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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > Welcome ! > Meet Carmela!
Last Post by LittlePuffyTail at 3/13/2012 3:56 AM (15 Replies)
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User is Offline Nicolene
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3/05/2012 8:29 PM

Good evening all!

We are new here. We've been guinea pig owners for a few years now and we thoroughly enjoy them. A month ago my husband's uncle was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and was given 6 weeks. By then his bunny had been alone for 4 days. So my husband and I drove a few hours to go pick her up, we couldn't stand the thought of her being alone, in an unclean cage with no fresh food.

Carmela turned out to be a FAT 5.5lb mini Rex. She was in a store bought cage (we have C&C's for our piggies), very little little bedding, unlimited colorful pellets and no hay. We discovered sores on all four her feet as we were cleaning her cage for our trip home. Now, I have to add, she is very much loved by my husband's uncle. He has had bunnies (one at a time) his whole life. He lets them roam and did the best he could, but the man was a hermit living in a rural area and really didn't know much about proper care.

Nonetheless, we quickly fashioned a puppy pen for her in our living room next to the pigs. We took away the pellets (our pigs don't get pellets either) and gave her a heap of hay and fresh greens. It took a few days for her to get accustomed to the fresh veggies, but she loves them now.

We took her to our fantastic exotics vet who said he had never seen sore hocks on front feet. He advised soft flooring, lots of exercise and no pellets. We just took her back for a recheck and she had lost 0.8lbs! She is well on her way to a slim figure. He front feet have recovered completely,  and the hair grew back. The back feet have healed and only one has a visible pink pad left. Our vet is very happy with her recovery.

We took her to the SaveABunny Rescue this past weekend to find her a friend. But she was not nice to the other bunnies. She sprayed one right in the face. She's 9 months old and needs to be spayed. We had planned to do it this June, when my husband is home (high school teacher), but between the failed bonding and grunting and lunging she's been doing we've decided to push up her spay date. So she's been booked for the operation this Thursday. We'll try bonding her again in a month or so.

We feel that Carmela was "sent to us", as ridiculous as it sounds. We had just settled in our first home and had every intention of adding bunnies to our life. My beloved guinea pig Snickerdoodle was nearing the end of his 2 year battle with recurring bladder stones. A needy bunny was just what the doctor prescribed when we finally had to put Snickerdoodle down.

We're excited to learn even more about buns and giving Carmela and her furture (neutered) boyfriend a forever home.


User is Offline Huckleberry
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3/05/2012 9:00 PM
Aw, how lucky she is to have you and your husband. Welcome to BB! So sorry about your husband's uncle, though. Wishing him comfort. I am sure he is happy to know his baby is being well taken care of. Good luck with the spay and keep us updated!!! She is beautiful.

User is Offline peppypoo
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3/05/2012 9:45 PM
Welcome to the forums! I'm glad things worked out for both you/your husband and Carmela..seems like you were just what the other needed . I'm sorry about your husband's uncle though; I second Huckleberry in wishing him comfort.

Sounds like you've already done great things for Carmela, and I'm sure she is enjoying her new home .
Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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3/05/2012 9:45 PM

welcome to BB! I am so sorry to hear about your husband's uncle

I'm glad that you got the bunny checked out! Do be aware that if you are doing the pelletless diet, that bunny needs many different types of greens to replace all of the vitamin nutrients It sounds like bunny is in good hands with you, and is very content!!!

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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3/06/2012 3:33 AM
I am very sorry to hear about your uncle's grim prognosis. It sounds as if he truly loved rabbits his whole life, and I've always had a special place in my heart for bunny lovers. I always recommend people do the best they can with the resources they have, and it does sound like he did the best he could. And now you have a special gift from him.

She reminds me of a "porkier" version of my mini rex. Meadow is about 4 pounds. Now, if she ACTS how Meadow did pre-spay, my thoughts are with you during this trying time... lol.

Welcome here, and I can't wait to hear more about her!
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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3/06/2012 4:22 AM
Welcome to BB I'm glad you rescued Carmela! She looks adorable. I am sorry about your husband's uncle though

The spay should help with being able to bond.
RIP Tigger          RIP Wilbur           RIP Totoro

User is Offline emkvet
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3/06/2012 6:32 PM
Congratulations on your new family member! She's super cute...more pics please! And welcome to BB =)

User is Offline Nicolene
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3/06/2012 7:02 PM

Thanks for the welcome guys. I tried to load a profile picture and an avatar, alas, neither are working, so I will date for the site upgrade that is apparently taking place.

I did a little photo shoot with her today, her owner wanted a photo and since she'll have surgery on Thursday, this was the last day I would have time to get a nice photo to take to him on Sunday..

Here are some of my favs!




User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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3/07/2012 2:31 AM
She's so cute!!! In the last pic, her heel doesn't look bad at all, at least not what I can see.
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline Sarita
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3/07/2012 3:44 AM
Welcome, she's a cutie. I'm glad she went from one loving home to another.

User is Offline FlemishBlueBunny
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3/09/2012 12:29 PM
She is too cute!!!

User is Offline emkvet
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3/09/2012 1:24 PM
EEEE!!! She is such a cutie! What a little diva face =)

User is Offline Pandorachik
Cleveland, OH
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3/09/2012 4:18 PM
AAWW! <3 Beautiful bunny!
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User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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3/10/2012 4:50 AM
HI welcome to BB!! I also have a minni rex and he is fixed. the lungging and grunting is a normal part of his temperment. I am wondering if its the breed, he was my second rabbit and bonded well with my minni rex mix Mr. Hopper. he was also just weened at that point. we recently got a Flemish giant and Nibblette is not happy he is here. so we are trying to bond slowly with not much success.
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User is Offline Binx86
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3/12/2012 8:09 PM
Welcome! It's easy to see why your husband's uncle cares so deeply for her with how adorable she is and it's very unfortunate about his health.

It's not crazy to think she was sent to you either. My fiance and I got our boys after I had nursed a littler of cotton tails back to health after their mother was killed. Only 1 out of 5 survived and when he was healthy enough we let him go in a nice forest away from town. We found the boys after and they happened to be an "accident" littler that was born on the day we released Twitch (the cotton tail). So we believe in things like that!

Hopefully the bonding and finding her a mate goes well after she's fixed! Good luck!
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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3/13/2012 3:56 AM
What a beautiful little Mini-Rex! How wonderful that you all have each other. And Welcome to BB!
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