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House Rabbit Society’s Commemorative Book

December 1st, 2013

hrsbookTo celebrate 25 years of rabbit rescue, the House Rabbit Society has published a commemorative book by HRS President Margo DeMello.

The book features full-color photos from the House Rabbit Society’s history, and focuses on their volunteers and the rabbits they’ve rescued. All proceeds from the book will go towards funding the HRS Emergency Rescue Fund.

Purchase the book at Blurb.com.

Holiday Special from Small Pet Select: Free Bunny Ring

November 21st, 2013

Small Pet Select is offering My House Rabbit readers a fantastic holiday special.  Use the coupon code BUNNYRING when you order hay or pellets, and you’ll get a free bunny ring plus free shipping!

Bunny Ring from Small Pet Select

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Rabbit Agility

November 6th, 2013

This gif cracks me up. It reminds me of something Cosette would do…

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Helpful Rabbit Care Videos

October 29th, 2013

House Rabbit Society Educatior Mary E. Cotter and Amy Sedaris teamed up to create 49 instructional videos about rabbit care.

Here is one about toys:

And here’s one about rabbit proofing your home:

All of the videos give great insight into living with a house rabbit.

World’s Fluffiest Bunny

October 19th, 2013

Is this the world’s fluffiest bunny?

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t pull up any sort of Guinness Book of World Record for this feat. But if there were a record, it probably would go to this kind of rabbit, which is an angora.

For more photos, see: RiteMail.

It’s International Rabbit Day!

September 28th, 2013

Cosette and Coco

International Rabbit Day is a great opportunity to appreciate the joy that rabbits bring to our lives. Take the time to celebrate the rabbits in your life and find ways you can support rabbit welfare worldwide.

There are many rabbit welfare organizations you can support through fostering, volunteering, and donations. Find a local rescue or shelter here, or if there aren’t any organizations nearby, you can donate to the House Rabbit Society headquarters.

How will you celebrate bunnies today?

The Multifaceted House Rabbit

September 25th, 2013

Living with house rabbits over the years has shown me that rabbits are full of surprises.

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They can be clumsy and clunky at times. In fact, often, their jumps off the coffee table remind me of this:

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(via Imgur)

But then they go on to exhibit feats of acrobatic brilliance.  Their binkies and Bunny 500s, with their exuberant choreography, are thrilling to watch.

bunnyproof4They can be extremely cautious and timid, tiptoeing and bowing their heads as they slowly inch forward to investigate a new sight or smell. Yet there are times of sheer audacity when they balance precariously on an unstable stack of boxes or the back of the couch.

Sometimes they make their presence known with thunderous gnawing on their cardboard castles and wooden toys, uncannily timing it for when you’re in the middle of an important phone call.

And yet, they have their moments of ninja-like skill. You go to toss something in the trash can and realize your rabbits are flopped by your feet.  How long have they been there? you wonder. Minutes? Hours?

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Contrasts like these are well-known to bunny people, and they’re a large part of why we love them!

The Expressive Bunny

September 18th, 2013

Faces of a rabbit

For anyone wondering if rabbits have personalities, here is a collage of the many faces of Cosette throughout the years.

Happy Bunny Ed

September 15th, 2013

Watch a video of happy bunny Ed zipping all over the bed!

Courtesy of Alexandra

Global Warming and the Snowshoe Hare

September 10th, 2013
This snowshoe hare is a like a sitting duck for predators. Credit: L.S. Mills Research Photo

This snowshoe hare mismatched to its environment is a like a sitting duck for predators. Credit: L.S. Mills Research Photo

Unfortunately for the snowshoe hare, global warming is making it an easy target for predators.

In recent years, snowshoe hares have spent an increasing amount of time mismatched to their surroundings — either donning a white coat amidst a brown/green environment or a brown coat amidst a snowy white environment.

The saddest part about it is that the hares don’t realize they’re mismatched. They stay still, out in the open, assuming that their camouflage will keep them safe.

The hares moult their brown or white coats in the fall or spring in response to light. According to Alex Kumar, a graduate student at the University of Montana who is studying this phenomenon in Missoula, Montana: “If the hares are consistently molting at the same time, year after year, and the snowfall comes later and melts earlier, there’s going to be more and more times when hares are mismatched.”

The big question for the snowshoe hare is whether it can adapt to climate change before going extinct.

For more info see: NPR.