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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > THE LOUNGE > Talk us out of getting another bun!! (UPDATED with photos & name!)
Last Post by CinnabunMom at 9/23/2012 4:36 PM (36 Replies)
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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
Winnipeg, Canada
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9/19/2012 7:53 AM

Of course I can't really think of a good reason NOT to get another one, aside from the added cost and cleaning and stress of trying to bond them and house her separately until they're bonded etc.  But here's the thing:

There's a super cute little girl at the shelter, she's only 6 months old and she was found as a stray, which probably makes her a discarded Easter Bunny.  This is her pic:

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We're so thrilled that Carbun and Keelie have bonded, but with his congestive heart failure we have no idea how long he'll be with us and once he's gone Keelie will be all alone.  She's never been alone in her life, she came from a hoarding situation, we adopted her with a "sister" rabbit (no idea if they were related or how old she was) who has since gone to the bridge, and now he's bonded with Carbun.  There's pretty much zero chance of bonding her with Aeryn & Tegan, they hate her.  So getting another bun would mean that Keelie would have someone to keep her company.

Of course it might also upset the balance/relationship she's got with Carbun right now.   I really don't know. We're so tempted by this cutie.

Thoughts?

- Annette

Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline tanlover14
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9/19/2012 7:57 AM
I say get him if you have the money and time for bonding!

She is adorable as all heck!!
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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9/19/2012 8:06 AM
Trios seem to rarely work I'd wait, let Carbun and Keelie have their time, when he passes and shes had time to grieve maybe take her on bunny dates and start looking then?

On the plus side, the shelter bunny is young enough that she can still find a good home.

User is Offline tanlover14
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9/19/2012 8:09 AM
My trio worked out perfectly, could be because they were all originally from the same litter. In any case, do you have room for the extra bun if for some reason they can't bond? That's probably the better question.
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User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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9/19/2012 8:15 AM
Sweet lil lop! Have you been in to meet her yet?

User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
Winnipeg, Canada
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9/19/2012 8:33 AM
I think we're going to go and try to meet her today, although it might be a moot point because I called the shelter and someone already has a hold on her until 6:15 today. To address the other concerns:
- Yes we can accommodate her if they don't bond - we had Carbun totally separate until he bonded with the other two, which took something like a year and a half.
- I keep hearing that trios don't work, but we had 2 trios side by side the worked quite well. I think it depends on the nature of the individual bunnies involved.

- Annette
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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9/19/2012 8:52 AM
Sweet lop!!!! I'm for the adoption, but I know it can be overwhelming, so it has to be something you're sure can work either as a trio or another single bun! Let us know!!!
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User is Offline Elizabeth Paige
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9/19/2012 9:46 AM
awww she kinda looks like my Babbity! Im all for the adoption too as long as it doesnt add too much stress to you! As soon as i move into a house (instead of a apartment) i plan on getting another lop
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User is Offline mocha200
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9/19/2012 3:35 PM
Awww! So cute!
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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
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9/19/2012 3:52 PM
Okay so here's what ended up happening:
We came home without a bunny -- today. The shelter had 3 buns in, and we spent some time with each of them. The lop was very very cute, and very soft, and very skittish and nervous. She spent a little bit of time looking around, but was mostly concerned with finding a place to hide. We felt she wouldn't be a very good match for our group, sadly. So then we spent a bit of time with the other 2 buns there. #2 they had down as a Dutch, but it looks more like a Rhinelander. She was friendly, and was okay, and was very pretty, but was just okay. So then we spent some time with #3. The have her marked as a Netherland Dwarf, and then scratched out Dwarf, but there's absolutely no way she's a Nethie at all. Her ears are way too long. Now this is a rabbit that I never would have thought I'd like, because she's a REW and generally the red eyes kind of freak me out. But hers don't. And she's incredibly friendly. INCREDIBLY friendly. And big. I think she's got a bit of Flemmie in her somewhere. We decided to sleep on it, but did put a hold on her until tomorrow evening. Now since you actually have to pay a non-refundable deposit to put a hold on them, and the deposit is more than half of what my adoption fee is, I highly suspect that we'll be going back tomorrow to bring her home.
The down sides are: they don't allow you to bring in your bunnies so they can do a meeting, and adoptions seem to be final so if there's a major behaviour problem once she's here - well too bad. It would have been really nice to bring Keelie in to see if the new one (her current name is Alby, that would have to change) was really aggressive towards her or not.
Here's the shelter pic of Alby:
http://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/listing-images/5050f803eccdf.jpg
She's just barely a year old.
- Annette
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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9/19/2012 4:30 PM
Gorgeous, she looks like a new Zealand rew let us know how it goes!

User is Offline Monkeybun
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9/19/2012 7:12 PM
She's beautiful And I agree with the NZ REW. Definitely not a Nethie lol.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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9/20/2012 2:30 AM
Exciting!! I LOVE REWS!!!
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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9/20/2012 3:11 AM
They're both really cute.

I was going to suggest that you bring Keelie with you, and am not pleased with their attitude regarding that. Maybe you could tell them you are very experienced bunny owners, and you know how important it is to be able to bond them. Since they have some of your money, perhaps you can insist that Keelie come with you to meet the REW (I love REWs, btw) or you'll lose your downpayment but you will not bring home a bunny she won't get along with. Maybe just have Keelie with you in her carrier and make them decide on the spot. I think it is too important that they not hate each other on sight to let this slide.
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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9/20/2012 3:25 AM
She's so pretty! (And I'm with you, the Red eyes tend to freak me out, but I find the more time I spend at BB the more I like them )
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User is Offline tanlover14
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9/20/2012 6:06 AM
Love her! Someone correct me if I'm wrong because I don't know a WHOLE lot about the different breeds but she looks like she could be an American? The breeder we got our buns from had a whole herd of Americans and she looks just like them!
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User is Offline tanlover14
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9/20/2012 6:08 AM
Oh wait -- I just compared her to the New Zealands on the same girls website and you're right -- she looks much more like them!
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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
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9/20/2012 6:59 AM
Spoke to adoptions again this morning, they will not allow for a bunny meet. They're a general shelter not a rabbit shelter, and they're very concerned with any communicable diseases between rabbits (either from a visiting bunny to theirs, or from theirs to a visiting bunny) since often illness doesn't present very well at first. They specifically mentioned snuffles, so I'm guessing they've had an issue with it in the past. Mind you they also don't do any cat meets either, just dog ones.
Waiting now to see if Scooter wants to go down later and spend more time with her to try and check her out further or just forget it. She's on hold for another 5 hours yet, will keep you updated.
- Annette
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline jerseygirl
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9/20/2012 10:24 AM
Ooh! I bet she'll be a big snuggler. She just has that look about her.

The Rews are often overlooked so it's great she might be going home to you- experienced bun parents. I expect the other bun being a lop and young would be snapped up quickly.

I personally think the rew eyes are really pretty & interesting to look at. Different in person to pictures you see.

I'm curious, was the little lop spayed at all?


User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
Winnipeg, Canada
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9/20/2012 4:01 PM
Well right now we have a very excited dog, and a very unimpressed large white rabbit. Further updates once there are pictures, and a name.

@Jersey - all animals at the shelter are spayed/neutered, they don't adopt them out until they've been speutered.
- Annette
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.
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