Cutest Bunnies Ever!

They’re small. They’re soft and furry.  They’re fruit and vegetable-eating machines.  They are lagomorphs – not rodents – and we’re wrapped around their little bunny paws!  José and I have finally become pet people, and we’re so glad to have Cypress (our girl – white) and Pinto (our boy – spotted) hopping around our home.  They’ve only been with us since March of this year but they’re definitely full-fledged members of the family.  We adopted them from the Irvine Animal Care Center, and are so glad we did!


First things first:  The Irvine Animal Care Center is incredible – I highly recommend it if you live in Orange County and are looking to adopt a pet. Kay McCarley, who I affectionately think of as “The Bunny Master” because she’s so well versed in all things rabbit, is the driving force behind the rabbit program there.  She’s been an incredible resource for us – especially as first-time rabbit owners.  I’d like to thank Kay for all the time she’s taken answering our questions because she’s gone above and beyond to ensure that our adopted rabbits are healthy and happy in their new home.


Second: No, our rabbits will not be multiplying rapidly, as rabbits are well known for.  All the animals offered for adoption from the IACC have been fixed (or “altered”), which is a wonderful thing.  No need to worry about the expense and hassle of taking your pet in later on (or helping them with their post-surgery recovery).  They’re already good to go when you adopt, and won’t surprise you with a pregnancy before you can get them fixed!


Third: In case you didn’t know, rabbits make excellent house pets!  If you think you should keep rabbits outside in a hutch, please think again.  Our rabbits are litter box trained, and live with us inside our apartment.  If you can give them enough space in an exercise pen or cage indoors, and are willing to bunny-proof at least a section of your home, you can have a happy little bun bun (or two) as house pets, too.


*If you’re interested in having pet rabbits, please adopt instead of buying from a pet store.  And since bunnies and rabbits require pretty specific care and conditions, please be sure to do research on what’s involved before you adopt.  The House Rabbit Society at is a great resource!


Though we did a lot of research on rabbits before we signed the adoption papers, we didn’t know exactly what to expect.  It’s been six months and we’ve been delighted with their personalities, bowled over by their utter cuteness, and they definitely keep us entertained and laughing.  The hopping, running, jumping, flopping, yawning, and chewing is so cute when coming from a 5 or 6 pound ball of fur.  It’s official: we’re hooked on these little buggers.  Welcome to the family, Cypress and Pinto!

Please feel free to post a comment telling me how completely adorable our bunnies are.  As a devoted “bunny parent”, I’ll eat it up!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted September 12, 2010 at 7:02 am by David Zwirn | Permalink

    Pinto kinda reminds me of Tom Selleck. Must be the ‘stache. 🙂
    I’m glad you’re having such a good time with your bunny kids. They’re adorable!

  2. Posted September 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm by Michelle | Permalink

    Super cute!
    So, have you ever done a Rorschach test with the spots on Pinto?

  3. Posted September 13, 2010 at 8:35 am by Barbara | Permalink

    What cute little balls of fur. Love how your “mommy” personality is emerging. Enjoy!

  4. Posted September 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, David. Too funny about the mustache and Tom Selleck! I guess it’s good that Cypress doesn’t have the mustache then, right? 😮

  5. Posted September 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, Michelle. Nope, not yet. His markings are really interesting though. As I recall, the Bunny Master thinks he’s part English Spot and part dwarf.

  6. Posted September 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, Barb. Their cuteness is a big asset (to them) when they’re being “wascally wabbits”. It’s pretty impossible to stay mad at adorable little rabbits – even when they’ve been naughty!

  7. Posted September 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm by Terry | Permalink

    As my daughter would say, “Awww, so CUUUUUUUUUTE” – I used to have a bunny for a pet as a little boy. One day I came home and the cage door was open, no bunny to be found. My mom told me he ran away. I don’t remember being suspicious about what we had for dinner that night, but seeing how parents lie to their kids to “protect” them, it’s possible he met a different end. I choose to believe the story is legit. Mom didn’t know how to make anything as exotic as hasenpfeffer.

  8. Posted September 15, 2010 at 11:45 am by Debbie | Permalink

    LOVE your adorable little bunnies, my dear! You’ve got quite the maternal instinct showing, too…the only one I have is for my Sophie Cat!

  9. Posted September 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks Debbie! I’ve definitely got a strong maternal instinct…

  10. Posted September 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Terry – I’m so sorry about your bunny’s escape, and am glad it didn’t end up in the stew pot!