- A blog as written by Rodney
|Thursday 18th November 2004
Oh how ashamed
am I for not updating the diary for nearly a month. My apologies!
Magic and Rodney are loves young dream still. They regularly flop
alongside one-another and its lovely to watch them play.
I'm weening Magic off the Burgess Junior now by mixing only a small
handful in with Excel Lite. They have one bowl between them in the
morning, hay throughout the day and greens in the evening. Seems
to keep them going! However, Magic does enjoy a bit of speaker cable
every now and then! Oops! Also the telephone was "Magic'd"
straight through the power cable. She's OK - but we've replaced
the phone! She is a proper houdini - able to defy any bunny proofing
we use! Love her to bits though!
Rodney seems to keep out of trouble - but I'm sure he's the brains
behind it all.
Still hoping to move before Christmas. Looking forward to it!.
Buns haven't a clue and seem to be enjoying the skirting more than
ever. I'll be correcting it before our Buyer moves in!
|Sunday October 24th 2004
The buns are
amazing. We'd moved the cage into the living room against the wall
opposite the sofa when they had been staying over nextdoor whilst
the house survey was going on.. I don't pay much attention to what's
on the telly now because the buns are much more interesting to watch!
For all the moving about they've had to do because of us mean two
foots moving house, they've taken it in their stride. No loss of
litter training at all.
Miraculously the survey came back with no comments! I thought the
bunny crafted sculpted wood work would have made an appearance but
For Rodney's birthday this month he received a big bag of treats.
Vine Balls, willow rings and straw plaits (from Bunnymail!). All
of which look in a terrible demolished state now!
We also received his nail clippers! We're attempting this today!
I'll tell all next week!
|Friday 15th October 2004
Well the buns
have had a mad couple of weeks. Firstly we moved the buns back into
the kitchen so that we could sand down and repaint the skirting
board. Magic did really appreciate the lack of space and was grumpy
until the following morning.
Then at the end of the week our survey on the house was due so
the neighbours kindly offered to take in the buns. So we put them
in the Ferplast cage and carried them nextdoor. To all accounts
they were perfect house guests for one night and were fully laid
out when I turned up to bring them home.
Now they are downstairs, returned to the living room and they are
like kids in a candy shop!
Both buns are fine - eating and drinking and binkying all over
the place! Can't wait for the new house and sorting out their bunny
Still totally amazed at Rodney's bouncebackability to live with
Magic! Housebuns are just brilliant companions! Yes, Rodney is a
SoccerAM fan. He lies out on the rug infront of the telly watching
Tim and Helen! I think he has a thing for the Soccerettes!
Hope everyone is OK! Don't forget to email me and let me know how
you are getting on!
|Friday 8th October 2004
At the rate Magic
is chomping my skirting board there'll be no house to buy! I have
curtailled her nibblings temporarily but she's a cheeky monkey!
Her and Rodney are just fine and dandy together - nothing significant
to report other than they are just a great couple!
I'm now investigating some more barrier methods of skirting board
protection for the new house. Its another little project for the
website. When I think I've cracked it I'll post some pictures.
At present I leave 2 food bowls out with a mix of Excel Junior
and Excel Lite. I cannot restrict one bunny from one set of food
- its impossible. So far there have been no side effects. After
another month I think we can wean them off the Junior but keep out
plenty of the Lite. The Lite contains minerals and nutrients and
really all their grazing should come from Hay and Greens so the
pellets are just a treat. Because females are more prone to obesity
and Rodders is only small they shouldn't need a huge amount of pellets
- but we'll keep them on some pellets, for Breakfast, just to ensure
a good balanced diet. Hay disappears like nobodies business and
greens last even shorter.
Accepted offer on the house so hopefully all should go smoothly
- hopefully (fingers crossed, touch wood, etc etc). Now planning
for the new house. Keep telling the buns about plans for "their"
|Friday 25th September 2004
What have I let
myself in for? Well. Rodney and Magic are just dandy. Rodney is
smitten, not only is he following her around but he fully flops
on his side next to her. I still think she's too young to appreciate
the relationship and is just merry in her own land of discovering
new things - but its very sweet to watch.
I've definitely been taking Rodney's good behaviour for granted!
We have a fish tank. Bunny access to the rear has previously been
prevented by the grid panels that I often use to segregate areas
off from Bunnies. However, Rodney has never been a big jumper so
I've never concerned myself with the height of the grids. Anyway
I came home one night this week to hear a rustling from behind the
fish tank. I quickly discovered that Magic was fine but quite happily
sat amongst pipe work and fish food. I reinforced the grids and
within 5 mins she'd jumped over these. The back of the fish tank
is now padded from all angles with towels, grids and cushions and
is rock solid. Although I wanted to rename Magic Houdini I half
expected to come home tonight and find Magic paddling merrily in
the fish tank. Thankfully she wasn't and it doesn't look like she's
tried anymore break-ins!
She's wonderful and we all love her so much.
She's still gizzling Excel Junior, Greens and Hay down like there's
no tomorrow. Rodney has found a taste for the Junior. I've been
told it can't harm him. I think Magic only has another month or
so on the Junior, I'd much rather guarentee that Magic was eating
her Junior than try and restrict her because of Rodney. There's
no evidence of upset tums from either bun apart from the one instance
of one poo with clear gel around it. I checked with the newsgroups
and was told this happens once in a blue moon and is OK. If it was
more frequent I should go straight to the vet.
So at the moment both buns are in the living/dining room.
This week I had to pop them in the big Ferplast cage in the garage
for 1 hour whilst viewers came round. Broke my heart to think of
them outside - how soppy am i? Anyway the experience helped the
bonding process like taking them for a ride in the car - they were
unseperable after the trip to the garage. Hopefully this place will
be sold before Winter (for the sake of the buns and my sanity it
better had be!) as I wouldn't like them to go in garage for even
1 hour if the temperature difference was going to be extreme. I
think if needs must I'll pop them into boarding if we still have
to accommodate viewers to the property later on in October.
Spread the word, bunny friendly house on the market in Sale, Manchester.
Must go to a loving owner...!
|Monday 20th September 2004
I apologise for
the infrequency of keeping this diary up to date. We're trying to
sell our house at the moment, which is interesting when you're trying
to bond bunnies but it does actually work quite well!
I started off with Magic in a Bunny cage in the dining room where
Rodney could sniff her and they could get used to one another.
I then, when time permitted, put them in the run together. The
first introduction was interesting as Rodney (as usual) would persist
on trying to mount her. But there was no nipping and lots of binkying
from Magic.Following this session Magic was returned to her cage
which also had a small fence around to protect her from nips.
Inbetween introductions I would alternate Rodney and Magic having
access to the living room.
The Second introduction in the run went really well. Lots of eating
together and binkying.
Third introduction - Magic groomed Rodney constantly and there
was lots of eating and binkying and ever since Friday 17th September
2004 Magic and Rodney have been living together in the Dining Room!
How's that for a short bonding!
Yesterday Rodney was teaching Magic how to go up and down the stairs.
I was poorly in bed but apparently it was really cute to watch.
This is just fantastic news and is one less thing to worry about.
Trying to keep a house tidy for viewers when you have house buns
is a little traumatic but at least its only downstairs. I've been
lucky with the weather when viewers have been around, I've popped
them in the run outside. We weren't too keen on first time viewers
seeing the bunny cage in the living room. Its difficult to explain
the concept and you can rely on a bunny just to drop a marble when
you say how proud you are of their house training!
