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Last Post by jerseygirl at 6/13/2012 5:53 PM (49 Replies)
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User is Offline emkvet
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3/08/2012 8:30 PM
Hi Mark - Sending vibes to all at SaveABunny; I was very sorry to hear of Monique's passing. At least she is no longer suffering; I think you and your veterinarian made the right decision for her. (((Binky Free, Monique)))

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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3/09/2012 1:12 PM

Bunday News March 8, 2012

I took Monique to see Dr. Harvey today and she was thinking that it might be time to let her go. While she went out to call Marcy about it I sat and talked to Monique who was telling me that she was tired and hurting and just wanted to go away. So when Dr. Harvey returned I was happy that Marcy told her to go ahead with the euthanasia otherwise I would have fought Marcy on it. I was surprised how sad I got - I'd say I was just as upset as I was when Tippy passed. It was my first time ever euthanizing another creature. The necropsy showed fibrous tissue growth with very little normal lung tissue and the growth was attaching to other organs as well. So, it was cancer and rather advanced too. We were amazed she held up so well for so long. It was definitely the right call.

Of course, after the short grieving, it was time to head to San Francisco Animal Care and Control and pick up another rabbit. Now named Tori, she is a little girl that has had a bad case of poopy butt at the shelter. When she got here, I gave her a bath, cleaned her up and so far she's had nothing but normal droppings. She's a love and I"m pretty sure she'll be adopted soon. As will both Jack Daniels and Cookie Dough who arrived on the 6th. Hopefully the photographer will come by soon. Still having some trouble naming the white bunny from the wild. Most of the names I've come up with have already been used or sound too much like something else.

I'm also working on Marcy's glass work molds. They were in need of some major repair and of course I used power tools which made them even worse. So after a few hours of hand sanding, they're now ready to be used again. Although not 'directly' shelter work, a lot of what she makes she then sells and all the profits go straight to SaveABunny.

Oh, forgot to mention that we're bonding Capone with another Dutch. Needless to say the first hour was quite an interesting time. They're now tolerating each other, even eating from the same hay rack in the same litter box and we've caught Capone grooming the other rabbit a few times now. There's still some issues here and there but no chasing and no real fighting. So seems he's found a friend and a forever home.

BTW, if anyone has a line on a licensed contractor who'd be willing to do charity work for a tax write off, we desperately need one of the floors here resurfaced or completely replaced. I think it's about 400 square feet and we would love a new concrete floor that's level and maybe with a drain. Right now it is basically four old, uneven patio concrete slabs with a thin sheet of linoleum on top that needs to be replaced every 6 months as the rabbits tear it to pieces.


As for Tuxie (I'm assuming the little black bun with the balance issues) her name is now Blue Ivy Carter and she's in a foster home right now and we're doing what we can for her.  She's still having issues and we're trying to make sure she doesn't splay due to it.

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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3/13/2012 9:45 AM
Bunday News March 12, 2012

I know that the time between entries is increasing. Half of it is due to being so busy, the other half is that things are beginning to get 'routine' for me so they don't seem important to report. That's one of the problems. When crises are the daily routine, only the extreme catastrophies get notice.

We had a few adoptions over the weekend. Cello was adopted and when his new slave arrived to pick him up, she also fell in love with Cookie Dough. Because she was well known to Marcy and a very good rabbit person, we gave her a two for one special and she took them both home with her. Also adopted was Leaf Longhopper and boy was he pissed! He's normally a very friendly guy but when we put him into a cardboard carrier to go home, he chewed a 6 inch rip through the side of it in under 3 minutes. And when Marcy went to transfer him to a plastic carrier, he tried to bite her! My guess - he's claustrophobic. His new name is Sir Longhopper.

Tuba came back from his adoptive family. I don't know the reason but he's turned into a bit of a surly rabbit now. He was so friendly before so we're not sure what happened at the home. So now it's time to rehabilitate him. Unfortunately, he's a large bunny so we put him into an X-pen but apparently he's also quite a strong rabbit and has been leaping the 30" walls. We've topped it now so hopefully he won't just blow through the sheet.

