Astrid is excited for 2018! And together we are both wanting to share the joy, so here’s a cute little video of her jumping with glee (sorry the evening lighting is so dim) and her first morning, Full Supermoon of 2018 photo, bright-eyed and ready to get this party going! As promised, she and I sent in our Save A Bunny donation this morning from the holiday sales, which felt really good. Thank you to everyone who helped! We were so happy to hear they met their 2017 end-of-year donation goal, so we decided to be the first of 2018 to get things rolling there for the bunnies! Also a way for us both to anchor in what’s dearest to our hearts.
She and I did a big Reiki Healing Attunement last evening from our new magickal space, to put into motion all that we are working towards creating in 2018 and today there’ll be more intentional actions taken place to support these too.
Part of our New Year’s Eve was spent walking through the forest by moonlight (there was a faint rainbow ring around it), which was my favorite part of the evening besides being welcomed home by Astrid waiting for me in the exact place I’d left her upon leaving, on the very carpet in the video you see.
We shared tons of snuggles and kisses before I went to bed, but not until I’d fully satisfied both of our desires to connect and be with each other when the house was still and only she and I were up sharing tenderness and creating magick through our hearts.
Perfect way for us to start off the New Year immersed in love.
Hoppy New Year everyone!
Don’t forget that as part of the Art for Rabbits holiday sale and matched donations, there are small, unique and fun items I’m offering to fit everyone’s budget for the holiday gift-giving season and 100% of these sales will go directly to supporting rabbits in need at Save A Bunny. The direct link to items and ordering is here: Heart Creations by Tania Marie
These also make great gifts for the animal lover in your life, as each item features a unique animal, most of which are endangered species – art that conveys compassion, awareness, and insightful wisdom that each animal shares, infused into your daily life experiences.
You’ll find unique merchandise created with heart, featuring my art on t-shirts, baby clothes, bags, yoga pants, yoga mats, tea light candles, keepsake boxes, mugs, Sigg water bottles, calendars, greeting cards, key chains, jewelry charms, animal companion heart tags, stuffed animals, cell phone, kindle and ipad cases, and more.
And for anyone interested in fine art giclee prints and originals, please visit: Art for Rabbits to place your orders directly there.
I’m hoping to have a nice gift to present to Save A Bunny at the end of the year. Any help you can provide will be most appreciated.
As a reminder, now through end of year 12/31/17, I am donating 50% – 100% of sales to Save A Bunny of my animal artwork series Universal ARKitecture. I’d like to add that I will be matching the total sales at the end of the year and am grateful to everyone who has and may feel called to help out while perhaps doing your holiday shopping. Items include some original paintings and giclee prints, as well as smaller fun and unique items like keepsake boxes, mugs, bags, yoga items, tea light candles, greeting cards, and more. Everyone has their calling and while I focus on the bigger picture with personal things and work I share, a big part of my path involves the bunnies and their bigger picture gift to the world.
You can find all details about this sale and holiday donation, as well as place orders here:
I’m devoted to bringing awareness to animals, Mother Nature, and the Cosmos, but rabbits are my passion and I’ve committed to being a voice particularly for them, as a way to share all of this.
As shared in the link above, I find rabbits to be unique in that they transcend or bridge just about every category of animals. They are domestic, farm, and wild animals and not only are seen as animal companions/pets, but also are farmed or hunted for their meat, farmed or hunted for their fur, and are one of the most commonly used and abused animals in terms of lab testing and experiments, as well as cruel forms of amusement. Not only have rabbits become synonymous with cosmetics animal testing throughout the world, enduring horrendous suffering in the name of “beauty,” but their image is the most recognized and used on cruelty-free labeling.
Miyoko’s Kitchen was live on Facebook yesterday interviewing the incredible Marcy Berman of Save A Bunny where I adopted both Joy and Astrid from. Save A Bunny was the recipient this month of Miyoko’s 1% of ecommerce sales.
