I’m just a dandy moose

Did you know that rabbits like dandelions? It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, actually. Wild rabbits eat all sorts of things found in peoples gardens and lawns. I walked outside over the weekend to an explosion of dandelions in our backyard. I thought I remembered reading about house rabbits enjoying certain common weeds and which ones were safe. So, a quick Google search showed that dandelions were indeed a good weed for your little bunny.

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See – loves them. I decided to look more into which common weeds are okay for rabbits and which to avoid. For your reference:

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Clover

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Chickweed

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Nettle

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Con-Bunny… is actually a very long list. I would thoroughly search and make sure you are positive of the plant or weed you are feeding your little furry friend. Some of the more shocking toxic plants/weeds for rabbits were: Buttercup,Holly, rhubarb,sweet potato, tomato leaves, and many others. So again, a very through search online before feeding your bunny something new. I have listed some helpful sites below.

In cruelty free news – more Lush love.

So you all know by now that I love Lush products. Not only are the cruelty free, but they are Eco-conscious, socially responsible and work amazingly. Every product is sourced with the environment in mind, made using fair trade and fair wages practices, and never tests on animals. Their charity pot hand and body moisturizer gives 100% of its profits to charity. So it really is one the most feel good companies you can buy from. As I have mentioned, my husband loves their beard cream and I love their scrubs. Right now I am using a sugar scrub that comes unpacked so you aren’t contributing to more plastic waste. I am also using their African Paradise Body Cream which I got a free sample of last time I went. download (1)

It is amazing – after showering with the sugar scrub, I put a little of that on…you know everywhere…and went about my normal shower routine and then lightly rinsed off. My skin is still soft a  day later!

I have to throw in some ELF love too. I just tried their new Cushion Pigment eye shadow, and I will admit, at first I was bit skeptical. The eye shadow is a little pastier than normal eye shadow. However, because it has a little moisture in it, it glides on super smooth. You can apply with a brush or with your fingers.

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For Reference: The Rabbit House 

House Rabbit Society 

 

That is all for today – keep hopping my friends.

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I don’t get paid to endorse any of the products in this blog. I just post about products I like and use. You should always consult your doctor, vet, or allergist before starting new products if you are unsure of them. 

Mousecapades

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We have a mouse in the house. Actually, we have mice…lots and lots of mice. Nine as of the writing of this post. Nine. I refuse to be cruel to animals so, naturally, I got a humane mouse trap. May I recommend this one: you can get it for less than $15.00 on Amazon.

The mousetrap does an amazing job catching the mice, and then I go and release them in the woods a few miles from my house. Now, either we have a horrid mice infestation OR these guys are coming back and find this to be a little game. I actually hope they are coming back, and we don’t have a whole colony of mice living under our floor boards. However, I can’t imagine them hanging out in the woods thinking: “What! Kick me out! Who do you think you are? I’ll show you.” And then scurries back to teach me a lesson. Perhaps I should tag them. I find that my bleeding heart only goes so far. The first time I let one go I felt awful that I was taking it away from its family, that it would starve or die of thirst. I felt it would be lonely or scared.

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After the NINTH one I am less sympathetic and less ceremonial about it. “Get out the cage. Go. Git. Scram.” I went from being a fairy godmother to Tom from Tom and Jerry 

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The mice have gotten me thinking about what will one go through for their ethics? Now, mice carry diseases. Lots of them. The worst, of course, is the hantavirus which, according to the CDC is 38% fatal. I obviously would not want Cody to catch that, nor would I want my husband or me to catch it. So at what point do I say, “enough is enough”, and let my husband use poison? Exterminator are expensive…so what are our other options? The idea of using poison is stomach turning to me, but is it a small price to pay for the safety of my family? What about other “pests”? What about the ants that come into the house? Don’t they deserve life? Yet I have no problem, not one, setting out ant traps at the first sight of one. So where do you draw the line? Or is there no line? If I had a house full of diseased rabbits, would I use poison? Of course not! So why a mouse?

Obviously, I am the only lunatic to lose sleep over the well-being of a field mouse.

I just read an article on binkybunny and one of the users suggested peppermint essential oil – which I have…so I might try placing some around perimeter of the house. Fun fact, ants also don’t like it..so win-win.

Moose isn’t a fan of mice situation. Speaking of moose…

I haven’t had a chance to take him to the vet, so his nails are in dire need of a good pedicure. I plan on doing it during spring break. He is becoming a little more friendly with me, would probably be more so if I stopped trying to pick him up. I got to cuddle with him a little the other day. Sleepy bunny.

