Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Art 4 Paws

Well, I have been so busy I just haven't had time to put my little paws on the keyboard to tell you all what I've been up to! Truth to tell, I have been doing what I always do - getting out there and educating the public about bunnies!

I am so very excited about an event that I attended this year called Art 4 Paws! It was put on by the Madison Art Council, and it combines two of my very favorite things - Art and Animals! As their Facebook page says, it's "a festival that brings together art, pets and families for a fun filled day". I must say, my day was certainly fun filled!

I attended with two of my staff members, Heather and Ruth, who set up my portable boudoir on the Huntsville Friends of Rabbits education table. I was plenty high enough so that all those nosy dogs wandering around couldn't get a good sniff at me. Don't get me wrong, unlike most rabbits I am not afraid of dogs at all! But my staff are always afraid that if a dog were to stick their nose in my space I might bite them. And I just might! You know, I really just cannot stand for bad manners!

I had all kinds of fun talking to everyone about bunnies, and of course everyone told me how gorgeous I am. As usual! At one point in the afternoon a very nice lady came up to our table and gave us a check for $25! She cared so much about our foster bunnies - wasn't that nice?

I also got to visit with one of my favorite people, my friend Kerry, who has an art business and who also adopted my friend and former HFR foster bunny Cinnamon. Cinn is now named Penny, and dare I say, she is spoiled rotten! Just as a bunny should be!

Here is Kerry's wonderful tent, and if you see her at an art event you should definitely check out her wonderful things. I want her to sell lots of her products so she can buy Penny expensive chew toys!


My fun was almost ruined at the end of the day though, because I got arrested - for being too cute! That's right, a very nice Madison Police Officer named Officer Prescott arrested me for being indecently cute in public! But he let me off for good behavior and then he even fed me some parsley! We become such good friends after that!

 
Well, Dahlings, I could go on and on about how much fun I had, but I really must go and have my toenails clipped and buffed. I hope to do another entry later this week and talk about housing, so until then.....byyyyyyyeeeeeee!!
 
Love,
Mrs. Brighton

Friday, April 11, 2014

There Oughtta Be A Law!


Hello Dahlings! Mrs. Brighton here! I'm sitting next to this fabulous Easter basket full of fresh veggies that my staff has assembled for me. Isn't it divine?!
 
 But just because I have a wonderful Easter basket doesn't mean I love Easter. You see, Easter is a very sad time of year for all rabbits. It's the time when so very many of us are impulsively purchased as Easter gifts for small children.  Why is this sad? Because so many of these Easter bunnies - 90% - will wind up surrendered to a shelter, "set free" to become food for predators, or will just die from not being cared for correctly within the first year. It is just horrible! To so many people we rabbits are just disposable pets.
 
No one should ever get any animal on impulse, especially one as complicated as a rabbit! Not to mention that we make terrible pets for young children. We are just not as cute and cuddly as the storybooks would like you to believe. We make much better pets for adults or older children.
 
it seems like there oughta be a law against such silliness as impulsively getting a bunny as an Easter pet! But wait, there is! It is against the law in 27 states to sell baby bunnies as pets. In Alabama the law is as follows:
 
Code of Alabama, Title 3; Section 3-1-15: It is unlawful to display, sell, offer for sale, barter or give away any baby rabbits, or baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl, but not including parrots, parakeets, and canaries, as pets or novelties, regardless of whether or not such rabbits or fowl are dyed, colored or otherwise artificially treated.
 
Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as prescribed by law.
(Acts 1959, No. 104, p. 590.)
Want to know the law in your state? Click here!
 
Well, I could write tons more about the Easter Bunny issues, but I must go finish this carrot! Do my orange lips make my butt look fat?
 
Love,
Mrs. Brighton

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I'm Taking Over!

Hello! My name is Mrs. Kitty Brighton, and I'm taking over this blog!!


I'm the Education Bunny for Huntsville Friends of Rabbits, a wonderful organization. We are a small group of rabbit lovers in the Huntsville, Alabama area who help with bunnies turned in to the local shelters and who educate the public on rabbit behavior and care. We work very hard to make life better for bunnies around here!

