Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Betty-Loo's Story

Whew things have been a bit busy around here, I am honestly feeling a bit pooped!
with art work, head-pain, two new buns and the rest of the busy-ness of life etc...
I haven't been able to blog as I normally have been but that's okay...
it's all about fluidity right!
but finally....finally I wanted to tell you a bit more about our newest adopted gal


So we adopted Betty-Loo from the Toronto Humane Society.
Meeting and falling in love with her was unexpected.
We drove all the way to the big city to adopt Higgins
but before I even laid eyes for the first time on him
(because he was a special needs adoption agreed to without ever meeting him, like normal)
and as we walked into the room to find our Higgy, we saw Betty and we both said "who is she?!"

We went straight to Higgins of course to meet him but as we were doing that,
I have to admit our attention was also pulled across the aisle to the pen with Betty...
she just sat there like a fluffy ice white princess,
super quiet, calm, lonely against the glass gate of the pen.
So we asked a bit about her.
She had been there a whole year...nobody seemed interested in her
and with a whole new batch of bunnies coming in from an Ottawa shelter,
it was most likely that she would have continued to be overlooked.
The caretakers at the shelter think it was because of her age
& because she has constant weeping eyes that tended to make her look quite sick.

We just had that feeling of 'this one is meant to join our misfit crew...'
and boy we sure were right!
We didn't mind the weepy eyes one bit, I mean of course we wish she didn't have that problem
but a lot of bunnies do because their tear ducts are so small &
can not really be cleaned out once they are clogged up....
we knew we'd clean them for her & Henrie has that problem too,
so we already have to clean his eyes all the time,
adding another bun into that routine didn't feel like a big deal whatsoever.

When we left with our adorable and infamous Higgins...we told the people at the shelter
"We will be back for Betty if at all possible"
I think we deep down already knew that day that we would be bringing her home too.

So when we got home, we proceeded with he usual settling in of a new baby...
but we kept talking about Betty...
when we decided to adopt Higgins we had two places where we could put him,
so why not adopt her and put her in that 2nd area not being used...
Well once we realized we could comfortably do that,
that she'd have 3 times the space as at the shelter & way comfier and cozier
with loads of company, sunlight, music, etc, well we couldn't wait to go get her and bring her home.

So six days after bringing Higgins home,
we made the long journey back to the city to get our girl.
We've done it twice before, bringing un-bonded buns home together, it's a crazy chaotic time
but overtime things settle and than we have the fulfillment & beauty of a completely full home
& the satisfaction of knowing we're helping as many as we possibly can in our current set up.

Her shelter name was already Betty and my hon really found it suited her,
so we just added the 'Loo' for a tiny bit of pretty whimsy...she deserves that.
So this precious heart is over 5 years old, our oldest shelter rescue yet
but she could have been twice that and we
still would have fallen in love and wanted to bring her home.
We know it means we'll have less time with her but we've seen old ones go on and on
and young ones die way to soon so we just love them as long as we're lucky to.

This was her 2nd time being adopted from the shelter, she was in a home before with a sister
but apparently her and her sister were always sick,
the previous person had a baby, than was moving and
apparently the 2 buns were to much to deal with so sadly they were both brought back to the shelter.
Than, maybe because they were never properly bonded, maybe because of the stress of the change
and the loss of their home etc, the two girls started to fight like crazy & cause harm to one another,
so the shelter saw no choice but to separate them.
(which may explain the sadness that we find Betty-Loo has sometimes)
Apparently her sister,
even with liver & kidney problems was adopted long ago but never poor Betty.

Betty-Loo comes to us as a special needs adoption
because she did have a history of teeth problems and we were prepared to face that with her
but we weren't expecting issues right from the start, ugh!
The very first night home, we were watching her eat, or rather try to eat
and we knew something was wrong
because it took her almost 5 minutes to get just one piece of parsley in!
We picked her up, checked her mouth & saw the worst teeth...
top & bottoms were way way to long and splayed on top of that, no wonder she couldn't eat properly!
So she's unable to eat veggies with ease, it takes her half the night & she can't eat any hay at all.
It's been shocking for us that she and her health somehow slipped through the shelter cracks
and it did for a spell cause our faith in the shelter to slip, but mistakes happen, we know it wouldn't have been intentional whatsoever and she's our 12th rescue from the shelter
in half as many years & the care is usually outstanding, so we don't want to hold on to any anger
and they did take steps to offer us and Betty out as much help as they could, which we appreciated.
We just want to get her fixed up and eating normally...which is proving to be a long process
and we are possibly looking at a big dental surgery soon...
but we're so glad this gentle quiet soul is here, right where she belongs.  She is loved so so much.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Lovely Lino

I have a few new lino blocks all cut & ready for printing with a couple in the works, here's a peek...

