Monthly Archives: August 2011

Out Goes The Rabbit, Dragon Is the Next Best Thing!

One thing that I can never forget about primary/middle school was the pressure of being accepted by the majority. One of the ways to stay acceptable was keeping up with the never ending fads. One year it was Badminton (when Malaysia won the Thomas Cup) then came football (World Cup), YO-YO, Transformers toy, Dragon Ball Z, New Kids On The Block, The Four Heavenly Kings (Aaron Kwok, Leon Lai, Andy Lau & Jackie Cheung) and the list goes on and on…

There’s one year, I really pity the parents because every kid seemed to have the same hairstyle of the favourite singer at that time to a point that it was so difficult to recognize their own child. Another year, parents have to dig deep into their pockets to purchase ADIDAS Predator boots because it was the IN thing at that time and our football team seemed to be sponsored by ADIDAS.

I do not understand all these until a couple of years back by reading a book by one of the biggest music mogul of our time. In the book, the author wrote about how artistes are “packaged” and getting the best marketing team to stir up a huge hype so that album sales would be chart topping.

Through all these passing fads, I tend to wonder who started it all, who is the TREND SETTER to be exact. What does it take to be the chart topping TREND? When one choose to follow the bandwagon, there are more losers than winners. Winners are always staying ahead while “losers” gets exhausted following.

All I know is, being the natural rebel that I am, I was always the odd one out because I refuse to be following nonsensical trends. When my friends were busy stepping on the gas peddle of their cars, I was busy listening to my favourite R&B Hip Hop album on the public bus. When most of friends were busy cheering for a particular soccer team at the mamak stalls, I am usually busy breeding Holland Lop rabbits.

Jokes aside, how much more can the Holland Lop rabbit not be consistent to the standard of perfection? How much more should the Beagle dog change in its appearance? Have you ever feel like when you finally found the answers, they just change the questions? The fact is, the Standard of Perfection is renewed every 5 years with minor or major changes to the breed standards of each breed. So how should we as Show Breeders stay consistent to the breed standards? Do you feel stupid trailing behind without anyone noticing that beautiful animal you have in that barn of yours?

The truth lies in one word, INTERPRETATIONS.

If I give you a word, GOOD, how do you define and interpret this word? What makes GOOD, good? How good is GOOD? How can it be GOOD? What does it take to be GOOD?

Each of us have our own preferences and a mind of our own (I hope). We like certain colours, certain style in something we like or even certain shapes or sizes. The best thing to do is NOT do it just because someone else is or say it should be done. The best thing to do is, not fall prey to cleverly crafted marketing gimmick.

If I tell the world today that one of the Holland Lop rabbits have the tendency of pooping GOLD, what do you think will happen? When the logic circuit in us malfunctions, it is extremely dangerous. We will lose all sense of decision making capabilities and what happens? We just follow blindly. Don’t be fooled by the passing fad, the self proclaimed “Trend Setters” are looting your resources. And all around these false “Trend Setters” are the opportunists trying to share a piece of the cake.

I am offering you a solution here. You MUST work towards your own interpretations. BREED FOR WHAT YOU LIKE AND MAKE YOUR OWN!!! That is exactly what a real Trend Setter would do!

Just think about it…

Gold Nuggets Anyone?

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What Can Your Children Learn

As we all know, there are now 2 sides to this rabbit hobby namely Just For Pets and Rabbit Showing. For the adults or in the OPEN it can be extremely competitive among serious breeders and it got me thinking what will the youth or young children learn from this wonderful hobby. Here’s my take on this topic:

Sense of responsibility

Having pet rabbits as a hobby does teach our children to be responsible for another living being. It also teaches them discipline as their pets must be watered and fed on a fixed routine. They have the opportunity to watch and learn the life cycle of a pet from young till death. There are many things that they will learn from keeping a pet healthy at all time.

Social skills

When they get into the Rabbit Showing sport, they will be introduced to other children their and also with the same hobby. They will learn how to socialize and at times learn how to be tactful in handling emotions of other children. As children always learn from their elders, we just have to be careful and to ensure they do not get entangled in the adult world. When they are good at honing social skills, that will help them handle human interaction issues better.

To be honest, having pet rabbits on its own is far more less damaging than having children in the showing sports. Introducing them to the showing sports would mean introducing dynamics and complexity into the hobby for them. Yes, he or she may not be in the run to win it but it does not mean someone he or she knows isn’t as well. And it all really depends on how much you want to protect your children.