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Not a moose story, but a friend of mine told me a story about her rabbit and how her husband stepped off a ladder and well…the rabbit happened to be right where he stepped. 😮 Poor Pumpkin (that is the rabbits name). They rushed him to the vet, and thankfully he is okay. Probably will stay away from ladders now. I think her husband was more upset than Pumpkin was. But the moral of story is, rabbits are quiet, small and like to be underfoot. I am constantly tripping over Moose, I can’t imagine if he was any smaller. They are quick, so one second there is nothing in front of you and the next, boom! Bunny! So, as I always tell my ten-year old, be mindful of your surroundings when your fur friends are out and about.

In Cruelty free news – Lush 

I praised Lush over Christmas and got a lot of my friends various items. I tried a few more that I want to report on.

My husband is currently using their beard conditioner – Kalamazoo – and he loves it. He said it makes his beard nice, soft and shiny. No more hermit of the mountain look. I got a sample of their Ocean Salt face and body Scrub and now I am going to get more because it is amazing. I really feel like all the dirt, oil, and dead skin are being washed off. I will probably only use it once a week though.

We got the Bubblegum lip scrub, that I like…not sure that I would buy again, but it is nice. I follow it up with some chapstick and go to sleep so it works over night. What I am super crazy about though is the Ultrabalm – my sons lips looked so rotten. Chapped, red, peeling, just awful and painful looking. I started using this at night for him and his lips look fantastic. They are pink again which I honestly didn’t think would ever happen. Now, if I keep him from biting them ever again, hopefully they will stay this way.

So, there you have it, meeces, a rabbit with extra long (and painful on bare skin) claws, and some cruelty free items to try! Happy Hopping!

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Little moose baby picture! Aww

 

 

It’s Lagomorpha to you

Someone made the mistake of calling my bunny a rodent. I quickly had to tell them a brief history on rabbit classification, which I will now share with you.

Rabbits were declassified as rodents in 1912 when the Lagomorpha order was recognized. The difference between a rabbit and a rodent is that rabbits have two sets of incisors where as rodents don’t. Other mammals in the Lagomorpha group are hares and pikas. Other animals in the rodent group are mice, rats, hamsters, porcupines, woodchucks, squirrels, chinchillas and beavers.

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Not rodent

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Although regardless of classification – how adorable are these guinea pigs?

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Moose is on a water strike – okay so rabbits can’t technically go on water strikes, but he seems to be drinking a lot less than he was before. So once again, a huge internet search was conducted. Old age, dental problems, change in water taste, bottle malfunctions were some of the most popular problems. So we made sure the bottle was working, provided a water dish for him to drink out of. We use bottled water and would never dream of using anything other than Poland Spring water for our preciously little snowflake rabbit.  Considering that he is eating, pooping, playing and acting normally we have decided to just keep an eye on him. I actually bought a water dish to go with his water bottle. At the very least it can’t be said he didn’t have access to water. Speaking of access.

He has gone through I can’t even tell you how many cords. Phone chargers, game chargers, computer chargers (he likes chargers), lamp cords. However he has never touched this cord. Not once. Even though it dangles ever so temptingly right in his reach. I find this very odd. Does this cord not taste nice? Is this cord special? I can’t fathom why he would refuse to eat this cord when all others are fair play.

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There isn’t much else going on in his world. Here are some super adorable pictures for you.

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In cruelty free news – for my birthday I was given a lovely gift bag of Lush products and I instantly fell in love. Even the names and the descriptions are amazing. My sister and I went to a Lush store recently and the people working there were so friendly and so helpful. (shout out the girls working at the William Floyd Lush Store ) They have stuff for men and woman and at all ends of the price scale. If you get nothing else you should try their hand soap.flickr_-_olivier_bruchez_-_lush_shampoo

I came across a natural remedy to rid your house of ants, that I shall share with you. Now, I found it didn’t work as great as I would have liked. User error? Maybe…but I feel like it is something you should start before you even see the ants. First snow melt kind of thing. I think it is hard to use when they’ve already started dining on your marshmallow fluff.

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In a spray bottle: fill with tap water and add a few drops of peppermint oil. Shake, Shake, Shake…spray around window, doors, baseboards, anywhere that ants can get it. I like this because with our bunny it is safer than the actual poisons that they sell. Also, obviously, not harmful to the ants just deters them away from your food stash.

Keep on hopping my friends.

*I do not get paid to endorse any products or companies. I just comment on what I like and what works for me. As always, one should ask a doctor or vet (depending on the product) if they have concerns. 

Hoppy Easter

Why the Easter Rabbit? That was a question Cody had asked recently. Well he had a lot of questions, why “Good Friday” if it is when Jesus died? Good questions kid. I should put a disclaimer here and mention that I am a Buddhist, and don’t believe in Christian beliefs, including Easter. When telling my son why they are called Good Friday and such, I make sure to tell him that it is what the Christians believe. It is important for me to make sure he knows that there are different beliefs in the world and someday he will choose what he believes. Moving along.