Anyway - thats my news and I promise I'll try to keep the diary
updated. Once the viewings are over I'll sort the webcam out . For
now, I've updated the gallery with more Magic and Rodney piccies.
P.S. If you know of anyone who wants to buy a 3 bed semi in Sale,
Manchester let me know! ;-)
|Sunday 5th September 2004
I would like
to introduce you to "Magic" Rodney's new missus!
Anita from Peggy Henderson's arrived this afternoon for a home
visit and for the first home bonding date. We set up the run outside
and popped Magic in. I went into the house and brought Rodney out!
Anita checked out Magic's new cage and had a look at where her
cage would be.
We went through Magic's paperwork and then they had their first
It was a fab meeting - you can see in the gallery the pictures!
Magic is so sweet - although one of her ears is lopped she can
actually point them both up, and she had them both down at one point!
She's got fab ears!
She's still a baby 4 months old - she eats Excel Junior, as much
as she can eat for another couple of months!
At the moment the house is still in turmoil as we are getting the
house ready to sell so we may do the bonding outside as much as
possible. We've no room to fit two cages whilst we're trying to
do the "House Doctor" thing! When people are round to
view I think we'll pop them in the run!
|Wednesday 1st September 2004
Spoke to Anita
at Peggy Henderson's yesterday. 2:15pm on Sunday the new bunny will
be coming for her first date with Rodney. If all goes well, she
will be staying!
Still don't know her name yet!
Come and visit the site Sunday night and I'll have posted pictures
of their first date. Hopefully it will be all good news!
|Thursday 26th August 2004
Spoke to Gail
on reception at Peggy Henderson's today. Baby bun has been in for
her spay. The intention is to have the first bonding session here
at home and if all goes well take it from there! I'm too busy at
work to be able to have the bonding date during the week so hopefully
Sunday 5th September 2004 Baby Bun could be coming to stay! I'll
have to work hard at sorting out the cages and Rodney will have
to sacrifice the freedom of the kitchen. I need the kitchen to be
neutral as quickly as possible.
Can't wait! So excited. I wish I could say Rodney is to but as
always when I talk to him he's more interested in flopping over
|Thursday 19th August 2004
I'd bring you all back up to date.
Rodney is fine and hunky dorey. He's now back in the kitchen based
in his dog cage. I didn't like leaving him in the cage during the
day on his own, so he has Radio One to keep him company - he's a
hip dude! He may even be a BUSTED fan!
Have been along to the Peggy Henderson sanctuary and I have a reserve
on a white new born baby bunny who will be coming up to 5 months
old and hopefully is a girl! Its difficult to tell at this age.
Once the Sanctuary are able to spay her we can start bonding dates.
Out of two litters of pure white upearred kits she stood out because
one of her ears is lopped! Helicopter ears I think they're called!
She just had to be the one. Anyway as I said before she may still
be a he so we just need to keep our fingers crossed! Her and Rodney
are a match in heaven I just know it!
I've been keenly watching Rodney's water bottle, bum and food intake.
He's as ravenous as ever! So all's well there. I've not got around
to moving the webcam into the kitchen but I promise I will soon!
I need to find a better home for it so that you can see Rodney better.
Thank you all so much for your kind words of support they are all
appreciated and its reassuring to know that other two foots understand
what we've been going through recently.
I hope to develop the site more once I've more spare time. So please
keep coming back! I love to hear from you all!
Oh, just as an aside - I should tell you about my experience with
PetPlan following Charlie passing away. It was handled very sensitively.
I had to complete the details for Charlie on the PetPlan claim form
(you are posted one with your insurance certificate when you take
the policy out), then send it to the vet who cared for her ,PetMedics.
They then completed the finiancial information and forwarded the
completed form to PetPlan. Within 2 weeks I received a cheque for
my claim and a very sweet letter. I was very impressed with PetPlan
and PetMedics who made what could have been a very stressful time
a lot easier to cope with. If I had to say one thing that I would
have improved it would have been that they listed Charlies cremation
on the bill and stated I couldn't claim for it. I never asked to
claim for it and seeing it on a bill was a little sad for me.
|Friday 30th July 2004
Grab a brew because
this is a long entry!
Well, at the start of the week I was hoping to be able to put in
the diary that we'd started some bonding in the rabbit run outside
and things were progressing nicely, but if you've seen the home
page you'll know things took a drastic turn for the worse.
Looking back I feel I should have acted sooner and questioned the
Sanctuary about her skinny condition and small appetite, but they
weren't to know and I could keep saying "What if?" but
it won't bring her back. You have to get on with it and learn from
these things. The danger is not to be too much of a hyperchondriac
but it is down to you knowing your rabbit and knowing what is strange
behaviour. I didn't have that luxury with Charlie as I didn't have
her long enough. I could only act on the Wednesday afternoon when
she actually started showing signs of illness.
On the tuesday evening I got home from work and Charlie was hopping
around in her cage. There was a stale smell coming from her rear.
I picked her up and popped her on her back. Her tail was damp with
urine. I washed her bum and paws and dried her off and off she went
to munch her greens. I noticed the water bottle hadn't gone down
significantly but in the time I had her she never drank a great
deal and because she hadn't been on greens before I had introduced
them day by day into her diet. This would have been extra water
intake she wouldn't have been taking when just on hay and pellets.
I promised that if she was in the same condition the following evening
I'd take her to the vets. So at this point other than the damp bum
she wasn't showing any other signs of illness. I looked in her cage
and there was no urine on the bottom of the cage so I thought she
MAY have been sleeping in her litter tray again and just been a
little unfortunate to lie on particularly damp patch. I changed
the bedding, swept her cage out and changed her litter tray.
When I got home from work she had a damp bum and was extremely
weak. I knew something was wrong when it was so easy to get her
on her back. With a poorly Charlie in one arm and the phone in the
other I rang Vetcare and got an appointment 20 minutes later.
The vet at Vetcare was not the usual guy I saw and he drew his
breath in and went this doesn't look good as soon as he saw her.
At first I thought I heard him wrong but no, I was right the first
time. He felt her tummy, listened to her heart, took her temperature
and said it was a possible urinary tract infection. He said it was
likely her gut had stopped processing too. He gave her an antibiotic
injection and a saline injection, gave me a pouch of Supreme Science
Recovery and said try to feed her the Supreme Science Recovery and
keep water available. When I paid for the bill I was given the Recovery
and told it was self explanatory to make up. Vetcare don't take
in animals overnight so they gave me the phone number for Pet Medics
in Walkden who are a 24 hour surgery.
I got home and put Charlie in her cage with the Vetbed I had put
her on. She was so weak she couldn't keep her head up.
I rang Karen. She asked what the Vet had said, and she asked if
Charlie had been given any gut motility treatment, I said no, had
she been given any pain relief, I said no, have you got syringes
to feed Charlie the Recovery and Water, I said NO. By this point
I was getting the picture and Karen reaffirmed it by saying I should
get over to Pet Medics for a second opinion.
I rang Pet Medics, they gave me directions on how to get there
and pointed out that at this time the fee's would be at "Emergency
Rates" - this was £47 for a consultation. By this point
you really are past caring and I was also thankful that I'd got
Charlie insured as soon as I got her.
Charlie was carefull placed into the pet carrier and we off up
the M60 for 20 mins. Arrived at Pet Medics and were seen about 15
mins later. Everyone was so kind and the surgery was spotless, I'd
built up a picture of what a Casualty Waiting Room's like in the
middle of the night and wasn't expecting anything like Pet Medics!
