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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > Bunday News at SaveABunny
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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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2/13/2012 12:54 PM

Bunday News Feb 12, 2011

We don't want to wet the bunnies in any fashion unless necessary. I tried my hand at it yesterday and it wasn't a big deal - just time consuming. Of course ours get regular maintenance so it's never worse that 'a little'. A fully matted one I can't even imagine.

Usually we don't play music as it is all work, no play but every once in a while we'll do something soft - be it new age or soft songs. Trouble is that for every bun that likes it, there's one that doesn't so its better just to not play it at all.

Today, for some reason Mimosa was being a little brat. She didn't want to come out to play and even nipped me. That'll teach me to think cute is harmless. So I did something cruel back to her - I trimmed her nails! So I feel we're even.

A foster person has offered to redo the garden that we have here (she's a landscaper) and of course we'll take any type of donation. But I came in and noticed that they had cut down the blackberry bushes. I was told that they were just 'cut back' so they can regrow but there's nothing but stumps. And that is where Tippy's buried. I quickly marked his spot with a brick but that was just so wrong so today I spent some time carving his name into a piece of marble and put it there instead. This is why I prefer not to have my rabbit's remains - too much worry over them.

We had a couple of our regulars here get sick. Monique has a reduced appetite and low temp but she's getting the extra TLC and seems to be doing better. Olaf had lost 20% (8 ounces) of his body weight without showing it! And his natural look is sort of 'spaced out' so it took us a little time to see something was wrong. But with a diet of unlimited pellets, he's already gained back 3 ounces in three days. And he decided that when we went to change his bedding, he'd dart out of the cage, run down the line of them and under one at the far end. Guess he's not THAT bad off afterall.

And for all of those who are watching their weight out there, we have a little girl on a diet and exercise program right now. Persimmon is a little bit pudgy - even got stuck in a cardboard box hole that other buns were having no issues with. So it's limited pellets and extra exercise for her. Right now she's just sitting in the x-pen grooming. Something tells me she'd get a better workout if I threw in a ferret.  Alas, no weasels here...

Nor any otters!  That's right Otter was adopted this weekend by an incredible pair of loving people.  He showed off what a great bunny he was by climbing on people, sitting still for as many pets as they could give him and always used his potty box.  He's going to have a great life with them.

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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2/13/2012 1:05 PM
Mark, I love your updates! I understand what you mean about getting remains back of our deceased rabbits - I have so many boxes that I'm worried about what to do with them in a respectful manner....

It is nice that you are getting a new garden too. Make sure there are plenty of herbs for the buns :~)

User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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2/13/2012 2:49 PM
I love reading these. Makes me wish all shelters were so focused on the bun care. I'm going to start volunteering too! You've inspired me

But I gotta say- the thing that inspired this comment was that I giggled a lot when you talked about weight-troubled Persimmon getting stuck in a cardboard box hole. Sounds too cute!

User is Offline Otters mom
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2/14/2012 8:08 AM

Markbun, I cannot thank you and Marcy enough for letting us meet and adopt Otter. He has such a big personality and we just adore him! Yesterday he grabbed the bowl his pellets were in (after he ate them of course) and ran around with it in his mouth! He runs up to me to beg for pettings when he sees me approach and he eats his greens with such gusto! He is just the best bunny ever!


User is Offline Sarita
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2/14/2012 10:42 AM
Otter sounds like he has tons of personality - what a fun bun!

User is Offline MarkBun
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2/15/2012 2:49 PM
Bunday News Feb 15th, 2012

Today we had numerous children here to help with the rabbits so everything got done well ahead of time. I missed it all because I was in San Francisco doing a special outreach program at a corporate office at 75 Hawthorne. We set up in the lobby with Tiny Von Gouda and Cello. As it turns out, Cello isn't the outreach type and actually vaulted out of the 24" high x-pen and made a break for it. Luckily he was a little confused so we caught him immediately and put him back into a 36" pen. At which time he just sat in his litter box and sulked.

