Their eyes opened today. It has has become a tradition that I whisper “welcome to the world” into their tiny ears. I like to think that they recognize me when I do that. These two are special because I felt them in their mommy’s stomach before they were born. Just too precious….
The famous band Guns N’ Roses have a song entitled November Rain and every year, we have a lot of rainfall in Malaysia during November. Whenever it rains during this month, the song comes to mind.
For me personally, the November month serves as a reminder that we are getting closer to Christmas which is always joyful. For the past few years, it has been a yearly tradition here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry that we capture photos of rabbits in the Christmas theme. We are quite fortunate to have babies around this time and I can relate rabbits with Christmas more than Easter.
By now, most malls have started putting up their Christmas decorations and when December comes, there will be full swing shopping.
I am sure for those who celebrate Christmas, they can relate to Christina Perri’s beautiful song entitled “Something About December”. So to get you into the mood, here is the amazing song for your enjoyment:
And as we gear up for the festive season, here’s a couple of photos of cute bunnies. These are the first otter variety Holland Lops born at Tru-Luv Rabbitry and they are cute as buttons…
Last year, I was very lucky to witness the Lionhead breed being officially recognized as the 48th ARBA Breed and during the same time, the Argente Brun passed one of its presentations.
This year, we saw that the Argente Brun being passed and recognized as the 49th ARBA Breed.
I have a liking for the rich chocolate color in rabbits and that is how the Argente Brun first caught my attention. The Argente Brun is a variation of the Champagne D’Argent and Creme D’Argent which have a very rich chocolate undercoat.
Another wonderful thing is that, I have known Charmaine a few years now and she is the COD (Certificate of Development) holder for the Argente Brun breed. Charmaine is the person responsible of presenting the breed and getting it passed. I had the privilege to meet her in person last year and to see, touch and feel one of her Argente Brun rabbits were breathtaking. They are phenomenal and you can see how much effort has been put into the breed.
Congratulations to Charmaine for her success!
I really have to acknowledge the fact that it is no longer a coincidental that rabbits are a part of my life. In many occasions, I have written about how rabbits seemed to appear wherever I go and below are the links to these entries:
- Seoul Searching
- Rabbit & Life’s Directions
- Changing For The Better
- Bunnies, wherever I go
- Its A Sign!
It didn’t stop there and since then, there has been many surprise meetings with various bunnies.
Just last week, as I was strolling down between 51st and 52nd Streets in Manhattan, I bumped into The Hare On The Bell sculpture. This sculpture is part of the AXA Center building. Through some research, I found out that this sculpture was done by Barry Flanagan – a Welsh Sculptor in 1983. Though I have yet to find out what the sculpture symbolizes, its presence gave me a very profound feeling to a point that I was actually dumbfounded and tickled all at the same time.
I have not heard of this sculpture prior to this and I learned something after stumbling upon it.
So life’s adventure continues for me and what a wonderful year it has been for me personally. Seemed like the illusive white rabbit is taking me places and deeper into the rabbit hole/burrow.
I sometimes wonder if Alice was a boy, what would Lewis Carroll call him instead. Not Tim, surely? I believe Neo might be the closest option.
Like the Matrix movie, perhaps one will be asked the question, “Blue or Red pill?”
Whatever it is, this rabbit hole has brought me through many amazing experiences…
Through Medieval times…
A walk down the beautiful garden….
to meeting the great dinosaurs….
and be inspired by the beautiful lights!
Just how much can you write about rabbits?
Perhaps I am too occupied with other priorities to a point that the only time rabbits come to my mind is during feeding time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bored of the hobby. It is just that it remains as a hobby and as clearly defined by Google as “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure”. I am really glad that this is just a hobby because I have seen many who have resorted to being manipulative trying to make ends meet while others who are more disciplined have found success. Much respect to them.
So this year ARBA Convention will be held at Forth Worth, Texas and unfortunately, I will not be attending. I am so going to miss all my Holland Lop breeder friends and I wish them safe travels and all the best in the show.
Throughout the years, I always look forward to convention time to enjoy all the photos of beautiful rabbits available for sale. I must say that as the years go by, the quality of the rabbits improved exponentially. Many believe that it is a numbers game but now I also see that it is a waiting game. The key is not to outlast another breeder but more so to outlast all the difficulties in producing the “best” rabbit.
What’s up at Tru-Luv Rabbitry lately?
