The Joy Of Christmas

December is usually a joyful month here mainly because it is the school holidays and everyone seemed to be in the holiday mood as well. It goes to show just how much the festive seasons influence one’s mood. Another week has gone by and I can no longer take photos of the two little bunnies together. They look awkward being together.

Based on our “probably inaccurate” guesses of their genders, we have reasons to believe that they are a boy and a girl. We named the boy Otto and the girl Ophelia. In case they have a natural “sex change” along the way, we will have to other suitable names.

I just want everyone to pause and recognize their cute looks at the moment. Have a mental note how a four (4) weeks old baby rabbit looks like. This is usually how most rabbits being sold at the pet stores look like. The cutest age and yet most crucial that they are not to be separated from their mother. They look rather mature but internally, still depend very much on their mother’s milk. Don’t be fooled by their looks and please do me a favour by not patronizing a pet store or any breeder trying to sell you cute baby rabbits at this age.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

Let the cuteness flow….

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Am I cute or what?

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Double dose of cuteness!

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You got to love the natural posers!

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If you’ve got an itch, you’ve got to scratch it!

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Are we done yet? I am sleep….yawn…….

 

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It’s Snowing

Once again, it is snowing here at TruLuvRabbitry.com and that only means we are getting closer to the wonderful Christmas day.

Personally, it has been a superb year for me overall. The job is as amazing as ever, the family growing up nice and pretty, and there are just so many things to be grateful for. Christmas time is always magical. This year it will be extra special for the family and I as we expand the extended family. The biggest part of the celebration has always been around children and I am so excited that this year it will be just that – for the children.

Who would have thought that a friendship forged through the rabbit hobby more than 7 years ago still continues to grow. I have met many friends along the way and this gives a brand new definition to what friendship is all about.

Remember the reason for the season is LOVE and nothing but LOVE.

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And to spread the Christmas cheer, here’s one of the songs that is looping on my playlist…

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It is the season once again

As a yearly tradition here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry, we have just started our Christmas photography session. Here’s a teaser for the season….

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Welcome to the world

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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….

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Something About November

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…

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The 49th ARBA Breed

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.

One of Charmaine's beautiful Argente Brun at the presentation.

One of Charmaine’s beautiful Argente Brun rabbits at the presentation last year.

Congratulations to Charmaine for her success!

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Destiny

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:

  1. Seoul Searching
  2. Rabbit & Life’s Directions
  3. Changing For The Better
  4. Bunnies, wherever I go
  5. 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.

Hare On Bell bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan  (1983)

Hare On Bell bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan (1983)

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…

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A walk down the beautiful garden….

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to meeting the great dinosaurs….

 

 

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and be inspired by the beautiful lights!

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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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