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A Frivolous Post: Funny Bunny

My little girl bunny, Brownie, gave me a good laugh last night. They each get a pineapple-papaya enzyme tablet with their night-time feed of rabbit chow and mixed greens. It's really a dietary supplement - it's supposed to help prevent hairball problems in their guts - but for Brownie, it's crack: the minute she smells it, she has to have it.

So I had dropped a tablet into each bowl as usual, but Brown couldn't find hers. She was getting really agitated - she could obviously smell it, but couldn't get hold of it. She pulled just about all her greens out and threw them on the floor, and chomped on them a couple of times in a very aggravated, angry manner, but didn't eat any. Finally she started casting about her dish a little more widely, and I figured out the problem:

She had been sitting on it.

It must have bounced off the edge of the bowl and between her front feet ... anyway, she did finally find it and munch it up, and was content again. Silly wabbit ... .

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ipperne
Oct. 3rd, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
AAWW! Bunnycuteness!
Want bunnies too, but my doggy is afraid of them^^(she sits on her snacks all the time too, so funny)
chomiji
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)

Afraid of them!? Brownie and Mallow are each less than 5 lbs (OK, Mallow might be as much as 6 ... that's only about 2.5 kg each) ... !

That's funny ... if we've been petting the buns and then go outside and meet any of our neighbors' dogs, the dogs are always fascinated by the smell of the rabbits on our hands.

The bunnies used to be terrified of even the smell of dogs, but the woman who's been taking care of them when we're away has several dogs - including one that's a registered therapy dog and is very careful to make sure the other dogs don't come near the bunnies - so now they're used to it.

smillaraaq
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Heee, your bunnies are as big as my cat. :)

(And Biscuit, 40 pounds of VICIOUS BABY-EATING KILLER PIT BULL, etc., is mercilessly bullied by the kitty. She was a feral DC street kitten and was raised by my old malamute, so I rather suspect her self image is that of a 100-pound sleddog, not a very tiny kitty...and when Jake died that meant she had seniority, and she made very sure the new dogs did NOT forget it!)
chomiji
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)

Hee, you have a wittle kitty! Brownie is a (registered!) mini-rex, which is categorized as a small breed, and I may be mistaken about her weight (haven't weighed her recently). Some rabbits can weigh more than 15 lbs (usu. Flemish Giant breed). Mallow is a mutt bunny from House Rabbit Society rescue, but he seems to be at least part English Spot - you can tell by his funky coat pattern. So he's a medium-size rabbit.

Their claws are really different from each other, more than the slight size difference: Mallow has thick, heavy claws like a dog, and Brownie has dainty wee slim claws (and they're a pain to clip because they're black, and I can't see the vein ... ).

smillaraaq
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Very tiny kitty indeed -- here she is next to her old dog. I still regret that I didn't get any pics of them together when she was just a kitten, because she was SO tiny and he was so insistent on holding down the baby to wash her properly...even though between his big snowshoe feet and the big dog tongue, about all the kitty left to stick out was the squeaking!
chomiji
Oct. 5th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)

Aww, cutie tuxedo kitty! I love cats, but since I'm the one who ends up doing all the caretaking, one set of pets at a time is enough. I can always got play with my friend K's tabby cat Josie (she also has a black cat, Abike a/k/a Abby, but the kids call Abby The Invisible Cat because she hides so much ... the only time I ever see her is when she's sacked out atop the 6-foot-tall cat tree).

(And I love dogs too, but having dogs is like having children - they are so dependent on you ... .)

smillaraaq
Oct. 5th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
I've lived with dogs, cats, various smaller psittacine birds, goldfish, random tropical fish, and an iguana, and loved them all, but I'd have to say I'm primarily a dog person. Cats I like but was always perfectly happy just to visit with them at other people's houses, but one day out walking the malamute we found this starving half-dead kitten and...yeah, there must have been a big invisible sign reading "SUCKER" that only strays could read, hanging around my neck. I still say she was really Jake's kitty, he just delegated all the caretaking to his two-legged assistant.

(I bet she would be terrified of the big scary bunnies, too. The few times she's even met other cats, she's had this shocked "what kind of weird dog are YOU?" look on her face.)

Dogs ask a lot, but they give a lot in return too. I love having various different sorts of critters around, but dogs are the only ones that I really can't live without: the years when I've not had one around feel like there's a color missing out of the spectrum.
chomiji
Oct. 6th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)

Well, I love dogs ... I mean, I sometimes say that I am a dog person in a world of cats, because I am like that - sentimental, very sensitive to my companions' feelings, heart on my sleeve, hate to be sneaky or deceiving (and it's also my Oriental zodiac sign). But for that very reason, I feel that I don't have time for one right now - the amount of time we're away from the house all day would be very hard on a dog.

I'd be a fairly quiet sort of dog, not the bouncy, barky kind ... .

ipperne
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Um, once I was taking care of one of my friends' bunny, she litterlly ran for her life everytime I opened the cage.
She was also afraid of my fearless nymp "Plet". My dog has no idea of her own size, and the fact that she has teeth and claws.

but whenever she can't see the bunny, she thinks that the smell of them is wonderful... very odd
chomiji
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)

Poor doggle! So what kind of critter is a "nymp"?

ipperne
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
It's a bird. Actually I have no idea of what they are called in english, but the latin is Nymphicus hollandicus and this one looks pretty much like Plet did.
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they are about 25 centimeters from head to tail, and Plet used to enjoy taking a walk on Sophies paws^^
smillaraaq
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Cockatiel! And a very handsome pearl boy, no less. :)
chomiji
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)

Oh ...! OK, that's called a cockatiel in English. Yes, well they can nip doggie noses and shriek very loudly, so maybe that was part of the problem ... some of our friends have one.

