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Monday, February 18, 2013

Welcome Home Flynn, Yuuji & Frenwyck

This is a long one so grab yourself a cup of something sweet.

A long story shortened goes something like this:

I was doing just fine,  I was making my way through life just fine. 
I was learning to be without my Ella Luna, missing her like mad and
still reeling from her death at the beginning of June of 2012.
Despite all that, life was wonderful
I have so much to be joyful about, a super sweet honey & 3 lovely bunnies (Jin, Jaks & Roo)...
Yet still, I had this unsettled & unhappy feeling, like I just wasn't doing enough.
Now, I always have massive pressure on my little shoulders
because one dream of mine hinges on the another.....
being a successful artist & having a rabbit sanctuary/rescue.
The successful artist/business owner bit has to come first so I can turn it around to help animals.
In the meantime I do what I can, where I can, including in our little home.
Anyhow, almost as soon as Ella Luna was gone, I was ready to bring home a new baby.
I felt very uncomfortable & felt very idle with only having 3 bunnies in the house,
when I knew we had room, time, money & love for atleast one more.
If I am not in the place where I can start my rescue
then I can atleast make sure our house is full, right!?
I wasn't trying to replace Ella Luna in anyway shape or form,
it was just a deep desire to help another bun.
But, you see Ella was the apple of our eye...
so it took us time to heal & though I was ready right away to adopt.  Jonathan wasn' we waited.
Then 6 months down the road on my birthday,
I got lovely presents as always but the biggest surprise,
The biggest gift of all, was a little piece of paper that sweetly said something like...
"This is a coupon, good for the adoption of a few rabbits"
Ha ha...
That was Jonathan telling me he was ready to bring more long-earred love home...
and not just one but he wanted to adopt 5.
Now, that may sound crazy to you BUT we've had 8 rabbits in our home once upon a time...
it was crazy and chaotic but also wonderfully full & satisfying,
so we knew what we were getting into.
So we started looking at the shelter websites and of course instantly fell in love....
I'll cut a long story short and just get straight to the introductions.

You've already meet our beautiful Teela

whom we adopted & brought home at the beginning of December.
(she's the new apple of our eye by the way, ha ha & is settled in beautifully
& perfectly & is Oh So Lovely).

We have also adopted from the shelter & welcomed into our family a tiny little boy,
He's around 2 years old and an Hotot English spot that we've named
(Flynn Weetabix Saile-Peterson)
Nicknames:  'Sous Chef' & 'Little Street Thug'

Flynn (formally known at the shelter as Weetabix) was in the shelter system for way too long...
he was our first pick when we first looked at the adoption web pages
even though we knew he was considered a special needs rabbit.
He was actually adopted by us before we even laid eyes on Teela actually BUT
he was sick with ISC Syndrome & was on a couple rounds of antibiotics etc so it was a few weeks
before we were allowed to go and pick him up and bring our little guy home.
It was difficult to go there and adopt Teela and leave Flynn behind for further treatment
but we also really respected the shelters dedication to making sure each animal adopted out was in
tip top form and not in danger of making any other animals already in our home sick.
He finally came home to our warren on December 28th.

Flynn was a stray..whether he was abandoned or lost we'll never know
but he was a little lost bunny alone in the big mean city...
we're so grateful he made it safely to the shelter.

He LOVES his snuggles, oh my...this little guy just melts into our arms & LOVES to hang out
with us in the kitchen and help us taste test (hence the nickname Sous Chef).
He loves to hang out on the couch with us and watch tv.  He loves to be snuggled under a blanket.
For such a little bun, he has a HUGE appetite but because of his ISC syndrome,
we do have to watch his diet carefully much to his chagrin, ha ha.
He's super clean and does all his business in his potty like a good little bun too.
He has a rough side to him but we have to appreciate it because it's probably why he survived the streets. It's not looking like we'll be able to bond him to any of the others, anytime soon...he seems to just want human company thus far and he is famous in our little warren for his growling...
but really it's sweet because it's all mostly noise with very little bark.
We are SO happy he's here our Flynnster, he's settled in nicely.


