A lump of a bun

A rabbit sitting like a bun

Cookie’s shedding right now, and it makes her look a little… off. Her coat is uneven, though that’s gotten a little better over the past few days. Still, when you combine that with the way she was sitting in this photo–her hips all askew and her head off-centre–it’s hard to not compare her to a bun that came out of the oven looking a little lumpy.

And I swear, I mean that with the utmost affection. I love my little bun.

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Bunny in a basket

A rabbit sitting cozily in a basket with a blanket

My family spent last weekend out at the lake, and, to make things a little easier on everyone back home (maybe not so much on us), we took Cookie along with us.

I’m surprised at how well she did, to be honest. She was a little stressed on the car ride up, but I can’t blame her for that. It was three and a half hours in her carrier, and she’s not used to that. She relaxed pretty quickly once we got to the cabin, though, and made herself a cozy little bed inside her basket.

She spent a good chunk of the weekend in that basket. And she looked so adorable in it, that I couldn’t help snapping a couple of pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

A cozy, but alert, rabbit sitting in a basket with a blanket

Getting Cookie to eat more hay

My rabbit, Cookie, hiding under the bench in my entryway

Cookie hasn’t been entirely happy with me lately. Did you know that a rabbit’s diet is supposed to be made up mostly of hay? She and I both do, but she doesn’t like the fact. She prefers eating her pellets and greens. And her treats, of course.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve slowly gotten into the bad habit of letting her have more pellets, which means she eats less of the hay I put out for her. Sometime in the past couple of months, I noticed she was eating very little hay at all. That’s one of those “very bad things” for rabbits: from what I understand, the pellets don’t grind down their teeth as well, aren’t as good for their digestive systems, and are inferior in several other ways. Something had to be done.

So I cut back her pellets. At first, all this accomplished was a lot of lunging and grunting anytime I went near her food bowl; she wanted more pellets. She’s getting better now, though. Cookie’s eating more hay again, to the point where I finally need to refill her hay baskets each day again.

Despite her protests, my little rabbit is eating more of what she should be. That’s really all I can ask for.

In hiding

Cookie in Hiding

Some days, Cookie really doesn’t want to come out of hiding. I did manage to get her to come out of her little box-house the day I took this picture, but it took a lot of coaxing with banana treats. And this was still the best picture I managed to take.

Not that I can blame her much. Some days, you just have to give in to that urge hole up and stay hidden.

 

Reluctant bun

Cookie (rabbit)

Cookie makes for a great photo subject.

…when she feels like cooperating, that is. Some days, she really doesn’t want to sit still for a picture. She’d much rather sniff at the lens, or simply run the other way.

I managed to get her to sit still just long enough to snap this photo. I wouldn’t quite call it my favourite picture of her, but I do love that “Why’d you stop petting me?” look on her face.