Tiny was his usual impressive self, letting anyone touch and pet him and purring up a storm loving all of the attention. Not sure how many minds we changed or if anyone will adopt from us but it is important to put out the word and even if we change one person's mind about rabbits and have them see them as valued pets instead of livestock, we did our job.

I was doubly lucky not being here as apparently the shelter's dog tangled with a skunk last night and the place is very aromatic at the moment. Trying a quick fix with the wireless network here and then I'm out.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline emkvet
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2/15/2012 5:09 PM
Hahaha, bunnies never do what we expect them to (or WANT them to, for that matter). It sounds like your outreach even was successful though, and I hope you get more adopters!

I love hearing about SaveABunny, and I hope to visit one day (hopefully sooner rather than later, since my bf lives only an hour away from SF). You guys do amazing things for your rabbits, and are truly pioneers in rabbit rescue, rehabilitation, and care. Thanks for all you do! And keep the updates coming =)

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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2/16/2012 2:09 PM
Bunday News Feb 16, 2012

Only a couple things out of the ordinary** today. First off, we received 5 large boxes of various rabbit toys, tunnels, chewables, etc. And what are they enjoying just as much as the items? No, not the boxes but the long pieces of brown paper that are used to pad the items in the boxes. Buster is currently running around with one in his mouth, looking a little like a superhero.

Next I spent time with our new grumpy bunny, Benton. He's a large chincilla colored rabbit who is very cage aggressive. However, if you talk to him first, he calms down. After being outside for exercise we spent half an hour with him dozing in my arms while I petted him on my lap. I just love the 'vicious' rabbits.

Gotta go now. There's been two earthquakes in the last 24 hours and Maryann is not happy!

**An ordinary day consists of taking out over a dozen bunnies to exercise in X pens, feeding all of the rabbits, grooming another half dozen, doing computer support work, special energy work with Scooter and giving out medications to another dozen rabbits. And helping with hay, litter boxes, water bottles and cleaning cages of so many buns it's hard to keep count.
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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2/17/2012 11:34 AM

Bunday News Feb 17, 2012

Well I got a call that is always hard to hear. A group called "Friends of Ferals" were out catching some cats that had been released in some wilderness area and they saw a white rabbit out there as well. They're setting traps in hopes of catching it and then it will be off to the shelter and then we'll follow up from there. My first thought is about the stupidity of mankind but the second is that it is another white rabbit. Don't get me wrong, we love them all, but about a third of our rescues are white rabbits and they're next to impossible to adopt out.

I also found a new arrival here when I walked in. Apparently it was an emergency rescue. She's doing fine but the poor thing is scared stiff - literally. I spent half an hour with her and she seemed to loosen up a bit. I also just put in a large wooden 'house' for her to hide in and she's sitting on top of it non-stop. Guess she likes the view.

I'm starting to get the hang of things around here finally so that I am feeling comfortable making calls on such things as when to stop meds, when to start them, take appointments and so on. In fact, I have to go now and set up a pen for Luther Vandross. He's coming back but only as a boarder. Unfortunately, the one I set up for him last night went to the emergency rescue so here we go, more rabbits than we have space for - at the moment. There's a set of borders that should be leaving this weekend so we'll be back to full capacity instead of over capacity.

A quick addendum:

It seems Suzette has worked out a way to get more pellets out of me.  I usually take a handful and give a third to each level of the condo inhabitants.  Well Suzette, being on top, wanted them all for herself.  So she perched herself on top of her hay rack and when I put my hand in to put in the pellets, she hit me with her full 4.5 pounds of body - not a bite, not a scratch but hit me sideways - causing me to drop all of my pellets into her cage.  I got some back but she was greedily guarding most of them.

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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2/22/2012 9:56 AM
Bunday News Feb 19, 2012

I dared to take a day off yesterday and when I came back, it was utter chaos! Well not really but it is amazing how many rabbits get swapped around in just 24 hours. Old borders coming back, new ones leaving, swaps with other shelters and new rescues.

The Friends of Ferals caught the bunny that was let loose and it's currently at Marin Humane Society. We'll be picking it up in a few days - after it is altered. Marin wants to get it out ASAP as it doesn't like REWs for the same reason most don't - adoptability. But what can you do?

