Right before I left for my foster program orientation class at the Houston SPCA, I was teasing Roo (our older cat) and warning him that if he didn't behave himself, I might bring home a replacement for him from the shelter... but then I quickly admitted that he knew I'd never get rid of him no matter how naughty he was and switched to threatening to bring home a younger, cuter, better behaved cat to make him look bad - ie a "Nermal". While I hadn't planned to, I ended up adopting a third bunny, lol. After having him home for a few hours, Jay and I were marveling over him - we've never experienced a NORMAL bunny before, who does normal bunny stuff, isn't always a naughty little naughty and can actually be trusted to roam a bunny-proofed room. We laughed over how bad he made Nala and Gaz look and realized that I'd inadvertently gotten THEM a "Nermal" . I don't know if I'm actually going to name him Nermal. I do think it would be fitting, as his personality and manners basically make him Nermal to their Garfield, but RO already has a bunny named Nermal. I don't think she'd mind having to share the name... but I could see Reuben taking offense that he was no longer the only RO bunny with a "Nermal," lol. Since the name he came with (Thumper) is horribly unsuitable for him, I've just been addressing him as "Sir". I think I might go ahead and just start calling him Nermal so he doesn't end up being named "Sir" permanently, lol. The last cat I had, who I loved SO much, went through life with the name "Ma'am" - I'd wanted to name her "Gaz" (this was almost a decade before Gaz the bunny came to be) but it didn't quite fit... I'd hoped she would grow into it, but she never did and by then, "Ma'am" had stuck. ~~~~~ Anyway, I thought I'd do a new, temporary blog for this little guy. My main blog is getting quite long (making it hard to find specific stuff easily) and my early experiences with this new bunny are liable to be pretty relevant to others now and then, since I'll be attempting to bond him to Nala and Gaz - something that's not commonly done, as trios tend to be especially tricky. F/F bonds are also considered potentially volatile, though, so hopefully I'm up for the challenge! I think there's only been two lengthy "journal" type threads on trio bonding created in my year and a half on RO - Blue eyes' experiences with Mocha, Sapphire and Chip (an attempt at bonding an existing female to a M/M sibling pair from a shelter that was initially promising but ultimately unsuccessful due to the brothers fighting) and zombiesue's experiences with Tank, Mulder and Scully (existing male rabbit + M/F sibling pair (bonded) from a shelter; successful to date *knock on wood*). My experience is already a good bit different from theirs - I'm trying to add a new shelter bunny to an existing bonded pair rather than the other way around. Hopefully a year and a half worth of insight into the bonded pair's dynamic will prove to be an advantage, since the biggest risk in trio bonding is that - if unsuccessful - it can potentially break the original pair's bond. Also, I'm dealing with a F/F/M dynamic rather than a M/M/F dynamic (which I suspect has note-worthy differences). From the perspective of someone considering or attempting a bonded trio, the more trio experiences you can find to read about, the better, since no two trio experiences will be the same... so I'd like to keep my own write-up about it easy to find later. My main blog also tends to have more off-topic ranting and story telling than it has bunny stuff, plus it contains copious amounts of swear words. With a secondary blog thread, I can have my random tangents in the main one and keep this one less cluttered . I do love my swear words and I see nothing wrong with swearing freely in any blog where the author establishes that as the status quo... but that's only because most blogs are pretty much personal conversations/chit-chat amongst friends. My thoughts on swearing (and the seeming consensus of everyone else here who likes to swear) is that wanton swearing is acceptable in threads that are obviously only read for entertainment purposes AND have a "personal" feel to them (as opposed to the public OT forum and "Bunny Chat"); anywhere else on the forums, swear words should be used sparsely if at all and the majority of the ones that don't set off the profanity filter still warrant self-censoring. RO exists mainly as a means to exchange information. ALL bunny owners should want to learn and teach bunny-related stuff, but it's unfair to expect them all to be accepting of casual swearing... if for no other reason than that many people are parents and it's a known fact that little kids tend to get very nosy once they start learning to read. No parent wants to be reading a thread they assume is "family friendly" only to have their 5 year old wander up, point to a swear word and ask what it means. For that reason, I feel that uncensored obscenities belong in predictable and easily avoidable places as a matter of common courtesy. In other words, since I hope to keep this thread more about my learning experience re: trio bonding/less a compilation of ramblings (not off to a great start in that aspect, lol), I'm going to make a point of not swearing my *ss off all the time and at least self-censoring if I do .