Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pet of the Week: Meet Lil', a Very Handsome Bunny!

Meet Floppy, also known as Lil' Bunny,
companion rabbit to EtsyVeg Member Julia from JFillustrations.
What is your pet's name, birthday, sex, breed?
Lil', June 2007, Male, English Lop
His original name was Floppy but ended up calling him Lil' (Little) Bunny 
as a term of endearment, so that's the name he actually responds to!
Where/how did you come up with their name?
When  Lil' came into our world, he was quite smaller than our other bun, Baby Bun.
He was small but boy did he have an adventurous streak (tink jumping off really high things)!
How did you meet your pet?  Were they Adopted, rescued or other?
Lil' bun was adopted. He was the quietest bunny and we noticed he was quite the loner too.
We figured most people would not want to take him home because he was not very
social, so we decided to give him a good home where he would be able to be himself and at peace.
What are your pet’s favorite toys, foods, snacks, activities?
He has a thing for the's really funny! He chases the broom and tries to bite off
the bristles. He also liked to come up to the vacuum cleaner and nudge it. He love, love, loves banana!
His fave activities are spending his afternoons on the top floor lounging and keeping
an eye out for Baby Bun and on what we are doing. He likes to groom Baby Bun too.
What are some things you enjoy doing with your pet?
 As an adult, Lil' became even more shy. We wish we could interact more with him, but we really enjoy
having him be himself and relax when he wants to wherever he wants to. He likes to watch the TV, so
we spend quality time with him in the living room. He gets really happy when we go into the
living room and lays underneath the coffee table and just watched TV with us, lol
Do you take your pet on vacations with you?
Sadly, we can't take him out of the country because Ireland and the UK have strict rules
due to their not having rabies. We are about to take him on a big trip with us as we are moving from
Ireland. That should be interesting! He's OK with car rides and loves to ride in his crate with the top
open to look outside and around him.
How does your pet like going to the vet?  Do s/he *know* when it's 
time to see the vet & hide, or do they enjoy the extra attention?
He does not like the vet but finds the waiting room and other patients quite interesting.
We usually open the top on his crate for him and he peeks out and looks at everyone. Unfortunately, he is a 
really sensitive bunny health-wise and has to go to the vet quite a lot. 
Do you spoil your pet?
We try to...he and bun have the latest bunny toys, freedom to run around wherever and whenever they please. So, we 
hope they enjoy their lives with us.
What's the most important/special thing your pet adds to your life? 
Lil' has brought lots of happiness and love into our home. He also makes our days brighter and joyful.
 Both have also have opened up a new world for us. We never knew rabbits could be so social and vocal through body language
 (they rarely make noises!). They have taugh me that all animals, regardless fo species, are individuals. Most people only interact with dogs 
and cats; for this reason, they tend to forget that all other animals are not very different that the dogs and cats in their homes.
They all deserve respect, love. compassion, a good life on their own terms free from exploitation.
Anything else you would like to add? 
Never buy a rabbit. Please adopt, but learn about rabbits before you do. They are a BIG commitment, like all animals are. Rabbits are not toys for kids either. 
They are very sensitive and non-vocal, so it takes a little bit extra to get to know them and know when something is wrong. Never cage a rabbit...if you do, you will never get to know
the most wonderful individual you might have otherwise never had a chance to meet. The House Rabbit Society has great information about living with house (cage, hutch-free) buns. 


Skye said...

Very cute bunny! Unfortunately, the text is formatted in a way that cuts off the end of every line. Can someone fix this? Thanks!

Mothra Sue said...

What a cute little smoopy poo!!!! I lurv bunnies :)

Heather said...

Awwwwwww so snuggily!! I wanna have a bunny! So cute!!

Big Bad Art said...

Lil' sounds like such a lovable bunny! I love a bunny with spunk.
I miss our bunny so much (she passed away 7 years ago). Thanks for sharing:)

JFIllustrations said...

Thanks for the lovely comments!! He is a great bunny :)

I can't see anything off with the typesetting on my computer...but I'll ask Heather/Kylie to check it out and fix it.

thebluewindmill said...

Such a cute bunny!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Julie said...

What a sweet bunny! I had rabbits for years, sometimes as many as 6 at a time. Lil Bun's afinity for brooms reminds me of my Bobby. A rabbit I had over 20 years ago. He too would go after brooms and chew them up! I wish more people would see how active rabbits are and what great personalities they have.

DeepFried said...

SO CUTE!!! We thought about getting a rabbit once but as you said, not reallyt the best animal for a house full of kids. How FREAKING adorable!!!