The vet felt Charlie's tum and listened to her heart. I told her
everything that had been said earlier and the treatment she'd been
given. I was told that she really was very poorly. If I wanted to
take some syringes I could do but I would have to be constantly
up all night feeding her water; letting it pass through and then
feeding her again. She said the surgery could take her in and put
her on a drip to try and get her fluid intake up. The Vet went to
get the admission forms whilst I had a little sob I told Charlie
how much we loved her and wanted her to pull through. They took
Charlie through into the surgery and I left a contact number. She
said I could ring anytime for an update but if anything changed
she would ring me. I went to sleep with the phone by my pillow.
They needed a deposit against the final bill. I said I was insured
so they recommended I just paid my excess. The estimated bill they
gave me was £214.
At 03:46 that morning they rang to say she'd died. They said I
didn't have to make a decision about anything at that point and
that I could ring later in the morning. I rang back later and asked
about cremation. I could have her cremated and choose whether I
wanted her ashes back. I asked if I could have a certificate rather
than her ashes, as per Lou Lou. They said yes. I asked about bill
payment and they said we could pay over the phone. I asked about
the insurance. I just had to fill in Charlies details on the Pet
Plan Claim form and post the form to Pet Medics. They would complete
the cost details and forward it to Pet Plan. The final bill was
I hope you don't mind me putting all the details including costs
down. I just hope it helps other owners by sharing experiences like
this. I am glad for the things Charlie has now taught me but wish
I still had Charlie around.
Not forgetting about the other important Bun in my life, Rodney.
He is fine. I've disinfected Charlie's cage and disposed of the
absorbant toys from her cage and washed everything else. I just
didn't want to take any risks with Rodney. He's eating fine and
I'm constantly watching his water bottle levels.
After reassuring myself that in the case of both Lou Lou and Charlie
it wasn't something that I was doing wrong with their care routine
that had brought on their illnesses. Rodney is a testament to this.
I've decided to jump back on the bonding horse again and this afternoon
(Friday) I contacted the Peggy Henderson Sanctuary as I knew that
a few months ago they had had two mummy buns give birth to a large
number of kits. This is an ideal opportunity for me to have a bun
that the sanctuary have a totally full history for and some idea
of the buns temperament. Although they are awaiting neutering there
are a selection of girls to choose from. They are all white and
absolutely gorgeous!! How on earth do you choose and for that matter
we were trying to work out how we would distinguish the one we would
select whilst Rodney and the chosen bun were having "bonding
At the moment I'm waiting to hear whether the sanctuary will allow
introductions to start even though the girls are not yet neutered.
They know Rodney is neutered and fully vaccinated - its just sometimes
its best to start with a clean slate. Because they are so young
it would be unlikely that their hormones would be fully kickingin,
as females are notoriously territorial.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for all your kind words of support over
the past couple of months. It does help. If there has to be a moral
at the end of every story I would pass this on:
(1) Get to know your bun well, physically and behaviourly;
(2) Keep an eye on the water intake (difficult I guess with a bowl
but stick with it);
(3) Keep a stack of plastic medicinal syringes (not ones with needles!)
(4) Always feel confident to ask questions of your vet. If you
aren't satisfied with the answer or have any doubts about anything,
advice on giving medicine to your animal is always necessary, seek
a second opinion!
(5) GET YOUR BUN INSURED!
|Saturday 24th July 2004
Sunday we tried
our first introduction. We put Rodney and Charlie in the kitchen
with me supervising. Even after 2 weeks and a good scrub of the
kitchen I couldn't believe that Rodney went straight to where their
dog cage used to be and pooped a boundary round the exact spot the
cage was. Charlie just stayed by the back door and Rodney did come
over to investigate and there was much nose sniffing and sniffing
of rear ends! I don't think Charlie knew what was going on. Rodney
did go in for one nip but I just gently pushed Charlie backward.
I will leave the kitchen introductions alone for a while and if
the weather is good this weekend I may put the rabbit run up on
the patio and try a session outside.
Thursday I swapped their cages over. Charlie seems to like her
cosy pad and Rodney doesn't know what to do with all his room. Decided
that Charlie is a very laid back bunny. She'll just lie and chill
out. Even when I do entice her out of her cage she just hunts for
somewhere else to lie down. She's not had a mad run about but I
think she's still finding her feet on the floor and getting used
to things. In some ways she's timid and in others she's very confident.
Friday night I erected the Bunny Run on the patio and tried a second
date. No bun could call this their patch! It was always Rodney making
the moves, taking every opportunity to shove his head beneath her
chin. She did leave her head next to his, and they did go nose to
nose. I do panic a little when Rodney stays too still because I
know he's going in for a nip (he did this with Lou Lou and she ended
up with a war wound on her nose). I think this time the tables are
reversed to my previous bonding. This time I don't think the female
knows what she's supposed to do. The positives are that they haven't
tried to rip each other to shreds and they have groomed themselves
in the presence of the other (even though they haven't groomed one
another - but it is only a second date, perhaps Charlie isn't that
easy!). The patio definitely is the easiest place to try and bond
them, whilst the weather is good. Hopefully it will remain good
for a week and give the kitchen time to become neutral again before
the usual wet summer arrives.
Saturday afternoon we put them both in the run. They were outside
for ages and I am happy to say there was one instance of Charlie
grooming Rodney. Didn't last long and after that I think they got
tired of each others company (I think anyone would be grumpy if
they were outside when it should be their nap time!). But its a
step in the right direction. I cleaned their cages too and swapped
some hay around so they have each others smell in the other bun's
cage. Plus the cages are sited right next to each other.
I am quietly optimistic. They do look cute togther. All the tones
of brown you can imagine in just two Bun's!
|Friday 16th July 2004
went for her final injection so there's nothing stopping us bonding
her with Rodney now. The first week has been amazing.
We used a large "Nibble Sticks" bridge to ease her hopping
in and out of the cage. Although she used this at the start of the
week to hop in and out of the cage I noticed that she stopped showing
interest in the outside of her cage. Her home was obviously too
comfy. So Thursday night I decided to pick her up and pop her in
the living room to help her understand there's life outside the
cage. But surprise of all surprises she just stayed in my arms.
No struggle, even some waffly chops (teeth grinding - which to bunnies
in the correct context is a purr not a growl). So we sat together
snuggling for a little while and I set her down on the living room
rug. Off she popped exploring, even hopped into the twin baskets
for a doze and stayed there until it was time for the two-foots
bedtime. I had to pick her up and pop her back in the cage.
This afternoon I let her out, and again a little interest in coming
out but not a great deal of effort so I picked her up again and
she hopped around Rodney's cage for a bit then ended up snoozing
on the living room rug!
This weekend we'll move the cages together so they can get a good
whiff and used to each others company. I'm just stunned at what
a laid back bun she is.
The vet was happy with her, even though I said she was on the skinny
side. She eats loads of hay and is enjoying her greens - she just
doesn't guzzle them down straight away - she tends to graze at night
because her food dish is always empty in the mornings.
Rodney is enduring a huge moult. His cute face looks really strange
at the moment because from his forehead to 1cm above his nose is
a huge patch of uneven fur - he looks very strange. But I'm still
paying him lots of attention, strokes and brushing so no fear he's
still adored as much as Charlie.
