Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"I disapprove of you interior decorating decisions"

As we are feeling the effects of hurricane Sandy, even here in the Midwest, mom decided today would be a good day to get back to her bathroom remodeling project. Umbra disapproves of all the noise. Bunny is the only one allowed to remodel (by which I mean eating the base moulding and tearing up the carpet.. but it really does need to be replaced). She has been pouting in the corner and even stomped once.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Humane Society Update

Because my mom (jeez I feel like a child when I say that, can't wait to be done with college and move out) will not agree to the terms, I cannot adopt another rabbit (if Umbra had liked any of them anyway). So miss Umbra will continue to be the sole ruler of her domain.

I am seriously thinking about getting involved at this shelter though and helping out with the bunnies (although there are only a few, they really need it).

Humane Society Trip

While out on other errands, I happened to be in the area of the local Humane Society. I have been toying with the idea of finding a friend for Umbra for a while.

So I decided to stop in, but was disappointed. The last time I had been to the the Humane Society "critters had been kept in a separate room, secluded from the dogs and most cats. However now they are in a smaller room across the hall from one of the noisy dog kennels. The few rabbits were clearly distressed by the noise. Also, there was too much pellets available and not enough hay. (they did have plenty of water and thank God they weren't in wire-bottom cage). The rabbits were all unaltered (and the information on their breeds was inaccurate)

Nonetheless, I filled out an application for adoption. The staff member assisting me asked if there was a particular rabbit I was interested. I told her that I would have to introduce my own rabbit to the potential companions, and she gave me a weird look. I explained that rabbits can be very territorial, but the staff still acted as if it were an odd request. I feel that all types of pets should be introduced to the current pets of potential adopters. I know that shelters generally require dogs to be introduced, but other animals, like cats and rabbits can be just as vicious toward strange animals.

Anyway, I'm not sure if I will end up adopting one of these rabbits, but I am considering volunteering at the shelter (I previously volunteered at the shelter in Indy) and helping out with the rabbits, although there are few. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I admit I have a problem

I discovered a little shop called Found while killing time the other day. The owner (who happens to be a prof at my college) collects various objects (so various I don't know how to classify them) from from around the world to sell along with art from local artist.

Among the various objects happen to be bunny themed objects (of which I bought nearly all of). Enjoy.

Coin purse (bought)

key chain

hand puppet (didn't get, but thinking about going back, just so darn cute!)

Chinese bunny tea pot (out of my price range)

silver birth year box from Cambodia (bought)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Dark Side

.. or the fluffy side rather. It's where I've been dragging my mom too (although maybe Umbra deserves the credit here).

I have mentioned often that my mom does not approve of house-rabbitry, and Umbra is not to fond of her either. However, it appears that both may be on their way to a change of heart. The first clue was when Umbra escaped my room earlier this week. I called down the hall after the little bugger (actually I think I called her a turd-butt, affectionately of course). My mom, in the bathroom at the time, assumed correctly that Umbra's destination was her own bedroom (I don't see what is so exciting about it, but for Umbra anywhere unknown is exciting, especially if it is prohibited). To my surprise, instead of lamenting about my mischievous friend, my mom reprimanded me for scolding Umbra and even said "she's fine"!

To top that off Umbra accepted pets from my mom, without any bribing. Although my mom had to stand in an awkward position to pet Umbra (its on of her favorite tricks, you have to work for the privilege of caressing her fine fur), when my mom turned to leave, Umbra pursued her looking for more attention... or just hoping for an opportunity to dart out the door.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Joy of Rabbit Parenting 4

Rabbit must be super affectionate and give you many kisses... just after re-ingesting cecotropes.

(happening right now.. also rabbit attacking you with kisses makes typing difficult)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hay is for...

horses rabbits. And for a while I've been on a quest for great hay. Usually I just go for Oxbow Timothy, but at $20+ for the big bag and going through about a bag a month.. well it adds up. After looking around I heard about buying hay direct from the source, but around here its hard to find hay that isn't alfalfa. Recently I was told that a grass mix for horses would do for rabbits, even if it contained a little bit of alfalfa... still haven't renewed by "straight-from-the-source" search though.

Another way to save money on hay is to special order bales from your pet store. The one I go to and the one I've heard will do this is Pet Supplies Plus. If you don't live near a PSP its worth asking at your local pet stores.

Finally, today I found a link on HRS Facebook for a cool hay supply website called Small Pet Select which ships timothy to small pet owners. The website is easy to navigate and informative. If you follow the link your purchase of an 8lb box of timothy will be shipped for free. Also, if you like them on Facebook you will receive an additional $2 off. With both deals my order came to $22.99.  As soon as my hay arrives I'll write a review.

This picture

.. is seemingly random but it has a story behind it.

Umbra was especially hyper today, tearing up and down the hall and doing some of the best binkies I've ever seen. In the process this sock was kicked in the air and somehow landed under/in the ottoman.