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Fluffleupagus

Surveying Her Domain

The thing about Foof is that there was never a moment when we didn’t love her, from the moment we met her. She was so sweet. (Actually that’s a word that comes up a lot when people talk about Fluffleupagus.) I think she probably licked almost every human she ever met. Mostly our feet, because she liked to stay on the ground, but anywhere she could reach was fine. You could trust her with babies, rabbit noobs, anyone.

Coming Downstairs to Greet Us

She had a sense of adventure. If you let her, she got into everything and went everywhere.

Bunny in a drawer

As she got older, she had a lot of health problems (she was a pure bred Flemish Giant we got from a breeder, with all of the concomitant problems). She had glaucoma by the time she was three — her doctor thought it was possibly congenital. And cataracts too, so she didn’t see very well. Then this last year or two she got arthritis, or something similar.

Fluffleupagus at the opthamalogist

She dealt with her daily eye drops (cosopt, diclofenac, and edta just like a human would for glaucoma and her other eye problems) with so much patience. And when we had to give her antibiotics she submitted to that too, although she didn’t like it. You know what she did like though? She ate her Metacam (for pain from arthritis) with gusto; it was never a problem to give her Metacam. Although she was a big bunny (15 lbs. at her most heavy) she was easy and mellow.

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This past year, something caused nerve damage and she lost the use of her back legs, especially the right back leg. She was reduced to crawling around instead of hopping. Then she lost control of her muscle that peed. She could still hold her urine, but she had to have her bladder expressed at least once per day. She also started to get eye ulcers that didn’t heal. She still ate enthusiastically, sipped up her Metacam, crawled around all over (we put yoga mats down to give her extra cushioning and traction). We stopped putting litter in her litter box, just lots of hay. Not that she was ever a fastidious bunny. Fluffle always thought close enough was good enough.

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Fluffleupagus passed away on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. She was six years old. At the end, she had acute kidney failure. Dr. Harvey (a great rabbit vet) put her in an incubator, gave her fluids (through her ear), and a catheter to remove her urine since she couldn’t pee, but still. She was tired, and not feeling well. We decided to put her to sleep, but we were so grateful that she held on for us to say goodbye. Rest in peace, my beautiful, sweet bun. Kisses.

Her Eyes

Fluffleupagus hurt her eye again last week.
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You can tell when a rabbit’s eye is hurt because she starts to squint.

Yut got home a little early on Friday and noticed her bad squint and eye discharge so he took her on an emergency visit to the ophthalmologist and she is back on five drugs (antibiotic and something to keep her eye from turning to jelly), from her normal two (for glaucoma).

Alas, we think the veterinary ophthalmologist thinks we are high strung bunny parents who have money and nothing better to do than to bring our bunny in for emergency appointments (double the cost!), but in truth we just have a silly rabbit who’s going blind!

Grr… That rabbit, sheesh. On one hand, gah, Fluff how can you be so silly?! We don’t like giving drops and ointments any more than you like being given them. Nor do we want to take you to see the opthalmologist any more than you want a car ride! On the other hand, our poor sweet baby. *sigh*

Diablo III

We were talking about maybe waiting for a sale, but we gave in.
Diablo III bunny
Look! Do you see it?
Diablo III bunny
It’s a bunny rabbit! So really, how could anyone resist?

This past weekend, we beat it on Normal. I’m really enjoying Diablo III; if you at all enjoyed any of the previous Diablo games, you’ll enjoy this one.

Video Card

Remember when I posted that I’d gotten a new computer, and Pol made fun of me for running on onboard graphics? Well this past weekend, Blizzard did a free Diablo III beta. And I tried it. And my computer struggled, darn it. So I got a video card, are you happy now?! :) Too bad the free Diablo III weekend is over.

I got a Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850.

Here’s the box with the bunnies, because every picture is better with bunnies in it. They’re ignoring it because they’re eating, and they believe in taking care of their bellies first.

