Scooty Poof: The Rabbit on Wheels

It goes with out saying that if you have a pet, you better dedicate a part of yourself towards him or her.

A 2-year old rabbit who goes by the name Scooty Poof has owners who are extremely dedicated to her health and well-being. 

Scooty was rescued in Los Angeles by Too Many Bunnies Rescue and Linda Baley and taken in by Dr. Sari Kanfer. Dr. K had a friend who works for an airline that flew Scooty to Charlotte, NC where her owners picked her up. They are currently looking to get/build a new wheelchair that’s is more stable and better fitting.

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Taken from Scooty Poof’s Facebook page linked above.

Scooty Poof gave birth too young and ended up paralyzing her back legs.

If some people were faced with the challenge of having to take care of a disabled animal, there is a good chance that the animal would be tossed aside the road, found in a garbage can (true story, happened in the UK), or straight-up neglected. Scooty Poof was extremely fortunate that she found 2 people who care for her tremendously. 

All it takes is love, dedication, and care and you’ll be one of the luckiest animals on earth!

Here is a video of her exercising, she looks pretty happy to me! And it’s so obvious she has a great will to live despite her disability.

Scooty Poof’s story is definitely something we could all learn from.

For more on Scooty, visit her Facebook page linked above and YouTube channel.

The Annual Rabbit Scramble

The words “rabbit scramble” may seem funny at first. But when you learn what it actually is, you’ll see that there is no humor behind the true meaning.

There is a county fair in Iowa that has a “tradition” of “rabbit scrambles.” Okay, so what exactly is a scramble and what goes on? Well, children chase after baby bunnies and from what I understand, take them home. This sounds like a recipe for rabbit abuse and neglect, first from being chased and dragged around, then when new parents of these rabbits realize how much care rabbits need, what happens to the rabbits? They will end up at overwhelmed humane societies or worse, which I don’t even want to think about! It has 1850 signatures so far, 3150 is needed. Time is running out, please help end this unnecessary and harmful tradition. It’s cruel, inhumane, and just plain stupid.

Here are some photos from rabbit scramble events:

And you know what frustrates me even more? This newsletter and the comments following. I was so irate I almost registered to the site just so I can give those heartless people a piece of my mind! Here are some of the ignorant and delusional comments:

So sad that a few people have to ruin the fun for the children. We have been going to the fair for as long as I can remember and the scrambles have always been a part of them.” – Fairlover

So, if rabbits are so easily “scared to death”, why haven’t I been successful in scaring to death the ones that insist on eating my flowers and vegetables?!” – chatty1

What about children’s happiness at a joyful event that’s been going on since the 1960′s?” -xdfred2

Some are saying, “since a vet is there, they will be fine.” Total BS. What is the vet going to do when these clueless people who win a rabbit take them home and have no idea what to do with them? 

It’s utterly ridiculous, frustrating, and pointless. It’s only hurting the rabbits. The children can go have fun elsewhere, such as the rides and games.

Note: This doesn’t happen in just Iowa. Unfortunately, many other fairs around the US have rabbit scrambles too. 

1st Day at the Kennel

Yesterday was my first day at the kennel. I have never been to any kind of kennel before so I had no idea what to expect. 

When I pulled in the lot I heard tons of barking and when I entered the doors of the kennel the barking only got louder. When I walked into the room where the dogs were boarded all of the dogs were barking, banging on their cage doors, and some were even growling. Their water bowls were splashing water everywhere creating a mess of dirt and water. Fortunately there is a drain that runs throughout the middle of the room where the water can flow into. 

I wanted to cry. I was heartbroken. Most of these dogs were homeless. It looked like something straight out of an ASPCA commercial (minus the injured/ill animals). Some dogs were giving me sad, sad eyes. I placed the back of my hand against their cages so they could sniff me. I tried to speak to them in a comforting tone but it was way too loud to be heard. I couldn’t even hear what the other volunteer was trying to tell me.

The cage doors were almost impossible to open. It was super hard to concentrate because of the volume of all the barking. I wanted to release all of these dogs and take them to nice, comfortable homes. The situation wasn’t great. The spaces were small (not big enough for a German Shepherd, at least) but them being there was much better than the alternative–euthanization.

The first dog from our rescue we took out was this guy, Blake.

Photo taken from gsgsr.org/availabledogs

Photo taken from gsgsr.org/availabledogs

Blake’s a big guy, but he’s only 4 years old. He’s a lovable pup who just wants to play and be your friend. And he’s a white Shepherd! Before I started volunteering I didn’t know there was anything outside of the black/tan Shepherds. I felt so bad for him when I saw him yesterday. According to the volunteer I was with, it was the first time she has ever seen him cry to be let out. His ears were all the way back on his head (a sign of fright) and he kept crying. He was the first dog we took out to play. He’s such a good-looking dog! He doesn’t do well in the kennel, as do all German Shepherds. I really hope he gets fostered or adopted soon!

