Isn’t my girlfriend just the sweetest thing?

 

I know I have been a little bit quiet, and I feel very badly about it. My human has been very busy with the computer and hasn’t given me any time to tell you what I have been up to!

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We’re Molting!

I don’t know what’s happening, but its terrifying. Every time I groom myself a clump of hair comes out… its happening to Buffy too.

Why is this happening to me? I don’t understand. I feel sooky and cranky and not at all like myself. Every time my humans come over to me they pull clumps of hair out of my backside, how embarrassing.

This has happened to me before. I remember soon after I came to this home I lost lots of hair. I think because I was adjusting to a new environment my body started acting a bit crazy. There were little Obi-Wans everywhere, which was nice because I was lonely but it was also pretty gross and the humans vacuumed all the time which was dreadful.

But WHY is it happening to me again! Its been so hot latey and buffy always wants to cuddle which makes it hotter. And now I have to deal with this? The great Jackalope must be punishing me for something.

I feel worse for Buffy. She has different fur to me and seems to loose some every time the humans pet her. She also grooms me lots so is probably getting hair-mouth.

The humans keep trying to brush us, but it doesn’t work very well. So they have taken to patting us with WET HANDS! Its horrible, it takes like 5 minutes to dry!

Can someone tell me, when will this stop? I just want to go back to when my fur was perfect and my poops don’t occasionally come out in strings of pearls…

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I made a new friend today… her name is Ocean.

Today I met another bunny named Ocean. We drank chamomile tea and had a good chat about where we came from and how we got to where we are today, and I wanted to share it with you.

When Ocean was a baby she had a sister and they were best friends. They spent all their time together and when they went to their new home with some humans they had lots of fun.

But when the two girlies became teenagers things changed. Oceans sister started getting mean, and this made Ocean sad. Oceans sister was picking on her and biting her and they were fighting all the time. After a while Ocean was so scared all the time that she would lash out whenever someone came too close… she was so unhappy.

One day, the humans took her and her sister to a place full of little cages. They left her there. She never saw them again.

The people at the cage place made her sleepy and they cut up her belly. When she woke up she was taken back home. She was feeling yucky all the time and didn’t understand why she was feeling so bad. Ocean said she was so scared, she didn’t think things could get any worse!

The people at the cage place were nice, and after some time her wounds were all healed up. The humans would try to get Ocean and her sister to play, but Ocean was too scared of her sister… she hated her so much. Every day they would have the worst fights. Ocean was getting sick of all the drama, and started lashing out at the nice humans too. They kept on making her play with other rabbits. After her experiences with her mean sister Ocean had trust issues and so whenever she was introduced to new bunnies it made her very sad, scared and cranky. This went on for quite some time and eventually, they stopped making Ocean meet the other bunnies… she had gotten her point across… she didn’t care too much for human companionship… she wanted to be alone… she was depressed.

Ocean spent a very long time at the orphanage. In that time no new humans came to see her… they didn’t even enquire about her… She said the humans who worked there kept taking pictures of her, and videos, and making posters but none of the humans wanted to meet her. Ocean was starting to get lonely. The nice foster humans were good to her but they couldn’t spend much time with her. She knew none of them could commit to her, so she wouldn’t commit to them… she was all alone.

One day, when the sun was shining a nice couple came to meet Ocean. They seemed sad, like they were grieving for a lost friend. Ocean felt bad for the humans and she was also very lonely. But she didn’t know how to show them that she wanted them to be happy. The lady picked Ocean up, and gave her a big cuddle. Ocean, who usually would scramble away in such a situation stayed put, and snuggled the nice lady back. It was the first cuddle Ocean had had in over a year, and it was nice.

That day, Ocean went to her new furever home. Now she has toys and a comfy bed, unlimited hay and as much cardboard as she wishes to destroy. She told me she never thought she would be happy again until she met the nice lady.

Oceans story reminded me that even though the humans can be annoying sometimes, they love us, and we love them. We can show them we love them by giving them kisses and cuddles and eating their strawberries for them.

There are so many lovely bunnies who need homes. If you are a human, looking for a new bunny to take over your home please ADOPT rather than buying from a breeder. Shelter bunnies like Buffy, Ocean and I make the best friends… if I do say so myself.

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There’s nothing more fun than a cardboard box and some string.

I am a simple rabbit. My favourite activity involves laying sprawled out at the threshold. The bathroom door and the fridge door are at a tie for first place. Theres something about doors which makes me feel calm, maybe its that I become god and no one can open the doors without my say so.

