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lauraandmike
10-05-2013, 10:32 AM
Hello

I'm looking for a pet sitter for bunnies. I wondered if there is an RU member that lives nearby that would be interested? I live in Loughborough LE11 3AY, inbetween Leicester and Nottingham in the East Midlands.

I have been told that PetPals in my local area is good, but I really want someone with lots of bunny knowledge. 2 of my buns do have stasis from time to time, and have medication to manage the problem. I am just worried to death that someone not experienced with buns won't even realise there is anything wrong!

I don't have any holidays planned as yet, I can't book the hols until I've found someone I can trust.

I hope to hear from anyone nearby, and any advice or recommendations would be great,

Thanks,
Laura

RogerRabbit999
10-05-2013, 12:15 PM
I live in Rugby and have 17yrs experience with bunnies. I have 5 'special needs' house bunnies, because they all basically need more care, and close monitoring, and I have the excellent Simon Maddock, who is a highly experienced rabbit vet because that is all he works with. I would be willing to look after your buns if you wanted a more one to one care with them, and I am currently off work sick until at least December, but is likely to continue after that as well, so I've got plenty of time on my hands. I could also visit them a bit before you went so that I wasn't a complete stranger to them, or they could have a sleep-over while you are still at home to see how they settled.

lauraandmike
10-05-2013, 12:34 PM
I live in Rugby and have 17yrs experience with bunnies. I have 5 'special needs' house bunnies, because they all basically need more care, and close monitoring, and I have the excellent Simon Maddock, who is a highly experienced rabbit vet because that is all he works with. I would be willing to look after your buns if you wanted a more one to one care with them, and I am currently off work sick until at least December, but is likely to continue after that as well, so I've got plenty of time on my hands. I could also visit them a bit before you went so that I wasn't a complete stranger to them, or they could have a sleep-over while you are still at home to see how they settled.

Thank you for your reply RogerRabbit. I was hoping for the buns to stay at home though, but moving them is something to consider, especially if I want to go away for a week or more. And you have a lot more experience than I do. They do have a lot of room here, do you have much space? I have one pair, and a single, soon to be another pair. There are lodgings up the road from me, but the accommodation is too small to leave them in for any more than about 3 days. I've turned down holidays in the past because of the buns, but have now decided I need an escape plan! I really appreciate your offer,
Laurax

Mrs. Bunnykins
10-05-2013, 03:08 PM
Pity I don't live closer as I am a pet sitter and I specialise in caring for rabbits.

Fingers crossed you find someone perfect for you and your furry family.:thumb:

RogerRabbit999
11-05-2013, 12:48 AM
Thank you for your reply RogerRabbit. I was hoping for the buns to stay at home though, but moving them is something to consider, especially if I want to go away for a week or more. And you have a lot more experience than I do. They do have a lot of room here, do you have much space? I have one pair, and a single, soon to be another pair. There are lodgings up the road from me, but the accommodation is too small to leave them in for any more than about 3 days. I've turned down holidays in the past because of the buns, but have now decided I need an escape plan! I really appreciate your offer,
Laurax

I do have lots of space yes. I have 2 bonded pairs and a single bun who absolutely must stay and wants to be a single bun. He is definitely the most traumatised and complex bunny I have ever encountered, and lots of planning needs to be done in advance for anything concerning Bodger. Your bunnies would have their own double bedroom, which is a empty spare room, but they would also have a fair few hours each day to free range. My bunnies have their own rooms, and take it in turns to free-range during the day, but to be honest the size of their rooms alone are much bigger than what most bunnies would have as a hutch and run set-up, and gives them plenty of space to run around and play in. They have plenty of time free-ranging because Bodger is out all night in the house, because he cannot tolerate any noise, and he is just so terrified of anything and everything, and in the RSPCA spent 5 months hid up in the darkest corner of his hutch. I absolutely refuse to allow him to live his life like that though, and just changing him to a house bunny has made a terrific difference to how he thinks, and now he really enjoys roaming about, doing usual bunny things, jumping onto things, and even has binkys most nights which is something we never expected to see.

