Just Some Random Musing

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…

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OMG Moment

There will always be the “OMG” moment and this is one of those OMG! moments…

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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.

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The Newspaper Story

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…

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Time

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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?

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One In A While

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!

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Unexpected Situation

“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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To purchase, please inquire by writing to truluvrabbitry@gmail.com.

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
– Appetite
– Diarrhea
– Disease
– More antibiotic response
– Extreme weather conditions
– Transport & Show stress
– Vitamin deficiencies and overall regular preventive care.
BENEFITS:
NEWBORNS
– 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

HYPOGLYCEMIA
– Increases blood sugar levels in minutes
– Maintains without causing diarrhea
– Enables growth at the same rate as their littermates

DIARRHEA
– Enables retention of critical nutrients
– No nutrients lost in urine and feces
KINDLING
– Enables strong contractions to return in minutes
– More milk production
DISEASE
– Quickly restores the immune system, satisfying increased needs
– Enables maximum antibiotic response by elevating blood glucose
– Stimulates appetite following surgerySustains following injury
– Promotes healing
SHOW/COMPETITION
– Quick energy on show day
– Eliminates stress from travel and frequent competition
– Maintains appetite
ARTHRITIS
– Relieves stiffness
– New energy for the older rabbit
– Improves circulation & maintains a healthy heart

INGREDIENTS
Glucose
– Supplies energy for intracellular protein synthesis
Vitamin A
– Aids eye disorders and skin disorders.
– Necessary for tissue maintenance and repair
– Important in formation of bones and teeth
– Increases antibody response
Vitamin D
– 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
Phosphorus
– 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
MINERALS
Selenium (Antioxidant)
– 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
Manganese
– Essential for normal bone structure
– Promotes normal immune system function
Magnesium
– Essential neuromuscular activity
– Encourages bone structure
Cobalt
– Integral part of cyanocobalamin, Vitamin B12
– Stimulates appetite
Zinc
– Activates numerous enzyme systems
– Enhances performance
– Promotes reproduction
– Improves hair and skin
Iron
– Necessary for hemoglobin formation
Iodine
– Essential for thyroid function and basal metabolism

 

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The End Of A Book

Most of us like to compartmentalize the different phases of our lives and perhaps call them chapters. As for me, this is not just one chapter but more of an entire book. Almost three years ago, I embarked on starting a new book, a spin off from this weblog call TinyCritterz.com. Its objective is to serve and give our readers the convenience to use the rabbit products I use at Tru-Luv Rabbitry. With the feeling of excitement and gladness, I have decided to officially wrap up TinyCritterz.com effective 18th August 2014.

I feel that I owe it to my customers and readers to at least have a closure because as a customer myself, I would hate to have my regular shop stop operation without notifying me.

I am a firm believer of the fact that one cannot do too many things well all at once without at something giving way. I remembered back when I was blogging about rabbits on a regular basis, I was very focus and the contents were good. Since then, many priorities have changed (naturally) as with life in general, as a rabbit blogger and the only reasonable thing to do is to simplify.

Whenever making a decision, it is my nature to put myself in someone else’s shoes and in this case, my customers’. Yes, I have thought of you and I do not wish to leave you in limbo and cause any inconvenience especially one that will affect your beloved pets. I am doing this more for the rabbits than anything else if you have not already notice that. And of course for all the nice rabbit owners I have the pleasure to call customers and friends.

I am going to introduce someone who will be able to help cater for all your pet’s needs and this person needs no introduction. I have known Brandon for a few years now and he is such a committed/friendly/kind/helpful/knowledgeable person working hard for the same cause – providing good services/products to fellow pet owners.

For all Timothy/Alfalfa Hay, Rabbit and Small Animal Food products and Boarding services, please liaise with Brandon at the following contact information:-

Golden Pines Rabbitry (Brandon)
Tel: 017-3211083 (call, text or watsapp preferred)
Email: brandon.whizbiz@gmail.com

For Rabbit Nutri-Drops supplements, please contact me directly via the contact below:-

Tim
Email: truluvrabbitry@gmail.com

Thank you all for your support and love. It has been a great pleasure serving all of you.

Luv,

Tim

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Let’s Joke About Rabbit Penis

DISCLAIMER: This post is intended for good laughs.

Much has been written about show rabbits stricken by the split penis phenomenon. At this point, nothing that happens around “selective” bred animals will ever surprise me any more. It is not surprising to me that pet animals that are “made” suffer from a wide range of diseases, conditions and probably possess supernatural powers.

