Friday, August 02, 2013

Champis

You may remember the story of Champis, the shepherding bunny. Well, faithful reader Kelly is here with an in-person update! Take it away, Kelly!

I had the lovely adventure of going to Sweden earlier in July to stay with Champis' humans, the delightful Paula Lundberg and Dan Westman. I met Champis, his chicken companions, three audacious (s there any other kind?) border collies, a small flock of Rya sheep and three geese who really were quite vocal in their opinion of the American visitor.
I have to admit, I could not get a picture of Champis with any sort of disapproval on his sweet bunny face. He is in absolute paradise at Gårdsbacken, in Northern Sweden.
Not actually being owned by a bun, but being a fan of Disapproving Rabbits (and awestruck at the cleverness of the followers), big little Champis is as close as I get to bunny love.

Thanks, Kelly!

26 comments:

Fleetie said...

What a nice story! And it's great to hear that Champis is doing well.

I think I could also offer him a job, if he ever wanted one. I could use a fierce little chasing bunny here at work on Mondays, to "Shoo!" away inconsiderate colleagues who come to my desk expecting me to do things!

Some Champis-chasing-away of those unreasonable hoomins is exactly what I need!

"*THUMP!* Begone! You will not get what you want here today!", he'd tell him!

"*THUMP!* Go away! Right, I'm CHASING you away! Run, stoopid hoomin, or I'll *THUMP!* you upside the head! *THUMP!*"

brandi said...

He has the stance of a little bulldog! I send an airmail smooch to the top of that vigilant noggin of his.

Ijon Tichy the Nth said...

Champis!!!!! Big thanks to the faithful hoomin for checking in on Champis!!!! Glad he's doing well :-)

speedyrabbit said...

oh my god he's so cute!My first bun Caramel was like that for personality too...hehehe he would chase cats out of the garden!xx Rachel

Auntie Jane (It is official!) said...

Note to self - proceed with initial exploration into possible start up enterprise Monday Morning Bunns for the overworked and over annoyed. Arrange some kind of licensing agreement with Champis for exclusive use of name "Champis Approved" for future employees after extensive training...

Rabbits' Guy said...

What a treat ...

brandi said...

This bunny needs his own television series. Or at least a movie deal.

Kelly Moore said...

Ah, Brandi, funny you should say that! National Geographic South Africa (ja, that's right) went to Gårdsbacken in April to do a film interview about Champis. He was quite the star, but poor Danny froze his hoomin butt off sitting out in the snow for filming.

I'll send everyone's greetings to the little guy!



Auntie Jane (It is official!) said...

And, Kelly, about that little business proposition of mine?

janet2buns said...

Ah Champis! I love that little guy! So glad to see he's keeping law and order in his northern Swedish domain.

Kelly Moore said...

I'll pass your suggestion on, Auntie Jane! The Champis-Approved label would be highly sought after. In Swedish, that would be Champis Godkänd (unless Google Translate is playing a horrible trick on me...).

janet2buns said...

I wonder if Champis would like a job herding wayward hoomin toddlers. When you're out shopping and your arms are laden with groceries, that's the time your kiddo decides to take off. It would be fabulous if Champis could go chasing after the little hoomin and herd him back. It would be useful for the child to learn early on to abide by bunny orders!

Fleetie said...

Hmm, perhaps Queen Cinnamon's estate could establish The Queen Cinnamon Rabbit Finishing School For Hoomins.

Despite its name this would not be where hoomins went to get FINISHED as in TERMINATED (unless they failed their exams, of course); rather it would be a place where hoomins would learn to become demure and humble in the presence of rabbits, and to Know Their Place.

A bun like Champis would be a strict master at such an establishment!

brandi said...

Sheep are stupid. We are more stupid. The sheep may learn, but we are hopeless.

janet2buns said...

Although Headmaster Champis would have his patience sorely tried by blockheaded hoomins, he might feel a noble calling to improve our species. If we were THUMPED early and frequently enough, more of us might learn to be useful indentured servants.

Fleetie said...

Indeed:

Spare the *THUMP!* and spoil the hoomin !

Auntie Jane (It is official!) said...

Oh, Dear! I would like it to go on the record that I am only associated with the enterprise to train Champis quality bunns to defend adults from other adults.

Fleetie said...

Well I'll put an order in for a Chamois <-- Err, I just mistyped "Champis" as "Chamois"!!! Ooops!

Ahem. Try again:

Well I'll put an order in for a Champis-educated bunny bouncer to keep marauding colleagues from my desk on Mondays. I want any and all hoomins expecting me to do stuff CHASED AWAY and *THUMP!*ED!

Auntie Jane (It is official!) said...

Champis! Our first customer! Fleetie, our UK customers are supplied via The Rabbit Residence Rescue. Send them all your money and expect prompt delivery.

Ijon Tichy the Nth said...

We need to consider the possibility and discuss the feasibility of Fleetie traveling to Sweden to undergo basic indoc and training administered by Champis in Champising impertinent hoomins at work. Champis might agreeable with that. Of course we would like need to see some proof of completing this feat. Like, oh, say a short movie OF THE WHILE thing. That's not much to ask for, is it? Every six months proper recurrent training would be required, we need to see that as well. Alright then!!! All in favor.....

Lalis said...

I just love this bunny! And I'm glad to hear he is doing well.

Fleetie said...

Hmm, as long as you lot are funding it! Let's think:


1) Plane tickets and other travel costs
2) General living expenses
3) Loss of earnings while away from job on unpaid leave
4) Champis' tuition fees, and treats etc.
5) Medical expenses in Sweden after making mistakes in training (I am a stoopid hoomin) and being *THUMP!*ed by Champis
6) Sundry other expenses (Ahem, new phone, new laptop, what-else-can-I-get-away-wth?! Heh-heh!)

Ijon Tichy the Nth said...

Yeah, about that, well, since the main beneficiary of all that would be your present employer, (through you getting more done, plus you co-hoomins getting theirs stuff done instead of loafing about and waiting for you to get their stuff done) he or she should foot the bill. We'll provide the essential moral support. And that which would be THE most critical form of support for this mission would be graciously donated at no charge. For accounting purposes, we can provide all the necessary paperwork, painfully itemizing the minutia so all effort is properly documented.

Kelly Moore said...

Big little Champis is a peace and love kind of bunny, really! One of nature's true gentlemen. Of course, his life is over-the-moon wonderful because of his dear hoomins and so I'm certain he has never even thought about *THUMP!*ing anyone.

Of course, those of us who have Champis' back may be tempted to buff and polish Fleetie to within an inch of his life after the Chamois faux pas... ;)

Fleetie said...

... and I would deserve it.

I am sorry, Champis.

SixBunnies said...

I enjoyed that so much! What a sweet bunny! Glad to know that "behind the scenes" he is being cared for and loved! It must be tough to live without a bunny! I can't imagine not having anything to reach in and pull out of the dishwasher and the washing machine and betweent he screen door and the real door ... before proceding with chores ... Or having to get up and discover what is causing serious thumps in the middle of the night! Life without a house bun? I can't remember a time when I didn't have rabbit masters demanding things from me ... Glad you got to love little Champis and his friends! :)