Whilst I lay in-front of doors, or at the threshold I think about the universe. What is the ceiling made of? Where to the humans go to get the vegetables? Why are two of my feet so big whilst the other two are so small?

I have a few cubby houses around the apartment. Theres my wooden hutch, which I only go in if i’m scared, it makes a really good hiding space because I can sit in the corner and look at both entrances. I also have a little table with a sheet over it which I like to pull and push to make just right, I am after all an interior designer by heart. Best of all though is my castle, it has three levels joined by ramps! The ramps used to be perforated but Buffy decided that she is also an interior designer and ate all the grooves off… so now we have a castle with slides!

I am king.

My favourite thing to chew is tea-towels. I like to make holes in them so that they are easier for the humans to hang on hooks. I am a helpful rabbit. Tea-towels have an aroma unlike any other object. They are full of the smell’s of foods and coffee beans, and even when they have been freshly cleaned I can still taste the yummyness on them.

My favourite thing to throw is my treatball, which gets filled with pellets out of my favourite box. My humans got a new mix from Porches Rescue which is soooo tasty! I push my ball around throughout the day and out drops the tasty treats… but Buffy tends to get in the way and gobble half of them up…

Sometimes I get to play with string and things on string. I saw my human order some string on the computer the other day and I think she is going to make some toys with it. I saw on mums instagram account somebunny put string between the thresholds and used pegs to hold up the vegetables… I think that idea sounds dandy!

When I came to this place I didn’t know what to think… they didn’t have many toys for me and I was a bit lonely when they left the apartment. But now that I have a castle, and a girlfriend, and some string I think I might be the happiest bunny in the apartment building.

What are your favourite toys? Share them in the comments below or over on facebook!

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Yuk. Buffy has WORMS!

Don’t get me wrong, I love my Buffy Girl. But she can be pretty gross sometimes!

Yesterday, I was minding my own business in the potty munching hay and I spotted a tiny white wriggly worm on one of Buffies poops! If I wasn’t a rabbit, I might have thrown up (but we rabbits cannot throw up)! Was she going to die? Was I going to get worms too? Did I already have worms? How could I know? I’m just a rabbit! Somebody think of the bunnies!!!

Since my humans are too stupid to understand bunny language I made sure not to let any hay cover the wormy poop and I left the box in disgust. They would find it sooner or later.

As expected, the next day during a routine poop-inspection by the humans the wormy poop was spotted. They looked terribly concerned… was Buffy going to die?

They sorted through the poop box with sun-coloured gloves on and put some poops in a little clear bag. They then proceeded to use their computers to “gooble” pictures of rabbit poop like weirdos… I tell you what, humans aren’t right in the head!

They say Buffy has pinworms. Pinworms are not life-threatening but are unsettling to humans and to me. I am a vegetarian, I don’t want wriggly little worms near my hay!

So, alas, I am waiting for the inevitable to happen… a trip to the vet. Last time I visited the vet I had a needle, was man-handled and they trimmed my nails!!! It was pretty much the worst thing ever. I am not looking forward to it but I would prefer my Buffy-Girl gets cleaned up so I can eat my hay knowing it isn’t contaminated with worm’s.

– Obi

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Buffy! It goes IN the potty!

If there is one thing I am really good at, its using the litter box. I never piddle outside of my box and I rarely miss. When I miss its my humans fault for letting it get too full.

My box has recycled paper litter in it, my human buys this one because its soft on my feet and if I happen to eat it (like I am that silly) I won’t get sick. My human puts my hay right into the litter box so I can eat and poop at the same time – one of my favourite pastimes!

Now, my girlfriend Buffy, her litter box routine is not as good as mine, not by a long-shot! Our first week together, which we spent in that horrible pen she piddled in every single corner and slept in the litterbox…. I was thoroughly unimpressed.

After a few days of living in her filth she started using the box properly, but she still piddled outside of the box on occasion. Most desexed bunnies have good litter-box habits, but it takes a little time to develop them. But un-desexed bunnies… now that is another story!

Sometimes she piddles and poops just outside the box. She doesn’t sit in the box whilst eating sometimes but still piddles anyway resulting in a puddle I have to dodge whilst leaving our bathroom. I think this is just laziness or confusion on her part… I must have a word with her about it though because it’s unladylike.

Othertimes it’s in a corner of the house that the humans aren’t likely to see… This is very sneaky, and I think she does this because she knows they wont find it – thus claiming the space as her own. When they do find it, they clean it with vinegar.

