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  • Bunny Talks

    51 posts, 7 voices, 1469 views, started Nov 1, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008 by (華娃娃) ChinaDoll

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      I started my new house with a dog, then a bird, then another dog, then another bird.  So 2 dogs and 2 birds.  I still felt I needed another fur.  A cat? No, it will eat my birds and my dogs will eat the cat.  Then one day I was in animal control to thank them for finding my dog that ran away. On the corner of my eyes, there’s this little creature, black and white, was kept in a case.  I first thought it was a cat, on a closer look, it was a bunny.  He came right up to me and sniffed at me.  I asked since I never had a bunny before and wondered if I could just see him run away the front desk.  So this little bunny was hopping around, standing up to look around.  The officer asked if I would adopt him and I said I didn’t know if he could fit into my family or my family was right for him either.  Over a long weekend, the officer asked me to take him home with the cage for a try out.  

      I let him loose.  The first thing he did was a bunny kick and I never saw one before.  Then he came to me and licked me.  I never licked by a bunny before.  His tongue was warm and smooth, unlike the cats.  He made himself home and he knew to use a litter box.  My husband of course said “No, he is going home on Tuesday!” and my son shook his head and said, “You are in trouble, Mom.”  Little do I know, the family just fell in love with him so quickly that when Tuesday came, my husband volunteered to bring the empty cage back to the shelter.  

      I did the adoption agreement and they told me many would like to adopt him but they did not want to spray him for their intention was to get little bunnies out of him.  I had no problem for I was not thinking litter myself.  

      Since he was found abandon nearby a gas station called Maverick, we named him Maverick.  

      Maverick first was allowed to go anywhere in the house.  He quickly adapted and he would stay at the upper stairways and looked at the front door.  My husband told me when we heard a thump, we knew a stranger come.  

      When I was in front of the computer, Maverick would hooped up onto my lap and snuggled behind my back.

      Once in awhile, he had this dash of energy just ran quickly in front of you, from one room to the other, like someone was chasing him but really no one.  He seemed to know how to entertain himself.  I can also play catch with him.  He would deliberately wait for me to come close before he sped away again.

      The only problem I have with a bunny is they are so quiet.  Sometimes I only saw a shadow dash by and if others were in my house without knowing, they would think my house is haunted.  

      Maverick was box trained.  However, I have to had many boxes around for he goes everywhere if there is a not box nearby.  His favorite spot is the couch I sit on.  He likes to put his scent there just to show his power over me.  

      Maverick is cheap to raise.  A hay bail costs me only $7 and it lasts forever.  He is a vegetarian and I grow a herb garden just for him.  He loves to go there and eat all he wants.  Oh, he likes mints and afterward, his breath smells so fresh.

      Also Maverick, like a cat, grooms himself day and night.  His fur is so soft.  

      If I rub his ears, his neck and gently massage his spine, he would grin his teeth and lick you, just to tell you ‘More, more, yes, that’s the spot!’

      In the beginning, he bit me.  He thought that I was his mate.  After yelling several loud NO and OUCH, he learned quickly and now he just gently nibbles so to let me know to put him down.  

      I never thought of having a bunny is so much fun.  He is so loving and every night, I spent at least half hour with him.  He would lie on my shoulder like a baby, then I pet him, hearing his gentle whisper (grinning) in my ears, and enjoying his licking around my shoulder.

      I love bunnies so much now I added one more, T-Co, since then.


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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • Oh, I forgot to mention.  Bunny drops are excellent fertilizer.  So I recycle, drops for the garden and garden for bunnies to make more drops!



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 7, 2008
        • Oh my gosh that sounds just like my bunny snowball.  He acts the same way and when we don’t have time to let him out for a couple of days he gets mad.  He hops around and jumps, twists and runs everywhere.  I love it when he licks my nose too, it’s sooo sweet.  He lays in my arms on his back and I will rub his belly and he falls asleep.  I couldn’t imagine not having him around.  The dogs love him too.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 7, 2008
        • Dear Mizmary: My bunnies would lay on my lap on its back but won’t let me rub their belly... I will give them a try and see.
          I am glad I found another bunny lover...



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 8, 2008
        • Chinadoll, have you tried rubbing your bunnies belly yet?  Let me know if he lets you.  Glad I found a bunny lover too, some of my friends think I’m silly cuz I brag about snowball all the time.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 8, 2008
        • I don’t know if T-co loves me to rub his tummy
          he was stiff and looked funny
          yet he did not move like a dead mummy!



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 11, 2008
        • Maybe he was falling asleep, that’s what snowball does.  He is so still that he looks like he’s about half dead.  I tried rubbing his spine and he didn’t seem to care for that he kept squirmimg around.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 11, 2008
        • Maverick loves his spine and hip massages.  He purrs like a cat when I do that.  BTW, what do you feed Snowball?  and what does he like best?  Are we two the only bunnies lovers here?  That’s good enough.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 11, 2008
        • He absolutely LOVES timothy hay, I give him premium blend rabbit food, he likes apples, lettuce, carrots, & of course I give him bluberries once in awhile(they are my fav).  As far as treats go I give him sesame coated soy rounds, tasty pretzel treats & yogurt yummies.  Every night when I go to bed I give him a little treat and if I forget he stands up in his cage and starts looking around and he actually rattles his cage.