I'm also going to find something other than the Nibble Sticks to
use as a bridge in and out of Charlie's cage. The side of the cage
is rather high and her belly fur is still very short after her spaying.
So, the bonding now starts. Fingers crossed everyone! Also, checkout
the Gallery for more fab pics of Charlie.
|Sunday 11th July 2004
Rodney was the
first out this morning. He's found an ideal position in the bottom
of a bookcase next to Charlies cage to sit and watch her. They've
been nose to nose sniffing but no nipping.
When Rodney went back in his cage we let Charlie out. We didn't
bother fencing off the living room. She hopped around and settled
down fully laid out next to Rodney's cage. She even made it up to
the bookcase where Rodney had been watching her. She's not made
it into the living room but its only a matter of time. When Charlie
went back in her cage, we let Rodney out and put the fence back
around her cage but left the short side near the book case free.
This is the end that Charlie sits in her Litter Tray. To be honest
it just gives Rodney a chance to sniff and Charlie room to watch
from her Tray.
My strategy for bonding them is this, and after 4 weeks you can
tell me how wrong I was!! (joke).
Week One: Let them out seperately but let them sniff through the
bars under supervision.
Week Two: Move the cages next to each other and swap hay (Charlie
will have had her VHD jab by this point) or even swap cages over.
I'm wary of over handling her because of her Spaying stiches.
Week Three: Start bonding dates in the kitchen a little at a time.
5-10 mins progressing to longer over the course of however long
And after week three just take it as it comes. The aim being getting
them solely bonded in the kitchen to the point that they can live
together in the kitchen in the old dog cage for 2 weeks to allow
the living room and dining room to become neutral again. This is
how Lou and Rodney ultimately bonded. Last time I rushed it by introducing
them into the kiving room together way to early and some scraps
This is theory mixed with experience from my last effort with Lou
and Rodney - it took five months but they did bond. Each rabbit
is different so it could take longer or shorter than last time!
|Saturday 10th July 2004
I wasn't too
well today. Rodney was let out and Charlie stayed in her cage. She
seems to be a big hay eater too. Although she's been fed on Excel
before she doesn't seem overly keen, perhaps she's just not a big
eater. Wolfed down her greens though!
Later on in the evening we put Rodney back in his home and moved
the fence to around his cage. We opened Charlie's cage and left
the side of the cage open with a wooden log bridge to help her jump
out. She didn't immediately jump out but after some sniffing she
came out and took her first tentative steps on the laminate flooring.
We fenced off the dining room from the living room just so we could
keep her safe in a smaller area. She sniffed and hopped around and
occasionly popped back in her cage for security. After 2 hours when
she had jumped back in her cage we shut the cage for the night.
|Friday 9th July 2004
Left work and
headed for Bleakholt with the Pet carrier all set up with some snuggly
vet bed and some hay for snacks.
Arrived at Bleakholt and went round to the Rabbit Warren where
Peter sorted out all the paper work. Finally I could take Charlie
home. Charlie hadn't been vaccinated so I made an appointment for
when I got back over to Sale with my Vet. Vetcare gave her a quick
once over and her Myxi jab and we made an appointment for next saturday
for her VHD. She has very evenly worn teeth apparantly!
Got her home and into her new cage. She is a really chilled bunny
- no signs of thumping and no second eyelid showing at all throughout
the whole afternoon. She is very skinny though. You can feel all
her joints. I refuse to feed her up on sugary treats so its just
going to have to be a gradual process of feeding her up. Any sudden
shocks in her diet could make her ill.
Anyway she has everything she needs for now so we'll leave her
in peace. Rodney can smell her! He's OK though we let him out later
on in the evening and he had a good sniff around. Neither bunny
|Thursday 8th July 2004
Tonight we made
sure everything was ready for the new arrival and that Rodney was
happy in his new temporary home.
The large Ferplast cage is set up across the other side of the
dining room from Rodney's. We've set up grid panels attached together
to make a mobile fence that can go around either cage whilst one
bunny is out and about. It won't prevent them having a sniff of
each other but it will prevent them trying to nip.
|Sunday 4th July
Although it was
hectic at Bleakholt because of the Open Day - Charlie was snuggled
in her hutch recovering from her op. Apparently she was still tender
so we didn't pester her. Stroked her head and said she'd be home
soon. She didn't even flinch! We took some hay home so that Rodney
could get used to the smell.
Rodney is set for his first night back in a cage with the smells
of his new love for company!
|Saturday 3rd July 2004
It must have
been fate that I hadn't sold my huge Ferplast 140 cage. Here are
the plans for Operation Rodney and Charlie.
As of today Rodney's home is now his original Ferplast 100 cage
in the dining room. (Note the change of picture on the Webcam).
The kitchen is now out of bounds to become neutral again for bonding
purposes. I've done this today so that I have a week's start on
things as Charlie will be joining us next weekend.
As Charlie is a little bigger than Rodney I have allocated her
the Ferplast 140. So the dining room table is now flatpacked in
I won't be introducing Rodney and Charlie together until 2 weeks
after she comes into the house. I am conscious that as she would
have only been spayed 2 weeks ago, hormones will still be in her
system and I would prefer to be as calm as possible for the bonding.
Unlike some of my bungled attempts at introductions between Rodney
and Lou, Rodney and Charlie are not going to have any free run together
in the living room until I can see that they are loves young dream
in the kitchen. I feel I added 1-2 months onto my previous bonding
time by trying to rush it. Once they are fine in the kitchen they
will live together in the dog cage for 2-3 weeks in the kitchen
until the rest of the house becomes neutral again.
|Thursday 1st July 2004
||Rang the sanctuary
in the afternoon. Charlie was back at the sanctuary. All was well.
They would prefer to keep hold of her until Monday. Confirmed that
it would be OK to visit her on Sunday. Can't wait! I'll be "borrowing"
some of Charlie's hay to give to Rodney. Just so he can start to get
used to her smells!
|Wednesday 30th June 2004
||Today Charlie went
in for her spaying. Fingers and toes were crossed.
|Monday 28th June 2004
||The sanctuary rang
me at work to say I was fine to adopt Charlie. I queried the spaying.
They would book her in with the vets (for Wednesday) and it would
cost me £40 for the operation. That was fine with me.
|Sunday 27th June 2004
came round from the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary for my home visit.
I set up a cage in the dining room with toys and bedding. Rodney
decided to snooze during the visit. Murial wasn't really at the
house long. As I already had a house rabbit and had explained my
tactics for bonding she said that she was happy that I knew what
I was doing.
I ask Murial if she could ask the Sanctuary about spaying. I felt
it would be easier for me, and easier for Charlie to settle at home,
if she came to me already neutered. I would pay all costs. She said
she would put it to the committee.
|Friday 25th June 2004
Today we visited
Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary at Edenfield near Bury. They had a number
of females available for adoption, none of them neutered though.
First I spotted Mitsy. She had previously been paired with another
female Snowball. Both were so cute and gorgeous to handle but they
did have a history of aggression. As I was handling Mitsy the Handler
only by coincidence went out to bring a bunny out of isolation and
into the main unit. As the bunny was called Charlie we didn't pay
much attention as we assumed it was male rabbit. As we were stood
talking a little about Charlie being a lovely rabbit she noticed
that on the info card it said Charlie was female. My ears pricked
up! We got her into a run and I picked her up for a cuddle - no
struggle at all! Charlie had come to the sanctuary because her owner
had emigrated to Australia. The owners brother had brought her to
the sanctuary. My details were taken and I would have to have a
home visit. Following the home visit, if the decision was positive
then Charlie would undergoe a vet check before being signed over
to me. I would pay a minimum £10 donation to the sanctuary.
