Liebster Award: Hands Award to Pup. Watches Him Sniff & Hop Away

Liebster Award: Hands Award to Pup. Watches Him Sniff & Hop Away

In case you didn’t understand the title, Pup has received a nomination for an award for this blog. He didn’t think much of it when I handed it to him, he just ran off underneath my bed. ;)

Thank you, CocoBaba the cute lil ferret, for nominating us for the Liebster Award! We’re honored :) We work hard to think of good ideas for the blog and keep people coming back for more. :) You’ve remained a loyal follower since the beginning <3

Here are some guidelines for Liebster Award:

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers whom have less than 200 followers and link to them.
4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
5. Notify all nominees via social media and/or blogs.

Cocobaba’s Questions to Me:

1. Personally, I had some trouble deciding the title/subtitle when creating my blog. How did you come up with the title and/or subtitle of your blog?

I wanted to create something unique. A rabbit named Pup? That could be a good attention grabber. There are so many blogs out there so I wanted to try and stand out.

2. What are some of the most rewarding experiences you had from blogging?

I like that I can provide information to help others and educate them about animals. It’s fun to see how many people like, reblog, and comment on my posts too. Keeps me posting more.

3. Taking pictures of animals has been my hobby for some time, and I thought creating a blog would be a great archival method to share those picture. What made you want to  start your blog?

I wanted to combine my 2 true loves: writing and animals. So I am here writing about animals. It’s a dream job!

4. Have you ever switched your blog’s appearance themes? If so, any themes you recommend for new bloggers?

Yes. Sometimes I get bored of my theme. I recently changed mine to something a bit more simple. When there is too much going on in a page I lose interest. I don’t like clutter. Stay with a simple theme would be my advice.

5. Blogging can sometimes be very time-consuming to many. Have you ever thought of quitting your blog? If so, what made you decide to keep blogging?

I’ve never thought about quitting this blog but I’ve taken lengthy breaks from posting. Mostly when I get writer’s block or when I get discouraged. But I always come back and post. :)

I nominate the following blogs:

https://pawforhelp.wordpress.com/

https://wepaws2blog.wordpress.com/

https://roadogsandrescue.wordpress.com/

https://shebaslifestory.wordpress.com/

https://thehandsomehare.wordpress.com/

Here are my questions:

1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

2. What made you want to start your blog site? Do you enjoy it as much as you first did?

3. Would you ever consider doing a collaboration post with another blogger? Why/why not?

4. What would you say is the most difficult aspect about blogging regularly?

5. How do you come up with fresh, new, and exciting material?

Thanks again CocoBaba and congrats fellow nominees!

Love,

Pup

Tuna Turns Two

Tuna Turns Two

My youngest bunny, Luna, is now 2! 

It sure is amazing how fast they grow ;) !

Luna a few days after I got her and Luna yesterday.
Luna a few days after I got her and Luna yesterday.

You can see how her ears were too big for her head. She definitely grew into herself. 

Luna is of the Mini Lop breed. 

Mini Lops are friendly, playful, and inquisitive. Luna is all of the above. I’m still working on her shyness though.

Victory for the Majestic: Elephants to be Phased From Ringling Bros. Circus

Victory for the Majestic: Elephants to be Phased From Ringling Bros. Circus

The good news: After countless efforts from animal rights organizations, elephants will finally start to be phased out of Ringling Bros. Circus acts.

The bad news: All elephant performances will end by 2018. 

“Why not now?” is the question being asked by elephant supporters around the country. 

According to PETA, the organization has been protesting Ringling Bros. cruelty to elephants for 35 years. There has been an undercover video released of violent baby elephant training. There have been reports of baby elephants dying due to injuries, drowning, and some being forced to perform even though they were ill. If that isn’t cruel, I don’t know what is.

So really, why not now?

Three years is too long for a mother elephant separated from her calf, too long for a baby elephant beaten with the sharp fireplace-poker like weapons called bullhooks that Ringling handlers use routinely, too long for an animal who would roam up to 30 miles a day in the wild to be kept in shackles. — from the full article on PETA.org 

However, although myself nor animal rights organizations do not like or accept what Ringling has been doing to their animals, I do have to give them credit to recognize the problem and do something about it. I am extremely happy for these elephants who will not have to live in cages, be beaten with hooks, forced to perform, and overall, be treated cruelly. 

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So now that elephants are getting their happy ending, what about all of the other wild animals that are used in Ringling? Will we get to see their happy ending? All us supporters can do at this point is keep on doing what we’ve been doing. Keep the protests going, keep the investigations cracking, and keep the revealing articles flowing. Let’s keep pounding the pavement with relentless determination and dedication. 

All animals deserve freedom. It’s up to us to give it back to them. 

Let them be free.

The Simplicity of Animals

The Simplicity of Animals

I am sitting on the floor of my bedroom typing away on my laptop and there is only one thing slowing me down.

A furry black ball of in the form of my rabbit Pup is a mere inch away from my right elbow. Every once in awhile between tonight’s grooming session, he will poke his head onto my keyboard and silently beg for pets. But I don’t mind. 

