Saturday: Your Daily Bunny

Wait! Wait, up in the clouds! It’s…BUNWAY AIRLINES

Man, she looks glad to be down safe. Nice landing, girl.

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Comments

  1. adrianna says:
  2. Also amazing is having chocolate fuzzy ear tips. :)

  3. She looks likes she’s concentrating *hard* on keeping those ears p e r f e c t l y
    l e v e l

  4. First-solo-flight nerves, perhaps, greenighs?

  5. Laurie C says:

    To me, she actually looks kind of miffed that anyone doubted her landing abilities for a second.

  6. elizabeth says:

    I just think it’s lovely that they sprayed the runway with that foam fire-repellant stuff in case her cuteness caused the entire place to burst into flame upon touchdown.

  7. emicake says:

    omg omg omg soooooo cute~!

    I’m loving the sound effects too.

  8. chunkstyle says:

    Oh dear, now I think we need a word to perfectly describe the forehead puff. Head-floof? Help me put my feeling into words!!!

  9. LOVE IT!!!! LUUUV IT!!!!

    All that foam … stuff must be hiding her landing feeties!

  10. AWW omigosh it looks like my first bunbun!! Awww it used to follow my mom everywhere and attack my dad lol! sooo cutee! =)

  11. Sweet bun-bun! If it were green it would look like Yoda-spawn!

  12. LisaLou says:

    Needless to say…it was a very soft landing.

  13. This bunny bears close resemblance to the Thursday bunny:
    http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2006/06/thursday_your_d.html

  14. If you look at it another way, she seems to be frowning in fierce concentration as she skims over the clouds.

  15. chackler says:

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

  16. “Clouds” – actually a piece of snythetic sheepskin. Bunnies love it.

    As for the bun itself, w00t!

    l_l
    *¡*
    ( )
    ” “

  17. Oh – please make that “synthetic.”

  18. Poofy bunny! Looks like it might be lighter than air even without the flappy ears!

  19. Kris, in New England says:

    Oh my – I just love how Lops always looked so annoyed with the rest of us, like we don’t get it or something.

    “Do you MIND pointing that thing someplace else? I have things to do, places to go, carrot tops to munch. Puh-lease…”

  20. I want a bunny now and I mean right now!

  21. Monty Frost says:

    Feel the Force. Yoda Bunny, it is!

  22. Would you LOOK at the muzzlepuffs on that bun-bun? It practically has jowls!

  23. This is the C-160 of the Lagomorphorce.
    http://www.angelfire.com/mech/leuchars/Leuchars/mvc-128F.htm

  24. I don’t care how I get it, I want a bunny NOW!

  25. Laurie C says:

    Hi, Meg’s dad! *waves at Monty Frost above*

  26. Awww, she looks grumpy :)

  27. looks like dinner to me. What’s with all the bunny pictures, can’t we get something from a bit higher on the food chain, plzkthx?

  28. Will you be flying coach, first class, or adorable today?

  29. How about “Browff” for the head flooffs?

    Did I really just say that?

  30. Christine says:

    I want to reach out and pet her so badly…
    “…Must…resist…the fluff!”

  31. Nickole says:

    There is a great demand for “free bunny”-cards, what with all these people wanting a bunny right now, and dang the consequenses…

  32. Villeline says:

    Thank gods, this one isn’t particularly cute!

    Is it a bunnicopter…?

  33. Laurie C says:

    Maybe she’s a Hare-ier jump jet? With vertical takeoff and landing.

  34. ha! i like the airplane effect, it’s cute ^_^

  35. Fish Eye no Miko says:

    So, cats are buses, bunnies are airplanes… what are dogs?

  36. English Chick says:

    Awh with ears that perfect im not surprised she had a smooth landing.

    so cute

    <3

  37. On closer inspection (and after in-depth consultation with MY honey bunny), we think this bun is concentrating VERY intently on levitating from the launch pad, ‘copter ears at the ready…

  38. sigh…I’m going to miss BunWeek. thanks, Meg :)

  39. Shannon L says:

    O.O

    …Dear god.

