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Peter pointed out to me that I’ve been amiss in describing the buntiful plenty of bunnies in our household. Lots has changed since I first introduced Dash, and lots of pictures have been added to their website if you are as addicted to cute bunny photos as I am.

Last I said anything, we had a nice normal bunny family. with Dash, the male, seeming securely in charge of they shyer, more cautions female, Eclipse. Well, we totally forgot her TRUE personality. She really is the Bun Nikita… She’s not really shy, what she is is slow to warm up. She sits back, tries to blend, and is very cautious until she had a situation sussed, then she moves in and takes over. She was no different with Dash than she was with us! After a day of refusing to budge from the top floor of the cage, to coming out and watching Dash hop and socialize with us, she finally had an epiphany – Dash is here to stay, and she has to live with the fuzzy little no-attention-span-brat. So she took charge of the situation. She sat him down, forcibly groomed him taking off all his whiskers, and proceeded to mount and hump him til he got the idea. We separated them the night after this shift just in case he decided to actually fight back, but he so far hasn’t. Every week or so he’ll clumsily try to see if he can change things around – stick his head out and demand grooming, and she’ll repeat her humping performance. Dash is just not smart. For the past week or so he’s tried daily, poor guy, and she’s totally wise to him. He thrusts his head out at her, saying “I order you to groom me!” She’ll pretend to ignore him, and lift her front paws and placidly begin grooming her face. Dash will then push his face further towards her, up against then under her belly. At this point she quickly drops back onto all fours (on top of him…), landing in perfect position to hump him back into submission.

Lather, rinse repeat…

ALL FREAKING MORNING! Poor stupid Dash, I almost wonder if he doesn’t LIKE having his face humped. Maybe when he’s older and wiser he’ll figure things out, but for now Clipsy clearly has the upper hand. I kind of think of them as Pinky and Brain, with of course Clipsy serving as the brains of the organization, and BOTH of them exhibiting utter incompetence. They do plan to take over the world… but so far have only succeeded in totally winning over us and all our friends without escaping the confines of their run area. They’re fun to watch, and even in the midst of all this dominance struggle, can most often be found lying side by side in perfect comfort. Often a mere 10 seconds AFTER a humping episode :-P.


So nearly exactly a month ago we adopted Eclipse, a stunning 7 month old black bunny. After taking her home and spending hours watching her warm up and explore her world, we realized quickly we had a very special bun. Once she gets past the initial caution, she’s a fearless explorer, and VERY social. Simply not enough love in the world for this girl. She’s also very gentle and submissive, and we really feared she’d get lonely with just humans for company. So this Sunday we took a day off Faire to take her for a round of speed dating at Save-a-bunny‘s Campbell adoption event.

Well, it turns out that Clipsy is NOT unflappably brave, she’s a slow to warm up bunny. Poor thing just sat huddled in the dating corral. Since we had little way to know her taste in buns, Lily asked us to just pick someone we liked from the crowd of younger buns. The first pick was female, but we decided to see what would happen. Clipsy tensed, and just sat there while the girl tried to boss her around, nipping her and basically NOT being nice. Meanwhile this really adorable black and white bun (really one of the 2 top choices for sheer cuteness) was jumping up and down and trying to climb the legs of the adoption staff in their enclosure. So we let him in next. Clipsy was much calmer, while her just ran around. She’d occasionally hop up to him and nudge him with her head, as if wanting to be petted. I caught him giving her a cursory lick before hopping wildly off. He also seemed a sweetie in his own right – if he saw Clipsy being petted he hopped right over for his share. He even defensively protected Clipsy if anyone but me came near the pen. A near perfect match! The pet store was noisy and full fo dogs and small children, so we retreated for our bun sitter Dianne‘s place for further observation.

Clipsy and Dash moved into the honeymoon suite – little lanterns overhead, a cute hide box with decorative balcony, and even an ocean view (well, fish tank view…) and we decided to lave the love birds overnight to get to know each other on neutral territory while we went home and massively cleaned and rearranged the bunny area. Sadly, they didn’t get to keep the fancy suite – Dash’s middle name is Trouble, and he quickly learned how to hop over the sides of the pen, and they got moved to maximum security – a pen with walls twice as high AND a ceiling… and the only exit is to the kitchen so if he DID get out, he’d have fewer places to go. Diane let me know he found every bit of trouble possible to get into 🙂 we have a live one.

