My heart is aching from all the cuteness! Not only have we seen some big hearted pups like Hei Zi, Echo, and Lilly taking to piggies and sets of "pittens" like their own, now Ellie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Sussex, England has given new life to a set of baby rabbits after their mother was found dead in her owner's garden. It really has me wondering what other animals dogs have adopted right under our noses – do we have any dogs befriending ducks out there? Gerbils, perhaps?
Apparently it's toy mania here on PetSugar, 'cause I have yet another toy post for you today! With so many of you letting me in on your pet's toy collection, I think it's safe to say we have the doggies and kitties covered. But what about the little guys? I know there are more than a few rabbits, ferrets, and gerbils out there (to name a few) so they shouldn't be left out of the playtime fun. I've rounded up a few of my fave small animal toys, including this cute Race Track ($14) for hamsters! Just put your little critter in a specially matched toy car (complete with a running wheel) and off he goes — exercise plus fun equals one happy hamster!
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Simon here is a contestant in the ibeatyou stare down competition. Here's how it goes: Players challenge each other and go eyeball-to-eyeball to see who can stare into their webcams the longest without blinking. Simon, a fierce competitor, has beaten many — including one Jessica Alba. His strategy? Distract the opposition with his bunny nose bounce, and when the time is right, turn around and kill 'em with his cottontail cuteness. Works every time.
Have you ever walked into an animal shelter and wanted to take every single one of those little guys home with you? It's so sad knowing that a lot of them won't make it to a forever home. Becoming a foster parent can help by taking the animals out of the shelter and increasing their chances of survival but, because of monetary constraints, it's just a fact of life that shelters can't always get the food and vaccinations they need. So what can we do to help? In addition to donating money to your local shelters or volunteering to be a foster parent to an animal until they can find a permanent family, now all you have to do is click.
The Animal Rescue Site has set up a totally cool and easy way to get involved. Just by clicking a button on their main page, you can help shelter animals get the food they need to survive. To see how, just read more
I mentioned before how my old roomie's rabbits, Toby and Stella, would run around the house hiding in various places, however, taking them outside was a whole other adventure on its own! Even though they got their exercise indoors, they needed to get some fresh air outside, too. At the time, we didn't know there were leashes for animals other than dogs (but I think my mom has a chicken-on-a-leash story I'll have to tell you sometime). So we would piece together a makeshift wire barrier and lug their crate downstairs for them to play in.
I already shared my love for the idea of chickens in this crate, but what about bunnies, too? For $500 you can get one with its own run ($400 without) — this durable, weather-resistant igloo can stay outdoors all year round in temperate climates, which would have been great so we didn't move their hut every time we took them outside. Bonus, the top comes off so you can give it a nice cleaning, and there's even a place for their water bottle and hay rack. Plus, when the official run is attached (instead of that makeshift one), the fluffy pals can run around safely without you having to keep a close eye on them! Although, Toby and Stella seemed to find trouble anywhere . . .
Once, I lived with a roommate that had rabbits. Although they were totally cute and cuddly, they did not want to cuddle at all. In fact, they loved to hide inside their cage, but mostly around the house. I found it especially funny to come home and find one of them hiding in my clothes basket, burrowed under all my clean clothes. I just took it as a sign that they liked me, even if they didn't want me to touch them!
So when I saw this Hide-A-Way Hut ($6) from Pet Gadgets, I thought of 'ole Toby and Stella. Those little guys would have loved to hide in this grass woven nest, not only to rest, but probably to chew as well. Thankfully, since the fibers are all-natural, they can get away with it. At least it's not your power cable!
A friend of mine sent me this video of Amy Sedaris and her rabbits at their cupcake shop. And to be totally honest, it's one of the best things I've seen in a long time. The video is actually a commercial for the latest version of Microsoft Office, but the whole first half features them behind the scenes at their cupcake shop. Little fluffy bunnies making cupcakes on conveyer belt-like devices? Does it get any better than that? I don't know about you, but my dream cupcake shop would definitely be powered by an army of rabbits.
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You think this bunny's caliber of cuteness comes naturally? Oh, hells no. It takes a lot of primping and stroking and ear nibbling to get this gal ready to go. She has no time for tele, you see— especially when her ears are as uncooperative as they are today. So turn that background nonsense down, will you? Someone's grooming over here. . .
If you're dreaming of farm animals but you're lacking the farm, these enclosed homes are perfect for backyard egg layers! Your pet chicken won't feel cooped up in a classy eglu, and she'll have a detachable, fenced (fox-proof!) run for more strutting. Created by UK-based Omlet, there are two models – chickens and rabbits – offered stateside. Each chicken eglu ($515 including two birds and $495 without) includes a slide-out tray for cleaning, a roosting area, and a nesting box . . . if you're dreaming of omelets for real, you can run out to collect eggs from your own property and get started in the kitchen!
I'm happy to see a couple of these nice homes in the US and I'm hoping more will become available here soon. Last year, the company released that Eglu Cube (seen at the top left) and even offers useful Omlet courses run by an "eggsperienced egluowner" in England (ha!) to cover all the everyday skills required to look after your new feathered friend.
The cute bunnies Buns and Chou Chou sit down to talk with funny lady Jane Lynch (40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights) about what's fresh and what's stale in the world of sitcoms. They're understandably uncomfortable, though, when a charming song she wrote and sings for them takes a turn for the worst. Hint: it's about bunny-eating. Second hint: She's joking.