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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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1/19/2012 12:45 PM

Marcy wanted me to start writing a daily log of what is happening at the shelter.  We're still working out where to post it but I thoughot I could at least share the first few entries here:

 

Bunday News for Jan 15, 2012

 Today was a very busy day at SaveABunny.  We had adoptions for three special ladies – Golda, Greta and Santana.  Golda had come to us in 2009 in terrible condition.  After many operations, vet visits and medications, she has been a happy bunny, even if her tail is missing.  A family came to see her and she instantly bonded with their daughter.  I had never seen Golda so friendly towards someone.

 Santana is a very timid bunny.  She’s cage aggressive but once you are holding her, she whimpers.  Well we put her in with a young lady looking for a single bunny and there wasn’t a peep from her.  In fact, she was crawling into the lady’s lap and demanding pets!  Once again, we were lucky to have the bun find someone of whom they approved.

 Of course, being the rescue that we are, as rabbits leave, they also come in.  We had a bonded pair returned to us, Violet and Shadoe, as for some reason their bond broke once they got to their new home.  We haven’t been able to put them together again so they’re now sitting in separate areas, obviously lonely but not caring for one another’s company.   We’ve also received a new, lovely white angora girl by the name of Juliet.  After a thorough brushing, she seems to be settling in just fine.

 Unfortunately, we had an emergency today as well.  One of our previously adopted rabbits, Cricket, came back and shortly after returning he developed a respiratory illness.  It reached its pinnacle today to the point that he was holding his head tilted upwards and breathing through his mouth.  We flushed his sinuses, wrapped him in warm blankets, applied a nebulizer as well as other medications. 

 

Bunday News for Jan 17, 2012.

 Two days later, Cricket is doing better.  He is no longer tilting his head up or breathing through his mouth, but he’s not out of the woods yet.  constant care and observation will hopefully bring this spirited boy back to health.

 We have been slowly improving our condos here.  They’re all years old and have been falling into disrepair.  With very minimal supplies, we’ve been fixing them slowly and giving our rabbits better places to live.

 Currently, we have three rabbits out hopping about in large exercise enclosures.  Paladin is having fun standing up on top of her mini castle, surveying her lands while Charlie has found the pleasure that comes with tearing up a telephone book.  He’s second only to Satchmo in the destruction of directories.  Meanwhile Piccolo is showing us that a hay rack is a good place to sit inside of while dining on the hay.

 

Bunday News for Jan 19th, 2012

 Cricket is still improving.  He’s not out of the woods yet but he’s on a path towards it.  Now, every time a bunny sneezes, we double check him/her to make sure it’s not an illness.  Charlie enjoys sending us a series of sneezes after he buries his head into the hay.  But we still check because bunnies don’t cry wolf.

 Although it’s been over a month now, I finally picked up Tippy’s ashes.  It’s amazing how small of a box his remains fit into.  With Marcy’s permission, I’m burying them between the two blackberry bushes he loved so much.

 And Jelly Bean isn’t too keen on his new wardrobe.  We’re trying some T-touch wrapping techniques with him to try and get him out of his funk.  He looks like an albino version of hay stuffed into a tissue tube.  I’ll see if I can get a picture of him up here.

 We have yet another new arrival.  A cute white with tan spots dwarf rabbit.  We haven’t thought of a name for him yet but he’s what I call a “Kali-mal” which means that if you leave him alone on your lap and don’t pet him, he digs at your shirt as if trying to pull out your heart like the second Indiana Jones movie. 

 Oh, and today someone dropped off two big bins of greens so right now everyone is munching down on some lovely snacks – all except Nyssa – she doesn’t like greens… silly girl.  But she's currently out in an exercise pen, binkying away so I figure she's not unhappy.

 

 

 

 

 

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Sarita
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1/20/2012 2:55 AM
Thanks for the update MarkBun. I love hearing about the rabbits at Save A Bunny.

Vibes to Cricket.

