If you are a long term reader of my blog or social media channels, I’m sure you’ll have noticed I love my pets. A lot. This has taken time to admit, but I caused the death of my darling Maggie. I didn’t do it intentionally, and I am only talking about it as a warning to other bunny people. What happened? I hosed her, Bart and Mo off in the heat. The hosepipe was on a fine mist to cool them gently. It’s a heatwave in England, and our buns have never experienced such heat – I was trying to be nice to them. Instead the “wet fur smell” attracted flies. They bit her and laid eggs, if I’d known this, I could have saved her. This evil situation is called flystrike. It is preventable, but I had no idea just how deadly it was. In my life I have […]
This Easter weekend why not snuggle up with the family on the sofa and watch some Easter themed films on a Panasonic Viera tv. These all feature bunnies or Easter traditions. Do you have favourite Easter films or TV shows? Hop. The first film on my list is a modern classic. It is a brilliantly funny film, with both animation and live action. It has bunny rabbits, Easter chicks, lots of chocolate and seasonal fun. Oh and jelly beans are rabbit poop…..
Yes, I am one of those people that give my pets gifts at Crimbo. I have always done this, and I can remember walking around indoor markets and buying my pets very cheap toys with my pocket money at a young age. I consider the pets as family members – even Tan the chicken who hates me. It feels wrong to pile things under the tree for the children without getting them to give gifts to the pets. This will be Freya Woof’s second Christmas living here, and this time she knows what to expect. Ohhhh dear. Recently we received a parcel of pet products from Feedem and Freya has been stealing her bauble toy already. I haven’t actually given this to her but she knows it will be hers. Light pawed madame. Keep reading if you want to know how to make some nice pet gifts.
Today this happened. My neighbour wrote on Facebook earlier “young guinea pig, free to good home”. For a little while I’ve been considering getting a pal for Patch rabbit. Patch is mega old, about 10 years old. According to the posters in the pet shops rabbits live until about 6 years old, erm? Anyhow Patch hates other rabbits, I have introduced him to seven other rabbits over the years, he hated all of them but he tolerated our elderly guinea pig, Dotty, who passed away a while ago now.
Over the winter Bart and Mo’s home was badly damaged. The roof bowed and bent under the weight of water in the storms, then sprung a leak. As you know I hate wasting things I was determined to repair not replace this hutch. It was all sound except the roof wood and felt. Luckily the wooden batoning around the roof was not damaged, which meant I could attach a new roof straight on it. I considered buying plywood and felt and doing it the classic bunny hutch way. Nah, too weak! I considered layered planks of wood, shed roof or chicken coop style, too draughty and needs regular varnishing to keep it water tight. Nope! The wood would cost around £20-30 depending on where was purchased.
My little cutey with the attitude, Maggie rabbit, is ill. 50/50 chance ill. When I bought her for a tenner it felt like a rehome/rescue. She was living with a breeder who proudly said what a good mother Maggie was, and how I could get “decent money if you breed her.” Of course I wanted her to retire her immediately. The poor little bun was terrified of the people she was with and hated the male rabbits she was in tiny hutches next to.
I asked other bloggers recently if they knew of pet companies that work with bloggers. So Lisa suggested I get in touch with Wagg. I already use their Bunny Brunch food for my rabbits so was confident whatever they posted to Freya would be tasty. It took me a while to get round to giving these training treats to her. The Dogs Trust staff had advised us do not keep swapping treats… Stick to one type, then swap when you’ve run out of the first ones. That way if something upsets your woofs tummy you know which new food or treat is to blame. That is great advice whatever pet you have. Today I had a doctors appointment so had to go out for an hour, she chewed her toys and blanket up again, crying and stressed. So today was a good day for treats. Super cute little bone treats….
I love wildlife, and around here we get rather a variety if you are looking. Birds, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, wild rabbits, mice, owls and bats are common here. I encourage it all, except the foxes. I like foxes from a distance, but as I have pet chickens and bunnies I don’t like them too close. Bats.org.uk has some handy tips on gardening for bats and making bat boxes. For attracting the cute fluffy wildlife you need shelter and food! Ideally hedges for something to hide in/under, and grass with native wild flowers as this is what they munch outside of your garden after all. You can buy lawn seed premixed with wild flower seeds, talk about easy peasy! I put this in my garden today. Mainly in my fruit and flower bed and then patched the lawn. The RSPB is also great for information on encouraging wildlife, it’s not just […]
It’s not been great recently, I won’t lie. I’m done, I’ve had enough and I want out. Except I’ve no where really to go. I can’t stand Him Indoors telling me I’m useless, that I’m lazy and milking an “illness” and should get a job… in retail no less. He keeps pointing out shop work : you know, what therapist and doctors and an independent occupational health adviser agree I’m not suited for. Retail nearly saw me leap from a window. Since not “working” I’ve got in to blogging, trying to blog for good, not just personal rants or reviews. I’ve helped charities, and supported others in the “online community”. To him they are strangers, people that don’t matter. To me they are my only friends. I need them, and I hope it’s a two-way friendship that they like me back.
Our garden is shocking, the soil quality in our area is pretty poor, but ours has building rubble mixed in. Not great for growing anything (except for those pesky weeds unfortunately) but I do keep trying. Over the years we have dug away some of our soil and binned it in “gardening green bins” so we could replace with better soil, mud, compost or whatever you want to call it. But it is still pretty poor. So poor most of the neighbours have given in and paved, patio’d or decked their gardens over. Not me, I like nature! As we keep chickens, rabbits and a guinea pig we do at least have free manure to add to our compost bins to make it richer, but the biggest issue is the clay that this area is built on. After years of attempting to grow veggies in the flower bed and getting […]