The main thing I always want to do at Bunnyfest is to see Dr. Carolynn Harvey speak about rabbit health. She is a local rabbit savvy veterinarian and I always learn something from her. Sadly we were unable to make it in time to see her whole talk but we did catch the tail end and I did learn something new.
We caught a lecture on rabbit bonding:
|These buns were SO cute. Especially the little black lop. He had so much energy and it made me wonder what living with a young rabbit must be like. I hardly remember those days.|
|Welcome to Casa de Mario!|
|I almost bought that wooden stool with all the toys hanging off it for Mario but he basically ignores those types of things so I figured it would be a big waste of money.|
|Someone was walking around handing out carrots! Mario has eaten all the tops but has so far only gotten one bottom. We'll probably have to help him with those.|
|My three copies of "House Rabbit Handbook."|
|Marinell signing my book!|
|Fuzzed out my name but I am so tickled about this!|
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary was selling metal hay feeders for just $10. And the size is perfect for Mario's set-up. I gladly gave them my money and brought home this:
|Mario has been nibbling from it and I am happy he has this option now. Looking at this I have to remark how rabbits are really just tiny horses.|
Two years ago at Bunnyfest someone was handing out samples of blueberry flavored alfalfa? treats which I brought home and Mario LOVED. But I couldn't figure out who had been handing them out so I couldn't buy more for him (bad marketing there). But this year the vendor was back and selling them by the bag. I bought two of them since they were only $2 each. As a bonus, they make our home smell amazing and I sort of want to buy a large amount to use as a potpourri/treat bin.
I also found myself some goodies. First, this caught my eye on the hodgepodge of rabbit adorned stuff table. I like to leave my wedding rings in a ring holder when I take them off so I don't misplace them. I have one holder that I keep in the bedroom but I often take them off in the kitchen area when I wash dishes. I thought the little rabbit ring holder would be perfect as a second-location drop spot.
I also spotted this behind the House Rabbit Society table:
Bless my husband for saying I could get it if I really loved it. I thought he would veto it right away. It isn't my usual style but something about it makes me feel strangely calm and reminds me of old paintings you see in UK museums. I always love buying stuff at Bunnyfest because I know the proceeds from most sale tables go to rabbit rescue.
So all in all it was a great day. The temperature was ridiculously hot (it hit 94 so they had to cancel the outdoor rabbit clicker training demo) and I was fairly surprised at how many people brought their rabbits this year. Even without the high temps I am always surprised at the number of rabbits that are there because Mario would NOT like the whole idea of getting carted down to a large gathering like that. I am amazed also at how many totally blissed out rabbits were sitting in people's laps and arms during the lectures. Lap rabbit envy.
p.s. Look who I spied as an honorable mention in the photo contest that that The Rabbit Haven had for their event publication: