Archive for April, 2009

Angel Bunnies

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

bunnyangelgrassshrpreduced2-1Three of my little friends decided to become angel bunnies yesterday. The odds of them staying in their little bodies were not good but I was determined to try to help them stay if they wanted to. It was probably harder on me to just let go and know that it is OK. It’s hard for us to let any being go from their bodies and realize that it is really OK and what was meant to be.

I had a dream of one single bunny being released to the wild. When I had this dream I thought: ‘but there are three that are doing well!?!’ and I said to myself ‘it’s just a dream’.

Today I will fix a bigger enclosure for “Cuddles” as my daughter-in-law calls him. He’s ready to learn to drink and has nibbled a bit of grass. He still likes his milk, as well he should, he’s only about 2 weeks old!

I feel blessed to be given the chance, once again, to interact with baby rabbits and feel the energy that is uniquely theirs. It is truly a gift!

Bunnies of Light

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

img_2472img_2474Yes, one opened his eyes today. They’ll all still here and three are doing very well. This little one, named “Cuddles” by my daughter-in-law eats very well and was the first to open his eyes. I think he’s a boy. This picture was taken just before he demonstrated that he could “wee” all by himself!

They are teaching me great patience and helping me to think of time differently. I tell them they are “bunnies of light” and will bring great light into the nature reserve when they are bigger. One seems to be living on energy alone as she/he really doesn’t eat much at all and perhaps doesn’t really want to be a bunny?

Blessings to all you “people of light” reading this!

Lessons – New Arrivals

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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A few days ago my husband decided to spread the manure which had accumulated from the goats over the winter on the garden. He likes to do this before the spring rains come so the garden is enriched before we plant.

In the pile was a nest of baby rabbits. He didn’t know what to do with them but did know that the manure pile was already too far gone to leave them in there, not to mention he had already lifted the nest without harming any of it’s inhabitants.

He told me about it and I went out to see them. 6 little ones a few days old, blind, nearly hairless, laying in a mass of fur and straw and a bit of manure. We dug a hole very close to where the nest was and I lined it with the fur, put the babies in there and covered them with straw. I hoped mama would find them in the evening. Rabbits only feed their young at night and in the early pre-dawn.

The next morning I noticed they hadn’t been fed. The nest was not disturbed and the babies were still very much alive but much skinnier. Later in the afternoon I checked again and felt the urge to pick one up. I picked it up and it screamed! A couple others screamed and I just “felt” that mama was close. I looked up and there she was at the back behind the fence watching. I figured she now knew her babies were alive and maybe she would come back for them in the evening.

I had my qigong practice group the next day and when I got home I decided to go check. I found only 4 babies left and felt hopeful that mama had taken two to a new nest. Unfortunately the 4 left still had not been fed and this puzzled me. I knew a predator hadn’t taken the two babies because they certainly would all be gone if that had happened and they were still neatly covered.

My son, his wife and my grandchildren came to visit. My son walked his daughter out to see the goats and when he came back he said there was fur in the back pasture but he didn’t know what kind of fur it was. I went back to check it out and sure enough it was rabbit fur. A fresh kill. The mystery of why only two babies were moved and the others not fed was solved.

But then, what to do? In my younger years I rescued many rabbits that had nests destroyed or parents killed. My success rate was pretty good. I had rescued many animals when I was young, of all types. But this is not a task that is taken on without some time and patience. My commitments these days are using a lot of time and when one is short on time patience sometimes isn’t as abundant either. But I felt I couldn’t just leave them there to die, it would be cold in the evening and into the next day and they needed food if they were to have any chance at all.

I thawed out some goat colostrum that I had from my years of goat raising and found a box to put them in where they would be safe from Gypsy, my very energetic cat. My daugher-in-law, Kris and I began to feed them. I dug out all my old supplies, some of which amazingly were still good. (Rubber nipples usually deteriorate!) Some small syringes from my bird feeding days seemed the best to start with.

By the time we were done they all had full tummies. I knew they had to be coaxed to urinate but they had none at the time, understandably so. So here they are. Maybe they will survive, maybe not. If I left them out in the cold without a mama they would surely not survive long. I just can’t leave without any chance so I just have to try.

In the meantime they are teaching me more about just how perfect mother nature is. How perfect every creature is in this world. How everything has a purpose and I accept that what will be will be. And perhaps the patience that is being brought out of me by these little ones is exactly what I need too! A moment to stop, be loving and quiet and patient is always a good thing!

Open your heart and it appears

Friday, April 10th, 2009

gullsThose of you who may know me know that I love to feed gulls. Shortly after I healed myself I was up at the north shore of Lake Superior and I fell in love with the gulls. They were always around me from the day I got there. I began to feed them a little bread and would wind up with a huge flock of them flying above my head, catching bread in mid-air. I loved it!

Today my husband and I took a walk near a local lake, Lake Fremont. The gulls have been coming up here in larger numbers over the last few years. I heard a gull nearby but didn’t see it right away. I looked over the water and there was a lone gull floating about 50 feet away from us. I said to my husband, “I have bread in my pocket should I try to see if he’ll come?”

I called to it and threw out the bread. In a moment he was in the air looking over the situation. A few calls later and soon we had three. Then four showed up but none had come down to take bread yet. I was thrilled! Imagine, in my own backyard (nearly!) I can enjoy the gulls as I do up north! Soon there were about 20 gulls or more dipping a swooping to eat the bread from the water. They all swirled and looped around us as they dipped to grab a bite and then lifted to go up and call to more gulls to come.

It’s neat how what we love comes to us if we’re patient enough. We need not go anywhere to experience it, it’s all right here, if we just open our eyes and hearts.

The First Step

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Yesterday I was in the porch watching my canaries.  An older bird who had been on the bottom of the flight most of the winter seemed to be looking wistfully up at the perches. This is the first time I’ve seen him really interested in going up there since he became “grounded” late last fall. I decided to take a branch that we had picked to use as a perch and create a low perch for him.

He looked at it and squatted a bit as if to consider flying to it but did not attempt to go up.  I lowered the branch a bit more, making one end lower than the other and in a minute he flew up and was on the branch, looking very happy. He then flew to the next branch which had a space twice as high to fly to, compared to the first branch and then quickly went up one higher than that! He was eyeing the top branch but seemed unsure about that one.

He hopped back and forth on the two closer branches near the water bottle as if doing a little dance of joy. He had rejoined the flock and in a way, healed himself, especially emotionally. I have no doubt I’ll see him on the highest branch very soon!

I thought about this and understood that providing that lower branch, when he was ready to make a change was all that was needed to help him along on his way and this is exactly what I do as a helper to help others. I either teach them the tool (Qigong) that provides the first branch or I help to move and balance their energy and thus provide that first branch.

It’s still up to them to take the leap and how far they go is up to them but I’m the helper that brings in that first branch. That first branch could be many types of things in our lives, its the tool that gives us the confidence that we can do more than we thought we could.

Have you had a first low branch presented to you? There have probably been many in your life up to now. I think back to mine and am so grateful to the Universe for sending me helpers to get started when I needed to make a change.canaries