Monthly Archives: January 2009

What An Exhausting Day!!!

After an entire fulfilling day tearing down Meadow Haven, I am finally enjoying the space I have with that little area I have. Initially, I was planning to switch over the cages on Monday but that day being the first day of the New Lunar Calendar, it was said to be unsuitable to clean up the house as it would mean I am cleaning all the luck away. Although I am not particular about taboos, I thought I better stick with it just to be safe. I would want to have a great Ox year ahead with the rabbitry.

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“Almost done cleaning. MESSY! MESSY!”

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“As good as new. Squeky clean now…”

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And I have got so much space, I could slot in a grooming table!!! At last, my own grooming corner!!! I am really loving this setup tons and millions!!!

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“Skor, The Rabbitry Guard-Bun”

I will let him out for patrol every night so he’s taking that cage under the grooming table.

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The Grooming Table. Really need a good paint job. I have got all the tools I need to groom them nice. It’s 3 feet high by the way. Just nice for me in my apron. I am a hobbit myself so 3ft is really just nice for me. Lovin’ IT!

And last but not least…TRUFFLES!

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They start young don’t they? Posing for me at 12th day? Yeah….the eyes are opened! Pickaboo!

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Noobie’s Newborn Kits & Revamp Begins

Did I mention that I rebred Noobie on 24th December 2008? Yes I did and I am so happy that I did.

I found one stillborn on her litter tray and 3 more plump kits in the nest box! I believe we have a lilac charlie, a broken chocolate & as usual, a broken black that has got patterns of the English Spot breed.

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I am very tired at the moment because revamp work has started and so far it is half way through. Here are some photos of the progress.

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I AM VERY TIRED!!!!

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Road To Revamp

Meadow Haven will have a a face-lift soon. Thanks to the help of PetShack, I was able to obtain materials that I needed namely cages and shelves. So this holiday I’ll be spending time tearing down the magnificient Meadow Haven Version 1.0 and put up the new Meadow Haven.

It is crazy to be spending so much during this time of trial and tribulation but it is inevitable. I need more space to facilitate in cleaning the entire rabbitry. But anyhow, life must go on. I am not feeling too happy right now so I will stop here and share some photos.

The Wilderness:

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A sneak preview of the future:

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And all these troubles for…..

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My beloved RABBITS!

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Tru-Luv Truffles: Day 10 & Other stories

In conjunction with receiving my ARBA membership card, I have also got myself an apron for my future grooming session. I must say it was rather kinky to be wearing an apron with bears on it. How I wish they were rabbit prints. Maybe I should get a plain apron and print TLR logo on it. It would be cute!

Anyhow, here’s how I look like wearing it.

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I didn’t want to join ARBA at first because I felt it was irrelevant since we do not have shows here and I am not an American Breeder. But I realized that I was breeding imports from America so I should be a member too. Furthermore, I could get more news about the ongoing in US and keep abreast with the latest information in the rabbit world.

So I am happy to be a member of both the HLRSC and ARBA now.

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And here’s Truffles:

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Culling: Picking up your own mess!

Following up my post from yesterday, I felt that this topic is quite a hot topic to discuss over. If you have something to say about it, do drop a comment. But for now, I am just going to throw out whatever that is on my mind. Why is this topic on my mind is because I am feeling rather trapped at the moment.

Before I go into the details, I’ll like to ask these 2 self inflicted questions.

We have got no Rabbit Shows in Malaysia so why am I breeding for quality?

Although there is no rabbit shows in Malaysia, it should not be taken as an excuse and reason not to keep top quality rabbits. It is pretty simple. Is there a handbag show in Malaysia? Do you need a handbag show to keep nice handbags or shoes? That’s the same concept just that we are dealing with one with life and one without. I believe strongly, people who knows how to appreciate the Holland Lop deserves much better quality rabbits in Malaysia. I am not talking about those that take rabbits as just….rabbits. Although we do not have shows in Malaysia, it is quite addictive to try get that crown in place, those big stumpy legs or even the nice curvature on the head. And if no one bothers about quality, who would be? And we will be forever stuck with sub standard pets.