The reason why I am writing this is because, I was able to see for myself the heartache in a child when he/she did not do well with his/her rabbit. The disappointment that shows on the face really tears my heart and that is something I will definitely not forget the next time I ever organize any rabbit competition.

The show arena is definitely somewhere to toughen up your kids!


AVAILABLE|Buck|DOB: 13 June 2011|Interested please email: truluvrabbitry@gmail.com

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Lessons from the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a must watch in my opinion. I really enjoyed the show and the messages were very clear and I would like to take some time to write about my thoughts of these messages. Comparing this one with all the previous versions, I really think that the story line and the entire setting of the movie was far more realistic without monkeys in space suits. This one’s more reasonable in theory.

Here are the messages I took home after watching this interesting movie:

1. Animals are always misunderstood

Carrots are rabbits’ staple food is enough to describe this point. Nature has got its way of telling us something but we are always too preoccupied to observe and be sensitive to these subtle nudges. We tend to impose our human needs unto animals forgetting to let nature take its course. Although the ecosystem and organisms are very diverse and complex, each has its part to play and collectively make this planet what it is. In the wild nature cleans up the weak and make way for the strong to survive and proliferate. Unfortunately, many a times human try to intervene based on their emotions. We place our feelings before us and try to save what is not meant to be saved because we failed to understand and forget how nature works. In the movie, all the apes wanted was to be free and be in a place where they belong – the forest.

2. Human should never play God

Extending from the previous point, as humans we have been blessed with intelligence far greater than any other organisms on this planet and by having intelligence, we rule over all other organisms. We domesticate animals and even breed them in captivity thinking it would be best for the species. Conservation is good but it would be better without us damaging the earth and using conservation as damage control. All the apes wanted was to get to the other side of the bridge to where the forest is. Seemed like too much to ask?

3. Humans are always dramatic, over reacts and over exaggerating

When the apes started acting unruly (to fight for freedom & to be where they belong), the humans started using firearms on them. Blocking off both ends of the bridge in the effort of stopping the apes from crossing the bridge. It does not make sense and seemed silly to me that they do not allow the apes to get to their destination. It seemed pointless what they were doing. So as you can see, the apes were merely acting upon their instinct while the humans over reacted.

As you can see, the humans really can stir up some major drama (stupid monkey!). A drama huge enough for a MAJOR BLOCKBUSTER! I absolutely enjoyed the movie and I believe everyone should watch it!


AVAILABLE|Buck|DOB: 13 June 2011|Interested please email: truluvrabbitry@gmail.com

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Lemmings

One of my favourite computer games when I was younger was Lemmings. It is quite similar to the modern day Angry Bird puzzle game that many have came to be addicted to. Lemmings in real life are small rodents similar to hamsters and the mice. I am not sure why they were given such a “stupid” image in the game but it was definitely frustrating at times when they fall short of the instructions given by the player.

Taken from Google images

The objective of the game is to rescue the whole herd of lemmings from inevitable death by using different skill sets to escape the puzzle. This game only tells you one thing – A Good Leader (you) can save an entire herd of Lemmings from extinction.

I am sure by now you will somehow understand my point and where I am coming from. As of late, I cannot help but to notice how easy it is for new comers in the rabbit hobby to be mislead. To a point that I must state the obvious and when I do that, it puts me in a bad light. Unfair isn’t it?

Things I have noticed happening:-

1) Oops, made a mistake which buck we use as STUD for you (If you didn’t ask, we will never tell). Shit hits the fan when kits of unexpected colour starts appearing in the litter – this is really NO CLASS. THIS IS CHEATING

2) Hyping up one’s herd credibility through many unscrupulous means and selling pets for brood/show quality price. Taking advantage of people without knowledge. THIS IS CHEATING

3) Selling pregnant does without informing buyer (you never ask, we will never tell). THIS IS DISHONEST

4) Promising rabbits with GC Legs when they really do not. Even original pedigrees are sure to be lost in the mail (freaking lame excuse). THIS IS CHEATING

5) All the above are given MERITS and SUPPORTED! THIS IS LEMMING!

With so much loose ends, I start to wonder if these irresponsible seller/broker/breeder or whatever you call them, give you what you paid for. Somehow their actions make me doubt further. People like that are capable of anything. Promise you a rabbit through photo but in real life it is a different rabbit, giving you a fake pedigree and even a mixed breed rabbit does not seem impossible.

