Every End Has A New Beginning

I guess, this is goodbye…

Just a few months shy of raising Holland Lops for a decade, we lost our last rabbit today. Reflecting and reminiscing the past 9 years, I cannot help but to realized how much these rabbits has helped me grew as a person. Many Holland Lop breeders came and gone but ultimately, not everyone will have the same experiences. I can only say that my experiences were very fulfilling and to a certain extent soulful. If you are aspired to be a Holland Lop breeder, you should always be yourself and enjoy the journey by defining it your way. All the past rabbits that graced Tru-Luv Rabbitry make up a bridge that paved the way to many amazing and wonderful friendships. They are the reason why I have an awesome bunny family consisting the many greats and champs of the hobby. Though a rabbit passes on, a family stays together forever.

It is almost a 10 years journey and through all the ups and downs, they were right there with and for me. They have given me so much joy and at the same time heartbreaks. How can you ever let go of such a strong bond?

Life isn’t perfect but these rabbits have been my pillars of strength and focal point in life throughout the “turbulence”. As each one of them left and passed on, it is as though life is telling me that I am leveling up in this game of life and moving up in the ladder of life. The last one seemed to mark my “graduation” in this life’s course and closes the chapter of this thick book 10 years in the making.

Truth be told, no one will ever know what these rabbits and people have done that changed my life for the better.

As such, I just want to take a moment to remember Tru-Luv’s Murdoch – the true symbol and legacy of Tru-Luv Rabbitry.

He was born together with Clarkie on the early morning of 17th December 2011. He was initially named Luv and since they were born during the Christmas season, they became the poster kits for the 2011 holiday season.

Hope and Luv

Hope and Luv

Hope & Luv the theme for the season!

Hope & Luv the theme for the season!

SnoreeeEEeEEeeeee

SnoreeeEEeEEeeeee

Sheer Happiness!

Sheer Happiness!

As Murdoch grew, there was something very special about him and he reminded me of Miller’s Clark.

How can you not want to HOARD over such cute faces?

How can you not want to HOARD over such cute faces?

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The older he grew, the more handsome he became….

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Murdoch is another special one. He won 1st BJB in one of the recent shows and I hope he continues to produce beautiful babies for me. Third generation produced here.

Murdoch is another special one. He won 1st BJB in one of the recent shows and I hope he continues to produce beautiful babies for me. Third generation produced here.

You can never disappoint that cute little face!

Celebrating his 1st birthday and 2nd Christmas with us.

Murdoch

Murdoch - The Gentlebun

Murdoch

El Hombre Guapo

El Hombre Guapo

A recent photo of Murdoch enjoying his salad.

Chomp Chomp Chomp...

Chomp Chomp Chomp…

I came home yesterday evening to find Murdoch lying in the most awkward position. He had his back legs spread out like a puppy. I can see that he was excited to see me and then I realized that only his head was moving. I took a closer look and that was when my heart sank – Murdoch, my baby boy has lost mobility and senses of all his limbs. I still do not know what had happened in our absence but it seemed to me that he might have broken his back. It was also clear that he was in pain because I could see the fur around his eyes wet. I then placed him in a comfortable position so that I can try feeding him. As I offered him some greens, he chewed with so much enthusiasm as though telling me that he was alright. I sat down next to him and spent some quiet moments with him. I said a little prayer for him and he was gone…

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I try not to think too much about his passing but the thoughts of him waiting for me to get home before breathing his last is heart breaking.

The fondest and most endearing moment with Murdoch was during the Natural Pet Success Story video shoot (Thank you Stanley Saw for this wonderful experience). Murdoch is seen on camera in his best behavior and sitting very still on my lap. In fact, that is Murdoch and he behaves very well all the time.

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Like the many great Tru-Luv bunnies of the past, we laid Murdoch to rest on a rainy Tuesday morning. I believe that death is not the end but it paves the way to a new beginning. We planted a little tree above where he was laid to rest as a symbol that he will continue to nourish this plant. His death is not in vain but will sustain this plant. And in turn, the plant will sustain other life forms through its purpose in the ecosystem at large.