THEN, guess what....we adopted a 3rd bunny from the shelter...AHHHHH.
He was in the shelter a very short time but Jonathan saw him and fell head over heels,
like I did for Teela
and I am so glad he did because he's an awesome rabbit.
He was only 8 months old when we brought him home, a tiny sweet little Lionhead...
we've named Yuuji
(Yuuji Dumbledore Saile-Peterson)
Nicknames:  'Oh Bearded One' & 'Our Little Billy Goat'


Yuuji (formally known at the shelter as Dumbledore)
was one of 8 babies in an unplanned/unwanted litter.
We were allowed to adopt him and bring him home when we went back to pick Flynn up.
It was extra extra goodness to our hearts that because we we adopted Yuuji & Flynn
two other rabbits from another shelter, who were going to be euthanized,
were immediately transferred to the THS because suddenly there were 2 spots for them... we feel like we helped 4 bunnies that lovely day.

Yuuji is one special I said I am glad that Jonathan said "We must adopt that one", ha ha...
he is the gentlest and happiest and funniest little guy...and oh so sweet.
He loves strawberries, hanging out on the coffee table and loves his cuddles.
Even though Jonathan is the one who picked him out first,
I am the lucky one who Yuuji has chosen as his best pal.

He LOVES to climb...hence the name 'our little billy goat',
we've, never had a rabbit climb like this one.
And boy oh boy this little rabbit has brought our rabbit-proofing skills to a whole new level, ha ha!
He LOVES to play and popcorn and zoom and bounce about like theres no tomorrow.
He is is well behaved with his potty habits and doesn't chew anything he's not suppose to.
He has his favourite spots on the couches and on top of the couches, like a cat, ha ha.
And he has his own window to the world, which he spend atleast 5 hours gazing out of each day.
and he is just a purely joyful and sweet sweet rabbit and again we're so glad he's here with us.

It's been so chaotic but lovely to have these 3 babies,
every single one completely different from the next.

It was also really difficult because at the exact same time that we started to take the steps to adopt,
well that's when Roo got sick and started going downhill really fast...but we didn't want to back out
on the adoption plans because at that point we both fully knew it was the right thing to do,
to increase our family and to help out rabbits in the shelter system.
So, Roo getting sick and spending time with him during his last weeks ON TOP
of settling in the newbies was the main reason behind my 1.5 months absence/break.

But WAIT, we're not done...the story continues...
So we had already adopted Flynn, but he couldn't come home to us for some time...
we fell head over heels in love with Teela and drove the 1000kms to go pick her up and while there
saying hello to Flynn and adopting Teela we first laid eyes on a big Lionhead...
I heard Jonathan say in a reverent tone 'WHO is THAT?' and my eyes took but 1 second to fall upon
the same beautiful rabbit he was admiring and say in return '...I don't know, who IS he?', ha ha.
Well it was a big boy that had numerous problems and
wasn't anywhere near being ready for adoption.
And we knew we had our hands full with the newbies and with Roo and well we were in love
but at the time we couldn't do anything about it...
but that rabbit stayed in our hearts and minds let me tell you.
and now he is here...I can barely believe it, ha ha.

His name is Frenwyck
(Frenwyck Domino Saile-Peterson)
Nicknames:  "Blue-Eyed Babe", "Muppet", "Panda Bear" & "Frenwyck The Magnificent"
He is around 2 years old and is a gorgeous Angora Lionhead.

Formally known at the shelter as Domino....
He came home to us about 2 weeks ago.
Even when we knew we couldn't have him, we both felt like he was ours,
we both felt like he was meant to join our family & our motley long-earred crew.
He went up for adoption & but we still had our hands full with Roo Boo.
We were sure someone would snatch him up...he was too beautiful & special not be but he wasn't!
For whatever reason he sat there, probably because he was considered a special needs adoption.
So after Roo left us, we acted very quickly,
we knew we had Roo's blessings to rescue another babe,
and we took the steps right away to start the adoption process &
to get approval to be his forever family.

