Thursday, 29 July 2010
Freckles arrived yesterday and she is a very pretty rabbit and has a lovely nature. This lady is nine and half years old and is fabulous for her age. She does have some health problems at the moment though and is on some medication. We are keeping a close eye on her but she seems quite happy and has been out in the run this afternoon. We have given her a big box full of hay and she seems to enjoy getting in and out of it and munching the hay. Freckles was drinking quite a bit of water so we have given her a bowl as well as a bottle to help her.
Timmy had a trip to the vet this week to investigate his nose and the discharge he has. The x ray that they took was not very clear as he was not anaesthetised. Due to the fact that this problem has been ongoing for quite sometime his owners have decided to allow our vet to further investigate the problem. Timmy will be going in for a GA on 11 August to have x rays and his looked at properly.
We have some old friends back with us from last year. This group of bunnies and guinea pigs have travelled all the way from Germany and will be staying with us for the next three and half weeks. Their family comes to the UK for a couple of months in the summer and during their holiday in Scotland the bunnies and guinea pigs come to stay with us. Here they are out in the run this morning and we think Ronja was the most confident one and the two boys were huddling together wondering what was happening. The piggies, Amanda and Anton have not been out today as we thought we would let them get properly settled and then they can go out tomorrow in a run in the garden.
Monday, 26 July 2010
Jamie is such a great rabbit, he just wants to be your friend all the time. Here he is relaxing after his tea. He has all the colouring of a Dutch rabbit but so much bigger so we are not sure what his parents were but maybe a french but he is certainly a big boy.
We have a very cute, little (well big actually) hamster staying with us and we caught him waking up this evening and took some pictures. Stanley enjoys attention and comes up for treats. He loves his fresh food and we bought him a hamster chew stick which he has also been nibbling.
Blitzen piggy is back with us again this year and he has grown even bigger. Blitzen used to have a friend but now he is a house piggy and gets lots of attention and love. He has spent today out in a run chatting to the girl piggy guests and has thoroughly enjoyed himself!! Here he is back in his hutch tonight.
Two more bunnies in bunny camp are Pepsi & Storm who arrived last week. Both boys were originally bonded but after going to the vet to be neutered and being separated for only a short while the boys fell out and are now housed separately. These buns are lucky as their owners bought them separate hutches and runs and kept them both, quite often in cases like this one bunny has to go, which is a shame. Both the boys have been out on the patio playing today and each one had a great time. Please keep this in mind if you have a bonded pair and one has to go to the vet for any reason, take the bonded rabbit along and keep them together. Bunnies can fall out in a very short space of time. The hardest ones to re bond are boys and sometimes they never re bond.
Timmy is going into the vets tomorrow to have his x-ray and he will be staying there for the day and I will be collecting him at 6.30 p.m. Timmy is eating very well now. He is more comfortable now and we feel he is happier and certainly looks quite content here having a little snooze. It was a shame to wake him for his picture.
Marv & Lucky are quite settled now and are with us until September. They are really friendly rabbits and are starting to trust us more. We have been letting them out on our larger patio area to have a proper run around and they seemed to really enjoy this. Its unusual to see two boy bunnies so happy together.
Little Mildred is still enjoying her holiday with us and has been outside today in a run as the weather has been so nice. She jumps around and runs so fast we worry she might hurt herself. She just get so excited. We have given her a crackly tunnel to play with which she loves. Mildred goes home this week and we shall miss her.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
We had some friends visit us today from Bournemouth Annie & Peter who we have not seen for quite sometime. Annie used to have a bunny called Horace but is now without bunny so was keen to have a big cuddle with a rabbit volunteer and Valentino got the job. We are not quite sure what he thought of it all.
Friday, 23 July 2010
Timmy had a check up with our own vet today and he has decided that Timmy should have an x-ray to investigate the problems he is having with his nose i.e. a discharge and also he has dry eye syndrome. We will be taking Timmy to have his x ray sometime over the weekend. In the meantime he is having drops twice daily in both his eyes to keep them moist and to also treat an ulcer in one of his eyes which has occurred due to the dry eye syndrome. Our vet has noticed that Timmy has considerable bone deformation in his nose area and he cannot be sure what is causing this without further investigations. On the plus side Timmy is well in himself and is eating very well. He is also maintaining his weight. We will keep you posted on Timmy's progress.
