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bensonlola
03-05-2010, 10:15 PM
I locked myself out of the house yesterday. Managed to get a neighbour to climb over fence and open gate to let me feed the rabbits. Then the dog and I had nowhere to sleep as the rest of the family were in the caravan on holiday!! Friend took me to caravan but I had to leave my beloved Benson and Lola overnight away until lunchtime! It nearly killed me!! :shock:

They were fine though. Got me thinking - can't let them rule my life. I'd like to start goin to the caravan again. Have spoken to a nice lady who is a pet sitter and she came to see how I care for the buns. She will come 2 times a day for half and hour each time, exercise them for the half hour, change water, hay and feed their veg and pellets.

What provision does everyone else make when they're away? Would you be happy with what I'm proposing to do? :? (I'd never be away from home from more than 2 - 3 days and not every week.....??

Buuny_Friend
03-05-2010, 10:21 PM
With 18 buns, other pets and fosters, we will not be going away anytime soon :lol:

I can't even face to stay at someone's house for the night (even though they are all fed etc) but that's cos I am a big worrier! :oops:

steph182
03-05-2010, 10:25 PM
I go away for maybe 12 hours at a time... And worry the whole time!
It's only when I stay at my boyfriends, but it doesn't help that Charlies always trashed the whole pen when I get back as if he was bored and alone :(

Buuny_Friend
03-05-2010, 10:27 PM
I also don't trust anyone to look after my babies :oops:

I know that, if I did go away somewhere, I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself as I would worry all the time!

Sparkle x
03-05-2010, 10:28 PM
If i go away my mum is always there to look after them. She has learn very well ;)

Between us both we manage, if we both go away the buns will be travelling over to holidayhutch ;) :wave:

Blackberry & Co
03-05-2010, 10:29 PM
I've had one night away my boys, but only because my mum was there to look after them! She had a list of when to feed them, when to check their bums etc!:lol:

bensonlola
03-05-2010, 10:30 PM
I feel like this too about leaving them but surely you can't spend the next 10 years not able to get away for the weekend!! Wish they travelled well, they could live in the caravan with everyone else!! :(

donnamt
03-05-2010, 10:32 PM
against my will i leave my bunnies for about 9 hours max.. i have to work :(:(

Fran
03-05-2010, 10:33 PM
We have dogs and cats as well as bunnies so we get a pet sitter for when we're away. She's great with the bunnies and I don't worry about them when I'm away now

bensonlola
03-05-2010, 10:35 PM
Maybe I'll just visit for the day and see to the buns early in the morning and be home for their supper and evening romp about that they enjoy so much. Don't think I'd enjoy myself anyway. I'd just spend the time worrying about them!! Wee furry, cute, snuggly wee guys!! :love:

bunlover
04-05-2010, 01:52 AM
if its for a day i wouldnt worry about the lack of excersise on a one off if they have to be left more than a day on the basis you were presuming then how about taking them with you to the caravan and putting a dog crate and puppy pen up there or giving free run of caravan? alternativly you could attatch a permenant run to thier hutch/cage so they have more excersise - personally think someone coming in twice a day to check and feed on them while on a holiday is fine provided you give them plenty of water and hay and they have ample excersise area.

bensonlola
04-05-2010, 09:09 PM
if its for a day i wouldnt worry about the lack of excersise on a one off if they have to be left more than a day on the basis you were presuming then how about taking them with you to the caravan and putting a dog crate and puppy pen up there or giving free run of caravan? alternativly you could attatch a permenant run to thier hutch/cage so they have more excersise - personally think someone coming in twice a day to check and feed on them while on a holiday is fine provided you give them plenty of water and hay and they have ample excersise area.

Oh, they have permanent access to shed and run 24 hours so they can run around in there. They have about 14x4 feet. So maybe I shouldn't feel so guilty about leaving them. Would love a weekend in the caravan! :)

Gertie
04-05-2010, 09:16 PM
I hate to leave my pets (any of them) in anyone's care except my other half's. He's as stupid with the pets as I am (I mean daft, in a good silly we love you gooey pets kind of way!). I had to go on a course for work two years ago, and I cried loads on the phone on the first night! :roll:
We've not been away for several years now together, but that was also to do with us caring for my dad. There always seems to be some excuse, this pet is on this medication, or that pet might need this treatment. I won't do it yet, but if you have a nice offer from a reliable person, enjoy the break! :)

bensonlola
04-05-2010, 09:24 PM
It's just a terrible worry isn't it. And I think I make up so many scenarios that will never happen anyway, I'm my own worst enemy!! Might do it once and see how I feel! Does ANYBODY ELSE leave their bunnies?? Only a couple of people have actually said that they do! :shock:

vee-jay
04-05-2010, 09:30 PM
Yeh...I have left my lot for 3 weeks before...had my friend look after them all. I did miss them but I was on holiday so was very busy, phoned friend every few nights to see how they were doing

