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Chewie the Conquerer

Friday 25 May 2012 at 11:18 am

Latest bunny obsession: the laser printer.  Our printer lives in the closet on the floor.  Bunnies are not allowed in the closet.  The closet is full of stuff (boxes, extra paper, bunny litter, spare NIC parts, carpet squares), but nothing in there requires conquering like the printer.  When you open the closet door, Chewie comes running from wherever he is and tries valiantly to get in the closet.  It inevitably happens that sometimes he is successful, as he is fast and much shorter than me.  Once in the closet, he burrows among the items to arrive beside the printer, only to jump up on top of it and look around.  After climbing the printer “mountain”, the printer is vanquished and he turns to other important bunny matters, like napping and dinner.

Frosty's Happy Tale

Thursday 29 March 2012 at 08:41 am

contributed by Paula Watkins

Frosty wandered his way into our rescue in December 2008 after being turned loose outside.  He was a young, cheerful guy who loved racing around and chewing up cardboard boxes at record speed.  Through no fault of his own, Frosty proved to be very unlucky in his adoption efforts, being returned from his “forever” homes several times.  He was always in great demand at Easter due to his resemblance to the Cadbury bunny, but we always kept him close to home then.  In his three years in rescue he was in several foster homes and even fostered at a vet’s office, all in an effort to find him a good home where he would get lots of exercise time.  This process honed Frosty into a very determined little boy – he knew who and what he liked, and was holding out for what worked best for him.  If you were in his good graces, you got lots of affection from him, but if not, you got a nip, or his back turned to you.

In the fall of 2011 we were contacted by a family who had been following Frosty on the website for a while and had become quite attached to him and touched by his story.  They had two rabbits they were trying to bond, but really wanted to meet Frosty.  They made Frosty part of their family in January 2012, and even though all three bunnies are still living separately, they happily coexist and Frosty finally has the happy home he has been waiting three long years for.  We couldn’t be happier for him.   Here is a picture of Frosty hanging out in his new playroom:

Easter is Coming

Monday 19 March 2012 at 1:19 pm

Spring is just around the corner, and Easter will be here soon.  Help us spread the word that rabbits are companions for life, not toys for Easter.

Saving Nine Lives

Monday 20 February 2012 at 06:13 am

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
Jane Goodall


Meet Willow.  She was turned in to Animal Control and taken in by our local HRS.  Little did anyone know she was not only homeless, but pregnant.  Only a few days after arriving in rescue last Spring she gave birth to eight (yes, eight) healthy babies.  We met her one Saturday in July, hoping to find a companion for our rabbit.  She seemed easy-going, and a bit shy.  This only goes to show that looks can be deceiving.  At first she wasn't sure of us, but she has slowly bloomed.  Her favorite game is chase, and she will absolutely wear you out.  No need for the gym.  She does huge binkies and twists, and makes us laugh so hard.  She is very smart, and when she looks at me I often feel like she is just waiting on me to catch up with her.  Her adoration can be bought with pumpkin bunny cookies.  I can't see how anyone would want to give her up.  What about those babies, you ask?  They were all adopted into homes of their own.  And so I say to my friend who rescued her - thank you for making a difference, for her, for all her babies, and for us.