(The scientific/Latin name was a good idea!)

ipperne
Oct. 4th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Well, Plet was actually very quiet and friendly. She just walked aroud on the doggiepaws^^ I had one once that imitated a burglar alarm. that was very annoying.

Latin is why I rarely bother to learn animal names in other languages. Besides, the latin names are much easier, and tells a lot more about the animal.
smillaraaq
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
The girls are generally so much quieter, unless they're upset about something they mostly just make soft little chirpy noises. Every boy tiel I've ever had, though, was in love with the sound of its own voice, and would have regular periods of loud squawky chirpy whistly monologues in the morning and evening. :)
chomiji
Oct. 5th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)

Heh, I feel like I should introduce you two ... .

ipperne, this is smillaraaq: we met at telophase's, and she is a huge Saiyuki fan.

smillaraaq, this is ipperne. We've known each other online for almost as long as I've been here on LJ. We met through the marvellous manga epic that is Samurai Deeper Kyo, and she is now reading Saiyuki (she's awaiting the arrival of vol. 9 in the mail).

smillaraaq
Oct. 5th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
*waves hello!*
ipperne
Oct. 5th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
*waves back* Hi There!
ipperne
Oct. 5th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh! an formal introduction^^ fancy much.

Has it really been that long? It was you who got me started on Saiyuki! And that reminds me; You really should read Gravitation soon! *poke poke*
smillaraaq
Oct. 6th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Synchronicity, I have the first five volumes sitting here in my teetering to-be-read pile, thanks to good folks on Bookmooch! Is there a particular point where if you're gonna be hooked it would happen by now, like the whole Chin Yisou-up-through-"Be There" arc in Saiyuki?
ipperne
Oct. 6th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Around Track 10 or 11(vol 3) would be a good guess. A lot of things i happening there, and you will either wish that you never started or that you knew what would happen next. Actually I have wanted to do a re-read for a while, but my aunt has snatched the first two volumes... *sigh*
smillaraaq
Oct. 6th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, good to know that! So if I'm not hooked hard by the end of all five in my stack, I can safely pass them along to somebody else knowing that I gave it the old school try. :)
ipperne
Oct. 6th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
yeah, guess you could say that^^ actually, I think if you don't get hooked on it, you'll be scared off by all the weirdness way before vol 5^^ also, there's only 12 vols, so 5 is a big part to read and not catch it;)
smillaraaq
Oct. 6th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Eh, no worries, I have a pretty high threshold for weirdness. (One of my other great fandoms is From Eroica With Love, which is crackier in CANON than a lot of fanfics ever can manage. :)
chomiji
Oct. 6th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)

Oh, yeah, we're very fancy around here!!   XD

And it's been quite a while - we started talking in love_deeper soon after I started, back last winter. And yes, your Saiyuki habit is my fault (although you've got your own twist on it ... )

OK, maybe I'll stock up on some Gravitation, because as you know I will be needing some brain candy soon ... .

ipperne
Oct. 6th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
I see that^^

Yes, your falut that I am running out of mangaspace! (no, none of the other series has anything to do with this, esp. not Naruto *cough cough*) Bad girl!

You should! And then, when you're all hooked and tired from laughing, you can enjoy some of the pretty remixes(the ones where the chracters doesn't look like kids, but the young men they really are) and add eye-candy to the fun.
dana1witch
Oct. 3rd, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
What a cute little story :)
chomiji
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you enjoyed it ... they are cute pets, much smarter than one might think ... except about things like this!   XD

(Anonymous)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
The joy in my life is my furry/feathered buddies, and the things that they do. I could just see your little Brownie fussing over her yummy missing treat. Heh.

all my best wishes,
-Resa
the_resa
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Oops - that was me.
chomiji
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)

I thought it might be you ...   :-D

That's her in the icon (and her foster brother, Marshmallow) ... she's meant to be "tortoiseshell" in coloring, and when she was younger, you could sometimes see a bit of the pattern, but her fur has lightened and lost contrast as she's become older. She has points like a Siamese cat, to some extent - but a paler belly.

the_resa
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
They're just adorable. And she's a pretty little baby. You should post more piccys of them as you find the time.
chomiji
Oct. 5th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)

I need to get myself a digital camera! Given what I do for a living (web stuff, including some graphics) it's ridiculous that I don't have one, but I don't ... I'm going to be picky about which one I want, and I haven't had time to shop for one. Taking pix of animals is so hit-or-miss that I waste a lot of film if I do it with my existing camera.

smillaraaq
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Exasperated grumpybun sounds utterly adorable. :)

Biscuit just gets very frantic and confused if you drop a treat where she can't find it (say, between her shoulder blades, when she thinks it should have landed on the floor). But she is a Dog of Very Little Brain, and confusion comes easily to her.
chomiji
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)

The buns can be surprisingly dog-like in their behavior. When it's chow time, for example, they chase each other around the room, and mob my feet and nudge my ankles with their noses. The main thing that's odd when you see them do it is that they are utterly silent. It's not that they can't make noises, but in general, they don't - unless they're angry (a noise that an angry small dog might make - if it had the vocal apparatus of a guinea pig) or terrified (a really horrifying shriek - I've only heard it once).

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