Monthly Archives: September 2012

Idioms & Quotes of the Show Rabbit World

If you have been in the rabbit world long enough, you might have come across many terms, statements, comments, idioms and quotes used in all sorts of situations. Some of these statements hold more meanings than they literally do. In this post, I hope to help explain and decipher what all these terms mean. A word of caution, I am no urban dictionary and what I write in this post is for entertainment sake so please do not take it too seriously.

Cute

This is the word most widely used by breeders to comment on pictures of rabbits owned by another breeder. It is a very polite way of saying, “I am so not into this one”. In other words, it could mean that the bunny in question is not good enough. On a better note, if it is a very young rabbit, this word means exactly what it means. Every 4 weeks old bunny is cute right?

Potential/Promising

Please take this ugly thing out of my barn! These two words are related to “I will not sell what I don’t intend to keep”. There are two sides to these two words. Some inexperienced breeders are unable to evaluate younger stock and have no patience to grow out the juniors that they have at a particular point of time. I am sure most of us have heard or read about the story of Ugly Duckling. Some young rabbits will bloom into very beautiful adults if given the time and good care. Not all breeders use these terms loosely, some really mean what they say and those that they are offering for sale are in fact very beautiful promising and potential show stoppers. I believe it matters who you are dealing with.

I will not sell what I don’t intend keep

I find this statement rather interesting. I believe the question that should follow when this statement is used plainly should be, “Then why aren’t you keeping it?”. I would rather complete the sentence by saying, “I do not sell anything that I do not intend to keep, but the fact is that I have too many beautiful rabbits with limited cages so I have decided to part with this one to make more space”. The crude me would rather say, “I do not sell anything I do not intend to keep, but the fact is, I won’t keep it and I hope you will make something good out of it”. Oh give me a break!

If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything

When I have nothing good to say, I say it ANYWAY! I don’t give a sh*t how your delicate mushy little heart feels! I am brutally honest and every word that comes from my mouth draws blood. That’s how cruel I am. ROFL! It is true that it is a small world and in the bunny world, there are many taboos and discussion of one’s rabbit is liken to discussing religion in certain countries (everything is sensitive). So in order not to offend anyone’s feelings, it is best to keep words like “your rabbit is fugly” to yourself! Even if your “most honest” opinion is being sought after, please refrain from saying anything bad because rabbit people can be very brutal!

We have a very good representation of the breed but…

This is something we might have heard during shows and it simply means that the rabbits are still not good enough in the opinion of the judge. You do not have to agree and clear out your entire herd because another judge may come along and say the same thing about your new herd of rabbits.

So as you can see, there are many representations or interpretations as to the vast amount of words in the rabbit world. We humans are far more complicated than rabbits. When a rabbit performs a binky, it literally means it is happy. But when someone smile at you, there might be thousands of curse words going through his or her mind at that exact moment. It really depends on how you carefully craft your sentence and ask the right questions.

How I would like to say it differently? Being the honest (broke) bloke I am, I usually tell people my most honest opinion of my rabbits and that they (buyers) should understand that nice rabbits are very difficult to come by. If they are breeders, they should know that there are substantial work to be done to obtain a “show stopper”. No “regular” breeder should expect to have a perfect rabbit handed over to them on a silver platter (unless you have a lot of cash to burn). But in actual fact, I have been given very beautiful rabbits to begin with by extremely generous people and I try my best to do the same with breeders with good intentions.

If only dealing with people is as easy and innocent as dealing with rabbits, the world will be a better place…

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Something I Am Very Proud Of

At the end of 2010 and after 3 years of raising Holland Lops, I started feeling a worried not being able to grow the hobby. Most of my rabbits were shared with pet owners mostly keeping single bunnies and there were no other reputable breeders to work with.

