Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bunday Not Monday


There is much to tell.

On Saturday I got all the rabbits in the back room on pretense of giving them greens and then I shut the door. I informed them "No bun gets out of here unless they are in a carrier". Amelia and Harriet are pieces of proverbial cake when it comes to carriers and depositing said bunny in the instrument of torture, the Spots are a hard case. Although during greens they both freely hopped in and out of their nice large, two bun, luxury traveling device, when it was clear that they HAD to go in, there was a shift in attitude. With an extra X pen I made a corral that lead into the carrier and gradually made this smaller and smaller until they really had no choice but to go in. It reminded me of the torture chamber of a castle I had the good fortune to visit in my youth. The cell had a grate in it that was moved on a track, forcing the occupant into the corner and in the end crushing them to death. Fairly tame, in the big picture, but it made quite an impression on a 7 year old. Back to present day, once loaded in their humane carriers I brought all the rabbits to the Rabbit Haven Adoption Show and Bunny Spa to have their nails done and to use the boding room. It was our first full family outing in months and frankly I found it quite exciting. While the Professional did their nails and glands I brushed everybun, then we waited for a bonding room. We had a new Bonding Expert assigned to our case, Darrel. Once again I learned a lot, everyone has their own style and understanding of boding; Darrel was a real hands on sort of guy, he was down in the pen petting and smooshing the girls and constantly checking their body tension. His was the bunny massage therapist mind/body approach. Although both girls were pretty good he felt like they were both a bit tense and wondered aloud what would happen if we added a third rabbit. So we popped in Tyler. Instantly everything changed, every bun relaxed! Tyler is such a love bomb. Darrell got them all snuggled together like a sideways layer cake and petted and massaged and proclaimed that they were all very relaxed and certainly somebun was audibly tooth purring. After ten minutes of this still no bun was groomed, but they were having a better time, we thought a ride in a cart for the threesome would be a good way to end up. I went to get the cart and when I got back AMELIA WAS GROOMING HARRIET. Needless to say we let that go on and canceled the cart ride. Tyler certainly seems to be the key in the Harriet and Amelia equation, now I'll work with him too.

Polka Spots....

Always at these rabbit shows there are stories of rabbits, basically we talk about nothing but rabbits, you'd think they were the center of our lives....and you'd be correct. The Haven had recently received a new rescue, a breeder Angora rabbit from a horrific situation. All the rabbits were being kept in bird cages hung in a tree, every time a rabbit moved the whole tree swung. The rabbit at the show, not for adoption, just there it could have special care, could hardly hop because her muscles had atrophied and her balance was confused, like a sailor landing on terra firma after years at sea. Humans can be so inhumane...


Lastly, you all know about the kittens who lost their mittens? those mittens weren't lost, those mittens were stolen and I have pretty good idea who did it.......


The end.......for now.

19 comments:

mum of critters said...

Bunderful news! I hope A & H continue on the road to friendship.

The other part about the angoras makes me want to rage, it's so sad. Yet there are some good humans, in this case the ones who are now giving them the life they deserve.

Glenna said...

Wanting to cry about the angoras. Why? Why? But smiling about your bonding experience and the carrier-loading.

Crafty Green Poet said...

how wonderful that they're all getting on so well, lovely photos too, love those little mittens!

Those poor angoras though, how terrible

bunnygirl said...

I'm glad there's been more progress on the bunny-bonding front, but I hope Sydney doesn't end up left out in the cold after all this. Maybe she needs magic slippers, like Amelia and Harriet.

Annette F Tait said...

perhaps the Black Queen and White Queen are the perfect yin and yang after all with the 'Spots - S&T' of black and white in the center??

love those swapped mittens!

and isn't it sadly, unneccessary shocking what some people can do. I hope they have been prosecuted severely - though they will never pay the price the rabbits have paid and will continue to pay.

Christina said...

They say (okay I dont know who "they" are) that a male bun will calm agression between two lady buns. It did when I introduced my Dudley to Tango and Mojo. They are looking good.

Drop me an email when you get a chance. I need some non bun related input!

divakitty said...

It's always good to have a love muffin boy to keep the girls happy.

Sue said...

Love the bunny-bonding session...lucky buns!

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Paula said...

What a grand day you had, always making the most of every opportunity. So, how does one become a bunbonding expert????

Also, people are so weird. Hanging buns from tree limbs? Okay that's not weird, that's dumb.

wv yersesst
yesssssirsesst!!!

Rabbits' Guy said...

You become a bunbonding expert by doing what D.Moll is doing for a couple years or you open a shop with a sign that says "BunBonder" out front and have a secret door to flee out of when need be. For $100 I will send you such a sign and a certificate suitable for framing.

Who'ld a thunk a man could calm two women?

Our 2nd bunny, Benson, came from a breeder who raised Jersey Woolleys - BL just HAD to have one. They lived in about 30 nice cages all hooked together and suspended from the ceiling on chains so all the mess fell through to the gargae floor - easy to clean. When you bumped a cage the whole thing slowly swayed back and forth. I don't know if those bunnies liked that or not.

Lisa said...

D- what a cathartic story. Mostly a feel good kind of tale, with elements of human and bunny torture chambers.

Tyler is such a good egg. brings so much zen to everybun.

Love the website you shared with silver. I will probably be reading it in detail, daily.

RoadBunner said...

Sounds like you have quite the system to get everybun into their transportation vessel.

Yay for the bonding breakthrough! Tyler is such a heart throb!

In regards to your clicker training message, the ladies did say you don't have to use a clicker. You can make a kissy sound or something else to mark the behavior.

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d. moll, l.ac. said...

RB-ha, ha yes, I tried other noises but then BF would imitate me when I did them thereby confusing the whole issue and I couldn't make him see it was a problem;(
L-Thanks and happy reading!
RG-sounds like hanging cages is jut part of the breeder scene.
P-experience and reputation, there is no certificate....
BG-I think that Tyler will always look after his sister, if not I am happy to bond with Sydney.....

Friend of the Animals said...

All that drama just to get them into carriers?! I just pick 'em up and put 'em in.

The cat's bring on the carrier drama.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

FOA- I'd like to just pick up SYdney and put her in, but unless she is in a small pen it is impossible, she really freaks......

Michelle May said...

That is amazing about the affect Tyler had on the girls! Still jealous you have such a great place to take the buns for an outing in their "to go box" as we call it here in Bunnyville. hee,hee,hee.
I wanted to scream about that poor Angora baby! People are just down right awful sometimes!
The mittens look cuter on the buns. ;)