But unfortunately, since we are a small group and there is a lot to do, everyone has been too busy to update this blog for literally years! And that is shameful! I have been thinking about how to remedy the situation when suddenly it struck me: I could write this blog myself!! After all, I am the official HFR Education Bunny!! Who can better tell you about bunnies than me, an actual, real Education Bunny?!

Of course, there was the problem of my not having the ability to type. My paws are just not made to tap their way around a keyboard. So I had a meeting with my staff person, Ruth, and she agreed that if I would write the blog she would type it up for me. We agreed that she would take dictation once or twice a week. With that obstacle out of the way we are ready to unveil the brand new Huntsville Friends of Rabbits blog, as written by me, Mrs. Kitty Brighton!

So let me tell you about myself! I am a gorgeous Mini Rex rabbit with fabulous black and white markings (did someone say cow bunneh?) I was found wandering loose in a trailer park after my former owner's trailer was repossessed and she moved without taking me. She just dumped me there! Can you believe it?

Fortunately for me, a wonderful pair of ladies from the local feral cat rescue, Forgotten Felines, came to the trailer park to help with some stray kitties that were there. They were friends with my staff person, Ruth, and they knew that no bunny should be wandering around outside, so they took me home. It took a few days for HFR to get me into foster care, but the Forgotten Felines ladies were very gracious about letting me stay with them. In their honor, I named myself Kitty (although everyone calls me Mrs. Brighton)! Without them I really don't know what would have happened to me.

My first weeks in foster care were a blur of delicious food, a warm place to sleep, my very own pink litter box, and perfecting my gracious ability to greet every visitor that arrived. I also had several vet visits, including a mysterious one where I was given some lovely gas to breath, after which I feel asleep and awoke with an incision on my stomach. Yes, dear Readers, I had been spayed!

All was going well, until my staff started to realize that my spay had not calmed me down the way they had hoped it would. In fact, I was the biggest bundle of energy they had ever encountered in a rabbit. Something was obviously wrong. I went back to my lovely vet for further testing, and it was discovered that I had a problem with my thyroid. No wonder I was so hyper!

From that point on it was apparent that I would be difficult to adopt. Who would want a hyperthyroid bunny? Well, don't you worry, because I came up with the perfect suggestion! Why couldn't I just stay at the foster home as a permanent resident, and occupy myself as the official HFR Education Bunny? With my super-outgoing personality, my fearlessness, my limitless energy, not to mention my velvety Rex fur and gorgeous face, I would be the perfect rabbit for the job!

So here I am! My job is actually very easy, and I love it! Every couple of months I will visit a gathering of people who want to learn about rabbits, and help my staff tell them everything they need to know. I'm even good with groups of children! I greet visitors to our foster home, and I help my staff teach them things like how to clip a bunny's toenails and how to pick up and hold a bunny. I have been writing posts for our Facebook page, and now, here I am, writing this blog.

In my spare time, I like to check out new toys (I hope to do toy reviews!), rearrange my three story condo (I'll be writing a post on it in the coming weeks!), try on new outfits (I plan to do an entire post on my tutus), and think about new things that I need to teach people about bunnies. Oh, and eating! I love to eat!

Well, that's enough about me for now! Do you have something you would like to know about rabbits? A question you'd like to ask? Just leave me a note in the comments! Until then, byeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Love,
Mrs. Brighton

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Open House at the Cat and Bird




Many of our members take their bunnies to the wonderful vets at North Alabama Cat and Bird Veterinary Clinic. We are happy to say that we'll be at the Clinic's Open House this Sunday, July 10th, from 2 to 4 pm. We'll have an education table and several of the foster bunnies will be joining us. So if you would like to meet our vets and see the clinic, please come join us!

Monday, May 2, 2011



In the aftermath of the tornadoes that swept across our state of Alabama, we and the bunnies we love seem to be doing ok. But a dear friend of ours is not.


