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“I’m the Big Bunny around here”…

I was just outside with the doggies and bunnies. First thing in the morning, my boy dog, Belty, makes a check for security breeches. He walks along the backyard fence, sniffing the ground as he goes, making sure there were no trespassers during the night. He LOVES trespassers. He is the self appointed security guard, and his duty is to keep squirrels, mice, bunnies, etc out of our yard. He has never caught anybody. In fact, he stops running if they stop running. It’s just the fun of the chase. You’ve never seen a dog with a bigger smile as when he is chasing a squirrel.

So, anyway, now that I am more ambulatory, I have been helping Belty patrol in the mornings, and different times during the day, when he feels it is necessary. So, a little while ago, I noticed that the bunny pen area had no more grass. The bunnies had eaten the grass down to the roots. Oh, they get bunny food and fruit and veggie scraps, but they still like grass and weeds to eat. I pull henbit and dandelions and toss them in the pen, and the bunnies love it.

So, there I was, looking at no grass in the bunny pen, and a lot of grass everywhere else. So, I put a portable folding bunny pen around the area with the highest grass, under the park bench by the pond. I put the bunnies in there, and they started happily eating grass, then I took me and the dogs back inside.

Then, I was tidying up the kitchen, and looked out the window, and my biggest bunny was sitting on the park bench! I had no idea that she’d be able to jump that high. So, I ran outside (I don’t leave the bunnies unattended with the dogs) to make sure she would not jump over the fence.

As I was moving the fence from around the back of the park bench, I was talking to the bunnies. I’m here by myself all day, every day, until my hubby comes home. I find myself talking to the animals a lot. But, the more I talk to them, the more they understand, so it works out well. Rufus sometimes answers me back, or makes rude comments, or laughs. (oh, he’s my parrot)

So there I was, I was talking to my bunny, and I heard myself say this: “You think you’re a big bunny? I’m the Big Bunny around here”. What in the heck? I just told a rabbit that I’m a big bunny? It made me laugh out loud when I heard that come out of myself.

Old X, she is a strange one.

I might be on the computer some more today, or I might not. As much as I love visiting with my friends, like I’ve said before, I have to keep moving around to keep getting better. Moving around more has made a big difference in my lungs. They seem to be working better all the time. I’m using the oxygen less and less.

Even my arms and legs got weak from sitting around. The more I move around and do stuff, the better, and stronger I have been feeling.

So, if I don’t get back to you right away, understand that being on the computer too much is bad for my health.

I’m going to put my wash in the dryer, tidy up my room, go play with the dogs some more, maybe move the bunny pen to another grassy area.

But, remember, above all else, “I’m the Big Bunny around here!”.

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Bunnies, goldfish and dogs, oh my!

When I blogged yesterday about the love affair between my lovebird and one of my parakeets, Sherri Walker made a comment about her “guinea pig that kept trying to mate with my bunny”. That reminded me of when we first got a second bunny to keep Cadbury Bunny company after her bunny friend, Jellybean died.

Hudson, as his previous owner named him, chased Cadbury all over, trying to mate with her. But, Cadbury, who was spayed, was scared of the situation. So, we took Hudson to the vet for him to get neutered.

After Hudson was anesthetized, and the vet was ready with his scalpel, the vet tech called us. She said that they can’t neuter Hudson, but would we like her spayed. Huh? Hudson is a girl bunny? We said go ahead.

“Miss” Hudson – big girl bunny Cadbury- small girl bunny

So, now we have two spayed girl bunnies, and these silly bunnies take turns chasing each other around the yard trying to mount the other one. It is so funny, because Cadbury is half the size of “Miss” Hudson, and when she tries to mount her, Hudson takes off hopping across the yard. It looks like Cadbury is at a rodeo trying to ride a bull. Ye hah!

A bunny expert friend of mine told us that the mounting behavior is a “dominance” thing, not a sexual thing. They are both wanting to be “Top Bunny” of the yard. When they are not competing, they get along fine; playing together and taking turns deciding which direction to romp next.

In other pet news:Nicki says: “Me? Little sweet me? A fish murderer?”

Yesterday, my hubby glanced out the window in time to see our dog, Nicki, by the fishpond with a fish tail hanging out of her mouth! By the time he got to her, all that was left of my poor goldfish was a couple of scales. What in the heck! We have no idea how Nicki managed to catch a goldfish. In the winter, being cold-blooded, they stay near the bottom of the pond in a semi-dormant state. All I can figure is that one died and floated to the top.

Nicki says: “Me? Little sweet me? A fish murderer?”

However! One time last spring, in the spawning season, Nicki also had a fish in her mouth, but we rescued it. When the goldfish spawn, they can get really energetic, and sometimes flop into the air. We figured that the fish had flopped itself out of the pond entirely, and Nicki grabbed it instinctively since it was moving so much.

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Excavating Bunnies!

My two bunnies have a house up against a wall outside with an enclosed fence around it. They also get full run of the yard sometimes. Anyway, they have been excavating a winter warren underneath their house. It must be getting really deep, because they have been moving a lot of dirt.