I'm still sad about Tippy....it's hard when you pick up the ashes - makes you sad all over again.

User is Offline emkvet
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1/21/2012 10:24 AM
I love hearing about Save A Bunny! I really want to visit someday...luck me that my boyfriend lives in the Bay Area! =) I'll definitely be dragging him there. Maybe I'll come back with a husbun for Hazel! Keep up the updates, MarkBun!

User is Offline jerseygirl
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1/24/2012 4:35 AM
I like hearing of Save A Bunny too. I'd be a happy subscriber to The Bunday News.

How is Nadia? Was she adopted after all?

This new "Kali-mal" rabbit (lol) sounds like Dono the 2nd!

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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1/30/2012 11:53 AM
Nadia is at a home with a new boyfriend so she's doing very well. The Kali mah bun is now named matza ball.

Bunday news for 1/30/12

This weekend we had no adoption appointments but one family brought in an old friend, Vito now named Dot, to find a girlfriend. However, Marcy quickly realized that there was something amiss with him. A low temp and rigid belly had us send the family to Adobe Animal Hospital where he's still recovering. Dr. Isn't sure about the blockage so x rays are next but he's in excellent hands.

We received three rabbits today. Two from Oakland shelter (now named Benton and percimmion) and another from the south nay who just had surgery to amputate a badly mauled tail (named Sunshine) . All are well behaved and settling in.

Currently Marlow has decided to destroy one of the Maze tunnels by flattening it and peeing all over it. Meanwhile Charlie is binking all over the place. I'm now off to repair three more condos and to clean some Windows so that the buns can get more sunshine.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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1/30/2012 12:34 PM
Mark, Monkey would like to know when you can clean her window for her. Moose likes to lick the windows, and Smudge sneezes on them. She's rather dismayed at it.


User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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1/31/2012 11:49 AM

Heh, sorry but only windows here.  But I guess we could make monkey a mini squeegee if she'd like it.

 

Bunday News for 1/31/12

Today I had to get to the shelter at 7am to perform one of the hardest tasks - taking four male rabbits to the vet to get neutered.  I know it's only in my mind, but why do I feel they look at me with such betrayl in their eyes? Also, being here this early I got to see the state of the exercise pens after a night of frolicking.  I don't envy the cleaning crew who usually gets here before me.  I actually got back from the vets early enough so that I could give them a surprise and clean up all of the poop and pee myself.  It basically cuts an hour out of their work day.

Also, I've been shown how to give Scooter some energy work to help with his head tilt.  I don't know much about it but he does seem to perk up a bit afterwards so I guess I"m doing it right.  Now if only Emmet would perk up while I was cleaning out the puss in his ears.  Yup, it's a glamourous job here.

And we had one of those 'surprises' today.  A new arrival of a small, black girl bunny who has some neurological issues.  She can't seem to keep her balance and is often falling over.  We are taking her to Dr. Harvey on Friday to get x-rays and other tests - of course that costs a couple of hundred dollars.  She's so young that she's still trying to nurse.   Here's a picture of her nestled up against a stuffed doll for support:

No name yet but we can tell even now that she's going to be full of personality when she grows up. 

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Sarita
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2/01/2012 2:28 AM
Thanks for the update. She's a darling bunny, please let us know what the fantastic Dr. Harvey says.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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2/01/2012 3:11 AM
She's adorable.

LOL @ neuter sympathy. I think you have a barbershop quartet that are now all tenors.
Now they can frolic among the girls, like this cutie, without fear of fatherhood. It's good news.

How about calling her Shadow, since with head tilt she can see her own shadow?
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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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2/02/2012 10:22 AM

Bunday News 2/2/12

We already have a Shado and had a Shadow. I came in and her name tag reads Ivy Blue Carter. Apparently it is a pop reference but I don't understand it. What I do understand is that when I put my hand in there to give her more food, she stood up, did a perfect bunny stretch and yawn, then walked over, sat in my hand and ate. Afterwards, she was all tooth purrs while I petted her. There's rumor that someone will be fostering her. She's off to see Dr. Harvey tomorrow afternoon.

