Friday, March 27, 2015

Bunny Week, Day 5: Let's Hop!

It's Day 5 of Bunny Week! I hope you've enjoyed the crafts and treats I've shared this week. 


I've titled today's post "Let's Hop!" for two reasons: I'm going to share some information about rabbits, including their favorite mode of transportation (hopping), plus my blog is one of the stops along the Fiskafriends Power of Community Blog Hop! So let's get hoppin'!

First, some information about the Blog Hop. From 2008-2013, I was a member of the wonderful Fiskateers online community. Fiskars closed the Fiskateers message board and gallery in December 2013. Many of us who met through Fiskateers are now part of the Fiskafriends Facebook group where we stay in touch and connect through our love of crafting. This weekend we are celebrating our First Anniversary with an "Anything Goes" Fiskafriends Blog Hop. The Hop begins tonight (March 27th) at 6:00 pm Pacific and will end on March 29th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Of course, there will be prizes along the way! Leave comments on each blog, including mine, to be in the running for some fabulous prizes. You can find all the details about the Blog Hop here.

Now, let's end Bunny Week by learning what makes them such wonderful pets.

  • Rabbits are affectionate. In the wild, they live in groups and are closely bonded with others. A pet rabbit bonds with his family too.


  • Rabbits are smart. I left this bucket of apple branches about two feet to the left. Trouble struggled to scoot the bucket over, hopped up on the couch, and helped himself to one of his favorite foods.


  • Rabbits love to play. Trouble will play catch with us by tossing an empty cardboard tube back and forth. He throws balls, loves knocking over block towers, and is interested in all of Trevor's toys.


  • Rabbits are curious. The minute anything new enters the house, whether it's holiday decorations, a new toy, or just the mail, Trouble has to investigate it immediately. 


  • Rabbit toys are cheap. Items like empty boxes, cardboard tubes, and an old phone book provide hours of entertainment for a rabbit. 


  • Rabbits make good watchdogs. OK, so they don't bark to scare off strangers and they're not going to intimidate anyone, but simply by watching Trouble's ears swivel toward the front of the house, we know that someone has driven by or is walking toward our door! It's amazing how much Trouble can communicate with his ears.


  • Rabbits are very clean. Trouble uses a litterbox when he is indoors. He keeps himself very clean, even when he's outdoors, as you can see in this video.


  • Rabbits are fast. Really fast. They can outrun you no matter how fast you are and they LOVE to prove it. When they're feeling especially giddy about it, they'll wiggle their tails as a playful reminder that they are WAY faster than you. 


  • Rabbits are entertaining. Not a day goes by that Trouble doesn't do something that cracks me up. One day, he was racing back and forth on the couch. When I peeked over the ledge upstairs in hopes of catching it on video, he started periscoping to peek back at me.


  • Rabbits are amazing. Take your mouse and trace the arc of Trouble's jump to get a sense of how far rabbits can go in a single bound. I'd guess his farthest jumps are around 10 feet. He can jump straight up about 3 feet.


  • Rabbits inspire some pretty darn cute crafts. (If I do say so myself). You can see all my bunny-related crafts, including these Bunny Donuts, here.


  • Rabbits are adorable. Obviously.


There are thousands of affectionate, smart, playful, curious, attentive, clean, fast, entertaining, amazing, inspirational, adorable rabbits out there who need a Forever Home. If you can provide a safe and loving home to a rabbit for approximately 10 years, consider adopting a rabbit from rabbit rescue organization or shelter. Trouble has brought us so much joy and is truly part of our family.

Now hop along to the rest of the my Fiskafriends' blogs. Don't forget to leave a comment at each stop to be in the running for the Blog Hop prizes!

*Start here!  http://fiskafriends.blogspot.com/
Jean Bullock, #8889,  http://ez3dpopups.blogspot.com 
Susan Slomski, #6150,  http://sueinct.blogspot.com 
Cindy deRosier, #4113, That's me!
Tifany DeGough, #5942, http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com 
Cheryl Waters, #002, http://blog.artsyfindings.com
Jean Marmo, #7358, http://pagesintime.blogspot.com/
Teresa Godines #6857 http://purplebunnypapercrafts.blogspot.com/

52 comments:

  1. Trouble is just the sweetest boy!!!!!

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  2. Trouble has been a great addition to your family! I always look forward to hearing about his antics!

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  3. For all the times I've been to the 4H Rabbit building at the fair...you learn something new! Thanks for sharing your pet. (I really thought it was a bedroom slipper under the piano) and they do inspire a lot of creativity from cakes to papercrafts and more! Thanks for participating in the hop!

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  4. How sweet! I love Trouble! I never knew all that about Rabbits. Thanks for the education.

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  5. I learned lots of rabbits. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I knew bunnies were cute but you opened my eyes to see them in a much bigger way, thank you! By the way, I love the donut bunny.

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  7. Oh how sweet! Love the donuts rabbit!

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  8. I read the entire week's bunny posts-I love it. And blessings to you and yours for loving and caring for these wonderful animals. We don't even drink Kool-aid but buying some tomorrow to make a treat holder-so cute!

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  9. Fun post, Cindy. Thanks for being part of the Hop!

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  10. Trouble is wonderful! I have a Holland Lop named Honey Bun! She is so sweet but pretty picky at what veggies she will and will not eat! Lol. Thanks for sharing the bunny info and I loved the bunny donut treat you made!

