rabbitcareportland.com


 Experienced     houserabbit     caregivers  

 

visit  your  furry   friends  while  you  are  away -

 

                                     giving     you     peace     of     mind.

     Shannon and Nick are well acquainted with the delicate nature of bunnies, even tough-acting ones. 

     Although their 3 rabbits Frolic, Jack, and Jay have crossed the rainbow bridge, Shannon and Nick know very well how difficult a trip away from your bunnies can be.  In the hands of a dogsitter, with no personal rabbit experience, a bunny can become overstressed easily by inexperienced handling, or even unfamiliar dog smells.  

The last thing you need is your bunny in GI stasis and someone not knowing what to do while you're away.  We've been there and we can help you.

  Visits with your bunnies include

 feeding, water changes, litterbox changes, sweeping up,

chatting with and petting your loved ones. 

Daily updates by email, or live chat, as desired.

 

  Other than those important basics we will be  observing your bunnies for any changes

 in their behavior that signal a need for help.

 

   Rabbit Care Portland is insured by INSFAC/Insurance Facilities exclusively for members of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

  Every bunny has its own routine and we will want to see what yours is prior to your trip away. 

  ****Call soon to arrange a free visit and see if we are all a good match.   If so, we can complete your Bunnysitting Guide and Contract then with individualized info about your bunnies and a tour of your routines.*****

503 348-0405 Shannon (if you get the v/m, yes, Shannon is a therapist too,  relationshipgardening.weebly.com)  

  Housesit add ons are complimentary as long as they fit into the time reserved: bring in mail, deliveries, & garbage cans, water houseplants, alter inside lighting for security. 

  30 minutes to an hour =$20 to $35. 

              If you want longer or more frequent visits, let's talk about what you have in mind.

                 Send your questions here by email and include your cross streets.

Having an experienced rabbit sitter is hard to find.  Once you know you want to add a houserabbit to your family, or you have one already, you can see if your home is within our service are and set up a meet and greet.  Or start seeing who you can train or encourage to learn how to care for your rabbits.  When you have to leave town there will not be a bunch of rabbit sitters available as the Rabbit Advocates are typically entirely busy with rescue and fostering. Ask your rabbit savvy exotics vet and techs who they would trust with bunny care so that you can get at least one or two options for when you really need it. 

 Frolic's story 

   The Special Needs Bunny, earned the nickname with her Red Queen attitude.  She insisted on eating carpet and outlived the other buns by far.  Bringing in another female (See Jay's story) gave Frolic a reason for living beyond hanging out with her man-she turned into a seek and destroy bun.  At one point she thought she was killing off Jay with her teeth sunk in and her eyes closed, she held on and layed herself down for all she had-to Nick's finger!!!!  So much for bonding!  She was sure she had done the deed once and for all and puffed out her fur with a mighty, regal hop.  She had never bitten a human before so it was so surprising to us.  And to her.  She was very annoyed when she saw that Jay bunny again.  This led to the DMZ=the two wooden baby gate trick with a space between so free range buns in separate parts of the house won't wound each other through the bars.  We recommend getting these at garage sales since they are chewed up eventually.

Frolic taught us all about the bladder stone!!!!   No wonder she had an attitude.   When a bun will only eat alfalfa hay instead of the specially shipped Oxbow options, you get a bunny with a bladder stone.  It was huge-nearly filled her bladder, and made a bizarre conversation piece.  After her recovery, she kicked up her heels in the air for the first major binky in years.  Must have been a huge relief.  Shannon  also embarrasingly learned that bunnies don't cry tears, after calling in tears to the vet, and  saying, "Frolic is in so much pain from that surgery-she is CRYING!!!"  No, she had oiled up eyes-something they do to keep the eyes moist during surgery.   She is the brown sort of cottontail looking bun above next to Jack munching parsley.

 Jack's story

   Here below with Nick is Jack giving a little kiss.  He was quite the ladies' man as all the gals would try to fight over him.  Jack is how we became well acquainted with the House Rabbit Society as we called in desparation one day-tired of being bit and tired of a bunny's refusal to use the litterbox.  The dishpan trick in the confined space really works.  We put one in each corner and a couple along the walls for the training phase.  Then, we dropped in a few layers of newspaper with an entire layer of timothy hay and something different in each box as a lure.  One box had a carrot, another a wooden spoon, in one some tasty alfalfa hay.  Jack excitedly hopped from box to box tossing things about and doing his business in the boxes along the way.  And when he finished his rounds, he'd start again.  We eliminated the boxes that were the least favorite until there was one.  The truth is harsh-this bun insisted on biting anyone who even DARED to clean up the floor.  The doc was right-neutering would bring down those hormones to a peaceful level.  Not funny: waiting till 6 months of age.  Funny part: after surgery, when he was free to run around again-he dashed over to shark Shannon with his teeth, put them on her hand gently without biting and then backed up looking confused.  He never bit again. 

Jay's story

  With a tattoo in her ear and a gorgeous red and white coat, this fiesty Mini Rex stole our hearts and our savings account.  She built elaborate tunnels in a neighbor's yard leading to various entries and escape routes to a dirt floor garage.  After she had lived there on her own basically for about a year, the  neighbor happens to mention that maybe we lost a bunny and "he" had taken up residence in his backyard.  We never could figure out why it took over a year for this bit 'o news to be dropped, but when it was, we went into action.  We lured the little honey to our yard with treats.  Once she got a look at that funny face  Jack, she couldn't keep herself away.

   By the time of Jay's arrival we had already mastered the art of newspaper and hay in the dishtub litter boxes and had only once to give her a gentle nudge into the box when she took the position.    Lest you think we had it easy, that was a good balance to the 6 months it took to litterbox train Jack.

   Jay quickly revealed her many teeth problems at a time when exotic vets in southern CA were telling us that rabbits like her just won't make it.  Of course there was this one option-Dr. Jeffrey Jenkins!  Drive to San Diego (just about 4 hours travel round trip)  every week for 6 weeks?  No problem!  Pay for teeth pulling, abscess surgery, and weekly injections, no problem!  Water pik cleansing of the face wound at home-well took some figuring out a rabbit raincoat for that one.  And why was this no problem?  Because when you are sent to the world renowned exotics vet, Dr. J., you know your rabbit will be fine.  We are happy to tell you that Dr. J called us well after Jay's treatments ended successfully, to say that rabbit abscess treatment changed dramatically about the year 2000.  Compare what was  just described to you vs a one time procedure of embedding antibiotics in the wound and sewing it up.  That's it!  Dr. J said the results were fantastic and the whole thing MUCH cheaper.  Less stress all the way around for everyone and every bun. 

  Before all that  we thought clipping toenails was a challenge!

 You can visit Dr. J.'s site here:  http://drexotic.com/rabbits_care.htm