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« on: May 22, 2004, 12:40:25 AM »

I love animals.  All kinds.  I currently only have a fawn Flemish Giant named Lyle.  He''s the largest breed of domestic rabbit if you're not familiar with bunnies.  He is 20lbs.   He's named after Lyle the kindly viking in the Veggie Tales movies.   I also have a blue merle great dane, Cody.  So, I like big pets.  

I've had hampsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, turtles, snakes, lizards, cats, newts, salamandars, and a large variety of aquatic animals.  

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2004, 01:31:53 AM »

Oklahoma Howdy to Colleen,

I know a little bit about great danes. They are huge, but most of the ones I've seen are just big babies and gentle as they can be. I understand they are great around children.

 Cheesy  Reference the giant bunny, please tell me more. Did you actually make it a pet, or do you keep it in a cage? I've led a sheltered life and never met anyone with a giant bunny for a pet. The regular questions come to mind, but they might sound funny. Is he house-broken and act like other pets in terms of playing and obedience? I'm also a city boy, but I'm almost certain they don't bark.   Grin  I'm curious about what type of sound they make and if they actually like humans like other pets. When you get through laughing about this, I really would like to know more about a giant rabbit as a pet. I've had hamsters and guinea pigs, but they didn't like anyone, especially me. I fed them and they bit me.   Grin

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2004, 08:32:25 AM »

Hi Colleen Smiley

Your bunny sounds really cute Smiley

When I was little, we had 7 great danes...they were the sweetest dogs!!!  Now we have english mastiffs, but I still love the great danes!!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2004, 12:16:03 PM »


 Cheesy  Reference the giant bunny, please tell me more. Did you actually make it a pet, or do you keep it in a cage? I've led a sheltered life and never met anyone with a giant bunny for a pet. The regular questions come to mind, but they might sound funny. Is he house-broken and act like other pets in terms of playing and obedience? I'm also a city boy, but I'm almost certain they don't bark.   Grin  I'm curious about what type of sound they make and if they actually like humans like other pets. When you get through laughing about this, I really would like to know more about a giant rabbit as a pet. I've had hamsters and guinea pigs, but they didn't like anyone, especially me. I fed them and they bit me.   Grin

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Yes, you can housebreak a rabbit. They usually don't make much noise, and they can be taught to perform tricks. They can be trained to walk on leashes, and they will play (perhaps not the same as a cat or dog). The main danger with letting them run loose in the house is that they may chew something they shouldn't. The larger breeds don't seem to bite folks as much as the small ones, either.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2004, 03:09:00 PM »

I have a Golden Retriever and a very large American Toad (Bufo Americanus). My oldest brother has a leopard gecko, two tree frogs, a mud salamander, a slimy salamander, a spotted salamander, and a long-tailed salamander (I think). He also has a leopard or pickerel frog. He used to have a black widow named Medusa, but she died (my mom was real broken up Wink ). And we also used to have multiple scorpions back when we lived in the Southwest (New Mexico). My mom won't let us keep snakes. It's not because she's afraid of snakes, it's because she doesn't want to have to keep mice in the freezer.  Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2004, 12:33:34 PM »

Oklahoma Howdy to Colleen,

I know a little bit about great danes. They are huge, but most of the ones I've seen are just big babies and gentle as they can be. I understand they are great around children.

 Cheesy  Reference the giant bunny, please tell me more. Did you actually make it a pet, or do you keep it in a cage? I've led a sheltered life and never met anyone with a giant bunny for a pet. The regular questions come to mind, but they might sound funny. Is he house-broken and act like other pets in terms of playing and obedience? I'm also a city boy, but I'm almost certain they don't bark.   Grin  I'm curious about what type of sound they make and if they actually like humans like other pets. When you get through laughing about this, I really would like to know more about a giant rabbit as a pet. I've had hamsters and guinea pigs, but they didn't like anyone, especially me. I fed them and they bit me.   Grin