You may be able to see the interview here if you’re on Facebook, as well as meet some of the rescued wild fire baby bunnies and Merle:
I love that Marcy and I share so much of the same connection to and understanding of rabbits and we even both call them tiny horses.
Marcy is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to know more about the bunnies on a deeper, intuitive level, as well as in areas of awareness, activism, and daily care.
Thank you to all helping to raise awareness for and support rabbits, as well as all animals and Nature at large, as they truly are our mirrors for harmony and well being if we listen to the messages they have to share for living with greater consciousness and compassion.
Bitter & Sweet ~ Save A Bunny’s Incredible Generosity Amidst Tragedy & Astrid’s Reminder & Voice Heard
This was Astrid a few days ago in meditative mode tuning in to all around her and sending out energy to those in need. As you can see, a blueish green ray of light is beaming across her core and through her all-seeing eye. She is connected to the Source of All That Is through the light within her, as she especially tunes in to the bunnies at Save A Bunny where she lived before coming to me and where a lot of displaced rabbits whose families had to evacuate from the fires and a big group of abandoned rabbits left in boxes in a park, have all come to be cared for there as well. She’s been extra snuggly last week, really absorbing all the love I give her. She knows the importance of giving AND receiving. This makes me happy, as my bunnies have always been huge givers and this can result in blow outs because of the enormous energy they exude from their fragile bodies, which then takes rebalancing. Astrid is a strong one, but it makes me happy to know she is open to the flow of energy to help keep her healthy and able to continue giving and working the magick as she does.
I feel that so many healers and empaths can benefit from this reminder, but everyone in general will feel that boost when opening the stream of energy to flow naturally.
That leads me to share some bitter and sweet news connected with Astrid’s focuses and the rabbit rescue from which I adopted her from, as both sides of the coin are always present in the bigger picture of things.
The following shares come to you from Save A Bunny and their Facebook updates, as well as a personal message from Marcy – the head of this incredible organization. The first involving good news for rabbits, cats, and dogs in California.
Here are some moving images and updates copied from their page. I feel called to share these, prompted by Astrid, as a way to bring her voice and the voice of these voiceless ones into form.
Celebrations for the three most euthanized animals in the U.S., reverence to all and Mother Nature, and so much love sent to everyone and all of the beings affected by these wildfires and events in the world.
Thank you hugely Marcy and Save A Bunny for all that you do. You move me beyond words with your love and dedication. Sending so much love to you all there, as just like Astrid, receiving will help aid your continued efforts.
The following comes from Save A Bunny:
“California to require pet stores carry only shelter and rescue animals for adoption.
Yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (AB-485) mandating only animals from animal rescues and shelters may be offered at pet stores. The legislation, aimed at reducing the number of animals in shelters, will take effect in 2019. Stores can be fined $500 for each animal not from a legitimate rescue organization. California is the first state to pass this type of legislation.
Thank you, Gov Brown, and let’s keep working to find every bun a loving forever home!”
“Wildfire Bunnies and their rescue
Late last night we took in 15 rabbits on an emergency basis. We’re calling them the Wildfire Bunnies and they came from Salt Point State Park about 2.5 hours north of SaveABunny in a somewhat remote area of California.
A couple days ago rangers found the bunnies abandoned in the park. They’d been left in cardboard boxes with some rice and peanuts (both bad for bunnies) and no water. Doing the best they could with limited resources the rangers took them to a shed then started calling around to animal shelters, and SaveABunny was the only rescue who agreed to take them sight unseen and not knowing anything about their condition.
In the meantime wildfires began raging out of control overnight and Salt Point was declared a safe place for fire evacuees, so the bunnies had to leave the park within hours but due to the driving distance and remoteness of location it was really hard to find anyone. Thankfully 2 wonderful angels, Heather and Shereen, agreed to make the long trip after work and bring the bunnies back late at night.
