This is Rooney!!
She's a three year old Holland Lop bunny and we are OBSESSED with her.
We totally got her on a whim a few weeks ago.
My brother in law's little sister posted on Facebook that she was looking to re-home her.
I saw her photos and literally fell in love right away.
I commented "wish we could take her!" and went on with my day.
That night I literally had dreams about her and woke up the next day knew that she was meant to be ours.
I joked to David that I would be bringing home a bunny, ya know, to gage where he was at with the whole thing.
He was like, uh no.
You see, we are technically not allowed to have pets in our rental (shhhhh) which is what was holding me back initially.
Plus, in the past, i've been very vocal about how animals don't belong in the house, period.
The only in-home pets I was familiar with was dogs and cats which leave their crap and hair EVERYWHERE and that totally grosses me out.
I showed David her photos and told him about my dreams.
It was then I learned he actually grew up with pet bunnies!
I was like ok dude, you either get on board now, or later because I'm bringing her home lol.
He finally was like, whatever makes you happy bae!
I spent the next few days reading and researching everything I needed to know about having a pet rabbit.
I've learned soo much.
The first thing we needed was a place to keep her, so we tracked down a well loved rabbit hutch for $25 on Facebook market place.
It was totally beat up, but the bones were in great shape.
I was excited to have a DIY project and be able to give it a good scrub down and clean up.
Next I researched what food she needed.
I learned that 80% of their diet needs to come from fresh hay, 10% from fresh greens/veggies, 5% from healthy pellets and 5% from health treats (like carrots, fruit etc)
I also learned about all the foods they aren't supposed to eat like corn, peas, potatoes and pretty much every kind of processed human food.
My next inquisition was where the crap do they crap!?
I learned that they can actually be litter box trained!
How cool is that?!
Anyway, we wanted to surprise the babies and the moment they saw her for the first time was seriously the best.
Rooney was actually a name on my girl baby name list.
It was one we were considering for Frances way back when.
It felt like the perfect name for this 'ol gal!
Plus it's so cute to hear Wolfe say it "HI OOONEY!"
Her ears and fluff under her chin are my favorite.
The holland lop breed of bunnies is actually one of the smallest of the lop eared breeds, so she won't get much bigger than this which is cool.
A few days ago Frances goes "oh I just lover her big brown eyeballs! They look just like grandpa Marks!"
I was dying.
So stinking cute.
She was very reserved and really took a few days to relax which I read is common for most bunnies when you bring them home.
She was just so gosh dang cute and fluffy that I wanted to hold and snuggle her all the time but I resisted and let her do her thang.
I kept her in her cage during the day and only opened her door for her to come out after the babies went down for bed.
It was fun to watch her hop around and figure out her new surroundings.
I'm glad we got the hutch we did because it gives her a dark/semi quiet place to go when things get cray lol.
Now that it's been a few weeks she is SO much fun.
She's totally used to the babies, sticking their fingers in to pet her while she nibbles on her food.
Fran will sit there for hours talking to her.
Wolfe is a little more intense and has even been nipped at, but that doesn't stop him lol.
We are taking every opportunity we can to teach him how to speak softly and be gentle when he's around her.
She is the most playful first thing in the morning and later in the evening. Those are the times we open up the cage and let her roam free.
She's not a fan of the tile floor so she really only sticks to the living area.
Which I'm totally fine with, because it is safe and there's really nothing for her to get into.
She snoozes under the tv dresser occasionally, since it's really dark under there.
She also likes to run back and forth behind the curtains.
As far as the potty business, she picked a spot in her little hutch and goes in the same spot every time! She hasn't left messes anywhere else outside the cage which is like a huge plus. I'm like seriously so amazed. The bottom of the hutch has a tray that catches it all which makes clean up a breeze.
I was sooo worried about my house smelling so I've been really anal about making sure her cage gets cleaned every single night.
So far, so good!
If you come over and my house smells like animal TELL ME!
Because I am not about that life, lol.
David is even enjoying her too now that she will sit and snuggle in the evenings with us while we watch our shows.
Out of the kids, Fran has def had the most snuggle/lap time with her.
She just loves that bunny so much.
Apparently they can live to be 10 years old, so we've got a lot of time left with her.
I'm so happy we got her, she is literally the perfect addition to our little family.
I never thought I'd be a pet mom, yet here I am getting anxious to leave her when we go on vacation, lol.
Here is what the hutch looks like after a good scrub down and a few fresh coats of paint!
I threw together her little wreath from the greenery I had left over from those headbands we made for family photos a few years back.
I still need to seal it and decide if I want to paint the metal part of her cage, but other than that it looks 100x better than it did before.