Bunny Love

Bunny love comes slowly. But eventually, bunny love conquers all.

Bunny love comes slowly.

bunnies eating

But eventually, bunny love conquers all.

bunnies cuddling

The other day, we even caught Betsy grooming Gus – something that Gus has been trying to get her to do since pretty much day one.

The other night, I caught Gussy lying in his litterbox, as shown below.

betsy and gus - gussy in the litterbox

gussy and betsy - gussy in the litterbox

I don’t know why he was lying in there – though thankfully the litterbox had just been cleaned. It was a cute picture, though.

UPDATE: You can follow the adventures of Gus and Betsy now on their own blog, The Life and Times of Bunnies!

The Two Bunnies

Gussy and Betsy are getting along much, much better these days. The other day, I caught the two of them just sitting by their food bowls, with their little legs tucked up underneath their bodies, relaxed as can be.

Gussy and Betsy are getting along much, much better these days. The other day, I caught the two of them just sitting by their food bowls, with their little legs tucked up underneath their bodies, relaxed as can be.

two relaxed bunnies

Then, yesterday, I caught them in this position:

snuggle bunnies - sort of

Well, they’re almost snuggling. Gussy had both ears down when I saw them, but at the last moment he perked up one ear to see (or rather, to hear) what I was doing. I’ve been trying to take photos of the bunnies without using the flash – it results in a much better, warmer, higher-quality picture when I do – but it’s hard to get the camera steady with skittish bunnies.

And just for good measure, here’s a picture of Betsy all stretched out in her favorite spot – by the food bowls, of course.

Betsy relaxed

She’s a very relaxed bun, though she’s still skittish. She seems quite comfortable in her surroundings, but she’ll still jump at my slightest movement (sometimes). Weird bunny. I think she still hates me for making her get into the car carrier and for taking her to the vet twice in such a short period of time (3 days). Hopefully she’ll get over it soon, and she’ll let me pet her… we’ll see!

UPDATE: You can follow the adventures of Gus and Betsy now on their own blog, The Life and Times of Bunnies!

The Life and Times of Bunnies

So both Gussy and Betsy have been de-sexed, and all is well in our home with the bunnies. But it was not always so… for the first week after Betsy had been spayed, we had to keep them separated.

So both Gussy and Betsy have been de-sexed, and all is well in our home with the bunnies. But it was not always so… for the first week after Betsy had been spayed, we had to keep them separated.

the bunny barrier

This is our “bunny barrier.” It was a hard week for both bunnies – they wanted to get to the other side – and we had to keep them separated (for their own good).

However, eventually we were able to let them be together for a while towards the end of that week, when Betsy had nearly recovered.

the bunnies eating in the kitchen

bunnies eating together

When Gussy wasn’t chasing Betsy, he was eating her food! She didn’t seem to mind, though. She’d just go into the livingroom and eat his when he wasn’t looking, so it was all good.

bunnies eating together in the livingroom

bunnies eating together in the livingroom

Once we dropped the “bunny barrier” for good on Friday, they settled down fairly quickly. We feed them together, and aside from making sure that they both get their bit of banana, we let them eat out of whichever bowl they prefer. Which works out pretty well.

gussy eating pellets

Gussy still likes pellets on the side, though.

gussy and betsy eating pellets

But Betsy likes pellets, too.

betsy by the foodbowls

There’s our new bun, Betsy, just chillin’. Actually, she’s probably wondering where all the food went – she’s quite a pig!

Actually, Betsy is still quite skittish – she won’t let me pet her, though she does let Amanda pet her for a bit. Gussy has quietly accepted Betsy into his life, and doesn’t follow her around anymore, trying to mount her. We’ve nicknamed Betsy “destructo-bunny,” because she likes to chew things that she shouldn’t – like Gussy’s cottontail cottage, and the cable wires. Gussy knows enough not to chew on these sorts of things, but Betsy hasn’t figured that out yet, so I still have to yell at her from time to time when she gets caught doing something wrong. She also seems to like digging more than Gussy – we catch her digging in the corners sometimes, and especially in her litterbox (which creates a huge mess). I’m hoping she grows out of it – or that Gussy will teach her not to do that. Only time will tell, though!

