Sunday, September 12, 2010

RYAN: Foster Bunny Follies

Just a wild and wacky week ago, a situation occurred that culminated with our welcoming a foster bunny into our home. We have a couple of rescue bunnies from The Rabbit Haven already so how much could life possibly change with one more?

Ryan’s gray and white fuzzy fur is short and ultra soft. His eyes, which now exude a semi-relaxed sweetness, were seriously bulging out of his little head when we first brought him in.

Is Ryan adorable? Of course he is! Does he have a flip side? You bet!

Never having shared company with a three-and-a-half-month-old male bunny, were we ever surprised at the increase in activity coming from our bunny room! Ha! Ryan basically has one thing on his mind and it is not his food. He’s a juvenile already in bunny years. And while he has plenty of play time, gets to try new veggies everyday and nibbles at all the alfalfa he can eat, the little dude has escaped from his pen twice in a week’s time!

Ryan, who weighs about two pounds, has an X-pen that is 24 inches in height and has eight secure metal sides with slits that he cannot fit through. Nevertheless, he managed to jump out once, and the second escape came when he pulled the sides of the pen into the middle, causing the sheet we had carefully secured over it to collapse – he basically climbed out using the sheet to construct a cloth mountain!

Because of his hormones, Ryan is, shall we say, innocently reckless - he likes to “mark” his freshly-washed sheets with zigzag urine trails that provide a strangely-pungent fragrance. Oh, and our resident bunnies find him very entertaining! The first night Ryan was here, they were actually fighting over who could get closest to him. And just today Ryan got his head stuck in the hard-plastic netting we use in their exercise area. Never a dull moment!

Well, the hormonal hi-jinks all come to an end tomorrow morning when Ryan takes a field trip to the “Altering Agency” aka bunny AA. Life is bound to smell a little better, but I think we’ll actually miss the antics. Soon, Ryan will be available to adopt.

If you have never experienced the zany joy of a silly bunny, we highly suggest this short example:

If you’d like to see rabbits available for adoption in Santa Cruz County, please view The Rabbit Haven’s Adoption Showcase.

This instructional video shows Auntie Heather of The Rabbit Haven assembling an X-Pen:

You can follow The Rabbit Haven on Twitter @therabbithaven for daily tweets about happenings around the haven and upcoming adoption shows.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

An Exciting August for The Honorable Dalmatian!

On August 21, 2010:

The Honorable Dalmatian participated in its first community event - Dog Days of Summer! The event, hosted by the Santa Cruz SPCA, was held at a park off Ocean Street to honor the anniversary of one of the largest animal rescues in the United States following Hurricane Katrina. Operation Just Paws, organized by Lisa Carter of our local SPCA and funded by Doris Day, rescued over 100 cats and dogs from flooded Louisiana in 2005.

A recap and slideshow of the event can be viewed on the SPCA’s blog.

The Honorable Dalmatian’s event booth was browsed by many spectators, most with dogs in tow, who thoroughly enjoyed the dog-themed art, jewelry and clothing. The owner was on hand to meet and greet, and talk about the selection of items the store carries. She shared that the artists whose work she features, including the wall art, metal-crafted jewelry and dog-themed apparel, are also big animal lovers and it clearly shines through in their work. Many of them also donate a percentage of their sales to animal rescue, even on wholesale orders, making some store items “double winners” when purchased. The Honorable Dalmatian donates 5% of its sales to five local rescue groups.

In addition to debuting their awesome concept and product line to the public, The Honorable Dalmatian’s owner had the pleasure of meeting lots of new people - people whom she has begun to call her tribe. These are fellow animal lovers in the community who celebrate that fact any chance they get.

The Honorable Dalmatian is looking forward to the next event and hopes to see you there!

On August 25, 2010:

Drum Roll…………………The Honorable Dalmatian opened their online store for business! The much awaited grand opening – complete with a free-shipping special on coffee orders of three bags or more – is still going on! It’s been just over a week since opening day and if you haven’t had your coffee fix yet, you better get with it!

New inventory is being added to the store several times a week. Look for vintage items, more clothing and art, and fun accessories in the days to come! The store is fresh, clean and colorful, but best of all is the atmosphere of animal love permeating every page!

Social media is buzzing – there’s been tweeting and re-tweeting, and a frenzy of Facebooking – all for the love of animals!

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In the future, The Honorable Dalmatian will pursue a brick and mortar storefront in Santa Cruz. Until then, we hope you’ll shop with us online starting today at