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Why the Easter Bunny? And why does he bring eggs? Bunnies don’t lay eggs! I bring you to the history of the Easter Bunny. It actually comes from a Pagan belief, which actually is where Easter comes from to begin with. Easter was meant as a time to celebrate spring. It usually falls on or around the spring equinox. The bunny is meant to be a symbol for fertility and new life. (we all know how bunnies reproduce!). The story of the Easter bunny and the egg date back to about the 1700’s from German immigrants. The fable of the egg laying hare called: “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” would leave  colored eggs for children who would build nest for them. Over the years, the nest became baskets. Check out this page for more!

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Now on to my bunny. Which is what you three people are here for. Moose got a new bed. Remember me mentioning that rabbits don’t really like you messing with their habits? Well that stands true. Apparently when trying to make them more comfortable, clean or whatever, it just sends them into a spiral of bunny hate. At first, I thought he loved his strawberry! I mean who would right?!

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I want to sleep there! Then, the magic wore off, the strawberry turned into a torture cave or something because I woke up to find him sitting like this:

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Yes – that is my little bunny rabbit looking at me like “Girl I will cut you if you don’t bring my box back” My sister finally noticed what I failed to. My rabbit has resting bitch bunny face. My husband thinks that that is the bunnies content face, but I know better. This isn’t a content bunny. By the way – resting bitch bunny face is a thing. Check out this Instagram. 

In other news – my rabbit has started doing yoga with me. No seriously.

Makes doing yoga more fun and harder at the same time. There was actually a news article about a yoga class that brings in bunnies in order to raise money for abandoned bunnies. How cool is this? Check out the article.

And finally in cruelty free news: Although this isn’t a product, I feel I must sing its praises. Clove Essential oil It has many uses, but the one I use it for is tooth pain. Seriously better than anything (except you know dealing with the problem)…You dab a q-tip or cotton swab with clove oil and let it sit on the gum near the tooth that is bothering you. The clove oil is a natural analgesic and antibacterial. While the clove oil doesn’t relieve the pain right away, with continued use (once in the morning and once a night), within a few days the pain will be gone. Which is so much better than just masking the pain. At the first hint of pain, start using this.

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* Bunnies can live up to 10 years, as cute and amazing as they are for pets, please consider carefully before getting one. If you do decide to get one, think adoption first, there are lots of bunnies in shelters that were surrendered after last Easter, when the novelty wore off. 

Hare today, gone tomorrow

There is something concerning and embarrassing about hair loss…especially if you are young proud hare. Moose lost a tuff of hair on his back.

After some ensuing panic and a quick search on the internet we found out that there are a lot of places you can go to find out common rabbit diseases. We also found out that –  like human symptoms – if you have something, like a lost tuff of hair, you could be dying from about a hundred things. The first thing to pop up was mites.

This completely grossed me out when reading about it. Especially the images of rabbits with a huge mite infestation.(your welcome for sparing you) After a very close look we established that he doesn’t have mites. There were a few other causes, both physiological and physical but none of them seem to fit. For example, as far as we can tell, he doesn’t seem stressed out. His diet hasn’t changed…plus he is the same as ever, hippity hopping through the house.

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The last thing we saw was that it could be a normal part of shedding. To keep an eye on him and see if he loses more, shows signs of mites or anything else. Which is what we have started doing. So far he seems to be fine, albeit a little less fluffy in one area. Interesting thing about Mites though, and something I think house bunny owners should be aware of. I thought, since it is spread from animal to animal, we wouldn’t have anything to worry about right? Wrong. Mites get into your house through hay. Gross. So make sure you buy good quality hay from a respected brand. I like Kaytee

 
While researching the hair loss issue I came across something else interesting. Bunny Years. Of course we know bunnies don’t live as long as humans, so they must age faster. I wondered if they were like dog years or different. They are much different. For example,  Moose, who will be 2 in May will be 27 in bunny years. Here is the whole chart! bunny-years1
 
I also have to report a new obsession. You may remember that I was losing my mind trying to get pictures of him yawning. (Still do)

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BUT my new obsession is: eating. Moose eating is the greatest thing ever…and if you think I am insane – you should check out “bunny eating” on Instagram. It is a thing trust me. In the meantime I share with you the following. 