Jack's-Jane
04-05-2010, 09:31 PM
I dont leave mine for more than about an hour.
As soon as I get home I have to do check on everyBun :oops:

Now that I have a few chronically sick Buns I get up twice during the night to check on them too :oops:












I think you could say I am neurotic :oops:

martlou
04-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Hi, we leave ours when we go on holiday, a week or two at a time. They are house bunnies and we have a house sitter that comes. When we are not in they have the run of kitchen / dining room which is about 20ft x 10ft and when we're in they have the living room, hallway and stairs as well (we try to keep them out of the bedrooms). They also get a run out in the garden most days. Our sitter gives them the same room as we do, but is nervous about having them out in the garden on her own, so doesn't usually. She comes over about 8 in the evening and sleeps at our house then goes to work the next morning (and to her own home and family for tea :lol:). The buns have each other and plenty of room so we don't worry too much about leaving them. Saying that, we do call / text every couple of days to make sure all is well, and I know she would get them straight to the vet if there was any problem. Apart from Angie / Tracey at BARC (where we adopted them from - and I have no idea if they do holiday sitting!) I can't think of anyone else we'd trust them with. Unless Angie/Tracey recommended anyone - we'd trust their judgement.

I think you're fine with what you're proposing. Enjoy your break!

bensonlola
04-05-2010, 09:42 PM
Thanks folks. I have told her that I'm only an hour away and I can come home straight away if they look lethargic or if they are not eating. I'll try it once and see how I like it!! :shock:

bensonlola
04-05-2010, 09:43 PM
Thanks folks. I have told her that I'm only an hour away and I can come home straight away if they look lethargic or if they are not eating. I'll try it once and see how I like it!! :shock:

..... but maybe not yet a while....... :D

martlou
04-05-2010, 09:45 PM
The first time is the hardest. A few years ago when we had Bob and Scooby (both at the Bridge now:(), I went to work in Malaysia for 3 months. I was heartbroken and cried buckets at the thought of leaving them, but there were in good hands with OH and he kept sending me videos and photos of their funny little ways and they kept me going. I couldn't do it again though, it was too hard.

helgalush
04-05-2010, 09:48 PM
We leave them for overnight/weekends/long weekends. The outdoor ones have a shed with permanent run attached. For the indoor ones, Starbuck has our large through lounge/dining area and Fay has a large double bedroom to herself and the landing/bathroom during the day, but goes just in the bedroom at night.

Usually the in-laws come over twice a day to do feeds, water change, give hay, check everything is ok etc. A long weekend is the longest I would leave them though as I dont trust anyone else to pick up on any signs they werent well or to do a full muck out etc.

This summer is the first time since we adopted them last year that we will be going away for a week (9 days) and they are going to Tracy at Rugby Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare, where Twinkle & Star were adopted from, and I am so relieved/relaxed about it because I know they are going to be very well cared for by someone who I trust to look after them and know any signs etc. (No pressure Tracy!:lol:)

When the in-laws do it I worry, even though I trust them!:D :oops:

bensonlola
04-05-2010, 09:55 PM
We leave them for overnight/weekends/long weekends. The outdoor ones have a shed with permanent run attached. For the indoor ones, Starbuck has our large through lounge/dining area and Fay has a large double bedroom to herself and the landing/bathroom during the day, but goes just in the bedroom at night.

Usually the in-laws come over twice a day to do feeds, water change, give hay, check everything is ok etc. A long weekend is the longest I would leave them though as I dont trust anyone else to pick up on any signs they werent well or to do a full muck out etc.



This summer is the first time since we adopted them last year that we will be going away for a week (9 days) and they are going to Tracy at Rugby Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare, where Twinkle & Star were adopted from, and I am so relieved/relaxed about it because I know they are going to be very well cared for by someone who I trust to look after them and know any signs etc. (No pressure Tracy!:lol:)

When the in-laws do it I worry, even though I trust them!:D :oops:

Thanks. I will worry about mine too. The lady I have found is really a dog/cat sitter but she cared enough to come and visit the house and I ran through what I do and she took away my list of instructions!! The pet shop I shop in (they don't sell live anythings!) said she is a real animal lover first and foremost and they trust her with their dog. I worry that she'll have trouble getting Lola especially, back in the shed as there is a nack that I think you just have to learn!! :?

rabbitapril
04-05-2010, 10:52 PM
I dont go away anymore now, i cant enjoy myself without my bunnies, the longest i leave them is three hours. Its a bit unfair on my OH and my dog though.
Its frustrating as i did once enjoy a holiday or a weekend away.

