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MN Bun Fest–Meet Cinnamon

A little non birding news:

Non Birding Bill, Cinnamon and I will be at Bun Fest tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am.  This is a rare public appearance of our dear rabbit in her old age.  We’ll sign Disapproving Rabbits books, answer bun questions and encourage you to support this great rabbit foster organization.  If you have ever considered a rabbit as a pet, this is the perfect organization to learn about rabbit ownership and finding a rabbit that works for your family.

When The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society asked me to bring Cinnamon I was hesitant, she’s pushing 13 years old–that’s geriatric in bunny lifespan.  Years ago, a tiny dog with a big book and calendar series was on KARE 11 the same day I was on answering bird questions.  I thought the animal was puppet, because it didn’t move naturally.  When I finally realized that it was a “live animal” in the handler’s lap, I could see the dog looked a little off, didn’t seem to be able to stand on it’s own, eyes not registering all that was going on around it, almost as if it looked it was either drugged like crazy or barely alive.  After I went home, I googled the dog and discovered at the time he was over 10 years old and I guessed that the owner had created this whole publishing series around him and couldn’t get out of personal appearances no matter how old that dog was.

I never wanted to do that to Cinnamon–I never take her out unless she’s “up for it”.  She likes people–when I worked at the bird store, she was practically an employee–she was our store greeter.  Now, Cinnamon has her good and her sleepy days.  Some days she’s her frisky self, albeit slower or she has days when she just wants to sleep.  She doesn’t do speeding laps in the hallway anymore but shuffles around the apartment.  This week she has been feeling her Wheaties.  She actually tried to sneak into the kitchen–something she does when she wants you to play with her and as I type this, she’s flipping around a spoon.  She loves canned pumpkin or squash and we usually give her a spoonful in the morning.   Sometimes when she’s finished eating the pumpkin, she flips the spoon around–one day we found it wedged in on of the openings of her toddler gate–about a foot up…

So, she looks old, but she’s feeling frisky and we made the decision yesterday to bring her out.  If you’d like to meet the original Disapproving Rabbit,  tomorrow is the day.

Speaking of Cinnamon, I love it when people tell me they have been inspired by Cinnamon and make art like this or the Disapproving Rabbit pumpkin or this portrait.  This week, Heidi Brenegan who works at Animal Emergency Clinic in Oakdale, MN made painting for the clinic’s lobby of all the varieties of pets they work with and she made one of Cinnamon:

If you happen to be at that clinic, check out Heidi’s original.  Thanks, Heidi, we’re honored!

12 comments to MN Bun Fest–Meet Cinnamon

  • Erin Loosbrock

    Thank you so much for coming out and supporting MCRS! I’m excited that Cinnamon will get to meet her adoring public, she may actually approve of it. (though, probably not)

  • Molly and I were just talking about Cinnamon yesterday- were her ears twitching? Wish we could come on out and see her. Have a good time.

  • Bonnie

    Cinnamon is adorable!

  • It may seem that Cinnamon has gone from Emily Blunt (Young Victoria) to Judy Dench (Old Victoria) but I am betting that you will have many more opportunities to disappoint her – the last time i was at the vet a couple had their SIXTEEN year old rabbit with them.

  • KPP

    I hope Cinnamon has a fun and relaxing time at BunFest! I just adopted my second bunny with MCRS about a month ago!

  • And that’s your foot! At first I thought it was some kind of weird Santa Hat.

    Hope you and Cinnamon have fun!

  • A 16 year old rabbit–holy cow! I thought I was off on my math about Cinnamon hitting 13.

  • Happy to support MCRS. If we have treats and she gets some ear strokes, she’ll enjoy it! Although, we’ll bring a towel because at her age…excitement leads to litter box accidents.

  • DJ

    I feel for Cinnamon. My bunny Owen Earl is at least 11 years old, and some days he feels every day of it, I can tell.

  • Miki

    Help! A young bunny appeared in my East Side St. Paul (MN) backyard tonight (Friday, 9/17). I brought him in because otherwise he would have made a tasty snack for either my std. poodle or the resident Coopers Hawk (which makes this comment bird related). I really can’t keep him – so what should I do? He’s resting comfortably in my bathtub on a pile of towels, with water and lettuce (which he’s eating) near by. Here’s a link to a pic of Norman in my bathtub – http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvlymikimoto/4999695407/

    Anyone who wants him or can foster him or with advice can contact me at micheledanielson at yahoo dot com.

  • Diana E.

    I got all excited when I saw “Roseville,” but , alas, it’s in Minnesota, not Northern California. I love the Sunday Cinnamon pics, as well as the everyday ones, of course. I hope Cinnamon enjoyed her big day out.