To the humans dissatisfaction she most likes to piddle on the couch! Now, this behaviour I understand. I did it too when I came here, although only a few times. I did it to show the humans that they had to share with me. It worked, they let me on the couch whenever I want now. Im sure they wouldn’t have done that if I hadn’t shown them I was the boss! Anyway, she tends to hop around innocently, begging for pats and licking the cushions. Then, when they are not expecting it, she gets that glazed over look in her eyes and starts backing up into a corner whilst lifting her tail. Its pretty funny because the humans HATE it! They make a fuss and grab the vinegar. I don’t know why they bother. Its ours now. They should just sit on the ground.

Its been two weeks, and she is getting much better with her potty training. I don’t think she piddled outside of the box at all yesterday (unless I didn’t notice) and she is dropping less poops all over the place. I guess she is feeling more at home which is good, because I want her to stay with me forever.

– Obi

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Everything’s coming up Obi.

It has been an interesting week…

When I last posted, I was in a bad place. I was feeling hurt and unloved. I kept a diary over the past week so you could see how I have suffered.

Monday

She kept coming close to me all night so I would chase her around the pen until she hid in the small red crate. I think they put that crate there so she could hide from me if she annoyed me too much. I made sure they knew I was unhappy by shaking the pen every now and then as well as making a thudding noise with my back feet. When the room got brighter they gave me my greens and I had to share them. She didnt each much of them though because she knew they were mine. They did not give me one single pat. No head rubs, no nothing. They were completely ignoring me.

They left the burrow and didn’t come back for a long time. In that time I stayed in my corner and she stayed in hers. We had an agreement.

Tuesday

A repeat of Monday, nothing good happened today. I got tired of chasing her though and so when she came close to me I would just look the other way. I don’t understand what I did to be put in this situation and am not impressed.

Wednesday

I gave in. I groomed her head. Just a little. She kept putting her head under my chin. She smelled nice. She really is quite a pretty girl. They made a funny noise when they saw and so I stopped. Now I only do it when they are not looking.

Thursday

We sleep next to each other now. I lay in my side of the pen and she comes over and lays next to me. Maybe she is cold. They also made the pen bigger today, what a relief! Still no head pats though.

Friday

PATS! This morning when they woke up they fed us and then gave us both pets at the same time! It was amazing… I didn’t even mind sharing my human. I don’t mind the new rabbit, she is pretty nice to me and she gives me kisses. I kiss her back. Its pretty good.

Saturday

They let us out of the pen! I showed her around the pad and we took turns marking our territory with our scent glands. I didn’t really mind her marking my things because she is now my girlfriend and you should always share with your girlfriend.

They only let us out for a small time but it made me feel like things weren’t going to be so bad after all. Things were turning out pretty good.

Sunday

The pen is gone, and I am able to relax wherever I like. We snuggle together every now and then but mostly we just stay within eyes view of each other and play together in the cardboard castle. Everything’s coming up Obi.

– Obi

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Get me out of here

The morning started off as per usual. I made noise to bring the human downstairs and down she came. I accepted my greens and retreated to my loungeroom hiding spot. I was hiding because I knew something was up… the humans had been talking about me all week and yesterday a whole bunch of things appeared in the house.

A few hours later they put the harness on me. The harness is never a good sign. In retrospect I should have bolted right there and then. The harness always mean they are taking me outside. I hate it outside.

To make things worse, they then put me in the loud moving box, I have told you about it before. Going in the moving box always means something bad is going to happen.

After what seemed like an eternity they took me into a place I had never been. There were loud dogs barking at me and I was absolutely terrified. They offered me treats, but I wasn’t giving in that easy… I was cranky.

She tried to encourage me out of my box, but I wouldn’t come to her, so she pulled me out by grabbing my front legs and my bottom. Although I don’t like my bottom being touched it makes me feel much safer when they pick me up by supporting me there. After a quick cuddle she put me in a big pen with a crate in it. You won’t guess what they did next!

They put another bunny in the pen with me! I was furious! How dare they do that to me. I tried to ignore her but my mind started going crazy. I wanted to mount the white bunny. She needed to know who was boss.

Now, I am a gentlebun… so I won’t go into the details but what I will say is that for a very long time they stood and watched whilst we took turns showing each other who was the boss rabbit.

After a while I got sick of all the drama. I hopped into the milk crate and periodically thumped my back feet to show everyone I was unimpressed. The white bunny just wouldn’t stop harassing me! She was licking me and kept putting her head under my chest so that I would lick her. Fat chance! Or so I thought.

After a while I gave in and gave her two tiny licks on the ear. That was all she was going to get from me. Hopefully soon it would all be over.

Finally, after a very long time they grabbed me out of the pen. They put me back in the box and so I knew we were leaving that place at last. Then they put her in there with me! I was so confused. And so was she. Neither of us were expecting that to happen.