Blue Ivy Carter came for another visit and she seemed a bit worse. Since I had been working on cleaning ears, I figured I'd give her's a once over since she can't really reach them. That's when I discovered something strange. It looked like her left ear didn't have an ear canal. There was a black chunk of dirt at the bottom of it but it didn't seem to go through to the skull. And when I tried to clean the dirt, she went into a seizure. She's slotted to go to a doctor to see about it. This might explain a lot and who knows - it might make things a little easier to deal with.

I got to see what happens when I let Emmett's ear go a day without cleaning as I took a holiday on Saturday and came back Sunday. Let's just say that I didn't have lunch that day. The guy is so sweet and patient though it's hard not to love him.

Marcy now has me dressing 'more appropriately' as she wants me to take over more duties. Although I'm happy to do so, my problem is that my unemployment insurance is going to run out in two months and I really need to find a real job. I keep on asking her about being hired on full time but without a grant, that's not possible. She does need another full time staffer but I can't do it for free. Got bills and such and I don't think PG&E will take cute bunny pictures as payment.
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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3/19/2012 1:30 PM

Bunday News March 18, 2012

Another busy weekend - in the rain.  We played "Hot Bunny" with a couple of local shelters - sending one rabbit out to them, bringing one back from them.  It is often done to help well known and visited shelters to have rabbits that are very adoptable while we take the cranky and sick and turn them into more likable ones.  It's a thankless job (well actually many people DO thank us).  So most of my Saturday was in the car driving rabbits around Northern California.  Also had to pack and ship out a lot of things that were bought off of Etsy/eBay.  100% of the profits of course go to the rabbits.

We had Dr. Debra Sheester (I never get her last name right) come over on Sunday to bond a rabbit she got from us previously.  We wound up with Chi-anna going home with her.  Although Lops tend to move quicker, Chi-anna has a chronic ear issue that the Dr. can take care of.  During the bonding, we got some free Vet check-ups for a few of our sicker patients.

Right now, Olaf isn't doing so well.  He's still congested and we just started him on a new medication - which he didn't like - so much so that I actually thought he was having a bad reaction to the medication.  But he's his usual self now although I'm keeping an eye on him just in case.

I've just finished refurbishing the last condo in the outer room.  Now if I only knew how to pour concrete, I could fix the floor too.  That just leaves the inner room although I have fixed a couple here already (the ones that were in dire need of it).  All in all, things are going well for the buns.

As for myself, I realized that I've worked 27 of the last 30 days.  I've decided that I need more time off as I'm starting to make more and more mistakes.  You just want to help them all the time but when you reach a certain point, you just need a break.  

Oh, and there were three different volunteers this weekend who thought I was a vet.  I didn't realize it until then that I do know a lot about bunnies and their health and short of any form of operation, I can do just about anything for them.  It's weird when the vet asks ME as to what we should get for the rabbit.

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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3/19/2012 3:06 PM
Gee, Mark. Sounds like you should go to vet school then

User is Offline emkvet
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3/19/2012 4:22 PM
Yeah Mark! Come on over to WSU; maybe they'll let you join my class! Seriously though, it sounds like you're exhausted. You all do so much; I couldn't even imagine!

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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6/12/2012 6:54 PM
Sorry it's been a while. I've recently found a new job (one that is actually paying the bills) and had to stop working all the time at SaveABunny. But it was definitely the most rewarding job I ever had in my 25 years of various jobs. I'm now taking two nights a week to make the hay holders that SaveABunny sells, The gentleman who did so before has recently passed on due to cancer but before he left us, he gave us a legacy by building a small shop on the site so we can continue to make them in his memory.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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6/13/2012 3:03 AM
Congrats on getting a new job, but I know your heart is with SaveABunny.
It's great that you're taking over for the kind gentleman who made the hay holders. It makes you his legacy there.
I will check out their website to take a look at the holders.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline Sarita
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6/13/2012 3:39 AM
Congratulations on your new job! I know they miss having you at SaveABunny everyday and I can imagine it was the most rewarding job you ever had...who wouldn't love that!

User is Offline jerseygirl
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6/13/2012 5:53 PM
That was very forward thinking of that gentleman. What an amazing thing to do! And good on you for continuing to help where you can.

Congrats in the new job!!!
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.
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