Maybe I should have named her Houdini

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Maybe I should have named her Houdini

Post by zski » Wed, 15 Nov 2006 13:29:40



I took Pepper with me to a science-fiction convention this weekend
because I needed to keep up with her meds schedule.  It made for an
interesting experience.

I made a folding gate-thingie out of leftover NIC cubes, a temporary
litterbox made from a shoebox lined in plastic, a couple of
things-to-bang-around, a bag of hay, and food & water.

First, it was "Take Your Bunny To Work Day". My office is pet-friendly
(we have a little dachshund who regularly visits) but as we are an IT
company there are LOTS of wires about. Luckily we are in a converted
condo building so there was a large shower stall available to stash her
in. She was a good little bunny, alternating between napping and banging
a plastic cup around. Everyone thought she was very cute.

We have taken public transport before, but I didn't want to try and
manage a crowded and noisy downtown subway with luggage AND a bunny with
an infected ear, so I booked us for the airport shuttle. She clearly
does not like being in her carrier, but was pretty calm - and even
turned to face me - yay she knows the sound of my voice!

Got to the airport around 7 and set her up in the corner between my bed
and the windows. Access to under-the-bed was blocked off by a barrier 1
grid high while the rest was 2-grids high. Got her settled in and then
went to get my badge and then come back and unpack - that wasy she could
have some time to settle before I had to give her the Oti-Rinse. She hid
for a bit but was soon sniffling about.

She dealt very well with the hordes of visitors - EVERYONE wanted to
come up and meet the bunny. I think she probably had more fans than some
of the official convention Guests! When I decided to go upstairs, I
would take a swing through the lobby to see if I saw anyone who had
expressed interest, and then took them up to the room with me.

Got her all doesd for the day and then headed off to the room parties.
When I got back to the room around 12:45AM I found that she wasn't in
her pen! She had managed to get behind the curtain and use it as a lever
to push the gate aside and get out around the window! The tale of my
trying to retreive her from under my roomates' bed without waking them
and using only the light of my cellphone made for great storytelling. I
got her back in and secured and went to bed.

The next day was much the same - I would let her out to run around the
room for about 30 minutes at a time when we had visitors, and otherwise
let her chill out in the room. It sure was a LOT easier to wrangle her
at ear-drop time when she is penned in!

I was the MC for the evening masquerade and then again wandered the
hospitality suite and the parties with friends until about 3AM. I got
back to the room and she wasn't in her pen again! I checked all the
obvious points of possible exit and all were secure. Once again I
retreived her from under the roomies' bed and popped her back in the
pen. Started taking off my shoes and I heard a noise - she was UP ON THE
GINORMOUS HOTEL BED! She preened for a moment and then disappeared under
the bed again. Realizing that there was no way I was going to be able to
either recapture or confine her without waking everyone up, I decided to
simply arrange things so that she could access the pen area (and the
litterbox) from under the bed and went to sleep hoping for the best.

I was awakened by hopeful whiskers on my face. "Mom - pellets? Is it
time for pellets? Pellets?" So I fed her and dosed her and tried to get
back to sleep. As the roomies awakend I mumbled "bunny is loose" and
went back to sleep. Once everyone was awake I cleaned up a bit and
headed down to breakfast. A few more groups of visitors later it came
time to pack up. She was a little interested in some of the electrical
cords under the desk, but only when strangers were in the room, and a
few well-timed foot-interceptions kept those safe.

Once late check-out time came I pretty much had to head for home,
because I didn't want her to have to hang out in her carrier too long.
Made a quick round of the hallways for a last couple of "OOoooo! A Bunny
- Let me see the bunny!"s and got on the bus. Took a little over an hour
to get home, and once let out she went straight into her condo. She
handled it like a little trooper, but was definitely glad to be home.

