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Blessed Be the Bunnies…

If you follow my blog you probably know that hubby and I have two pet rabbits.  We adopted Cypress and Pinto from a shelter back in 2010, and have been enjoying their wascally wabbit antics since then.  They’re definitely a big part of our little family.  Happily, we had a unique (to me) opportunity to show our love for them in a new way this past weekend.  They were blessed in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis! :]

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Pinto, peeking out of the pet carrier to see what’s going on…

Apparently Catholic churches often invite people to have their pet blessed by the church in honor of Saint Francis on or around October 4th – his feast day.  Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, and it sounds like he was a wonderful man.  A non-Catholic, I learned a good amount about him during the little service they had before the blessing of the animals.  And though hubby was raised Catholic this whole idea of bringing your pets to church for a blessing was new to him.

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Hubby and the bunnies before the event started…

We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it was such a lovely experience.  The priest, Father Thomas, was very friendly, funny, kind and patient, and all the critters there were so cute!  As expected, there were many dogs.  We also saw some birds, turtles, fish (beta), a little lizard/dragon, and several turtles.  We didn’t see any cats, and we were the only ones who brought bunnies.

Cypress and Pinto were a big hit.  :] They received their holy water sprinkles without a fuss while secured in their pet carrier.  After the little service and history about St. Francis, who sounds like he was a very humble, loving and caring person, we had a little “parade” – which was a walk up to the front of the church for a group photo and then back.

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Hubby holding Cypress, Father Thomas, me holding Pinto

After the official part of the event was over we asked the priest to take a picture with the four of us.  We hadn’t taken the bunnies out of their carrier until then, because I was worried that they’d be too afraid or that there would be a mishap of some sort.  However, by that time many families had left and it seemed safe, so we took them out and held them. And yes, I brought along a few of my vintage doilies to lay on the open pet carrier in keeping with the church/altar look.  I’m cuckoo – I know.  :]

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Getting ready to head back home with our precious cargo…

It was a funny, sweet, and fun event, and I’m very glad we went.  I love our bun buns, and want the best for them.  Blessings for the bunnies are always welcome…

Warm regards,
Melody
aka Mama Bunny

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Pumpkins – and Bunnies?!

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Yes, it’s true – I’m a devoted “bunny mother”.  Hubby and I adopted two adult rabbits from a local shelter in the spring of 2010, and we’ve been enjoying our furry little “bunnies” ever since.  I try not to post about them too much, but thought it might be fun to do a fall/spring mash-up and photograph our bunnies with the pumpkins we purchased during our trip to the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago.

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Bunnies and rabbits are most often associated with Easter and spring, but don’t they look cute posing with the bright orange pumpkins?  Cypress, our female rabbit is the all-white rabbit, and Pinto, our boy, is wearing the spots.

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In case you’re wondering, yes – it IS hard to get our bun buns to sit still for a photo shoot.  Hubby was my bunny wrangler, and we bribed them with small pieces of carrots and banana – two of their favorite treats!

Halloween will be here before we know it, so I’ll take this moment to wish you all a Happy Halloween from our little family – bunnies and humans alike!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Haiku: Our Bunnies

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Cute little bunnies,
you bring much laughter and joy.
Love your fluffy tails!

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Happy Thursday, dear readers!  I hope your week is going well.  Friendly reminder: I’ll be announcing the three giveaway winners on Tuesday, so please enter today if you haven’t already!

Warm regards,
Melody

p.s. Do you recognize the image up top as an Instagram photo?  I used the Walden filter…

 

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Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit!

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Today is the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, and I welcome you.  Having two pet rabbits, Cypress and Pinto, this particular Chinese New Year is especially close to my heart.  I love our furry little ones, and hope I’ll look back on this year with love and affection, too.  Some years are more challenging than others, and though 2011 has gotten off to an extremely rocky start, I hope this Year of the Rabbit will have been a good one when it’s done.

A Bit About the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional holidays celebrated by the Chinese.  Preparations begin well before the big day arrives, and the celebration and related activities can last as long as fifteen days.  As the New Year approaches homes are thoroughly cleaned, to clear out any bad luck and to make ready for good luck.

New Year’s Eve is celebrated with an elaborate meal, and families share dishes such as chicken, fish, dumplings, and noodles.  They also enjoy sweets, including cakes and oranges.  Firecrackers are often set off at midnight.

New Year’s Day is commonly spent visiting family members, and red is the color.  Important at New Year’s and in Chinese culture overall, red decorations reign supreme and red clothes are frequently chosen for New Year’s.  New clothes and a fresh haircut symbolize a new beginning.

Gifts are also exchanged.  The most common gift is that of money, which is given in red envelops, and the money is given in even denominations for good luck.  (Whether a number is even or odd is determined by the first digit in the number, so the number 25 would actually be even.)

How Often do Rabbits Get Their Own Year?

The Chinese follow a 12-year cycle, and each of those 12 years is attributed to an animal.  Therefore it’s the Year of the Rabbit every 12 years.  I can’t begin to imagine what my life will be like when the next Year of the Rabbit rolls around, and won’t even try.  Instead I’ll content myself with giving my rabbits an extra baby carrot or two to celebrate “their year”.  After all, they’d just try to chew and eat a cash-filled red envelope!

Warm regards,
Melody

Photo above: Pinto, our male rabbit.  Doesn’t he look adorable in the red basket?

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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*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 www.rabbit.org is a great resource!

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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,
Melody

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