I sneaked a quick piccy of her!
On my way home I bought some toys and a new water bottle for Charlies
cage! Optimistic or what! I did keep getting flash backs to the
time we first saw Lou. I am expecting a lot of flash backs over
the next few months!
|Thursday 24th June 2004
Visited the Peggy
Henderson Sanctuary where Lou had originally come from. I wanted
to find Rodney a friend who we could have some confidence in their
age. Lou had been estimated at 1yr when we got her but she had a
lot of character for abun of that age and the vet who treated her
when she was so sick said he thought she was older.
The Sanctuary didn't have any females available for adoption. I
started to widen my search.
|Wednesday 23rd June 2004
We returned home
on the Tuesday evening. Gradually the crying had stopped on holiday
and I was just looking forward to getting home.
I was feeling so bad that Lou didn't see me whilst she was going
through this. I wanted her to know how much I loved her and would
miss her if she went. I wanted to thank her for everything she had
taught us and Rodney. I wanted to be there for Rodney. I have to
be honest, if I was there I would have been a blubbering mess. I
had to take comfort that the people who were there did everything
in their power to help both bunnies and that those people cared.
I've not got memories of a poorly Lou, only the fabulous memories
of a very cheeky loving bunny
When Rodney return home we thought he looked lonely. It was very
strange seeing him on his own. Within 30 mins he was flopped out
relaxing in front of the telly. We knew we'd have to find another
house chum for him..
|Saturday 19th June 2004
I received a
text early Saturday morning. It said to ring Karen. My heart did
sink at this point. It was then that she told me that Lou had passed
on that morning before the vet could operate. We were both in tears
on the phone. It must be the worst nightmare for any boarder that
this happens and commonly the owner is never going to be close by
in these situations. My heart went out to Karen. Later that day
we had to discuss what my wishes were. Did I want a post mortem
and what did I want to happen to Lou? I didn't want a post mortem.
I wanted to think of her in the same condition as I left her the
previous week, not on an operating table. As I wasn't going to be
home for another 5 days I didn't want Lou stored in the vet's fridge
until my return for a burial. I decided on Cremation.
Since Friday I had been grieving. I don't think its a hopeful sign
if a condition like this has gone past 24 hours without significant
improvement. Richard was wonderful. I cried for a long time but
didn't want to spoil anyone's holiday.
|Friday 18th June 2004
improved only slightly during the day after trying new medication
and the vet took Lou home with him to keep an eye on her as she
was so weak. Only if he felt it would improve her situation would
Guiltly I had to ask how much the operation would cost, £100
- £300. I never sorted out Lou's insurance and I hated myself
for having to think about cost. I would have paid no matter what
but in hindsight I would have preferred not to have to think about
vet's fees at all. Lesson learnt. Rodney is covered by Pet Plan.
|Thursday 17th June 2004
||We were resting
on the camp site when I received a text from Karen saying not to worry
but she had taken Lou to the vet because she hadn't eaten and her
stomach was swollen. I rang her and she said that Lou was on medication
and not to worry, Rodney was with Lou keeping her company. I took
the vet's phone number and rang him direct. Lou was suffering from
Gut Stasis and they were trying to treat the condition medically to
find out whether there was a physical blockage.
|Sunday 13th June
As we were heading
off on holiday to Euro 2004 we dropped Lou Lou and Rodney off at
Karen's. This time we took their dog cage home so that they had
familiar territory and hopefully ease the transition when we come
back home. (Remember all the humping between Rodney and Lou when
they came back from boarding last time!). As usual they were more
concerned with new toys and bountiful piles of hay to be concerned
that we were leaving them for a week.
|Sunday 30th May 2004
Oh what can I
say about my two little bunny love birds? Things are back to normal.
Grooming each other and chilling out together. Lou Lou's even advanced
to rolling over on her side which is something I'd only ever seen
Rodney do before! So yes, nature has taken its course and things
are back to normal.
During the week I have weaned them onto Burgess Lite with no repercussions
in the litter tray. I've had to hide the food bag now as both Lou
and Rodney are getting too used to the dashing into the cupboard
and grabbing a mouthful of pellets! I noticed a smudged "special
poo" on the floor (which is the first in a very long time)
and decided that these sneaky dashes into the food cupboard for
a crafty mouthful of pellets could be too much nutrition for them
so - they are back on normal rations - one layer of Lite pellets
in their food bowl between them.
I did of course gradually introduce the Lite (never just change
your bunnie's food - it upsets their digestive system).
So all is well in Rodney and Lou Lou world. I'm just captivated
|Friday 21st May 2004
The week started
badly when I was convinced I was in for a rocky road between Rodney
and Lou Lou. He was being so persistant and she was becoming very
fed up with it. The thought of going through the bond again filled
me with dread. The constant nagging thought about bonding was driving
me nuts. Anyway over the past couple of days things have really
died down now and they seem more gooey over each other than normal.
When things were at a peak of annoyance Lou Lou obviously retaliated
with a nip to Rodney's ear. This resulted in a scab. I have tried
treating it with Sudocrem just to help things along but it turns
out Lou Lou knows best. She's licked Rodney's ear until the scab
fell off and keeps licking the Sudocrem off. The ear looks fine
and Rodney just thinks he's getting lots of attention off Lou Lou
- I'll keep an eye on it but I still think its a great indication
of the bond between them!
This weekend I start the Excel Lite. Lou Lou's habit of sneaking
in the food cupboard in endearing, and she doesn't take a lot of
pellets but it must mount up calorie wise and she's no Kate Moss!
So from this weekend I'm mixing small amounts of the lite in with
the normal until they are totally converted to the lite.
The wicker rings I bought at the BunnyMail stall are mere twigs
now so I need to order more. At least I know how they are occupying
themselves during the day. The rings are a big success!
|Sunday 16th May 2004
We went away
on a short break this week to Oasis Centerparcs Winfrell. It was
great. The Bunnies went into Board with Karen. Oasis was fab as
they have loads of wild bunnies roaming about and will come up within
2 metres of you, even the baby ones. I think it made us miss Rodney
and Lou Lou even more.
The layout at Karens was absolutely fab and as I would have guessed,
there was great reluctance from the Bunnies to come home. They had
loads of tubes and cubes to play with.
The only incident was when a new bunny resident was introduced
into the pen next to Rodney and Lou Lou. Rodney didn't take to kindly
I don't think and started mounting Lou Lou. This subsided, but started
again when they came home. Its gradually wearing off now but I'm
also giving him lots more things to preoccupy him and give Lou Lou
a break! They are eating together and sleeping together fine and
there have been no scraps at home so its not a big bonding issue
(fingers crossed!). It was a bit worrying at the start but everyone
around me has been reassuring me that they'll be fine!
I was helping at the Rabbit Care Day at the Peggy Henderson Sanctuary.
I was in heaven. Everyone was so friendly and loved their bunnies
- and you could talk about loads of common issues. It was truely
a fab day. The Health Checks were busy - it seemed from what Susie
said that uncut nails and un-neutered buns were the big issues!
