Welcome to more Pippin and Mo!
Thank you so much for reading their tale! I hope you enjoyed their friendship and journey and can’t thank you enough for popping over to my website to find out more. Below are a few videos of them playing, hanging, and generally being adorable. Also included are some rabbits facts (if you’re thinking of getting a bunny to join your family) and a few other tidbits about one of the best creatures on earth.
If you’re new to my work and only found me via Pippin and Mo’s book, allow me to give a quick introduction. I’ve been writing all my life and published for almost a decade. In that time, I’ve been lucky enough to release close to forty books, hit bestseller lists almost forty times, and been living a dream come true. My other books – released under Pepper Winters – are darker and for adults only. However, they all deal with love, romance, and an undying bond like Pippin and Mo shared.
If you want to find out more, I have a few free books that you can try: https://pepperwinters.com/free-books/ Most of my books are dark romance, but I also have a romantic comedy, coming of age, tragedy, and spicy romance.
If you’d rather just read more rabbits and horses, please follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pepperwinters/ where I share all of Mo’s adventures, Pippin’s pop-ins, our horses, and native creatures on our farm. (Please note, there are occasionally book teasers to my darker works shared on my Instagram profile, so not entirely suitable for unsupervised young eyes.)
And now, without further ado…more Pippin and Mo!
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MO!
Mo is almost five years old (born in September 2017) and is a Netherland Drawf, Jersey Wooly cross. He weighs 2.5kg and has a wooly coat like a sheep. Because his coat is so fluffy, he requires brushing twice a week, careful checking to make sure no lugs, and regular maintenance. When he was born, he contracted an illness from his mother called E-Cuniculi (Encephalitozoon Cuniculi), which is a parasite that is almost always fatal to bunnies if not treated promptly. Mo survived (phew!), but unfortunately, lost his eye to the parasite which also means he is on life-long care to ensure he is as healthy as can be. However, he’s never let having only one eye stop him. He’s ever so brave and his day consists of sleeping on his queen sized bed in his room, snacking on grass and plantain, helping me write, and going for long walks on our farm. Mo has never been caged and is litter trained like a cat and has full roam of the entire house 24/7. He also likes going in the caravan to new places and his favourite thing is getting cuddles in a patch of sunshine.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PIPPIN!
Pippin is a wild New Zealand cotton tail who ought to have been terrified of people, yet watched us through the window and decided she wanted us as her family. She was born in November 2021 and grew from the tiniest ball of fluff to a sleek stunning bunny. We live on a farm and have lots and lots of wild bunnies (most who live under our deck and in the horse paddocks), yet Pippin seemed an orphan. She fell madly in love with Mo and became very tame toward us. As the weeks went by, we noticed she was scratching her ears, so we took her to the vet to be treated for ear mites. We were able to help her, but because she’d scratched so much, her ears went floppy for a time and then the tips went all curly from lack of blood. Luckily, she wasn’t in any pain (and was carefully monitored) and returned to full health with nice pointy ears. Fully grown, New Zealand cotton tails weigh about 1.5-2.5kg and have fur that blends in well with dry grass and foliage. They live in burrows, so are very good at digging, and can either hang out in big groups of bunnies or be more solitary, depending on where they live.
VIDEOS OF MO AND PIPPIN!
Below are a few heart-warming videos of Pippin and Mo. Enjoy!
Video: Baby Pippin flopping in happiness next to me, our foster puppy, Zazzy (who we were helping nurse through a broken leg) and Mo doing his own thing in the hedgerow.
Video: Pippin circling Mo which is bunny speak for ‘I love you so much!’
Video: Pippin loves to flop which is bunny speak for ‘I’m so relaxed and content that my heart is busting with happiness.’ Mo investigates 🙂
Video: Zazzy (the foster puppy with his broken leg) says hi to Pippin for the first time. Such a trusting little wild bunny
Video: When Pippin came inside for a few nights to heal her ears, she settled right in. Litter trained herself within an hour and helped herself to Mo’s dinner. Two bunnies sharing a pile of yummy grass.
Video: Pippin loving her cuddles.
Video: Mo going to see Bee, the mini shetland.
Video: A full length video of two bunnies having fun. Pippin is the master at binkies and zoomies, showing just how happy she is to be wild, free, and have a strange adopted family. She’s also very good at showing how bunnies chin (to mark things as theirs), periscope (to see things they might be wary of), and dig (to get at yummy roots). My favourite video.
A FEW PERSONAL PICTURES OF ME, PIPPIN, AND MO NOT SEEN IN THE BOOK!
THINKING ABOUT GETTING A BUNNY? ALL THE DO’S AND DON’T’S!
Do: Rescue if you can! There are so many bunnies just desperate for loving homes
Do: Teach them to use a litter tray so they can be free roam! (They are very tidy and learn quickly!)
Do: Neuter or spay – Rabbits are at a high risk for cancer if they aren’t desexed. It also helps with behaviour and litter habits.
Do: Make sure your bunny has company – either with you full time or with another rabbit but make sure both are desexed to prevent fighting or breeding (rabbits can be very aggressive if not bonded properly and can take time to find the right pairing)
Do: Ensure your bunny’s diet is a natural as possible. 80% hay and grass, 10% good quality pellets (no grain or seeds) and 10% approved veggies
Do: Make sure to give your rabbits LOTS of exercise and cuddles. They are just as smart (if not smarter than dog) and will bond very closely to you or become destructive if not given attention.
Do: Be prepared to love your bunny for 10-14 years. They can live a long happy life as House Rabbits with proper care.
Do: Worm your rabbit when you first get it with Panacure (ask your vet for doses based on weight etc) to ensure E-cuniculi does not cause issues.
Do: Brush your bunny, trim its nails, and have a rabbit savvy vet on call.
Don’t: Get a bunny for children. They are very fragile and scare easily. Injuries can happen if unattended with young children.
Don’t: Strike or yell at your bunny. If they’ve done something wrong, thump your foot and flick your heels – this is bunny language for anger and disappointment. They will come and apologise.
Don’t: Think that rabbits are easy pets. They are not. They are expensive, time consuming, and require more care than a typical cat or dog.
Don’t: Leave them alone as they get depressed easily and love their humans greatly!
Don’t: Buy from a pet store.
For more information on Rabbit body language, diet, health, training, and if a rabbit is right for you please visit the House Rabbit Society: https://rabbit.org/
Thank you so much for watching Pippin and Mo, and for reading their tale! I’m very honoured to get to share their amazing world with you and show just how incredible rabbits are. They speak loudly, have strong opinions, love unconditionally, and make any dark day so much better.
I hope all your dreams come true like Pippin!
Love Pepper xxx