Monday 12 September 2011

Sad news

I am so sorry for not having posted in so long, I know Buster had many followers.
I have some sad news I'm afraid :'-(
Buster passed away about 6 weeks ago and I didn't get to say goodbye to her. She was put down.
The last time I saw her was 1 year ago, right before my baby and I moved out of our house (I had a 'lil boy for those of you who asked, he's now just over two).
Buster remained home with my ex-husband.
I am so sorry, I am distraught as I write this, I just found out. Going through all her pictures and videos, she was loved very much but unfortunately there has been a big change of circumstances in our family and we had to part.
Buster rests in the garden she grew up in, where she jumped and leaped, under the grass she used to lay on, under the snow she used to lick, by the flowerbed :-(
Addio piccola Buster - Farewell Buster - RIP xxx

Wednesday 17 June 2009

A YouTube and Bunspace profile for Buster!

Quick post just to let you all know that I put Buster's
video on YouTube!

And also Buster now has a Bunspace profile!!

Stay tuned for more pics and updates on her blog!

Thursday 4 June 2009

Now, THESE are Buster's sprints!!

This is Buster on a good day!!

Monday 1 June 2009

Buster's Videos!!

As promised here's a little clip of Buster's jumps and sprints around the garden!!! (and she was having a quiet day... she's usually a lot faster than this!) Enjoy!!

Another little clip..

Saturday 23 May 2009

More pics :-)

Buster celebrated her first birthday with lots of treats and a cake made of carrot bread!!

As mentioned Buster is now addicted to baby potatoes..
This is her having a little feast!!

Here Buster is enjoying our fine Irish weather!

It's very hard to catch on camera the sprints she makes - I'll try putting up a video in the future to catch her jumps, twists and sprints around the garden!
These are just a couple of picture taken during those sprints, the pictures have never rendered too well as she's too fast and they always appear blurred!

One evening Buster and my husband were having a little chat..

When Buster got bored and decided to go wandering!!!