Mario was the second dog we took out to play.

Taken from gsgsr.org/availabledogs

Photo taken from gsgsr.org/availabledogs

This guy is really sweet. He has one broken paw and has taught himself to walk and run on only 3 paws. He can walk on all 4 but he can’t do it with out limping. He used to have a home, but he and the other dogs did not get along well. That is how his paw broke. It would be amazing if he could get out of the kennel and into a foster or forever home.

I plan on going back to the kennel this weekend and doing the same thing–walking, playing, and loving the dogs!!

Hey Whole Foods, Bunnies are Friends, NOT Food!

Sigh. It’s a sad time for bunnies. Whole Foods, a highly regarded store that is shopped by a very large number of consumers, has started selling rabbit meat. Let me add a key word, domestic rabbit meat. This means, our lovely little pets we cuddle with, care for, and love deeply are being sold for consumption.

The Sweet Bunny Project

Just because customers have requested that Whole Foods starts selling rabbit meats, the popular business decided that selling rabbit would bring it a great amount of profit, so why not? Right? 

Wrong.

It hurts all of us rabbit owners who would do anything to protect our precious fur babies. It makes us sad to even imagine one of our own being caught, “raised humanely,” and slaughtered for a temporary taste sensation for our palette.

A heartbreaking fact from rabbit.org:

These are the rabbits who will be bred over and over (Oz Farms, one of the growers who will be supplying Whole Foods in Northern California, brags that “one rabbit can produce up to 320 pounds of meat in a year in just a small area” – Press Democrat, June 20, 2014) until they are spent, while their babies (called “fryers”) are slaughtered, with no protection from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, screaming in pain. (They are slaughtered at 9-12 weeks, when they reach 5 pounds, or 2.5 pounds “dressed,” which means butchered.) Oz makes $7.99 for each of the rabbits that they raise, kill and sell (Press Democrat, Jan. 2, 2014).

There really isn’t much that we the people can do here besides the obvious: writing letters to Whole Foods and raising awareness. Something else we can do, though, is boycott Whole Foods. Boycott, boycott, boycott.

I’ve actually never shopped at a Whole Foods before. I’ve always thought they were more expensive and opted for Shop Rite, so this will be easy for me. What won’t be easy though, is knowing that my favorite animal in the world is being killed for meat. 

It straight-up sucks (for lack of a better word) that this is happening. Now that Whole Foods is selling rabbit meat, other grocery stores will most likely follow the trend (I hate that word) and follow suit, thereby creating a new demand for rabbit meat. Pretty soon, it’ll be more popular than it was and more rabbits will live miserably short lives in cages only to be slaughtered. I may be sounding repetitive but this is something that is very near and dear to me and I feel the need to stress this point immensely.

So please, let us work together to boycott Whole Foods and hopefully make a large enough difference that maybe, just maybe, they will stop.

Ways to Help:

(If you don’t want to keep receiving emails from these sites, then create a “spam” email address, make one up, or simply unsubscribe ASAP.)

  1. Change.org: Please do not sell us in your stores!
  2. Write a Yelp Review for Whole Foods
  3. Tell Whole Foods your decision. Feel free to borrow rabbit.org’s letter
  4. Spread the word by posting eye-opening photos such as this one. 

I’m gonna let this photo sink in… 

Critter Week

I’m house sitting for the week. Yay! Here are some pictures of the critters I am watching.

Don’t worry, Pup and Luna are here with me! I could never leave them home! :)

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There’s also a goldfish and 2 gerbils but I haven’t gotten a chance to take a picture of them yet.

This is Miles. He’s a 2 year old Shepherd-Chow mix. Such a friendly and well-trained dog. Love him so much!!

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I was rubbing his belly for about a half hour here. You can see how relaxed he is here!

Now that's a happy doggie.

Now that’s a happy doggie.

Lulu is around 8 years old. She’s a Maine Coon cat. So soft, so cute, and so friendly. She likes to sleep with me. I like it too.

Lulu

Lulu

Miles’ paws are crossed. What a stud. <3

Paws crossed. So cute.

Paws crossed. So cute.

Woman Kills Rabbit Because He Eats Food in Her Garden

Whenever I write something in red that means I’m mad. In this case, mad is an understatement.

I don’t know how to express my disgust on this subject with out coming off as impolite or vulgar so I will try my best. This is something I am very passionate about because it involves an animal that not only do I have but love with all of my heart.

