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Welcome to Our Revamped Website!

My House Rabbit Website ScreenshotAfter a bit of tinkering, we’ve redeveloped the website to include some new features:

  • Search Bar
    Many people had asked us to provide a search bar on the site. Now you can search for articles and blog posts using the search bar at the top of any page.
  • Photo Gallery
    Our new photo gallery allows us to add photos more efficiently. This means more frequent updates of the cute bunny photos that you submit. (If you’d like to submit photos, email photos@myhouserabbit.com. Include your bunny’s name.)
  • Optimized for Smart Phones and Tablets
    The new site has a responsive design. This means the layout adapts to smaller screen sizes such as smart phones and tablets.  When you’re browsing on these devices, the text will be large enough to be readable, and you also won’t have to do any side-scrolling.
  • Slicker Comments Section
    We cleaned up the styles on the comments section on the bunny blog. Now not only can you comment on the post, you can also reply directly to other comments. We also put in a new default bunny avatar in case you don’t have your own.
    (Speaking of the blog, we put all of our Bunny Blogroll links on the Links page. That way all the links are accessible from one spot.)
  • New Articles
    We’ve added a few new articles to the site about misbehaving bunnies and about getting ready for a new house rabbit. Check out:
    Rabbit Peeing on the Couch? What to Do
    Help! My Rabbit Hates Me!
    Preparing for Your First House Rabbit
    How Much Does a Pet Rabbit Cost?
    How to Care for a Pet Rabbit

We hope you like the new improvements. Tell us in the comments what you think!

Say No to Live Bunnies for Easter!

paperAs Easter draws near, it is important to spread the word that live rabbits should not be given as Easter gifts.  While rabbits make excellent companions for some families, they have a unique set of needs that not everyone can meet.

Here are a few:

You will need to bunny-proof your home or else your rabbit will wreak havok.
Rabbits need plenty of space to exercise. They are social, curious, and intelligent animals. But they also have an incessant urge to chew.  Everything from wooden chair legs to electrical wires to remote control buttons to mouldings are fair game to rabbits.  Rabbit owners will need to take the time to properly protect and stow away personal belongings.

Rabbits need access to fresh hay at all times.
If you have grass allergies, a rabbit probably isn’t for you.  Hay provides the primary sustenance for a rabbits to maintain digestive and dental health. You can’t just give them pellets.

Rabbits generally don’t like being held.
Although rabbits can be affectionate, they’re not as “huggable” as people imagine. Children and adults alike may be disappointed when Bunnikins won’t sit contentedly in their arms or laps. Most rabbits prefer to stay on the floor and have you sit on the floor with them (quietly).

For more information, read our article, Easter and Rabbits.

It’s International Rabbit Day!

Cosette and Coco

International Rabbit Day is a great opportunity to appreciate the joy that rabbits bring to our lives. Take the time to celebrate the rabbits in your life and find ways you can support rabbit welfare worldwide.

There are many rabbit welfare organizations you can support through fostering, volunteering, and donations. Find a local rescue or shelter here, or if there aren’t any organizations nearby, you can donate to the House Rabbit Society headquarters.

How will you celebrate bunnies today?

Website Update Coming Soon

We’re currently in the process of improving My House Rabbit. The revamped site will include a site search function and an enhanced photo gallery. The site will also be optimized for tablet and mobile devices. We hope to launch these improvements soon. Stay tuned!

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International Rabbit Day is Coming

Every year, International Rabbit Day is held on the fourth Saturday or Sunday of September. This year, that weekend falls on September 22-23.

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International Rabbit Day is a day to consider the welfare of all rabbits — to promote the proper care of pet bunnies so they can live happy and healthy lives. We’d also like to call attention to the joy and enrichment that well-cared-for rabbits can bring to the lives of their human companions.

Below are a few articles from My House Rabbit that fit the spirit of the day:

 

Watership Down Land Proposed for Development

Sandleford

Sandleford in West Berkshire, England was home to the rabbits in Richard Adams’s novel, Watership Down. In the novel, the rabbits were forced out of their warren by developers.  Now, fiction may become reality as the West Berkshire Council has proposed Sandleford Park as a potential site for 2,000 houses.

Many people are opposed to developing on the greenbelt land, including Richard Adams, who was born in the area. “I am absolutely resolutely opposed to any development on that area. I am strongly opposed to it and would expect the planning authority to refuse any development.”

For more information, see:

BBC.co.uk
NewburyToday.co.uk
Say No to Sandleford Campaign

It’s Rabbit Awareness Week!

Rabbit Awareness Week logoFor all the bunny lovers in the UK, this week is a wonderful time to learn more about proper rabbit care and get free health checkups.

It’s Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) from May 23 – May 29, 2011!

Here are a few facts about pet bunnies:

  • Rabbits can be litterbox trained.
  • Rabbits need space to run and play everyday. In fact, many rabbit owners opt to let their bunnies have free reign all the time in a bunny-proofed room or entire home. They don’t actually need to be caged.
  • Rabbits’ main diet should be hay (not pellets!). Hay should be available to rabbits at all times so they can graze when they want.
  • Most rabbits don’t like being held. They prefer that you sit down with them at their level.
  • Spaying/neutering your rabbit is essential. When spayed/neutered, rabbits become less aggressive and territorial, males stop spraying, litterbox habits improve, there are no accidental babies, and cancer risk decreases significantly.

Watch an adorable video from the RSPCA of how rabbits act when they’re not stuck in a hutch all day:

To find out which places are offering free health checkups and other rabbit-related events, go to the event locator on the Rabbit Awareness Week website.

To learn more about rabbit care, see:

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! To celebrate, here are two articles relating to bunnies AND helping the environment.

Rabbits in harmony with nature7 Ways Rabbits are Environmentally-Friendly Pets
There are many benefits to owning a pet rabbit: they’re utterly adorable, they’re funny, they’re quiet, they’re clean… I could go on and on. But one thing many people may not realize is that rabbits are ecologically-friendly pets. [Read more]

 

Lettuce headBunny Gardening for Beginners
One of the great things about owning a pet rabbit is that you can grow a lot of their food yourself in a backyard garden. In fact, you don’t have to be a master gardener or own a huge plot of land to grow a few of your bunny’s favorites. [Read more]

Rabbit Painting Saved

A rabbit painting by the artist ROA on the side of a recording studio in Hackney, England was faced with the threat of being removed due to anti-graffiti efforts. After an outcry from residents and a petition signed by over 2000 people the council changed their minds.

ROA is a renowned street artist from Brazil. His pieces have been painted on buildings, boats, and just about any paintable surface all over the world. He was given permission by the building owners to create the mural.

For more about the rabbit of Hackney, check out Dalston People.

See more of ROA’s paintings on Flickr.

International Rabbit Day

September 26th is International Rabbit Day. The day is set aside to celebrate rabbits and promotes the protection and care of rabbits both wild and domestic.

Chapters of the House Rabbit Society will be celebrating worldwide. Be sure to check out their site to find an event near you.

We’ll be celebrating Coco and Cosette the same way we do every day with cheek rubs, a hearty meal of greens, and a few annoyed glances while they inevitably chew on the molding. Okay, okay, maybe we’ll give them an extra treat. Whatever we do, we’ll be sure to let them know that we appreciate the fun and love they bring into our lives.