Thursday 21 May 2009

~~~~~ Happy Birthday Buster!!! ~~~~~~

Well today Buster is 1 year old!!!

It's incredible to think she's come such a long way, from the tiny little leveret that she was when we took her in, to a full grown-up handsome hare that she is now!!

She's doing quite well and she now has a new favourite dish... she loves baby potatoes!!
One day I moved the basket where I keep fresh garlic, onions and baby potatoes to a lower shelf in the kitchen and she discovered it by accident and now she's officially addicted to potatoes! She knows where they are and she helps herself to them every day!!

She's quite nosey and curious, and she’s watchful of anything new or different around the house and she's not afraid of anything!
We soon found out that if we want her to eat something specific there's no point in putting it on her plate as she will not eat it, but hide it into a basket and she is soon into the basket munching away!

Buster having a nap!

After months and months of chewing her wicker basket, Buster finally realizes what it's for!

Buster still takes her beloved bottle!

And oh yes.. she still likes to climb on the flower pots to eat away the soil and the plant!

Ohh this is yummy!

Buster: "How do I get down??"

Buster: "How do I get back up??"

Friday 6 March 2009

As promised..

..a proper update on Buster!

We had a cold spell few weeks ago and we had about 10cm of snow!
Buster LOVED the snow!!
These are a couple of pictures from one of those cold evenings!

She was actually eating the snow! :-)

Here is Buster having her breakfast!

We give Buster fresh grass every day, however the quality of the grass in the winter is not as good as during spring and summer, so we integrated Buster's diet with oat, muesli, peeled carrots, sliced apples, rabbit feed, dried apples and banana, walnuts, sunflower seeds and various other hard biscuits and treats from the pet shop.

A good aul' stretch after breakfast!

So do you think she's grown up since the last time you saw her?

As mentioned, Buster is still taking milk in the mornings.
Her bottle now consists of 15ml of milk, 15ml of cooled boiled water, 3/4 scoop of Welpi (puppy's formula) and half a capsule of acidophilus to keep her flora balanced.

We have tried offering her just milk or just water but she seems to prefer her bottle when there's Welpi in it!

And finally another stretch after her morning bottle!!

Thank you all for your congrats and good wishes! :-)

Thursday 26 February 2009


Quick update.. Apologies for not having updated the blog in so long.

Buster is doing great, still drinking from her bottle but she has also been spotted one or two times drinking from her bowl.

She's in good health, she's been brought recently to the vet to get her nails clipped.. she didn't like it.. but I'm sure she's more comfortable now :-)

We're delighted to announce that there is going to be a new addition to our household in June (and I'm not talking about a bunny! :-)

I promise I'll come back soon with lots of pictures and a proper update on Buster!

Monday 27 October 2008

We need your suggestions to get Buster drinking on her own!

Hi all,

apologies for the delay, I know it's been a while and many of you are looking forward to more updates!
Buster is doing well.. I'm sure you'll agree she's grown since you last saw her!

First off, I'd like to answer some questions you've been asking:

Q.: Does she ever hop like a bunny or does she only walk around on her hind legs all the time?
A.: Buster doesn't walk on her hind legs, however, she likes to stand on them while sniffing around. I think it gives her better perception of what's around her in terms of noise and smell.
Having said that, she doesn't hop either, rather, she lopes.

Q.: Is she still drinking her morning bottle?
A.: Yes, we still give her milk in the mornings and water in the evenings. Buster never learned to drink on her own even though we provide her with fresh water in a bowl and in a drinking bottle every day. Hand-feeding her milk and water twice daily are her only means of fluid intake.

Q.: Does Buster hop?
Or she likes to stand on her hind legs?
How are her eyes? Are they still deteriorating?

A.: Re. the walking, see above. Her eyes are still the same, not getting any worse but not getting any better either.
Q.: How does she get around?
A.: By memory

Q.: Because Irish Hares are endangered, are there any plans to breed her? Is her eye condition a genetic problem or just one of those random development errors? Would breeding be too complicated/make the release of the buns impossible?
A.: We've no plans to breed her yet as she is still too young. I remember reading that hares only become adults after the first year and Buster is just over 5 months old. Re. the eyesight, we think it was just a random birth defect and might not be genetic but the truth is we don't know and we hope for the best.

Q.: Have you ever considered making a bunspace fo Buster?
A.: No, we didn't, but we'll probably stick with this blog for the moment.

Q.: I have a sense that she might be a real character. Is she intelligent?
A.: Buster is very curious, the moment you put something new in a room she's there investigating it! That includes finding her stash of treats and removing them from the bags and having a merry little feast when we're not home.
She's now learned to go to the garden and come back to the house on her own: she was always afraid of the step from the kitchen onto the patio but my husband has built her a ramp and she now comes and goes as she pleases when the door is open (she's always guarded).

Q.: Do you let buster roam freely about the house? what about when she does her business? have you litterbox trained her like i hear you can?
A.:Any suggestion on how to train a rabbit or a hare to use a litterbox, please advise! :-)
Buster has a litterbox which she does use from time to time. We put in cat litter at the bottom and corn seeds at the top, however, she's not trained and a brush and pan are always at the ready!

Q.: Will you be spaying her?
A.: We'll seek advice from the vet re. spaying, she's going in for a 6-month check up next month so we'll be asking them.

Okay, I hope I answered all your questions! If I didn't or I left out any questions, please let me know.
Now, onto the drinking problem!
We'd like to ask for your suggestions with regard to getting Buster to drink water on her own.
We have tried giving her water in a bowl (pure water or mixed with apple juice), we have tried the drinking bottles (the upside down ones with a metal tip) and we tried with a feeding bottle however Buster does not drink on her own!
Currently Buster is fed milk in the morning through her feeding bottle and water in the evenings through a syringe with no needle.
We need Buster to be self-reliant for fluid intake.
If you've any advice on how to do this (we already tried what's been suggested so far) please let us know!

Now onto the part you're all looking forward to.... the pictures! :-)

This is Buster in the mornings taking her milk bottle!

What you see under her chin is a wool cotton disc (the make up ones!) so she does not get any milk on her fur.

Buster: "It's not a golf ball, it's my tail!"

Buster: "You need to be aerodynamic in this Irish wind..!"

Buster: "What do you mean I'm getting too big??"

What's missing??

Getting hard to find a comfortable spot..

Buster: "Ahh, found it.."

Wednesday 1 October 2008

September pictures!

First of all, apologies for the late post, I've been quite busy lately and haven't had the chance to update the blog. On the other side, I've 3 weeks worth of pictures so I'm sure you'll forgive me :-)

Buster is doing well..
she's settled back in well after her week away at the vet clinic.
She's developed a liking for our indoor plants and she's quite keen on chewing the earth and leaves! Yesterday she actually climbed into the flower pot!

She also has developed a taste for shoes and jeans! (especially when you're wearing them!)

We heard that hares like bark, so we gave Buster a large branch to nibble at.. turns out she's really fond of it and it's nearly time to find another branch for her!

"Hey, what's cookin'?"

"What do you mean it's not for me?!"

"I wonder where they keep hare food around here.."

"Ok, let's try these presses.."

"Are you sure that casserole is not for me?"

"Let's see what's in this drawer"

"I'll just have a little nibble"

"Ok, maybe another one.."

"And a little bit of this too"

"It wasn't me!"

"I've never seen this plant before in my life!"

"It's good to be the Queen!"

Buster has green fingers!

"I think I'll prune this plant a little bit"

"this too.."

Buster just out of the shower (just kidding!)
In Ireland it's rain season all year round!