We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the V. Family, from the greater Columbus area, this afternoon. They fell in love with Iris from her listing on our website and that love was cemented when they laid eyes on her. The feeling was quite mutual and she settled into their arms like she was meant to be there. Iris is their very first family pet, and they were all eager to learn as much as possible before they arrived to meet her. We know, beyond a doubt, that they are going to have a wonderful life together. Congratulations!
August 15, 2018
A long awaited Bun has taken up residence in Marilla's nest box! Early Monday morning I was delighted to find a soft cloud of fluff in Marilla's cage. She kindled a day later than anticipated, but there is a live kit (looks like a little blue) for her to love and nurture. We waited a couple days to make the announcement because we wanted to be certain she would care for the kit, as she rejected her first successful litter a few months ago. So far, mother and baby seem to be doing well.
We are surprised to not have any more birth announcements to share. Anastasia acted like an expectant mama-to-be, but apparently had a false pregnancy. We also thought Button was expecting her very first litter, but several days past her due date, no babies. A quiet month can be a blessing in disguise. :) We will re-breed them for next month.
August 13, 2018
There are a few additions to the Available Bunnies page!
We added Tom Thumb to the top of the page and are hoping to find a wonderful, loving home for this little guy. His life was turned upside-down by an allergy which forced his first family to be put in the awful position of needing to rehome him.
Also added were three of Tootsie's kits, Neville, Molly, and Lucy. They join Batty's previously added does, Milly and Mandy.
I wanted to give an update on Abby and Gladys, post- spaying behavior, as well. Abby remains a bit nervous, but the desire for pets and cuddles are drawing her ever closer and closer to hands and laps. She had a great meet & greet session at two different matching appointments and did really well. She wasn't selected, but she is getting more confident with each passing day. Gladys met two families last week, too, and surprised everyone with her mellow, good natured acceptance of pets and cuddles. We are so proud of them both and are very hopeful that God is preparing the right hearts and homes for these two lovely, deserving bundles of joy.
August 12, 2018
It has been a very busy afternoon here at Hot Cross Buns! We had two wonderfully successful matching appointments with two incredibly nice families.
The G. Family arrived first for their introduction to little Violet. She was very content to be petted and admired, but then we muddied the waters by introducing them to Lavender. Half of the family preferred Lavender's playful, nosy demeanor to Violet's quiet, snuggle bunny ways. I sensed a stalemate, so brought out Milly and Molly, two sweet, gentle little does who, again, divided the family votes. :) After deciding against Molly, and then Milly, the G. Family decided to stick with Violet, the calm lap bunny. It's very interesting to watch the bunnies as they interact with the families they meet because their little quirks and personalities become visible very quickly. I had a great time talking with the whole family and seeing their love for animals, firsthand. We wish Violet and her new family a wonderful life together.
A short time later, some old friends arrived. Many of you may remember our buck Winston, who was placed with a beautiful family in early spring. Winston (now named Marshmallow) was neutered several months ago, and his family came back, seeking a doe for him to befriend. We discussed all of the spayed does as possibilities, and set about introducing him to them. He met Cookie, Abby, and Gladys, in that order. Cookie was her normal, curious self, demanding pets and attention. Abby quickly became a lump of loveable bunny to pet and talk with. Gladys, who is going through a major molt right now, surprised us all by being curious and companionable, allowing herself to be petted and admired. Marshmallow showed absolutely no interest in any of them, but that's not a bad thing. He laid down and rested, washed his face, nibbled his hay and just enjoyed being his mellow-jello self. Since he was no help in making the decision, his human family needed to step in. All of the bunnies were friendly and accepting of attention. One person was strongly in favor of Cookie, one member was strongly in favor of Gladys. The third member abstained, as she was busy playing with my younger daughter, and was taking a page from Marshmallow's book. LOL Cookie was finally declared the bunny of choice, and she is now en route to her new home. While we will certainly miss Cookie, we are so happy she has been blessed with another loving family who will ensure her safety, happiness, and well-being. It was so nice to see Marshmallow again and to know that he is the same gooey-hearted bunny-boy he has always been. :)
August 11, 2018
Sweet buck Topsy-Turvy went to his new home today! He is joining Sharon K. and Hot Cross Bun Doodles (his new big brother) to be part of their wonderfully loving family. It was a long process to find just the right Bun to bond with Doodles, and they came very close to selecting other bunnies in the past, but this time it was very evident that Topsy was "The One." Congratulations, Sharon & Doodles!
August 7, 2018
Hot Cross Buns is very pleased to announce that Mango and Joshua have three squirming, growing kits in the nest box. They were born on Sunday, August 5th, but we wanted to wait a couple days to make certain all is well. We were really praying for this litter to survive, as Mango lost her previous two litters with stuck/stillborn babies. Mango is very pleased with herself; you can practically hear her purr with pleasure when we love on her and check her little ones. There are two solid black babies and one solid chestnut. We will post some photos in a few days.
