According to the animal shelter, October 2, 2016, was Gaston’s 3rd birthday. I don’t know how they knew but that’s fine with us. Our birthdays are also on the second day of our birthday months, so it fit in nicely. And it was a fun excuse to buy him a new toy and give him a raspberry. But only one – he’s too small to get more fresh fruit than that!

Birthday Treat!

Birthday Treat!

Exploring his new birthday cozy hideout, in his front yard

Exploring his new birthday cozy hideout, in his front yard

It’s also been just over 6 weeks since we adopted Gaston – and a somewhat traumatic 6 weeks it’s been! Oral antibiotics and eye cream for an eye infection stressed all of us out, and I’m still worried because his eyes are still a bit watery, which mats the fur around his eyes. Between trying to wipe his eyes and eye drops, we still aren’t bonding as well as I’d like. Unless I have a snack. The health trauma was intensified when we took him back to the vet, who trimmed the fur around his eyes and trimmed his nails. Gaston didn’t speak to us for days.

Gaston at the vet

Gaston at the vet

But the lucky bunny got a fancy new tavern earlier this month! The Mechanic turned carpenter and built a wonderful, two-story pen on wheels, with vinyl floors and a carpet-covered ramp.

My contribution - covering the floor with vinyl

My contribution – covering the floor with vinyl

Gaston's Tavern

Gaston’s Tavern

Because we used exercise pen wire panels, The Mechanic was able to create four sets of doors – two on top and two on bottom. This makes it easier to get into to clean and play with Gaston. We are both hugely pleased with how it turned out! Gaston loves running up and down the ramp.

The top level is not this clean any more, after he destroyed the paper bag full of hay and scattered it everywhere!

The top level is not this clean any more, after he destroyed the paper bag full of hay and scattered it everywhere!

We added a “front yard” so Gaston can start to come and go as he (mostly) pleases. However, it took him about two week before he finally ventured out in it. He hasn’t taken to hanging out in it yet, but I guess he’s slow to warm up to things, so eventually we’ll see him there. The front yard is the next step to someday letting him run around the living room, but at the rate he’s going, that could be a while. That’s okay, baby steps are fine.

He finally came out, just this past weekend!

He finally came out, just this past weekend!

Gaston is quite comfortable in his tavern, however, which makes me happy.

I also created a Go Bag for him – September is National Preparedness Month, and how could I not have a box of his things, ready to go in an emergency? I need to add some more things but it has the basics, including a towel, food pellets and some hay. gastons-go-boxI’ve been much less productive since we got Gaston – all I want to do is sit and watch him, or talk to him, pet him, and try to get him to play with his toys. petting-gastonIt’s fun to watch his personality emerge, and I’m excited to see what adventures we’ll have as he begins to play with us more. Someday, I hope, he’ll be snuggling with us on the couch! #bunnylove

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