There are a couple of adults and the rest are babies, all in various states of malnutrition and neglect, and it took most of the day to do a detailed assessment. Some will need to see a vet ASAP such as one baby with obvious head trauma, one with an injured (maybe broken) leg and one who’ll likely need surgery because of injury to his private parts.
At the same time we’re also housing bunnies whose families had to evacuate as well as fielding many calls for help from county animal shelters and rescues.
We’re committed to assisting as many people and bunnies as possible, with devoted volunteers working all day and late into the night.
Here are ways to help:
— Transport: if you’re willing to pick up bunnies from the shelter in Mill Valley, CA and drive them foster homes in other parts of the area, please send a PRIVATE message to SaveABunny FB with your phone number and specifying what geographic region(s) you’re willing to cover.
— Foster: If you’re willing to host a bunny for a couple weeks and you live in the Bay Area region, please fill out the application http://www.saveabunny.org/foster. We’re really trying to keep lines of communication clear so filling out the application will help us tremendously so we have all your basic information in a way that can be shared amongst volunteers.
— Donate: If you’d like provide the Wildfire Bunnies with a little toy or some supplies our Wish List is http://tinyurl.com/SaveABunnyWishList.
Thank you so much for the encouragement and support, the bunny community is a very wonderful group to be a part of!”
And a note from Marcy:
“Dear Friends, Simply put ….thank you for your trust and support during these tragic wildfires in Northern California.
SaveABunny is “guerrilla rescue.” We’re scrappy, entrenched behind the scenes and our mission is always to take the unwanted, traumatized or abandoned rabbits left behind. Sight and condition of the rabbits is frequently unknown. That is how we are helping during the tragic wildfires in California.
Our doors are open to bunnies who have fallen between the cracks. Left behind, found as strays or now homeless. We’re also here for the displaced weary and frightened people who need peace of mind that their bunnies are safely being cared for–FREE OF CHARGE.
This is not glamorous work, nor is it a fundraiser. It is an act of love for humans and their animals. That’s what we stand for and who we are as a group.” ~Marcy
One of the things I promised myself for this year was to shift my schedule so that I could do more personal things that are the essence of who I am and my passions, in addition to the things I share in love and service. So that means creating more and more efficiency in my life, restructuring, and streamlining.
And one of those essence passions of mine is rabbits – likely no surprise for anyone who knows me.
So it was important to me to be around them and BOTH give and receive love, magick, nurturing, and gifts from and to them.
Of course I do already have a sweet bunny love, Joy (I adopted her from Save A Bunny in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California), who is my heart and soul, and I energetically support rabbits, but I knew the time was now to do even more.
This ended up manifesting as offering my services in volunteer work at a local rabbit rescue, which I found just minutes from my house. And from that one choice, things are starting to take form in larger ways I hadn’t imagined. And yet as always, when we take one step in action, we are then shown more and doors and opportunities then present themselves in response to the energy put in motion and our willingness to take that action.
My volunteer work has started out as weekly helping to clean, feed, and spend time with all of the bunnies at The Bunny Bunch here in Fountain Valley and I have so enjoyed this and truly have such a smile on my face the entire time I am working (not feeling like it is work), as I talk with the bunnies that run around and nibble at my feet, as I tidy up their pens.
They all have unique personalities and of course there are those that I immediately create an extra special bond with, but they are all so, so very precious and beautiful little souls with a ton to give, teach, and infuse your life with.
A few have been adopted out since I’ve been helping out here, which is wonderful, but they will soon be replaced with more rabbits in need, as there are far too many to count of them.
One of these souls that has touched my heart is this white beauty, Sophia. She was my first draw and of course it didn’t surprise me to learn that she was a lab rabbit before coming here to The Bunny Bunch, indicating my sense of her special needs. This saddens me, but when I am with her all I do is give her love and gentle nurturing to bring peace and healing to her heart.
What also saddens me to know is that most people don’t adopt white rabbits with red eyes, as Sophia is, which is just incredibly disheartening to me that there are these stereotypical judgments or ideas about them. Sophia has been at The Bunny Bunch for over a year awaiting a new home.