Also, Omelet got adopted! That cranky old (well young) man found a home with some experienced rabbit owners who know about doing stuff on the rabbit's terms. Well except for one thing. The girl is a 'swaddler'. That is to say, she likes to carry bunnies like you do babies - on their backs with the head in the crook of your arm. We told her about trancing and how rabbits don't really like it but I get the feeling she's going to try anyway. Oh well, Omelet will set her straight.

Also, Cricket almost got my ear today. I was cleaning a nearby cage and forgot how close his condo was. I felt these bunny lips on my earlobe and I jumped. Was just a whisker out of his reach. But did get his gram of flesh when I had the nerve to put food in his food bowl and NOT pet him either before or after. He's militant about being loved.

One of the sad things though is that over the holiday, we received calls from shelters in San Jose, Oakland, SF, Marin, Rohnert Park, Sonoma and Monterey all informing us that they had bunnies that had to be picked up. We're at capacity and it actually came to me to tell Marcy that we just couldn't take anymore. We're hoping for more adoptions & fosters to free up some space.
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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2/22/2012 10:01 AM
Bunday News for Feb 21, 2012

Well an early start for me. Got here at 7am to get two new rabbits, Velma and Jackpot, off to the vet to get fixed. It turns out that Velma decided to escape her transport box and I was greeted in person by her at the door. At which point, she thumped and ran away. It was a short chase however as she spied Nyssa exercising and had to stop to say hello.

So a 90 min round trip drive to Petaluma and I'm back installing a shelf to free up some more storage room as we've collected quite a bit of supplies for these buns. The good news is that I found out we found a foster parent for Mrs. Dewlap. We usually don't foster rabbits who are so well mannered and cute but we believe that the foster really wants to adopt her and just wants to make sure she can handle things beforehand. So I'm off to do that shortly.

There was also a visitor who wanted to see some of the rabbits and I showed her around. They were all on their best behaviors - even Cricket and Geronimo let me pet them without trying to bleed me dry. I kid about their 'thirst for blood' but really they just need an experienced bunny person to know how to handle them and put them before themselves (as a proper bunny slave should).

Well I"m off. Hope everyone is having a good time.
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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2/27/2012 8:40 AM
Bunday News - Feb 26, 2012

Had another busy weekend. Lots of people coming in to look but so far no adoption. I have 3 more condos to repair now that Marcy found out that working wheels = being able to clean behind the cages regularly. We have four new arrivals. Jackpot and Velma both returned from their neuter/spay on Saturday. Jackpot was making non-stop love to his toys but he's calmed down now. Velma is still her usual grumpiness. Two others have arrived from shelters. Paul Bunyan and a girl whose very cranky but unnamed as of now.

One cute highlight of the weekend -Citrine was tired of waiting for me to get to him for his pellets so he leaped over his x-pen. Of course, once on the outside, he realized that it didn't get him his pellets any quicker. Only the 'pellet guy' chasing him around the floor.

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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3/02/2012 10:49 AM

Bunday News - March 1, 2012

Today is my third day of running the shelter on my own - hence why no updates lately.  Marcy is at a conference back east and I get to take care of everything now.  I don't want this job and I have no idea how she can do it.

The rabbits as a whole are doing well.  I did take an emergency drive up to a vet because I thought Velma had opened up her Spay incision.  Turns out it was just her trying to groom off some of the excess glue.  Olaf is still feeling under the weather and Beiber has picked up a sneeze too.  But on the good side, Cricket is healthy and learning to love people and even Geronimo is now purring at pets.  Other scardy cats such as Benton, Shakti and Sangria seem to be responding well to my attentions.

I've managed to get some work done other than just caring for the buns though.  I updated a few descriptions on our website (I especially love Olaf's) and started to work on giving everyone a story.  I've also refurbished three of our condos.  And I developed a back ache from transporting the boxes from Binky Bunny that are laden with various Mazes and Tunnels. 

I've also been doing some work that I felt is necessary - one being installing a wireless doorbell so we can hear it down in the shelter.  I'm making a SaveABunny buzzer plaque to go around the outside doorbell button so visitors know which one to ring.