The two memories I'll take from the day will be one guy driving
in with one of his bunnies on his shoulder (yes-whilst he drove!)
and the fab sight of a bunny on a lead. Try as I might I can't get
my two to accept a lead and I bet every bunny owner in the country
has an old bunny lead drooped at the back of the cupboard that won't
see daylight again! But this bunny and its owner were great to watch
- the bunny was so enthusiastic and hopping everywhere - excellent!
So today I bought from the BunnyMail
stall a Bumper Big tube (to remind my two buns of Karen's abode!),
two willow rings and two wicker balls (one of which is nearly threadbare
Oh - I also learnt a new treatment today. I have Sudocrem for the
bun's skin if its bitten (old story in the diary). I also use Vaseline
on Lou's little bald patches on her hocks to keep the skin supple..........
Did you know Preparation H is good for sore hocks? Neither did I?
Now you need to decide whats the more embarressing to say - that
you need a tube or that its for your rabbit!!
|Sunday 9th May 2004
Lou's feet are
now fine but she still has little bald patches. These are always
treated with vaseline.
Both buns are chilled out as usual. They are visiting their Aunty
Karen for 4 days so I've packed their little weekend bags! I will
miss them so so much!
Its coming up to Flystrike
time so I'm off to the vet's soon for some RearGuard. Because I
only pick the bunnies up when I have to (eg. treat them/brush them)
I make the most of it because they look so cute. I don't like distressing
them by picking them up unnecessarily so I enjoy every second of
treating feet and bums etc!
I'm still feeding them some Excel in the mornings but its so little
they'll be completely off it soon. The fact that Lou still climbs
mountains in the larder to get to the Excel makes me think that
they are getting a little addicted to it!
We're in the process of buying a new house so little things pop
into my mind about the buns. I'll be creating an article for the
site on things to bear in mind when moving house for your bunnies.
Watch this space!
Sorry its such a small diary entry - will post more soon.
|Saturday 24th April 2004
Both buns are
fine. I had a little panic mid week. When I got home Lou's feet
were filthy. When she's binkying she likes to take off from her
cage - she lauches herself into the air. This action kicks back
the vetbed exposing the floor of the cage. She must have binkied
early in the day, unfortunately wee'd on the floor of the cage and
for some reason sat in it (Rodney was dry as a bone). She already
had tiny bald patches at the top of her feet and I was scared that
she would have caught an infection. She was still binkying around
when I got home so she wasn't in bad spirits. When Richard came
home he held Lou whilst I bathed her feet. Dried them off (totally)
then applied Sudocrem to the bald patches. She now has white fluffy
feet and the bald patches look healthy.
I'm still watching how much food I give them. I am still tempted
to give up the Excel but I am unsure whether that will mean them
loosing out on nutrients. However, rabbits are just designed to
eat grass so anything else they are given is a bonus. Perhaps I
will gradually reduce the pellets... I'll keep you posted!
Following the playstation cable incident - the telephone base unit
power cable underwent a touch of the Rodney teeth! I was waiting
on an important phone call and noticed the power light had gone.
Looked at Rodney and there he was with the cable in his mouth. How
he wasn't shocked I have no idea! Both Bun and phone are fine!
I ran the craft stall at the Peggy Henderson Sanctuary last weekend
- our stall made £60 so thanks to everyone that came along.
I will also be at the Rabbit Care Day on May 16th but I won't be
running a stall - just helpijng out!
I took my first order on JustBunnies.Com this weekend! Very chuffed!
It is great to watch the reaction of people when they visit and
see two bunnies hopping around. The gas engineer was here yesterday
and I don't think he knew quite what to say. Lou Lou saw the box
of tools and headed straight for it!
Rodney has developed a taste for rubber. First it was the door
wedge, now the wheels to my craft cart are no longer circular!
They are getting on so well. We sat and watched them argue over
the same piece of leaf for about 5 mins.They kept snatching it from
each other's mouth for ages. Rodney eventually won - but I bet it
was just because Lou Lou was bored with the game!
|Sunday 4th April 2004
The bunnies are
both doing well. I've been watching them during their mid afternoon
snoozes. Both seem to snuggle their feet under their chests. Lou
Lou tends to hang her chin on anything close by when she's sleeping.
Rodney tries to sleep with his head up. What is so great to watch
is his head bobbing up and down as he nods off. You can also see
his mouth moving. I've been wondering what Bunnies must dream about.
Both also tend to lie fully stretched like dogs with their heads
on their paws. Rodney will roll practically all the way over then
lie outstretched. Lou Lou is more concentrated when she lies down
and has a good sniff before choosing her resting patch.
Rodney has started following me about. He follows me upstairs and
especially into the kitchen. Lou Lou tends to follow afterwards
once she's finished whatever it was she was doing.
They seem constantly hungrey and I refuse to over feed them so
they will just have to put up with Hay until its tea time. Both
of them sit bolt upright with their paws in the food dish expectantly
waiting for their dinner, whenever I venture into the kitchen! Its
so cute - but you mustn't fall for it! I'm not having tubby bunnies!
On the BunberryFriends newsgroup Rodney won the SleepyBunny photo
competition this week! I think he feels he's the Brad Pitt of the
bunny world... I won't let it go to his head ....ahem!!
|Sunday 28th March 2004
week in the bunny household. Both buns the best of pals. The only
victim this week was a Playstation Controller cable. Try as we might
to put it out of reach whilst playing the PS2 the cable was LouLou's
target! She didn't come to harm and it took less than a second and
it had happened... One PS2 controller bites the dust!
Although they have plentiful supplies of hay they always seem to
want food. Whenever I go in the kitchen Rodney runs in and expectantly
waits by his food bowl! Sweet to watch but no matter how cute he
looks he's not getting extra food! Ooo I'm a harsh Bun Mum!
I've noticed at eating time that Lou Lou is now prefering to first
see what Rodney's eating before checking the food bowl. If Rodney
has any Greens left hanging from his mouth Lou Lou makes a try for
them before picking up a leaf of her own from the food bowl! None
of this behaviour is getting in the way of the bond - they are still
loved up and snuggle up so close next to each other!
|Sunday 21st March 2004
Spring is certainly
in the air. Rodney won't stop chewing everything in sight and Lou
Lou has taken to barging past anyone in the downstairs cupboard
to get to her beloved Excel. Whenever anyone goes in that cupboard
you feel a quick brush of something as it flies past your leg and
the next thing you know "GRUNT" as Lou Lou slams her head
down into the bag of Excel, grabs a quick mouthful and runs off.
Rodney sits politely at the door entrance watching what's going
on. To date he's never attempted a robbery! I enjoy the game, it
shows personality - she gets less pellets in her food bowl now!
For the past couple of days the bunnies have been restricted to
downstairs whilst we re-decorate a bedroom and the bathroom. Although
I've never tried it I can imagine Rabbits and paint don't mix! I
like my bunnies the colours they are!
The latest victim of Rodney's spring fever are my boots. They now
have a cresent shape missing from the top!
Lou Lou's foster Mum Gilly is coming to visit next weekend. Gilly
is from the Peggy Henderson Animal Sanctuary in Stretford. She nursed
Lou Lou through her abcess. The last time Gilly came round the Buns
were still in seperate cages. I can't wait for her to see the two
of them snuggled and chumy!
I take every opportunity to be at Bunny level and at night in front
of the telly sometimes I'll just lie down with the Bunnies. Last
night was the first time I got groomed, and by Lou Lou. My hair
and forehead got groomed last night. Feel very honoured!
