We've been planning and preparing for over 18 months to be able to protect rabbits from the foreign Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease. Our first of many orders of the RHDV2 vaccine has now arrived from the manufacturer -- the most expensive box I've ever purchased. For perspective, it costs even more than when I bought another big box: the SS Peacebunny houseboat way back in 2018. PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE Ironically, another box paid for THIS box -- the writing of my memoir called P
TOGETHER WE CAN PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE: HELP PROTECT DOMESTIC AND WILD RABBITS In Winter 2020 my world changed with 10 characters:
COVID and RHDV2. Everyone was just becoming affected because of COVID while rabbit hemorrhagic disease outbreak in the Southwest United States began. Both foreign diseases arrived at nearly the same time and both were rapidly spreading. Although there was immediate national press about the rabbit disease, to many it felt like something "over th
Two domestic indoor rabbits from one household in Ramsey County (St. Paul) Minnesota have been confirmed dead from RHDV2, a foreign disease that has been spreading across North America in wild rabbits/hares and domestic rabbits. Through nearly 1 1/2 years of learning from other rabbit virus outbreaks, we are extremely cautious as we move forward with our prevention plans. The fact that there is an outbreak didn't catch us off guard -- what caught us was the exact timing. So
Welcome from the Fair Grounds in Saint Paul. Hope you'll stop by to visit our bunnies and come to say hi to me and other volunteers. I normally love to share hugs, but thanks for sharing a smile this year.
DETAILED STATE FAIR MAP PDF 1) Miracle of Birth Barn (Thursday August 26- Monday Sept 6 Open daily 9 AM-9 PM)
Our rare breed babies and Mommas are on the north end between the poultry and baby goats.
I will be periodically in the building but the FFA yo
Grandma Deer always has lot of fun sayings --and some of them make sense. Some, not so much until you sit and listen to the storyline that created the family sayings, like "whatever floats your pumpkin." Today's post will be about chickens. No we don't plan to get any. We only have a LOT of rabbits and five goats and Dad REALLY isn't interested in adding any winged friends. Ha. I've always wondered why people ask "are you chicken?" when asking if someone is afraid.
The days of June are clipping by and a decision will be made shortly by the owners about taking down the farm and selling the land to a developer. Losing another gorgeous farm makes me sad regardless. The prospect of losing our bunnies' home makes me sad too. This has been the bunnies' year round home while the island is for short visits during warmer months, like a summer camp. Don't worry: The bunnies won't be homeless. And because we don't live at the Peacebunny Cottag
It's 12 days until summer vacation and we are prepping for what I believe will be the best summer ever. Just like last summer was. Like the summer before was. Full of new favorite days. Full of time with our favorite people. A taste of what I'm looking forward to this summer: 1) Animal Science: Welcoming Lizzy Larson to our staff. She just graduated with her Bachelors degree in Animal Science. I've known her through 4H since 3rd grade, and now she's working here for the
What may look like a vacuum cleaner cord or a laptop cable or a phone/internet cord may look like a stick to our furry friends. In 8 years I've never had a casualty of cords. Never. Until 2021. And the timing was the worst!
We were getting ready for bed the night before the TODAY SHOW filming and I watched things in slow motion from across the room as Oreo took one decisive chomp of the laptop cord -- the power cord to charge the computer that we'd been planning to record
Thoughts about LUCK * HARD WORK * PRIVILEGE * PROVIDENCE Looking back to when I was seven years old, there has been a lot of staying in motion since I was in Elementary School when I got my first two fish that I named Flaggada and Valentine...then my first rabbits. There have been a lot of things in motion. Some things were like dominos that naturally fell, but often it required me running and setting up more or helping to connect strands to keep things moving.
Lots of carr
There are days when the problems, the challenges may seem so big, so daunting that you can begin to wonder if your tiny little insignificant efforts will amount to anything positive. Sometimes I hear the negative-chatter growing louder in my head: Who are you to try to make a difference? You're just like a grain of white rice. Tiny. One of billions. Insignificant. Then there are moments that out of nowhere I find another tool to combat the negative monkey chatter. I
In our program we are raising rare heritage breed rabbits that are listed with the Livestock Conservancy. They are typically the larger breeds weighing more than 8 pounds at maturity. And over the years I've spent a lot of time around young rabbits and it's delightful to watch them eat. Nom nom nom -- I love their tiny little tongues licking their lips and their chunky round warm bellies full of milk. Then around six to eight weeks they are mostly eating grass/hay and wea
MY ROCKY TRAINING RUN:
When I was 11 years old I attended my first Forbes Under 30 conference, which was held in Philadelphia that year. Our weeklong trek from Minnesota to the East Coast was so transformative. My business associate Whatchamacallit made meeting adults easy because they were drawn over to meet the bunny in a wagon and I soaked in every minute. For weeks I'd imagined this run up for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And now standing on top and looking out ac
So what does a Bunny Guardian / teen author do in his free time while getting ready to launch a book? Because publishing a book wasn't on my LIFEMAP planner a year ago and it's not like there is a class for how to do it, let's just say there's a big learning curve, a lot of excitement, and plenty of new things on my calendar in addition to the normal bunny chores and school responsibilities. PREVENTING BURNOUT - FINDING BALANCE It feels a bit like Easter rush, but only muc
When I was little, I wanted to be a goalie astronaut on the moon. However, my early occupational goals don't look like that they are going to come together the way I had dreamed, but I do get to be part of a launch after all, starting January 26. If you want to learn more about being part of the fun and energetic launch team, email us Peacebunnyisland@gmail.com and write launch on the memo. When Dan Strone (CEO of Trident Media, a literary agent company in New York City) cal
Rather than looking back, I'm looking forward...
Remaining hopeful that what we all learned last year will inform decisions moving forward. Fewer mistakes. Faster fails so we don't waste time. New open doors. More opportunities recognized. Closer relationships. More courage to act. More dreams to pursue. GOAL 1: COMPLETE STRATEGIC PLAN MAP
By January 15 - Complete the JOURNEY 2021 full year plan with strategic actions and target dates.
Putting ideas on a calendar may s
As 2020 draws to a close and we head out to visit a family who has an empty seat at the dinner table... this is what I jotted down in my journal. I'm feeling... Grateful for the volunteers who provide so much time & care for the four legged floofers in our program.
Blessed by Team Peacebunny --first for your friendship and second for the very special and irreplaceable roles you fulfill to keep things going and growing.
Warmed by the encouragement of our following (like you!