But I find that I wait until I have a pile of several before I actually get to the process of hand pressing.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

An Accident & Reminder

Hi guys....
well Lady Leisel decided to try to take the tip of my dominant finger off a few days ago!!!
so I haven't been able to type much or do much of anything in my studio...
I think I have a few more days of healing before I can start again
because even typing this hurts...argh!
Yes, Leisel has behavioral issues for sure but this was just an accident between us ladies,
she saw me coming with a carrot piece for her...
she apparently was starving and couldn't wait and she jumped up unexpectedly,
chomped down on what she thought was the carrot but was indeed my finger tip
and the weight of her falling back down with my finger in her mouth
just about sheared the whole tip off!  Fun stuff!!!
I can't stress enough...rabbit teeth are incredibly sharp!!!
It took about 4 hours of holding it above my head for the bleeding to stop
but the whole time instead of panicking about the nastiest bite I've ever gotten,
I was panicking about what if I had to get stitches...!

what if the doctors thought I had an evil rabid rabbit & tried to come take her away!!
So I was convinced I couldn't go to the hospital for stitches no matter what...luckily I didn't have to!
But yep, that's where my mind went
than I calmed down a bit and started worrying about infection because it was pretty deep...
no one could know that my Lee Lee did this...
Yep, ha ha maybe I do watch to much Grey's Anatomy!!
My goodness....ugh....
but ya know this is the perfect example with Easter around the corner,
to remind people that rabbits are not good Easter presents unless you've done your research.
Rabbits are very emotional little beings, some more than others and as cute and cuddly
as they look a lot of buns do not like to be held or picked up or are fussy with how they are handled
and for whatever the reason, be it mistreatment, mishandling or a very hungry tummy...
sometimes their nasty pointy teeth make an appearance!
So please think about that & make your Easter gifts chocolate, not living breathing beings
that deserve the world but instead might be dumped outside or in an already crowded shelter,
like Leisel here was, she was clearly abused and clearly neglected before finally
she was dumped at a shelter where she had to wait a long time for experienced adopters!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Everyone I Want You To Meet Another Some-bunny Special

Radio silence, again, I am sorry but it's for a very good reason...
one of the best reasons ever...
I've been settling in another rescue baby...yep, that's right, a week after Higgins came home,
we went back to the shelter to adopt this lovely lady...
Everyone I want you meet our newest rescue the beautiful
Betty-Loo White

Things are not easy lately...
we aren't complaining at all, we knew most of what we were getting into.
But I take my job of settling in shelter rescues seriously, we both do and Higgins
& Betty-Loo come to us both as special needs adoptions, so that usually means more work
and with Betty-Loo there's been some unexpected trouble so we're concentrating on her 200%.
I'll blog more about both new babies soon, just bear with me as we all settle into a new routine etc
but can I just say before I beautiful is this girl and those eyes....I am swooning!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Changes & Colouring

I am sooooo loving this newest picture I am working on.
I think this is my favorite new rabbit ever
and with him comes new plans for my art & business...
It's feeling like time to switch things up, so some things are brewing over here behind the scenes.
I do move very slowly because of my head-pain & busy life with the buns,
so you won't notice right away
But I can't wait to see what this single little green rabbit has instigated come to life.

I've made some changes on my social media as well as you may have noticed...
Firstly, the name of my blog has changed...
Bijou's Whimsy was my old business identity, that I've been moving away from for awhile now.
So everything is now under my name, Mandy Saile, clean, simple & concise & that's feeling good.
(don't forget to update your blog links)

I've changed my Instagram streams too, boy oh boy it was a big decision but I am loving it now.
& I've teamed with my hon to create a beautiful new bunnies only stream @LeporidaeLovely.
(plus you can find my guys personal stream @DeyfennSlayd too if your interested)

I hope you'll join me in all these places & thanks so kindly for your interest, time & support if you do.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day

From me & mine, those preciously present & those who've soared to the stars...