Happy Mothers day to all you Bun Mums!
|Sunday 14th March 2004
No vet visits
this week! My new fleece/vet bed type bedding arrived for the terrible
twosome. One sheet of Pro-Fleece made 6 mats for the small dog cage.
This means i now have 8 alternating mats for the dog cage and it
means I don't have to keep washing all the time. The only problem
now is where to store 7 clean mats or 2+ dirty mats! The website
where Ibought the fleece from was recommended to me by Karen Scott.
The delivery was really quick and I have no complaints on the product.
The Bun's seem happy to snuggle on it!
Lou's bald patch seems to have sorted itself out with minimal interference
from me. After a couple of days applications of the Sudocrem the
soreness had gone. The fur hasn't grown back yet but its perfectly
healthy pink cute skin underneath! Her hocks haven't got any worse
either - I think I may have been over reacting a little. I did remove
one of the rugs from the house so she's spending more time on the
The diet seems to be working well - minimal Supa-Excel in the morning,
piles of hay all day, and greens for dinner. I split the dinner
portion of greens so that I have something to bribe them both back
into the kitchen at night when we want to go to bed.
Lou Lou and Rodney's game at the moment is to wait by the kitchen
door in the morning for me to come in and serve brekky. I open the
door in the dark and I catch a glint in Lou's eyes! Sneaky Bunnies.
I won the Fur and Feather caption competition this week. The bunnies
received a box of Beaphar treats and grooming products. The treats
were all natural (with no additives or sugar/starch etc) like carrot
flakes and apple pieces. Without thinking I popped some carrot bits
in my hand and both buns chomped quite contentedly. It wasn't until
afterwards I realised that that was the first time both bunnies
had just eaten out of my hands like that. I was surprised at Lou
because she's the more nervous of the two when it comes to humans.
Another fab bunny moment was when Rich and I were both sat on the
floor watching a movie when both buns hopped over and started grooming
both pairs of jeans! We were so chuffed! Both of us must now be
|Monday 1st March 2004
The two terrors
have been back to the Vet's today. Rodney for his Myxi and Lou Lou
because a bald patch has appeared on the back of her neck. Had a
look just before going to the vet's and there was a red puncture
mark. The vet confirmed that Rodney's obviously been having an amorous
nibble. I have to apply Sudocrem to the wound whilst it is healing!
Vaseline and Sudocrem, Lou has a growing beauty routine!
Rodney's jab went fine. He is now a fully vaccinated super Bunny.
Lou's are due in September.
No other major news to report. The whole dog cage and leaving them
in the kitchen during the day seems to be working fine. Whenever
I log on to watch them they are snoozing. Everyone else seems to
see them being active!
Rodney is still having the occasional mount but Lou just runs off.
I am still giving them reduced rations of Bunny Excel for breakfast.
Once I'm nearing the end of this last bag of Excel I will gradually
introduce Excel Lite. They do really like the Excel but as they
have bonded they do tend to be more quiet and restful and not as
active. They have small bursts of activity but I still think that
their calorie intake is not being burnt off (A bit like me!).
|Friday 20th February 2004
I removed one
of the rugs from the living room to reduce Lou Lou's time on carpet.
It has sort of worked though they are both now lounging on the rug
in front of us, but Lou Lou tends to occupy the spongy cat bed.
It has been nice to watch how much time the two of them spend together
snuggled up. At one point Rodney was snoozing next to a coffee table
leg. Lou Lou wanted to be between him and the table leg and squeezed
herself inbetween! After watching Lou Lou nick a piece of Green
from Rodney's mouth last week I saw the consequences this week.
He's obviously been psyching himself up because when she did it
again, he nicked it back! If only I had the camera at the time!
The buns have returned to liking the taste of coffee table legs.
The split toilet roll tubes around the table legs are back in force
I ordered 2 new books this week. They are great. I've added their
reviews to the Buy Stuff book page. One is a great read (Stories
Rabbits Tell) and the other is really for reference (Rabbit Medicine
and Surgery) but it is packed full of info.
Returned Lou Lou's cage to Karen. It was like closing the book
on the whole bonding chapter. I felt quite proud of my bunny couple.
Without the help of Karen and the cage I don't think I'd have gone
through with finding a chum for Rodney. To see him now though with
Lou Lou I believe anything is possible!
Next week is Rodders Myxi jab.
|Saturday 14th February 2004
I'm not popular
with the Bunny love-birds at the moment. I took them to the vet's
yesterday so I'm in their bad books. It was the first time though
I had to transport them together and it was a great success. They
snuggled up next to each other in the pet carrier and I think they
were a great comfort to one another. I took them to the vets for
two reasons. Rodders needed the first of his annual jabs (VHD, Myxi
in 2 weeks) and both of them needed their nails trimming. Rodney
was a superstar with Richard Burgess the Vet at Vetcare. He checked
his teeth and spotted some ridges. The best way to address this
is more long fibre (hay) and less concentrated food (pellets). He
also advised that I should get some scales so that I can monitor
the Rabbit's weight. This is a good indicator of their health! They
popped Rodney in the kitchen scales and he fitted like a glove!
So cute! He stayed cradled in the Vet's arms whilst the Assistant
trimmed his nails. Then he had his jab. All the time Rodney remained
calm and looked curious about his surroundings rather than scared.
Next up was Lou Lou for a manicure. I mentioned that I had spotted
bald patches forming on the back of her hocks. There were two possible
reasons for them appearing and I should try to address both because
the skin in this area is so thin and difficult to treat that prevention
of the condition getting any worse is the only option. One reason
is weight. When a rabbit gets overweight they tend to rest on the
backs of their feet more, the second reason is the surface that
the rabbit spends most time on e.g. she could be suffering from
carpet burns! For both bun's I realise I need to reduce the amount
of pellets they get for breakfast and ensure that they have masses
of hay available. The vet recommended keeping the skin on Lou's
feet supple with Vaseline! So Lou now has a beauty routine! I have
to say there isn't a lot I can do about the carpet thing. The only
time they get a good running workout is when they are going mental
on the upstairs carpet. It is laminate flooring downstairs and they
can't grip too well. They do run but they aren't confident about
So that was the major news for this week. They are still love's
young dream and make my heart melt everytime I see them snuggled!
I'm planning on returning the Karen's spare cage that Lou Lou lived
in during the bonding this weekend. I feel a great sense of achievement
for all concerned being able to return it knowing the bonding was
|Friday 6th February 2004
All is rosy in
Chez Rodney and Lou Lou. There have been plenty of snuggles and
cheekiness. Rodney's amorous nature seems to be subsiding finally.
Lou Lou is definitely more relaxed.
The one major increase I've noticed since having two bunnies is
the amount of poop. The litter tray definitely needs cleaning more
frequently. As the corner Litter Tray has a lower lip it also means
that I use less Litter. This is actually a good thing as the bunnies
only tend to "point" in one place and the rest of the
litter is wasted really!
They eat out of the same bowls - there is one bowl for their breakfast
(Supa Excel) and one for their supper (Leafy Greens). Its so funny
to watch them eat. Lou Lou is a faster eater than Rodney. He will
be happily chomping on a nice big leaf, Lou Lou wolfs hers down
and if Rodney hasn't finished his she snatches it out of his mouth!
No aggression from either bunny! When I think of all the fights
they had over nothing!
