Sunday, November 22, 2015
A Rabbit Rescue Story, the Farrier Visits, Bravo Goes to the Vet and Construction Begins at the Lazy Vegan!
A pretty hectic and wild week at the Lazy Vegan! The barn and bathroom construction began and luckily the bunnies and Bravo didn't seem too bothered by the noise and commotion...although I definitely wanted to be home to supervise the comings and goings of workers in the house...didn't want a bunny running off! The donkeys were intrigued and then annoyed that they couldn't help. In fact, they've been banned from the corral and barn area until the foundation is in and has dried...which probably won't happen for another couple of days. In the meantime, we walk them to the front pasture for the day and then the back pasture for the evening, where their green dining shelter will be enough protection if it rains. So they've been able to "inspect"the barn building process from the confines of their lead ropes!
And in surreal news, on my morning walk Wednesday morning I spotted a WHITE RABBIT - smack out in the open meadow...and then two brown rabbits...and later even more. Very distressing, as I was sure they were from a nearby meat operation. I immediately contacted my bunny pals and we devised a plan. For the next couple of days I left them greens and carrots in the same spot near bushes, and then on Friday evening, four of us (including the foreman) were able to get three of the bunnies by making a large corral out of x-pens and using a bucket of greens to lure them...just in the nick of time, since a nasty altercation with the meat operation guy gave us info that he would come back to kill them that night.
We took one of the bunnies, a white one exactly like Rufus, home for the evening and then she was transported to SaveABunny the next day. (The last thing we need is three unbonded bunnies - plus, she has to receive medical care and be spayed!). It was such a great feeling to save some of the poor bunnies. See more info and a great video at:
And in mundane news, the farrier came to visit...in a way, twice - because we got the donkeys all harnessed up and ready and were walking around the property waiting and waiting for the farrier to arrive until I checked a text and realized I had the wrong day. My bad! The donkeys didn't mind - but on the "real" day, suddenly Luigi didn't want to get his halter on so it made for some donkey drama. And Bravo went to the vet for a check-up where it was confirmed that he is definitely going deaf! There have been times when we have come home and he hasn't even noticed...so I wasn't too surprised. Now I'll be more cautious than usual with off-leash time!
Those ears! She was such a brave bunny. It was hard to make the decision to give her up (we seriously thought about keeping her) but I drove her to Petaluma the next day, where she hitched a ride with my friend Tara and the two other buns we rescued and went off to SaveABunny.
The backhoe JUST fit through the donkey gate! See video:
We had to work fast with the x-pens looped together to create a giant pen. Got the two brown bunnies first and then took a while to get the white bun, who was zooming around the meadow!
The ridiculous duo!
The weekly pose!