I’m just not sure what to say……

Yes, I am a star.  Now give me a carrot.

What is there to say. Our rabbits are super stars! First Dora and Paisley make the Disapproving Rabbits book. Now Derby is a star on Cute Overload. The original Flickr photo now has 2,800 views and 20 people have favorited it. There are over 71 comments on the Cute Overload posting, too. To think I was excited to be a CO “pointer outer.” This is much better.

And in other exciting internet news, Pup of Monster Cabinet made the home page of Etsy and has quite a few new fans too.

In additional Internet fun too, check out this Amy Sedaris video starring her pet rabbit and a cupcake shop. She’s shilling for Microsoft, but we’ll forgive her because the video his hilarious and talks about the House Rabbit Society.

[update 2/11/08] Derby has been compared to several well known disapprovers. I made a mosaic for a side-by-side comparison

Derby and the Comparisons

[tags]cute overload, bunny, house rabbit, disapproving rabbits, amy sedaris[/tags]

Meet Princess, Petunia, Vanilla…Err the New Bunny

Meet the newest member of our household. Another freeloading fuzzy critter. Apparently being cute and fuzzy, and a good friend to Derby will be her main contributions to the house. 😉

The rescue group named her Princess, but that name isn’t working for us. This will actually be the the first time we’ve renamed a bunny. I suggested Viola, but Art didn’t like that. Petunia has possibility, and Art’s also thinking Vanilla. I like Petunia the best.

After nearly a year as a bachelor he seemed to be getting lonely so, yesterday we did the whole fun “bunny speed dating” thing to see if we could find a love connection for Derby. Only one girl did he terribly dislike — immediate fighting ensued. The rest he seemed only marginally interested in, but Miss Petunia (formerly Princess) did an admirable job of showing him her finer qualities both in ear licking and generally being an all around good bunny.

We briefly thought we’d end up with two new bunnies. A sweet girl named “Drummer” who was found as a stray living on the streets of Baltimore almost came home too. And seriously folks — what the hell makes someone think that a white domesticated rabbit can live in the wild. Don’t dump the damn things in the streets of the city or the country.

Anyway. The three were getting along pretty well, but then some bickering began and sadly we opted for the sweet Petunia. Drummer was really sweet, but she’s just not used to other rabbits and I think would do better on her own.

More pictures of Derby’s dating adventures

Bunny Magic Rabbit Rescue is where we adopted Petunia. They had many, many rabbits who still need homes as do several other local rescue groups.

[tags]bunny, speed dating, house rabbit, adoption, rescue, derby, Petunia[/tags]

Cute Overload Excitement

Yeah! I’m a CuteOverload.com pointer-outer! I sent this photo to CO months ago, and it appeared to day.


And……we found out that a picture of Paisely that he sent to Disapproving Rabbits ages ago was included in the forthcoming Disapproving Rabbits book. As you can see, he was a master of disapproval. Dora was no slouch either.

Paisley & Dora

What an Internet Phenomenon experience week!

[tags]cute overload, cute, rabbits, disapproving rabbits[/tags]

Camping with Bears

Bear Can Mosaic

Nothing like camping and bringing the bears with you. Our bears proved that while bear cans may be resistant for wild bears — the teddy bear has no problem breaking into it.

Pictures from our recent trip to the Adirondacks. A few more on Art’s Flickr account.

1. Carly finds inner peace atop the castle of yore, 2. Wright, Marcy, Algonquin, 3. Atop the Castle of Yore, 4. toad, 5. At the base of the slide, 6. We did a poor job of hiding our bear can, 7. We didn’t know chipmunks could do this!, 8. The largest bear made off with the oatmeal, 9. Rocky Falls, 10. the weaver, 11. reading, 12. 07-08-06 038, 13. The Vodka Drinker, 14. Stuck?, 15. We did a poor job of hiding our bear can, 16. Art, 17. toad, 18. We didn’t know chipmunks could do this!

[tags]heart lake, Adirondacks, camping, bears, flatobear, flickr, vacation[/tags]

Notice the Resemblance?

I think one of the reasons Art and I like hiking in the summer is the foraging! We found lots of wild raspberry bushes along the C&O canal. We also have a couple of raspberry bushes in our garden, which is where the picture of the teddy bear was taken.

When I posted foraging pictures to Flickr, I noticed quite a resemblance between Art foraging for berries and my teddy bear. 🙂

What do you think?

[tags]berries, raspberries, bears, fun, summer[/tags]

Visit to Tom’s Farm

Mosaic Monday, originally uploaded by Carly & Art.

Art had a delivery this weekend to a great guy who has a small farm with chickens, turkeys, guinea hens, horses, peacocks and a few other animals.

In Memorium — Dora — 1999-2007

We lost her yesterday. She was just a great bunny. The one on the bottom right was taken the day before she died.

[tags]bunny, memorial, house rabbit, dora[/tags]

Charlottesville or Bust!

Saturday, June 24
After many weeks of careful consideration about how far the car could go, we just drove to the Charlottesville area to go hiking in Shenandoah National Park. Unfortunately, the car decided that it was done. We started up the mountain the transmission started to fail. We tried to make it to the parking area, but realized it just wasn’t going to happen. Thankfully, we were able to pull over to the side of the road and let the car cool for a little while.