We hope to make some more announcements of a similar nature this time next week. :)
August 4, 2018
Here's a new video of Double Dip. We love this little boy and know he will be a wonderful pet for a special family. :)
August 3, 2018
More information on Tom Thumb...He should be joining us sometime on Monday. His family is going to be saying their good-byes over the weekend. :( Tom Thumb will come with his basic supplies, including his X-Large Living World Cage (currently selling for $128 on Amazon), a play pen, two litter boxes, various toys, a bunny bed, and whatever food/hay he has. He is reportedly very good with his litter box habits, slightly prefers snuggling with girls/women more than boys/men, and is still a very sweet, loving little boy. He even gets along well with the family's dog.
Here are some new pictures of him. More information should be forthcoming.
August 2, 2018
A wonderful day! Sam, the neutered blue buck, went home to his new family today. He joins Darla N. and black tort doe Olive in a lovely family where he will be adored and pampered. We had the most delightful time talking with Darla and enjoying the company of another bunny lover. We look forward to many happy updates and pictures of Sam and Olive living life together as a bonded pair.
A NEW HOME IS NEEDED!
Literally moments before I met with Darla, I received an email from the family who adopted Tom Thumb. A family member has developed an allergy to this handsome, neutered buck. He is now nine months old and is a very happy little guy, who loves his current family. I don't have any details yet, but wanted to give all of our readers a head's up in case you or someone you know might be interested in this sweetie. I will post more information as I receive it.
August 1, 2018
Pictures of Tootsie and Batty's litters have been posted on the Hot Cross Babies page! I have also listed Batty's chestnut and broken chestnut does on the Available Bunnies page. They will be ready to go August 10th (that went way too fast!)
July 30, 2018
July Gender Reveal! All of Batty and Joshua's kits are little does. We will probably be holding on to one of them to help with our chocolate program, but haven't decided which one, as of yet. The chestnut doe is called Millie, the broken chestnut is Mandy, and the little blue is Peggy. She is doing absolutely great and can keep up very well with her sisters. (Batty accidentally nipped off Peggy's foot and tail when she was cleaning her up following birth. We have been watching her closely to make certain she is capable of having excellent quality of life while adapting to her unique challenges.)
Tootsie and Hamlet had only one little buck, the blue tort, who is being called Neville. The solid sable point doe (missing part of her ear) is called Dulcie. The broken tort doe is Lucy. There are two broken sable point does; one is Tabitha and the other is Molly. For the time being, we are retaining Neville, Dulcie, and Tabitha for our rabbitry, although they have a lot of growing to do before final decisions are made. One of the does will probably be available in a few more weeks.
July 27, 2018
We are super-busy getting ready for the fair, so please forgive the lack of new photos and videos...we will surprise you when we have some extra time. :)
Sam, Cookie, and Abby are all doing beautifully and are eating and drinking normally following their spay/neuter procedures. I am pleased to report that Sam is already on hold for a potential matching. If all goes well, he will become one half of a bunny bonded pair. So excited!
July 24, 2018
We just got home from the vet. All three bunnies are alive and well. Cookie and Sam did great, while there was some concern over Abby. Apparently she had had surgery before, either for a bowel obstruction or a cesarean section. In either case, she should have been spayed there and then, and never been sold as a breeding rabbit because of the stress it would cause to the scar tissue. The vet described her tissue as "friable", meaning it kept tearing when she attempted to suture the incision closed. Abby is wearing a belly band and will need to be monitored closely for the next day or so. but she is home and resting quietly in an ex-pen in the living room. Poor little girl!
Little Miss Gladys has been deemed fully recuperated and eligible for placement in her new pet home. We are very excited to meet the special family God has planned for her retirement years. :) Don't be shy! Fill out a New Bunny Questionnaire for this beautiful little Bun today.
July 22, 2018
Little Daphne was matched today with the H. Family, who hail from Mentor, OH. We had a great time visiting with them and answering their questions while they played with the bunnies. Batty's chestnut baby and little Gideon came out to say hello, too. We look forward to receiving many happy updates from the H. Family about sweet Daphne in the months and years to come. Blessings to you all!
July 21, 2018
It has been an exciting week in our home life...mainly due to 4-H happenings. All five of our kiddos received A grades on their poster projects. We found out that our eldest and youngest sons were selected to represent our county at the Ohio State Fair, so that was a great honor for them. Today was the Animal Skillathon, for all 4-H kids showing animals at our county fair. Our elder daughter received a 90 on her goat testing, and our younger daughter received a 96 on her rabbit testing. Both of the girls are my main helpers in the rabbitry and are very dedicated to providing the best of care to all of their animals. This is one proud mama! :)
Apple Jane's little broken doe Violet has gained the extra weight she needed, so she is now available to be matched. Clover is coming along a bit more slowly, but he is gaining.
