I lasted posted about how we came to adopt Crispin. Today, I’m going to share where Lucy came from.
After our failed attempts to bond Nibbles and Junie, Nibbles had been a lone bachelor while Junie and Crispin were the newly happy couple next door. I felt bad for Nibs–maybe he just wanted a different bunny friend. We had only ever tried bonding him with Junie, so maybe he needed another chance. I managed to convince Matt to let me take Nibbles to an adoption event hosted by Friends of Rabbits. I was nervous that he would just nip at other bunnies, but to my delight he was generally pretty nice with the lovely bunny ladies he was put with! After several different bunnies were tried out, a large brown bun was plopped down next to him. They sniffed each other, licked each other, and snuggled up for a nap.
The little brown bunny didn’t even have a name. She had been rescued from a Maryland shelter just days before she was to be put down. She was so calm and sweet, I knew she’d be coming home with us sooner or later. Here’s Nibs and his new friend:
I told the adoption organizers that I wasn’t quite ready to leave Nibbles that day for bonding–kinda needed to check with the hubby first to make sure he was really okay with a fourth bunny. I mentioned our other two bunnies and how I wish they could all be bonded. The magic bunny whisperer said she was confident she could bond all four of them, despite any previous issues. I was excited with this news, and I knew Matt would be, too, so I arranged to bring all the bunnies up to her house the next weekend so she could bond them all.
Two weeks later…
I was driving back to Maryland to pick up my newly bonded quartet! We had redone their home and cleaned up everything so it would be fresh. I was so excited to have them back after such a long time away! I was especially excited to get to know this new brown bunny we’d adopted. Here they are home and together like a family:
Our sweet new girl. She was very reserved and shy at first, but soon came out of her shell.
We’re terrible at deciding on names…but we finally settled on Lucy.
All four. All happy.
I can’t imagine who would have wanted to let this sweetheart go. She was kind of clumsy and klutzy when we got her. Her balance wasn’t that good. It makes me think she was probably kept in a cage and never got out to run around. She was found running around in a parking lot. It was estimated by the rescuers that she was probably 2-3 years old when we adopted her. I’m guessing the shelter was going to euthanize her because she was older, bigger, and not the “cute” fluffy bunny most people are looking to take in. Their loss is our gain, though 🙂 She’s definitely the sweetest tempered of all our bunnies and she’s never bitten or nipped at me. We love her and love that she completed our bunny family!
After we had Junie spayed and tried to bond her with Nibbles, it became apparent very quickly that Nibbles was not interested in having her as a buddy. Junie would groom and snuggle, but all she got from NIbbles was…well, nibbles and nips! After several months of trying to bond the two of them, we resigned ourselves to believing they could never work as a bunny pair. Nibbles seemed totally fine on his own, but Junie would stick her nose through bars of her cage trying to get to Nibbles. She would scamper over to get as close to him as she could. It was obvious she wanted a friend.
We got in contact with a fabulous bunny rescue, Friends of Rabbits. We looked at an online album of adoptable bunnies and saw an adorable black and white spotted bun. We arranged for him and Junie to meet and they got on famously! We also learned that this sweet bunny had been in a county shelter on death row (literally) when Friends of Rabbits swooped in and saved him.
Junie and “new bunny” (as we called Crispin before he was Crispin) went to the bunny bonder’s house and were bonded over just a few days. When they came home, it was so amazing to see her and “new bunny” running around together, grooming each other, and just being happy bunnies! Here are some of the first pictures of the two of them together at home:
Where Lucy came from!
Last Wednesday, I shared about how Nibbles came to be a part of our family. Today, I want to share how we got Junie!
After two months of learning about rabbits and bonding with Nibbles, I thought, “This little bunny needs a bunny friend.” I had read how most bunnies like having a companion, since they live in groups in the wild. After another ruthless campaign to convince Matt that this was indeed a good idea, we went to look at bunnies near Richmond, Virginia. There’s a beautiful property on the outskirts of town called Eden Farms. It’s set back in the woods where a dear family cares for many rabbits. Dutch, Netherland Dwarfs, Holland Lops, Lionheads, and several other small rabbit varieties.
We drove down on New Year’s Eve 2011 to find a friend for our Nibbles. We held several bunnies, but one dark chocolate brown girl with bug-eyes seemed like the perfect one. She was so tiny she fit into my two hands. We were told she was 7 weeks old exactly and that she had been weened and was ready to go. Unlike Nibbles who was terrified of everything, this sweet girl stretched out in the carrier on the way home and seemed very content. When we got home and got her into her new cage, I took some pictures:
Peeking out to say ‘hello!’
View from above.
She was so friendly! By the second day at home, she was jumping into our laps to take naps:
She’s too busy nowadays to take naps on our laps (sad face) and she doesn’t hold still very long to get pets. But she does love running around and playing with you! She has so much energy and is quite the mischief maker! She and Nibbles eventually got to be buddies, but that’s a story for another time. Next week, you’ll get to know Crispin’s story!