I had cleaned the windows of an antechamber so that the rabbits could get better sunlight and now I have to clean ALL the windows. I now know why people "don't do" them.

Oh, and we had a little scare yesterday. Apparently Cello's incision opened up. We noted some blood stains but luckily it wasn't bleeding a lot. We took some surgical glue (aka expensive crazy glue) and glued the incision closed. A little note for anyone planning on performing such things - the rabbit's scrotum is in front of the penis so you have to be VERY careful what/where you glue. I was already on top of it (being a guy and sympathetic) so there was no issues. The quartet are on their three day cycle of pain killers so they're a little bit happier.

I went to an "energy worker" who works with Scooter and learned some techniques from her. I'm a little bit of a skeptic however when I applied the techniques, he really responded with more movement and even choosing me over his bunny girlfriends when I put him out to exercise. Guess I should have more faith in faith.

Right now there are 10 bunnies out for play. Mel is intent on destroying one of our two remaining maze tunnels while the two couples, Phoenix & Poodilia and Buddah & Surya, are out on the patio enjoying the fresh air and sunshine - or what sun shines through the sheet topped x-pens - there have been hawks in the area before.

I have to leave now as there's a bunch of mailings that need to go to the post office and some more inventory to finish up. Oh, and Capone is snoring away - too cute for such a gangster.

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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2/03/2012 9:45 AM

Bunday News for February 3, 2012

 

We had an interesting visitor here today.  A gentleman with terminal cancer wanted to stop over and just pet some bunnies.  He and his friend were incredible people and he got to spend time with Tiny Von Gouda, Mona Lisa, Emmet and the new little girl Ivy Blue Carter.  He was fascinated with all of the details about rabbit life and had a wonderful time.  It turns out his friend spins angora wool so we told him if he ever needs a fresh supply, we have plenty.

They were surprised how well I knew all the rabbits names and I have to admit that for someone who can't even remember his girlfriend of 7 year's name half the time, I'm amazed too.  I guess rabbits have an important, special place even beyond love.  SaveABunny is not only a sanctuary for rabbits but also for people too - to come to a quiet, positive energy place.

Today Ivy Blue Carter goes to see Dr. Harvey.  In addition, Sunbeam is coming along to get some staples taken out (due to her spay and tail amputation). 

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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2/03/2012 10:35 AM
Mark I always enjoy reading these updates. With so many sad things that happen in the world of bunnies, it's so good to see there's an oasis of peace for them on this planet.
The story of the gentleman with cancer touches my heart. Being a survivor, I know just how important the touch of an animal is to someone who may find human compassion and contact surprisingly lacking due to one's disease. And how wonderful for the bunnies to have such a special visitor.
Bless you and all you do. ((((((((((Hugs))))))))))
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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2/07/2012 2:54 AM
Moving update, Mark. I wonder if a volunteer could start bunny visitations to a local cancer institution? I've seen these in videos on occasion, to nursing homes or cancer institutions where the patients who weren't mobile found comfort from holding and petting bunnies. It's nice that the man found you, too.

Put a rabbit ears headband on your girlfriend. You'll remember her better that way. (And no remarks about bunny tail, guys. This site is rated G.)
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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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2/07/2012 8:22 AM

Bunday News for February 6, 2012

I spent a good part of the day cleaning ears.  With lops, their folded over ears tend to get a bit dirtier than straight ear buns.  They have some trouble getting into them and cleaning them out.  We have a weekly rabbit ear cleaning for all lops at the shelter but there are a few special cases that require more maintenance.  Phoenix does as he has no ears, just canals, so he can't get the dirt out of them too well.  Luckily his girlfriend Poodilla does lend a helping tongue.  Chi-Ana, who has really mellowed out, has dry ears so we have to clean and condition them every other day.  She lets it happen without complaining and, in fact, standing up on her hind legs while I work.