This is really fun to watch! They actually push the dirt up out of the hole, and then spread it around with their faces and front feet. They actually have a few graded roads that they have made. I’ll have to take a picture and post it here. You wouldn’t believe it unless you see it. It looks like a planned construction site.

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Introducing Hudson Bunny!

I wrote recently that one of my bunnies had died, and how my other bunny, Cadbury. was sad and lonely. As I said before, I wouldn’t ordinarily want to get a new pet so soon after being brokenhearted. But my hubby and I decided that Cadbury Bunny should have a new companion.

Cadbury now has a new boyfriend named Hudson. He is a fairly young bunny, still growing, but already is as big as Cadbury. Sometimes my hubby calls him Baby Huey, after the big diapered baby duck in comic books. Here’s Hudson Bunny relaxing after a hard day’s romp in the yard:

We weren’t sure they were going to get along, so I didn’t blog about it. At first, she fought him and chased him away. So, we put them in separate pens where they could get acquainted safely, with supervised visitation when I was outside. Finally, Cadbury, (and I) got used to the idea of a new bunny, and she started liking his company. She likes Hudson now, but sometimes she goes to where Jellybean died and pines. She (and I) will be fine. Here’s a picture of Cadbury and Hudson when they were first getting to know each other:

Now, Cadbury and Hudson snuggle and groom each other. Hudson is a very nice bunny. They have a bunny paradise outside our back door. They have their own little fenced bunny lawn, and they have a big, roomy hutch under our gazebo awning on the patio. They have their choice of sun or shade.  When I am outside, I open the bunny gate so they can romp around the backyard. They also like to lean far over and eat the tender plants in the fishpond. One time, Hudson even dove in the fishpond and swam across when Cadbury was chasing him before they became friends. After they have a nice romp in the yard, they go back into their own bunny yard for a nap, and I close the gate.

They also have a bunny pen in the house. We bring them inside on hot, rainy, cold, etc days.

Welcome home, Hudson Bunny!

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Goodbye Jellybean Bunny. We will miss you…..

Jellybean the Wonder Bunny died suddenly yesterday of natural causes. Jellybean was a wonderful companion to me and my hubby, and also to his sweetheart Cadbury Bunny. Jellybean loved to romp in the yard with Cadbury. Here’s pictures we took shortly after they joined our family:

Jellybean, boy bunny. We will miss you. Cadbury, lonely girl bunny.

Jellybean on the left, and his sweetheart, Cadbury on the right.

We only recently had adopted Jellybean and Cadbury. Here’s the blog post from when we adopted them last June. As you may know from previous posts, my husband and I love to give loving homes to homeless pets. We are very sad to lose Jellybean so soon.

His girlfriend, Cadbury, is moping around listlessly. They did everything together, always running together, or laying together and washing each other’s face and ears.

Usually, when a pet dies, I don’t have the heart to get another one right away. But, this time, my hubby and I have decided to adopt another companion for Cadbury since she is so lonely. I called the bunny rescue lady this morning, and she’s going to keep her eyes open for another neutered male bunny who needs a new home.

Sadly, many people get bunnies for their little children at Easter, without knowing much about bunnies. Bunnies are strong willed, usually don’t like to be picked up, and will often scratch when picked up. So, there are always bunnies that need new homes as people realize that a bunny was not a correct choice for a little child.

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Wet bunnies!

As I said a few posts ago, we added two homeless bunnies to our family a couple of weeks ago. As I said before, they were already outdoor bunnies when we adopted them. We wanted two hop-around-the-backyard-bunnies, and the bunny rescue lady recommended Jellybean and Cadbury to us.

For a while, I was bringing them into the house when it rained, and it’s been raining a LOT here. We have since gotten a bunny hutch and put it under our gazebo so that they have a dry home when it rains.

Jellybean, boy bunny  Cadbury, girl bunny

Apparently, staying dry when it rains is not a priority for them! I went out this morning to check on them, and they were both damp. I put them both in the hutch, and I sat outside for a while to watch what they would do.

Well, Cadbury happily hopped down the bunny ramp out of her hutch and went to play in the rain, nibbling fresh grass. They get bunny pellets, bunny hay, and fresh veggies, but they like nibbling grass, too.

God designed rabbits to live outside, and I guess my bunnies are perfectly happy outside, no matter what the weather!

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It’s been too wet for my new bunnies to play outside.

It’s been raining like crazy here in Oklahoma! We have had a whole lot of thunderstorms for days. There’s so much rain that it has made the national news. Fortunately, there’s not been two many tornado scares during the rain. I am not very fond of tornados! It’s supposed to keep raining off and on for the next week.

Our new bunnies were supposed to be free-range, hop around the backyard bunnies, but with all this rain they’ve been indoor bunnies. They were used to being outdoor bunnies before we adopted them, but we don’t have the proper housing for them yet. We have them in an exercise pen in the house so they have room to romp, so they seem happy enough.

Our box turtles are doing fine in the rain. They have a lot of hidey holes in the backyard. The goldfish in the pond aren’t minding the rain either, tee hee.

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