July 16, 2018
I finally took some updated photos of Plum Bun and Luigi's remaining three bucks. Teeter Totter, Topsy Turvy, and Double Dip have been sharing an exercise pen to give them extra space to play. During this morning's bunny chores routine, I discovered that they had knocked over their litter box, trampled the contents thoroughly into the floor, and had a good time laughing about it. I think this was the bunny equivalent of t.p.-ing someone's house...only they did it to their own house. Silly bunnies. You finally get to see Dippy's summer haircut. All the photos are viewable on the Available Bunnies page, but here are a few, just for fun. :)
July 14, 2018
We had the best time meeting the R. Family today. I thought they were coming for a single bunny, but they ended up falling in love with both S'more and Twix. We were so happy to not have to split those two little bucks up, as they have always been very attached to each other. S'more and Twix were so comfortable with their new family that they were climbing all over them, hopping on them, and laying down and relaxing on the couch beside them. We couldn't have asked for a hoppier ending. :)
July 10, 2018 Apple Jane and Wee Walter's litter has been listed...finally!
July 9, 2018...
I know I have let some people down by not listing Apple Jane's kits over the weekend as I had intended. I promise to do it tomorrow. I am still down in the dumps over losing Coconut and just haven't been my normal, (fairly) organized self. Lavender and Bluebell, the two lighter solids, and Daphne, the largest of the broken kits have been successfully weaned. They are all enjoying the space to sprawl out in their extra large cage. :)
Three more bunnies have been scheduled for spaying/neutering procedures. Abby and Cookie will be spayed July 24th, and Sam will be neutered on the same day. If you are interested in providing a forever home to any of these beautiful bunnies, please fill out the New Bunny Questionnaire and make a note of the bunny in which you are interested. If you prefer to have your own rabbit knowledgeable veterinarian perform the spay/neuter, please communicate that desire, as well, so we can cancel his/her appointment in a timely fashion.
July 8, 2018...Some wonderful news to share. Jack Be Nimble has found his special person! He is going to be the beloved bunny-boy of Stephanie L. of Cleveland, and the younger brother of Netherland Dwarf, Smoke. We are so excited for this lovely new family to begin life together. :)
July 8, 2018. 12:30 am...
I am sitting here, alone, with tears streaming down my face. My beautiful, sweet, funny little Coconut Cream died in my arms a short while ago. All of us have different favorites in the rabbitry; he was mine.
7:20 am... I am wracking my brain, trying to figure out what happened to Coconut. He was perfectly fine earlier in the day during cage cleaning. He spent time in one of the exercise pens, trying to get the attention of our doe, Marilla (who could have cared less). He had recently gone through a very heavy molt, and had been receiving plenty of hay, 3 Sherwood digestive support tablets, and a tiny sprinkle of black oil sunflower seeds on his Sherwood pellets each day. He had barely touched his pellets from his evening feeding, and had drunk about 16 oz of water in the previous 24 hours, which was quite a lot, for him. There were a normal number of perfectly formed poo balls in his tray and cage, so I don't think it was GI Stasis. He just seemed "off" and didn't come over for his normal bedtime kisses. I took him out of his cage and he seemed a bit unsteady and did not want to move. I started treating him for stasis, with infant gas drops, SarX, forcing him to hop around, and giving lots of tummy massage. His little stomach was distended and very firm, almost rock-like. He became very limp and lethargic, and I knew he wouldn't make it to the vet. I just picked him up and cuddled him close as we lay together on the couch, and prayed for God to not allow him to suffer. He didn't struggle or seem to be in any pain, he just lay calmly and enjoyed the snuggles. He even moved closer to kiss my nose, which was his way of showing affection. He passed away very peacefully, but I don't know WHY he died.
When he died, he eliminated six healthy. perfectly formed poo balls, so that again caused me to believe he did not suffer from GI Stasis. Whatever it was, I feel so lost and utterly useless as a breeder and bunny caregiver.
In the past three weeks, Licorice the Classroom bunny died. Although he belonged to someone else, he was very near and dear to our hearts, being from the very first litter here at Hot Cross Buns. Then Hamlet died. We hadn't had him for a very long time, and had been warned that he sometimes had tummy issues, so was on a special diet and we had put him on a special exercise regimen, as well. Next, Zaccheus passed away from possibly throwing a clot during his neutering surgery earlier this week. And now my Coconut. Logically, I know I didn't cause their deaths, but my heart is hurting from all of these unexpected deaths in such a sort window of time as we struggle to understand and to prevent it from happening again.
Meanwhile, we will soldier on, feeding the best food and hay we can find, cleaning each cage thoroughly, and doing all that we know how to do with love, kindness, patience, and joy.
Goodbye, beloved Coconut.
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