And so, we have come to the end of year 2008. I just want to list down 10 things that I am grateful for before the year draws to a close.
1) Flying Noobie & BlueBerry across the globe to be with us (approximately 50 hours travel time)
2) Having the first lilac doe (Holly Hope) in Malaysia (surviving out of Noobie’s incredible kindling story)
3) Experimented and built kick-ass shelves with waste management in an apartment environment
4) Having 2 successful litters of kits with BlueBerry & Noobie
5) Blessed with very nice rabbit friends both local and abroad namely – SB, D, Azian, Lindsey, Susie, Teri, Karen, Christine and many more
6) The success of TLR PeeGuard V3.0. LOL!
7) Being featured by 2 local dailies – New Straits Times (Tech & U: Blogger’s Say) and Malay Mail (CyberSpot)
8) An official member of HLRSC
9) Having constant supply of Oxbow pellets for my rabbits
10) Outrageous visits/hits to this blog (thanks to you reading at this very moment!)
I am always envious of people with house rabbits. That is because the rabbits have free range of the house. The other extreme of the spectrum are those caged up 24/7 and the only time they are taken out of their cages is when they are due for mating (for does and bucks do not get to come out as often). Maybe some do get time out from their cages when going for shows and they only get to taste freedom on the show table (not too large a space though). Please don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to implement anything against breeders. There are some very good breeders that do make up for caging their rabbits up 24/7 with loads of goodies. I take my hat off for them.
As long as they are given cages big enough for the rabbits to pace around would be sufficient.
As for me, being a breeder and a hobbyist, I try to give my rabbits the best of both worlds. This is what every TLR rabbit gets whether young or old. They get individual time out to run everyday around the house for at least 30 minutes each. I currently have 6 rabbits and that will total up to be about 3 hours of time for them to spend going wild in the house.
Before hitting the bed, each rabbit gets 10 minutes of “talk time” and patting.
For those of you who owns a TLR rabbit, you can definitely relate that your rabbits has got a little headstart with their temperament.
You see, rabbits that are not handled since young are quite skittish and what good would it be to have a skittish pet?
For me, this is very obvious with Holly Hope. As most of you know, she was a singleton and I handled her every single day because she was so precious to me. And the whole world was watching her progress at one point. I believe they still are. She is the cutest bunny I have ever seen and that makes her more precious to me. She will greet me at the cage door every evening without fail. Although hormones are getting the best of her at the moment, she still begs for her regular pats on her head.
That is one of the reason why I must ensure I keep the number low enough for me to have individual attention for them.
Just thought that you should know…
I know Mr. Darma has been waiting for a post since 3 am. Here is a post just for you before the new one comes out after midnight. Thank you for reading.
This post is actually for Kak Azian. Peminat setia TLR. Thank you so much for helping me putting into perspective what I am working so hard for. Whenever I am a little lost, you kept bringing me back to my real path. I have learned in life that every little thing must be appreciated and I truly appreciate having a friend like you. I don’t mean to “bodek” (suck up in English) to make use of Eclipse. You truly deserve him for being who you are.
Thank you very much for that email with similar subject as this post. I will keep that email for the rest of my life to be my beacon when I am lost in this dark world.
Thank you very very much. Thank you for reminding me that this world is superficial. For each nice rabbit we see, thousands are left to die…
Tru-Luv Rabbitry shows you everything and writes everything from the BOTTOM of MY HEART!
And you are one of those that not only allowed me to be who I am, but encourages me to do so. Let’s get emotional and cry to this post…LOL
I believe most of you would agree with me that one of the successes of this blog has been the daily updates of baby rabbits. The posts are normally accompanied by some cute photos. From naked pinkies to big chubby Holland Lops that you love to see first thing in the morning, lunch breaks and before hitting the bed at night.
I will continue doing this because by blogging on the daily progresses of the kits, I am also able to keep a log on them. I am more of a typing person than one who writes so blogging has helped me express myself effectively.
This is something that sets TLR apart from your regular breeder (that may follow suit). You get to see how your rabbit progress if you happen to get one from me. Don’t you just love getting to know the details till the day you hug one home?
That is the niche of TLR. It is definitely True Love from birth and I want that love to be extended to all the “extended families”.
If you find anything that you like, please do not hesitate to contact me but before you do so, please go through this list and proceed only if you answer YES to all of them:
1) I am an HONEST person
2) I take my pets seriously, they are like sons/daughters to me
3) I know very well the outcome of uncontrolled breeding and I endorse spay/neuter as the best solution for overpopulation
4) I do not know much about rabbits but am willing to learn and research
5) I have all the time to spend with my single pet and know the consequences of keeping more (have thought of all possible solutions and will act on them)
Hope to hear from you soon!