Marsha Weaver, who has The Cozy Cavy , lost her home and a number of her animals in one of the tornadoes. She and her family are ok, although her daughter was hospitalised. Their home is gone.


Marsha is such a good friend of the bunnies. She took this photo and others of our foster bunnies for our petfinder and web pages, and she has donated fleece and fleece pads for our sanctuary bunnies who need them. Marsha has also had a program to send her fleece products to guinea pigs in rescue all over the US. Her son, Kevin, is a special friend of our sanctuary bunny Esmeralda, who just loves him.

Marsha is just a sweet woman with a beautiful family. She needs our help now, and we want to encourage everyone who loves animals to donate to a fund that has been set up for her. You can read more about Marsha's situation here. To donate, please either donate at the Paypal site on this page with a note that states the donation is for Marsha!!! or go to the fund set up through Sponsor A Guinea Pig. Either way will work fine.


Here is a photo of Ace with one of the beautiful fleece pads that Marsha made for him. He has severe arthritis in his knees, and Marsha's pads have made his life so much more comfortable.


Thank you for helping Marsha - she is truly a real Friend of Rabbits!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Media Blitz!!

It's been a wonderful week here! Bunnies have been in the news - and not with the usual "Easter Bunny" themes. In fact, quite the opposite!!

Our main fosterer, Ruth, did a segment with T.W. Starr of WAAY 31 about the problems associated with parents getting live bunnies for their children at Easter, and then discarding them. It was a very well done segment, and we appreciate how much effort T.W. and his cameraman put into it. The segment got the point across, and had some very cute footage of bunnies, too! If you want to see it go to WAAY's website then scroll down to the videos. You will probably have to click "Next Five Videos" several times before "Did You Know: Bunny Basket" comes up. Enjoy!!

Next, Yvonne Betowt of the Huntsville Times did a story on our very own Heather Van Dyke and our former foster bunny, Wolfie. They are an animal assisted therapy team with Therapy Partners, and Wolfie is Huntsville's first Delta Certified therapy bunny!!! You can read the article here.

It's so much fun to see them in the paper! Heather has worked very hard for the certification and Wolfie is a very special bunny.

We are very proud of them!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Easter Message!

As most of you know, the issue of bunnies and Easter is very close to our hearts. We have to deal first hand with the number of bunnies who are purchased impulsively as Easter pets for children, only to be abandoned when Easter is over and the thrill has worn off. Starting immediately after the holiday we get calls and emails from parents who want to "get rid of" the bunny, or worse, from people who have found a bunny running stray. Often these bunnies are sick or injured. Even worse are the large groups that show up when people get two bunnies for Easter and don't realise they have a male and female. They think they have two females or two males....until the first litter shows up!! Not realising that bunnies can give birth the day they get pregnant, there are often two or three litters to deal with when people bring them to the shelter or turn them loose. That is a lot of bunnies for us to deal with in rescue - it's no fun at all, for us or the bunnies! Our member Donna wrote a heartfelt email to her friends about this issue, and we wanted to reproduce it here. Donna says: "The Easter season is fast approaching. It is a fun time of year. Some parents may be tempted to buy their children a soft, cute, live bunny. Even worse, buy one for their son and another for their daughter, without knowing the sex of each rabbit. Parents, you may want to really think about it, no matter how much your child begs. Bunnies are not like cats and dogs. Most rabbits do not like to be picked up. I have nine bunnies of my own. A doctor once asked me if I was being abused. He noticed all of the scratches and bruises on my arms. I told him "Yes, by my rabbits." When you pick them up, those big hind legs just push out. Rabbits are living creatures and they have feelings. When "Flop's" mate died, she grieved for a long time. Rabbits can live as long as ten years. Most veterinarians in the area are not as familiar with bunnies as they are with cats and dogs. If you have your mind made up to get a rabbit, check out places like Walmart. They have a huge selection of stuffed bunnies in every size and color imaginable. In a few weeks, when your child grows tired of the bunny and discards it, you will know you made the right choice of a stuffed one, and your child will not have been scratched or bitten." By the way, the cute little furballs in the photos are Donna's bunnies!