Next time? Well, I want her to be used to her harness and lead before I
take her on a trip again, so that I can take her out to be admired. I
also think that it would be easier to pen over the wires rather than pen
in the bunny. She isn't a furniture- or curtain-chewer and she has great
litterbox habits, so I think this might be a better strategy for us.
Your mileage may vary.
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Maybe I should have named her Houdini

Post by Arlette & Coco » Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:45:15


Wow, that all sounds like great fun Wendy...hectic, but fun. It sounds like
Pepper is doing well, getting better and not hating you anymore :)

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Maybe I should have named her Houdini

Post by Lagomorpheu » Thu, 16 Nov 2006 00:03:50


Dear Wendy,
I loved your story of Pepper's travels! I think it's great the two of
you are having such great adventures together. It reminded me of a time
that Sedgewick and I travelled together:

I took her on a flight to visit my mom for the xmas holiday (on one of
the smaller planes that holds about 50 people). She was in a soft-sided
carrier that fit under the seat. I was all settled in for the flight
and just beginning to read the inflight magazine as the plane began to
taxi down the runway. I then heard this man's voice from a few rows
back saying "Is that a bunny?". I knew that couldn't be a good sign. I
looked down to see her her fluffed up cottontail taking off up the main
aisle of the plane! I was completely mortified - she had chewed a hole
in the soft carrier and decided to greet the passengers. The flight
attendant freaked out and thought we were going to have to ground the
plane. Luckily the pilot was calmer and told everyone to put their
hands down and grab her when she ran by. Another passenger caught her
and I returned her to her carrier. I had at least had the foresight to
bring duct tape with me and we patched up the carrier so there were no
further escapes. She sure looked pleased with herself though!

We've also had a few adventures at hotels (watch out for phone cords)
and even one at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum (FYI, even though
there isn't a sign with a picture of "no bunnies" on it, they still
kind of frown on rabbits coming inside).

Marie

 
 
 

Maybe I should have named her Houdini

Post by StealthBunn » Thu, 16 Nov 2006 01:50:00


You forgot to tell about the raisins!  Tell about the raisins! :)

--
Camille
The StealthBunny
Owned & Managed by The Phooka
http://stillstealthy.tripod.com/thephooka

Quote:

>I took Pepper with me to a science-fiction convention this weekend because
>I needed to keep up with her meds schedule.  It made for an interesting
>experience.

> I made a folding gate-thingie out of leftover NIC cubes, a temporary
> litterbox made from a shoebox lined in plastic, a couple of
> things-to-bang-around, a bag of hay, and food & water.

> First, it was "Take Your Bunny To Work Day". My office is pet-friendly (we
> have a little dachshund who regularly visits) but as we are an IT company
> there are LOTS of wires about. Luckily we are in a converted condo
> building so there was a large shower stall available to stash her in. She
> was a good little bunny, alternating between napping and banging a plastic
> cup around. Everyone thought she was very cute.

> We have taken public transport before, but I didn't want to try and manage
> a crowded and noisy downtown subway with luggage AND a bunny with an
> infected ear, so I booked us for the airport shuttle. She clearly does not
> like being in her carrier, but was pretty calm - and even turned to face
> me - yay she knows the sound of my voice!

> Got to the airport around 7 and set her up in the corner between my bed
> and the windows. Access to under-the-bed was blocked off by a barrier 1
> grid high while the rest was 2-grids high. Got her settled in and then
> went to get my badge and then come back and unpack - that wasy she could
> have some time to settle before I had to give her the Oti-Rinse. She hid
> for a bit but was soon sniffling about.

> She dealt very well with the hordes of visitors - EVERYONE wanted to come
> up and meet the bunny. I think she probably had more fans than some of the
> official convention Guests! When I decided to go upstairs, I would take a
> swing through the lobby to see if I saw anyone who had expressed interest,
> and then took them up to the room with me.

> Got her all doesd for the day and then headed off to the room parties.
> When I got back to the room around 12:45AM I found that she wasn't in her
> pen! She had managed to get behind the curtain and use it as a lever to
> push the gate aside and get out around the window! The tale of my trying
> to retreive her from under my roomates' bed without waking them and using
> only the light of my cellphone made for great storytelling. I got her back
> in and secured and went to bed.

> The next day was much the same - I would let her out to run around the
> room for about 30 minutes at a time when we had visitors, and otherwise
> let her chill out in the room. It sure was a LOT easier to wrangle her at
> ear-drop time when she is penned in!