    *erupts*

    Head floooooooofs!!!
    Muzzlepufffffs!!!
    Flippyflop lop earssss!!!

  40. I so want to snorgle this little cutie!

    (\ /)
    (o.o)
    (> < )

  41. OKAY, SERIOUS QUESTION, RABBIT-LOVERS: I agree they’re cute-looking as all get-out, but I’d like to know from all y’all (E. Collison, etc.) if they’re smart, affectionate, have personality, etc.

    I’m not being sarcastic, I really want to know if a bunny and I would be a good match before I commit to a bun of my very own. I’ve lived in the country and greatly enjoyed watching the buns in the wild (tho’ cursing their wily ways of getting into my garden); I even crumpled a fender swerving to avoid hitting one who dashed in front of my car. I know that taking a pet into one’s life is serious, and I just don’t yet know enough about the SOUL of a bunneh.

    P.S. FYI, while I consider myself primarily a dog person, I’ve loved an exceptional cat or two in my day… if that’s any help.

    Lemme know what you think, if you have a mo’.

    Thanx!

  42. Brak_Silverbone says:

    Droopy muzzlepuffs!! I am officially toast from cuteness now.

  43. J. Bo, they have personality to spare, and are highly intelligent and michievous, but odds are you won’t see that right off. Being prey animals, they have to grow to trust you before they’ll show the wackier (etc.) sides of their personalities.

    If you have patience, are willing to spend time on the floor just *being with* the bun, et. al. – you’ll probably be rewarded. if not, then not.

    My suggestion: try to hook up with a rabbit rescue organization. They’ll help you get hooked up with the “right” rabbit.

    And try out http://www.rabbit.org for starters (House Rabbit Society site). There are a lot of great links there. I’m also partial to http://www.hopperhome.com and this site (http://www.paperglyphs.com/rabbits/rabbittalk.html ) – do check the final sections to find out how the author got to know his rabbits, though. It’s illuminating.

    Also get a copy of The House Rabbit Handbook if you’re serious about getting a bun (Amazon.com sells it).

  44. Ah, E. C., you’re a peach! JUST the guidance I needed.

    xoxo
    jb

    P.S. Ooh, I forgot– are they affectionate, or do they merely tolerate the cuddling their cuteness demands?

  45. J. Bo, you might also want to drop in on the discussion (etc.) at the bunny Lovers Unite pool on Flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/bunnyloversunite/

    As for affection: rabbits are like rabbits, not dogs or cats. They can and will show a lot of affection once they get to trust you – though some are never terribly touchy-feely. (AFAIK; I’m a new bunny person.) they’re highly social animals, but in some cases, never really do trust humans (depends a lot on what they’ve been through). Bonding will take time and patience on your part.

    But, like I said, check the sites I listed – the folks there really *know* rabbits.

  46. As for cuddling like dogs and cats, nope – they cuddle on their own terms, which are quite different. But many love to snuggle (generally *not* on your lap!), give kisses (either nose to nose touching or else licking), etc.

    if you go into this wanting to understand them on their own terms, you’ll probably be a great rabbit person.

  47. E.C., the focus of your comments alone (understanding the critters on THEIR terms, not trying to conform them to OURS, etc.) tells me your advice is wise.

    SHEESH, there’s a lot more to bun life than I thought! Think I might visit a few willing buns/guardians to see if there’s a “chemistry” there.

    THANKS AGAIN, SO MUCH!

  48. You’re most welcome – I spent a *lot* of time reading, investigating and talking to people (also bunny-proofing!) before I got mine. And I *really* lucked out.

    One thing good rabbit people will tell you: a rabbit’s shelter personality is not the same as their “I have a great place to live now” personality. Expect changes as the rabbit gets to feeling increasingly secure and comfortable in his/her new home.

    And make sure the bun is either spayed or neutered. You’ll be happier with that, and so will they!

  49. Laurie C says:

    EC, I don’t recall you giving us a link to a photo of your new bun since you’ve had him (her?). Do you have one?

  50. Laurie C (and everyone else), all will be revealed in due course… And yes, I do have a bun!

  51. This one might be my favorite. I love the disapproval. This is one little pot of simmering resentment:

    ‘LOOK. They just GREW like that, OK?’

