Saturday, June 2, 2018

STILLNESS SPEAKS

LANCE UPDATE
The old man seems to be doing much better! Thank you all for the well-wishes! As I type this, he is devouring endive and pushing Russette out of the way. Well, pushing her out of the way the best he can. She's a bruiser.

•The Oxbow Joint Support is a big hit with him.

•As of yet, there is no need for but baths. It is just getting his back foot INTO his ear that is the issue so far.

•Aaaaaand he just pooped right . outside . the . clean . litterbox.

He's tired of my crap.


MINECRAFT
I absolutely love it when I hear from the humans. I love it, even more, when they share their stories, art, shenanigans with me! Veronica wrote expressing her son's want to share his "RABBIT ISLAND" with me.

Let's see: Rabbits + Minecraft = SO.MUCH.YES!

Minecraft Obsession

SILENT REFLECTION
May brought more loss this year. The month is always a time of transition but this year it seemed to be moreso than other Mays. A much-too-young friend of beasties (and humanity), who struggled much of their life, left this world. And left us to remember him.

And now there is a space.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

GRANDFATHER LANCE

Greetings all you bunny freaks!
Let us take 30 seconds to watch GODZILLA -- as presented by
30 Seconds Bunnies Theatre!




Make sure to travel down THAT rabbit hole and lose several hours of time viewing classic movies (old and new) performed in 30 seconds ... by cartoon bunnies! (And show the humans some love!)

SPRING FLING
Well, it's that time of year AGAIN. Grandfather Lance has an ear infection. This happens every change of the main seasons. The vet explained going into winter things pipe up because the body is adjusting to shedding and growing out a new coat. Springtime brings -- well shedding and the Spring crazies.

Naturally, I phoned my veterinarian the MOMENT I noticed Lance was "off". (I put off calling the doctor for myself for months, mind you). As is typical -- he was on vacation for 2 weeks.

Of COURSE, he's on vacation!
You may think I panicked. I did. But that's beside the point. This Rabbit Woman has a backup rabbit-savvy vet. (And if THAT vet was on "vacation" then I have an EMERGENCY VET). Off we went to the backup rabbit-savvy vet. Who was not in. But there was a new doctor there -- Backup to the backup!

Of COURSE, she's not there!
Dr. Backup Backup Rabbit Savvy-Vet looked 16 and, refreshingly, had the same enthusiasm. I have been to this rodeo many times so basically dictated what I expected.
"I LOVE BUNNIES!"

As nerve-wracking as it was to have a total stranger touching my precious cargo, it was acceptable. And she was open to what I had to say.

I had brought all of the previous meds that Lance was prescribed and then left the appointment as a walking apothecary.


AGING BUNS
As in "bunnies" -- albeit my behind is aging as well. As it turns out, Lance's newest diagnosis shows him having the beginnings of arthritis. He can no longer get his hind leg up to clean his ears. The wax builds up and then it turns into a science class petre dish. I will be cleaning his ears for him once a week from now on. And perhaps -- this will help with the infections. (right).

I have now added joint support to the digestive support supplements as well as a probiotic. Again, I hardly exercise and barely remember to take vitamins. Ok, fine. I don't exercise. This is what my counter looks like:

I am giving Lance Critical Care.


Lance loves it and eats every bit. Somehow, however, he manages to get it all over me, my clothes, the floor, etc ...
My clothes after a Critical Care luncheon
I decided to maneuver him over a bowl as I fed him off of a spoon. Grandfather Lance had something to say about THAT:
He bites me because he likes me!
He is recovering well.
I am running out of clothes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

UPDATES!

REGARDING SHOP
I am still working on the shop! Truly! I am also uber overwhelmed by it. The shop itself will be simple (that's the plan anyhow). I know, for now, only light color shirts will be available -- BUT LOOK AT ONE OF THEM!


I am not sure how to go about figuring out shipping costs etc. The way I figure it: if a billion people on ETSY can figure this out, so can I!  (Dammit, Jim! I'm an artist, not a mathematician!)

\mathop {\lim }\limits_{x \to  - \infty }
 \tan ^{ - 1} \left( x \right) =  - \frac{\pi }{2}

NEWSLETTER
As fate would have it, there is a link to subscribe to a Newsletter. The gentleman who started building my shop (who disappeared), was encouraging me to do a newsletter. I have subscribers, but no newsletter. As you can see, I am on top of things. Yessirree.



BUTTERSCOTCH

The Tale of Butterscotch is winding down this week. We will be back to our regularly scheduled program soon. I will be sharing more information about f5rs rescue and Bunnies in Baskets, so stay tuned.


FAN ART!
And at last! Some ART! Fan Art to be exact. I love it when people send me things! Who doesn't like presents?


A woodshop rendition of LANCE! It's nice to know someone creatively put together their scraps with That Lady in mind.

I crack myself up.

ART!
Remember OF THE RED EARTH? I wanted a sample on a standard sized canvas. I'm thinking I like this.




SOMEONE'S NEXT!
Russette's Stink-Eye

Saturday, April 28, 2018

WELCOME TO THE NEW AGE ...

MISTRESS GOOGLE
Someone and I am not naming names, brought a GOOGLE HOME into my dwelling.

EXHIBIT G
After the initial WTF?
(To which the coy feminine voice answered: Sorry, I don't know.)

