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Bunny Days of Summer
Bunny Days of Summer
It’s been a long time since we’ve sent out a news letter and we wanted to catch up with you all.
It’s just starting to turn to summer here in the San Francisco Bay area. It has been one of the coldest summers in years so there were no worries about Artemis and Einstein having heat stroke. This week we’ve had temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s so Artemis and Einstein have enjoyed getting a spa treatment by having their ears rubbed with ice cubes and then licking a little ice water off the cube. They also have access to a fan and sit in front of the screen door to catch a little breeze in the late afternoon.
Artemis and Einstein got to enjoy their first carrot from their “Bunny Garden” this week. The garden is coming along nicely, with such a cool summer greens are growing well. We have bok choy, swiss chard, escarole, chicory, assorted lettuce greens, dill, parsley, fennel, and we finally found some seeds to grow our own dandelions greens (we had to order the seeds on eBay, all the way from Australia).
If your bunnies are anything like Artemis and Einstein they love snacks. Sometimes a snack is more than merely a snack. Snacks can be an integral part of bonding a new bunny to us, to use as a reward to get your new bunny to trust you and come to you, or to teach your bunny tricks.
In our house we use snacks to check the health status of Artemis and Einstein. Three times a day I give Artemis and Einstein a little snack. I don’t want them getting fat so it’s just a tiny treat, one raisin, a tiny piece of pear, 1/2 of a dried banana chip or one dried cranberry. If one of the bunnies doesn’t run to me, stand up and beg for their snack I know they don’t feel well and I need to check them over. Einstein has a chronic stasis problem so if he won’t take a treat I need to start him on hand feeding or Critical Care powder right away.
Keeping an eye on your bunny’s litter box and eating habits is an easy way to know when it’s time to take your bunny to the vet before a more serious problem develops. It’s always best to catch any health problems early.
Our recipe this time is inspired by fresh greens from our "Bunny Garden", but you can pick up these ingredients at your local farmer's market or grocery store.
HERBED GARDEN SALAD
(Serves 2 Bunnies)
2 Romaine or green leafy lettuce leaves (not iceberg)
4 Sprigs dill
4 Sprigs Italian parsley
Place the 2 Romaine lettuce leaves on a bunny safe serving dish (basket, paper plate, etc)
Coarsely chop the dill and parsley sprigs
Cut carrot into matchstick pieces
Arrange the herbs on the lettuce leaves and top with carrot matchsticks, and serve.
Please drop by our website and sign up for our monthly Contest for a chance to win a free toy for your bunny. Your bunny's photo may also be featured on our website if you are the winner and your bunny isn't camera shy. If you prefer to, you may enter your favorite shelter or rabbit rescue in our contest.
We hope the remainder of your summer is a good one and that you and your bunnies stay cool and healthy.
All Our Best,
Kerry, Artemis, and Einstein
Funny Bunny Toy Company