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Life’s Little Rantings

I am in my foulest mood today and apologize for using my little space here to vent my frustrations.

At times like these, I tend to recall craps that a certain breeder told me that I later found out to be total blasphemy and they are things that this person do herself.

This person claims that her rabbits are of top quality and quoted her standings in the sweepstakes. With all due respect, there are validity to the sweepstake points but it is somehow advantageous to people who show their rabbits in every single show.

If you’re looking for a good breeder, do lookout for those who don’t show much but still get their name on the top breeders list. Those are the legitimate show breeders.

Sweepstakes standings more often than not reveal the best of the worst. They just do not reflect the actual QUALITY standings of what the breeder produces.

Another crap that was fed to me was how adults breed rabbits and get their children to show them at the youth level. This person was using this sort of excuse to alleviate herself. What a freaking cheap shot!

I do not think ARBA judges are quacks in that sense. If the bunny is good, be it youth or open they remain as good bunnies. I don’t think a judge will pick out a BOB for the freaking sake of doing so. It is competitive at the end of the day.

I will never again believe a single word this breeder tells me and it is sad that many will not have the chance to leverage on the craps when she start opening her gap in days to come!

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Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet was born on the 5th of July 2008 together with Eclipse, Tinga and Luna. Little Miss Muffet is one of those forgettable kits almost like the ugly duckling. Today, I dare say she is looking good. What I really like about this doe is that she has a very nice crown. She is always having this melancholic expression on her face and it tickles my heart to see her. She’s like a little Basset Hound with droopy ears and eyes. LOL!

Here’s some photos from Day 1…

Day 1

Day 1

Day 16

Day 16: Can you spot Muffet, Tinga & Eclipse? I miss Little Luna here. She's the last one on the right.

Day 19

Day 19

Day 32

Day 32

And these are taken today. Really love the way this “ugly duckling” blossomed into a “pretty swan”.

Notice the prominent crown

Notice the prominent crown

Took me a good 20 minutes to get her to pose. LOL!

Took me a good 20 minutes to get her to pose. LOL!

Puppy or Bunny?

Puppy or Bunny?

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Tough Inquiries!

Once in a while I do get inquiries through emails and phone calls with the toughest questions. Some questions are easy but they often caught me off guard. The past few days I have been receiving quite a number of calls and emails. Most of them are easy to handle but I needed time for some because they are to be tackled with care.

Simple questions are difficult to answer because these are issues of the past which I no longer have to deal with. Sometimes even when simple things happen in the rabbitry, I find it hard to think of the solution because they caught me off guard most of the time.

As much as I would like to be very honest and bluntly straight forward in my emails and phone calls as how I write my blog, I must be tactful in handling certain issues. Most of the time I am getting emails and phone calls from strangers and my words could be used against me. Past experiences has taught me to very careful and the good thing is, I do not operate a farm and my rabbits stay exclusive.

Just to share some questions I wish not to answer. Please do not ask me these questions anymore.

1) I noticed that your rabbits are so different from what I have seen locally. Why is that so?

If you have been following this blog, you’ll get the answer to that question easily. But since I have written so much and some may have missed it, here’s a little short explanation. Good and responsible breeders will always fall back to the breed standards. You will only get a certain look in the breed if you breed rabbits based on the Standard Of Perfection. You will never get a Netherland Dwarf if you are breeding towards the Holland Lop direction. Let’s start off with http://www.arba.net where most of the breed specification can be found.

2) You are one of the known rabbit breeders locally, may I know whose rabbits are the best?

My answer to this is, PLEASE JUDGE FOR YOURSELF. I do not like to mention names and I am not even bothered to compare. I just do not mention whatever or whoever I feel not worthy of recommendations. If you don’t hear it from me, please don’t ask. Just understand and pick up whatever I mention.

3) There is a show coming up, will you setup a booth there or are you participating?

Please do not misunderstand. I am NOT a farm operator. I am doing this solely for leisure and as a hobby. My rabbits will always stay exclusive. I emphasize on Quality & not quantity.

On whether I am participating or not, all I can say is that, I rather participating in something worthwhile where I can earn ARBA legs.

Well, I am sure most of you may be very confused with all the MAMBO JAMBO I am ranting. I guess what J of J & J told me once was very true indeed. I am honored that she told me so and it was quite enlightening for me. I do not mean to be braggy and proud but she did mentioned that TLR is a little too advanced for Malaysia. I truly understand that because the terms I use may make some go bonkers!

I still believe strongly on AWARENESS & EDUCATION. People just have to be exposed to the right thing from the start so that we can all move forward together. TLR will remain as a platform for educating the general public on this entire rabbit Hocus Pocus thing!

