Sunday, August 15, 2010

Monday Bunday

Sydney

It is Monday. On Saturday Sydney did not want to get her nails done, but she was tricked into the carrier. Tyler did not want to get his nails done either, but he was trapped, his words not mine, and thrust unceremoniously and without dignity into the carrier after being apologised to, petted and kissed. After all this Harriet and Amelia seemed like civilised and well trained bunnies, but maybe they just wanted to get their nails done. At Rabbit Haven's bunny spa nails were trimmed, glands cleaned and all rabbits groomed. I helped with the latter. Harriet in particular did a spectacular shed, just a few days before she had had nothing to offer the brush. With high hopes I put them one by one into the bonding pen; first Tyler, then Amelia, Sydney and finally Harriet.

Sydney

Everybun was pretty peaceful except Sydney, who was acting, from my experiences with her, very strange indeed. She immediately gravitated to a cushion in the pen and loafed herself down on it. I was concerned that maybe she had gotten injured going in or coming out of the carrier
and couldn't hop properly. I was sitting nearby, everywhere is nearby in the bonding pen, and she put her head down to be groomed. I obliged and she allowed me to pet her continuously for many minutes. In the three years that I've had her she has never been interested in being petted by me, though I offer that service everyday only to be summarily dismissed. Now imagine my continued surprise when she started to tooth purr......

Tyler (back end)

During this bonding session the only rabbit to snap was Tyler at Harriet. For some reason he was in a snit and remained sulky and aloof even when all the girls were having a voluntary three way snuggle, yes, you read that right; A VOLUNTARY THREE WAY SNUGGLE. Sydney was in many ways the star of the show befriending Harriet and even giving Amelia a token grooming. There were many wonderful togetherness type moments and I really felt like this could work. I could have four happily bonded buns, there was light at the end of the bunnel. Given our(my) ecstatic mood from the bonding once home I took down the fence convinced this was the day of the new beginnings and from hence force we could all mingle and commingle without frontiers; friends to the end. One for all and for bun. Everything went quite well for an hour or two. The Spots, exhausted from disapproving and approving both, scurried under their chairs upon release from the moving torture chamber. Harriet and Amelia settled down in the back room, doing a little mutual territorial testing and discovery, but mostly being quite well behaved.

Harriet and Quan Yin

Later there was a little fight. Later still I was out of the room and heard a huge commotion. Tangling like wild predators the gurls were really going at each other, yelling unprofessionally I pulled them apart and Amelia clamped her jaws, strong from constant use, to the base of my thumb and she would not let go. I had to shake her off. Once again I am deeply impressed by primal animal instinct that still abides in these domestic creatures. The BF was completely traumatised by the whole escapade and while I tended my dripping wound I was rebuffed for not being prepared with gauntlets, fire hose and mace. Both the girl buns were OK, the blood that I thought was oozing from Harriet's side turned out to have been my own. Are we back at the beginning or someplace unknown but still advancing toward a fence free buniverse? Within ten minutes of the incident both bunnies were stretched out by the fence happily munching hay. The next day, Sunday, there was much boxing and rattling of the fence. I switched them up and most of this stopped. Over night observations possibly conclude this may a happier Feng Shui solution for the gurlz. The down side of this arrangement is the Spots can't come in and visit because I have the kitchen door fenced off so Harriet doesn't go walk-about in the rest of the house, I'm not really ready for that yet. OTOH maybe it's time to introduce Harriet to the Spots on a daily basis.....

FAQ
Q: did you have to get stitches for your wound?
A: no, it is not as deep or as flappy as the other, now I'll have a rabbit scar on my left hand too.

Q: has Sydney continued to allowed you to pet her?
A: no, I even got out a pillow for her and she was uninterested.

Q: was Sydney injured?
A: no, not that I could tell, her hopping seems fine and appetite and everything was normal. She is bunny of many mysteries.....

Q: the writing style of this post seems stranger than usual, are you taking some sort of medication?
A: no, I have been listening to Moby Dick.....

Have a great week and be good to rabbits everywhere.

27 comments:

mum of critters said...

LOL yeah blame it on the moby dick! i think it's due to the residual shock from Syd letting you pet her. I think you are in some alternate dimension... or maybe it's the blood loss. I'm glad you're ok and the buns too

bunnygirl said...

I'm glad you're okay, but what a little attitude switch they had!

I love Harriet's white socks, btw.

The Fab Furs said...

Perhaps when they are away from home in the spa and aromatherapy salon, they become the 4 bunkateers, us against the world. Then when they return to familiar, fraught territory, it's every bun for himself. Or, perhaps, they are into drama and like to keep you guessing.

Paula said...

Bonding agent 007, Diana, Diana Bond.

I think we're all better behaved on neutral territory.

Tell BF I'm in his corner, too, too, too, too much dramz for me.

bunnits said...

I would love to bond my four, but have not had much success. I am glad to see someone else such share experiences.

I hope your thumb is better. I once had one of mine bite through my thumbnail when I attempted to pull two of fighting buns apart. That was years ago when I had just started keeping rabbits. Learned that lesson quickly, but can't say I wouldn't put myself into the same situation if I couldn't find any other alternative. Spray bottles come in handy, but when all else fails or nothing else is available, remember to keep clear of the biting end.

Cara said...

Such gracefull jowels!

Mariann said...

