I know Debbie checks the Facebook APR account quite a bit but we`ve missed
being on the group here. For some reason we could not get our posts to go
through for the longest while. Some news from here.
Tabitha, our little Dutch cutie (now almost 7), has something going on with
her hind end. One morning, when I went to feed the crew, I noticed she
seemed very stiff in the back end and one of her legs was sticking out to
the side. She was off her food for a day or so but has been eating great
ever since. When I give her the freedom of the rec room, she gets around but
her back legs are stiff. I don`t think there was any injury and it looks
almost like she had bad arthritis without the pain. I took her to the vet
and she was stymied as well. We tried her on a course of batril and some
pain meds just in case but the stiffness is still there. Other than that she
seems great so it`s a mystery. We are taking a wait and see approach and if
there`s any change for the negative we will have the vet do some more in
On a happier note, two of our bunnies are now models for a photographer
friend. She owns and operates a gallery and is now getting into photography.
She has a little boy so Easter is a big thing for her. So she asked whether
she could `borrow` a couple of the buns for her to use in her shoots with
her clients. Well, we thought Josie and Teddy would be a good choice since
they are closely bonded and, being dwarves, more suitable for the kids. She
did a trial run for a mutual friend and her two kids and both buns were
great. She has now borrowed them for the weekend and apparently everything
is going great. Her and her husband have taken a big liking to them and were
half serious when they asked if they could adopt them. She knew we used to
help out with the Rescue so she may have thought they were fosters. We
politely said no and will encourage her to check out the Rescue as they have
some great buns there looking for homes.
Bonding - we try so hard to bond buns and it never seems to go smoothly.
When we don`t try, the little imps go and do it themselves. After Tiffany
passed, we successfully bonded Josie and Teddy with Pavlina. Their living
quarters are right next to our little party boy, Bugsy. One day I had the
doors to both enclosures open at the same time. The next thing you know,
they are going back and forth like long lost friends. Surprisingly, it seems
Bugsy and Teddy are becoming best buds. I would have thought the boy-girl
thing to be more likely. I haven`t moved them in together but when the
weather improves I will try them outdoors together for more extended periods
to see how the four of them get along. I tried bonding Bugsy with a couple
of the other girls after Honey dies but it never worked out so this has come
as a bit of a surprise.
Hope this post has not been too long but it`s been a while.
BTW, Zoe sends a shout out to all her APR friends and says it will be 7
years in June since we joined this fabulous group. As I said, we have missed
being on here and now that the posts seem to be working, we look forward to
keeping in touch more regularly.
Joe, Debbie, Zoe and the gang