Dave & Buster

The new bunny introduction phase can take up to two weeks in some cases.¬† Buster is making some concessions for the little guy, but so far a love match has not been made.¬† Here’s a series of photos I took of the first nose-to-nose encounter between the whippersnapper and the Alpha-Bun.

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What should I do Mulder?

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Go over and check it out Busty. He looks pretty harmless?

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Get this dude, I’m the boss around here, you got it?

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OK, I guess you are kinda cute.

Even though this first meeting went well, Buster is still asserting mastery¬† over his domain.¬† I had to create a separate bunny area for each of them to inhabit while they learn to be BFFs (Bunny Friends 4-ever).¬† The linoleum has become the DMZ for the time being.¬† Buster won’t cross any un-carpeted floor surface, but Dave will.¬† So if Dave wears out his welcome on Buster’s side he gets “head-butted” back to his section.

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Yes, I put linoleum in my laundry room. I’m old-school like that.

The visitors have begun arriving to meet the new member of the B’game Petting Zoo.¬†¬†One night last week¬†around 8:30¬†an unruly hot dog and her posse paid a visit to my door to meet Mr. Dave.¬† I greeted them in my fluffy pink fleece robe and flowery PJs.¬† (I am super hot in this ensemble, you’ll just have to trust me on this.)

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Hudson Hot Dog and her gang of four.

This neighborhood is really going to the DOGS!

Dave’s Debut

Here are some more pictures of our little fuzzy man.

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I am NOT a guinea pig!

Dave is a lion head mix.¬† He should grow to about 3-4 pounds and he’ll always be smaller than Buster.

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Weirdest lookin’ kittten ever!

I’ve been asked why I got another bunny and where I got him from.¬† OK, here’s the story.¬† We thought Buster might be lonely.¬† All the bunny experts say that buns are very social creatures and prefer to have a friend to play with.¬† It has been about 3 years since his little sister Boo Boo¬†died, and although he seems very contented with his human and feline family members, we suspected that his life would be more fun and happy with a buddy.¬† So, I started on Petfinder.com and other sites that featured foster bunnies that needed homes.¬† We had tried to socialize Buster with other bunnies before and had great success with babies. (Boo Boo¬†& Bitsy).¬† Adult rabbits–not so much.¬† We fostered two other adult rabbits in our home but Buster never accepted them and he continually tried to bite and intimidate them.¬† Even the bunny books all say that an older bunny will more readily accept a baby as a new companion because the babies are not a threat to the Alpha-Bun’s turf.

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He already likes Jim better than me. *sigh*

Well, there were no babies to be had within 500 miles of me.¬† I did contact two shelters who had babies but they informed me that they only placed locally.¬† So against deeply held beliefs about buying rabbits from pet stores, I broke my own rule.¬† Actually I had been trying to resist this little fluff ball for a few days.¬† I spied him in the store where I buy Missy’s cat food and had held him a few times.¬† I told myself that if he was still there on Saturday when I returned to the store, I would take him home and see if he’d make a good friend for Buster.¬† Am I rationalizing? Yes.¬† Do I advocate buying rabbits from pet stores? No.¬† Can you guys please forgive me?

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How ’bout givin’ her a break, huh?

Return to Thunderdome

No, it’s not a new Mad Max movie.¬† It’s a happy tale of a bunny coming home from the vet.¬† THUNDERDOME¬†is Tama’s name for Buster’s dome-shaped, chewed-up bunny lair.¬† I called this morning to see if he could come home and receive his medications from his mom & dad and they thought that would be a good idea.¬† I know my little guy will not be happy taking three medications by mouth twice a day, but he’s GOT to feel better in his own house with his people and his kitties.¬† Mulder told him he smelled funny and then started to groom him so he’d smell like a proper Burlingame.¬† He’s not out of the woods, but we’ve been told what to look for so we can monitor his recovery.¬† I won’t divulge the vet bill, but just imagine travelling to OUTRAGEOUS-TOWN and then crossing the street to¬† RIDICULOUS-VILLE.¬†¬†Then you’ll be¬†in the neighborhood.¬† Is he worth it?¬†¬†Every penny. ūüôā

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Bunny Boo Boo

Buster is at the vet.¬† He stopped eating and began chewing on the baseboards–both signs of a common bunny ailment known as GI Stasis.¬† I’ll save you the gruesome details but it is hard to treat and can be deadly if not caught early enough.¬† It’s what our little lion-head bunny died¬†from two years ago.

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Buster’s little sister and best friend, Boo Boo (2008-2009)

Fortunately he’s in the care of Dr. Glasscock, our vet who takes care of all the Burlingame critters, including you may remember, a certain yellow chicken who survived a feral cat attack.

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Daisy’s hero.

Buster has enjoyed excellent health for five years and he’s a tough little guy, so we have high hopes he’ll be home soon.¬† I took all his favorite supplies to the vet so he could have everything as close to his home set-up as possible.¬† He’s on medication for his internal problem, infection and pain.¬† They had to sedate him to give him an x-ray and I took a picture of him when he woke up.

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This is NOT my happy face.

I’ll keep you posted on his recovery.¬† Happy thots, happy thots, happy thots…

Komic Book Kittens

All three of my recent foster babies have been adopted!¬† I knew they wouldn’t¬†remain at the shelter very long.¬†¬†Archie, Betty & Veronica¬†were way too sweet and cute to sit on the shelf.¬† Here are some photos of my cuties that I didn’t get around to posting.¬† Beware.¬† Cuteness overload ahead!

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Betty in her favorite sunny spot.

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Mulder wake up. The scary lady is back!

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The Riverdale Gang!

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Armful of sweetness. ūüôā

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Dad these pants are so comfortable!

Adoption day is always bittersweet.¬† I’m happy they all found homes and a little sad that I can’t keep them all!¬† I highly recommend this “hobby” to anyone who loves cats.¬† There’s always a ready supply of fluffy little creatures at your local Humane Shelter!