So life has been hectic for the past 3 months. With a new kid on the block and many changes does take a toll on blogging. I hold this blog very close to my heart because this is where I pour out every single thing I want to share about my life as a rabbit person. A rabbit person, why not a breeder? At this moment, I am being very careful with every single word that I use. I am extra sensitive to words for a particular reason that I will not share. Rabbit is indeed a very personal thing that I treasure because it goes beyond a hobby, it is a passion for me. Rabbit person somehow sounds milder for me. I like it that way I must say.
Never in my wildest dream 4 years ago that I would get a phone call at any time of the day seeking for advice about rabbits. I must admit that I still have much to learn in this hobby but nonetheless, I am glad that I am able to help in any way possible. I believe that will help in the growth in the numbers of rabbit fanciers locally. I really am grateful for those who have trusted in my experience and willing to approach me for my opinions. My apologies if I fall short in knowledge and availability.
I believe that we are all called to service in our own ways big or small and most of the time, it does not yield any fruit. Since this is just a hobby it does not matter to me that much if I gain anything out of it. Learning is always a 2 way process and either way, I get to learn tons of valuable knowledge.
Through my correspondences with other breeders, there has been a question raised. Whether or not breeders should entertain questions from someone who has acquired rabbits from another breeder other than themselves? This question has been raised not only by rabbit breeders but breeders of all kinds.
The shallow minded would definitely feel frustrated and question why must they clean up the mess left behind by incompetent breeders who should be responsible for passing along “perfect” rabbits. The world as we know is far from being perfect and nothing under the sun comes perfect. Though that should not be taken as an excuse, we must also understand that and in their imperfection, there are room to gain much knowledge.
In a competitive world, this seemed to be the way to be ahead but just imagine if you are only able to get answers from the breeder that you bought your pet from. I don’t think the hobby would last and let alone grow. Through the years, I have made so many friends in the hobby who are willing to share regardless. They have never once turn their backs on me. I am truly blessed in that sense.
It is very easy to turn someone with a sick bunny away by just saying “why don’t you go back to the breeder who sold you that sick bunny?”. On the contrary, we should feel good if the advices and opinions we give are able to save the life of the sick bunny. I had once stayed up till 2 a.m. in the morning to help a fellow rabbit person in distress by sharing all that I know and it felt really good to know that the rabbit made it in the end.
In the technology age today, information can travel in matters of seconds. The support group has grown beyond just rabbits. I have so many people to thank today and most I know through this hobby. They not only supported me through times of need with my bunny issues but also on life matters.
My answer to the question above is YES, we must help regardless. So rest assured that I will reply to the best of my abilities any question raised through emails or phone. And manners count a lot too whether or not inquiries get a reply.
And not to disappoint my readers who patiently check back hoping to see photos of bunnies, I shall share a few photos. After a quest of almost 4 years and still going strong, my personal favorite homegrown for 2010 are as follows:
2 responses to “Building A Support Group”
very well said!
totally agree. in the end of the day it is all about the rabbit.