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  11. thanks for sharing the rabbit info. I've always thought they were cute, now I know how smart they are. thanks for being part of the hop!

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  12. Happy FiskaFriend Birthday to you Cindy! I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat reading your post. You have given me a walk down memory lane to decades ago. We had a pet rabbit when our girls were growing up. Rocky was a wonderful pet. Thanks for the memories!

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  13. Intersting post!! thanks for sharing Hugs Regena #6124

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  14. Fabulous photos of your bunny! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. How cute and how fun! We have lots of wild rabbits around here. Love to watch them.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Janelle R

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  16. Hi Cindy! I believe you should write a children's book and call it "The Adventures of Trouble."

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    1. You're not the first who has said that! I think it would be a lot of fun to do.

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  17. Wow! I did not know all this about bunnies, tfs! Love the little treat craft, so cute as is Trouble. :)

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  18. I totally agree that rabbits are good pets! I have had a few and they have so much character and are very loving! Thanks for sharing photos of your bunny baby. He is adorable!

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  19. How cute. I love the photo of your bunny sitting upright on the sofa.

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  20. How cute ! My Grandpa used to raise a lot of rabbits. One time we had someone dump a huge bunny off here at our house. I found someone to rehome him with. We have lots of rabbits around our property (and many other wild critters) .. so fun to watch !

    patty 2832

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  21. I had a bunny in my driveway when I came home on Friday night. He must have been hiding eggs already.

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  22. your bunny is so sweet. Someone left a couple of bunnies in our neighborhood and they are multiplying. I think there are ten or so now. The little ones are so adorable.

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  23. Who knew bunnies were so smart!?! They sure seem like lots of fun. And, I must say that I LOVE your blue couch.

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  24. What a cutie! I will have to go back and read all your other bunny posts. They do look like great pets, you got me intrigued.

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  25. Oh my goodness! Trouble is so cute! My kids had a couple of rabbits when they were little. I forgot what fun they can be!!

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  26. I have never even thought of a bunny as a pet! Look what I've been missing out on! Amazing!

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  27. Your rabbits are very cute. Love them all.

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  28. Awe.. Your bunny is so cute. and your bunny projects is adorable.

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  29. What a PRECIOUS post Cindy!!!
    Trouble sounds like a FUN family member and your posts ALWAYS bring a smile and are ever-so-interesting :)
    THANK YOU for sharing and being part of the Blog Hop!!!

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  30. Cindy you never cease to amaze me! Great creations that you come up with! Trouble is cute, too! I laughed at the Rabbit toys are cheap! It works good for my kiddos too, they get pretty creative and seem to really get their imagination going with a few boxes! Your Bunny theme is prefect timing for me to get my mojo going! Michelle #7586 Already following you!

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  31. Fabulous post, Cindy! I love Trouble and all the 2015 bunny week posts!

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  32. now that was a creative post...and educational too. thanks Cindy and Trouble

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  33. Totally delighted by this BUNderful post!

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  34. Susan Allen #2072March 29, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Awwwwwwwwwww. Neat post.

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  35. Tanya #5407/MamabirdyMarch 29, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Hi Cindy and Trouble! Well, I just went through all of your bunny week posts and I sure learned a lot about bunnies! I didn't know they were so smart or they like to play with toys.
    I guess I should learn more for the day when Benjamin wants one as a pet :)

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  36. LOL on Trouble!!! (So who wins when he plays Foosball?)

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    1. Trouble has never won at foosball, but it doesn't stop him from trying.

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  37. Awesome bunny! Enjoyed the info too.
    Elaine#7777

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  38. that bunny donut treat is ADORABLE...thanks for sharing Fiskafriend!

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  39. Adorable, but they also love to eat cords, and carpet and other items, loved the one I had, but after fixing the damage, never again....

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    1. Yes, bunny-proofing is critical. They snip through cords just like vines in the wild, so it's important to put cord protectors on anything that must be in the bunny's area. They also need to chew to wear down their constantly-growing teeth, so it's critical to give them appropriate chewing items like branches so they don't chew furniture, baseboards, etc. instead.

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  40. I always love your Bunny Week, and Trouble sure is adorable! Does he mind getting baths? He looks so silky soft! What about ear cleaning? I used to have to clean my basset hound's ears because his skin was quite oily and their ear shape was constantly 'sweeping' dust and dirt particles up into his ear. He would build up what I called "sludge," and although he didn't enjoy it, he tolerated me digging it out every week or so with a flashlight in my mouth and a box of Q-Tips ready. He knew he got a treat after, but I'm not sure it ever helped with his (selective) hearing. Just wondered if Trouble had the same ear issues. :)

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    1. Rabbits should not be given baths. They are very susceptible to hypothermia. We comb Trouble and have wiped a muddy paw, but he is basically self-cleaning. I check his ears regularly as some rabbits are susceptible to sludge, as you call it, but I've never needed to clean them. Other than trimming his nails and combing his fur, we don't do any other 'maintenance' tasks.

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  41. I love when you do bunny week -- I don't know a lot about pet rabbits, so I find it all fascinating and I think Trouble is just too cute!! :)

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  42. I love him in that shopping bag. If there is a small space to sleep in, they WILL find it!

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