So there you have it – the life and times of our bunnies!

UPDATE: You can follow the adventures of Gus and Betsy now on their own blog, The Life and Times of Bunnies!

Bunny Mayhem

You knew it was going to happen… we got another bunny. And of course, there’s a story to go along with it.

You knew it was going to happen… we got another bunny. And of course, there’s a story to go along with it.

This bunny came from my Dad – who had 2 bunnies who had babies in the spring. One bunny was left, which my sister Sarah named “Pinky.” Originally, we thought Pinky was a girl – but then the vet told my dad she was a boy. So, thinking that two boy bunnies could get along all right (Gussy is very mellow, after all), we picked up Pinky today and brought him home.

The New Bunny Arrives

We got the pet carrier from my friend Tom, who used to use it to transport his younger English Mastiff “Truman.” Truman obviously doesn’t fit in it anymore (I think he weighs more than me now!), so Tom let us borrow it. It makes for a good “temporary” cage, until Pinky is used to his new home.

Almost immediately, Gussy came to see what this new object was. After a while, he just settled down to wait and see what came out.

gussy and the new bunny

So, we let the bunny out after a while (letting him get settled after the scary car ride – his first), and he began exploring.

The New Bunny explores the house

He was quite curious, after being in a cage all his life, and wanted to know what all these other smells were.

new bunny in the livingroom

He even checked out Gussy’s food bowl!

the new bunny investigates gussy's food

And then, the magic moment – the two bunnies met for the first time!

the first meeting of the bunnies

Unfortunately, Gussy got rather… shall we say, excited, in an inappropriate way. This prompted me to re-check the gender of Pinky. Which, as you can probably guess by now, turned out to be wrong. Pinky is a girl.

So now our house is divided – the livingroom is Gussy’s space, and the kitchen is for Pinky. On Monday, I’ll be calling the vet to arrange for Gussy to be neutered. Later on this year we’ll get Pinky spayed. And there will be harmony among the bunnies.

Or so we hope.

Meanwhile, Pinky is settling in quite nicely. We’re not quite sure what to name Pinky (we’re not fond of the name “Pinky”), but something will come to us in a day or two. In the meantime, Pinky is stretching her legs and getting used to her new home.

the new bunny gets comfy

She’s still skittish, and doesn’t like to be handled, but that’ll pass with time. She’s quite active, and simply adorable – Amanda and I are both quite happy with our second adopted “child.” Of course, once she figures out how to get on the couch, we’ll have no place left to sit!

And since I just dumped a bunch of pictures out of my camera, here’s a couple of cute Gussy pictures (we don’t want him to feel left out, now do we?):

bunched up bunny

Gussy just loves his little corner.

sleepy gussy

It’s a hard life for a bunny, and you need to rest often.

gussy stretched out in the kitchen

Very, very often.

gussy relaxing in the kitchen

What cute bunnies!

UPDATE: You can follow the adventures of Gus and Betsy now on their own blog, The Life and Times of Bunnies!

Naughty Bunny

While doing some cleaning this weekend, I discovered the extent of Gussy’s chewing.

While doing some cleaning this weekend, I discovered the extent of Gussy’s chewing. We have a large bit of plate glass in the living room, covered in cardboard, which we are (eventually) planning on using as a table-top. Gussy, being a bunny, loves to chew on things – especially cardboard. When I looked behind the glass, this is what I saw.

Bunny Damage

Simply amazing.

Now, I’m not mad at Gussy for doing this – heck, it’s only cardboard – but it did create quite a mess, which I had to clean up. So when I caught the bunny doing it again – only this time on the front of the cardboard, I decided to capture the event on video. (You’ll need Windows Media Player to view this video; it’s the best compression for video I can get, since I can’t afford to buy the Apple Quicktime Pro software.)

What a naughty bunny!