British writer, broadcaster, activist and former vegetarian Jeanette Winterson caught a rabbit eating her roses and sprouts in her Cotswolds garden. As part of her revenge, she killed, skinned, boned, cooked the animal, fed the innards to her cat and took several photos which were posted on her Twitter account. Winterson even joked about crafting a glove puppet with the animal’s head.

She was even quick enough to post photos on her Twitter account of her cat eating the rabbit, the rabbit on her kitchen table after being skinned, and a pot of boiling rabbit on her stove. Those photos will forever be imprinted in my mind, but I do not want to post that rubbish on my blog. It will certainly offend and upset anyone who sees it.

I can’t even begin to state my thoughts on this. It just boggles my mind that someone would have the nerve to do this. 

Did it not cross her mind that an animal’s, not just rabbit’s, home is outside? We humans have different homes. It’s called a house. An animal’s natural instinct for survival is to find food wherever they can. This one rabbit happened to find his food in this beast’s garden. Little did it know it would have gotten trapped, killed, and cooked–all as some revenge for nibbling on her precious herbs. 

Instead of killing this innocent rabbit, why couldn’t she put up more of a secure fence or gate into her garden? Why couldn’t she start planting extra herbs so not all of hers would be lost? Why would a former vegetarian do this? Why would she even brag about it on her social media page? 

This all makes absolutely zero sense and it sickens me. The woman did this out of spite. She must have some underlying issues going on.

Unfortunately, the only way we can send her some kind of message is to boycott everything of hers. Don’t buy her books or any other works. When she loses readers or “fans” maybe she’ll realize that she’s a horrible person.

Rabbits Don’t Drink Beer

Happy Monday everyone and bun.

Don’t feel like reading tonight? Well I don’t feel like writing! Here are some pictures of the buns that don’t require any effort!

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Luna’s about to crack open a nice cold one.

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Alright now, what exactly is this?

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Smells limey.

 

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Luna’s first day outside! She loved it surprisingly.

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Pup was outside yesterday, too!

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He loved every minute of it! From munching on grass, to digging, to snacking on some dandelions, he was in his element!

QuickPup

Don’t have much time to type up an actual post (sorry!) so here’s a quick photo of my sweet (and also naughty) Pup.

Enjoy!

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hi <3

 

And this picture is not mine, I saw it on Facebook but I can’t find the rabbit page that posted it. This is adorable. Pup, take notes!

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THIS! THIS RIGHT HERE! <3

Horse Racing–The Ugly, Ugly Truth of it All

Anybody into horse racing?

I’ve never put much thought into it…until I started becoming heavily interested in animal welfare, of course.

I don’t like it. I have a lot of qualms about it and I feel that only the people who are animal lovers and truly care about the well-being of animals feel the same way I do. And we have our reasons.

This year there is a lot of talk about California Chrome and how he won both the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness. Next up, the Belmont Stakes on June 7th, and he has a good chance of winning. Why he could be the Triple Crown Winner!

Before you compete in a race, you have to train, right? Well, the same goes for these horses. They undergo inhumane treatment. Drugs, abuse, and death. Unnecessary death, I will add.

From birth to death most horses are treated like disposable commodities.

And for what? Money? Excitement? That’s some big BS in my opinion. There is no excuse for that.

I think everybody involved in horse racing–breeders, exercisers, trainers, and jockys–need to find something else to do with their time. Most people don’t take the time to look into horse racing. It’s a hobby, a form of entertainment. An excuse to bet, gamble, drink, or whatever. It’s fun for everyone except the horses.

Here are 2 facts:

  1. On average, 24 horses die per week on race tracks
  2. To train and race through all their injuries, exhaustion, and pain, horses are subjected to an endless cycle of performance enhancing medications and pain masking drugs. These are mostly done on young horses, whose muscles are hardly developed.

These are all taken from PETA in an undercover video they took.

Yes, it’s PETA, and yes PETA is very radical, but that doesn’t sway any truth from the facts they uncovered.

I could only watch 4 minutes of the video before I switched it off.

These are baby horses. And they’re being raced into the ground.

Horses can’t speak up. They have no free will. They don’t have the power to say “NO.” They can’t simply say, “I’m tired,” “I don’t feel like running around a track today,” or “I don’t want any more injections.” They stand there and they take it, because they have no choice.

It’s heartbreaking. If a horse breaks their leg, they’re considered lame, useless. They have to be euthanized. This can ALL be prevented by simply letting the horse live a normal life on a ranch and not on a racetrack.

I wish all of this unnecessary horse racing would stop, but I don’t think it ever will.

It’s all about the f’ing money to people. This world is money hungry.

So while everyone is cheering and drinking along to the race this weekend I will be hoping every horse makes it out of the race safely and that the race just ends already. Hell, I won’t even be watching it.