Thursday, March 22, 2012

Critter Crafts: "Cardboard Kabobs"

Here is a new craft: Cardboard Kabobs

I make these for the bunnies from time to time. They are great for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and mice.

Here is what you will need:

cardboard pieces and paper towel/ toilet paper tubes:

wooden sticks* ( I use willow):



*only use pet safe wood, not just any wood or stick from outside. It needs to be non-toxic because your pet will chew it. You can get willow and applewood sticks meant for rodents to chew at pretty much any pet store. You'll probably want willow sticks, because applewood sticks are often too thick to do this project easily.

How to make cardboard kabobs:

Step 1:

Cut up cardboard sheets and tubes into pieces.

Step 2:

Punch holes on the pieces using a hole punch. 

Step 3:

Put a willow stick through the holes in the cardboard pieces:

 If the stick is too skinny and the pieces slide off, you can use scissors to make a smaller hole for two cardboard pieces and put these on each end of the stick. This will keep the rest from falling off:

Step 4:

Give the cardboard kabob to your pet and watch them enjoy it. 

You can make all kinds of designs for you pet, here are three that I made:

The one with just the cardboard tubes on it was the bunnies favorite.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Some new shelter profiles

I haven't done any shelter profiles for a little while, so here are some new ones:

My first profile is of a dog named Henry:

Henry is a five year old terrier mix. He came to the shelter all the way from Alabama a couple of weeks ago. He is super cute with a super sweet personality to match. He loves to cuddle and hang out with his human buddies. He loves to go for walks, and enjoys jumping up and down like a pogo stick. He also loves to play with his toys, especially squeaky ones. He likes other animals so he would do great in a multi-pet household.

Too see pictures of Henry check out his petfinder page:

My next profile is a cat named Stardust:

Stardust is a seven- year- old tabby. She has been at the shelter for a while, ever since she came in as a stray. She loves treats (maybe a little too much!), especially Greenies. She likes to play with her toys, and she enjoys playing through her cage with the cat in the cage below her. (it is the cutest thing). She is very sweet, but she absolutely 100% HATES to be picked up. Once she is picked up she lets out the loudest and most pitiful howl, and may get nasty when you put her back down. So she is not the world's most cuddly cat, although she does like to be pet and to have your attention. I am not sure how she is with dogs, but she does seem to like other cats from what I have seen. At any rate she likes Stevey, the cat who lives in the cage below hers.

To see pictures of Stardust check out her petfinder page:

And last but not least, is a profile of a rabbit named Roger:

Roger is a black medium sized rabbit. He came in as a stray a while back. He does not seem very used to being handled, but I have been trying to get him a little more used to it. He does not like to be picked up and does kick a bit, but once you are holding him securely he calms down. He would do best in a home where he wouldn't need to be picked up very often. He likes to be pet between his ears. He is very curious and likes to be able to get out of his cage and explore. He likes to have treats, toys, and something comfy to sleep in. His favorite pastime is shredding things, whether it is cardboard, paper, or newspaper. He seems to like other bunnies pretty well. I introduced him to Munchkin a while back and he seemed to like him. He also seems to like the rabbits in the cage next to his. 

To see a picture of Roger check out his petfinder page:

Friday, March 2, 2012


Hi everyone,

Unfortunately I have some sad updates. My little Pipsqueak passed away a couple weeks ago. I will miss her very much.

I will be getting back to some more blogging, the past few weeks have been a little crazy and a little sad, but I am going to try to do some more posts now.

My other update is that Stacy has needed a some extra post-operation care, and she is getting pain meds (she is weird, she LOVES pain meds, as soon as she sees the syringe (its an oral syringe) she gets very excited). Anyway she is starting to feel better now, but it has put off my bonding a little bit.

The bonding so far has been great, I am just getting bunnies to work a few things out. I have had to postpone any more bonding sessions though for a while until Cici is all better. I do have some bonding videos that I will be posting soon though. Once Cici is all better, I will do some more bonding and then hopefully it won't be long before they are ready to move in together.