We were lucky enough to be invited to the Christmas Pet Fair, part of the Christmas Tree Festival at Richmond Methodist Church on Saturday 9th December. A good time was had by all, especially Fliss who was making her first official engagement!
Okay! December 2017, where has that year gone? Being a “Queen” fan and going to see them in concert, I will just have to say “Another One Bites The Dust”! I`m excited, does it show?
Enough of that! Back to Bunny Burrows and the past 12 months. Hot Cross Bunny Day, another happy, friendly, busy day in Richmond Town Hall, it really is a lovely venue. Plans are already in the pipeline for Palm Sunday next year, 2018. We`re hoping to see friends old and new. This year Rishi Sunak, our local MP, opened the celebrations and his family came along, we had such a fun day. To make things perfect we also made money to help keep us running.
It is more than 22 years since myself and late husband John started to care for the rabbits and guinea pigs needing homes, veterinary care, love and attention. Do “I Want To Break Free” (sorry Queen again, messing with my concentration)? No chance! The animals are my reason to get out of bed every day, there is never a problem, they are all challenges.
We had some new arrivals this week at Bunny Burrows, in the shape of baby guinea pigs!
A few weeks ago we took in a female guinea pig who was found as a stray in Harrogate. Straight away Gwen suspected she was pregnant and last Wednesday she gave birth to 4 bouncing babies. All are doing well.
Gwen now has to do a headcount every time someone visits because they are so cute everyone wants to take them home.
The bunnies and tortoises have been making the most of the good weather.
Fritz and Gigi have been enjoying the garden so much that they now jump out of their pen and run to the back door first thing on a morning when Gwen goes to let Hetty out. They are happy to stay out all day and scratch at the back door when they want to come back in.
The tortoises are on reduced rations as they are not eating as much due to the cooler weather. Unfortunately one of them has become romantically involved with a concrete garden ornament. Gwen may have to look for a double birth hibernation box for the happy couple!
This poor little rabbit came to Bunny Burrows recently with his teeth in a bit of a mess! As you can see from the pictures his front teeth had grown out of control and were getting knotted up with food and fur. Because of this he couldn’t groom himself properly which his why his coat looks so bad. On top of this his back teeth are in a bad way and he will need an operation to trim them down.
But he is a happy chap, and once Gwen had trimmed his teeth and given him a brush and MOT he was straight into his dish of food and loves eating. It never ceases to amaze us how resilient these little cuties can be when faced with so many health problems.
Big thanks to everyone who came along to our recent talks at Harrogate Library and Bedale Community Library, and a big thank you to the staff for inviting us. We had a fab time and hope we managed to pass on some useful information to other bunny and piggy owners.
This week Gwen will be giving talks at 2 local libraries, sharing her knowledge of looking after rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises.
She will be at Harrogate Library on Thursday 3rd August, from 2pm to 3pm and 3:30pm to 4:30pm (tickets cost £2), then on Saturday the 5th August from 10:30am to 11:30am at Bedale Community Library (tickets cost £1).
Bunny Burrows were recently contacted by a student in Leeds asking if we had room for a baby bunny rabbit they had rescued from a man wandering the streets trying to sell it. They had named him Elado, which was written on the box he came in. They later found it means “for sale” in Hungarian!
Unfortunately she needed to rehome him as she was going home for the summer and couldn’t take him with her. As he is a wild rabbit it meant other rescues and sanctuaries were not interested.
Elado is currently staying at our foster home in Leeds where he is doing well, eating like a horse and constantly looking for attention.