Indeed, the definition of a full circle – from cradle to grave…

I LOVE YOU BUDDY, SEE YOU ON THE FLIP SIDE!

BINKY FREE…

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The tortoise and the hare

I am not sure about you but some of us grew up with stories like “the tortoise and the hare” and know very well the moral values that it instills in us. A story that teaches us to be humble and never underestimate others we perceive as weaker than ourselves. “Slow and steady wins the race” is in fact the essence of this famous story.

Back then we can imagine a huge green tortoise and a hare with very long pointy ears.

A 19th-century illustration of La Fontaine's Fables by Jean Grandville (via wikipedia.org)

A 19th-century illustration of La Fontaine’s Fables by Jean Grandville (via wikipedia.org)

After so many years of selective breeding, who would have thought how different that image will be today.

If the story of the tortoise and the hare is rewritten today, how will the two animals look like?

The tortoise & the hare

Check out that disgruntled and disapproving look on that tortoise’s face

So which have outrun the other, the tortoise or the hare?

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Hello From The Other Side

It sure has been a long while since we last greeted each other. How is every bun and everyone doing out there in the great big world?

Hope all of you are having a jolly good time!

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Happy Easter 2016!

First of all, please do not feed me chocolates. It will cause me to have stomach upset!

First of all, please do not feed me chocolates. It will cause me to have stomach upset!

Secondly, if you get me as a pet this Easter, please love me forever...

Secondly, if you get me as a pet this Easter, please love me forever…

Last but not least, please know that I will grow bigger and taller so please provide me some space...

Last but not least, please know that I will grow bigger and taller so please provide me some space…

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

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by | March 26, 2016 · 4:43 pm

Don’t Fuss

Howdy! How are ya’ll doing?

It really has been a long long time since I last posted something worth reading on here. I guess life’s been quite hectic for the past couple of years and it still is. But today, something made me think about what I used to enjoy doing over the weekends. Taking photos of my bunnies, of course! And that’s exactly what I did for the past couple of hours. I kind of miss bunny blogging as it turned out.

While taking photos of my bunnies, I thought about what caused most of the problems I had in the rabbitry. One of the reasons we pet owners and breeders tend to overlook is fussing over the rabbits.

I must admit, through the years fussing over the rabbits have caused more harm than good. I am not sure why but perhaps for two reasons. One, when we fuss over a certain rabbit too much, we tend to take notice of the tiniest of details. So much so, we become paranoid and in turn, causes stress on us as well as the poor rabbit. Two, I have reasons to believe that some bunnies are attention whores and tend to get way too manipulative. In fact, we trained them that way – fussing over them and each time they act up, we give them all the attention just like a wailing baby. Doing that often sort of makes it habitual and the bad cycle repeats itself.

In all honesty, my longest living rabbit is one I fuss over the least.

Hope ya’ll having a good weekend!

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Revisit #2

Haley 2010

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by | December 11, 2015 · 6:02 pm

Revisit #1

Moving forward, I will be posting handpicked photos from the past 8 years. Over the years I have amassed approximately 18,000 photos of the rabbits – some of which did not make it onto this blog previously. I feel that it is a good time to revisit the collection and share these beautiful photos.

Welcome to the first edition of Tru-Luv Revisit.

Holly Hope 2010

Holly Hope (2010)

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Last Christmas

Merry ChristmasThere are many different versions of goodbyes but I do not wish to say it in the conventional way.

I like how they put it in the Matrix movie and to quote Santosh Kalwar:

“Every beginning has an end and every end has a new beginning, don’t worry, broken soul, life will one day come to an end. ”

I must say that I am bidding my readers farewell on a high note. It has been 8 long and hard years since I started this wonderful journey raising Holland Lops in Malaysia. My best and worst experiences was obtained through this hobby. I can now look back and cherish all the beautiful irreplaceable moments from the many wonderful births to the friendships that will last for a lifetime.

Perhaps, I will one day look back and sing to the tunes and words of Adele’s “When We Were Young”. But really, I will be proud to say that “I have been there and done that”. No regrets at all…

I like to think that I have been touched by the many gorgeous rabbits that graced my rabbitry. I also hope that those who have been touched and found wonder and love in a Tru-Luv rabbit have had their lives changed forever. Indeed, every single rabbit I have raised and responsible for bringing into this world have left an imprint in my heart.