            What do your rabbits like?  I don’t think I’ve ever heard a rabbit purr, I bet that is soooo cute.  If we are the only two bunny lovers around here that’s good enough for me to; others just don’t know what they are missing.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 11, 2008
        • I never knew that bunny drops were good fertilizer, are they good for house plants?  For got to ask you earlier.



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 11, 2008
        • I used to have a black and white rabbit when I was a kid. You are a good person to give this little guy a good home!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 11, 2008
        • Thanks Vigirl... Yesterday, I was playing with a hamster and I could see my husband started to panick.

          Mizmary: Yes, poops are good for houseplant only if the smell you do not mind.  I scattered mine outdoor and the lawn sure looked a lot greener than the next door.  

          I do not buy hay from Pet Store.  They are expensive and to me, not too good at all.  I bought a big bail of either alfalfa or Timothy hay from a farm.  $6 for a big bail.  When I go Costco, I picked up several of the boxes and filled them up with hay.  This is their primary diet.  Every evening, they have treat:

          carrots, snap peas, parsley, apple, slice of orange with peels, celery, cabbage (red/green), cantolop & peel, a slice of wheat bread, oatmeal (they love oatmeal), strawberries and its leaves, leaves of tomato plants, basically anything green, rosemary, basil, (from my herb garden)..etc

          They only get the above as treat and I rotate.  

          Someone told me they feed theirs with Yam or sweet potato - I have to give it a try.

          Also if you have a garden, when you have sprouted potato, plant them and the bunnies love the leaves.  Strange.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 13, 2008
        • Chinadoll, I’ll have to try giving snowball a sweetpotato & see if he likes it.  My niece used to give her rabbit bannana peels and he loved that.  Snowball is really particular about his treats and his food.  He must take his cue after the puppies as they too are VERY particular.  I don’t think I’ve ever tried fresh herbs; gonna have to give it a try.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 13, 2008
        • Oops.  I just brushed up from the San Diego Rabbit Society website and found out no orange peels or bread to bunnies.  Glad mine still survive as of today.  Sorry for the wrong info.
          See [Link Removed]


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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • Have you tried bannana peels yet?  I’m going shopping today & I’m going to get some fresh herbs for snowball & see how he likes it.  I gave him some broccoli the other day & he loved it!!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • No, I just can’t convince myself to give them banana peels.  I guess I am worried about the pesticides and chemicals they put on the fruits.  Even orange & cantaloupe peels, I only give them little.  My bunnies loves parsley and there are different kinds.  I also buy them cilantro.  Let me know how it goes.  I am busy in watching my dog Cossie today.  She is panting and I think she is about to delivery some puppies.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!  I want to see puppy pics after she delivers.  Good luck and hope she does well.  Is this her first litter?



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • Yes my dear and my 1st too.  Talking about being a first grandma!
          My pictures are posted on my profile - take a tour!



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 18, 2008
        • I know you are very busy with all the puppies but if I don’t post this now I will forget.  I bought some parsley yesterday and snowball just LOVES it.  He takes it right out of my hand and nibbles away.  Is it safe to give him a lot, or shoukd I limit his intake?



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 18, 2008
        • I think it is ok but please switch around so they can get all the proper nutrition.  See this: [Link Removed]

          The (*) on that page means a must for everyday but alter.

          I am glad Snowball likes it.  Any plan to plant a vegetable garden just for him?


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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 18, 2008
        • I never thought about it til you gave me the idea.  I think I will start one as I love gardening and it would be so much fun.  Thanks for the idea.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 18, 2008
        • FYI, my garden is zoned for Rabbits.  Strawberries, carrots, parsley and mint.  They spread and the bunnies eat them and they grow again.  As I mentioned before, if potato sprout, I grow them as well.  Bunnie like the leaves.  Also remember their droppings to use as fertilizer. You have a complete recycle - best yet cheap!



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Nov 27, 2008
        • Chinadoll, as son as the holiday craziness is over and some of our remoldeling is done I am going to start a garden for snowball. I may need some help with getting started and advice on the best veggies to grow.   Thanks



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          Theresa Simmons wrote Nov 27, 2008
        • i dont mean to cut in,but i used to have a solid white rabbit,i loved it, good pets.  as far as gardens go, i dont think so, even my fake plants die.  hahaha.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 27, 2008
        • You are not cutting in Terrilynn, thanks for sharing.  They are great pet.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Dec 20, 2008
        • I gave snowball some cabbage and he ate it up, just LOVED it!  Butters ate some too, hope she doesn’t get an upset stomach from it.  I think it was just a little piece.
          Chinadoll, after the new year you are going to have to help me get started on my veggie garden for snowball.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 20, 2008
        • Sounds good to me.  I have a killer thumb rather than a green one but to grow for the bunnies, it is very easy.



