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A note of thanks . . . 

The preschool would like to thank Christine Carter for generously donating her time in clipping our pet rabbit, Baxter. Baxter is a cashmere lop and needed a little help to shed his summer coat.
President, Fadden Preschool Parents Assoc.

(To help them out am happy to provide free clipping services to 'school bunnies'. Baxter is not one of mine, he's a stardard sized cashmere with an angora type coat & consequently would be a cross bred)

Boarding & Grooming Services

(please be advised that I reside in Googong, NSW)

Apart from everything else I'm occupied with, I provide a boarding and clipping/grooming service. These extra jobs came about through default – meaning that I never intended to offer them, but due to the fact that pet owners didn't have anyone else to go, I thought I may as well help them out. Another mouth to feed or coat to clip/brush doesn't daunt me and I would much rather provide these services than imagine any bunny suffering just because they had no where else to go . . .

Clipping and Grooming

Many years ago, I kept English Angora rabbits, Jersey Wooly and now Mini Cashmere Lops and as a consequence gained a great deal of experience with long coated breeds.

The Angora is top of the list when it comes to the necessity of clipping and grooming. Their coat grows like sheep – continually. Angoras should not have to suffer a matted coat (which can vary in extremity) and therefore need regular attention.

Other semi-long coated breeds grow their coat to a certain length and that is it. However, when rabbits shed their coat and owners miss grooming them, some (not all) can end up with matted areas that need to be dealt with.

For a average job, I charge a minimum of $40, which is quite reasonable considering the time and effort it can take. If needing major work the price would naturally increase, though I still try to keep it at a fair/reasonable amount. Bunnies tend to be dropped off in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. I like to give bunnies 'time out' during a clip, so they can take a break to hop around, go to the toilet and refresh themselves with food or water.

Here are example photos of a cross bred angora bunny dumped in a cardboard box next to a rubbish bin. The young lady that found and adopted the poor fellow brought him to me to clip his coat. Although it is not obvious in this photo, he had large solid masses of tangled fur stuck to his skin.

Before and half way through the clipping procedure . . .  . and then finally all done and most definitely feeling much more comfortable now!

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Boarding Bunnies and Cavies 

(please be advised that I'm based in Googong, NSW)

It is not surprising for pet owners to be pleasantly relieved when they find me, for they can then go on a relaxing holiday with the knowledge that their bunny/s or squeaks are being well looked after. On occasion I may receive a postcard or an e-mail saying, "Hi we're having a wonderful time!" or "How is my baby, is he okay, does he miss me?"

Many a time, I've heard disastrous stories about someone's pet left in care with people who knew little about them. Unfortunately, if unfamiliar with the tell-tale symptoms of any illness, they don't realize the seriousness of the situation. Or some even forgot to feed, water or check on the pet, resulting in unnecessary suffering or worse case scenario – death.

Upon arrival boarders receive a health check, so I can make sure they are in a good healthy condition and to avoid introducing  contagions to my rabbitry. I generally do not reject bunnies with treatable health issues, though much depends on what it is. For example (and sometimes unbeknown to owners), I've found cases of wryneck, mites, fly blow, malocclusion, snuffles, weepy eyes and various other kinds of health issues.

Apart from their own companion/s, boarders do not co-habit with any other rabbits and so therefore are somewhat quarantined.

Although owners do not have to provide anything, they may choose to bring along veggies, which might go to waste while they are away. Some also arrive with their buns favourite treats, a special toy or whatever might be useful. 

Interestingly and quite often owners notice a visible improvement in their pet's overall condition and comment that their pet looks fitter and healthier – as if having stayed at a health farm. This might be due to an improved diet with my usual practice of providing an abundant variety of fresh vegetation. Sometimes too, owners are informed about their pet needing to gain weight or alternatively the chubby ones would be put on a diet. To achieve this I adjust food intake accordingly to individual needs.
Boarding charges are reasonable in comparison to cat and dog boarding fees.

Overnight charges  (calculated from the day you drop off but not including the day of collection)

'Potluck' hutches (available in a variety of styles and sizes) only $7 a night for one bunny (or guinea pig). Otherwise two or more companion pets sharing a hutch are $5 each per night.

Or for spoilt bunnies 'The Executive' 
$10 a night per bunny for up to two sharing companions then $5 for each extra bun

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If need be, your pet will receive a complimentary manicure (or if maulting a quick brush/pluck) and if you'd like, I would be happy to demonstrate these procedures.

Advanced bookings are recommended and I can also cater for 'special needs' pets.

Phone Christine 6297 7750  or Email 

Other Boarding Facilities

Blackalls Park (Lake Macquarie, NSW) - also servicing Hunter Valley, Newcastle (10 mins off the Pacific Hwy & 2 hours north of Sydney)
Michelle Teear - Phone (02) 40238304, 0402 924 819  Email

Melody is very experienced with bunnies (former breeder) and husband is a rabbit savvy vet. Phone 0412 929 202

(drop off locations St Ives & West Pennant Hills)
Email or visit website: BunnyWonderland

Sally Arnold Wildwood Rabbit Stud Ph (08) 8254 8601
or 0418 611 780  

 (WA) Kim McDonald Email or Phone 0412 907 704  Abbey Green Rabbit Stud

Melbourne Bek's Bunnies Phone 0416 276 997 or Email
From these photos you can see that Bek has fabulous boarding accommodations . . . 

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Given that there are so few boarding facilities for small animals, it would be very helpful if you could recommend others in your area! 
Phone Christine (02) 6297 7750 or
House sitters anyone?

Or perhaps you may be interested in an alternative option . . .

Trusted House Sitters http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/t/helps helps pet owners find people to look after their pets while away on holiday. Most people on the site pet sit for free (in return receive free accommodation) and also have Australian members listed.  




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