Maybe a Four-Leaf Clover Behind the Ear and a Horse Shoe Around the Neck Will Help

Are they still considered lucky if you can’t find the feet?

Take cover – there’s a hare storm, Katherine G!

Comments

  1. Maybe if you feed him a four-leaf clover, he’ll be luckier and less dissapproving?

  2. Bunneh noze!

  3. MonorailBun disapproves.

  4. And are they still cute if the ears are at 11 and 12?

  5. Poor bun is footless and prancy-free.

  6. Beth (in NC) says:

    Soooooo small and cute. I wish I had known my bun when he was that wee. <3

  7. Mini Monorailbun looks rather content on his tracks!

  8. Ahh, baby bun… so sweet!

  9. I’m brrrringin’ home a baby bunny rabbit,
    a little, tiny baby bunny rabbit
    I’m brrrringin’ home a baby bunny rabbit,
    oh, won’t my Mom be very proud of me?

    Snuggle that bunny, stat!

  10. skippymom says:

    My cats will often get into the meatloaf/sphinx position with their front legs completely tucked under them and out of sight. When they do this I go up to them and say, in a voice full of exaggerated concern, “What happened to your arms? Did you lose your arms? Oh, noooooooo! What will you do without them?! Well, maybe we can find them, they must be somewhere around here….” and they look at me as though I’m a complete wacko.

  11. @260Oakley, excellent as always, but it’s Dee and the MonorailBun FTW!

    Oh, and BEEP!

  12. My dog also does the loaf position. Usually when I want to wipe off her muddy little paws.

  13. That bunny is built for speed! He looks like he is tucking everything in / folding the ears back for minimum drag like a downhill skier.

  14. *GULP* down the hatch with a mini bun!

    Tastes like Cinna-bun!

    geez, he’s so teeeeny!

  15. Hover bunny

  16. BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

  17. Elisha B. says:

    Bunbuns rule!!!! But my 42lb border collie mix can “tuck and sleep” just like this. He has legs a mile long and just folds up at night to sleep (sometimes curls into an amazingly small ball too). Too cute :)

  18. MUFFIN!!

  19. skippymom says:

    Lapin amuse-bouche.

  20. Bunnies are not just for Easter. My Schipperke wouldn’t know what to do with it.

  21. I was tought in school not to touch baby hares that where all alone in the grass. Because thats what their mother does while collecting food or doing something else. And the baby hare then hides low in the grass until its retrieved by its mother.
    But since you touched it it would smell different to its mother and she would just leave it and not have anything to do with it.

    Well, thats what i learnt, maybe science has ‘ok’d it now.

  22. @ skippymom:
    Oui, oui, les lapinettes sont deliceuses! Parce que personne n’ont pu manger seulement l’une.

  23. lapinette m’amuse la bouche! J’en veux (au moins) dix! Om nom nom

  24. blayzekohime says:

    Does it have a neck?
    Or is it JUST a neck?!

  25. Oof, now I have a nose-smudge on my monitor from trying to reach the kissable spot between the ears.

  26. I’m so glad there is a rabbit post! I have fallen for a lovely rabbit at the shelter (he has been there for ages, poor thing) and wonder if I could get any advice from the rabbit people here. I have never had one before. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    [Rabbit.Org, which is the House Rabbit Society. Don’t expect a rabbit to be as easy to take care of as a dog or cat, OK? – Ed.]

  27. Okay! Why?

  28. David, it’s not a myth:
    “It’s actually normal to find baby rabbits left alone. The mother returns only twice a day to nurse, and stays away the rest of the time so she doesn’t attract predators. By the time the baby bunnies are 3 weeks old (the size of a chipmunk), they are ready to hop out on their own.

    If you’re concerned about whether or not the mother has returned to care for her young, you can perform the “X” test. Place a double “X” of yarn or string over the nest, then check back 12 hours later. If the mother has returned to nurse them, the “X” will have been pushed aside but the babies will still be covered with nesting material. If the “X” is intact after 12 hours, the babies are probably orphaned, and a wildlife rehabilitator should be contacted.”

  29. Oops, left out the scent part:
    “Those who ‘rescue’ baby rabbits are advised to return them to the nest immediately. Gloves should be worn, because mother rabbits are sensitive to disturbance and unfamiliar smells.”

  30. He looks like a live pez dispenser.

  31. A handful of disapproval makes Anvil taste sweet

  32. @Dub1: Elles sont meilleures avec du beurre blanc et, peut-etre, quelques carottes…

  33. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    @Jorden: Why? Because it’s th-hare.

  34. @Jerilyn: Zut alor!
    Ah, les lapinettes bourrés des carottes! [kisses fingertips and makes ze ‘mwah!’ sound]. Magnifique!
    Je préférerais une sauce chasseur aux champignons, ou peut-être avec un soupçon du Pez aux Chanpon — mais pas devant les nuffers . . .