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Lyle stays in a rather large cage in the bathroom.  It has carpeting over the wire so the wire bottom doesn't irritate him (hey, you imagine living on wire).  He has a litter box which he uses faithfully (it is fits in the cage too).  Generally when I'm home he has "free" reign of the house.  I close most areas I don't want him in.  He's not quite like a dog, but I do use a dog harness on him (never use a collar they'd choke themselves).  I take him out for rides, and to the park.  Basically you have to follow him around.  I've taken him to church when teaching the 5 year old class about how God made animals.  He's very friendly and loves being pet.  If you hold him in your arms like a baby and rub his head he'll fall right to sleep.  He likes to play with things.  Rabbits are very curious creatures and will get into anything.  My rabbit is fearless and afraid of nothing least of all the great dane whom he tries to sleep on top of.  I never taught him to come to his name, but he will come to the sound of his treat bag rattling.  I use a spray bottle to correct him.  He has moods and if he is angry or upset he stomps around just like a petulant child.  He'll even grunt.  If he's agitated (like he was this past weekend from the new move) he will make a mess out of his cage (shredding the plastic litter liners, dumping his food, etc).  If he's happy he'll follow me all over the house begging for attention.  He likes to sleep on the radiator and play with the dog's toys by pushing them around with his nose.  He's an awesome pet.  People often complain that they stink, but if you regularly change the litter this shouldn't be a problem.  I have raised his kind and smaller breeds and found that the larger rabbits tend to be better about using their litter.  You have to be careful of making really loud noises around them as they can be frightened easily.  My bunny is an exception to this mostly b/c I used to drag him everywhere with me so he's used to people and new experiences.  I personally buy special litter that isn't toxic... it's recycled newspaper that is compressed to look like litter, and has non-toxic odor reducers and is dust free.  Costs a bit more but is best for my rabbit.  I buy his food in 50lb bags from Farm and Ranch for around $10.  It beats Petsmart and paying $6 for 5lbs.  Really they are great pets.
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2004, 05:09:27 PM »

Wow...your Lyle sounds awesome!!!
My 6 yo had been BEGGING us for a rabbit for like 2/3 yrs now...but w/ the 2 mastiffs and our mixed breed...well, it would be a bit much I think.  I don't want to have to keep the poor bunny caged up, but my one mastiff is such a player, and so strong, I'd be afraid to let her lose around something that size(she's 180/185lbs).
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2004, 07:32:59 PM »

How big are giant rabbits? I've seen some normal pet rabbits but never a giant one.

My brother used to have a black and white rabbit named Sarah, but she got out of her cage (which was outside at the time) one day and got run over. I also know a family who had a bunny named Basil. He was really funny. We would go over to this family's house and at different times Basil would all of a sudden start tearing around in circles at top speed kicking his legs everywhere. It was pretty funny. He lived around 10 years I think, maybe more. He died just recently.
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2004, 07:50:10 PM »

How big are giant rabbits? I've seen some normal pet rabbits but never a giant one.

My brother used to have a black and white rabbit named Sarah, but she got out of her cage (which was outside at the time) one day and got run over. I also know a family who had a bunny named Basil. He was really funny. We would go over to this family's house and at different times Basil would all of a sudden start tearing around in circles at top speed kicking his legs everywhere. It was pretty funny. He lived around 10 years I think, maybe more. He died just recently.
      Flemish Giant Rabbits Show weights=
     Bucks, male senior -  min. 13 lbs, no max
     Doe, Female senior -  min. 14 lbs, no max
     The Largest that I,ve heard of is 79 lbs, in England
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2004, 10:03:50 AM »

Eeep.  My Lyle is only 20lbs.  But 79?  Wow.  He's not that big.....Yeah, Cody (my great dane) is 150.  He's actually really good around new animals even the small ones.  He knows he's not allowed to hurt them.  I just have to worry about them getting bathed b/c he likes to lick them.  Cody actually doesn't even getting into Alpha male contests with other dogs when out.  I'm glad b/c he is a whole lot stronger than I am and if he wanted he could drag me around.   He just kind of looks at other dogs that owners are straining to keep back like they are nuts if he even acknowledges them at all.  

I actually moved in with my sis this past weekend so I'm living with a siamese cat, 2 rabbits (the other is a mini lop... broken sable), a cockatiel, and there are 2 more greatdanes that live outside.  It's busy.  I think my sister is working on finding homes for the cat and bird.  Personally it is too many pets, but I try to find time to give them all love even if only 2 are mine.... Busy busy busy.
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2004, 02:06:18 PM »

Yeah...I know what you mean about too many pets IF you aren't on a farm.  My mom lives right next door...built a MIL's apartment onto the home so we could be near her w/ those med. problems....she also has 2 english mastiffs and a cat...and we used to have 3 cockatiels, about 21 hamsters(started off w/ 2!!!), and around 7 aquariums throughout our home.  I even took in 2 twin white kitties(identical) for about 2 months...son TRIED bringing home a coral snake...w/o asking first..and Lord only knows how many other animals show up on our door til we find the owners.  It's craziness, but my kids, as I do, LOVE animals Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2004, 06:30:13 PM »

 


Here is what I like, though I don't have one yet.
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2004, 06:30:35 PM »

    The Largest that I,ve heard of is 79 lbs, in England
Try stuffing that thing in a cage in the bathroom...

We've got 13 rabbits right now...(unlucky number, but hey, there's plenty of rabbit feet to counteract that.)
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2004, 06:35:44 PM »

Here is what I like, though I don't have one yet.
Oh, I love those things...provided they're under two feet... Grin
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2004, 07:13:26 PM »

 


Here is what I like, though I don't have one yet.

I know someone who has a female like that and a male, and they mated...not sure if the babies have been born yet though...will have to check and see.
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