I felt like I had to start a new blog for Elvira. I can't bare to look at Foo's blog, because it makes me too sad. So Elvira gets her own.
If you didn't already know, I have a tiny baby bunny named Elvira, we're starting to call her Ellie as a nick name, but you guys could call her either. I do.
She came from a pet store, which is an unfortunate thing, but its where she's from. I went in on Saturday, December 15th, just to see how they were treating their rabbits. They get their puppies from a puppy mill, so I never go into that store. I've reported them but nothing happens, I don't know why.
They had about 10-12 babies in the enclosure. There were some blue dutch's, some lops, some broken black colored ones, they were all adorable. They had food, water and hay, so I was satisfied. Then I saw the store rabbit, who is an orange standard rex, I went over the pet her because I've never felt rex fur. lol she was SO soft.
I walked back over to the babies and watched them for a minute, then this tiny little ball of black and white fur pops out from under another baby. This baby was 1/4 the size of the others, she was so tiny. I asked the woman how old she was and she said 8 weeks. I knew there was no way. Her siblings were the two blue dutch's and they were 3 times her size. She could very well be the runt, but I felt so uncomfortable with her being there and being some spoiled little brats Christmas present and being thrown away in a few months because she was "boring" or "too big".
While I was in the store, I was listening to this woman buy a guinea pig, cage, water bottle, food dish and bedding. As I found this baby she was walking out with the cage and stuff.
I went out to call my husband and fight with him about the bunny. I watched her fill the cage with carefresh then walk back into the store. I continued to beg my husband and fight with me. I got off the phone and was walking in as she was walking out, I then watched her put the guinea pig IN the cage in the back of her little peanut sized SUV. The baby guinea pig wasn't in a box in the cage, or anything, just running around. I told her she might want to put it in a box, then walked back into the store. The owners were waving her off as she put this poor little guinea pig in her cage. I was shocked.
I knew then that I had to get this tiny baby. I felt really bad and sad for the other ones, if I had the space time and money I would have taken all of them, but I don't. I knew there were older and wished them the best. I figured they would be able to survive better, being the bigger ones.
I told the woman I wanted the tiny one, she grabbed her, sexed her as a female, which I still need to verify. They charged my card, and put her in a box. The woman then, TAPED THE BOX UP. I was again, shocked. She then asked me if I needed anything else; cage, hay etc. I told her no, just the rabbit. She asked if I had timothy hay, I said yes. I had another rabbit at home and knew what I was doing. She looked shocked and asked if I was going to put them together, I said no. Then I left.
I called Rachel on my way home and we laughed about it. lol
My husband was NOT happy with me. Not at all.
He's starting to come around too.
Anyway, most of you already know about her first few days here with me.
She never got to really meet Foo, and for that I feel bad. I wish she had, but then again, rabbits don't think about other rabbits like people think about people. So its probably okay. I just think they would have liked each other.
After Foo's passing, I let Ellie out of her cage, she ran straight for Foo's cage. She hoped right in and started to eat her hay. I left her out for a few minutes, I don't want to over do it with her. She explored the kitchen and chinned some things. I put her back. A few hours later, I let her out again. Again, she went right to Foo's cage and got in it. She walked around, picked up bits of hay and then went to her litter box. She peed in Foo's litter box. I didn't know what to think. Her litter box was dirty, hell the whole cage was covered in poop from her poop marking. But she never peed in the cage, she always only peed in the box. I was amazed by Ellie's first reaction was to pee in the box. It was pretty awesome.
When I do finally clean Foo's cage out, I'll give Ellie her litter box with the grate so her feets don't get dirty on dirty litter. Maybe she'll just 'know' how to use the box. That would be wonderful.
Ellie has become quite the sweet little girl. Not to mention brave. She comes up to the side of the cage and stands up, she wants out all the time. But she's still too tiny for me to let out like that. I have to also monitor her to see if she is a chewer. I won't know what to do if she chews on things.
She lets me pet her little nose when she's standing up at the door of the cage. She can also jump out of her cage by herself! Its a big jump. I worry about her when she does it, but she's got some ups for such a tiny baby.
She will also let me hand feed her. She will take pellets from me. Its really sweet. I can't wait to start feeding her veggies and greens and fruit. I hope she isn't picky and I hope she likes all the things that I get for her.
I don't know if I'll do a pellet free diet yet, I have to make sure she isn't picky about greens and veggies. If she is, then she gets pellets. She is not picky about hay. She eats more hay than anything I've ever seen. Foo ate a lot of hay, like 3 days worth of hay for another rabbit was just her one day hay supply. She ate 1/2 a gallon bag of hay, just at the vets office before her surgery.
Little Ellie, also eats a lot of hay; since its most of her diet right now. I hope she stays that way, I like a mostly hay diet for a rabbit.
This is probably the most I'll say for a while, because I don't really know much about her yet. What I do know is, she is spunky and active. She's always eating. She's scared of the washing machine, but she will explore anything. She is very soft, with baby fur. She's a black and white, mis-marked dutch. And her ears are huge, way too big for her head. lol
Here are some pictures, I think most of the posts will be pictures for a while. To show her growth, she's already bigger than she was when I got her.
The above pictures are the first night I had her.
And these below are from today. Ignore how her cage looks, I haven't had the heart to clean the cages out yet. I'm going to clean both of them out later though. I'm just trying really hard to put it off, but I can't any longer. They're both a mess.
I'll take some more later when she's out of her cage.
^Look how big her ears are and her little grinch feets. lol Her feets are already so stained, hopefully I can fix that.
^This one is a good one of her little nose and mouth.
^This one reminds me of Foo, because she used to rest her little lips on the bars of the cage. Now Ellie does it. I think its adorable.
^Here is another over head in her litter box, you can see from the one from a few days ago, she is bigger already.
I'll probably just take a bunch of pictures of her from now on and put things here and there. I'm still getting to know her and we're learning about her.
As for Foo's blog. I'll go back to that one, if I'm thinking about her or something or if I want to reminisce about her. You guys feel free to post on there if you're thinking about her or want to say something to her. Thats what I'm going to do. But I'll talk about her on here sometimes too, just not too much.
So everyone, welcome to Elvira's blog. I hope you guys enjoy her life and adventures as much as you enjoyed Foo's life. I hope that I can give her a wonderful and happy life. I can't wait to see the bunny she grows up to be.