Why do I breed in the first place?

I started off breeding with the intention of sharing nice rabbits with fellow enthusiasts. But now, I don’t really know if I should anymore. That’s because no one bothers about quality at all. They care more for their pockets. Very typical of Malaysians. Why pay for an original DVD that cost $100 when you can get it for only $8? It is sad in a way because we always settle for second best. As long look like a rabbit with 2 long ears that droop will be suffice.

These are my concerns sharing my rabbits at the moment:

1) Every pet owner seemed to subscribe to the belief that an animal must complete its life cycle and breeding should be the ultimate goal

2) My rabbits falling into the hands of someone that mix breed them. This is totally wasting one’s time for spending over 10 years developing a breed just to get it all screwed up again in just seconds

3) TLR seemed to be making tons of monies with his rabbits. Perhaps I should try my hand in breeding also

4) Rabbits passed to farms as feeds end up being resold

My question is, MUST we breed every single animal on earth?

So when one decides to breed, I believe as a human being with full awareness and being conscious, should be held responsible for his/her actions. I am starting to accept the fact that breeders must pick up their own mess and not throw the mess unto others.

That is when culling comes in. Not many breeders can practice “DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WANT OTHERS DO UNTO YOU”. Would you buy rubbish produced by others? If not, please don’t throw rubbish out for others. There has been so many junks labeled as gems sold at such high prices these days and the funny thing is, no one questions the credibility of the producer. I do not think I would want to give other what I do not want myself. That is exactly the reason why I started out breeding.

Lately, I have found so many nice breeders that understand very well why they should not throw junks out for others. Not to take advantage of people and I fully endorse their ideologies and concepts.

So since we do not want to throw junks out for others, how can we clean up the junks? Sell junks as pets? NO way!

The only way is to CULL CULL CULL! For the betterment of the breed and also for the betterment of the human race!

If you can’t accept this concept, then I think you should forget about the original LV and GUCCI apparels you had your eyes on. I believe you want nice things too and to get nice things, don’t we all pay the prices?

Rabbits has been listed as the 3rd most abandoned pet in the United States. Let’s not make it the 1st in Malaysia.

All I can say at the moment is, people cull to give other the best. Those that do not cull passes on junks that will end up producing more junks and the vicious cycle continues.

So will I cull?

I would consider it if I am forced to the brink of self destruction. Ever seen an animal die in extreme stressful situation? Yes, looking at how the general public is treating rabbits, I will consider culling. In short, the environment has taught me to be very selfish and I rather kill rabbits than to have them fall into irresponsible hand which is worst when more suffering animals are produced off them.

As for now, if rabbits do not matter to me, why would I bother even to post my concerns? Think about it…

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Tru-Luv Truffles: Day 9

Before I start posting photos of Truffles, I just want to spend a little time to share what I have learned about the purpose of breeding (again!). Yeah, I know everyone’s talking about making sure you breed for quality. We must breed to achieve a goal that is to produce rabbits that exceeds the STANDARD OF PERFECTION laid down by ARBA. So what it takes in between the starting line and the ultimate victory?

For the past few weeks, two words kept on coming onto my mind. CULL HARD. Do you know that when the competition gets really serious. Breeders will start to cull their rabbits. Not many are petted out because unlike commercial breeders that sees every rabbit as an opportunity to MAKE PROFIT, a show breeder feels that the more pets he/she sends out, the more diluted the market becomes.

The common methods of culling would be to send rabbits to reptile farms, snake farms or raptor farms. I was not able to accept these methods at first but after thinking it through, I felt that it does give a purpose to raising rabbits. To be honest, I rather have my rabbits humanely put down then to have some airheads experimenting with breeding. What I hate most is the mentality of people thinking that rabbits are profitable. I still cannot see how it is profitable unless costs are cut in the form of feed.