In my heart I’ve adopted her, carrying her image around on my cell phone wall paper to send her love and energy every time I use my phone.
Another precious one is this little guy, Arthur – a Dwarf bunny. He is incredibly gentle and sweet. I think that speaks through even in his photo.
All of these lovelies, except the giant Flemish rabbits, are available for adoption at The Bunny Bunch. The Flemish are very gentle and sweet, which makes them wonderful teachers, adding valuable contribution to the classes taught at The Bunny Bunch.
The Bunny Bunch is a non-profit, no-kill rescue and education organization run entirely by volunteers with two locations in Southern California – Montclair (the main adoption/education center) and Fountain Valley.
It was established in 1984 by Caroline Charland to rescue rabbits in need that would otherwise be euthanized. They also help chincillas and guinea pigs. They have a classroom where they educate the public on rabbits and proper rabbit care and health and they hold a lot of events you can find at their website.
Unfortunately, I have discovered that my allergies to hay and urine mixed hay are making it not possible to work in the capacity that I am. At home with one bunny it isn’t an issue other than a quick one or two sneeze now and then that subsides immediately upon finishing clean up. However, working several hours of handling and breathing in the large concentrations of hay, has proven to be a challenge.
At first I was not going to worry about it because it was worth it to me to help out these little ones, even though my nose was running and I was sneezing nonstop. But the last time I was there, it continued and when I got home, I had a coughing fit the rest of the afternoon/evening, coughing up stuff.
So, it became apparent that wasn’t wise to continue.
But, as I shared, one thing leads to another and there are reasons things unfold that will help point you in the direction you are most meant for.
I had already been starting to discuss other possibilities with Caroline about areas I could help in. I feel that this is leading me to where my skills and gifts are best utilized, which may end up in a teaching role, helping with events, or even training to become an Adoption Manager.
I don’t know where I’ll land, but the journey is proving to be a rich process and I look forward to seeing what aligns when Caroline and I speak next.
And, because of my stepping into this part of my path more, through another synchronous chain of events (all happening at the same time), I was led to connect with Lejla Hadzimuratovic, the head of another large rabbit organization here in Los Angeles – Bunny World Foundation – that is opening more possibilities and connections.
In fact, tomorrow, I will be going to meet and bring home a sweet, special needs bunny that I will be fostering. If all goes well with integrating him into the household and connecting with the other fur babies, he may just find himself a forever home here and in my heart as well.
I will share that journey as it unfolds, as well as where this path leads.
In the meantime, if looking for a rabbit companion, please consider adopting a rabbit from your local shelter or rabbit rescue and receiving education on proper rabbit care. Rabbits are the third most euthanized animals. They are most often used in animal testing labs, are killed for fur, for meat, etc., and in general, most people simply don’t understand them or how to care for them.
If you’d like to help out, you could also become a foster mom, dad, or family to one of the rabbits in need. Look into your local rescues for more information.
Rabbits aren’t the only animals in need of this kind of support, but they may be the most misunderstood, in my opinion, of animal companions.
They make wonderful animal companions and can be litter box trained. There is no need or call to ever house your rabbit in a cage. You wouldn’t do it to your cat or dog, so why would you to your rabbit?
A large pen or protected hutch can be an option, yet they need time each day to exercise outside of the pen in a safe area or bunny-proofed room or space. They can also be free in your home, just as your other animals, with the proper rabbit proofing precautions. They should never be left alone with young children, other animals, or irresponsible individuals.
Don’t get a rabbit because they are cute and a cute idea for your children as an Easter gift. These rabbits usually find themselves in shelters when their “novelty” runs out.
Feeling eternally grateful for the gifts these magickal beings infuse my life and our Earth with, and sending love out to all souls in animal bodies ❤
Today is all about JOY!!! Yes, Joy for life, Joy of love and definitely love of JOY!!!
