Second class fuzzball…

When I wanted a bunny (having owned many in my life) my husband asked me “what on Earth do bunnies do”? The thought of having a rabbit as a pet was something he had never thought about. I explained that just like a dog or a cat that the bunny would eat, sleep, poop, pee, play (not necessarily in that order though). Play? How does one play with a bunny is what he was thinking. Lots of ways, though her favorite is pretty much a game of hide and seek. She tries to play this with CCS as well, but CCS is a little too dense and just sits there staring at her.
My husband had to admit that our bunny has as much personality as our dog. She is a diva from time to time, especially if you move things around in her cage. For if you do, she takes them and drags them back to where she thinks they should be. She drags her bowl to the front of the cage in the morning and bangs it to let you know she wants her food. She squeals with delight when she sees she is getting apple juice (she gets a little after she gets the yucky medicine that tastes gross). She’s learned to knock over the trash can in order to hop on top it to get to the toilet (lid on) so that she can hop up to the counter where her hay is kept. She knows when I am playing with her and I am laying on the ground that if I hum she comes over and puts her nose to mine. :D She’s so much more than a little ball of fuzz.
Which is why the last week and a half have been sad for me. I can not tell you the number of people, (no comments on here, but a couple emails) mostly in real life, that have told me just to let my rabbit die and get a new one, that it is not worth it. I get comments like, “it’s not like it’s a dog” or “a $20 bunny is not worth any amount you have spent”. Of course I beg to differ.
Economically owning a pet, any pet, never makes sense. CCS has bad teeth and has to get them cleaned yearly as well as have fatty cysts removed. All quite costly. Yet no one tells me to kill my dog. LFB has already cost me a pretty penny. She has had to go to the Veterinarian 3 times in a little over a week.  And we still might have to be having surgery anyway. LFB was having a good chance of keeping the eye on Monday but things took a turn for the worse on Wednesday and her eye became cloudy. So back we went to the Veterinarian. She has white blood cells dispersed thought out her cornea. If it is a reaction to the eye drops she started on Monday, she should be okay. If not, the eye will most likely have to go. And yes, that will be pricey. And yes, I will pay it. Because she is my pet, that I took responsibility for and love. So why would I let her die. ? :(
Because she is being poked and prodded several times a day she has been getting lots of little treats. She loves carrot tops and so I keep going down to the farm to get them. The only thing is, she doesn’t really like the carrot part of the carrot. So here I have all these carrots. I needed to be doing something with them, so I did.
This loaf is probably half bread, half cake. I only gave a thin layer of frosting because this was suppose to be more of a bread than a cake. If you want more icing, by all means, make more. This is fairly versatile, you could add nuts, pineapple, currants. I stuck to just the basic carrot and raisin.
P.S. If you look at the picture of LFB down below you can see her little white dot that is causing so much trouble. Thanks to those of you giving good thoughts to her.

Little Fuzzy Bunny’s Carrot Raisin Loaf

¾ cup flour
½  cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
¾  tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ ground ginger
¼  tsp freshly grated nutmeg
zest of one medium orange
¼  teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Canola oil
2 eggs
1 cup finely grated carrot
½ cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Butter and flour a 9-by-5-inch or 4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, zest and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and eggs until blended, and then stir the egg mixture into the flour with a rubber spatula.
Fold in the grated carrot and raisins.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool until easy to handle, and turn out onto a cake rack. Frost when completely cool.


Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 cup powdered sugar

In a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes.
Spread the frosting on the top of the loaf.

Comments

  1. just let it die? you’ve got to be kidding me! some people just don’t understand. i’m still hoping. :)

  2. Sending good vibes your way…

    Your carrot raisin loaf looks like something right up Grumpy’s alley – and I could slice and send that to work with him! His favorite cake is carrot cake!

  3. I can’t believe someone would tell you to just get a new rabbit… that’s just wrong. I know what it is like to love my animals like children, so I’m with you… do everything you can to keep FLB healthy!

  4. I can’t imagine why someone would take the time to e-mail you or worse tell you to your face mean things about your rabbit! Even if they thought that*, there was no reason to say that to you when you are clearly distressed. I shake my fist at them. Then eat another slice of bread!

    *Which is totally wrong-it is your pet! I hate when people say mean things about our dogs.

  5. A pet is a pet is a pet. Doesn’t matter what kind you love them all the same. I loved my little bunny. I had her trained to use a cat litter box and she would come when I called her. Her name was Beatrix. I’m sure our little fuzz balls would have been friends!

  6. Some people! I have a rescue rabbit and most people don’t understand why I was willing to spend almost $100 to get him neutered, and why his cage is several square feet rather than a tiny pet store box. Rabbits are like dogs though, my bun always gets up on his hind legs to beg us for treats!

  7. how could you see that cute little bunny face and tell someone to kill it!
    hopefully her eye clears up

  8. Sadly some people just don’t feel that spending money on any pet is worth it. We got a rescue puppy and were told that if it came down with parvo (very common where we are) that trying to save it wasn’t worth the expense.

    He did have parvo (a week after he came home with us) and there was no question about what we would do. Luckily we caught it really early and he was fine but it horrifies me that someone would advise us to just write off an animal like that.

    I hope your LFB gets better.

  9. That loaf looks so perfectly delicious. The image of your rabbit knocking over the trash can to get up on the counter is really cute. And that’s awful that people would say that to you about your rabbit!

  10. It’s so hard when pets are sick. They really are part of the family, and you want to do what you can to mkae them feel better.

    On a happy note, the carrot raisin loaf looks fabulous. I love the way you paired it with the maple cream cheese frosting.