Everyone love the convenience and depends on hearsay. “I heard this line is good so it is expensive. Never mind, as long as good I can spend a lot”. And soon, one after another just like the lemmings, they follow suit to inevitable death. Every lines has got its different quality if you do not already know. If only you care to learn how to distinguish between them. That’s if you really care. The same thing applies to unscrupulous rabbit sellers and it is very easy to put them out of business – WHEN THE BUYING STOPS, THE CHEATING WILL TOO!

If telling the truth is unpopular (which has always been since the existence of mankind), what should or can be done? I guess nothing. So I’ll leave you to continue supporting/encouraging and being mislead. I have grown and am done playing the LEMMINGS game.

I must also point out that this rabbit thing to some is pretty important as it has become their source of income and having the need to survive, has turn to immoral approaches. Pity is one thing but how many can you take pity? I am happy to be able to write and express my opinions through my observation without a care for anything because really (and again), this is just a hobby for me and not life or death situation. For some it is TOP PRIORITY – one rabbit not sold would mean no food for a day (sad but true).

And the point of this post really is, I just wanted to wish all of you, HAPPY BEING CHEATED!

DOPE!


AVAILABLE|Buck|DOB: 13 June 2011|Interested please email: truluvrabbitry@gmail.com

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Small Animal Boarding Services

UPDATE: This is an old post. XOXO Pets Store no longer in business. 

With all the festivities around the corner, I have been receiving many inquiries for boarding rabbits. I do not offer any boarding service but I know a place that do and they do it really well – XOXO Pets Store.

Contact information:

XOXO Pets Store
56-3 (3rd Floor),
Jalan PJU 5/20D,
The Strand Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Email: xoxopetstore@gmail.com
Tel: 012-5688 420
Business Hour: 
Mon – Tues:
11:00 am-1:00 pm
2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thurs – Sat:
11:00 am-1:00 pm
2:00 pm-6:00 pm

I have been getting many good comments after recommending them to my bunny friends who needed boarding services. Do check them out!

Pampered furballs

XOXO feeds like you do…

Pamper your furkids like you do

Keep them clean and health like you do!

 

 

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Stop Buying Under Age Baby Rabbits!

Yes, it happens everywhere but it does not give us a good reason to patronize unscrupulous and irresponsible breeders/pet stores/retailer. How does a 8 weeks old look like? I have written an article about this issue earlier – https://truluvrabbitry.com/2009/01/01/how-does-a-8-weeks-old-look-like/

I am still getting question like “what can I feed an under age rabbit to save it?”. I know we are all very concerned pet lovers but let’s stop and take a look at the bigger picture and ask ourselves, HOW MANY CAN WE SAVE and SHOULD WE SAVE?

WE MUST ADDRESS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM – WHERE THE BUNNIES CAME FROM!

Greedy people are taking advantage of the sympathy and compassion of pet lovers. We always think that “PERHAPS IT WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SURVIVE UNDER MY CARE”. I am not doubting your ability to save another bunny’s life but I hope you can stop encouraging greedy people by NOT supporting their irresponsible act.

Enough Is Enough...

“When the buying stops, the killings will to” is a very common tagline we hear these days. We ask ourselves how many sharks has been killed for their fins and in fact some shark species are threatened to the brink of extinction. Will you buy a giant tank, fill it up with salt water and save every single shark out there without fins?

So with that, I would like to urge everyone to “SAY NO” when it really matters! This campaign runs every single day!

P/S: Please feel free to use these <8W pictures on your website/facebook/blog in support of this cause!

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In The Studio We Go…

“Make sure you evaluate carefully before passing on your rabbits”

That’s what the production crew member told me before I left for home. Regrets, I have none. Tru-Luv Chiko went to the right family and I am happy that he is well taken care of. He has grown into a very handsome 4 months old!

So I received an email last week. A favour request from a media production house to loan one of Tru-Luv’s rabbits. As I always enjoy spending time in the studio environment, it was difficult to decline. But the problem really wasn’t with whether I can make it for the photo shoot but the problem was that they wanted a black rabbit in particular. My thoughts went to Chiko straight away and I was glad the his owner agreed to join me at the studio for a couple of hours.

I was given strict instructions not to share photographs that I have taken of the artiste until the launching so therefore, I am just sharing photos of Tru-Luv Chiko. He was a natural and I am so very proud of him! He is the best example of a rabbit that is used to handling and very well taken care of.  My heart is joyful.

Tru-Luv Chiko a CPG Pro Optimum boy, his fur shines!

Chiko above and Carmel his great grandmother is next to Haley underneath him

Chiko @ 4 months!