Only Temporary

Monday 06 February 2012 at 06:38 am

contributed by Georgiana Hall

About two years ago, I noticed a sign at the health club where I swim.  It read “Free rabbit, cage extra for $30. Please, we don’t want him anymore.” Somehow I could not resist calling the woman up and inquiring what the situation was. As the phone rang, I braced myself, since I never know what they will say or who it was.
     “My daughter went off to college last year and we no longer want the rabbit.”
     I asked her why she did not just keep it as a pet, trying to convince her that they really make nice pets. Perhaps the daughter would enjoy seeing “Cornelius” when she came home for breaks.
    “Nope, no can do. Do you want it or not?’
        I begged her to take care of it for a few more days and to not even think of letting it go. She agreed to do that. Of course, the next day I called her back. It took another week of “phone tag” and several miscommunications to finally get her to tell me when to come over.
    It was a hot May afternoon, when I drove into a gated community that was several miles from my house. After several wrong turns, I finally found her townhouse. It was in a nice neighborhood with Mercedes and BMWs in many driveways. Children were playing in the yards nearby and a dog barked as I approached the door. I had been told that the rabbit was on the front porch. Sure enough, there was a small cage on wheels, filled with cedar chips and an adorable black and white mixed Dutch rabbit.
     The heat was overwhelming but luckily the little fellow did not look too stressed out. He had a water bottle and pellets and the bedding looked fairly clean. A teenage girl answered the door. Her attitude was, as I can only describe it, like that of a “valley girl.” She had a cell phone glued to one ear while a small dog yapped noisily from behind her.
    “You must be the rabbit lady. Like, there’s the rabbit and the cage.” She pointed casually to the small cage as I noticed her black fingernail polish.
     “I am not taking the cage,” I became somewhat irritated at the girl. “But I brought a carrier. How long have you had him?”
      She barked into her phone, “Hold,” and stared back at me for a minute. “A few years, we had another one, but he died. Is that all?”
     It was obvious that she had no intention of talking to me and just wanted me to leave. I thanked her quietly (I don’t know why) as she shut the door in my face. Sighing, I pulled the little fellow out of the cage and placed him in the carrier. As I drove off, I mumbled to myself, “So, the dog stays in the AC but the rabbit sits out on the hot porch.”
     I renamed the rabbit Charlie. We had a real estate agent friend by that name that I had talked to that morning. Somehow the jovial, friendly personality of Charlie the realtor just matched that of the former Cornelius now Charlie the rabbit.
    Charlie turned out to be a gem. His fur was quite matted around his bottom with dried urine. He was also underweight. It took me a good week to comb out every knot of fur but soon his beautiful coat of black and white was sleek and smooth. He gobbled down every blade of hay, pellet and leafy green that I placed in front of him, almost non-stop for the first couple of days.
    Since I was hoping to have him adopted after his neutering, I put a large sign on his pen telling my husband Oren that Charlie was “Only Temporary.” Oren would then come home every day and ask if we still had “OT” in the guest room.
     Needless to say, I watched Oren get just as attached to Charlie as I was. Charlie was a binky master. He would race up and down the bathroom and leap high into the air. Then he would crouch down and insist on being petted. Rabbits can’t talk, but they sure can communicate with us in other ways. I think he was so happy to have his new home that he was trying to tell us this. I knew in my heart that I could not give him away.
    And so, two years later, Charlie is still with us and by no means “only temporary.”

It's Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!!

Friday 03 February 2012 at 06:50 am

In honor of "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit" Month we will be bringing you rescue stories all month long here on the HRS blog!

Happy New Year!

Saturday 07 January 2012 at 7:18 pm

Happy New Year!  We hope you’re off to a great start!  It’s that time again when people make their New Year’s Resolutions.  This year, why not make a resolution that will be good for you and for bunnies?  Here are some ideas for 2012:

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Happy Holidays to EveryBunny!

Wednesday 21 December 2011 at 10:55 am

The Holidays are here! We wish you and your bunnies a joyous holiday season filled with binkies, herbs, carrots, and flops!

Thanks Lindsay for this great holiday photo!

Vote for your favorite photo!

Tuesday 20 December 2011 at 12:34 pm Have you voted in the Christmas Bunny Rabbit Picture Contest?  Check out these adorable photos and choose your favorite (if you can).

Screening of "The Christmas Bunny"

Wednesday 07 December 2011 at 11:59 am

Want to see a great Christmas movie?

Join the MD/DC/NoVA House Rabbit Society for a special holiday showing of the new family-friendly film “The Christmas Bunny” (PG-suitable for 8 years+)
When: December 10, 2011 at 10 AM
Where: the Rotunda Cinemas, 711 W. 40th St., Baltimore, MD 21211
How much: $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12

GHRS Holiday Party!

Wednesday 07 December 2011 at 11:55 am

HO HO HO, the Georgia House Rabbit Society’s ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY is near! So save the date and tell your buns because this party isn’t just for you, it’s for rabbits too!


DOOR PRIZES…..HORS’DEVOURS…..MOVIE SCREENING…..SANTA…..AND MORE!
This year’s celebration will be Saturday, December 10, from 2PM – 6 PM at the Sandy Springs Christian Church in Sandy Springs.  As with most every GHRS event, our holiday party has something fun for everyone and every bun! Being a fun and free event for GHRS members, there is every reason to bring the whole family along. Not a member? Not to worry as admission for the general public is only $5 per person or $15 per family! We’ll have pens set up for the bunnies so you can feel safe about bringing them along for the festivities and for pictures with Santa!