  11. mmmmmm carrot cake is my ultimate favorite! cute bunny!

  12. What a great post. Peabody, you are the only one I would read a bunny story for……

    lol

  13. Pea, the minute you take responsibility for another life, be it a pet or a child, you are supposed to go until the end of the world of needed be. Many people forget that, unfortunately. I’m glad you are not one of those, my friend.
    And this loaf looks amazing. I would use dried cranberries instead of raisins, because I like them more. :)

  14. I’m so sorry to hear about LFB but I will definitely keep her in my thoughts. I hope all goes well. The loaf looks wonderful, but how could anything with maple cream cheese frosting not?

  15. I can’t believe people gave you such cruel advice about your sweet little pet bunny. That makes me sad. We humans are supposed to take responsibility for animals we accept as pets, not treat them like disposable objects to be gotten rid of when they are “inconvenient.” Some people should not be allowed to own animals, I am convinced!

    Anyway, I’ll be thinkin’ of LFB this week–hope she is feeling much better soon and that her medical treatments are able to save her eye. On behalf of the animals, I would just like to say, “Thanks for being a great pet owner!” LFB is a lucky bunny to have a home with you.

  16. Poor little LFB. She’s precious & lucky to have you. Your post brought back memories of 2 sweet little bunnies I had as a kid. Woke up one winter morning to see the bigger one has slept on top of the little one at night…& crushed the poor thing. Broke my heart & I wept copious tears of sorrow. All the best to your little fella!

  17. she is so precious…looks like a little toy! i’m glad to hear hear that you treat her first-class, all the way.

  18. Not only dues the loaf itself looks delicious, but now it’s starred to make mainly b/c it has LFB in the title. :) :)

  19. We had a bunny once… full of personality as you mentioned that yours is. We had so many health problems with the little guy, and it was heartbreaking to have to make the decision to finally put him out of his misery. No more bunnies for me! I do absolutely love the little critters though.

    Did your bunny get any of this delicious looking loaf?

  20. Anything “your” heart is set on is just worth fighting for. Period. Your little fuzzball is adorable. The pupps and I keep you in our thoughts.

  21. Those people who are telling you to let your bunny die can go to hell. Seriously. My cat Roger has been having eye problems as well and I’ve spent a small fortune on him at the vet. I would seriously sell my house and live in a box on the street before I would refuse one of my pets medical care. You are an awesome bunny mommy.

  22. Here’s what Gandhi had to say: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” As long as your fuzzy bunny acts like she wants to keep on kicking, then money isn’t really the point. I can’t believe the emails you got. Sometimes I just don’t like people very much…

  23. Sooooooo sad, peabody. Poor bunny! I had several as pets growing up and know them to be pretty smart — definitely better about potty training than my dog was. The best of luck to you and hopes that you’ll not have to end up with surgery for her!

    The carrot cake/loaf sounds delicious — especially with the maple in the frosting.

    Poor bunny. :(

  24. I’m with you – I don’t care what kind of pet it is – they all deserve love and care!! I can’t imagine ever telling anyone they should just let their pet die because it’s “just” a bunny. Horrible people.

    But what a lucky bunny – looks like she’s being spoiled!! And you are getting spoiled in the meantime by having to use up all of those carrots!

  25. Poor little bunny!

    The carrot loaf looks fabulous! I love raisins and the maple frosting really tops this one off nicely!

  26. the loaf looks wonderful, as does anything w/cream cheese ;)

    i’m sorry to hear that LFB’s eye has taken a turn for the worse :( i hope that it gets better soon. i can totally see people saying things like that to you and at the same time i don’t understand why…b/c like you, i love animals and don’t see why a silly eye problem would be reason to let her go. i will send lots of good healing vibes your way that she gets better soon!

  27. HI! I’m so sorry your bunny is sick. We have two and I could never bear to let them just die. They are a part of our family.

    I hope she is feeling better soon.

  28. Oooooooh. Get better LFB! Eat carrots and apple juice and feel all the love and care that’s coming you way from all these caring, sweet bloggers.

  29. I wish you the best of luck with your bunny! Animals just seem to wiggle their way into our families and our hearts. Whatever mean things people have said, I hope that this outpouring of people letting you know that you’re not the only one that would do anything for your animals makes you feel better about the choices you have made. I know for myself, I would go without food before I’d have my dogs miss a meal and I wouldn’t even think twice about it or let anyone make me feel bad for it. Wishing your bunny a speedy recovery!

  30. Poor LFB :( I hope she pulls through. I can’t believe the nerve of some people telling you to put her down. She’s more than just an animal, she’s part of your family and you’ll do anything to keep her. Stay strong and I’ll be thinking good thoughts for your sweet bunny.

  31. Best wishes to your LBF from me and my two kitties. They’ve both have had extensive health concerns and I wouldn’t part without them for the world, despite the money (heck, it all adds up to bonus miles on the cc anyway). Take care of yourself as well. Having sick little ones can be very draining.

  32. Oops- meant to type LFB. Sorry.

  33. Peabody, I hope the cute bunny is doing better. Mom is letting me type this comment because even though when bunny rabbits are in the yard, I like to sit in the window and stare down at them the same way I do with squirrels, everyone’s animal companions are special members of the family. I hope the bunny’s eye is feeling better soon and don’t let the ugly people get you down.

    LB

  34. Oh man. LFB is in my thoughts! Emma sends her get well wishes too.

  35. Hey, hope your bunny is doing better. I made this over the weekend. Turned out really well. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  36. i made these, taste awesomely moist and juicy with raisins

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