  52. cuteness lover says:

    I’m going to miss the daily bunny :(
    I love it when they let their ears rest like that. This bunny needs to have a recreation of him as a stuffed animal, I would so buy it, and my bun-bun would so tear it up….thats why it would so be on my bed.

  53. cuteness lover says:

    I fully agree with E. Collison on the spay/neuter reccomendation.
    Here is why, a funny, but true story:
    My precious little bun-bun, Cadbury was about 1 year old, when I was coming over to his cage to let him out. He stood up on hid hind legs to greet me as is our custom. I scratched his little brown ears, told him how cute he was, and went behind his cage to get something before letting him out. As I was walking back around he stood up again, this time to SPRAY PEE ALL OVER ME! All over me and my brand new WHITE shirt I might add. I was stunned! It wasn’t just a little, I’m talking Super Soaker!He must of had this pre-meditated to store up that much pee! So, after changing my shirt, and putting it to soak, I called my vet to get Mr. Cadbury neutered the next day. He hasn’t done it since, so I guess he learned his lesson.

    So the moral of this story is, spay/neuter your bunnys, for their health, and for your clothes.
    PS- he almost got it in my mouth too!

  54. You should have just decided to bar Mr. Cadbury from your new clothing.

    Seriously, yes: spay/neuter all pets – it’s vitally important!

  55. “Bar” Mr. “Cadbury”?

    Don’t think we didn’t notice, Aubrey, you scamp…

  56. warrior rabbit says:

    Hey J. Bo,

    I’m on indoor rabbit number two now. I’ve gotten them both from the HRS. That way they’re rescue situations (my first had been dumped on a golf course, my second found roaming in a residential neighborhood), already spayed/neutered, and litterbox trained. (Bonus!)

    My first bun I had for about 8 years. He was a lop, very mellow, and willing to put up with a good amount of petting before getting tired of all the touching. He loved having his ears rubbed and his cheeks and nose stroked.

    He also mostly just liked to be near me, wherever I was. Just in the same room, lounging at my feet or somewhere nearby. Sometimes you just have to recognize that that *is* affection, even if it’s not big drooly kisses. Other times he’d bump my leg or start tugging at my jeans to signal that he wanted to be pet NOW.

    He also slept with me almost every night, usually glued to my side and effectively keeping me from moving during the night. In fact, I got a futon just so he could get up there, because he really wasn’t very fond of heights.

    He was also very smart — my bedroom door could be closed but not shut; you had to push it and hear it click before it was actually shut shut. He knew when it was shut shut and when it wasn’t. If he was on the outside of the room he knew just to push hard on it and it’d open (this is actually how I got him in at night, because a closed door with him on the wrong side of it worried him). If he was on the inside, he figured out if he tilted his head and used his teeth to yank on the corner, it’d eventually pop open.

  57. warrior rabbit says:

    After graduation and before my first real job, I had to move home for a short time. We had cats and dogs growing up, but they were never allowed inside. My parents were a little unhappy when I showed up with an indoor rabbit. They also had the impression that rabbits were kind of not-all-that pets.

    Boy, did Radar change their minds. They were so suprised at how affectionate (in his own way) he was, how smart, how personable, how sweet, and how well trained. In fact, every morning when I opened my bedroom door, he made a beeline for their room and stayed under their bed for most of the day, going back to my room just to use his litterbox, eat, or drink. (They had tile except in my bedroom and theirs, otherwise he would have explored more.) Also, they couldn’t get over how he responded to me — coming when I called, etc.

    After really getting to know him, and having their assumptions shattered, most of the jokes about having rabbit for dinner stopped.

  58. warrior rabbit says:

    The House Rabbit Handbook E. Collison recommended is a great resource for new or aspiring bunny parents. The HRS actually gave it to me with my first bun, but I think nowadays you have to buy it.

    Mostly you just have to remember that rabbits live largely underground. This means that they like to have a spot that’s sort of protected (under the bed, the dresser, under a table with a tablecloth that hits (close to) the ground) and that they tend not to like heights.