The worst though is Emmet.  He has some sort of ear infection in his left ear that we're treating.  It doesn't seem to bother him and his health is well but his ear does fill up with puss.  So every day, it is clean, wash, clean again and medicate.  And although he does flip his head about while working on his ear, he's such a trooper and never complains.

Someone who is complaining though is Shado.  He is one of the rabbits that were rescued from Oakland that was being raised for meat.  He was bonded and was being fostered at a house when suddenly the bond broke and the girl was always attacking him so they were returned.  This past weekend, someone brought in a girl to bond with him on Saturday and they were hitting it off great.  But when the owners came back on Sunday, they decided against a second rabbit and left Shado out in the cold again.

Although I love all the rabbits here, some stand out more than others.  Whether it's the cute factor of Olaf and Nyssa or the energetic and loving Piccalo and Cello or the ruff and tuff Omelet and Shakti, they have a little quirk that sets them apart.  Shado is a friendly but nervous black bunny who blends into the background and yet there's always been something about him - something that I can't put my finger on - that has always had him in the forefront of my mind.  Hopefully, someday soon, he'll find a girlfriend and a forever home.

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Sarita
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2/07/2012 8:46 AM
Thanks for the update. I just looked on-line at the bunnies for adoption and so many cuties...Jelly Bean looks like a cat to me!

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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2/07/2012 9:10 AM

Jelly Bean is a shy ball of fluff that once you have a hold of him you just want to stick him in your pocket and walk out.

Quick Update - I just interrupted a secret romance between Apricot and Rebel.  Apparently the cloroplast that we put between the condos to stop buns from fighting had slipped and both buns have been going nose to nose for the past couple of days.  I wondered why she was always facing the back corner.

I feel like a Montague.

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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2/07/2012 10:38 AM
Awww a secret shelter romance How cute!

User is Offline jerseygirl
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2/07/2012 12:31 PM
I feel like a Montague.

Lol



Very pleased to hear Nadia is in a new home after all this time! Thanks for the update on her.
 

 


User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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2/10/2012 8:13 AM

Bunday News Feb 8th, 2012

Things have been hectic for the past couple of days. I decided to get SaveABunny a little more into the 21st century and updated the main computer to Windows 7 (there's another downstairs and a laptop for shows and such). Well needless to say that many of the existing programs had to be reinstalled, data transferred over, etc. Although somewhat competent, I"m always a little worried that I might forget something but so far, things are going well. About once a day, Marcy asks me why a program isn't working and I just reinstall it and it's fine. The biggest issue was losing all of the iTunes we let the rabbits listen to (I didn't know how they were stored) but after an hour, everything was back to rockin' the oldies.

A member's house was flooded and we had to board her five bunnies while taking back a couple of other fosters so right now we're packed to the gills. Doesn't stop Chi-Ana and Sneakers from hopping around the exercise pen though and leaving behind a huge cecal on the floor. They're currently playing "Queen of the Tunnel" and Chi-Ana always seems to win.

Both Emmet and Cricket are doing better, each putting on a couple of ounces over the last week. Oh, and Orbit has decided to fight losing his manly bits by spraying anyone who puts a hand into his cage. we're hoping this will disappear in the next couple of days but for the meantime, it's rain slickers for feeding time.

Today's main objective for me is to de-mat/de-tangle Poodilia. Being a guy, my first instinct is to just shave her bald but I have a feeling Phoenix won't like his girlfriend au-natural. Luckily an angora expert is suppose to be coming by to volunteer some time so I'm giving her the pleasure instead of me.

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline RabbitPam
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2/13/2012 7:32 AM
Mark, I'm curious: what music do the bunnies there seem to like the most? Relaxing vs. stimulating, etc.
I haven't played much for Sammy, but she seems to take no notice when I do. I've read here that others have strong preferences for different genres.
Would love more specific songs to try out on Herself.

Any natural hair conditioners that are safe for babies/bunnies that you could use on the angora to comb out tangles?
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