Sunday, April 27, 2008

More Romance

Bailey and Arven came to Heartland at different times but both for the same reason - eye problems. Bailey's eye problem is a rare disorder, which even after 5 surgeries his left eye still had to be removed. Arven came to us with a severe infection in her right eye. The vet was able to save her eye, but not her sight in that eye. Bailey and Arven fell in love at first sight. Once again two bunnies bonded themselves, without any help from us. Go figure. We had tried to bond Bailey with a few other females here before. If he became blind we wanted him to have someone that would give him comfort and help him get around. But he was intolerant of the females we introduced him to. We hadn't thought about the bonding possibility when we brought Arven into the same room where Bailey was. She had just had surgery and Bailey's room was quiet and perfect for recovery. Arven was the one who made a pass at Bailey, and the rest is history, as they say. Bailey and Arven must always remain with us because Bailey's remaining eye must be watched closely. He has to be kept out of sunlight because it stimulates the aberrant growth that took his other eye. And so the blinds will be drawn for the two and a blanket covers their playpen. We think it is a beautiful love story of two special needs bunnies who had a chance meeting that was meant to be.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

May/December romance

Allen, a young, energetic guy and Wilma, one of our seniors have bonded. We did not know what was going on between the two neighbors until 3 weeks ago. Wilma (the white New Zealand), with eyes closed, had her nose pressed through the side of her cage with Allen( the chinchilla mix) doing the same from his cage. Their noses were touching as they seemed to bliss out. It was SO sweet. When we saw them do that again a few days later we knew we had to put them together. Being careful to move at a pace that was acceptable to both of them we gave them more and more time out in the play yard together. They were all smoochy face and snuggly each time. It was obvious that they were bonded.

Playtime outside tires out our Wilma fairly quickly and she finds a cool place in the grass to nap. Allen however, binkies until he is exhausted. Wilma watches with eyes half closed while athletic Allen bounces all over the place. There is at least 6 years difference in their ages, but it doesn't matter to them. It is not a bond that we would have tried, but we must honor it now that it has happened. We will never separate them. Bonded rabbits grieve when taken from each other. Wilma will live out her life in wedded bunny bliss to Allen. Anything other than that would be totally unacceptable.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Puzzle of the Month - April 2008

Click to Mix and Solve


Monday, April 14, 2008

Archaeology 101


Thursday, April 10, 2008

T gives his two cents...

...and he does not approve of knitting felted bowls. I told him it was for the upcoming HRR craft fair to help all the bunnies (April 24th...details TBA!), but he couldn't be swayed. At first I thought he was excited because he came running over, but then he just tried to snatch it out of my hand and fling it across the room. It was not the reaction I was expecting. Indifference would have been more the norm.

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Maybe a touch of Spring Fever?

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Timothy Hay Supplier

Hey, I was wondering if any of you had heard of They are an organic farm that sells timothy and clover hay. They also have an organic apple orchard and sell apple treats for bunnies and apple butter (and other jams) for people. :)

I know we had that problem with Oxbow, but I am tired of buying my hay from Petsmart. :p

I already contacted FarmerDave and they do not have a feed analysis available, but say they have never had any complaints. So if anyone has heard anything about them (or other affordable hay providers) please let me know.