Nothing really, just the regular binkies here, there and everywhere…
Not sure if it is just me or the entire rabbit world here has suddenly gone quiet which prompted me recall a post I wrote 6 years ago entitled “Rabbits: A Passing Craze/Fad/Trend?“
I sometimes wonder about people who have been attracted by all the cute bunny photos online, proceeded to purchase a rabbit just to find out a couple of months later that it is not what it seemed to be. All the problems like odour, fur, and they are not as interactive as written by many “first person” write-ups/blogs. I guess you will never ever know until you try something out for yourself and I have reasons to believe that there are a percentage of people who have picked up and gave up the hobby in such circumstances. A small percentage are those who tried, and fell in love with their pets.
Just thought of writing something to let everyone know that we’re still very much alive and kicking. And I’ll leave you with my attempt of drawing a 3D picture of a rabbit…
There will always be the “OMG” moment and this is one of those OMG! moments…
He looks familiar doesn’t he?
I am no award winning breeder and certainly do not claim credits for God made this one cute.
I am just glad that he turned out nice for me in our natural climate – hot and humid year round. I do not expect much under such circumstances.
He is a mash up of numerous lines I have been working with throughout the years. He is truly the result of my 7 years working with the breed.
I am quite sure about the fact that newspapers and pets can be inseparable and I do not mean wrapping newspapers around them. What I mean is that, newspaper can be extremely useful when we own a household pet be it a dog, cat, or a rabbit. In the past, I have successfully litter trained puppies using newspapers. When it comes to rabbits, the most practical use for newspapers is lining the tray underneath their cages. I do not remember an instance where I have not used newspapers throughout the years raising rabbits.
There is something about newspapers that always caught me off guard. I sometimes get a shock while lining the trays with newspapers. Due to the reason that I am so used to lining trays with newspapers, I am usually very quick in opening to the centrefold.
Just imagine this.
Because of how fast I spread the newspapers apart, I get scares from faces staring back at me. Yes, you guess it right – the Obituary Section!
Right after getting a scare and shock by the black and white faces looking back at me, I will normally have mixed feelings whether to use these pages to line the tray or otherwise. There will be two common reactions. If the shock is bad enough, I will quickly squash the pages up and trash them or, I’ll gently place another piece of newspaper on top just to cover the obituary section.
What about you? What do you normally do when this happens?
I just do not think it is right for my rabbits to pee or poo on faces of dead people, it is just not right!
Today it was a full page with an old lady smiling at me – God bless her soul!
As for me, I almost felt part of my soul leaving my body…
We know for a fact that there are only 24 hours in a day but have you ever wonder what that means to a rabbit? How does a rabbit perceive time? Do they know or remember the past or even yearn for the future? How long does a minute feels like being a rabbit?
I believe that pain is the only feeling an animal can feel and depends on which species, some are known to feel pleasure while others do not.
Do rabbits feel lonely when left alone? Perhaps if we know for sure that rabbits can perceive time, we might be able to also conclude that rabbits can feel loneliness. That is because loneliness increases over time as in being alone for a long period of time brings about the feeling of insufficient interaction with another living thing.
Just imagine living life without the constraint of time – no year, month, week, day, hour, minute or second. I believe most animals are built like that because unlike humans with very well developed intelligence, they have no knowledge of time.
I spent a little time searching the internet regarding this topic and found an interesting article. For those interested, you can read it here.
Like the white rabbit, I must say “oh my furry whiskers I’m late I’m late I’m late”.
And I have to add that I am late for bed. Good night everyone and have a wonderful week ahead!
P/S: How can a rabbit hold a pocket watch when it cannot perceive time?
It’s another wonderful Saturday in sunny Klang Valley, Malaysia and what are the Tru-Luv rabbits up to? Nothing unusual just “basking” in the sun soaking in all the wonderful sun rays while munching away on hay and fresh vegetables. As of late, we have seen a number of deaths in the bunny circle and our deepest condolences for all who have lost their beloved bunnies. Seven years sure felt like a very long journey thus far and one by one, our favorites are leaving us. Each time a favorite passes here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry, we count our blessings not because we have one less to feed but more so of being able to journey with each individual from birth to death. We are glad to see each going through the entire life cycle. I guess we’re one of the species to be able to observe and be intrigued with the shorter life cycles of our pets – hamsters, birds, fishes, cats, dogs, and rabbits alike.
For every death, there is a birth and that is the hope we hold on to. Just like the first ray of sunlight every morning gives birth to a new day.
Until the day comes when our own life cycle comes to an end, I am sure we’ll have another bunny until our last breath. Simply because, we love to have (at least) a bunny in our lives.
NKOTB (New Kit On The Block) says HELLO!
