims, but we got it done. They’re dainty little girls with nice personalities.

AND…..(drumroll please)…last but not least are Snowy and Jacob. This poor duo has been overlooked for 2 years now. They desperately need a home to call their own. Foster care is good and they are safe and loved, but they REALLY need a permanent home. Snowy is a himalayan bun and Jacob is a mix. Their picture on the “Pairs” page doesn’t do them justice and they need to be met in person to see just how sweet, special and devoted these two really are. They are snuggle bunnies too. When I was holding them, they both snuggled right in and soaked up the attention and love. PLEASE ADOPT SNOWY AND JACOB!

So there is the rundown of some of the adoptables. We’re hoping to make 2007 a bright, new year in a new home for each and every one of them. Will it be yours?

~Shannon: HRN Member/Volunteer