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    Wise Old Thumper Mischief and Tinker's Mum's Avatar
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    8 years ago! I was also 13. Sadly don't have any of my 'original' rabbits.
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    Warren Veteran daphnephoebe's Avatar
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    Since I was 2 I had my first rabbit.
    I done the cleaning, feeding everything care wise. My parents just provided the cash and signature for vets, food etc.

    I had a break for a while after Neya died and just had the ferrets. Got my current two almost 2 years ago.

    Always been interested so always been studying their behaviour etc.

    So it's been about 20/21 years. If we minus off the time without bunnies it's around 13 odd years.

    I should add though, I don't think I'm bunny mad. I love all animals and honestly my ferrets were my favourite pets. They just brought me so much joy.
    I've already decided once Daphne and Phoebe pass I won't be getting any more rabbits.

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    Wise Old Thumper *lily*'s Avatar
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    I was about 14 and my 11 year old sisters friends dad (!) bred rabbits so we got 2 sisters, Tammy and Clover.

    Our next rabbit was when my Daughter was about 8 or so. Her friend wanted rid of their rabbit, a beautiful Dutch who we named Daisy. She freeranged our garden for around 2 years until one night I went to get her in and she was nowhere to be found. I assume a fox got her

    Then followed Thumper who we got from an awful rescue centre and she only lived for 6 weeks with us and passed away.

    We then had Sooty, who lived until 7, Simba (another rescue from someone who didn't want him) and who we then bonded with a garden centre nethie called Tinkerbell. They both passed away around aged 3.

    Then we had Louie who passed away aged 5.

    And I've now been bunnyless for 2.5 years

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    Wise Old Thumper MightyMax's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I was 23, lived alone in a flat & wanted a cat. However loads of reports of cats being poisoned locally & it wasn't fair to keep one inside so I got a rabbit from my local pet shop I didn't know much about bunnies but had learnt you could keep them in the house. I didn't have regular internet access so most of my learning was from a few books, namely the House rabbit handbook. I instinctively knew she needed space (I've always had free rangers) but I dread to think how much muesli I fed her...ultimately that lead to dental issues & in turn to Frances Harcourt Brown who did much of my rabbit education.

    Those were the days of the Houserabbit Association!

    I was an advisor and when they redesigned the magazine my boy heralded in the new format. I was so proud I have him on the wall, on the magazine

    Isn't it wonderful you found Frances so long ago?

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    Wise Old Thumper Bunny Buddy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post

    Isn't it wonderful you found Frances so long ago?
    J&B was one of the first of the "rabbit people" to find Frances, so she told me.. did you know that J&B?
    My heart is in a thousand pieces for my soulmate stopped running today (22.05.13)

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    Mama Doe
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    Isle of Wight. UK


    As a child my mum wouldn't let me have pets. My auntie always had various pets, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs. i loved them all and seemed to have a bit of an affinity with them.
    When i first met my hubby,in 1981, he had 2 rabbits. I had a tank of goldfish, a cockatiel and my son had a hamster. when we moved in with my now hubby, we've always kept rabbits, fish and anything else....stick insects, toads, axylotils, birds, hamsters, rats,dog, tortoise, etc.
    So we've really kept bunnies since 1981.
    It's only been in the last 10 years or so that the veterinary science has caught up. Thankfully.

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    My mum had rabbits before I was born. So I grew up with them

    She had an old English rabbit, a doe, and she looked after a friends rabbit whilst they were on holiday. He was a buck, and escaped his hutch and mated with Newsie my mum's doe the result was a litter of rabbits which she managed to rehome to other people and they all stayed on the street.

    We kept one, she called him Thumper. He was a gorgeous agouti. He was very friendly and free ranged in the garden with us and came in the house. He used a newspaper for a toilet inside, and a tray in his hutch! He was my original soul bun he lived until he was 11 - I was 9, he fractured his leg twisting awkwardly and the vet tried to operate but he was lost under the anaesthetic

    Mum had a few more rabbits over the years but doesn't have any anymore.

    Our first rabbit since I've been an adult was a Rex rabbit who was called Sooty. I bought him at a show I went to, out of pity. My toddler son wanted a rabbit and so did I so it was a good excuse He was very grumpy and hated any contact!(Sooty that is ) He would charge at anyone who went up to him. He had a hutch and run combined, and I had him neutered but it didn't help with his moodiness. He died suddenly aged about 3 and back then I didn't know about vaccinating and it was probably VHD. We were very upset but my son was distraught.

    Some time later he then went through a book and said he wanted a white angora rabbit somehow we came home from the garden centre with a lionhead doe who he called Miffy. She was mainly white with brown spots. By this time I knew about vaccinating and she was done with the combo vaccine. Sadly despite being vaccinated she got myxomatosis, the vet said it was the worst case they had seen and they advised that she be PTS.

    I couldn't face telling my son the day before we went on holiday that she had died when we got home I said that the man who had been looking after her had got her at his house and I started hunting for a lookalike I found one who was a good enough match to fool my young kids but she was not fully grown. They never guessed or asked but my son did call her little Miffy once! When we eventually lost Miffy,

    Then came Apricot and Ginger, 2 lion head girls I bought from a back yard breeder. I didn't know about RU or rabbit rescues, I found RU when I googled 2 girl rabbit humping I had them spayed and they stayed together. I realised how many rabbits were in rescue and got Dandy and Beano (brothers) from the RSPCA. I eventually bonded the 4 into a quad.

    Whilst we still had the quad, I met Boots at the rescue and fell in love with him. He was a housebunny and my Soulbun. When I lost him, I was buniless for the first time in 13 years. I didn't think I could have another but I then realised I couldn't do without a house bunny and we were chosen at Manchester and Salford RSPCA by Frosty

    Sorry that is so long

    Binky free at the bridge Boots, you will never be forgotten xxxx

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    Warren Veteran joey&boo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny Buddy View Post
    J&B was one of the first of the "rabbit people" to find Frances, so she told me.. did you know that J&B?
    Frances told you that? or me My friend actually found her for me. She had to subscribe to RWAF (I think) to get a list of decent rabbit vets & FHB was close ish & I think one of two in the country. I think everyone else caught on quick cos in the old days you couldn't move in that waiting room ...bunnies everywhere & many traveled far to get there.

    MM - yes it was wonderful, I had to join here once she retired

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    Wise Old Thumper ripminnie's Avatar
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    Haslingden, Lancs, UK


    I got my first bunny when I was 9, 29 years ago!! My best friend's cousin used to use their barn to house the rabbits he bred, and one day we went to look at them, and I fell in love with a little grey Nethie I have been obsessed with rabbits ever since! Just a 2-3 year gap with no bunnies, I think, in all that time...

    Rest in Peace my little Honey-Pie, I will love and miss you forever sweetheart xxxxxxxxxxx

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    20 years as of june 4th just gone, only in that time had one week wit no bunny when mabel passed 😢



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