Frenwyck, the poor blue-eyed babe, went through so much and was at the shelter so long,
his care takers said he was starting to get really really grumpy & sad & despondent.
The size of the pens at the shelter are pretty decent but
Frenwyck is a bigger boy & needed abit more room.
Plus he had so many problems...he was a surrender to the shelter (thankfully!).
His so called 'family' moved and dumped him off on a neighbours front door stoop.
The neighbours tryed keeping him for a few weeks but eventually surrendered him.
Apparently he was skin and bones when he arrived at the shelter and very sadly at some point,
he was feed or somehow ingested poisonous matter which has left his liver permanently damaged.
The whole thing is really upsetting to me and I am still in the process of
letting go of my anger towards these assholes who couldn't be bothered to take care of such
a special and magnificent creature.

Because his liver is compromised now, he has to be on a super strict diet with no sugar at all
and he'll have to get blood tests every 6 months.
He is also prone to calcium (like Roo was) so we have to be on top of that.
When we first saw him, he also had really bad sores on his feet from urine scald
BUT, the Toronto Humane Society did an amazing job of healing him up...and we continue.

He is a beautiful rabbit.  He's about 6 pounds right now but still quite underweight...
our goal at the moment is to fatten him up some whiles still watching his diet closely.
I was nervous with him at first to be honest, there was something very serious about his stance...
but now only 2 weeks in, I've realized that he is a super gentle guy.
He LOVES to play and popcorns around his set of rooms almost all day long, ha ha.
He really likes to throw himself over and stretch right out to sleep and he loves it when you lay out beside him to keep him company....he really likes to be pet when he's not busy.
He seems quite interested in being buddies with Teela and she with him, so fingers crossed!
There is an intelligence to this ones eyes...something special.
Whenever I hug him I feel like that little girl in 'Despicable Me' I feel like screaming

So there you have know the big announcement I was sitting on.
You've meet our new babies....aren't they wonderful.
(this isn't news to you if you've been following my Twitter Tweets though I suppose).

I am so proud of us.
We realized something wasn't quite right...we figured out what it was...
we decided what to do about it in a way that respected both of our wants & needs...
we took our time and made plans together...
we took the steps necessary to make it happen...
we made something wonderful happen on a manageable scale...
we trusted that what should happen would happen but we were still proactive...
we listened to our guts as to which babes needed us the most &
we feel like we've made the best, most precious & wonderful choices...
..we helped our hearts to grow & expand...
we helped 4 more animals out there in the world that needed our help and love....
We successfully survived our first shelter visits together because we had each other but also
because the Toronto Humane Society is a place that has our gratitude, respect and support.

We have 4 out of the 5 babies that we wanted...they are home.
We are a family of 8.
We are happy.


Lavender Rabbit said...

Welcome to all the new ones! Such lucky bunnies!! Such a beautiful thing you all did, rescuing them. I can't wait to hear more about them :)

Yarni Gras! said...

I come by here ooh and ahh over your bun buns. I love them...never owned one. We have 4 fur babies and seriously doubt I will every own a bunny but I love your stories and your art. I love your beautiful verbiage when you write. It makes your stories come to life.
But today I fell out on the floor laughing when that lovely language changed and you called Frenwyck's former owners "assholes" and then went right back to the beautiful verbiage you otherwise use. Maybe it makes you more "real" to me....I don't know. But it made me laugh and that is always a good thing, so thank you.

Lisa said...

Mandy I am so so sorry to hear about Roo. I can't imagine how hard it must be to be without them both but it sounds like he was having a really hard time and just couldn't fight it without his Ella.

The new babies are all so beautiful and although my heart aches for your loss, I am also SO excited for your and Jonathan!!! Enjoy your new babies and send some love to Jin and Jaks for me!

Annie said...

The world needs more people like you :) Your bunnies are extremely lucky to have you.

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

I have to admit that I am disappointed that this post only harnessed 4 comments:C...but Donna, Lisa and Annie, thanks SO SO much for the congrats and the lovely messages...Yarni, it was great chatting with you:D

Deyfenn Slayd said...

Ya, 4 comments is a bit of a shit. Honestly, I'm sure lots of people read it, people just don't seem to comment much these days. I know I read 3 tech blogs and always have things I am thinking about the articles, but I never actually comment...

On the bun side, man, those are the perfect new additions to our home of misfit rabbits ;-)