Sunday, January 26, 2014

Adventures in Bunny Sitting.

We've had a house guest for the last couple weeks.

I wasn't sure what Hazel would think, given she is a bunny-chasing hound dog. Turns out she just wanted to lick his ears. A lot.

This bunny doesn't run, so it never sparks the full prey drive in Hazel. After having the bunny, Momo, for over a week, Hazel is now not so insistent on following his every move and only licks his ears when he asks. Yes, he totally asks for it!

Momo, in true rabbit form, thinks anything is worth trying to nibble at least one or two (but typically a hundred) times. When that started to include Hazel's nails, she was more than happy to move away from him!

It has been so cold for such long stretches that I would be at a total loss for entertainment if it weren't for Momo. Riding is very difficult in these temps and I don't think it's healthy to try to work below -20C (without the wind chill). Truthfully, I don't even try below -18C, though I might free lunge to get Armani moving and try to relieve some boredom. But that's another post.

There is a lot I didn't realize about domestic rabbits and it has been a pleasant surprise to have this one to care for. He is house trained! One litter in the cage, one outside. He quickly chose a favorite place to poop when free. We put a litter pan there and he has never pooped anywhere but in that pan since. Pretty smart!

He is extremely curious and loves to explore. He can recognize "another bunny" if he sees himself in a mirror. He pushes my exercise ball around and a whole slew of other weird and funny stuff. It's been very entertaining on these exceptionally cold winter nights.

I'm a little worried Hazel will miss him when he's gone.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Anniversary Video. Or, What I've Been Doing Instead of Blogging.

Riding hasn't been that great for the last several weeks with the intense cold we've had, so Armani has gotten a bit of a vacation. I was going to give him some time off soon anyway, so that's all good.

Unfortunately, it's also been killer for the motivation in all aspects of life. I'm telling myself it's ok. Sometimes balance has to be restored so I've been doing a lot of reading, casually researching things that interest me, and otherwise flying by the seat of my pants.

I did spend some time working on a video that I wanted to have ready in November to commemorate my one-year anniversary with Armani.  I finally decided to call it done.  I could keep improving it forever but essentially it captures enough of what I wanted.

Without further ado...