Keky
04-05-2010, 11:03 PM
I was away over Easter and the buns stayed at my parents house for 4 days, and might have to again for a couple of days while I'm away on a uni trip if the OH won't stay over to look after them :roll:

There has been a few times where we have gone out for the day, but even if we are back late I stay up until they have had a good run about and their veggies :)

Rhianna
04-05-2010, 11:06 PM
I have five buns and eight cats and have to leave them to go to work. I have three jobs so am out a fair bit, but do come home regularly for half an hour or so to check on them all.

I don't go on holiday or stay away overnight though - I just have too many fur babies and don't have anyone I feel I can ask to look after them all - it would be a big responsibility. I sometimes intend to stay at a friend's and ensure the zoo are all fed and watered before I go out but I always end up coming home :)

helgalush
04-05-2010, 11:15 PM
Thanks. I will worry about mine too. The lady I have found is really a dog/cat sitter but she cared enough to come and visit the house and I ran through what I do and she took away my list of instructions!! The pet shop I shop in (they don't sell live anythings!) said she is a real animal lover first and foremost and they trust her with their dog. I worry that she'll have trouble getting Lola especially, back in the shed as there is a nack that I think you just have to learn!! :?

She sounds like a good find :) I agree that its important to have breaks away, if thats what you would normally do and if you can do so without too much worry. It is natural to worry, but you have to trust that they will be ok. You cant be with them 24/7.
Hope you have a lovely time when you do go away.

The Duchess
04-05-2010, 11:21 PM
I've only had one night away since I had bunnies about 4 years ago and on that ocassion my OH was at home so he did all the necessary. I'm off up to the RWA conference later this month and am dreading leaving our bunnies with the other half for two nights, despite him being totally reliable.

The longest I normally leave ours is about 6 hours when I go to work.

*lily*
05-05-2010, 07:13 AM
against my will i leave my bunnies for about 9 hours max.. i have to work :(:(

Me too :( Luckily hubby works shifts so is there a lot of the time anyway.

Amy104
05-05-2010, 08:31 AM
Last year was the first time I've left my babies with anyone other than family. I was a bit worried but the boarding place was excellent and the buns were spoilt rotten. They even take the time to pick up on individual rabbits likes and dislikes so they can remember it if they board again. There was an adorable bun there who liked to make a bed in his run with his hay so they were very attentive and always made sure he had extra.

skgreene
05-05-2010, 08:41 AM
I leave harry on most sat evenings* and i back by sundat afternoon but i hate doing it, ut i dont have a choice my mum loos after hims but she feeds him way to much :roll: but wont listen. but i alway buy him a new toys or something yummy as i feel bad. And about 20hours per week for work, but hoping to get him a bunwife when i can

* just to let you know i didnt no this before i got harry.

Hugo's There
05-05-2010, 08:44 AM
Ours never get left for more than an hour :oops:

Angie65
05-05-2010, 09:03 AM
I see mine 3 times a day. They alone while I'm at work/gym/stables, so can be a long day, but if I'm missing a visit, my bunsitter calls in as she drives between work & home:love:

weeble
05-05-2010, 12:35 PM
I'm lucky in that a member of the forum has looked after mine in the past. It is hard finding someone with bunny knowledge and a lot of boarding places dont have space for large groups

Kermit
05-05-2010, 12:51 PM
I leave my two every day when i'm at work for about 12 hours.

I only really worry of one of them has been a bit funny in the morning, or not eaten brekkie. Sometimes they get a visit from their Nanna (my Gran) at lunchtime.

If i am away for a weekend or on holiday then i get my cousin (Jaki5 on here) to stay over.

Ideally i would like to be with them all the time, but its just not possible, you need to get on holiday etc!

happybun
05-05-2010, 01:05 PM
my working day and commute are fourteen hours minimum, quite often sixteen. too long for bunnies. too long for me!

bensonlola
05-05-2010, 09:52 PM
Well thanks everyone. I'll have to try it for myself even once I think. It just seems crazy that I worry so much about leaving them in good hands. I just love them sooooo much. When I got them I didn't think I'd feel this way about them. They are just so vunerable and cute and lovely and endearing and sweet and precious........ and wee heartbreakers!!!!!! Oh my wee babies, mummy still loves you!! :shock::cry::love:

Daisylop
06-05-2010, 09:46 AM
I hate to leave my pets (any of them) in anyone's care except my other half's.

when Daisy was recovering from her problems after her spay I wouldnt leave her with my o/h as I was having to give her injections every day and bathe her wound and clean her bottom and there was no way he could have coped.I left her with my vet :love::oops:
Nowadays my oldest son bunny sits :D