> I was the MC for the evening masquerade and then again wandered the
> hospitality suite and the parties with friends until about 3AM. I got back
> to the room and she wasn't in her pen again! I checked all the obvious
> points of possible exit and all were secure. Once again I retreived her
> from under the roomies' bed and popped her back in the pen. Started taking
> off my shoes and I heard a noise - she was UP ON THE GINORMOUS HOTEL BED!
> She preened for a moment and then disappeared under the bed again.
> Realizing that there was no way I was going to be able to either recapture
> or confine her without waking everyone up, I decided to simply arrange
> things so that she could access the pen area (and the litterbox) from
> under the bed and went to sleep hoping for the best.

> I was awakened by hopeful whiskers on my face. "Mom - pellets? Is it time
> for pellets? Pellets?" So I fed her and dosed her and tried to get back to
> sleep. As the roomies awakend I mumbled "bunny is loose" and went back to
> sleep. Once everyone was awake I cleaned up a bit and headed down to
> breakfast. A few more groups of visitors later it came time to pack up.
> She was a little interested in some of the electrical cords under the
> desk, but only when strangers were in the room, and a few well-timed
> foot-interceptions kept those safe.

> Once late check-out time came I pretty much had to head for home, because
> I didn't want her to have to hang out in her carrier too long. Made a
> quick round of the hallways for a last couple of "OOoooo! A Bunny - Let me
> see the bunny!"s and got on the bus. Took a little over an hour to get
> home, and once let out she went straight into her condo. She handled it
> like a little trooper, but was definitely glad to be home.

> Next time? Well, I want her to be used to her harness and lead before I
> take her on a trip again, so that I can take her out to be admired. I also
> think that it would be easier to pen over the wires rather than pen in the
> bunny. She isn't a furniture- or curtain-chewer and she has great
> litterbox habits, so I think this might be a better strategy for us. Your
> mileage may vary.
> --
> ------------------------------------------------------
> Wendy Z Chicago, IL       (Moo)
> Wench Wear Costumes http://pages.ripco.net/~zski
> Minstrosity www.minstrosity.com
> Wench #525              AIM=wendylady525
> http://www.livejournal.com/users/wendyzski/
> "Though she be but little, she is fierce"
> "It's the little ones you have to watch out for..."
> "I'm not short - I'm concentrated"
> --------------------------------------------------------

 
 
 

Maybe I should have named her Houdini

Post by zski » Thu, 16 Nov 2006 09:43:40


Quote:

> You forgot to tell about the raisins!  Tell about the raisins! :)

In the process of wandering about Saturday night/Sunday morning, Pepper
apparently got up on the chair I had been using to pile her stuff on.
She found the small ziplock baggie of raisins that I had brought as
good-bunny-bribes for taking her medicine, and decided that it needed to
be in a safer place.

When I located her on Sunday morning, she was stretched out under my bed
with the chewed-through bag and the raisins piled neatly between her
forepaws, like a little sphinx.  She was NOT happy when I retrieved
first them and then her!

Luckily, she seems to have suffered no tummy upset from the extra
treats, and is currently chowing down on parsely in the kitchen.
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Wendy Z                 Chicago, IL       (Moo)
Wench Wear Costumes     http://pages.ripco.net/~zski
Minstrosity             www.minstrosity.com
Wench #525              AIM=wendylady525
http://www.livejournal.com/users/wendyzski/
"Though she be but little, she is fierce"
"It's the little ones you have to watch out for..."
"I'm not short - I'm concentrated"
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Maybe I should have named her Houdini

Post by Lauri » Thu, 16 Nov 2006 09:55:07


Wendy! What a very good little bunny!! You are obviously doing a spectacular
job with her. I love Pepper stories!

Laurie, sitting back to read that post again

 
 
 

Maybe I should have named her Houdini

Post by Lauri » Thu, 16 Nov 2006 09:52:57


<snip>

Quote:
> We've also had a few adventures at hotels (watch out for phone cords)
> and even one at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum (FYI, even though
> there isn't a sign with a picture of "no bunnies" on it, they still
> kind of frown on rabbits coming inside).

Thank you for the laugh Marie! I love Sedgie stories too!

Laurie