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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > New bun - too soon? Please help
Last Post by Svandis at 9/30/2012 3:14 PM (18 Replies)
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User is Offline Svandis
Norway
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9/29/2012 10:18 AM

How soon is too soon to find a friend for Bosse after he lost his brother? After looking around a bit (just browsing, I wasn't planning on really looking for a new bun until atleast after christmas..) i saw this rabbit that I just felt soo drawn to. It is like I've fallen in love just through the photos. And after talking to the lady who owns him, he sounds like such a little sweetheart. His name is Knerten (a character in a norwegian childrens movie, really adorable) and is 2 y/o. He is an indoor rabbit, and he has great litter habits, likes to be pet and cuddled, will "accept" being picked up to be groomed and to cut his nails, if he gets pets. And she says he is very friendly, active and outgoing. He is not neautered though, ao we would have to neuter him before trying to bond them (and he would stay in our bedroom until it would be ready for them to bond).

Here are pictures:

My concerns about this:

1. that it will be selfish of me to get this rabbit, even though I think Bosse would apreciate the company during the hours I'm at school, and at night. Plus, he could use the acticity of having a bun to play with. 

2. that they won't get along, seing that it is a 5 hour drive to where the "new" rabbit is, and I don't know if I would be able to have him on a "trial" period. I will have to ask her about this. 

3. that Bosse won't have had enough time to properly recover from the loss of his brother (one month ago on the 3. of oct), even though he seems to be very happy. He has just really come out of his shell since his neuter.
(On another note though, I think I might have been over-estimating his bond with Mathias before they goy nutered, and Mathias died. I was noticing that I would have to separate them more and more often due to them fighting because of the hormones.. So they might not even have been as close as i imagined.. But I don't really know)

How I could go about this: 

I have some family that lives close to where the owner lives, and I could bring Bosse there for a long weekend, and see if we could arrange a meeting or two, to see if they got along. If it seemed possible for them to bond, I could take him with us back home, if not I wouldn't get him. Also, it would be a few weeks before we'd get him, if we decide to do so.

He is just so pretty. Do you guys know what breed he might be? I'm still waiting for a reply on my last email asking her this.

Well this turned out to be quite a mess of a post, but I'm just torn.

What are your thoughts about this? 


User is Offline Svandis
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9/29/2012 10:46 AM
Woops, was ment to post this in "bonding", must have clicked "behavior" by a mistake

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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9/29/2012 10:50 AM
I've not tried bonding buns before but I know that we are going to later. We've actually talked to our vet about getting a second bun that would go well with Skipper and our vet suggested that we should get a submissive bun.

That being said (to relate this to you =p) have you talked to your vet about getting a second bun? They might have great suggestions to help you along with your decision (especially if they have had buns before as a pet and have gone through something similar). I know Bosse used to be a bit on the timid side so I'm guessing he is a little submissive. Would he be happy with a very dominant bun? With how timid he used to be I would see if you could get a bun that was not overly pushy with him. Knerten is gorgeous though! I hope everything works out the way you want it too! And I'm sure others will be along to give their in put. =]

User is Offline Monkeybun
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9/29/2012 10:50 AM
Sometimes, the bunny chooses us If you feel it's the right time for this bun, then go for it.

User is Offline Svandis
Norway
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9/29/2012 11:10 AM
Thanks Skippers Mom! I could call my vet and ask, but I don't really know how familiar she is with rabbits and their behavior in general. I just know she is very good with spays and neuters, but other than that, i have no idea.. rabbit savvy vets are not very easy to find in norway, especially where i live, I think my vet is as close as i can get
I think I will have to ask the owner if i could bring bosse up there and have a meet and greet, and take it from there..
Bosse has really come out of his shell lately, and he is not very timid with me atleast anymore. Don't know how it would work with the "new" guy though, seing that he is very outgoing and contact seeking, I would guess he is pretty dominant.. This is so hard!
Thanks for the input Monkeybun, I think want to persue this

User is Offline tanlover14
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9/29/2012 7:23 PM
I have to agree with MB -- go for it if you feel it's right. We only meant to have one bun and ended up with all 3 from a litter and they were ALL the best decisions we ever made. Great buns with great personalities and we're incredibly happy we decided just to go for it with them!
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User is Offline FluffyBunny
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9/29/2012 8:50 PM
I agree with Monkeybun. If you feel this little guy is meant to be your bunny, he probably is. It might actually be good to get a new bunny now. I've read that most bunnies who are still grieving the loss of their bonded friend are more willing to bond with a new bunny. If possible, you should definitely bring your bun with you to meet him. If they do really well on their "first date", you could even turn the drive home into a long bonding session.