Remember this boy? He has grown to a very very handsome buck. And before you say anything D, you are right! We all expected Eclipse to turn out gorgeous. I am not too worried because Kak Azian was kind enough to agree that we use him as a stud in future. Maybe we should try him with BlueBerry. Shall give him some more time to grow into a super stud as he is still a junior now.
Here are some photos courtesy of Kak Azian. And you can read my mind, I regret the moment I saw these photos! LOL!!!!
Don’t you just love his HEAD!?
These are the photos of him when he was younger:
And as Laurie has written so many times, patience is the name of the game. And I can totally relate to her now when she said how she hates having a kit looking like a champ at 3 weeks and why she prefers late bloomers. Eclipse is a late bloomer. I hope Luna follows his footstep. I think she is…
I know it has been a little dull to be looking at a cluttered banner of my rabbits. Just when I thought of improving the banner, someone on one of the Yahoo! Groups that I joined mention about Lauren Nicholas. Lauren’s in art college and she does logo designs for rabbitries on the side line.
I went over to her website LILBun Designs and fell in love with her artwork. Since I have never earned anything from this blog, I could not afford getting a customized artwork so I decided to grab a couple of Lauren’s free graphics. LOL. I know I am such a cheapskate!
But I would like to thank her and thank God for giving her such a great talent to be so good in her illustrations.
So for those of you who can afford getting customized artwork of your buhnies, feel free to get in touch with Lauren. She will be more than happy to produce one of her “bestest” just for you!
Tru-Luv Moesha looked very promising right from the beginning. She had very nice huge head in just a few weeks old. Looking at her today, I realized that a lot of hard work is needed to achieve what I want in my rabbits. Although I am looking into the possibilities of importing more, it is wise to keep the gene pool small at the moment. I really want to see what wonders line breeding can do for me. Introducing totally unrelated lines and outcrossing my rabbits will only dilute the genes further and it will turn out to be a wild goose chase in the end.
I know what you get from the next generation is what you see in both the buck and doe that you breed but some genes up the lineage may manifest themselves unknowingly. That is the reason why, most breeders keep their gene pool small.
I was hoping that her head would mature. Some rabbits are known to have their head mature after 18 months (1.5 years for the head to pop!).
Enjoy the photos:
The 3 weeks old darling
4 months old Junior
P/S: No buhny were hurt in this photography session…
I just received a mail from Sheila (of the Sheila & Gabey tag team) from Malay Mail CyberSpot. If you remember, Tru-Luv Rabbitry was given a full colored page coverage on the 12th of September 2008 under the CyberSpot section. Sheila & Gabey was so nice to send me soft copy of the article too which I was very proud to include in one of the pages on the sidebar. Really nice people these two and I bet they are big time animal lovers too.
I have written about the 10 things I am most grateful for as a closing for year 2008 and it has been scheduled to be published on the eve of New Year’s Day (look out for it). One of the items listed was how grateful I am (will ever be) for being featured on local medias. The day Sheila & Gabey approached me, I was totally ecstatic! I just couldn’t believe Malay Mail is featuring a humble blog such as mine. The day it was published, the number of hits on this blog shot up high and it has been constantly at a level that I am very happy with. I must also mention that the feature was the greatest affirmation for me to continue blogging about rabbits when I almost gave it up. This goes to show that it is important for you to tell someone that you enjoy what they do so that it encourages them to move forward. I believe this applies to everyone and anyone. So let us not take people around us for granted and tell them that they do matter. A random act of kindness goes a long way.
I believe both Sheila & Gabey are now working on a superb closing article for 2008. The great achievements and I believe it would be quite a good reflection for all of us bloggers that has been featured in the past. Be sure to get a copy of Malay Mail on New Year’s Day. I am sure I will be getting one first thing in the morning.
Last but not least, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Sheila, Gabey and everyone at Malay Mail for featuring Tru-Luv Rabbitry and with that indirectly endorsed our mission statement of responsible pet ownership. I would also like to wish them all the best for their future undertakings. May we continue to enjoy all the goodness their articles may bring in future!
Happy New Year 2009 to Malay Mail!
I love those seafood platters over at Manhattan Fish Market (fast food chain). But I have never tried Buhny Platter though.
J & J prepared the dish, took some photos and sent to me before diggin’ into the plate. LOL…
Just kiddin’. I do not think anyone will eat these kits with all those fur attached.
Here’s a couple of videos:
That bowl of chips look really YUMMY!!!
And what chips are those?
Aren’t they the cutest things? Here, take another closer look
Be sure to be checking it twice before taking anything from the bowl and putting it in your mouth.