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Adorable right?
In cruelty free product news, I am in love with a man named JĀSÖN. No really. Go check out JĀSÖN products. Right now I am using their body wash and not only does it not aggravate my skin, it actually feels clean and smooth when I step out of the shower. BW-FragFree-web
(I bought the shampoo and conditioner but haven’t tried it yet. )
 
On a closing note, adopting a bunny. When I look at animal shelter websites I see bunnies that have been there for ages. It seems to me that bunnies may not be a popular animal to adopt. Here are a few good reasons why you should adopt a bunny.
They are cuddly (sometimes)

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The relieve stress when you pet them (their fur is so soft!)

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They are hilarious when they get something in their head and start bouncing around the room
They are easily liter trained (little mess)
They require attention, love and play (and of course liter/cage cleaning) but are very easy to care for
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Bunny kisses are the best (not slobbery like dog kisses and not all rough like kitty kisses)
They are a great pet for someone who might have allergies to other animals. (I have one to cats and am perfectly find with Moose)
This face…you should get  bunny for this face.
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*Side note: I don’t get paid to endorse any of the products mentioned, I just like them.
* I am not a vet, so if you do see something concerning you should always check with yours.
*Adopting a bunny is rewarding and amazing, but like any other pet they do require love and care…make sure you are ready to be a bunny parent. 🙂

Things my bunny does

I saw this article the other day and thought to myself why not make a blog post about what my bunny does.

Bunny waits for his turn to go to the bathroom

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And of course looks adorable when he gets to go.

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No one cuddles like a bunny

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Eats Kale like a boss…

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Bunnies love working on the computer…

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Bunny loves showing some leg

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They sit on the couch chilling

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They look mighty when they yawn

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They have major attitude

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They love waging war on dangerous items like tissues

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Did we mention the Kale loving?

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Bunny looks for a good book to read

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…err…chew

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Bunnies always have good hygiene

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And love helping with homework! 😮

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Yes bunnies are fun and amazing animals.

A friend of mine recently asked me about why a company wasn’t on the leaping bunny site as an approved company. Here is the little I was able to find out. Why a company isn’t on the leaping bunny site

The company in question was the Honest Company and their website does claim that they do not test on animals as seen here. Although the Honest Company isn’t listed with Leaping Bunny, they are listed with PETA…so there is that.

Basically if a company isn’t listed or doesn’t have the logo on their product I would do some research on their site….usually they will list whether they test on animals or not.

Still on the hunt for a decent toothpaste, sorry guys…and the deodorant update…Sorry to say that Toms of Maine did not pass the summer work out test. So we are back to square one with that as well. I will keep you posted on anything new that I find.

Hop on my friends!

 

You put the lime in the coconut…

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…song has been  in my head since I started this project! (now it is probably in yours!)

It is that time of year again…end of school. It is a bittersweet time in my house, as I am sure it is in most households. I was trying to think of what to give the teachers and bus drivers as a little end of year gift when I decided on another sugar scrub. I wanted something summery and beachy…something that screamed vacation. I got it. I must introduce you to: Coconut Lime Sugar scrub. It smells as good as it sounds…like Margaritas on the beach. Or like this wonderful review: a fiesta in a shower. imageCheck out the recipe below…

1 Cup of white sugar
¼ of a cup of coconut oil – Melted
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Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave.
Mix the coconut oil with the sugar until completely blended
Add lime oil and mix well.

Sugar scrubs are so easy to make…you can honestly take the above recipe and add any essential oil you like depending on what you want to achieve. Lavender for relaxation for example. I found a neat way to make sugar scrub cubes…I think I will be testing those out for the holiday’s this year…stay tuned.

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In giant bunny news we have celebrated a birthday. Moose is now a year old. What a fantastic year it has been too. Lately he has becoming more playful and adventurous with us. He actually let me hold him for a few minutes one day. We tried a new water bottle that is supposed to be the greatest thing since water bottles were invented but he wanted none of it…so he still using his other one. Still haven’t gotten a companion for him yet…it is more not really having the time to devote to training a new bunny and getting them used to each other than not wanting to. Perhaps this summer when I have some time off I will be able to dedicate more time…we haven’t given up on being a two bunny household. I also tried some new foods. According to House Rabbit Society , you can feed, in small quantities, grapes and raspberries to rabbits as little treats. Well apparently Moose is all Kale all the time. That and his yogies he loves so much. It is probably for the best that he doesn’t really go for the fruit as you really should limit their diet when it comes to those foods. He loves his leafy greens, so yet again..we lucked out.

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I have another brand of cruelty free stuff to try! If you have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood – check them out…I found a bunch of products,

(like this awesome hand lotionTrader-Joe-Hand-Cream) that are cruelty free and at a great price! Plus there is stuff is amazing. That is my product plug for the day.
And that is my giant update for the day. I leave you this video of a mama bunny kicking a snakes butt! (I do hope the babies are okay!!)

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