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Sunday 3-in-1

I hope everyone’s having a great Sunday. I was contemplating whether to write 3 post and schedule them to appear for the next 3 days. But I am just too lazy to do that and therefore, write about 3 very random topics in just 1 post.

First of all, a little update on Carmel. The more I admire Carmel, the most stunning I find her to be. She is ever ready to strike a perfect show pose whenever she is being placed on the grooming table. Really love this doe tons and million. I am still very grateful for Kay’s generosity.

I absolutely love her when she does this!

I absolutely love her when she does this!

There is nothing else I could ask for when I this beautiful girl and there are definitely reasons for her to be among the top lops!

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Haley is a very interesting character. I adore her loads! Sometimes I she will just sit at the cage door moving her head from side to side in deep thoughts while looking straight at me. She is such a doll to have and her actions are more of a puppy than a bunny.

Is this a puppy or a bunny?

Is this a puppy or a bunny?

This is the reason why I love Holland Lops sooOOooo much! They are just like puppies that do not bark!

Please don’t mind the messy cage floor. I placed a cardboard at the bottom for her to destroy. Try tearing up a cardboard while stepping on it. Kinda fun don’t you think?

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TLR started raising Holland Lops in 2006. Have I produce any Show Quality bunnies thus far? Out of all the breedings so far, I dare say that there are 2 bunnies that in my opinion deserve to be on the show tables. The first would be Eclipse from BlueBerry & Skor cross and Truffles from Holly Hope & Skor cross. To be very honest and judgmental, more work has got to be done to improve from here. I am strictly refering to rabbits of my own breeding. I do not believe in importing Grand Champs and put them on the tables.

Speaking of Truffles, he needs a more prominent crown and bigger head. On the experience point of view, he proved to me that long ears are purely GENETICS. His ears seemed to be long because he has got a slipped crown. Looking at him, I refuse to believe in “Summer Ears”. Where we are, it is over 80 degrees fahrenheit constantly. For now, I strongly believe that genetics play a great role in the appearances of rabbits. The only effect the weather have on rabbits here in Malaysia is their coat. I find them molting constantly. I am not considering airconditioning plainly because, we must breed rabbits that are highly adaptable in our climate. I must ensure that my rabbits do not drop dead the moment there is no airconditioning so therefore, it is wise to keep them healthy under the natural condition.

Truffles

Side Profile

Side Profile

It would be perfect if I could see the crown from this angle

It would be perfect if I could see the crown from this angle

Have a great Sunday everyone! God bless!

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Guess Who’s Back?

Little Miss Muffet is back in Meadow Haven again. Her owner had to move elsewhere and couldn’t take her along.

She is having her major molt at the moment. After an hour of cage cleaning and grooming, she look kind of stunning. Reminds me so much of Luna, Eclipse and Tinga!

She is really shy at the moment. Hope she’ll get used to the old environment she’s from once upon a time ago.

After a lengthy grooming session

After a lengthy grooming session

Quite a nice crown from this angle

Quite a nice crown from this angle

Shyness

Shyness

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Educational Visits

I spend most of my time educating people about rabbits through the sharing of my experience raising them. I am currently preparing a little presentation entitled “A Hare Raising Experience” to help people understand rabbits and their basic needs.

This presentation is suitable for children and adults alike. I would be more than happy to conduct this presentation to anyone interested in educating the future generation of our country. Drop me an email and we can make arrangements for us (bunnies and human) to pay your school or organization a visit.

AHareRaisingExperience

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Starting Young

I thought it was a nice day to take photos of Seychel as she is coming out of her baby fur molt. Then came Beth walking pass after her “marketing” play pretend session. We all know that it takes many years of experience to be a qualified rabbit judge. I guess Beth’s starting really young. Here’s what happened in pictorial mode:

I.........want to......chor eu how to judge Honand Nop!

I.........want to......chor eu how to judge Honand Nop!

Mid checktion a little long...

Mid checktion a little long...

Girl, if you wanna be a show buh nie you really have to hold your head up ai....

Girl, if you wanna be a show buh nie you really have to hold your head up ai....

That's better but can you go a little higher?

That's better but can you go a little higher?

The clown is a little snip...

The clown is a little snip...

Chum bleeders can really be a pain in the BUM BUM!

Chum bleeders can really be a pain in the BUM BUM!

A Honand Nop's fur must have the roller coaster effect....

A Honand Nop's fur must have the roller coaster effect....

 

Why are you laughing? You think Honand Nop judging is a joker?

Why are you laughing? You think Honand Nop judging is a joker?

The ear should be thick and well fuh....

The ear should be thick and well fuh....

And the ears must not be 1 linch lower than the......

And the ears must not be 1 linch lower than the......