I adore the FAQ session......:o))
I don't have any bunnies.... but love reading about them!

Rabbits' Guy said...

FAQ: I predicted success by mid-September.

ANS: Touch and go, Touch and go.

Thanks for sacrificing your body and mind and house in the interest of my prediction.

(Those are nice bunnys, still!)

怡禹玄禹玄君 said...

在你一無所有的時候 是誰在陪伴你 他便是你最重要的人......................................................................

Glenna said...

Oh, my goodness, Diana! Dripping wounds! Nothing quite like a rabbit bite to get the blood flowing! Poor traumatized BF.

Sue said...

Wow, I'm glad you're ok; I didn't realise that bunnies could bite so badly. Here's hoping the bonding is successful. :0)

divakitty said...

Oh girls...
BTW - love Harriet and Quan Yin

The human said...

Sigh... we keep waiting for success, and you are being so patient!
Great writing though - I was gripped! (More so than I would have been if you'ed made me read Moby Dick!)

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'm glad you're all okay, the dynamics between your buns are ever changing it seems. Wonderful photos in this post

Christina said...

What an interesting read. Sorry about your thumb

Jade said...

Neutral territory and shared trauma (the travel and clipping) can make even the crankiest buns peaceful for a period of time. Some people even put a pair of buns in a single carrier and take them for a car ride to hasten the bonding process. Glad you weren't too badly injured dealing with the bunny battle, and here's hoping you have more chances for petting time with Sydney.

Mary-Laure said...

The expression "bunny spa" totally made me giggle!

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

ML-:)
J-There are so many bonding theories and methods! I seem to be trying a little of each with the four. I got the three bonded more easily. Gurlz are complicated, but then that's our charm.
C-thanks and it's almost better. Scars are sexy.
CGP-they really keep ME hopping, these buns...
TH-thanks :) not sure if I could stick with Moby Dick, but listening while I work is easy.
DKM-have a series of Harriet and Quan Yin, will post!
BG-her sox are pretty good!!!!
MOC-indeed you could very well be quite correct...
S-bunnies can inflicted a lot of damage not just with teeth, they can disembowel an enemy with their back leg kicks.
G-it was all pretty dramatic.
RG- OK mid september, you got it....
M-never sure how to end posts, the FAQ seemed like a good out, thanks :)
C-aren't they just the best!
B-I got bit awhile back too, had to haVE stitches and was using a glove when bonding. I was convinced by the Rabbit Haven people that this wasn't good, that the bunnies had to have regular hands handling them, so I let it go. I really just sort of panicked when the girls were fighting.....
P-Yes, we are! I always use a napkin when eating out.
FF-absolutely, and one doesn't really know if it will stick. If you had seem them all snuggling I bet you would have been taken in too.

Annette F Tait said...

goodness Diana - what an event!
those scuffles can be scary things. Glad to hear your thumb didn't need stitches! but I bet it has a bruise though?
perhaps they ladies prefer to play chess across a chess board (fence)?

建枫 said...

真正仁慈的人,會忘記他們做過的善行,他們全心投入現在的工作,過去的事已被遺忘。.................................................

Michelle May said...

I really do believe that animal bite stories could be a best seller indeed. ;)
Glad you and they are ok. Sydney looked so cute in that photo.
xx, shell and sugie

TaraLarsenChang said...

I don't know how you manage to keep at this. I am so weary over my lack of happy chicken interaction that I think I have found a home for the pair of evil older hens. I will miss the green eggs, but I will also be pleased when the poor babies can actually grow tail feathers (which are currently being pulled out quicker than they can grow them).

Excuse my bun-ignorance, but what would happen in your kerfluffles if you did not interfere? Would they tussle until they had seriously injured each other? (I am glad you did not need stitches).

Friend of the Animals said...

Great story telling, funny stuff, except for getting bit.

Though I don't know anything about bonding, I think you need to do a little every day, have gloves and strainer at the ready at all times. And I will ask this one last time: have you taken them for a car ride yet?!

Your BF is like my hubby, always traumatized by the rabbit drama.

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

FOA-Well, we do on care rides to get nails done, but not in the same carrier, I have some apprehensions about putting them in the same carrier, though it might be fine...someday it will be.
TLC-rabbits can really do each other damage if they are both down on their sides attached and kicking at each other, my understanding is that they can disembowel an opponent.....
MM-I think I'm getting used to getting injured, I was planning a good first aid kit just the other and included those butterfly tapes for bite wounds...
AFT-curiously it didn't bruise and when I first got it back there wasn't any blood when I first looked at it, then it started spouting a bit.....

Lisa said...

I'm so jealous that you have Rabbit Haven!

How did I miss this post? Sydney, petting? No way. We need evidence.

Sorry things didn't stay as well as you'd hoped, but progress is progress none the less. Four buns, one pen, and everyone in one piece? not to be discounted. Hang in there. I think you're still everyone's bonding idol.

Hope your finger is better. And no apologize for the length of the post... I was riveted!

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

L-we are lucky to have RH so close. Sydney actually let me pet her again, today here at home, I just swooped in and petted her and she was OK with it. Ha, ha riveted by the post, just call me Rosie the Riveter....

RoadBunner said...

I am glad you are making some progress on the neutral territory. Hopefully it will carry over to home soon.

Sorry about the bite! Ouch!!