Bunny Blog

Tiny Bunny Sculptures Take Over Cities Around the World

Mysterabbit sculpture

Photo by LuLu Kim / Brooklyn, NY.

Mysterabbit is a street art project started by designer Ji Lee, that features tiny meditating bunny sculptures placed in public spaces around the world.

According to the website:

We hope they will stop people from their daily routine and for a brief moment, make them wonder about their mysterious, newly found gift, and a small piece of the beautiful world that surrounds them.

The public is encouraged to get involved in the project. To find out if a city near you is participating in free Mysterabbit giveways, see the Mysterabbit website.

Coupon for Small Pet Select Pellets + Hay

Pellets plus timothy hay

Through August 31, 2013, Small Pet Select is offering My House Rabbit readers a special discount on their new rabbit pellet food product!

Use coupon code myhouserabbit10 when you purchase 10lbs Hay + 4lbs pellets, and you get:

  • $5 off the retail price
  • Free shipping
  • Free I Love My Rabbit sticker

The pellets are timothy hay-based and do not include unhealthy additives like a lot of the pet store brands do.  Paired with the box of fresh hay, this package provides a fantastic base for your rabbit’s nutritional needs. (Remember to provide unlimited fresh hay to your rabbits to ensure good digestive and dental health!)

Buy the pellets + hay here >

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If you are all set with pellets, you can still use coupon code myhouserabbit for free shipping on hay products from Small Pet Select.

Cosette has an Eye Infection

A few weeks ago, we noticed Cosette’s left eye was occasionally watery. It left the fur above it messy looking. So we took her to the vet, who tried to flush the tear duct out. While the solution came through Cosette’s nose on the right side, it didn’t on the left side. So she was sent home with an antibiotic eye drop and an oral antibiotic (Baytril) to be administered twice daily for two weeks. We were also given a rabbit probiotic to add to her water to help her digestive system while she’s on the antibiotics.

Giving Cosette medicine has always been difficult due to her bold, independent personality. She hates being held and doing anything that’s not her own idea. She’s very suspicious and very difficult to catch.

Coco on the other hand is the world’s easiest patient. He actually enjoys the taste of banana-flavored medicine and comes willingly when called to lick it from the syringe.

So for our more difficult patient, we’ve been mixing the oral medicine in a mashed banana, the only food she tolerates with the medicine in it. We tried squirting it on lettuce, inside a cored out strawberry, and mixed in with apple sauce.  They were all immediately avoided. The eye drops at first were somewhat easy to apply. But then she became wary of that activity as well, so we’ve had to catch her and hold her down to put the drops in.

So the past week and a half has been trying, but Cosette’s eye seems to be getting better. We go back to the vet on Wednesday for another tear duct flush. Wish us luck that all goes well! We’ll keep you posted on what happens…

Cosette

UPDATE: We took Cos in today, and the vet was able to flush it, though it didn’t go easily. So we will continue with the drops for one more week.  The routine will be tortuous for all parties involved, but hopefully it’ll nip the problem in the bud! 🙂

Indiana Rescue Needs Help

White rabbit

A rescued rabbit

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control confiscated 375 rex and mini-rex rabbits from a breeder after complaints over their care.

Soon there were 400 rabbits, as many of those who were pregnant gave birth. The Indiana House Rabbit Society took up the cause and helped with feeding and medical care.

There is still work to be done. One hundred and seventy rabbits are still in foster care. The rabbits need homes in Indiana, or they can be transported to other states. If you can help, contact info@indianahrs.org.

For more information on ways to help, visit House Rabbit Society.

For more on the rescued rabbits, visit The Indy Channel.

Bunny Party!

Birthday coming up? Time for a tea party? Just want a reason to get together? As a rabbit-lover, a bunny-themed party might be right for you. We’ve put together a few things that might help you out.

Bunny Cakes

Peter Rabbit Cake
Peter Rabbit Cake
A recipe from McCormick made from two 9-inch round cakes.  The recipe simply calls for cutting up one of the cakes to create the ears and body.

Bunny cake


Food Network Bunny Cake

A more 3D cake made with two 9-inch round cakes from the Food Network.

Bunny Cake


Betty Crocker Bunny Cake

The Betty Crocker version of a 3D bunny cake.

Bunny Games

  • The Bunny Hop – Relay race in which each contestant must hop around an object, like a fake carrot available at craft stores, wearing bunny ears and holding a ball or balloon between their legs as they hop.
  • Bunny Tag – Traditional tag, but with players must hop like a rabbit.
  • Carrot Toss – Ring-toss around a craft-store carrot.
  • Pin The Nose (or Tail) on the Bunny – Draw a bunny face or full bunny on a piece of poster paper. Cut out construction paper noses or use cotton balls with pieces of rolled tape on the back.


Bunny Decorations

  • Bunny Balloons – Use a marker to draw a bunny face on a helium balloon and attach a pair of construction paper ears.
  • Bunny Banners – available from Expressions In Design or French & Sparrow
  • Bunny Confetti – available from Papirvendage
  • Bunny Wall Decals – available from Twistmo
  • Bunny Stamp – available from Amazon

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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Free Shipping Coupon on Timothy Hay

stickerWe are offering our readers a special coupon on Small Pet Select timothy hay for free shipping on any size hay order. As a bonus, you will also receive a free “I Love Rabbits” sticker!

We recommend purchasing the largest size you can accommodate. This is good quality, second cutting timothy hay, so your rabbit(s) will really enjoy it. See our article about hay to learn why it is so important to provide fresh hay to your rabbit at all times.

Coco eating hay

Coco is pictured here with the 4.5 pound box of timothy hay.

Buy it here!

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: T.H.E. Rabbit Resource

T.H.E. Rabbit Resource, the New York State Chapter of the House Rabbit Society, is in dire need of your support. They recently took in a significant number of pregnant strays and rescues, and now, as you’d expect, they have a baby bunny bounty on their hands.

Some of the babies have major health issues, such as one little guy known as Renny Hillbilly James. This bunny is severely underweight and is also in need of a couple surgeries.

baby bunny

If you would like to help, visit  T.H.E. Rabbit Resource’s donation page.

Rabbit Awareness Week: Focus on Food

Rabbit Awareness Week logoIt’s Rabbit Awareness Week!  People in the UK can find free rabbit vet clinics in their area to get their rabbits a full health check.

This week also coincides with a new study about rabbit food conducted at Edinburgh University. Researchers have confirmed that muesli-style rabbit food cause major dental and digestive health issues in rabbits. The study provides a compelling argument that pet stores should stop carrying muesli-style products.  According to Professor Anna Meredith, who conducted the study, “Vets have suspected for a number of years that feeding muesli-style foods could lead to health issues in rabbits, and now we have the proof.”

What should you feed your rabbit? The main staple in a rabbit’s diet is hay.  Learn more about a  proper pet rabbit diet in our article, What to Feed Your House Rabbit. You can get more tips on providing a happy and healthy home for your bunny in our Rabbit Care, Bunny Behavior, Rabbit Health, and New to Rabbits sections.

Learn more about Rabbit Awareness Week and the muesli food study here:

Coco eating hay

 

New Beginnings for Two Former Laboratory Rabbits

Watch the beautiful story of Heather and Lillian who are currently living at the HRS Rabbit Center after starting their lives as lab rabbits.  These two experienced many firsts at the rescue – first loving touch, first hay, first lettuce, first flop. They are waiting to be adopted into their first (and forever) loving home.

New Edition of the House Rabbit Handbook

houserabbithandbook

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.