Yet another visit to the pet shop…

Clown & i went to the pet shop again tonight. We brought Pepsi back to the pet shop and the china woman who sold her to us insisted that she was an obedient and sweet-natured rabbit. Pepsi was obviously unhappy that we brought her back ‘cos she stomped her foot thrice when she was returned to the cage at the pet shop. At first she got along ok with the other 2 rabbits in the cage… but 15min later, 1 of the rabbits attacked her and had to be removed.

The guy at the pet shop (who looks like a rabbit himself) said that he observed that Pepsi is very protective of her territory. Although she’s the newbie in the cage, she sniffed every corner and pooped at all 4 corners to mark her territory. That was probably what pissed the existing rabbit off and sparked off the attack. After the attacker & Pepsi were separated, Pepsi got mad & stomped her foot again. She was curled up like a ball, with her ears back and glaring at everyone. I tried to pet her to calm her down but she shrank away from me. It was as though she was afraid, yet totally pissed off.

Sigh… that convinced me that we had to give her up. I kinda miss her & couldn’t really bear to leave her behind at the pet shop. I told Pepsi to be guai and behave herself otherwise her new owners wouldn’t like her either. I don’t know if she’ll learn but i hope she’ll find a happy home soon.

In exchange for Pepsi, I got a lionhead-dwarf. (Had to top up $90 🙁 for it). We’ve named the lionhead-dwarf, Peanut (think the chinese dessert – peanut paste – same colour). After leaving that pet shop, Clown & i spotted a really really cute lop ear rabbit (I think it’s a holland lop. Will call the shop to check tomorrow). And so we bought it too! This new lop ear is called Horlicks (it’s white and brown).

The introduction of Peanut & Horlicks went smoothly. MC is obviously in heat ‘cos she’s been trying to hump Horlicks though both Peanut & Horlicks are gals. I’m not sure if i want to neuter MC ‘cos she’s been so guai. I asked the pet shop guy if it’s ok to have 1 male rabbit and 3 females… he paused for a sec & replied, “i think the male rabbit will be very happy”. Haha… i guess Coffee will be…. but he’s the youngest & smallest now so i call him the “toy boy”. Heh.

Anyway, all 4 rabbits were ok so i left them unseparated in 2 cages (i joined 2 cages to form a bigger t-shape cage). I think they’ll be ok.

Am too darn tired after spend the past week cleaning up after my rabbits & taking care of the house. Have been averaging 4 hours of sleep daily… oh dear, my eyes are closing as i type. Ok… will post more photos next time.

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The Story of Bazhang & Tangyuan

I’ve had rabbits for the longest time… since i was a young kid, i’ve always liked rabbits. I used to keep the local white rabbits till the last one, June, died when i was in sec sch. Although i always wanted to keep rabbits as pets again, i never quite got down to it till BZ & TY came along.

BZ & TY came to be part of my family by chance. They were owned initially by a local breeder who were hoping they would mate. Unfortunately, one (or both) of them was sterile and hence they never got to breed. The breeder then gave them to my friend, Archangel.

After keeping them for about 1 month, Archangel decided to go overseas to study & when he found out that i liked rabbits, he decided to let me foster them. I was supposed to only care for them till he came back… heh… but i ended up kidnapping the rabbits for good.

I’m ashamed to say that i wasn’t the one who took the most care of BZ & TY. They were really my dad’s rabbits… he was the one who fed them and changed their bedding regularly. I only petted them when i came home late at night, and did the occassional changing of bedding. I enjoyed playing with the rabbits but i wasn’t the caregiver. BZ & TY obeyed my dad the most. It’s quite amazing how rabbits can understand simple commands.

BZ & TY were very good looking rabbits (though BZ was an oversized dwarf). I think they led happy lives while they were at my house. In the morning, my dad would give them pellets for breakfast and then let them out into the garden. After doing a little morning exercise, they would find a cool spot to rest. In the afternoons, when the sun shone strongly in the front garden, they would retire to their brick hide-out at the side of my house. There, in the cool shade, they were nap till it was time for lunch.

Lunch was usually fresh veggie like carrots & cabbage. Both of them loved to eat carrots. After their lunch, it would be time for their late afternoon siesta back at the hideout. Sometimes they would also snack on my mom’s plants along the side of my house. And when it was dinner time, they would automatically go back to their cage to wait for food. Poor rabbits… sometimes when my dad went out to meet clients and came back only after having dinner with my mom, then the rabbits would only get their dinner at 9pm or so. By then they were usually starving and would come running helter skelter when they hear my dad shake the biscuit tin containing the pellets.

TY died in a very tragic accident in Sep ’05. Although everyone says that rabbits don’t cry, i can personally testify that her death affected BZ a lot. The big guy threw tantrums and went into depression after that. I’m 100% sure it was ‘cos he missed his childhood partner.
BZ has since passed away… and it’s like a whole generation of rabbits gone. I’m positive they went to rabbit heaven. I’m not as upset now as when BZ was struggling to stay alive. He was a fighter till the end. Had he survived and gone blind (he was developing cataracts in his eyes), i would have gladly taken care of him. But it’s ok. He’s with TY now.