Saffron and Jack are also here along with Sammy and Mindy, and they have settled in really well. It is always good to see these two as they are a very loving couple, and Jack especially has become a very chilled out rabbit since being with Saffy.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Both the buns are doing well and although we have not had too many guests staying with them, this weekend we do have a family of 3 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs coming to stay. We are not sure what they will make of that. I guess their tidiness will go out the window as it always does due to other rabbit smells. They have been outside on sunny days but today lots of rain so a day in listening to the radio and generally planning what naughty games they can get up to. Naboo only yesterday made a bee line for our bedroom when I left the door open. He is so quick and was soon investigating the bedside cabinet and I was so pleased we had recently changed the bed to a divan or he would have been straight under the bed and it would have taken me ages to retrieve him. Naughty Boo. We think Poppy may have regained some of her weight looking at the above picture. Oh No! where is the Excel Lite?
We have not mentioned very much recently about Valentino but as usual he is doing what he does best and here he is having his afternoon nap. Quite often we just let him out in the lounge and he has this one favourite spot behind the chair where he drifts off into a deep slumber. He is quite the opposite first thing in the morning and is on a food mission to get as many pieces of banana and mini weetabix he can from us and we have re-named him Valentino Dyson as he goes around the chairs picking up crumbs. Anyone would think we never fed him!
Mildred has a new friend to cuddle up to. Sometimes when bunnies are on their own they miss their families, who of course are always round to play with them and so we often give them a soft toy. Quite often they do end up washing it and cuddling into it. Mildred seems to like her purple bunny we gave her along with a couple of rattly balls.
We unfortunately broke her own bowl but as you can see we bought her a new pink one with bunnies on. She is such a cute and friendly rabbit and everyone who visits wants to take her home with them.
Timmy has recently lost a bit of weight so we are giving him lots of naughty food to try and increase his weight. We have been trying different mixes and he seems to be quite fond of the Gerty Gin one and of course we have mixed in some of his normal food. He has also been having some fruity treat biscuits. Tea tonight was carrot tops, pepper, cue and a slice of melon which we think he enjoyed very much.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Lily was out in one of our larger runs today and we had left one of the tunnels in it which the bunnies love to play with, we hadn't thought for one moment it might amuse a tortoise but she was straight in it and was very intrigued. We feel from the second photo Lily has certainly got her eye on everything going on around her.
This is Marv, who unlike Lucky was hard to catch on camera. He was not so chilled out and ran away every time I tried to take a photo, so in the end Sharon had to pick him up to get him to pose!!
He is not so up to be fussed or stroked, although his curiosity sometimes gets the better of him and he will come up to see what is going on!
Friday, 16 July 2010
Here is Speedy, a guinea pig that the owners tell us is between 7 & 8 years old, which is a good age for a piggy. We had her out this morning so as to trim her nails, which needed cutting back, and we noticed that she is in very good condition generally for such an age.
This is the second year we have looked after Speedy and we think she is quite a lot friendlier and more outgoing than when we saw her before. She was very good sitting on my lap this morning and enjoying being fussed and stroked before her trim at the nail bar!
This is Humphrey who is staying with us until next week. He was originally named Benny when we picked him up from a local family who were unable to look after him any more. We fostered him for a while until some friends of ours decided to take him on as their own bunny and promptly renamed him Humphrey.
He is extremely friendly and loves his fuss, but he definitely did not like the wind yesterday. He refused to come out into his run and we had to protect the top half of his hutch with the cover so that he did not get blown about.
Marv and Lucky continue to enjoy their stay with us and have settled in really well. They did not however enjoy the weather yesterday, when the wind was blowing everything around and the rain was gusting in to the garden. Thankfully today the wind has dropped and the bunnies can get out in the runs for a play.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
The buns have been working their way through their treat stick and we have been letting them have it for a few nibbles and then saving it for another night, however tonight as there was only a little bit left on the stick they had it to finish and as you can see it was a race to see who could get the most off the stick, both as determined as ever. Bless! I did'nt like to tell them we had another one in the cupboard. Of course the only reason we are rationing this is because of dear Poppy's waistline.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
This is just to let the owners of Lily the tortoise know that we have decided to bring her inside the house today.
The temperature has dropped considerably and it has been raining for most of the day. We did not feel that Lily being outside was good for her. She was not eating as much and not moving around much either.
We do know that tortoises cannot regulate their own temperature and use the sun or a heat lamp to get warm, which was fine when it was sunny, but now, with the rain and lower temperature we thought she might like to come indoors.
We will continue to monitor her progress and make sure she is kept warm and well fed.
Here is Mildred, a first time visitor to Blackberry Boarding, who is only 4 months old. She is a mini lop rabbit who arrived, with her owner of course, this morning.
She is very cute and also very friendly, as her owners have handled her a lot since she came into their lives. She was very playful this morning but is now lying down having a rest as she has tired herself out, although she may come to life again soon, as it is teatime.