As for his breed, it's tough to know without knowing his weight. If he's a big guy, my first thought would be that he's a black New Zealand.
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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9/30/2012 2:57 AM
I agree 110% with Monkeybun. Sometimes, the bun finds us. If you're feeling a strong connection to this (very adorable) little guy, I say take him! You'll always wonder if you should have if you don't.
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User is Offline Svandis
Norway
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9/30/2012 3:48 AM
The owner said he was an alaskan!
Yeah, I really want to go through with this.

FluffyBunny: The problem now though is since he is not neutered, I am afraid that if they bond while he is un-neutered, that they will un-bond after he has been neutered. Should I wait with introducing them untill Knerten is fixed and hope for the best?

Thank you all for your great answers!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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9/30/2012 4:14 AM
I've never heard of an Alaskan

I would go for it! Can you get him neutered immediately, IE drop him off at the vet on the way home and then bring him home altered? I wouldn't try bonding them when 1 is altered and 1 is not. I ended up having to house my girls on opposite ends of the house for awhile because the territorial marking was so awful.

User is Offline Svandis
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9/30/2012 4:27 AM
I don't think it is registered as a breed in america, but it is in england, and I think Europe
Ahh, yeah I think I might do that! Or see if it is possible Thank you guys! I'm gonna do this

User is Offline Svandis
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9/30/2012 4:58 AM
Now I just need to get the bf onboard haha

User is Offline tanlover14
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9/30/2012 5:51 AM
Yay! So happy for you, Svandis! Whenever someone on here gets a new bun or talks about getting one it's sooo exciting! Will the BF be hard to convince?? Tell him it would be good for Bosse to have another bun to bond with! That was the selling point for my BF.
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User is Offline Svandis
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9/30/2012 7:25 AM
Thank you! The BF is onboard! At first he was a bit sceptical, seing that Knerten was 2 years old and he wanted a little baby, but he fell for his charm
It just occured to me that my parents have been traveling and are passing through where Knerten lives on tuesday, I could ask them if they would pick him up and bring him here I'm so exited. I will have to make a vet appointment.
But i'm getting ahead of myself, I haven't officially gotten him yet! Waiting for an email from the owner. Wish me luck!

User is Offline tanlover14
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9/30/2012 7:41 AM
GOOD LUCK! Ahhh, I'm so excited for you! And even if this doesn't work out, at least you will know you're officially in the market for a new bun bun!
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User is Offline Svandis
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9/30/2012 8:05 AM
Thank you!!
There has been a major set back.. Found out they live about 15,5 hours away from us...! And we don't drive. And I do nooot think anyone is going to offer to give us a ride haha. so yeah.. :/

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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9/30/2012 10:28 AM

Aw....sorry....I'm sure another bun will come along that you will fall in love with.

Moved this to the Bonding Forum for you.

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User is Offline tanlover14
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9/30/2012 11:25 AM
That's horrible! Ugh -- We had to go an hour and a half to get our bun and even that seemed like a real trek. I can't even imagine 15.5 hours away. Have you looked at any shelters or breeders around you? Maybe you'll find one just as gorgeous!
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User is Offline Svandis
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9/30/2012 3:14 PM
Thank you LPT!

Tanlover - There really aren't that many shelters in Norway, and the ones that are around don't seem to have any rabbits in atm :/ But there are different sites for selling/giving away animals, which is where I found Knerten. So we're gonna keep an eye out for somebunny close to us next time.

The woman who owns Knerten said that she has some family 5-6 hours from where we live whom she visits from time to time and she still seemed to want to keep negotiating, saying that if Knerten were to end up with us, it seemed like he would be well taken care of. It's obvious she really cares about him.

She said there was a lady that had called saying she wanted a pet for her 4 y/o daughet. She just said "they are not getting my Knerten!"

So I guess the battle is not quite lost, but to be honest, I have my doubts it is going to work.
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