Bunnies with Video Card

Something My Bunny Does That’s Kind of Funny

Fluffleupagus on Hay Box

This is Fluffleupagus. Instead of jumping into the litter box, then eating hay out of her hay box which we have conveniently placed right next to the litter box, sometimes she jumps on the hay box then bends way down to eat hay. But she’s kind of too big so it looks so awkward, and her butt hangs over the edge.

Poop

And then she drops poop. And it drops all the way down. And bounces.

Rabbit Poop

My feet are rabbit poop magnets. If there is rabbit poop on the floor, I will step on it. If I am picking up rabbit poop, one of them will somehow roll out of my hand and hit my foot. Not the floor, my foot!

Last Year: New Computer

Last September, we rebuilt my computer. The old one was a little over three years old, which isn’t so bad, but when Yut’s graphics card broke, I gave him mine since I had a motherboard with built in graphics capabilities. We were going to just buy a new one, but then I thought that Civ V and The Sims 3 had been playing a bit slow.

Also, my old computer case was a little loud. So annoying. Really, it all just adds up to needing a new computer, don’t you think?

mise en place

    The Set Up, in no particular order. Most items purchased from Newegg which has good prices and lots of reviews. Also, they ship when they say they will. Some things were purchased from Amazon but they shipped late and kept changing the predicted ship date, which is unusual since Amazon is generally really good at this!

  • Case: Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E A case for a mATX board, so it’s smaller. Also, it’s supposed to be pretty quiet — I check Silent PC Review for their reviews. Quiet is much more important than you’d think when it comes to computers. Anyway, the case is nice and quiet for sure, but I found putting together the computer pretty annoying because it was so cramped. It did have a slide out motherboard tray which was really helpful. I’m not much of one for opening my computer to mess around though, so it’s basically okay. Yut much prefers his P183 which is humongous. He doesn’t mind the size. We like our computers on our desks but I don’t like the big black box next to me.
  • Hard drive: Kingston V+100 96 GB SSD Mostly I wanted an affordable SSD. Dude, if anyone reading this is looking to buy a computer, buy an SSD. It might even be worth it to either pay for the upgrade or buy one to install yourself, if you are at all inclined for that sort of thing. It speeds up boot-up amazingly.
  • Processor: Intel i5 2500KSpeedy Sandy Bridge processor — a step or two below the top of the line. Top of the line is too expensive. Usually at around $200-250 is the price/performance sweet spot.
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-M A mATX motherboard. The standard one got good reviews and my last motherboard was Asus. Also read good things about UEFI on Newegg.
  • RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8 GB Was on sale and didn’t have the super tall heat spreaders because…
  • Heatsink: Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Sooo tall. Almost too tall for the case. It seemed like it should be quiet-ish based on Silent PC Review’s reviews on other similar heatsinks, and it was cheap.

Total: under $700

The old computer
The old computer. I took the power supply, an old Corsair 520HX which is modular. We still like it and it had the plugs I needed. Also I am reusing one of my old hard drives — the other one was an IDE and the new motherboard doesn’t support that any more. And the optical drive? I don’t remember. It looks like it might be IDE also in the picture.

Fluffle wants to help
Isn’t she cute? One of the hardest parts was keeping all of the rabbits and rabbit hair away from the computer.

assembly
Here’s the motherboard on the motherboard tray and the processor and heat sink installed. We forgot to install the heat sink before installing the motherboard on the motherboard tray which was a mistake since there’s a part to install on the underside of the motherboard so we had to undo and redo.

Hellspawn wants to "help"
Look who else is helping!

computer
Tada! New computer pretty much done, except for the side panel.

After all these months, it’s been fairly quiet. Periodically (as in not every day) there is a high pitched whine sound which is super annoying now. May be something I can figure out and fix but I haven’t yet. I didn’t buy a graphics card because onboard graphics are getting better and I’m not exactly playing crazy high graphics games. It plays Civ fine and if I ever feel like it, I can add one later.

I meant to make this post in September but it took a long time to transfer the photos from the camera to the computer. :)

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