Whenever someone tells me about split penis, the image of a fork appears on my mind. Just imagine it right now a dick that splits two ways. How interesting, right? Still cannot get a clear image? What about thinking of a snake sticking out its tongue like this one….

And then there is the receiving end of the penis – the vagina followed by the uterus. For the benefit of those who do not know, does (female rabbits) have a fork uterus like this one…

So imagine the snake’s head fitting perfectly at the “Vaginal end” and then it starts to stick out its fork tongue before unloading all the “swimmers” into both branches of the forked uterus. That way, you will definitely get a doe fully filled up and in no time, your rabbit venture’s profit will shoot up the roof!

Don’t you feel stupid “culling” all the bucks with split penis?

Did you just get the revelation as to why your Hollands are not producing at all?

Perhaps you are culling the wrong bucks and with just one strong intact penis, it can only inseminate one part of the uterus or none at all.

What if split penis is the actual desired trait in rabbits?

The correct answers my friend, lies only within the boundaries of your imagination….

If you ask me, I think I might have written an entire load of rubbish to entertain myself and patronizing the wandering mind. I am on the hunt for a buck with a penis that splits (like a fork) just like the snake’s tongue above to help me increase the number of kits.

And my advice for you, is to find out how an actual split penis looks like and I do not mean in your pants….

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The Most Humane Post

First and foremost, I would like to wish all Muslim readers a blessed Eid and safe travels for all.

I reckon that this will be the least animal related post I have written in almost 8 years of blogging. The only part of this post that is closest to be related to animals would be to share this article that was shared by a fellow bunny friend this morning entitled “The Rescue Religion“. I must also mention that I received a distress call about a bunny going off feed while I was out of town yesterday and it troubled me not being able to help. The good news is, another bunny friend rendered help and I last heard the bunny is now doing fine.

And then throughout today I was bombarded with many articles, videos and discussion about various issues – slavery, war, apostasy and martyrdom. I can safely conclude that humanity is in dire need of help and rescue.

We prefer to turn a blind eye on issues nearest to home most of the time. We have grown to be very self-centered and selfish. We have lost hope in humans is what we tend to tell ourselves. Humans are distrustful and manipulative, I rather spend my entire life dedicated to animals. A dog will love me unconditionally and will always obey my commands. It will always greet me with happiness whenever I come home from work. For companionship, I can never find fault with a dog (except for those in the show ring for non-conformance of “breed standards”).

The reality is, we tend to shift our focus from issues and we “run” away.

We run away from the homeless….

And we are unaware of what we do not see on the surface….

So often we ask ourselves – Why am I not born into riches?

You see, there is more to it than material things that satisfy our ever hungry pleasures. Over time we have exploited our wants rather than needs to become very selfish beings. The root of all these traces back to nothing but greed and for greed we are willing to sacrifice lives. We are so engrossed into pouring our every ounce of energy to arrive at our wayward goals so much so that the steps taken become religion-like. It becomes an obsession.

Like everything else in this world be it war, slavery, fanaticism and bigotry, all these can be avoided if only we can put together a pinch of acceptance with a fair amount of moderation. Perhaps, our purpose in life is not to say or do what is politically correct but say, do and stand by what is right. How does all these affect me? Seeing and reading about all the unfortunately lives, I cannot help but to feel grateful that I am not born into anything less than what I have at this point in time.

And how does it relate to rabbits?

Let’s bring ourselves back to the past when the only rabbits we see and know of are those white ones with ruby (or red) coloured eyes. We did not have much choices when it comes to raising a pet rabbit. Let’s relive the moment we first set eyes on the Holland Lop rabbit. It was new, it was fresh and most importantly it was cute!

Likewise, if all a child have been exposed to is only the sound of war, violence, cruelty, abuse and ridicule, how would he or she know the taste and meaning of peace? Is peace even a choice? Truly, what we are unaware of, might be the life we might have lost.

We are called to be childlike – always trusting and comforted but not childish to always want everything we desire. To be grateful is knowing that it could have been worse and if you are able to read this, most probably in the comfort of your desk, consider yourself lucky and blessed!

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Premium Hamster Food

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For those of you who keep hamsters or gerbils as pets, you might be interested in this new premium quality food. Priced at only RM 12.80 for 400g, it definitely pack a punch.

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In case you are wondering, that’s Amber – my daughter’s pet hamster and she was the sweetest little Sapphire hammie. She was made beautiful by this wonderful product.

You can now purchase here.

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