May your Valentines day be full of warmth, love, comfort & pure blissful happiness XO

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Meet Higgins

Everyone we want you to meet somebun very special
our brand new shelter baby
(known at the Toronto Humane Society as Buttons)

He was this very troubled little city bun in desperate need of a home
(surrendered as a stray, which might have been a cover story based on his nasty pointy teeth!)
The shelter knew he was very troubled...
he was biting & peeing on all of the volunteers & caregivers
(the poor little guy was put on bite quarantine with the city officials FIVE times!)

He was at the shelter for many many long months & his stay was looking endless
because he wasn't going to be released to just any home, let alone one with kids,
he needed a super experienced family loaded with skills, steely nerves & thick skin, ha ha!
He needed behavioral issue/special need adopters &
unfortunately none of the shelters usual group were able to take him on...

so when the shelter reached out for help far & wide on his behalf we were contacted,
we said no at first...
but a week later we were still thinking about him, so we asked more questions & for pictures...
than we talked about it in depth & the more we talked the more it felt right.
My honey reminded me that one way to fight evil in this world is to hold our heads up high
and to keep doing good ourselves, to keep helping animals whenever we can...

Sure it's nerve-racking & there are many parts of behavioral issue/special need adoption animals
that are not fun and are for sure exhausting BUT we somehow are the island of misfit buns
and here was a little guy who wasn't fitting in anywhere else....
So we made the decision, got super excited, prepped a whole big area for him to Misa's dismay
and than we made the 9+ hour drive to our favorite shelter and scooped him up...

He's 3 year old, a dutch mix dwarf with a tiny piece of his poor little nubbin nose missing.
He needs some serious trust work done & potty habits instilled & Miss Misa is not too happy
at all to have him in part of her rooms even though he seems quite interested in her.
We are taking turns sleeping with him & Misa, refereeing at the moment more than sleeping!
(we admit we are pooped and some monster migraines sure are not making this bit easier!)
He's going to be a handful, but everything always settles beautifully over time...he'll be just fine.
he's a handful but now he's our handful and we love the wee blue-eyed soul already.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Crumpled & Crushed

(A hugely sensitive heart enters here!)
I am sorry for suddenly disappearing on you all there for a short bit...
Something horrible and horrifying happened to a group of poor house rabbits
in our little city and they were found at a place that is beloved to me
and the whole gruesome murder of them & news story just completely killed my heart &
I just felt completely deflated, totally crushed and I kinda crumpled into a ball there for a spell
not wanting to even leave the house for a while, I was just too shocked at the evilness of people.

On top of that a friend & I came to realize a horrible bunny hoarding situation in a disgusting local house with a very well known & very unstable man, so we involved the SPCA and I went and
met with people at the local humane society, wrote letters to the mayors office etc but all to no avail.

Standards for keeping animals outside or at all in Ontario are sickeningly low so apparently these poor defenseless buns out in this horrible pen/cage, in the freezing fucken cold are considered 'fine'
The world has just been feeling more awful & torturous than normal lately.
I haven't been sleeping very well from nightmares &
I am trying to get certain images out of my head but I can't.
I just wish I could grow huge earth sized wings...
I would fly around the world & scoop up all neglected & hurt animals.
We just aren't doing good enough...we aren't getting better & some days, I just want to scream.

Bear with me, as I un-crumple myself over here...I slowly am because something good
and beautiful is afoot and I'll share that with you hopefully tommorow, if my head behaves.

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Hey guys guess what, we rabbit and animals lovers have had a VICTORY....
where rabbit fur coats were being sold on the TSC?
Well I just found out that that on December 6th 2017 the
Today's Shopping Choice has agreed to NEVER sell rabbit fur coats again.

In addition,
all Adrienne Landau rabbit fur products will be removed from the TSC website.
See signing petitions and voicing our opinions and
banding together for the voiceless can make change.
(visit to sign more petitions for animal rights)

Whoot Whoot...let's tink a virtual glass of bubbly together, this should be celebrated.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Looking Promising

I won't have "Feather Song" completed today to show you so instead here's a peek at a new lino...

I've been doing a lot of linos, most I don't like enough to show but this ones looking promising.