Happy 3 year Anniversary Joy (aka Tiny and several other love names)!!! Today, three years ago, I picked up my precious little Joy from SaveABunny.org as a birthday gift to me, after she came into my dream and spoke to me telepathically. This connection was made by my dearly departed Nestor in a story that is too long to share and hard for some to grasp. The pick up was shared with Laura Bruno, who accompanied me for a special birthday celebration feast at Cafe Gratitude up north, followed by a visit to the shelter to get my new bunny love. It was about a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive from my home in Lake Tahoe, but worth it for good food, friend, fun and love!
Laura and I had met the SaveABunny.org Founder, Marcy Schaaf and some of her staff at the World Veg Festival in San Francisco, which included Ambassador Scooter, a sweet rescue lop bunny whose found sanctuary with Marcy.
Founded in 1999, SaveABunny is a nonprofit, volunteer-oriented animal rescue organization based in Mill Valley, California and recognized as a leader in the “new generation” of rabbit rescue. SaveABunny rescues and assists Northern California shelters to adopt more than 300 domestic rabbits per year and is funded primarily through donations and grants, and secondarily through adoption fees and specialty services such as boarding, rabbit grooming, and limited merchandise sales. I was assisting Laura, as her photograher, with an article she was writing for We Like It Raw, when we were guided to the SaveABunny booth.
After talking with Marcy, not only did I learn the very disheartening fact that rabbits are the #3 most euthanized animals after dogs and cats, but I discovered what Nestie had in store for me. I knew I had to be a part of supporting Marcy’s heartfelt efforts and so I did visit the shelter to give healing Reiki energy to the bunnies there, which is how I first met Joy Juliana – as she was named Juliana, which I kept as her middle name and still call her Jules and Jewel as some of her nick names. I received confirmation of Nestie’s nudge when a SaveABunny t-shirt suddenly came into my visual field. I turned to Laura and said, “Oh my gosh! It’s Nestie!” And so it was, and of course I quickly purchased the t-shirt (All proceeds going straight to the bunnies of course!) with grey lop-earred bunny under a Full Moon, of all things! It is an exact image of what Nestor looked like and depicted her connection with the moon. I always heed the signs!
(Image left is the SaveABunny t-shirt I bought at the World Veg Festival – which I like to call, Nestie under the Full Moon: Comes from the Reflection of Compassion (Aijo-no-kagami) series of five rabbit watercolors created by artist Elizabeth Koval Maffeo of Koval Designs. Each painting is inspired by the Japanese story “Rabbit in the Moon.” This story deals with the rabbit’s compassion and charity. These paintings are created to symbolize that display of compassion.)
At first I was against getting another bunny, after having lost Nestor, which was the most traumatic experience of my life. But I knew Nestie knew better and there was some healing alchemy in her plan in store. So, I listened to the insistent nudges that kept coming to me with visions of Joy and not being able to stop thinking about her. I ended up emailing Marcy to ask about her after some time had past from my first meeting with her. Marcy informed me that a family had come to see her and were thinking about taking her, but she knew my dedicated love and being a Reiki practitioner herself she understood the magick of the story I relayed and said, if you want her, she’s yours.
I didn’t hesitate after that and went to get her two days before my birthday. Marcy informed me that right after I had told her I was taking Joy, that the family had called wanting Joy for sure. Timing is everything! Joy knew this, which is why she showed up in my dream with a message really fast because she preferred coming home with me and knew she had only a window to work quickly. Luckily I listend because she has brought so much love and magick back into my life and has not only aided my healing of losing Nestor physically, but she’s proven to bring some very powerful gifts into our experience together, allows me to cuddle her, whereas Nestie had her own way I honored, and facilitates communication between Nestor and I, sometimes channeling Nestor.
It’s such an amazing friendship we have.
There just simply are NO coincidences! Thank you Nestie! And thanks to Marcy for the love that she shares, for Laura who supported me in the process of bringing Joy into my life and for Joy showing up just when I needed her, and she me.
I love you Tiny!!!