Oh I'm Goodness! A tatdoo

Oh I'm Goodness! A tatdoo

Number Two!

Number Two!

Good girl, Sea Shell!

Good girl, Sea Shell!

In the end she concluded that although Seychel is not perfect, she loves her as much!

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AwWWwwWwww....

AwWWwwWwww....

hug tight tight!

hug tight tight!

I love you....

I love you....

On a serious note, Seychel is not the perfect brood specimen but I will be using her in my chocolate project nonetheless. By the looks of it, she seemed to have the characteristics of an F1 choc Holland Lop. Whatever it is, she deserves a chance to be a brood doe.

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Recommendations for the rabbit world

There is a rabbit show documentary scheduled for release soon though I do not know when. The director Amy Do spent the last 5 years capturing the craze and passion surrounding the ARBA Conventions. I believe it has something to do with the ribbons – LOL!

I can’t wait for it to be out and hope I could get a copy of it to experience how a show breeder feels in such a highly competitive event. It is a fact that thousands of rabbits come from all over the U.S. to compete in this prestigious competition to garner the Best In Show title.

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Road To Grand Champion!

I would like to revisit a few of my past posts here. Due to the daily posts, I believe some of these articles went “off screen” faster than Superman and most people might have missed it.

In the US, rabbit shows are organized almost on a weekly basis at different locations. They have so many ARBA judges to go around and every show is a success. There are definitely no rooms for QUACK judges and no precious time wasted on fancy shows.

Some places in the other parts of the world is about to start having rabbit shows. Most of the organizers of these shows “imported” ARBA judges or at least people who are credible. In my opinion, if you want to organize a show, might as well organize it to the “fullest”. What is the point of spending so much organizing one with nothing significant just to satisfy the little desire of having the credit for organizing a show?

We suppose to be talking about ARBA sanctioned shows with licensed ARBA judges! Not some quack judge that pretends to know a whole loads and get shot up to fame just because he/she is a foreigner. My fellow Earthians (people of middle earth), I urge you not to be intimidated by Martians. We are all the same living being breathing the same oxygen within the same Atmosphere! Don’t be mislead by quacks!

I just want to walk you down great old memory lane through my old post on the Art Of Intimidation. I know most of you shivers in fear even before the big wave hits you, but take heart my dear friends. I hope this post give you a little courage.

Coming back to the title of this post, I would like to share my knowledge on what really matters. What do you think that a breeder is really chasing after in a show? Yes, the trophies are attractive. But behind the trophies, breeders are really chasing for LEGS! Not their own legs but ARBA GC legs. If you have not seen one, here’s the post Have You Seen An ARBA Leg Before?

Yes, this piece of paper is so valuable that when you get 3 of them, you get to GRAND your rabbit. That means, your rabbit is a GRAND CHAMP in ARBA’s record! Here’s another post on Showing Holland Lops.

So now that I have got the rabbits and their owners covered, what about the judge? No one will go to jail for judging under bad credentials but the big word is CONSCIENCE. In this world filled with competition, the feeling of losing gets the best of people or should I say, shows the best of them. Some breeders have been caught cheating too. It is no different from sporting events where sportpersons resort to drugs to push them further. That is how people lose their heads due to competitions. Judges are human too and the only thing to control their actions is their conscience and reputation. I have also written a post regarding as to how impartial a judge should be in Judges In Rabbit Shows.

Tru-Luv Rabbitry remains a small rabbitry dedicated to the breeding of show quality rabbits. For me, being an ARBA and HLRSC member I would not like to stray away from the main reason for showing and I would like to uphold the spirit of showing for ARBA legs for which removed, defeats the purpose of showing. For an ARBA leg to be issued, a show must be sanctioned by ARBA and must be judged by their licensed judge(s) for which removed, defeats the purpose and is equivalent of placing TOM, DICK & HARRY as the judge. In short, YOU and I are judges! There is no need to fly a person miles across the globe to be a FACADE. Any fellow Earthians can be a judge.

FACADES in my opinion are normally used in misleading people. Whatever reasons behind only the card holder knows. But in many cases, facades are used to market JUNKS! I rather be known as the show breeder that does not show than to waste my precious time, putting my rabbits through unnecessary stress and to be used as a tool for others to attain fame and fortune.

Whether we are going unto the show table soon remains a big “?”.

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Congratulations Mr. Scott Rodriguez!

With great joy, I would like to congratulate Scott Rodriguez (Ivy Crescent Hollands) for passing his ARBA Judge exams. Now he is an official ARBA licensed judge. With more than 20 years of experience in raising show rabbits, I believe very strongly that he will be an incredible judge!

Thunder & Haley, your PAPA is a JUDGE now!!!!

Way to go Scott!!!

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