So the two of them moved home. CLipsy sniffed about, finding the place smelling strange, and hopped upstairs to munch on a new basket. Dash took up residence downstairs. Over time, I decided to force the issue, and picked Dash up and moved him upstairs. Clipsy has yet to come back down (she seems shy, and he’s very much the dominant bun) so we gave them a littler box and water up there as well. And they are settling in together quite nicely. I even caught him giving her ears and face a good grooming (she looked utterly blissful…) Here they are lying side by side, ears in perfect unison:

So now that we are done traveling… we decided it was time to start THINKING about adding a new fuzzer to our lives. So we decided to go down to the local shelter and get some more ideas – cat or bun, etc. We saw a few cats (fell in love with one but somehow she didn’t come home, I’m still mystified there, I intended to talk Peter into a cat…) and looked at all 8 buns at the shelter. 6 were white with spots, too like Scamper. One of the remaining 2 were just too big, so there was only one candidate who could POSSIBLY tug on our heartstrings. We thought it was safe to let her out to hop (before twisting Peter’s arm about the cat Tia). And boy did she surprise us. She didn’t at all have the shelter personality (run, hide, thump if anything moves). In fact, she let me scoop her gently up and plop her on my lap where she settled in for some petting before demonstrating the classic bunny short attention span and bolting off to something different. She’s a gorgeous all black. and she was pretty young too – 7 months. Somehow she just hopped into a box and followed us home 😛

She’s been spending the last few days getting acclimated, first in the bathroom, now in the partly assembled rabbit cage (no carpet for her til she’ learns to use the box!) The bathroom was a socialization nightmare. Buns paws are not padded like cats and dogs – they have furry paws with claws. you can well imagine how this moves on tile. Bun socialization is all about pretending to ignore them until they let you pet them, and pretending not to care when they run away. She couldn’t run away (she’d often slide off on her back trying!) so she just stayed scared. So we got the cage cleaned out and moved her into just the bottom floor of it. meanwhile we tossed around names and have tentatively decided on Eclipse, or Klipsy for short (also Calypso as a nickname) I also gave in (she’s extremely curious and clearly WANTED OUT) and let her hop around the floor a bit. She’s already hopping up to us willingly, but is pretty skittish. Today she’s decided to spend the entire afternoon hiding in a cardboard box, where the black bunny is IMPOSSIBLE to see. I have additionally nicknamed her The Bun Nikita because she’s make a great spy with those radar dish ears…

SF AIDS Marathon 2008

On August 3, myself and about 500 other runners will complete the San Francisco marathon in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This is the culmination of nearly 2 years of lifestyle changes and weight loss for me, and a chance for me to use my new-found energy and fitness to give back to my community. I hope you will join me in this effort by reading and offering your support through my blog. If you are able, I also welcome your contribution to the cause! Thanks and keep on running!

Progress Bar:

Marathon time: 5:40:22
Total Raised: $2,815.70

My Sponsors

I'd like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support of the SF AIDS Foundation!

Dianne Whitfield of the Bunny Hay Loft

Ulf Anvin
Rob Millner
Scott Lamb
Jeff Barlow
Erika Duplantis
Nick and Carol Esser
Kathryn Mercer
Nicole Pauls
Kathryn Coll
Timothy Berger
Susan Druding
Jenny Forman
Kathryn Mulgrew
Jamie Piperberg
Lucia Sanchez
Fran Taillon
Douglas Leeder
Barbara Kirsch
Ellen Atkinson
Valerie Esser
Peter McCourt
Carla Schroder
Sandra Spicher
Matthew Wilson
Valorie Zimmerman
Kathryn Kramer
Roxanne Seabright
Gayathri Swaminathan
Jason Spiro
Dianne Schoenberg

Thank you so very much for your support!

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