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Greening Your Pet Care Book Review and Giveaway

In my article, 7 Ways Rabbits are Eco-Friendly Pets, I point out ways in which rabbits are innately eco-friendly, like their naturally vegan diet and their compostable poop. You can even ramp up your rabbit’s eco-friendliness by growing your own rabbit food and buying hay direct from a local farmer.

If these ideas appeal to you, you can delve further into the topic with a new book out now by journalist and animal advocate Darcy Matheson called Greening Your Pet Care: Reduce Your Animal’s Carbon Paw Print.

Early on in the book, Matheson provides a compelling argument about why we should consider and address our pets’ environmental impact:

The carbon footprint of our family pets is poised to grow exponentially in coming years. The number of household pets has more than doubled in the US since the 1970s, says the Humane Society, and tens of millions of North Americans now share their homes — and lives — with animals.

Covering ideas such as shopping locally, buying in bulk, and making your own household (and pet-safe) cleaners, Matheson starts off with eco-friendly actions that can be applied to any pet care situation. In subsequent chapters, she dives into specifics for dogs, cats, rabbits, small animals, mini pigs, birds, reptiles & amphibians, and fish. The rabbit chapter has expert advice from rabbit rescue founders, rabbit-savvy vets, and, if you take a gander at the gardening and composting sections, you might see a quote or two from yours truly.

Rabbit eating carrot top

Greening your pet care may seem like a difficult challenge at first. But Matheson breaks down the different steps in a very intuitive and encouraging manner. If you would like to learn more or purchase the book, see:

And now for some exciting news! Self-Counsel Press is giving away a copy of Greening Your Pet Care to one lucky My House Rabbit fan. Enter the contest using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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The contest ends on Sunday, May 22, 11:59pm EST and is open to residents of the continental United States and Canada only.  

We want to hear from you! What do you think about eco-friendly pet care? Is it something you would consider? Have you already taken steps to reduce your pet’s carbon paw print? Tell us in the comments below!


House Rabbit Society’s Commemorative Book

hrsbookTo celebrate 25 years of rabbit rescue, the House Rabbit Society has published a commemorative book by HRS President Margo DeMello.

The book features full-color photos from the House Rabbit Society’s history, and focuses on their volunteers and the rabbits they’ve rescued. All proceeds from the book will go towards funding the HRS Emergency Rescue Fund.

Purchase the book at Blurb.com.

New Edition of the House Rabbit Handbook


A fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook by Marinell Harriman, founder of the House Rabbit Society, has just been released!

The new edition includes more photos as well as recent discoveries and insights from caregivers across the continent.

If you live in the Richmond, CA area, there will be a book release party at the HRS Rabbit Center on May 11 from 1-4pm. You can meet Marinell and get your book signed!

Buy the fifth edition online at the Drollery Press website.

Bunny Children’s Books

Two new children’s e-books by Dr. Jan S. Smith have just been released featuring an adorable house rabbit. Both are written in charming rhyme so you can read aloud to your child.

Eat Your LettuceEat Your Lettuce

Learn about living with a house rabbit as you follow Juni the Wonderbunny on her day to day activities.

Order the e-book here >

bunonrunBun on the Run!

Read about Juni’s healthy habits in this delightful sequel.

Order the e-book here >

For more Juni adventures, check out her blog, Eat Your Lettuce.

New Rabbit Books

There have been quite a few books featuring rabbits recently published, from fictional works to how-to guides.  Check them out:

timetravelTime Travel Rabbit

Momi Douglas takes readers on a fantastic adventure following an elderly professor and his pet rabbit as they travel around the world and between dimensions. The book is endorsed by the founder of PETA and was inspired by the author’s own Dutch rabbit named Pebbles.

Order the book at Amazon.

sweetiesSweetie’s Song: A Love Story

In this tale for readers of all ages, we follow Fred and Sarah Davis, a grieving couple living in Texas. Their lives get turned upside down when they realize the three toy rabbits they recently acquired are more than just inanimate objects. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund – a 4-Star charity that serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families.

Order the book at Amazon.

highfiveHigh Five with Your Rabbit

Dutch animal trainer Bernice Muntz shows you how to train and play with your rabbit. Watch the video below demonstrating the potential rabbits have as trainable animals.

Order the e-book here.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood


One of the most recognized rabbits in the world will be returning to the world of literature today. Rabbit, along with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of the gang, invite readers back into the Hundred Acre Wood with new stories.

The book, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, is the first authorized sequel to the classic stories by A.A. Milne. The new book, by David Benedictus, includes 10 new stories and a new character named Lottie the Otter.

For an excerpt, visit The Telegraph.

For more on Lottie the Otter, visit BBC News.

New Book: Bad Hare Days

John Fitzgerald has recently published Bad Hare Days, an account of his days as an animal rights activist. Fitzgerald describes his non-violent protest of hare coursing in Ireland.

Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares by greyhounds, which track the hares by sight and not scent. The hares are sometimes overtaken and killed by the dogs. In the book, Fitzgerald discusses the controversy with coursing and the price he paid for standing up for his beliefs.

Buy the book here: Bad Hare Days

5 Gift Ideas for Rabbit Lovers

With the holidays fast approaching, here are a few gift ideas for rabbit lovers.

  1. “Solitude” – 8.5 x 11 Print – $20.00
    This adorable print of an acrylic painting by Kristiana Pärn features a crisp white rabbit on a swing. It’s the perfect wall accessory for your friend/family member’s bunny-proofed room!
    Buy it from Etsy
  2. Squirrel and Bunny Recipe Cards (Set of 10) – $8.00
    These cute forest creatures wearing aprons and exhibiting excellent culinary techniques make cooking extra fun! Showcasing wonderful illustrations by Susie Ghahremani, these recipe cards will spice up anyone’s cooking experience!
    Buy it from Etsy
  3. Bunnies in Boats by Rob Styler – $9.99
    Bunnies in Boats tells the story of a rabbit tribe happily living on an island until the waters around them start to rise. As fear sweeps over the tribe, one family strives to find a solution to this impending problem. Not only is this little book a good read, purchasing a copy also helps fund the maintenance of My House Rabbit and plants a tree!
    Buy the book
  4. Watership Down by Richard Adams – $10.88
    This is classic tale of a community of rabbits who must flee their English countryside warren due to land development. The novel comments on the downside to urban development and serves as an allegory to human culture and interaction.
    Buy it from Amazon
  5. House Rabbit Society Gift Donation
    Make a donation to the House Rabbit Society (or local chapter) in someone’s name. The person will receive membership to the House Rabbit Journal which contains helpful information about rabbit health and behavior.
    Donate to the HRS

New Book about Caring for Rabbits with Special Needs

specialneeds.jpgLucile C. Moore and Kathy Smith, authors of A House Rabbit Primer and Rabbit Health in the 21st Century, respectively, have teamed up to write a much needed new book. When Your Rabbit Needs Special Care: Traditional and Alternative Healing Methods provides information about various conditions, illnesses, and disabilities along with different methods for care, treatment, and pain control.

This book, which will be released this week, focuses on an area of rabbit health in need of attention. Now, owners of rabbits with special needs have a comprehensive resource to reference when they are unsure how to care for their pets.

Pre-order When Your Rabbit Needs Special Care: Traditional and Alternative Healing Methods from Amazon »