Friday, February 21, 2014

Introduction: About me and more importantly Leo and Ginny

I have always been an animal lover. My first pet was a betta fish named Bubbles. From there I had two guinea pigs: Mr. Squeakers and Piglet. After their passing I got my first rabbit Butterscotch who was a large mini rex rabbit. Back in those days I probably made all the wrong mistakes with that rabbit. I was young and had a lot of learning to do about what is good for rabbits and how they differ from their rodent counterparts. 

This Blog is dedicated to a better future for our furry friends. There are many bunny myths about owning a pet rabbit. I hope to disprove these and  educate rabbit owners about simple ways to improve their rabbit's lives. 

Now for some introductions to my pet rabbits:

This is Leo a spunky neutered male lionhead rabbit. He was born April 14th, 2013 and came into our lives December 14th, 2013. Leo is a dwarf rabbit only weighing 3 pounds. We adopted him and are so glad we did! He knows what he likes and lets us all know it. He will grunt at you if you are doing something you don't like. Leo is fully litter trained so he can romp around our living room while we are home and only has to be in his pen at night. He loves to watch Downton Abbey (funny I know) but whenever that theme song comes on he jumps right out of his cage and comes over to the couch. He is quite the little athlete jumping from couch to couch. He is a bit skittish of hands outside the cage and doesn't love to be held but he binkies all across the living room showing us just how happy he is. Leo's favorite treat is a small piece of banana or carrot. He enjoys his daily salad of mixed leafy greens (red/green leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, cilantro, parsley etc.) and munches on hay happily. Leo is just a delight to our lives!

Ginny (as in Ginny Weasley) is our newest addition. She is a sweet Holland Lop doe weighing about 2 pounds. She was born on December 8, 2013 and came into our lives February 19, 2014. We adopted her from a sweet family not too far from us. Ginny doesn't mind being held and will stay quite calm if she is sitting in your lap or held like a baby. Leo and Ginny love to romp around together and are just getting to know one another. Leo loves to groom Ginny (what a gentleman!). She is very curious and enjoys following us around our apartment (she isn't afraid of the linoleum like Leo but he is more brave now that he has someone to follow). Ginny doesn't get any treats yet because she is too little but she does get loads of alfalfa hay and we are transferring her to a diet of Oxbow young rabbit food. Right now Leo and Ginny live separately until she is fixed (early April). Their cages are right up next to one another so they an still talk and almost touch one another's noses through the bars. Below are some fun pictures of them playing with one another.

 Ginny getting groomed by Leo.

Resting in one another's company all "flopped" out.