Diego aka Diablo, aka Archie (Archimedes)

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You know we adopted another bunny last October at the House Rabbit Society Educators Conference in San Diego? We walked by an X pen, and were greeted but he fluffiest, friendliest black lop. We promised him if the airline let us bring him into the cabin, and San Diego House Rabbit Society could make the adoption in 48 hours, he was coming home with us. Stars were aligned, and next thing you know, we are flying home.

He was a good traveller, and the steward even gave him a bowl of greens.

 

 

 

Triangle Rabbits of North Carolina Now Stocking Bunny Biscotti

The smart bunnies of the Research Triangle did their research and decided they want Bunny Biscotti Hay Treats! Triangle Rabbits of central North Carolina now sells Bunny Biscotti at their events. They sold out at the first event before we even had a chance to post this.

We had to revise our labels to meet the North Carolina State Agriculture standards, so be on the look out for the new look as it rolls out. Below is the label for our treats with apples (Washington, of course!) and blueberries.

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They currently stock the Banana treats and the Apple with Blueberries treats.

Find Triangle Rabbits at  Facebook, MeetUp, and Twitter.

Georgia House Rabbit Society to carry Bunny Biscotti

We are so happy to announce that Georgia House Rabbit Society will be carrying Bunny Biscotti. We first came across them when they had issues with land zoning and their new shelter–and won! Now they are trying to renovate their shelter with the help of animalhouse.tv, which is a television show concept that will renovate or build animal shelters in struggling communities. GA HRS has been chosen to be one of the first six episodes of this reality concept show. “The show is modeled after the reality show “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition “and the plan is they will come in and give [the] Rabbit Center a much needed remodel, expansion and other perks,  however the most important thing is the National spotlight that will happen for rescued rabbits!”

Trio of testers

Lily feels no threat with her guardian siblings: legs out and facing the wall. Oddly enough, she is the most curious bunny I know, and always wants to see what is happening, what needs to be investigated. We also call her Busy Bunny or Pince  Nez because of the marking around her face.

Flower, Lily, and Buttercup
Flower, Lily, and Buttercup

Maddie goes to vet again

Maddie went to the vet again. Her abscess came back with a vengeance, and the vet believed it to be a bad tooth causing it. The surgery was successful, with two teeth removed. the X-rays showed a tunnel created by the bad teeth, going to and blocking the tear duct. She is now on PenG, Baytril, Metacam, and  eyedrops until the culture comes back.

In a cabin in the woods, Little bunny at the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, so she rushed her to get her away from her territory.
In a cabin in the woods, Little bunny at the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, so she rushed her to get her away from her territory.

A makeover for bunny housing

When Rose, Lily, Buttercup, Flower, and Maddie joined the household, there was a major shift in the house layout. Rose gets along with everyone, but the trio (Lily, Buttercup, Flower) do not care for Maddie, especially the sister Lily and Flower. So we had to use the X-pens to accommodate everyone.

Here are some before and after pictures. RIP living room.

 

Living room before the bunnies took over
Living room before the bunnies took over
Living room after the bunnies took over with carpet squares and floor mats
Living room after the bunnies took over with carpet squares and floor mats

 

Violet guards the gate to make sure no one escapes and invades her kingdom
Violet guards the gate to make sure no one escapes and invades her kingdom

 

Survey on pets shows lack of research before buying

As anyone in the the pet rescue will tell you–especially rabbit rescues– there is little research done before bringing home a pet.

They’re lazy, and they’ll eat anything.

Those are two misconceptions about cats that pet food manufacturer Royal Canin USA Inc. discovered in a survey of cat owners.

A market research firm working on behalf of St. Charles, Mo.-based Royal Canin reported a number of revelations after questioning 541 cat owners:

• Nearly 50 percent brought their pet home without researching its lifestyle.

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Cats aren’t as lazy as their owners think, a Royal Canin survey discovered.

• 61 percent believed that cats adapt easily to the owner’s lifestyle.

• A majority of respondents were unaware that cats are active every day, marking territory, hunting and hiding.

• Half did not not think about their cat’shealth each day.

• 72 percent don’t consider their cat’s health when selecting pet food.

• 93 percent don’t factor in their cat’s breed when purchasing food.

• More than half ignored their cat’s age when making food decisions.

• 42 percent considered flavor to be important when choosing cat food.

• 15 percent admitted to taste-testing cat food.

“In truth, a cat’s ability to taste isn’t nearly as powerful as a human’s ability, and aroma and texture play a much bigger role in how cats choose their food,” said Brent Mayabb, DVM, director of corporate affairs at Royal Canin.

One of the best ways to enhance the bond with a cat is to learn more about felines, Mayabb said.

“Understanding a cat’s physical and physiological traits is critical to not only finding the right fit for your family but also in doing what’s best for the cat’s well-being once they are brought home,” he said.

Many cat owners aren’t sure which factors they should consider when buying food, Mayabb added.

“Feeding cats a food suited to their age, lifestyle, specific sensitivities and breed contributes to the overall health and well-being of the cat,” he noted.

More than 37 percent of U.S. households own a cat, according to the American Pet Products Association’s latest National Pet Ownership Survey.

 

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Maddie on the news

One of our testers, Maddie, was featured on KOMO news yesterday morning. She appeared twice, first live, and then recorded for later viewing. Her publicist refused the request for two live viewings as Maddie had a busy Easter weekend. Maddie-IMG_7939

Deducting foster/rescue expenses

As the year comes to a close, we’d like to remind people that they may be eligible to write off the care of foster and rescue expenses. Check with the IRS or an accountant to see if you are eligible, and be sure to get that acknowledgement letter from the rescue itself.

Here are a few links:

Remember: Use it but don’t abuse it!