Then my prayers were answered when I met Golden Pines Rabbitry who share the same sentiments when it comes to ethical breeding while trying to improve the breed locally. Almost 2 years has gone by and I am glad that much has been achieved. In fact, Golden Pines Rabbitry has surpassed me in many aspects of the hobby. If I am not wrong, they will soon have rabbits with pedigrees filled up with the GP prefix perhaps making them one of the rabbitries in Malaysia to have 100% locally bred competitive Holland Lops. These rabbits are fully conditioned to thrive in our climate without the need of air conditioning and etc.

Another rabbitry that I am proud of is CME Rabbitry. I got to know CME Rabbitry through Golden Pines Rabbitry and I am glad to mention that I enjoy working with CME Rabbitry. CME is always eager to learn and today his knowledge has surpassed mine in terms of color genetics. To be honest, I tend to slack off when it comes to the ABCD of colors.

Through his knowledge and experience, CME Rabbitry is now producing very nice colored Holland Lops especially in the otter department. I believe this is attributed to his perseverance and patience in the hobby. Another attribute that deserve commending is that CME Rabbitry have a big heart for his rabbits and always go the extra mile to ensure that they are passed on to responsible and good owners.

One point to take note is that CME Rabbitry have always worked with locally bred Holland Lops and up to this point of time, have not imported any stocks of his own.

Kudos to CME Rabbitry for producing beautiful colored Holland Lops!

Life is a journey, not a destination.

Nuff Said….

And to top off the wonderful weekend, I received the much anticipated Rabbit Fever DVD in the mailbox today.

An awesome little documentary!

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Fruit Of My Labor

Over the past year, I have been breeding and passing some of my rabbits to fellow enthusiasts who are serious about the hobby. I have also passed on many beautiful and handsome rabbits to pet owners who have approached me. Knowing the fact that the hobby must grow, I am glad to see some of the other breeders are doing very well with rabbits that I have shared with them. I am very proud of each and everyone of them for producing very good rabbits through applying their knowledge.

As for me, it boils down to only a few that I have selected to move forward in this hobby. I am so glad that my rabbits are fed with Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Food because the results are spectacular. In the past and even now, I often hear breeders echoing the statement “Quality, not quantity” and with such a wonderful feed, my rabbits have much better condition. And with such beautiful rabbits, I do not need to have many but instead just a handful will be able to help me move forward.

 

Aren’t they so darn cute!?

And I am proud to say that they are my home growns!

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Sentimental Saturday

After just one hour of posting photos of rabbits available, all four has been spoken for. In the process I found very compassionate people too. It is totally unexpected and I would love to write about it.

Being in the show rabbit world set one’s mind to such that there is no room for imperfection. If it gets really serious, it is all about discarding the undesirable. I am not sure how others feel about this and if all breeders share the same sentiments. Perhaps, I may not really fit into the picture.

As a breeder who cares for his rabbits, I worry most for these imperfect babies. A small injury may cause the chances of getting a home to almost nil. I usually spend more time and effort on those with problems hoping that they will eventually grow up healthy and well. At the back of my mind, I am also very discouraged by the fact that no one may want to have them but today I was proven wrong. You really cannot blame me for thinking that way because I have learned that in this part of the world, honesty is not appreciated. Haters will always be haters and even though I know for a fact that I am the least favored rabbit breeder in town, I am still going to speak my mind come what may. I would like to share my thoughts and feelings on the experiences that I had today.

I posted photos of four rabbits that was available earlier today and out of the four, one was a little blind doe and the other was a smaller than usual little buck (we sometimes call them runts). If you have ever watch the movie BABE, you will know what a runt is and what usually happens to them in the slaughterhouse. I hope you also remember how famous BABE became in the movies.

Of course these imperfect little bunnies raised a few questions among the bunny people here. There were also many assumptions about their imperfections. I totally understand why and they are valid questions in their own rights.

Let’s spend some time talking about the little blind doe that I put up for adoption. My condition for her was that she should never be bred and should go to a loving pet home. The questions that came back were as follows:-

1. How can your rabbits produce blind babies when they are genetically sound and fed with the best food?

2. Why can’t she be bred if her blindness is not genetically linked?

To be very honest, it can be a little frustrating when I think at the surface level of their questions but I did not disclose the reason she was blind for a few reasons. Firstly, if someone truly love an animal, they will not even bother to ask those questions and that makes it easier for me to make a decision. Secondly, I love to know people’s thoughts and that helps me to gauge how the general people think.

