(please be advised I'm based in Wanniassa,
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 . . .
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 a sheep – continually – and
for Angoras not to suffer a matted coat (which can vary in extremity), they above all breeds, 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, refresh themselves with food/water
and toilet, if need be. 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
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 I'm based in Wanniassa, Canberra, ACT)
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 into 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.
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 they feel 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 individuals.
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 $5 a night per bunny
Or for spoilt bunnies 'The Executive'
$10 a night per
bunny for up to two sharing companions then $5 for each extra bun
Otherwise a 'Townhouse' or 'Bungalow'
$7 a night per pet up to two sharing companions then $5 for each extra bunny
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
Advanced bookings are recommended and I can also cater for 'special needs' pets.
Phone Christine 6231 5862 or Email
Bryony & Josh Faulkner - Secarbi Mini Lop Stud - Phone 0420 969 108 Email
Sarah Fischer - Gumnuts Stud - Phone 0403
006 103 Email
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
Sydney (drop off locations St Ives & West Pennant Hills)
Email or visit website: BunnyWonderland
Newcastle (NSW) Trish Ratford at The Rabbit Patch Phone (02) 4966 0836 or Email
Adelaide (Smithfield) Sally Arnold Wildwood Rabbit Stud Ph (08) 8254 8601
or 0418 611 780 E-mail
Wanneroo (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 . . .
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) 6231
5862 or Email
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