  35. Why is a rabbit harder to care for than a cat or a dog?
    I want to be sure I know how to care for and house one properly before I adopt him. (we have cats & a dog)

  36. slave to the bunny says:

    jorden, bunnies are kind of high-maintenance. they are very sociable creatures, and they need to be petted. it’s a dominance thing: if you stroke your bunny for several minutes at a time, starting with the nose and working your way back, then you’re acknowledging it as the dominant. which is useful, because after that you can subject it to all sort of indignities, like trimming its nails once a month and cleaning the wax out its navel–it can build up, become very painful, and make them cranky. your bunny will pester you for treats and attention. it will also run away from you just when you’re up for a good snuggle. it probably won’t enjoy being picked up–bunnies are prey animals, and millions of years of genetic heritage tell them that being picked up is prelude to being some predator’s lunch. so you’re going to live a lot of your life at floor level. and chances are, you won’t mind a bit. you will find your bun to be excellent company, comical, sweet, and incredibly attaching. stock up on hay and timothy pellets, shield all your electrical wires, and get set for more fun than the movies.

  37. Why are there all the French posts about eating bunnies? :(

  38. Jordan – you’ve gotten some excellent advice here. I am allergic to cats and dogs, so I adopted a bunny, and would consider them about as much “work” as a cat or dog, but they are different in their needs and habits.

    They can be litterbox trained, although they will chew on wires and things if they aren’t covered or fastened down. They don’t like to be picked up – remember that in the wild off the ground means something is trying to eat them. They are slow to trust and wary of sudden movements, but with patience they are sociable, friendly, and very funny and entertaining companions. Vets consider them “exotics” so finding a rabbit-savvy vet can be a challenge and emergency care can be expensive. Most do best in pairs or with another animal as a companion – they can get along well with most cats. They need to be speutered to prevent reproductive cancers and minimize hormonal behaviors (and smells – intact boybuns spray!)

    In addition to rabbit.org, there are also lots of online bunny communities around – I am active on binkybunny.com and a couple of Livejournal communities (bunnyowners and houserabbits). My Pepper is free-range in my apartment, has excellent litter habits and sleeps under my bed. At the moment she is chilling out on the living room rug, doing her best impersonation of a fuzzy speed bump.

  39. Slave To The Bunny & Wendy~thank you so much for all the information! It is very helpful. I volunteer as a dog walker at the local shelter & have been visiting the small animal room more & more. There are a LOT of rabbits there now, and the one that has caught my eye (and heart) has been there for months. I really appreciate all the helpful advice. If I can ask one more thing: what is the best way to house them? I live in NH so he would be indoors in the winter & hopefully outdoors in the warm months.

  40. janet2buns says:

    Jorden: I have been a bunny indentured servant for many years and I concur with Wendy and slave to the bunny. Must: spay/neuter, bunnyproof, research proper foods, provide lots of opportunities for exercise, cuddle and train doggy to be very nice around the bunny. Must not: Insist on picking bunny up, leave doggy unsupervised around bunny, overfeed on pellets, decide you have “no time” for bunny. Also a big Must Not: leave bunny outside unsupervised. Being prey animals, bunnies can die from stress if they smell a predator nearby and cannot escape. A lot of rabbit rescues will only adopt out a bunny if it is to be housed indoors 12 months a year, and, in my opinion, rightly so. Many people have come outside in the morning to find their pet dead in its hutch, with not a mark on them. Bunnies do best if housed indoors with supervised playtime outdoors in a predator proof run in good weather. Good luck with your research!

  41. Thank you-this is all so helpful. I had no idea about the stress of being outdoors and sensing a predator, that makes a lot of sense. We are devoted to our animals so I want to know as much as possible (our shelter neuters all animals before putting them up for adoption) so I will know that we can give him the very best home. I’m also glad to know that they do not like to be picked up-I had no idea. This fellow is a Rex rabbit and he is 6 years old. Very handsome!

  42. Bunloaf! =:3

  43. janet2buns says:

    @Jorden: Bless you for taking an older bun! At 6, he may very well have 5 or 6 years still ahead of him. All too often, the older buns get passed over and are first to be euthanized when the shelter runs out of space. Make sure you have a rabbit savvy exotics vet lined up in case of an emergency. Getting one when you’re under the gun is to be avoided. Go to http://www.rabbit.org/, the editor is right, the House Rabbit Society is an excellent resource.

  44. janet2buns says:

    @dub1 et Jerilyn: You assume no one else can speak French. I grew up in Quebec and can understand what you’re saying. Just so you know you’re not speaking some secret code……

  45. Bunnies are truly the cutest animals on the planet :3

  46. Hee! I am enjoying all the comments en français, even though I don’t write it well enough to join in. Please keep going! Merveilleux!

  47. @DL mon fronsche le steenques, but I am weelleeng to poot on ze outRAgeous fronsche accent phonee. ;)

  48. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: I’m going to wake up mom and dad ’cause they’re sleeping too long. I shall jump up and down on their bed. I tried to get Res to help me but she’s busy with otherly stuff.

    *approaches bed* (shhhhhhhhhhhhh) and….
    LAUNCH!!!!!!