    Meaning, they may not like to be held all that much (usually the case), or be put on the couch, etc. (Although my current bun, whom I’ve had for five years, is my All Terrain Bun. She’s not too keen on being held, but she loves to hop up on the hassock, and then even on to the back of the couch, where she can sit behind me and nibble my hair.)

    Normally, they retreat to their warrens when it’s hot. (They are crepescular.) They can’t pant like a dog to cool off. They can’t process heat over 80 degrees. So outside bunnies need to be kept cool in the summer, with a frozen bottle of water and frequent misting.

    They are also generally everybody’s favorite munchie. Being the forest munchie du jour makes them very touchy about being touched under the chin (too close to the jugular). A lot of cat owners tend to want to go there first, but that won’t help them make friends with bun.

    My current rabbit, Anna Bunana, will let me touch her under the chin, but Radar was adamant about the chin thing. And neither likes/liked having their feet touched.

    Radar was mellow and comfortable inside and never worried about being in the middle of the room. Anna tends to skirt the wall as she comes down the hall and into the living room, afraid a hawk is lurking somewhere.

    If you get down to their level, they will treat you like another rabbit. Remember when you stand you are HUGE as far as they’re concerned. You will find if you spend time low to the ground, you will be included in all sorts of wonderful bunny rituals.

  59. warrior rabbit says:

    What else? Um, Radar was not kissy-kissy; Anna Bunana is an attention whore and a licker. Very sweet and loving. In fact, if you stayed right next to her and pet her for five hours straight, she’d be in seventh heaven.

    She likes being smushed (my head smooshing into hers) or having me enclose her head with my hand. Radar hated smushing and having his head enveloped; he preferred you using your hand in the traditional nose and cheek stroking methods.

    Anna sleeps near me sometimes, but not glued to me like Radar. It’s also more likely that if I don’t wake up in time, I get a rabbit face shoved in mine (turning my head doesn’t work, she just hops over and does the same thing on the other side), or a rabbit sitting on my back. In some cases, if she’s super impatient, she will thump while sitting on my back.

    Basically, rabbits totally, totally, totally have personalities, and individual ones at that. Radar used to get mad at me if I went away for the weekend, even if I left him *plenty* of food. I’d inevitably come home to find he’d destroyed something in a fit of rage (not too unlike a dog). I also learned early on that anything on the floor was his, and anything I wasn’t willing to have chewed needed to be above standing-rabbit height.

    Anna is less prone to you-left-me-alone tantrums, but where Radar was mellow, she’s skittish. She spends a lot of time starting, freezing, fleeing, thumping. If the phone rings, if I sneeze, etc. This is sort of breed-specific; lops are known to be mellow while the sticky-up eared types are known to be sort of easily panicked. Also, the fact that she’s so affectionate is supposedly odd for her breed. (So says my vet.)

    They have sweet tooths – they may beg for the whole banana or more than one small strawberry, but limit their sugar intake. (Radar once burrowed into my backback and ate a whole pack of Big Red gum.) And whatever you do, no matter how much they beg for popcorn, etc., DON’T feed them human food. It is very, very bad for them.

    They also require some precautions — bunnyproofing the house (protecting cords and getting them out of reach as much as possible). I’ve also had one carpet-chewing incident with each of them, but other than that they’ve been fine. I started both of them out with limited uncaged time and limited access to the house. It didn’t take either of them long to get more and more time and more and more access, and both became largely trustworthy free-range buns pretty quickly.

    That’s the last post, I promise.

  60. brownamazon says:

    Theo: lagomorphorce?
    *sputters tea all over screen*
    Brills!

  61. ;)

  62. WOW! Awesome advice, all. Thanks so much, warrior rabbit (and, again, E.C. and cuteness lover)!

  63. I wonder about the “all lops are mellow/all uppy-eared rabbits are hyper” thing – my guess is that it depends on the individual rabbit; also that age has a *lot* to do with it. Young rabbits have a lot of energy – older rabbits are more mellow in general.

    I’ve also heard stories about extremely chill-bun Netherland Dwarfs, for example. Conventional wisdom says that they’re all very hyper.

