Ella and Monkey

The Catnip and Carrots waiting room is like Cheers for our rabbit rescue family.  Anytime you walk through those doors and sit on those benches, you are bound to meet someone who knows your name, even if it’s just from interaction in our incredibly supportive online community.

An afternoon in July of 2014, I sat on one of those benches.  Two women, a mother and a daughter, sat on an adjacent bench.  In their carrier was their elderly guinea pig.  From careful eavesdropping (teacher-hearing comes in handy outside of the classroom too), I learned that they take this beloved guinea pig to the vet weekly—sometimes several times in a week.  Considering that most guinea pigs don’t get any medical care, I judged this family to be super pet parents.  I was right.

The daughter looked at her phone and started to read an email to her mother.  The email was an apology for a delayed response.  I heard her mention a big rescue case in Mastic that was the excuse for the delayed response.  I realized that I wrote that email.  These are people that we are screening for adoption!

I’m not shy.  I said, “Excuse me.  That email is from me.  I’m Denise.”  They introduced themselves and we conducted the step in the screening process that is usually a phone interview, live in the waiting room.  Each answer confirmed the judgment I already made about them—these women are part of an exceptional pet family.  Home visit… adoption day… they brought their adorable Monkey Bun to “speed date” with several of our adoptable rabbits.  Monkey chose Elke on July 20, 2014.  Elke was renamed Ella.  They never bonded—it happens.  They live side-by-side in happiness now.

Ella is estimated to be around 10 years old… maybe 8… maybe 12.  With age often comes some health and mobility issues.  I was honored to visit Ella and Monkey this past week and share some Reiki with them.  In connecting with Ella’s energy, I felt a beautiful sense of patience.  Before I entered their pens, I poured several drops of Frankincense essential oil into my palms and called on our guides and angels to support and heal all who are open to the energy.  I stepped into Ella’s pen first.  She spent most of our session together in her cardboard hut.  She has a green light surrounding her metaphysically.  She “told” me that she doesn’t feel old, which put a big smile on her family’s faces in our post-session conversation.  When working on Ella’s chest area and heart chakra zone, I felt a big shift, like an obstruction began to dissolve.  She feels blocked physically so we “worked” on that through most of our session.  She “showed” me the numbers 10 and 11 and that she prays with the family, so whoever is praying or doing some spiritual work, keep it up!  Ella is working with you!

Ella

I hopped over to Monkey Bun’s pen next.  He’s much more curious than Ella is so we did more hands-on work together.  He “showed” me the number 3.  We worked to soften his heart chakra.  He “told” me that he knows he’s a little boy but he’s NOT the baby of the family!  He is solid and healthy.  His solar plexus chakra is very guarded (common in prey animals) and he “shared” a turtle shell energy with me, a hard exterior for protection.  Where Ella is blocked physically, Monkey is guarded or blocked emotionally.  They are in great balance of each other.  Although they never officially bonded, there’s a lot of love in that bunny room, just like there’s a lot of love in that entire house.

Monkey Bun

From our chance meeting in the waiting room at the vet’s office… Ella’s adopter has become one of our most dependable volunteers, which is not surprising.  They are a family of compassion and dedication.  They show that in the way they cared for their ailing guinea pig, the way they opened their home to Ella, who was a bit older when they adopted her, and the continued care every animal (and person, from what I gather) in that family receives.  It is my true honor to share Reiki with Ella and Monkey and to be around such a wonderful family.  Much love.

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Healthy and Hoppy!

Our boys had their annual check-ups at Catnip and Carrots Veterinary Hospital today.  They only go on car rides for this annual occasion so they aren’t used to car at all.  Plus the trip from our home to Catnip is a rather long one—but worth it.  Open 7 days a week, 24 hr. emergency service, kind staff, super experienced… there’s just no other choice of vets in my mind.

My bunny-daddy and I scooted Peanut and Tater Tot in their respective carriers and made sure the car was started and AC was appropriately pumping before we buckled the boys in for our journey.  Peanut was digging at his towel a bit.  Rabbit travel tip: Plastic cat carrier.  Large/extra-large bath towel inside to anchor the rabbit.  Sections of newspaper to anchor the towel.  Keeps your bun secure and comfy.

We arrived and let the darling receptionists know we were there.  I had a few minutes to visit with Finley, adoptable and adorable, who holds court in the waiting room as he awaits a forever home.  He even did a binky in his cage! He’s such a great spokesbunny.

Dr. Miller called us into the exam room.  I asked her if she wanted the easy one or the difficult one first.  She selected easy.  I don’t know about you, but I rather get the tough stuff out of the way first!  But it’s her office, her decision!  I handed over Peanut, our 4.5 year old double-maned Lionhead.  Dr. Miller brought in a very skilled tech Danielle (I think that’s what her name tag said…) to help wrangle the boys.  Peanut weighed in at 4.06 lbs., up just a few ounces from last year’s visit.  Dr. Miller clipped his nails and shaved his butt!  With all that long hair, Nutty has trouble sometimes getting himself totally clean.  She also did his incisor and moral check; he has perfect teeth!  He was sweet and didn’t grump once at the tech or the doctor.

Now, the difficult boy, Tater Tot, our 4.5 year old dwarf Hotot.  He’s the sweeter of the two when it comes to snuggling, but he does NOT like to be groomed or examined by anyone, anywhere.  Tater weighed in at 3.15 lbs., also up a few ounces from last year’s visit.  Tater had his nails clipped, which is usually a struggle for us at home.  He was shaking a bit on the table at this point, but that wriggling amped up for sure when the buzzer came out!  Tater Tot needed a butt shaving too.  I really think these dwarf breeds have trouble getting themselves as clean as the bigger buns keep themselves.  But that said, we will be doing some diet modification (switching around some veggies, getting hay with less clover) to combat the dirty bottoms.  No, I don’t like admitting that the smelly kid in class is my kid, but we learn better as rabbit parents by sharing the truth.  So I’ll let my desire to share and help educate trump my shame over the messy tails.  At this point, Tater was squirming a lot but Danielle was wonderful with him.  Shaving time over; time for the dental check.  Dr. Miller noticed that one of Tater Tot’s teeth is a little bit long—nothing to worry about now, just something to monitor in future.

Bunny families: make your check-up appointments.  As prey animals, rabbits will hide illness until it’s sometimes too late to get help.  Regular check-ups by rabbit-savvy vets are so important.  The boys are settled back in at home and are awaiting their evening salad.

Until next year, Dr. Miller and staff!

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Tater Tot, exploring his carrier