Rabbit Center Holiday Party

Wednesday 07 December 2011 at 11:53 am

 

Drop by the HRS Rabbit Center on December 11 for cakes and cookies, a “buntini” (that’s our own signature cocktail!), our holiday gift bazaar, and loads of good cheer! Bring your buns for a wonderful holiday portrait by Ken Mark (RSVP to reserve your space)! The party goes from noon to 5. We look forward to seeing you there!

Adopt Flat Bonnie!

Friday 02 December 2011 at 08:25 am

If you adopt Flat Bonnie during the month of December, a portion of your purchase will be donated to rabbit rescue!

Lighting a Candle

Monday 03 October 2011 at 06:24 am

We all love our bunnies dearly and, though we try not to think about it too much, there comes the day when we must say goodbye to our friend.  Losing a pet is a difficult thing.  Our bunnies are full of personality and, no matter if they are friendly or shy, big or small, adventurous or timid, losing them leaves a big hole in our lives and in our heart.  In 2006, when we lost our first bunny, we came across the Monday Candle Ceremony.  I thought, on this Monday, it would be a lovely thing to share.

A Sense of Humor

Wednesday 17 August 2011 at 06:47 am

 

Any rabbit person will tell you that rabbits have a sense of humor.  Now that Chewie has been living with us for almost five months, his sense of humor is definitely coming through.  For starters, we were under the mistaken impression that we would have some bunny rules.  First rule: couches are for people; ottomans with washable throws on them are for fuzzy, shedding bunnies that are learning to use a litter box.  This, of course, has gone down the drain.  I was undone by the couch binkies.  Chewie insisted that the couch was for bunnies by leaping up there and then doing binkies back and forth across the cushions.  It turned out that whole notion of putting the bunny back on the floor was just a fun game.  He made me laugh so hard doing this that now there is a throw on my couch for fuzzy, shedding bunnies, and I’ll confess that some evenings he sits on the couch and I sit on the floor.  Who needs rules anyway?

Keeping Records

Friday 05 August 2011 at 06:40 am Having a record of your rabbit’s medical treatment can be very helpful.  You can look up any forgotten detail from years ago, and careful records can be a lifesaver in an emergency situation. (more)

A New Addition

Monday 18 July 2011 at 12:17 pm

Meet our foster bunny.  Well, he’s not our foster bunny anymore; we have succumbed to “foster failure”.  One night, about eight weeks after he came to stay with us, he ran into the living room, jumped up on our ottoman, and settled down to watch TV.  We took that as a sign he had moved in.  His name at the rescue was Jackson, but we have taken to calling him Chewie. 



Fostering a rabbit is not a new experience for us, but it’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to take this on.  People we talk to come to pet fostering from many directions.  Some people love meeting new rabbits with different personalities.  Our previous foster bunny, Emma, was found running loose in a local neighborhood.  Her favorite thing was to sit on her cardboard box and survey the world from up high.  She responded to petting by flopping over, which we found really funny.  Other people enjoy taking on special cases, like a bunny who needs some social time, or who is recovering from an injury.  This time, we chose to foster after our beloved rabbit passed away.  Like other bunny parents who have been through this, we wanted to help, and we needed time to feel “ready” for a different rabbit to be part of our family.  It has been rewarding to watch the transformation from an underweight and easily startled bunny to one who binkies down the hallway and jumps on the furniture.  When people discover that we are fostering I always hear “oh well, I would want to keep him”.  Maybe that thought stops people from trying it.  It is sad when they leave like Emma did, but happy, too, because you know they are getting a home.  Then some times, like this one, you realize they are home already.

Sore Hocks

Sunday 10 July 2011 at 11:16 am Peanut already struggles to get around because she has 3 paws. I knew that leaning heavily on her left side would eventually cause problems, but I always hoped it wouldn't be sore hocks.  (more)

New PSA for HRS!

Wednesday 06 July 2011 at 11:27 am Check out the new HRS PSA with Amy Sedaris!

Spoiled Rotten or Spoiled Ripe?

Monday 27 June 2011 at 1:14 pm

People often treat their pets better than themselves! All you have to do is visit your local pet store and check out all of the products available for four-legged members of the family.

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