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Post by woodwench on Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:29 pm

He loves it. Five minutes of gentle massage and he's a limp lump of love.
I just use two fingers and prescribe clockwise circles the size of a fifty pence piece, lightly massaging. I start on his left cheek and progress all over him to the right cheek. By the time I reach his left flank he is licking either me (if he can reach) or the floor. When I finish he starts nudging me, pawing me and huffing for more. A second massage from right cheek to left and he is so relaxed, he's flopped out with his eyes shut.
I love this rabbit!


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Post by Zo on Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:50 am

Do you go around his body or over his head (so right cheek, forehead, left cheek)? Hector loves having his cheeks fussed, even more than noserubs!
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Post by KatieB on Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:19 pm

Awwww bless him

Daisy and Annie both love a bunny Massage.... daisy the most. But we never get any grooming in return... charlie just wont be touched really which is a shame because he is really missing out bless him.


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Post by woodwench on Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:41 pm

I start on his cheek, go round his ear onto his forehead, back to his cheek, then onto his shoulder and down his side, over his rump, up his back and down again then up his right side to his cheek, round his ear back to his cheek.
I'm working on going lower along his sides in the hope I might get to do his tummy. I'm very hopeful ... with this rabbit (I feel) anything is possible! (That last was said with fingers and toes crossed.)
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Post by KatieB on Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:33 pm

Touching the bunny belly! Wow! Id like to know if you do that! The Holy Grail of bunny cuddling!


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Post by woodwench on Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:23 pm

Well Katie I managed to touch the grail with my finger tips!
I tried massaging down both sides and after prolonged caressing (and much purring from Henry) I had worked my hands under his sides and was massaging that big old tum of his to the extent that the fingers of both hands touched. It was at that point that he suddenly realised I was on sacred ground and he shot off like a scalded cat!
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Post by Sixer on Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:03 pm

How lovely - I wish I had a touchy feely bunny. Mine are all hands off!
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Post by woodwench on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:32 pm

Henry loves cuddles and his massage but just try picking him up ...! The blighter has hind feet that pack a kick like a mule ... not to mention his claws! I have resigned myself to the fact that love is on his terms and it does NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, INVOLVE BEING PICKED UP!
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:00 pm

He sounds such a cutie, I would love to see you do it. Holly is a fussy bun but I don't know about a massage LOL!!

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Post by FluffSlave on Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:13 pm

He sounds a lot like my Willow - she loves a good fuss and massage and will sit for ages to contentedly enjoy it if she's in the mood - but pick her up and woe betide you! Laughing
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Post by c.bolduan on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:58 pm

And like Vernon too. Loves a good fuss but oh no no picking up! Deffo no no!

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Post by woodwench on Sun May 03, 2015 7:49 pm

Had a lovely five minutes today playing with one of his beautiful big hinders. His hind paws are white/silver on top but dark steel grey underneath. I was giving him a "paw" rub and running my fingers between his toes... he seemed quite content and happy about it.
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Post by c.bolduan on Sun May 03, 2015 11:06 pm

Reflexology for bunnies. Can't se why they would be much different.
They respond brilliantly to Reiki, and other complementary therapies.
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Ove their feet treated! OM. OM . OM.

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Post by woodwench on Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:04 pm

I think Henry is really quite wonderful. Earlier tonight, during our massage session, he flopped and allowed me to extend my "circling massage" onto his tum and he lay with eyes closed while I massaged from his front legs to just inside his hinders. I don't know how long he lay there, quite relaxed and happy, but it must have been nearly five minutes. Then he sat up and insisted on grooming me in return.
We always have a couple of major cuddly, groomy seesions every day and he has taken to instigating them. He does this by nosing under my trousers bottom and licking my leg ... other fuss sessions are started either by me or by him nudging me. The leg licking is reserved for massage.
We seem to be building a special relationship .... so different to the one I had with Loll; more like the bond I shared with Clawed who was the most intelligent of all my rabbits.
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:54 pm

Oh bless him Woodwench love, I would love to see a video of that. Holly is a nudger and a licker.  When I stroke her she licks me and it is a lovely mutual grooming session.  It s wonderful when that bond develops hun, please keep us updated.

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Post by woodwench on Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:57 pm

It was bare foot under the tum tonight. He was half asleep and I slipped my foot under his tummy and gently wiggled my toes about. He never moved a muscle.
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:55 pm

Oh bless him, he sounds wonderful Woodwech love.  Holly nudges me for a fuss or she will run up to me, stamp and grunt, what a diva LOL!!

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Post by FluffSlave on Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:42 pm

Oh bless Love

It is these times I miss about Willow being a bedroom bunny. I would often wake up to her whiskers in my face of a morning, and then she would settle down for a good 10 minutes on my chest whilst I stroked and fussed her.

We still have an amazing bond but I do miss those moments. Mo is the lucky recipient of such affections now! Laughing
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Post by woodwench on Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:51 pm

I've never had a bun that's shared my bedroom. Clawed, then Riley, then Loll were all free roamers and now Henry is too, but the only one to venture into my bedroom was Loll. I think this is because my stairs have very narrow treads (6") and that deterred the bigger buns; Loll was the smallest bun I've had and he could nip up and down stairs with no effort. Yet he wasn't interested in joining me in bed. He did enjoy investigating though and once chewed a whacking great hole in my Aladin basket lid (swine).
I think Henry would love cuddling in bed. He likes me to cover him with his own special fleece blanket that I cut to size for him. He will flop and I cover him with his Blankie and he will then sleep for up to an hour without moving. This makes me think he would be a snuggle bun in bed.
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:23 pm

I had a mental picture of all of that Woodwench love and it is gorgeous.  They all have their special blankey don't they?  I had a small bunny once who couldn't jump up onto my bed so I had to carry him backwards and forth so I know what it is like to have to help a bunny to bed.  We do not have stairs here although I don't think Holly would have any trouble with them.

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Post by woodwench on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:05 pm

It seems my fears were well founded; Henry is progressing into a big moult! I've been concentrating on the grooming and making our normal sessions longer and more intense. This morning I was on my knees beside him brushing away and he flopped! So, I began brushing the fluffly white belly and he seemed to really like it. I managed to brush between his front legs, across his tumble and in between his hinders. I was NOT allowed to actually brush his hinders themselves but during tonights grooming I managed to blow a raspberry in that thick tummy fur ....WONDERFUL!
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:16 pm

That I would love to have seen that raspberry being blown hun, I am glad you enjoyed your grooming session even if it was all one sided. Laughing

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Post by woodwench on Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:22 pm

Not entirely one sided Jo. I felt so much trust and happiness from him... it was better than a tongue grooming.
I've felt less affection from most of the humans in my life ... oh, it's silly, but Henners and I, we are surely having some kind of afair Shocked Shocked Shocked Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Post by c.bolduan on Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:04 pm

Vernon is in a massive moult too. Usually not liking to be held he earlier jumped onto my lap when I got the brushes out for the second time in a row!Shockedrabbit
And he suckled on my arm whilst grooming. Bless, it must feel so much better after a proper groom.

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