“Be Prepared” as we all may know is the Scout Movement’s motto. For the lay person, we might have heard or read of the proverb that goes “prepare the umbrella before it rains”.
For those who have kept pets for a number of years, we are very accustomed to ensure all bases are covered. Having pets can prepare us to have children of our own and often times, having children of our own calls us to be prepared to react in all situations that may arise. Ultimately, we think way forward into the future so not to make blunders or mistakes when taking care of another life.
Having rabbits as pets can be very challenging because time is never on our side. The moment a rabbit shows symptoms of an illness, such situations can head south in just a few hours if not minutes.
Past experiences had thought me to “be prepared” for the worst and whenever the undesirable happens, I will take whatever risk I can to safe the rabbit. The reasoning is, there is no way a rabbit can survive surgery like how a dog or cat can when it is unwell. There is practically nothing much we can do and I hate feeling helpless.
The first thing that I will do for a weak rabbit is to feed it some Rabbit Nutri-Drops. This is a life saving supplement that have proven to be very effective during the many emergency situations that I have faced throughout the years. I believe every rabbit owner should have a bottle handy.
Just like many situations in life, it is always a 50:50 chance. Try and you will get a 50% chance of winning. On the contrary, do nothing and you will have 0% chance of winning.
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Below are the “technical” information about the Rabbit Nutri-Drops:
Rabbit Nutri-Drops is a superior, nutrient rich combination of balanced high vitamins, minerals, amino acids and glucose. These nutrients support life and are needed quickly to restore a non-functioning immune system. Feed and supplements normally require 8-14 hours for digestion. Nutri-Drops does not require digestion. Nutri-Drops is the first and only oral supplement to deliver vital nutrients directly to the bloodstream in minutes while other supplements are still in the digestion process. Bypassing digestion enables maximum speed and availability of nutrients.
At last, ONE PRODUCT for:
– Breeding and kindling
– Weak or chilled newborns
– More antibiotic response
– Extreme weather conditions
– Transport & Show stress
– Vitamin deficiencies and overall regular preventive care.
– Simulates appetite – strength to stand and nurse
– Maintains when there is inadequate milk supply
– Does not upset stomach with continued use
– Does not interfere with colostrum
– Increases blood sugar levels in minutes
– Maintains without causing diarrhea
– Enables growth at the same rate as their littermates
– Enables retention of critical nutrients
– No nutrients lost in urine and feces
– Enables strong contractions to return in minutes
– More milk production
– Quickly restores the immune system, satisfying increased needs
– Enables maximum antibiotic response by elevating blood glucose
– Stimulates appetite following surgerySustains following injury
– Promotes healing
– Quick energy on show day
– Eliminates stress from travel and frequent competition
– Maintains appetite
– Relieves stiffness
– New energy for the older rabbit
– Improves circulation & maintains a healthy heart
– Supplies energy for intracellular protein synthesis
– Aids eye disorders and skin disorders.
– Necessary for tissue maintenance and repair
– Important in formation of bones and teeth
– Increases antibody response
– Increases calcium uptake
– Increases re-absorption of phospherous
Vitamin E (Antioxidant)
– Important synergism with Selenium
– Shields healthy cells from pollution
– Protects immune system from damage of stress such as exercise and pollution
– Improves circulation
– Lowers blood pressure
– Promotes healing
– Reduces the requirement for oxygen
B Vitamins: (Choline and Thiamine)
– Important in the aging animal as nerve transmissions decline
– Necessary for utilization in the final stages of carbohydrate metabolism
– Stimulates appetite
– Increases growth
– Maintains healthy heart
– Aids in carbohydrate and lipid absorption
– Carbohydrate metabolism
– Increases performance
– Stimulates appetite
– Increases fertility
Potassium: (Main Intracellular Electrolyte)
– Required for muscle contraction
– Essential for carbohydrate metabolism
– Increases growth
– Stimulates appetite
– Relieves stiffness
Amino Acids: (Methionine and Lysine)
– Essential for maintenance and growth
– Protects immune system by preventing formation of free radicals
– Selenium and Vitamin E act synergistically
– Maintains healthy heart and liver
– Improves performance
– Increases the production of antibodies
– Essential for normal bone structure
– Promotes normal immune system function
– Essential neuromuscular activity
– Encourages bone structure
– Integral part of cyanocobalamin, Vitamin B12
– Stimulates appetite
– Activates numerous enzyme systems
– Enhances performance
– Promotes reproduction
– Improves hair and skin
– Necessary for hemoglobin formation
– Essential for thyroid function and basal metabolism