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          Mary Clark wrote Dec 20, 2008
        • My sister had a rabbit once that would jump in the pool and swim to her on the float and then would just float in the pool.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Maryclark, how in the world did your sister ever get her rabbit to do that?  I would love to see it I bet it was hilarious?!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • I am wondering that too.  I never try to put my bunnies in the tub.  The closest I did was to wash their bottoms.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Hey Chinadoll I guess I am not the only one that has never heard of that.  I couldn’t imagine getting snowball wet.  I usually give him a rabbit powder bath when he needs it.  Do you have to clean your bunnies at all?



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Not really.  They clean themselves pretty good.  The only area is the bottom.  I clip their nails when they get long.  T-co is ok, Maverick fights a little.  But overall, they are good.



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          Mary Clark wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Oh....I don’t know how they got the rabbit to do it...he just did it.  And from then on.  That was 20 years ago....though.



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          Rita Feltes wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Hello, Out of love for our bunny that we were blessed to have for 11 (YES, I said 11) years~ I have to agree bunnies will get into your heart. They are sweet and funny! My favorite was the happy bunny kicks as he ran across the floor. For the 11 years we had him we thought he was a boy, we just never questioned it. The day he died (of pneumonia) they told us he was a she. My son got this bunny when he was small then the bunny lasted so long and he went away to college and I took over. He got into my heart as much as all the pets we’ve had.. and that has been a lot after raising 4 children. So, in memory of Mel (anie) :) let a bunny into your heart and home. They are easy to potty train, and great household pets!



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          Rita Feltes wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Oh and new good news at our house, a week from Saturday anew yellow lab puppy will join our madness we call home. We are very excited. It is technically our son’s puppy (a graduation present to himself, college.) But, we all get the advantage of those wonderful puppy kisses!!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Congratulations Rita for the new addition.

          I totally agree with your saying on bunnies.  Their kicks will just melt your hearts.  

          Do they last that long?  What is the average life spam of a bunny?



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • I have to agree too, snowball has taken over our hearts.  I too like when he runs through the house and hops and twists and turns; he just seems soooo happy.  I too like when he goes up and gives the dogs kisses and they give it right back.    

             Congrats Rita on the new addition.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Yes Bunny kisses are the best - their tongues are so smooth, tiny and warm.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • You are right Chinadoll about bunny kisses too,  Snowball just loves licking my nose.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • How did you start so dog and bunny are getting along?  My dogs have those killer eyes and are ready to chase them like toy or to eat them up.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • We just slowly introduced snowball to the family and would let him run around the house with the dogs.  It took a lot of YELLING at the dogs at first but they soon just got used to the fact that snowball was here to stay.  They all just hang out together. My welsh corgi though sometimes likes to chase snowball but she is only 2 while the other 2 dogs are older and more laid back.  I am actually surprised that they all get along so well.  They are comical together.  Maybe too it’s the breed of dog.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Maybe the breed.  You are right.  I have a German Shepherd and a Border Collie.  They are both herding dogs so they try to nip them and the bunnies will run for refugee.  So now I let the bunnies hop around in the veg. garden with a link chain fence.  The bunnies now ignore the dogs’ as if they do not exist for they know the dogs can’t get them.  In fact, the bunnies will tease the dogs, like saying “Nay nay .. you can’t get me!”  Real funny.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • Butters (my welsh corgi) is a herding dog too and you are rigth about that.  She is the only one that wants to chase snowball and nip at him.  I just figured that it was because she was young and wanted to play.  It is probably a little bit of both.  She also rounds up the other 2 when it’s time to go outside.  They are all just so adorable and funny with their different personalities.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 6, 2009
        • I have been ignoring them since the puppies, o, almost 6 weeks now.  I just cuddled them.  They are so light compare to the 9# pups.  Maverick is 3# and Tco is 4#.  I need to let them out in the snow tomorrow so they can clean themselves up.



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          Rita Feltes wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • The vet told us that bunnies usually only last about 7-8 years. He/She :) was a really old bunny...



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          Rita Feltes wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • One of my dogs liked the bunny, one of them wanted to eat her. We just kept the one who had that instinct away. She would look at the bunny through the cage but, we would not let her near. Dogs can’t help it, that is just “who” they are.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • I don’t know about Kiwi, I have never thought about giving it to snowball.  If you find out let me know cuz I like it and when I have some left I guess I could give it to snowball.



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          Marybeth Pitner wrote Jan 15, 2009
        • Chinadoll, did you ever find out in you can give bunnies kiwi?



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 1, 2009
        • Mary: I forgot if I had or hadn’t.

          The weather is warming up.  I let them out to the garden yesterday.  They were so happy.  They started to dig.  Did you ever watch them dig?  It was fast and when they dig, their little cotton tails moved from side to side and peed.

          Tco even lied down on the dirt (side way) to get some scents.

          I am glad spring is here.  They are shedding like crazy.  

          I did give them cantelope peel yesterday and I would check if they ate them all.



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