Just because it is selfish to keep holding on even when it means nothing is the only reason for me to bid farewell. In the words of Don McLean when he sung the song “Vincent”, I can only say that “this side of the world was never meant for one as beautiful as you – The Holland Lop”.

So it has been the tradition for me to capture and share the Christmas spirit through photos of my rabbits in the Christmas theme, the photo above will indeed mark the Last Christmas for Tru-Luv Rabbitry.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and friends for your amazing support throughout the years. It has been a pleasure writing and sharing all these years. I hope you have enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) this blog as much as I have.

Here wishing everyone a joyful and warm Christmas wherever you are!

God bless all of you…

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Forget World Peace, It Is Rabbit Dramaville!

In light of the multiple terrorist attacks around the world, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these heinous and outrageous crimes. Though quite impossible, I hope that those responsible for these horrendous acts come to their senses. It really does not make sense and cowardice to take the lives of innocent civilians.

That said, hatred does not only exist in the hearts and minds of terrorists. It exists in all facets of life be it at work, in social groups, or in hobbies such as the rabbit raising hobby. In almost 9 years of working with the Holland Lop, I have experienced and had to deal with the best and worst of human behaviors. It can be especially intense when competition is involved. If drama don’t happen to you, it could well be someone that you know. It happens so often, you can almost say “same shit, different day”.

With so much happening throughout the internet, on can safely say that “you should not believe everything you read on the internet”. In recent years, I have seen how the internet especially the social medias can be misused and abused. Information flow too fast and false news can be circulated within seconds. Nowadays, it is a norm for me to verify and filter through news before sharing them with my peers. A recent example was the kidnap case whereby certain social media users claimed that the child has been found even though he was not. Such updates can pose great danger to the child if the effort to locate him ceases half-way.

What I am trying say is that, with social medias, information can be circulated too fast and can reach extremely huge audiences – accurate or otherwise. It really can be a two edged sword – used to the advantage or disadvantage of an establishment. Consumers today have the power to make or break a business. The reputation of an establishment can easily be tarnished with a nasty review by a customer.

In terms of the rabbit hobby, there are no exceptions.

“The breeder sold me a rabbit with bad teeth”, “The rabbit died and the breeder refused replacement”, and the list of complains goes on.

First of all, I must mention that for me personally, selling rabbit is not something I like doing. The reason being, people in general tend to forget that we are dealing with a series of VARIABLES and we know that VARIABLES may change for whatever reason. More so for a variable call LIFE.

A living thing can be the most unpredictable of all the variables in life and one that no human have control over. Even as humans, we ourselves have no control over our condition. The best we can do to minimize the possibility of being ill is through prevention – vaccination and supplements.

Now, if you purchase a rabbit from a breeder and when the rabbit dies in your care, the breeder should not be blamed. I would like to think that no breeder is going to put his/her reputation on the line (and with benefit of doubt) by selling you a sick rabbit. In this case, no one should be blamed because we are really dealing with a variable here. But, do know that a compassionate breeder can offer a replacement and that really depends on the breeder’s part. The buyer should not expect it but can politely suggest or ask. As a buyer, we have up to the point of being presented the purchased rabbit to reject or reverse the transaction if there are discrepancies or the rabbit seemed to not be in satisfactory condition. Make sure you read the breeder’s sales policy and only proceed to deal with him or her if you agree with the policy.

As of late, buyers have resorted to using social media platform to raise their grievances. Again, it can be a two edged sword but the proper procedure is to approach the said breeder (directly) first to work things out if the argument is valid – the rabbit has been swapped and etc. A rabbit that came home and died is normally not a valid argument for the same reason mentioned above.

Raising the issue and attempt to tarnish the reputation of the breeder on social media should be left as the last resort only if the dispute was not dealt with professionally, politely, and in good faith.

Bear in mind that other reputable breeders are also observing such social media platforms and may refuse your inquiries in future if they find you being a nasty buyer.

Social media – the two edges sword….

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Leap Of Faith

What’s beyond the horizon? Should I take the leap of faith?
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