Love It Tuesday: Tape Friends

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These animal tape dispensers by Minkislove just might be one of the cutest things I have seen, aside from bunny bums of course. Can you imagine looking into the face of a little wooden whale or rabbit every time you reached for tape? I would find myself taping a little more than I should. Check out these critters on Etsy.

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Love It Tuesday: Name That Breed

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When I first adopted Layla people would ask me what ‘kind’ she was and it was pretty obvious, between her weight of 3 lbs. and lop ears. Layla is a perfect example of a Holland Lop. I also knew a little bit about her home before mine. So I never really had to feel that urge inside to find out more.

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Jazz on the other hand is surrounded in mystery. From the moment I adopted him I have not stopped wondering. A family found him outside and dropped him off to the shelter. They were so sweet and wrote a letter about what they did know about him. He was found around christmas and seemed to be friendly. They believed he was a pet belonging to someone in the neighborhood, who had released him. Beyond wondering why a family would think that he could make it in the wild, let alone in the middle of winter is beyond me and is much too sad. I have also been wondering about his breed. Let me tell you he is one beautiful bunny. His coloring, long nose and ears, high arch, and almost 6 lbs. of cuddliness seem so exotic when compared to Layla’s small, dark, round frame. I have tried to look up pictures and figure out what he comes from, but I have been left short.

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So, you would understand when I found the Rabbit Type Series I was beyond excited. Basically it is this, people send her pictures of their buns and she walks through the identification process. I just love it! Although the youtube channel seems to be inactive as of the last year, here is to me hoping that she or maybe some of you specialists might have an idea of what breed my sweet monster is.

The Easiest DIY Toys (PartIII)

Layla doesn’t really play with toys aside from boxes. I have bought and made her many different kinds of toys and she has maintained a steady indifference towards most of them. This is a three part guide to the easiest DIY toys, which have all been approved by a very picky bunny.

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You have probably seen this little gem everywhere on the internet,including this tutorial from therabbithouse.com, but I can not sing its praises enough. It it is such a simple and effective idea. It encourages healthy hay consumption and keeps your buns minds active. I often see Layla pushing it around the ground while she tries to get the hay out of it. 

The best part is that it is so easy to make! Take a toilet paper tube and stuff it with hay. I like to cut holes in the side for her to try and pull hay through. You can keep refilling it with hay and when it has had its use you can recycle it. How great is that!

The only downfall with this one is that it can make a bit of a mess. Lays likes to pull all of the hay out of the roll and then proceeds to eat some of it off of the ground, leaving the rest to sit waiting to be cleaned up. Even with the mess this one has my vote!

The Easiest DIY Toys (PartII)

Layla doesn’t really play with toys aside from boxes. I have bought and made her many different kinds of toys and she has maintained a steady indifference towards most of them. This is a three part guide to the easiest DIY toys, which have all been approved by a very picky bunny.

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Our second easiest DIY toy, which happens to be Laylas favorite, is made from a pill bottle. You can use any container really, but I happened upon a pill bottle because it was something that already needed to find a new purpose. At the time I filled it with a few pellets, just because it was what I had on hand and would be safe in case she did get it open.

This happenstance toy turned out be beyond what I ever imagined. She actually picks it up, moves it, and gives it a shake. For a diva such as Layla that is the ultimate blessing for a toy. After I settled from astonishment, I stared to wonder what made this toy different. I really have come to believe it is the pellets! I have always known she is food driven, but it never occurred to me to make food part of her toy. I think the smell of the pellets is able to escape the bottle which instantly makes the toy seem that much more exciting.

It really is that simple, bottle+pellets and you have on your hands a new toy to be rolled, thrown, and shaken. This would be a great solution for your treat driven bun.

Love it Tuesday: Fancy Animals

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Animals in clothes, don’t mind if I do! These adorable illustrations by Berkley Illustration scream class and sophistication, of course with a little touch of wacky. If your fur friend is hesitant on dressing up, this may be the answer of your dreams.  One look at these cuties and you will be sold. They would make the perfect gift for that eccentric friend or a little treat for yourself.

The Easiest DIY Toys (PartI)

Layla doesn’t really play with toys aside from boxes. I have bought and made her many different kinds of toys and she has maintained a steady indifference towards most of them. This is a three part guide to the easiest DIY toys, which have all been approved by a very picky bunny.

The first, is the easiest DIY toy on the planet. Do you eat oatmeal? If the answer is yes then you have a toy!

One day while visiting my parents my dad held up an empty oatmeal container and asked if Layla wanted it. I said we could try, figuring it would just be like any other toy. She might chew on it for a day and then forget about it the next. Well, let us just say she fell in love instantly. She was rolling it, flipping it and sticking as much of her body as she could fit inside of the thing. I was amazed at how long her attention lasted. The original container has stood up and remains months later.

It is as easy as removing the lid. Then cleaning it out a bit and handing it to your bun. It is up to your discretion on whether you give them the lid. I gave her it for a while, she seemed to really like it, until I noticed that she was chewing on the plastic more than I liked. A great part about this toy is when your bun decides they are done it can still be recycled.

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A Snow Day

The weather has been crazy here. A snow storm blew in yesterday and has covered most of the city in snow. The temperature has been staying below the single digits even reaching negative temps. Work and all my events were cancelled today which means I got to have an old fashioned snow day.  Layla and I have spent the day curled up with a quilt while I catch up on some work. Wishing everyone a cozy and happy day!

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A Bun in a Chair

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Photo sessions can be difficult with animals that have dark fur and it has been an experience learning to photograph Layla. As many times as I have tried to capture her spunky personality with the camera she comes out as a black spot or a blur. Leaving me with very few good pictures. She is also not one to be excited about photo sessions. I often get thumps or she just nudges the camera, but luckily today she played along and I got a few good shots. Even if it was only because I had treats.