They are learning from each other all the time. I was knealt down
obstructing one of their running routes. I firstly received a hard
nudge from Lou Lou then 10 seconds later There was Rodney ! I thought
he was nudging and licking my trousers but oh no he was nibbling
them! I now have an attractive hole in my knee! Bunnies eh!
|Friday 30th January 2004
Rodney and Lou
Lou have been out and about in the house. Rodney is still feeling
overly affectionate towards Lou Lou but I thought Lou Lou was going
stir crazy being shut in the kitchen with a rampant Rodney!
They are both getting along fine when they are out in the house.
They don't snuggle up as closely as they do in the kitchen but I
think some of this is down to being over excited and running about
as much as possible. Over the course of this weekend they'll have
lots of time out in the house so I think they'll adjust to the extra
Lou Lou is just a dream boat - she's so much personality. Rodney
seems so smitten he just follows her everywhere and tries to copy
everything. I'm so impressed how Lou Lou's toilet habits have improved.
Admittedly both buns aren't controlling where they leave their poo's
as much as I'd like but lino is easy to clean! However when she
was in a cage Lou Lou would not use a litter tray. Since living
with Rodney she's been using the Litter Tray all the time. The only
slip up (not literally) was when she peed in the wicker tray with
the bunny toys in but I guessed that wasn't really her fault it
could have been thought to be a "second" litter tray quite
Since introducing the dog cage I also bought a corner litter tray,
to provide them with a little more room! So far so good. When I
introducedthe new cage I transferred the contents of the current
litter tray into it so that they associated the smells and the reason
for the new addition!
So far so good all round really. The buns seem so happy and its
a joy to watch them eat together! We all feel alot more relaxed
now because we're not watching for every little sign of torment
from Rodney or Lou Lou. Now that they also have the space in the
kitchen I'm not under pressure to race home from work to get the
maximum bonding time squeezed into a work night!
Although it took longer than expected, its all been worthwhile.
I do wonder though if I hadn't the support from the readers of the
website and the newsgroups I (or another bunny owner) may have given
up on the bond. The only real signs we had that there was something
between them was the grooming. On some occasions it looked like
if they weren't grooming they were fighting and vice versa!
It will soon be time for Rodney's booster injections. We'll try
and get him booked in for next week I think!
|Friday 23rd January 2004
OK, so if you've
been watching the webcam you'll noticed that I haven't released
them both into the house yet. Things are fine, no panic (they are
both snuggly buns) but apparently its that time of year when Rodders
is getting instinctively amorous and Lou Lou is being pestered as
a consequence (and he's not getting the message!). No nipping has
happened but given that Rodders is pestering a little I would prefer
to give it a couple of more days until I unleash them onto the rest
of the house.
We've decided to have a bash at always keeping them in the kitchen
free-range rather than keeping them in cages - so Rodney's original
cage has been scrubbed out, Karen's spare cage has been cleaned
out and put in the garage pending a successful rehabilitation to
the rest of the house. I've bought a small folding dog cage and
removed the up turned cage roof. It gives us more room in the kitchen,
and means that their cage is portable and easily repositioned near
the kitchen door when they are out in the house. See the gallery
for pics of the new cage.
It's Rodney's anniversary in the house today. So chuffed. Its been
such an adventure and I can't believe the friends I've made in the
process. I'm glad that I decided to bond Rodney - one year on he's
married and they are such a cute couple.
If you are going to introduce a companion for your bunny please
consider rehoming a Bunny rather than a trip to the Pet shop. It
hurts me to think what Lou Lou has been through and to see her grooming
and being groomed by Rodney just melts my heart. She was found under
a car on a drive way.
If you want to rehome a bunny have a search on the database online
|Friday 16th January 2004
enough words in the English language to describe how happy I am
at the moment. OK we aren't all the way there yet, the bun's are
living in the kitchen together 24/7 until next Friday (23rd). But
since last Sunday day Rodney and Lou Lou have been living together
24/7 and they are enjoying every minute of this Honeymoon period
together. No mounting, no nipping, no fighting - just two snuggly
bunnies, my heart melts everytime I see them together - they are
both so adorable!
We seem to have come such a long way - and yes there are things
I'd do differently, and like I have previously said we are not all
the way there yet, they haven't gone into the rest of the house
When everything has settled down I will be posting a lessons learnt
and some tips. I am definitely no expert on this topic, but hopefully
my experiences will encourage others to get a companion for their
Bunny and that this has all been worthwhile!
Thanks to everyone for your advice and support, it has been (and
always will be) appreciated!
So the current setup is the roof of a bunny cage upturned just
so there was something to hang the water bottle from. The floor
of this roof is covered with beach towels and both litter trays
are on the towels along with the food bowl. Basically they have
the run of the kitchen (which isn't huge) but they are safe - no
cables etc. Its fun trying to cook as we have to decide where we'll
be based when cooking and move the cage roof according! We have
a small fence across the living room side of the kitchen door to
prevent "Great Escapes" when we are entering the kitchen.
They both seem happy and haven't shown a great interest in trying
to escape! As you will notice the webcam is now in the kitchen!
Please keep watching, the next two weeks are going to be very exciting
- will the living room be neutral? Will the bond be strong enough
to last throughout the house? We'll find out from this time next
|Sunday 11th January 2004
For the benefit
of those who have been watching the webcam, you will have noticed
that Rodney and Lou Lou have relocated.
After spending all of Sunday in the kitchen without a single nip
we decided to convert the kitchen into a temporary honeymoon suite.
If they are OK on monday morning we will leave them in the kitchen
together during the day. Hence why I've got the webcam setup in
the kitchen. The plan is that this period of extended time together
should help cement the bond they have. We do need to work on a strategy
on how we rehabilitate them into the living room and a shared cage
but for now I hope we are on the home stretch!
Please ignore any humans you may spot!
|Saturday 10th January 2004
was going to post this update in celebratory mood because late last
week it appeared Rodney and Lou Lou had bonded. They would sit and
snuggle together and even eat together and basically they were just
a happy couple. I'll be posting new pictures on the gallery just
so you can see how well they were getting on. Because this bonding
behaviour didn't happen until later on in the week I didn't see
sufficiently bonded behaviour to confidently put them and leave
them in the same cage whilst I was at work. I decided to leave this
until the following weekend.
On the Monday (5th) was all was fine when I let them out of their
cages. But Tuesday night they were constantly fighting.
We are now back to starting them in the kitchen. Their behaviour
is strange, there times when they will happily sit next to each
other and even eat out of the same bowl together, and then there
are other times when they literally fly at one another. Right this
minute they are sat next to each other in a basket. But I know what
will happen - Rodney will put his head forward and go nose to nose
with Lou Lou. She won't do anything, he'll nip her and then a fight
I haven't seen Rodney groom Lou Lou since all this started, however
Lou Lou does still groom Rodney. They do groom themselves in each
others company and they can lie in the same vicinity as one another.
Rodney runs round with his tail up all the time, a sign that there
is danger about.
I don't know if something has specifically spooked them but I suspect
that the issue is that since I've returned to work their time out
of the cage has reduced since the Christmas Holiday. Although their
cages are right next to each and they can nearly touch noses, this
isn't sufficient to maintain a bond. Consensus on the Newsgroups
is that we need to return the buns to neutral territory again.
To say that I'm disappointed is an understatement. I'm very teary,
which is nothing I guess compared to what the buns are feeling.
Last week I thought we'd cracked it and that by this point we would
have both buns sharing a cage happy as larry, and life could move
on with a pair of bonded buns. I am also feeling bad that the Buns
must be wondering what has happened too.
On the bright side though, this month will be Rodney's first anniversary