I am very used to monitoring bunnies. 2 of mine are blind, 1 of which was left to starve to death, Dipsy has neurological problems and Bodger is just very complex, and I have to often give a lot of thought to whatever is going on with him, and discuss with his Co-Ordinator the best way to manage things with him, if I am struggling a bit myself. I have only had him since last December, and we've had a couple of really shaky patches to be honest, but bunnies like Bodger can be so terribly rewarding. I think the best way forward if you wanted to try it and if you really do want to go on holiday, is for them to come and stay over at least for a night, and then you will know if you they are going to be happy or not. I'd be surprised if they weren't, as it can be madness here with bunnies racing round doing binky's, and little Pippa who nearly starved and Dipsy with the neurological issues, well they are just hilarious. Dipsy has discovered a way to launch himself of the stairs and swing backwards and forwards on one of my daughter's scarves, he also hides and then runs out at you, and Pippa loves playing 'tag' making you chase her, and then she sits and waits for you, and when you catch her up, she then runs off a little way and waits for you to catch her up again. Those 2 binky like mad most of the day and at times make me dizzy, but they are certainly very happy buns as are all of mine. It would be lovely to see what games your 2 like to play :D

RogerRabbit999
11-05-2013, 12:51 AM
Forgot to say I've got puppy pen panels and so it wouldn't be a problem to divide the room for your bunnies to all stay in together.

pipkoi
11-05-2013, 08:30 AM
Pm'd you

Cari
11-05-2013, 10:06 AM
Depends when it is but I live in Leicester and may be available to help?

lauraandmike
11-05-2013, 01:30 PM
I do have lots of space yes. I have 2 bonded pairs and a single bun who absolutely must stay and wants to be a single bun. He is definitely the most traumatised and complex bunny I have ever encountered, and lots of planning needs to be done in advance for anything concerning Bodger. Your bunnies would have their own double bedroom, which is a empty spare room, but they would also have a fair few hours each day to free range. My bunnies have their own rooms, and take it in turns to free-range during the day, but to be honest the size of their rooms alone are much bigger than what most bunnies would have as a hutch and run set-up, and gives them plenty of space to run around and play in. They have plenty of time free-ranging because Bodger is out all night in the house, because he cannot tolerate any noise, and he is just so terrified of anything and everything, and in the RSPCA spent 5 months hid up in the darkest corner of his hutch. I absolutely refuse to allow him to live his life like that though, and just changing him to a house bunny has made a terrific difference to how he thinks, and now he really enjoys roaming about, doing usual bunny things, jumping onto things, and even has binkys most nights which is something we never expected to see.

I am very used to monitoring bunnies. 2 of mine are blind, 1 of which was left to starve to death, Dipsy has neurological problems and Bodger is just very complex, and I have to often give a lot of thought to whatever is going on with him, and discuss with his Co-Ordinator the best way to manage things with him, if I am struggling a bit myself. I have only had him since last December, and we've had a couple of really shaky patches to be honest, but bunnies like Bodger can be so terribly rewarding. I think the best way forward if you wanted to try it and if you really do want to go on holiday, is for them to come and stay over at least for a night, and then you will know if you they are going to be happy or not. I'd be surprised if they weren't, as it can be madness here with bunnies racing round doing binky's, and little Pippa who nearly starved and Dipsy with the neurological issues, well they are just hilarious. Dipsy has discovered a way to launch himself of the stairs and swing backwards and forwards on one of my daughter's scarves, he also hides and then runs out at you, and Pippa loves playing 'tag' making you chase her, and then she sits and waits for you, and when you catch her up, she then runs off a little way and waits for you to catch her up again. Those 2 binky like mad most of the day and at times make me dizzy, but they are certainly very happy buns as are all of mine. It would be lovely to see what games your 2 like to play :D

Well I thought I had a lot going on with my bunnies, but you seem a bit more preoccupied! Poor Bodger sounds like he is in very good hands. One of my rabbits had no confidence at all initially and would hide 24/7, it has taken him a few years to come out of shell, and now hes the boss around here! He feels safe and looked after. I actually have a bonded pair, then a single boy who will soon have a companion, as he is deaf and has cataracts poor guy. Thank you again for your offer, I'm still looking for someone who can visit the buns rather than having to move them. Although it does sound very bunny friendly and calm at your house. Laurax