Funny side note: both Daisy and Phineas are the jealous type. There will be some nose butts if they see you petting the other. Daisy is the worst though, in that she’ll try to come up and plop down alongside Phineas, hoping to get in (or take over) the action.
Hung out with the bunnies last night, and snapped this photo of Phineas atop the bunny cottage. He was cracking me up because, at the right angle, he’s got this super huge, disapproving frown going on.
Last weekend, I spent a lot of Sunday hanging out in the living room (aka our bedroom). And the bunnies were pretty much doing the same thing – hanging out on the new rug (and in the new bunny cottage).
While they have carpet in their open pen area, we felt a larger space could give them room to sprint. Whenever the bunnies get super excited or happy, you’ll see them on a tear (similar to what a cat might do). During these phases, Liz and I have taken to saying that they’ve “got the hops.”
Hard to see it here, but there’s a small struggle for power taking place. Mostly, it’s Phineas and Daisy being cute. But originally, it was just Phineas sitting next to me.
The funny thing to keep in mind is: Daisy is essentially doing a ton of demo in the bunny rabbit cottage, which exists inside our house… where we are doing a ton of renovations.
It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when these two were wary of one another. In the early days, Phineas was a bit territorial… but they’re pretty inseparable.
Liz noticed that Daisy had been sneezing just a little bit, these last few days. So she took Daisy for a checkup when she went to get Phineas. Good thing, because it turns out Daisy had a lot of upper respiratory noise as well.
Tonight, he just never seemed to catch his breath. Liz picked him up to try to see if maybe he injured his feet (he didn’t). And while our bunnies are fairly friendly, they never like being picked up. Liz scooped up Phineas way too easily.
A really positive sign is that Daisy, this time around, seems to be recovering a lot faster than she did, previously. If there was chasing or running around… a few moments later, she was back to her old self. A far cry from her previous hiding.
On Saturday, in addition to picking up the hardware for our new security door… we also picked up a roll of new carpet. Because Phineas has been in his area for so long now, we decided it would be best to relocate both bunnies to a completely new space – totally neutral and new to both.
Using a technique Liz had learned about when we were bonding Quincy and Baxter, she decided to put both rabbits in the same carrier… and took them on a car ride. This “shared stress” experience, followed immediately by a meeting on neutral ground, was supposed to help.
Yesterday, we set up an area in the hallway upstairs for the rabbits to meet and bond. We wanted to find some neutral space to avoid any territorial bias, and since Phineas has never been upstairs… this was the best spot we could think of.
Today, we headed back to Animal Care League in Oak Park, to introduce Phineas to a few rabbits. We visited several bunny rabbits last weekend, and had a list of the ones we liked. Our goal today: introduce Phineas to the top contenders, and see if he liked any of them as well.
Lately, when we arrive home and let Phineas out of his area… he’ll head straight for the bedroom. It’s still rather surprising to me that, when I go to look for him, I’ll find him just perched at the foot of the bed. Relaxing.