Anxiously waiting for action while photographers set up

Are we ready for Lights, Camera & Action?

 

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Goodbye Black-Letterhead, Hello Pilcrow!

Do you like the new theme? I absolutely LOVE IT!

For the past couple of years, I have been using the Blak-Letterhead theme by Ulysses Ronquillo. It is always difficult to choose an appealing and suitable theme for a rabbit weblog because I am very particular on how slick it looks. And with the large number of themes available to choose from, it made it even harder for me to decide on the best.

As I browsed through and previewing the themes randomly, I stumbled across this latest theme called Pilcrow by Automattic. I fell in love instantly. What I like most about this theme is that, it retains a banner and on top of that, we have the menu above the banner. I believe with the Black-Letterhead theme, new visitors get kinda lost browsing for information. With the main menu on top, the Info Center will be hard to miss with this new theme.

On a happy note, TinyCritterz.com has replenished stocks and a few new products has been added. Besides that, an old product has made a comeback with new packaging, I am talking about Rabbit Nutri-Drops – now available in 30 ml and 240 ml. Kritter’s Crumbles (click here for brochure) is the new bedding material all rabbit owners must try. It is available on-line exclusively on TinyCritterz.com. It is the latest fastest moving product!

While you are shopping over at TinyCritterz.com please remember to stock up on the TinyCritterz’ Timothy Hay, Versele-Laga Cuni Complete, Cuni PRO and Cuni Nature!

Thank you all for your immense support! Made it all worthwhile sharing information and providing the shopping experience at the same time!

Happy Shopping!

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Not Bad For A Pixie

Pixie Blu just wanted to say HI TO EVERYONE TONIGHT!

She is 2 months old (9 weeks exactly).

Looks so grown up tonight...

But only a little longer than a marker pen...

What a precious little darling!

 

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All That Your Rabbit Needs

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I am sure that most of you TLR readers and followers would agree that for the past 5 years of blogging, I have always recommended products that are good for your rabbit(s). Since day 1 of blogging, I have shared every moment of my life raising Holland Lops and this blog would not have existed if I have not realized how important information sharing was and still is. Thus, I have recommended these products because I use them personally for my rabbits and have found that they are very suitable for them (the rabbits). Most of you would have also noticed that there were changes throughout the years.

The reason is very simple and it is due to nothing other than finding ways to improve the lives of my rabbits. For example, I am not a fan of switching feed because we all know that our rabbits have very sensitive stomach and switching feed may cause upset sometimes. It takes a lot of convincing on the ingredients and a lot of trial before I even use these products for rabbits, let alone recommend them. Another reason was the availability of products in the market. As the knowledge of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and rabbit owners increase, so will the number of good products in the market.

And so, after 5 years, I have found the following combination the best to maintain and upkeep my rabbits. For economical and financial reasons, I am going to break things down so that you will know much little you spend on good stuff for your beloved rabbits.

Versele-Laga Cuni Complete provides fibrous content, retails at RM 18

Versele-Laga Cuni PRO for dental health, retails at RM 18

Versele-Laga Cuni Nature (Senior) which conditions, retails at RM 20

Versele-Laga Cuni (Junior) Nature conditions the young ones, retails at RM 20

TinyCritterz 1kg Timothy Hay-In-Box acts as roughage and promotes stomach motility

Honestly, these are all your rabbit(s) need(s) for a month to stay healthy and happy! And let’s do some calculations shall we?

1. Versele-Laga Cuni Complete 500 g – RM 18

2. Versele-Laga Cuni PRO 1 kg – RM 18

3. Versele-Laga Cuni Nature or Junior Nature 750 g – RM 20

4. TinyCritterz Timothy Hay-In-Box 1kg – RM 15

TOTAL ======================> RM 71/ 1.5 month

When mixed together and given 1/3 cup per day, these feed can last for more than 45 days but let’s take 45 days as a benchmark. That’s RM 2.20 PER DAY PER RABBIT!

And for litter bedding, please refer to this post – https://truluvrabbitry.com/2011/08/01/kritterskittys-crumble/

Litter bedding could be as low as RM 0.80 / week and that’s RM 0.20 per day rounded up.

Add the RM 0.20 litter bedding cost into RM 2.20 for feed, that’s only RM 2.40 per day per rabbit!

I am sure all of us can save a burger or 2 per week to provide our little bunnies the best they deserve.

All these products can be purchased online at http://www.TinyCritterz.com

Thank you all for your unending support!

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