I believe that a good show breeder will always cull their rabbits. It is much better than having abandoned rabbits. Keeping every single pet quality rabbit is not the solution and dumping all of them in a common area is definitely not a good idea as well.

Here’s Truffles:

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Tru-Luv Truffles: Day 8

I found myself not writing much these days because I just cannot differentiate between night and day anymore. My chatting friends are mostly Americans and I usually stay up pretty late to have bunny chats or should I say bunny gossips. It is so nice to chat with them especially those that are so willing to share their knowledge with you.

I am so happy to have found so many Holland Lop breeder friends and they have been so supportive. My world is so much brighter having these friends around the globe. At least I do not sound like a mad person talking about rabbits all the time.

I really really love HOLLAND LOPS! I think it is the only true rabbit breed in the world. LOL!

Oops, I am so sorry, this post is suppose to be Truffles’ post. I have only not seen it for a day and she has grown so much. Its fur has thickened. I missed on nice photo of Holly Hope nursing last night because the camera automatically placed the photos into another folder.

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Tru-Luv Truffles: Day 7!!! Woohoo 1 week old!!!

Just a blink of an eye, it’s been a week already. This little black and white furball is getting cuter by the days. Today a little small piece of hay went into its nose and made it sneezed and hacked. I got a little scare wondering what happened. After pulling off the the piece of hay, this little fellow cuddled up in my palm.

img_9983img_9985img_9984img_9983I caught photos of Holly Hope nursing the little one. It is no coincidence that I was able to capture this video. Bear in mind rabbits in the wild will run far away from their nests when predators are nearby. Why isn’t Holly Hope running away from me? That’s because she knows me too well. I have been cuddling her the moment she was born.

That is the wonder of individual attention given to the rabbits. They treat you like their family too. She is such a great mommy. You’ll notice that she has been pulling her fur from her thigh and now it is bald. Talking about motherly LOVE, even a small animals such as these can show unconditional love. It is really surprising why mankind with better brains can’t.

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Tru-Luv Truffles: Day 6

Little Truffles is growing well. I am a little sympathetic with this singleton like any other. No siblings to cuddle up with.

Let’s stay happy looking at some photos.

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Tru-Luv Rabbitry @ Pet Epicure

Nothing feels better than to hang out with animal people on a Sunday afternoon. It been quite a while since I participated such an outing. I made new friends while trying to promote the rabbitry. I felt right at home although the place was filled with cats. I was happy to have a couple of people interested in the Holland Lop.

I reach the Pet Boutique at approximately 11 am. I was greeted with a very cosy little shop that reminds me of the movie set of Noting Hill. LOL! At one glance you would agree that the shop was very well layout and all products are placed in the most appropriate locations.

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There were 2 Cockatiels at the entrance.

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Is that a Standard Poodle?! And a Chihuahua!?

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Cats! Meow!

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The breed showcase. I was really amazed by the Maine Coon but I forgot to take a picture of them.

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Cats for adoption. Only RM50!

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Here are Alicia’s rabbits in the NIC panel.

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Skor and Luna was placed right in front of the counter. I could tell that they were a little stressed out Skor especially. LOL….img_9961Being the rabbit expert for the day. LOL…

I believe I avoided many questions today because I was hanging out mostly outside the boutique. Somehow I was sneezing non-stop and I just couldn’t identify what I was allergy to. No offence to Pet Epicure, I believe it was the Guinea Pigs. LOL!!!!

All in all, I really enjoyed myself getting to know new friends and learned so much about cats, scorpions, tarantula and snakes! Yeah, that’s what we were doing outside the boutique. Having PET talks!!!

Hope Pet Epicure all the best for their boarding and adoption services. May 2009 be prosperous!

Thank you very much Alicia, Jonathan & everyone at Pet Epicure!

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