I asked: Is there a God?
But apparently “religion is a difficult subject” that GOOGLE is “still learning about.”

I don't trust artificial intelligence that ends sentences with prepositions. I took to the internet to ask various CHATBOTS what they thought of GOOGLE HOME.
Not one of them has ever heard of her. I grew more suspicious.

In my cynicism, I requested a litany of animal sounds. GOOGLE HOME is better than THE FARMER SAYS!

The Cow says, "Moooooooo."

You KNOW you want to hear it:


Today, she ... uh ... it overheard me say that I was overweight.
Mistress Google (That's what I call her ... uh... it ... )
stated: Don't be so down on yourself! I think you look great!
ME: Awwww, thanks!

And that's when I became frightened.
Frightened not only because, well, I've put on some 50 pounds,
but also because I had an emotional response to artificial intelligence.

I love your work, Penny.
♪♫ Daisy, Daisy, Give me your answer do ... ♪♫
Now, I think I love Mistress Google who plays endless music, the sound of rain and answers my questions. Well, she ... uh ... it answers SOME questions.
Don't Judge
Anyway,

Me: Hey, Google: Do you like rabbits?
G: I like rabbits for their fierceness.

Me too …
Me.Too.

WELCOME TO THE NEW AGE

Sunday, April 22, 2018

SASSY BUTTERSCOTCH


THE BUN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND
I would like to introduce you to a rabbit that has been the focus of some of my attention as of late:



This ball of Sass is named "Butterscotch".
She is one of those pre "Easter Rescues" that folks don't often discuss.

You see, people start abandoning/surrendering rabbits BEFORE Easter.
A wise rescuer told me that it was because the general public tends to assume that these buns will be rehomed easily due to the fact "everyone wants an Easter Bunny".

Many of these rabbits are surrendered under circumstances that seem completely logical.
Sometimes they ARE logical -- sometimes a home takes a turn for the worst.
It doesn't make the situation any less sorrowful for anyone involved.

Her tale is interesting.
I will be telling her story for the next couple of weeks via Regarding The Secret Life Of Rabbits site.
The story is simple but not so unique.

Please join us there!

Butterscotch in Repose.



Saturday, April 14, 2018

LIFE AS A RABBIT ARTIST


MY LIFE
I thought I would share a little bit about my riveting life as a rabbit artist.
So, join me as I part the veil and allow you a very personal look into my life as a rabbit artist.

I draw rabbits.

That's pretty much it.
MY HOMELAND
Often, my travels through life seem confusing. There is no roadmap for this thing called life.
Although I am the common denominator to all things involving, well, me – couldn't it be possible that at least some of the fog has to do with my environment?
Actual street signs in Toledo, Ohio

ART DEGREES
Are they really necessary to succeed?
I would have to say a resounding, “YES!”
(I have to say it because I have art degrees)
From Art School Confidential by Daniel Clowes
*See panel #2.

For more of Daniel Clowes:
More Daniel Clowes


THE CRITICS
There are always critics.
ALWAYS.

By Sara Zimmerman

See all of her prolific work:
TEAM ZIMMERMAN

THE FANS
The best part of being a rabbit artist, besides the rabbits, are the fans!
I receive photos of rabbits, my art on their walls, rabbits, fan art, rabbits
and
rabbits!
Penny: Irish Rabbit Woman
This adorable portrait was sent to me by a young man named, "Ian".
I stare at it. A LOT.



Behold some creative fans' use of postcards!
Not that *I* have never thought to do this, mind you --
(I didn't).

As always,
I love hearing from all of you!
[Pro Tip: There is a CONTACT tab ^up there]
I try to answer all correspondences. Please be patient, however.
I get swamped. If you don't hear back - write again!
It isn't you. It's me.


THE REALITY

Imagine that tiger being a rabbit.


I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING


IN THE END


Saturday, March 31, 2018

AROUND THE WORLD


DIVIDING THE SKY
Look for this coming up on the REGARDING COMIC page.
And remember, rabbits CAN divide the sky.
At least in my world.

IT'S A HOLIDAY!
Sarah Jackson, a reader, opted to take Lance on holiday to Europe! See the exciting times here:


FAN ART
I am always astonished when a reader sends me their version of the Regarding Characters. This was sent to me some time ago. I happened to stumble upon it again today and thought I would share:



EASTER IS HERE

Easter is here.
Everyone who pre Easter dumped has dumped their unwanted rabbits with the thought that "someone will want a rabbit for Easter".
Couple that with the naive impulse buys that come at Easter.

All rabbit advocates: put the local (or closest) rabbit rescue number on your fridge. I don't know about you, but people come to me with their little ones wanting to "rehome", asking if I "know anyone who would take a rabbit?" Usually, a photo is inclusive.

Usually, a cage is in view. Usually, there is no hay in sight.
Do your best to be patient. Try not to feel guilty if you can't the bun -- BUT do direct them to that local rescue. If they can't take the bun (trust me, they will be full to the brim), they can help relocate the little one.

The following link takes you to the House Rabbit Society's national list of rabbit rescues for the United States.

NATIONAL LIST OF RESCUES


IN CLOSING
Every year, the word spreads a little further:
(Video from a subsidiary of  USA TODAY)