When he’s had enough (which is seldom) he will hop a few steps away and start to groom himself endlessly. During this act his head bounces up and down while he stands on his hind legs and continues licking. You would never guess that rabbits are so compulsive about keeping their coat neat and in place. If a section of fur is standing the opposite way–forget about it.

Post-groom session
Post-groom session

Pup is an interesting character. Everybody thinks their pet is the most interesting pet alive which isn’t a bad thing. It’s just that a non-rabbit owner would never guess how expressive and intuitive these creatures are. 

Rabbits are sneaks…mischievous little fellas. It all depends on the rabbit himself but the two I’ve been blessed with are pretty clever. 

Pup loves rummaging through my bedroom trash can. So much, in fact, that I had to move it to where he couldn’t get it. And boy, rabbits love a challenge. But before I moved the trash can Pup found a way of getting inside. He used his nose to nudge the trash right next to my desk chair. After the trash was in a good spot, Pup jumped onto my chair and dove headfirst into the can. Not for long though, because I heard him rustling through it, like a raccoon would scavenge through your garbage, and went to his aid (not that he needed it). 

Luna, on the other hand, decided to take it upon herself to rip into the large bag of hay I keep behind the gate in my room (aka the “no rabbit trespassing zone”). This gate is set up securely but this little squeaker used her nose (notice a theme here with the noses?) with all her might and managed to slide the gate aside. She then proceeded to bite multiple holes into the bag of hay, having her own delicious feast. Apparently the hay she already had in her cage wasn’t good enough. The only thing this resulted in was a gigantic mess for me to clean when I got home. 

There is no doubt in my mind that no matter what animal you own (or decide to own in the future) he/she will never fail to amuse you with their silly antics. And what may seem silly to you may not be to them. They are all-business, determined little buggers. Even if their antics get them into trouble at times we need to learn to laugh. Their lives are so much simpler than ours and we should learn from them that ours can be simple too.

Go to your local shelter and consider adopting a homeless animal today. It will make a difference in their world and yours.

February: Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

February: Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

Alright bunny lovers, if you didn’t already know, February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month. When you adopt a rabbit, or any animal for that manner, you are improving it’s life. You are bringing it into your home, providing it with food, love, and care. You are also freeing up space in shelters so more abandoned/neglected/hurt rabbits can have a place to live until they get adopted.

It’s a whole process and the pros most definitely outweigh the cons. In fact, there aren’t any cons to adopting a rabbit. You will simply fall in love with their unique personalities and their cute little habits.

Random rabbit fact: REW’s (ruby-eyed whites) aka New Zealand Whites along with all black rabbits are breeds that are the least likely to get adopted.

Why? Well, people love cute. Who doesn’t want a cute pet? Some may think all blacks look boring (as an owner of two I can tell you, in fact, that they are not boring!). As for the New Zealand Whites, people think they are “creepy” looking because of their red/ruby eye color. Well guess what? According to rabbit.org, they are known to be the friendliest and sweetest breed! 

Read the chart below to learn more about this gracious breed or click here to see an enlarged photo:

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Here are 5 terrific reasons to adopt a rabbit this month, or any month for that matter!

  • Rabbits are easy to please with simple foods.

Yup. As long as they get their hay and fresh leafy greens they are satisfied.

  • They’re eco-friendly!

What do you mean, eco-friendly? Well, they love chewing on things. Take it from me. You don’t have to throw away those old phone books, paper towel/toilet paper rolls (ones with out the glue), or cardboard boxes! Rabbit’s teeth don’t stop growing so they are always chewing on things to file down those chompers.

  • They help reduce stress.

Watching them play, hop around happily, groom themselves, or flop on the ground has a calming affect. According to onegreenplanet.org and pets.webmd.com,

Simply petting a bunny on your lap can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase your happiness by releasing serotonin. Snuggling up and cuddling with a bunny can even lower blood pressure.

  • They’re natural comedians.

No, seriously, I laugh at Pup every darn day. Luna too, but Pup is the comedic bun. Just watching him flick his feet as he’s hopping away from me (a sign of annoyance), binky about (happy jump), or even groom himself for almost an hour straight, always makes me laugh. This goes along with the above fact!! Watching them eat is great too. The way they chew and make noise when they eat is simply adorable and hilarious.

  • And lastly, they will offer you long-lasting companionship.

And what is better than that. You’ll have a new best friend. You’ll look forward to coming home at the end of the day. You’ll have them to snuggle with. They’re just a big life improvement overall. 

Adopt a rabbit. You won’t regret it!

 

Poetry Pup

Poetry Pup

I’m still in my amature poetry mode so here goes:

Enjoy!

 

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I know you think I’m cute

It’s too bad that I am mute

If rabbits could talk then I would say,

“Get that camera outta my way!”


 

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There’s nothing like fresh greens

If you miss feeding time I get mean

I’ll circle your feet and won’t be sweet

And wreck everything you’ve just cleaned!

Haikus for Two

Haikus for Two

I don’t think I’ve written a haiku since I was in high school.

But I thought it would be nice to post something different once in a while.

Enjoy!


Pup

Two long pointy ears

Coat silky as a ribbon

Loves to cause mischief.


Luna 1

Luna

As shy as can be

Her ears always flop about

So prim and proper.


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Rabbits

Wild cheeky buns

They love to hop, play, and run

Stoic as can be