Orbit got adopted.  He was one of those quick turn arounds where we never got to get him up on the website before someone fell in love with him and whisked him away.  There are a couple more 'possibles' out there but don't know if they'll happen before Marcy returns. 

I wish I had more cute stories to tell but my mind is a little bit wobbly.  I got two calls back to back.  One from a person whose rabbit they adopted from us is now spraying everywhere and I have no idea why and another from another shelter wanting us to pick up a rabbit who is near death and the owner cannot care for it (due to them being mentally deficient).  Stuff like this makes me glad I'm not the boss here but also it reaffirms the work we're doing here to make everybun's and every person's life better.

 

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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3/02/2012 10:56 AM
Oh wow, you really are taking up alot of the slack for Marcy and I can imagine she is so appreciative of that. Best to wait for Marcy to help with the spray bunny - and those shelter calls...those are hard!

Keep us the good work Mark!

User is Offline emkvet
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3/02/2012 12:46 PM
Busy, busy, busy! You guys have so much going on! SaveaBunny does such amazing things for buns and their people, too. Yay you!

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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3/02/2012 12:55 PM
Yeah. Just got another call - a rabbit at a shelter is currently pooping a "clear, gelationous ooze" instead of normal poops. The rabbit is eating, drinking and acting normal. Like I said, I don't envy Marcy her job at all! Walk a mile in her shoes? Heck, I wouldn't put on her slippers just to go to the bathroom.
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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3/06/2012 8:04 AM

Bunday News for March 5, 2012

Well today was one of those days that isn't a high point in a shelter's life...

Monique didn't want to eat today.  After tests earlier on in the week it is the 'guess' of one vet that she has some form of cancer.  We gave her fluids and critical care but her temp was at 95.6 degrees (about 6 degrees lower than normal).  She's hanging in there but is still not really wanting to eat.   We're going to take her to Dr. Harvey for a second opinion.

I also picked up a close friend of the shelter's rabbit.  His mate was euthanized due to cancer as well so he's now here to find a new friend.

On an upside, 7 of our bunnies went on a field trip on Sunday to Davis to help in a Vet information seminar.  We had everyone from the very cranky to the love sponges.  They all performed well and gave the students and teachers a lot of insight as to how to handle different temperment bunnies, as well as what to look for in the language of the lagomorphs.  And Emmett is getting a free checkup as he has some problem teeth.

Speaking of which, Cricket came back from the vet after having one of his teeth extracted.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love these bunnies 110% but after all of the blood Cricket had drawn from me, seeing him after the operation had me thinking of some 'payback' thoughts - that's after I calmed down seeing the blood from his mouth.  He's fine though - already back to his grumpy little self.

Three buns got adopted over the weekend - Jean Claude, Cello and Leaf Longhopper.  Leaf was adopted by someone who said they didn't want a white rabbit.  But once they met the guy, they fell in love.  We now have three more coming in from another shelter so have to get ready for them.  We are never not full.

 

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

User is Offline emkvet
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3/06/2012 10:11 AM
That's so exciting that you had some buns get adopted! YAY! I was looking on the SaveABunny website and you guys have soooo many beautiful rabbits. I want to take them all home!

Sending healing vibes to Monique!!!!

User is Offline Nicolene
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3/08/2012 2:59 PM
I'm happy to hear so many got adopted over the weekend. We were just there on Sunday to try and bond our bun, but she wasn't having it. She even sprayed Shaddo in the face. She was spayed today, so we are excited to see you guys again in a month! Did the tiny bunny (Tuxie) that came in on Sunday find a home yet?

User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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3/08/2012 4:14 PM
Lol...I am envisioning this queen of the tunnel duel...do you suppose sometimes bunnies leave cecals just as a kind of 'in your face' thing?
The spraying reminds me of when Mimzy first arrived here with his two REW compatriots. You know those 'spitting' lawn sprinklers that turn in half circles and then jet back the other way? Those two would dance past one another like jousters and at the last minute kick out with their hind legs and splat each other with a fountain of wee, then bink off in opposite directions.
Funniest ballet I've ever seen.
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