    Look for the bun’s personality – not just looks – and you’ve got a much better chance of finding a rabbit you’ll love (and who will be happy with you, which is no small thing!).

  64. warrior rabbit says:

    Absolutely individual personalities have much to do with how they behave. As I said, Anna’s lovey-doveyness apparently defies her breed’s normal behavior. (She’s a California dwarf mutt, and apparently they’re normally kinda “hands off, buddy.”)

    I’ve had two buns, so my sample group is small, and I got both of them at about a year old (hard to tell with rescues, but that was the vets’ and HRS’ best guesses for each) so I’ve been through the young and binkying to older and more sedate with both.

    But, while my own sample group is small, the HRS foster moms/volunteers and my vet have had vast amounts of experience with each and so I am willing to trust their generalizations. And they are just generalizations. But generalizations tend to be tinged with truth.

    Also, my vet is Dr. Jeffrey R. Jenkins, and I gather that he’s sort of an expert in bunnyland. (He lectures routinely on bunny health, contributes to journals, the HRS regularly cites him, and so on.) He’s the kind of guy people in other counties (L.A., Orange County) bring their pets to. I kind of lucked out that he happens to be based here. Even funnier is that his clinic is called the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic. It amuses me that my fluffy bun is an “exotic animal.”

  65. warrior rabbit says:

    Also, totally go with E. Collison’s recommendation to look for the personality.

    After Radar died (and I took over a year to grieve, I loved him so much), I started browsing for buns, still feeling like I wasn’t quite ready, but willing to get out there and look (but just look, and try to get ready).

    I had my heart set on a lop; I love lops. (Love those ears!) I wasn’t too keen on up-eared, but I definitely didn’t want white with red eyes (but a hotot would have been fine). Red eyes made me think “devil bun!”

    Anyhow, after multiple excursions, I went to see a lop named Popcorn, who was adorable. But the HRS foster also had a “really sweet” up-eared, devil-eyed bun with a lot of personality.

    One 10-minute session with her and I fell in love. She was all of 3 pounds, but she had so much personality! Lively, curious, adventurous, ‘tude, and so sweet they called her Anna Cupcake. (I replaced the Cupcake with Bunana.) Svelte Anna on the couch at her foster home: http://www.describe.org/bunana/Anna_Cupcake_13Jul01.jpg

    Actually, now that I think back on it (it was 15 years ago), personality was totally how I chose Radar, too. He was being ignored by the other buns and harassed by the dog, but he was holding his own and cruising the room in investigative mode, occasionally turning around to tell the dog to buzz off. He had spunk. And he was gorgeous. And he was a heli-lop. (Hence the name Radar, because Antenna wouldn’t roll off the tongue.)

    Seriously, look for the personality. Don’t be afraid to ask for time with them, or make multiple visits.

  66. One thing the local rabbit rescue people told me:

    Lops are the first to be adopted. Lots of other super-adoptable buns go begging, no matter how sweet and personable they are. There are several that have been with them waaaay too long – folks seldom come in looking for personality in the way I did, and education only goes so far…

    At any rate, my bun’s a treasure, and I wouldn’t trade her, though I sometimes have sad thoughts about an equally spunky and cute angora mini-lop who also stole my heart. (She was bonded to a disabled bun who has since died, so she wasn’t available at the time, and I really don’t have enough room or time for 2 unbonded buns…) Am hoping someone gives her a good home soon.

  67. warrior rabbit’s right on more than one visit, also on spending time with likely buns. But it can be a bit overwhelming, too – there are so *many* rabbits at most good shelters.

    People listened carefully re. my concerns on peronality, a “first bunny,” etc. That’s *very* important! The folks who know the rabbits are your best source, though it’s a given that one animal or another is going to end up appealing to you – and it might not be the so-called “right one.” (By your standards, at least!)

    Not unlike us homo sapiens, really. ;-)

  68. warrior rabbit says:

    I don’t think I can stop talking about bunnies.

    When I got Radar, I went to the HRS. When I was shoppin’ for a second bun, I went to a few shelters, an HRS-sponsored adoption day at PetSmart (where I seriously contemplated a Dutch tuxedo), a couple HRS adoption days, and a foster home.