After a long journey home they put the white rabbit in a pen which they assembled the night before. I guess they decided she couldn’t be trusted… not like me… I go where ever I please.

Thats when the worst part happened. They put me in the pen too. And now they are completely ignoring me whilst i’m STUCK in here with this stranger! They havent given me any strawberries ALL DAY. I don’t like this situation. However, she is very pretty.

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Is it breakfast time yet?

When the sun comes up it means one thing… food time.

Sometimes I need to make lots of noise to make my humans wake up and feed me. Around 5:45 is the best time I think. Sometimes they don’t hear me hopping around so i do a little digging, or sometimes I chew on the wooden furniture, that always makes them get up really quickly.

They come over to me, with sleep dust in their eyes, and they give me some head pats.

I like to get head pats in the morning, but i much prefer them after breakfast time.

To tell them I’m hungry, I go and sit outside the cold giant. The cold giant is big and white and full of tasty treats like kale, carrots, spinach, and sometimes strawberries! I sit and wait patiently at the door to the cold giant until they come and open it up. Then I pounce! They are always laughing when I grab my food box and I don’t understand why, its not funny… I want what’s inside!

They give me a big pile of tasty greens for breakfast, almost the size of my head! I really like Kale and Gai Lan, they are very tasty! Spinach not so much… it tastes a bit yucky to me. The only one they don’t ever give me is the iceberg lettuce, but thats OK because it gives me belly aches and its not very tasty anyway.

Sometimes at the bottom of my pile of breakfast greens I find a little piece of carrot. I really like when that happens! If I am a VERY cute bunny and I dance around my humans feet whilst she makes her breakfast she might give me the top of a strawberry… then I do lots of binkies because I am so happy!

When my human goes off to work she fills up my water bowl, adds some hay to my box fills my fun-ball up with pellets. I push the ball around and even pick it up and throw it so that all the pellets go everywhere! Then I move around like that loud sucking machine and eat them all up.

The only other time I get the tasty pellet treats is when my humans play games with me. Sometimes they tell me to spin around or hop over things and when I do them they look so happy and they give me the treats! It is really good.

When the other human gets home he gives me sooooo many pats. I can’t help but lay down and grind my teeth together because it feels so nice. After a little while he goes to the white giant and brings me back another green feast! He sits with me whilst I scoff my greens down and sometimes gives me a little nibble of his tasty apple or banana… but only a little bit.

– Obi

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They call me Obi-Wan

I have been in this place for a long time. I remember the day I came here. I was scared and it smelled funny. I spent a lot of time sniffing things and marking them with my scent glands so they would know they belong to me. I jumped on things. I jumped off them. I scratched. I sniffed. I licked everything; I really like to lick things.

I wasn’t always here. Before I was here my girlfriend and I were in a box with small holes. Grass grew through the bottom of the box and the walls were shiny and cold. Small humans would come and grab us and we didn’t like it. They gave us lots of those tasty crunchy nibbles that my new humans call ‘pellets’ or ‘treats’ but they didn’t give us much else. My girlfriend started getting very cranky. She was digging lots and she started getting a big belly.

One day the big humans took us out of the box, and took us to a new place. They left us in that place. It was outside and we had to find our own food. Sometimes the cats would try to catch us, but we were good hiders so they didn’t find us.

Then, as we hopped along the street we saw some humans who looked like they had some tasty treats. I hopped over to the humans and licked their hands. They gave me strawberries. It was good. They went to pick up my girlfriend and she ran away so fast. I never saw her again.

They picked me up – I don’t like being picked up – and they walked around the town talking to other humans. I was scared. I didn’t want to go back to the box with holes and the rough small humans and I don’t like being carried… I was not sure about these new humans.

Eventually they took me to their burrow. It was very big, with lots of burrows inside which lead to other burrows. There were lots of humans there, some who visited every time the sun came up and some who only visited one or two times. I think some of the people were sad because they cried… so I let them rub my head to feel better. When they pet me they would smile. They gave me strawberries.

After a long time in the big burrow with many burrows, I had to go into a very small box which was put inside a different burrow. This one was bad. It moved quickly, it was shaky and it was loud too. I felt like I was in that shaky loud box for so long…

Once I got out of the box I was in a new burrow. It was smaller than the last one, but much bigger than the first one, and the floors were slippery. My new humans were there, and they gave me strawberries, so I let them rub my head and I licked their hands.

I like my new burrow but I miss my girlfriend. Where ever she is, I hope she is as happy as I am.

– Obi.

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