  49. Merci, DL, mais m’aussi je parle seulement le franglais; comme le grand Python du Monty dit, ‘My hovercraft is full of eels/My baby bun is full of carrots and Pez.’ En avant, DL, nous nous amusons!
    L’eau c’est beau ici au Surcharge Mignonne! (The water’s fine here in Cute Overload.)
    But ‘pas devant les nuffers’ sounds better in fronsche.

  50. bourees de carrottes ….. that’s funny.

    sauce chausseur? Not as much cos that’s exactly what you’d do to cook a rabbit fricassee style.

    I didn’t know buns don’t like to be picked up, aw. shoot. But what if I stuff him in my shirt?

    Clean out their belly button? Ew.

    I hope the Eds come soon cos I need new pics. Stuck inside under HUGE amounts of snow!! Entertain moi!!

    [Sorry, I feel stupid. And contagious. – Ed.]

  51. @janet2buns: since I actually started this particular bit of French (comment 19) I’ll try to gently explain. I don’t know how much you’ve been around here, but we fairly frequently use French just for fun. We don’t assume no one else knows French, or think we’re using a secret code. We also sometimes talk about the animals being so cute that we want to have them for snacks; this is very much in jest.
    Hope this helps.

  52. stupid and contagious? Isn’t that a song lyric? [Oh I don’t doubt it. ;) – Ed.]

    It’s commonly acknowledged around here that humans have this weird thing where if they see something just unbelievably cute, they want to stuff it in their mouths. Probably goes back to some baby instinct?!

    And Meg is the one who uses a fake Fronsche ackzen pour communiquer dans une voix chouette. Especially useful for small dogs wearing berets. Not a code, just a dorky way we joke around.

  53. @Jordan – I have a bunbun myself; I found him outside my building! I am by no means an expert but is “jumpy” though is getting used to me & kitty chasing each other around & he tries to figure out how to join in. He likes snuggling with the cat, he tolerates me more and more every day now that he realizes he’s not going to the vet again (any time soon) and loves to be petted. He is by far smarter than I thought rabbits were; he understands when he is bad a lot of times (chewing something I don’t want him to). I am finding having a bunny – something I never looked for – to be a very enlightening experiences. They communicate in subtle ways. They respond best to gentleness. There is more work involved because of having to buy supplies (hay, food, veggies – I eat more veggies now! and other things) and cleaning, but it’s not hard being a bunny servant.

  54. Queen of Dork says:

    Isn’t “stupid and contagious” a lyric from that Smells Like Teen Spirit song? By Nirvana, I think?

  55. OMG its so cutw

  56. dr. berthaservant says:

    Once again reminded of the conclusion of the song “Rabbit Valley” by my friends the Four Postmen:

    “My rabbit’s got a human foot on his keychain. That’s not the scary part…I want to know, what are they keys for?”

  57. janet2buns says:

    @skippymom: I’ve hung around CO often enough to know about the use of French expressions, but I’ve had to listen to enough sauce chasseur aux champignons recipes in reference to our beloved family pets to get a little tetchy.

  58. Here is some FRONSCHE:

    “O joie de mon âme,
    Joie de mon coeur,
    Trésor qui m’est si cher;
    Joie de l’âme et du coeur,
    Toi que j’aime ardemment,
    Tu es plus beau qu’un ange.
    O lorsque tu parais,
    Ange si doux
    Devant nos yeux,
    Comme un bel ange blond,
    Sous le clair soleil,
    Hélas! tous nos pauvres coeurs soupirent!”

  59. Dang Teho, I am so dumb. For some reason I was thinking of The Who.

    Je suis bete!! And! I don’t know how to write with accent marks.

    Teresa, ardemment, is a wonderful word! N’est ce pas?

  60. A thing I didn’t need to know before going to sleep-rabbits have waxy belly buttons; I bet it won’t be any better knowing it tomorrow morning. We’ll see……

  61. Don’t want a silver Dollar
    no Rabbits foot on a string
    the warm caress of your tenderness
    no rabbits foot can bring.

  62. Nope. No better. But I bet the wax has some cute aspect to it, it is, afterall from a bun-bun! I bet the bun-bun is grateful anyway.

    I’m an Auntie! My friend is adopting two baby dwarf Nigerian goats and I’m their Auntie! Zee goats, “Oreo Cookie” and “Reeses” should be in their new home in April! Oh, what a special Spring this will be for us! YAY!

    Prongs, are you a sickie-poo? I hope you feel better soon.

  63. It’s not big enuf to be a bun loaf, it’s just a wee lil bunnymuffin! Awwww!

  64. janet2buns says:

    @Katrina: I’ve had bunnehs for years and I haven’t ever found a bunneh belleh button, never mind cleaned it. Maybe they mean the scent glands, near the anus. They need to be cleaned sometimes and YOWSA it’s grosser than any belleh button could be. Tar-like greasy stuff and STINKY !

    [We call that Poopcrete. bleh - Ed.]

  65. EW! I so didn’t need to know that!!

  66. oh yeah and also, is it better for my hair if I just use a curling iron or the damage is the same

    regardless of tool?

  67. Paunchie- yes, you did! (*snerk*). I am so relieved to hear that janet2buns, thanks!

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