Most of the inquiries also made me wonder why must every living creature be bred and why breeding becomes such a key factor to owning a pet. I do not think I will ever come to understand this part.

So to answer to the above questions, I would like to write a long story about it so that no one dare say anything bad about Tru-Luv Rabbitry. But if they still insist, heck, HATERS WILL ALWAYS BE HATERS!

So what happened to little Ms. Blindie here?

Wanting to ensure the kits born here have higher chances of survival, I always like to see a little more milk in their tummy. I would normally turn mommy bunny over and let the kits nurse on her. On Day #2, just when she was about to finish nursing, mommy decided to give a hard kick. Poor Ms. Blindie flew across the room and landed on the floor with a thud. On closer inspection, I realized that she had a 2 inches cut from behind her left armpit all the way down to the middle of her chest area. I could see her ribs and I was totally devastated! Not wanting to take any chances, my eldest daughter and I took her to the vet to get more advice and perhaps we could give her some stitches.

Being assured that kits have very high recovery rate, we  went home with some antiseptic solution. We spent the entire week cleaning the wound and we were so happy that it dried up. She not only healed but was the biggest milk tanker! She continued to grow but we realized that her left eye was cloudy when it opened. We can only attribute the blindness to the fall. Perhaps the fall may have damaged something that has caused the blindness. If you think about it, wouldn’t blindness caused by genetics make both eyes blind? Her injury was on the left side and her blindness is on the left side as well. I do not think that is coincidence.

As to the question of breeding, we would like her to have a good home. I personally think that it is hard enough to deal with blindness let alone childbirth. I tend to be more compassionate in this sense. We should not stretch someone or some living thing to the max or should I say that we should always compensate someone for their misfortune. Don’t blind people get better treatment these days? And that’s exactly the sentiments that I would like to have for this little doe.

I want her to have a good life not only because she is blind on the left side. It is because she shares the same birthday as my daughter who was holding her in her palm as she walked into the vet clinic hoping that she will be alright. I want her to have a good life because my daughter told me today, “Daddy, please find someone nice for my little blind Belle” and I cannot break a promise made to my little child.

I also received a phone call by a nice little young chap asking for our little charlie buck. He said something along the line of, “I want the most unfortunate one and the little charlie buck fits the bill”. I agreed immediately.

As you can see, the little bunnies that gained much attention aren’t the perfect ones but one that is blind and another that is smaller than the usual.

COMPASSION IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS WORLD!

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Would You Like To Have A Pet Rabbit?

I am not sure if age is catching up or life has been a little demanding lately. Either way, it seemed that 24 hours is just not enough for a day. Sometimes I surrender to the fact that I am slowing down (LOL!).

I must apologize for the lack of updates on this side of the world and I am sure everyone has become an expert in rabbits since there are so much resources that are readily available on the internet. I am not too sure how many would take the time to read the old postings here and for those who does, I hope you benefit from the information shared.

At this time, I have a couple of pets available for adoption and for sale. For those who are interested to know more, please email me at truluvrabbitry@gmail.com so that we can work something out.

A cute little Fuzzy Holland Lop. DOE. She is for sale at a very reasonable price.

A decent pet Holland Lop. BUCK. He is Charlie marked. Also for sale at a reasonable price.

This little BUCK is a very small Holland Lop. I would like to find a good home for him at no cost (FREE). Please let me know if you are interested.

This is a very nice broken doe. She is blind on the left side. I am looking for a good home for her at no cost (FREE). Her blindness is due to an injury caused by accidental fall. Please let me know if you are interested.

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Third Article Published!

I am glad to announce that the third article has been published at PetFinder.my. Please click here to read.

Hope you enjoy the article!

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