    I would say that in the end, I find foster homes the best. At the shelter, if you ask they’ll take the bun out of the cage for you, but it’s a strange situation, the environment’s weird, and the bun’s usually a little frightened. The adoption days, the buns are out and you can flop with them and pet them and watch them and see them interact with other buns and people. But it’s not their territory.

    At foster homes, they’re comfortable with their environment and familiar/comfortable with the other animals that live there. You can get a more realistic glimpse of how they’ll act in a/their home environment.

    And, you don’t have to feel guilty about not getting a shelter bun, because they are rescues and most likely were shelter buns. Our local HRS has a relationship with most of the local shelters, where if space is becoming an issue, they’ll farm out the buns to the foster homes. Euthanasia is not the problem it once was.

    Also, as E. Collison noted, the HRS folks are rabbit folks, and you get your best info from them. They really listened to me when I talked about what I was looking for, too. And were totally patient and understanding re: all my repeat visits.

    Anna’s no Radar (my firstborn), and she wasn’t what I first set out looking for, but she was absolutely the right bun for me at that time, and helped heal and open my heart. And she’s so spoiled now, it’s ridiculous. The (now) 4-lb. furball is in charge of everything.

    I was open to bonded pairs, and I did try to put Popcorn the lop with Anna, but it seems she only likes humans and turns into the Monty Python rabbit when other furry critters are around to encroach on her time with humans. Like the Highlander, there can be only one. Getting a bonded pair would have been a good thing, but by then I couldn’t fall out of love with Anna.

  69. cuteness lover says:

    Wow, WARRIOR RABBIT and E. COLLISON! I thought I knew alot about rabbits….you guys take the cake, or treat in this case. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge.
    I feel bad for not adopting a rabbit> I got Cadbury Bun-bun two and a half years ago. I got him along with a little black bunny who died shortly after I got him. At the time I was uneducated in the ways of the buns. I was naive and had no idea you could adopt bunnies, I thought shelters and rescue groups were just for cats and dogs. It’s great you brought the shelters to everyones attention. I kind of bought them on a whim. I regret not educating myself first. Don’t get me wrong, I totally LOVE my little chocolate Cadbury bunny, but I should have given one from a shelter a home :(
    I wasn’t even planning on getting one when I walked into the pet store, but there was Cadbury (I did some research after I got him, and have guessed through reading about different breeds, and looking at breed pics, that he is a Havana), the brown bunny that looks just like chocolate, and I LOVE CHOCOLATE! The little black one that was only with me a short period of time was named Black Bunny Foo-foo. I think he was sick when I got him :( He just died. One day he was eating and drinking, full of energy, next day I come in, and he’s dead.
    I know, I know, I’m rambling, but anyways, when the time comes for another bunny, I will be rescuing it from a shelter :) \but in a way I’m glad I didn’t know at the time, or else I wouldn’t have my precious Cadbury :)

  70. cuteness lover, just enjoy Cadbury and *don’t* feel guilty. Sounds like you’ve given him a good home and lots of love. :)

  71. cuteness lover says:

    Aww shucks, thanks, E. Collison. By the way Warrior Rabbit, you have a beautiful Anna bunny. The picture is sooooo cuuute!
    I guess I’m one of those people that like the white colored, red eyed, devil buns, I think they are cool looking. My brother rescued one like that, and she’s precious.

  72. I had a lopsided lop named Honey that I had to give away when I moved and didn’t have land for a hutch anymore. I had him for three years. His new owners (family members, thank goodness), kept him happy and healthy for another seven years!

  73. Tomi Hayashi says:

    No fair!!!! same picture twice…..same as buncopter.

    Don’t make me raise my voice…..

  74. The Flying Nun! (google a pic if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)

  75. What kind of bunny is this? So adorable!

  76. BunBun (kaChick)

  77. This bunnies name should be Yoda

  78. Oh! So adorable!… I wonder how long those ears are… [takes out tape measure]

  79. Oh! So adorable!… I wonder how long those ears are… [takes out tape measure]

  80. it looks to me as if she is a llama

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