We tried to get a little hiking in near where we pulled over — but it was wet, buggy, and gross. After about 20 minutes we gave up and went back to the car. We did see two box turtles on our aborted hiking attempt. We coasted down the mountain and it turned into a scene from the Blues Brothers. We were going 30mph on the highway — just hoping we’d get somewhere. We put something like 4 quarts of transmission fluid into the car — all with a helpful local watching and chatting with Art. The fluid didn’t help particuarly, so we decided to try and make it over to the C-ville airport and rent a car to get home. Thankfully, the long-term parking was pretty cheap.

horton winesSince the hiking was a bust, we decided to still have a little fun and continue on the second half of the weekend’s adventure. We headed over to Horton Vineyards. It’s a terrible website, but a nice winery. Acutally, they are considered one of the best winery/vineyard’s on the East Coast. Art had brought home a bottle of their Pear Port when he did the Crozet Show — and it was so fabulous I wanted more. We did quite the tasting (it’s free) and then bought a few bottles to take home. Besides the Pear Port we also really liked the Vintage Port and the Viognier Reserve (2001).

Sunday, June 25
Now, back to the dead car issue. We knew the car was dying — and actually had already arranged for a car loan and done lots of research on what kind of car we were going to get. So on Sunday we checked a bunch of auto dealer websites and got a list of all the people selling Honda Elements in our area at the price and mileage range we wanted. We headed out with list in hand to buy a car. Note — always bring the list with you. I don’t think the dealer would have given us the car at the price if we hadn’t waived the Web page with the car and price in front of him. Plus, when he played the, “you won’t find this car for this price any where else game,” — we said, “Oh — really….”.

Now we are the proud owners of a 2004 blue Honda Element (I guess it’s water?).

Saturday, July 1
Back to C-ville! We ended up having to keep the rental car all week and return it to C-ville – or pay penalties. So off we went. We returned the car and moved the wagon to a parking lot where the people we are donating it to could get it. It did actually make it under its own power. Then we picked up lunch at a bakery we read about in the Washington Post. They definitely didn’t disappoint — both the lunch and pastries were great. We headed back to the mountain that killed wagon for a picnic and hiking.

It was a nice 6-mile hike along the AT, from Swift Run Gap to South River in the Shenandoah National Park. The highlight was two bear sightings! We saw a larger bear with one (or two) yearlings ambling through the woods, and then joined a whole group of people on the side of the road later to watch a mama-bear and two adorable cubs! We also had a great encounter with a deer and fawn. The fawn did some adorable frolicking for us. Oh — and we saw a toad. Toad’s a bit anti-climactic, I know — but we actually saw it first.

Sunday, July 2
I think we’re off to the National Portrait Gallery today. It’s re-opened after many years, and I want to go and see it. It’s a pretty big deal here in DC. We were going to the Folklife Festival, but I just can’t get into it any more. I think the Smithsonian has just done a rotten job the past few years, and taken it in a terrible direction. Between the tourists and the heat — I don’t feel like going if it’s not going to be good.

[tags]charlottesville, cville, shenandoah, at, patc, hiking, bears, horton vineyards, wine, food, bakeries, element, honda[/tags]

Hello, Mr. Derby

Big bunny news! Well, actually — little bunny news. We went to bunny adoption day today, or as Dora likes to call “speed dating.” Dora met four fine gentleman, and finally selected Derby, a handsome brown mini-rex.

Derby the bunny
One of the four, Bramble, decided that nooky was the way to start their encouter — he was instantly ruled out. Dora is just not that kind of doe. It was too bad, he was a handsome rabbit and very outgoing.

She also met with Bales and Fiejte. Both were most polite and fine candiates, but in the end she and Derby just hit it off. Derby also did a fine job of winning over Carly and Art. He sat on Art’s lap while the other boys went to meet Dora. He looked a bit jealous and concerned. Later when he and Dora had the chance to spend a little more time together with Carly chaperoning — he turned his charm on Carly. He hopped about her, nudged and tugged on her shoelaces. He also was most willing to stop for petting.

Derby and Dora had a bit of ear licking and cuddling, then groomed themselves and just got comfortable being around each other. Derby is a little skittish, because one of his fellow foster-bunnies recently attacked him, but he figured out quickly figured out that Dora was a good bunny that would make a fine friend. They found much common ground including a shared love of timothy hay and papaya treats.

Dora and Derby are currently off on their “bunnymoon,” and should be arriving home in about a week to their fabulous two-story cottontail cottage. They have registered at Bunny-bytes and, of course, donations to the House Rabbit Society are always appropriate.

Mr. Paisley can’t be replaced, but we think that Derby and Dora will be quite happy together.

[tags]house rabbits, bunnies, adoptions, derby, dora[/tags]

Goodbye, Mr. Paisley

Mr. Paisley died today. We’re very sad. Dora is very sad.
He had gotten sick a few days earlier, and we took him to the vet. We
were giving him medicine and fluids, but I guess it was just too late.

We had him for almost half of his life. He was about eight years old.
Not bad for a big ole bunny. I glad to know that we gave him a good home
and he gave us almost four years of love and fun.

We’re going to miss him. I won’t have anybunny doing yoga with me in
the mornings any more. Dora’s not much for the yoga. That was always something
Paisley would do with me. In the last six months or so he had begun begging
for carrots in the mornings. It was really cute. He would stand on his
hind legs and balance on my legs trying to get carrots.

He was a good bunny, from morning to night and from night to morning
— an all around good bunny.

See the archive for the bunnies
first day with us.

[tags]bunnies, paisley, house rabbit, death[/tags]

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