Introducing Hopper & Twinkie – our new bunnies

If you follow me on any of my social media channels you may have noticed that we have not only one, but two new additions to the family. About six months ago, my eldest daughter made it known that she would love a pet. At first she really {really!} wanted a chameleon – which, granted, is very cool pet. But when she researched what food it would need to be fed, she quickly changed her mind. And not being a fan of bugs myself, I let out a sigh of relief. 

Her research continued and as soon as she saw that house bunnies were a thing, well, that was it. Her mind was made and at every chance she could, she would make it known that a house bunny is what she would love for Christmas. 

Now, of course, we’re on board with the ‘pets aren’t for Christmas’ deal – always have been and always will be and she understood that. However, the husband and I talked and talked about it {and then talked about some more} because let’s be honest – it’s not an easy decision to make! These animals can live anywhere from 10-12yrs old so it really wasn’t a decision that we took lightly. 

But we decided to go for it and give my girl her house bunny wish! We wrapped up a starter kit to give her on Christmas morning, followed by a set of instructions that she needed to complete before we got our little furry friend. 

However, fate had other plans. Because on Wednesday 3rd January we brought home our new furry family members. We were originally meant to be bringing home a gorgeous mini Rex Black Otter female, 6mths old. But there was a bunny breakout and whatever way it turned out – a male got into her hutch and the breeder didn’t want to sell her in case we ended up with a bunch of baby bunnies in a few weeks time. Fair enough. But it turned out that a friend of a family member had bunnies and we couldn’t wait to hear more. 

It turns out what she had was a pair of 10wk old already bonded brothers and they only came as a set. So with the kids giving me the biggest puppy dog eyes imaginable, we went to collect them the next day. Their parents are a Mini Rex & a Mini lop but we appear to have two Mini Rex bunnies with the fur of a mini lop {if that makes sense}. Pure Mini Rex bunnies have velvety fur, which these two do not. But they are beautifully bonnie all the same. 

House rabbit

It’s only been a few days but they have settled in well – the kids are learning what they like to eat, how they like to be handled and I am already looking into when we can get both of the boys neutered.

Everything has happened about a month ahead of schedule, but it feels like it was meant to be. However, in no time at all our home has begun to evolve around the bunnies. Even to the extent of getting the girls bunkbeds for their bedroom so the boys can have their own space as well. It’s madness! But, they’re family now, so they’ll be treated as such and I cannot wait to get them fully litter trained and for them to become free-roaming house bunnies! 

I’ll share more of our bunny adventures, soon! 

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22 Comments

  1. 09/01/2018 / 2:53 PM

    I love pets myself and if it would be me, then we would have a whole zoo in the house. I grew up with cats.
    Unfortunately I had to give our latest kitten away to my hubbys brother because the kids were not treating him nice.
    We have decided to start from scratch and start off small with a guineapig at the end of the month.

  2. 10/01/2018 / 5:41 PM

    I love bunnies, I have two of my own. These are so adorable, mine are also house bunnies. Their cage looks amazing, do you mind telling me where it’s from? 🙂

    P.s. cute bunnies!! x

    • 10/01/2018 / 9:36 PM

      Hey! Fellow Bunny Mama! haha! Thanks so much – they are cuties. The cage is a 120 rabbit cage from Pets at Home. It’s pretty massive. I also picked them up a puppy pen, so they can hop in and hop out whenever they please. x

  3. Joanna
    10/01/2018 / 5:48 PM

    Awwww, the bunnies are so cute!!! I have 2 cats but unfortunately they are at my mother’s house because I travel too much. Indeed getting a pet it’s a huge responsibility and your daughter will have to learn this soon. It’s not only fun but also work to clean after them and feed them as well. 🙂

  4. 10/01/2018 / 7:02 PM

    Awwww what a great idea for your kids to have a bunny as a pet, and one as cute as that. Its also great you got a pair so they can keep each other company and don’t feel lonely

  5. 10/01/2018 / 8:38 PM

    Oh they’re adorable! I love the idea of house bunnies, and it sounds like your daughters are smitten!

  6. 10/01/2018 / 10:31 PM

    Aww check them out! They are such gorgeous looking bunnies! I bet it is so exciting to have a new pet or two in the family, I look forward to all the adventures!

  7. 11/01/2018 / 9:32 AM

    So cute! I had a bunny as a child and I absolutely adored him. I actually have lizards now… but I can understand why the food would put people off and bunnies are a little bit more cuddly!

  8. 11/01/2018 / 10:57 AM

    I couldn’t have dealt with feeding a pet bugs either so a bunny is a much better alternative and they look like a great addition to your family x

  9. 11/01/2018 / 11:52 AM

    Oh they are so gorgeous! Glad they’ve settled in well and can’t wait to read more of their adventures

  10. 11/01/2018 / 2:09 PM

    Aww your new additions are just adorable, they looks like they are settling in with their new family really well 🙂

  11. 11/01/2018 / 5:13 PM

    Awww my how adorable are these two – I would love these cute bunnys at home. They are just the cutest. Love their names too x

  12. 11/01/2018 / 9:13 PM

    These are so cute!! What nice additions to your family glad to hear that they’ve settled in.

  13. 12/01/2018 / 1:17 AM

    Oh my word they are adorable. I’d love another bunny but I’m still sad about the loss of my own – Pixie

  14. Emma Dean
    12/01/2018 / 8:45 PM

    The new additions to your family are absolutely adorable! I wonder if my partner is up for us owning a house bunny…xo

  15. 12/01/2018 / 10:05 PM

    They are so cute. A friend of mine had a housetrained bunny who she said used a litter tray and used to spend the evenings curled up on her lap!

  16. 12/01/2018 / 11:38 PM

    Awwwwww we love your new additions – I’d love to get some bunnies – its just that my folks are not keen at the moment. Enjoy them x

  17. 13/01/2018 / 12:41 AM

    Oh my gooood I am in love!!!! Bunnies are my all time favourite animal but my mum would never allow me to have any pets 🙁 I love how their ears stick up the sky, that’s very cute 🙂

  18. 15/01/2018 / 5:18 PM

    Aw just look at them! They’re adorable. I’m so glad they’ve settled in well… give them a cuddle from me! 😀

  19. 16/01/2018 / 1:26 PM

    Bunnies make amazing pets. I started off with a dwarf Lop (Jasper) and a rex which we named Rex ha! They were amazing. But last year, 2nd January we lost our Jasper. A horrible new year.

    We knew that Rex wouldnt get on too well on his own, so we decided a few weeks later to adopt another beautiful boy, Jack. But as our family was beginning and we found we didnt have that much tie, we decided to send them both to a new forver home where they are loving life.

    I just wanted to mention, keep an eye on your bunnies. They are so good at hiding when they are poorly. Our Jasper disintegrated within 24 hours. After spending £96 in the vets at 9am he died at 4:00pm. We were devastated. Your two look absolutely beautiful! I’m sure they’ll give you so much fun. Keep an eye on your wires though!

    Sophie

  20. 16/01/2018 / 4:15 PM

    Ahhhh they’re adorable! I never had rabbits as a child, as we had a dog, cats, hamsters, fish and birds – but I think it’s great for kids to have pets, as it teaches responsibility and can help them develop important social skills. Love their names too! x

  21. 16/01/2018 / 7:04 PM

    We used to have a house bunny called Pixie. I still miss her but I don’t miss cleaning her hutch Your two look adorable xx

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