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Worldwide Launch

It is only natural for awesome people to come together and create beautiful things together. So it is in the case of the people behind The Show Table and my father, Simon Chan. For some time now, Simon has been creating beautiful paintings of rabbits in particular, which have been enthusiastically received across the globe. We were looking for ways to reach additional rabbit (and other pet) fanciers and that was when Ms. Gina of The Show Table approached us with an amazing idea.

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We love her products and she loves Simon’s paintings – the rest, as they say, is history. In fact this is a historical moment because this collaboration took place across over 9000 miles from the capital city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to South Bend, Indiana, USA!

Without further ado, here is the WORLDWIDE PREMIER of The Show Table featuring Simon Chan’s Art!

The Show Table products can be order at http://www.gbfarm.org/Order-Form.pdf. Additional information on products and fabrics available in Albums on The Show Table facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheShowTable

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Available Now

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DOB: 21/12/2012

Gender: Buck

Interested, please email truluvrabbitry@gmail.com.

 

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What Makes You A True Rabbit Lover?

First of all, I must thank Ms. Aisya Ridha for asking this simple yet difficult question.

“What Makes You A True Rabbit Lover?”

Frankly, I am dumbfounded by her question. It is simple but it touches the many facets of the hobby.

I must admit and to be brutally honest, I fall short of being a true rabbit lover because I have seen many true rabbit lovers throughout the years. What have I seen so far?

The definition of a true rabbit lover can vary from individual to individual and what I write here are just a few of my observation and what I believe to be the definition of a true rabbit lover.

A true rabbit lover understands the commitment and responsibilities needed to keep a rabbit (or any type of pet for the matter). He or she knows what is required of him/her taking on a pet way before bringing little furry home. Most of the time, the true rabbit lover that I know keeps only a single rabbit as companion. Both rabbit and owner are so in tuned in terms of the rhythm of lifestyle that any abnormal activity by either will trigger off a sense of worry and stress. A true rabbit lover is able to read the behavior of his/her companion rabbit.

1) Till Death Do Us Part

We hear this statement all too often during weddings and it is exactly what a true rabbit lover would vow to his or her companion rabbit. With a clear decision made before acquiring the pet, he/she has already decided and have the “end” in mind. No matter what the circumstances are, it is “till death do us part”. The true rabbit lover see to it that his/her rabbit live out its full life span that leads up to death with the least sufferings. Even upon death, the cremated ashes of bunny is kept in an urn for good memories (this is optional though).

2) The Blind

Have you ever come in contact with a blind person? The first thing that you would notice is how nonjudgmental a blind person is as far as looks is concerned. Like a blind person, a true rabbit lover sees beyond any shortcomings, disabilities, faults and disqualifications. Something definitely is hard for me to do. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to know owners of rabbits with malocclusion, blindness, splayed legs, wry neck and many other forms of disabilities. I have respect for these owner because instead of choosing the shortcut of ending the lives of these rabbits prematurely, they make the decision to care for them, for life!

3) The Everlasting Lover

A true rabbit lover tends to the needs of his/her rabbit by giving them not only the best homes but also nutrition wise. The best rabbit feed available, the best groomer and not forgetting the 5 different types of vegetables every night chopped to perfection. The rabbit live in the comfort of the home roaming freely without any supervision and comfortably sits on the couch during movie hours. I could understand how this will start to add up to the month expenses but giving the best rabbit food is really the least that we can do for our rabbits.

Honestly speaking, I can only achieve about 50% of what is stated above because it is pretty obvious that I do not only have just one companion rabbit. If I am not a “True Rabbit Lover”, what is my role as a breeder?

I am sure you would agree that to a certain extent, none of the above can be achieved without the “main actor” – the rabbit. That is where I come in. My responsibilities to name a few are as follows:-

1) To provide the true rabbit lover a healthy and beautiful rabbit to begin their lifelong journey.

2) To provide the support in terms of advice and recommendations that the true rabbit lover needs to raise his/her companion until the end of its lifespan.

3) To provide the true rabbit lover directions to seek professional help and only use DIY remedies as a last resort when all else fails.

And that is the reason behind the name…

tru – RABBIT – luv

Does it not make you wonder if I have thought about it all before embarking on this journey as a breeder and not a companion rabbit owner?

The answer is YES, and I have the unscrupulous breeders to thank. Tru-Luv Rabbitry was made to existence because I was once sold a little puppy that died 3 months after purchase to Canine Distemper (AIDS in the dog’s world), another puppy that died 3 months after purchase due to collapsed lungs which according to the vet is congenital and another puppy was killed by an unqualified vet. These are just a few heart wrenching incidents that inspired me to start Tru-Luv Rabbitry. My mission is to help the TRUE RABBIT LOVER not to have to go through the heartaches I experienced. All you have to do is trust me when I say Yes and when I say No.

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Luv Is In The Air

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by | February 14, 2013 · 11:42 pm

Just Thoughts & Feelings

In a blink of an eye, this weblog is entering its 6th year. Who would have thought that this hobby can endure for such a long time, I for one did not know it can when I first started. I guess once you are bugged, you will be stuck with it for life. Raising animals as pets can be quite an addiction because of how attached we become and it feels awkward without a furry friend beside us.

It has been a while since I posted photos of my rabbits. It is mainly because how busy work life can be and other parts of life that need my attention.

The one thing that I am glad and also the reason why the hobby is sustainable after 6 years is how manageable it is. I believe the reason is that it has remained nothing more than a hobby for me. Which means, I keep both my day job and the hobby. There is no pressure in worrying if it is profitable or otherwise.

I am also grateful that for more than 2 years now that TinyCritterz.com has become a platform for wonderful products to be shared among rabbit enthusiasts here in Malaysia. It feels wonderful to be able to provide such a service beside from educating rabbit owner through this blog. My wish is for TinyCritterz.com to continue providing rabbit owners easy access to good small animal products.

So where are we now after 6 years?

Of course there are more to learn and share. Experiences may repeat but there are always opportunities to learn new things.

For almost 6 years, this blog has acted as an information portal for many bunny enthusiasts both local and abroad. I have shared details of my every experience. To be honest, when I first started blogging about my rabbit raising experiences, it was not intended to benefit anyone except myself. I have difficulty remembering things and needed a journal to pen down my experiences so that I have a point of reference. Little did I know that from that simple function, truluvrabbitry.com has grown to be a reference site for many new comers in the hobby. Sometimes when I hear certain terms and ideas, they do sound familiar to me. Certain advice shared among rabbit owners sounded familiar as well and sometimes I do feel tickled knowing very well where the information come from.

Then there are those moments when you read slogans, tag lines or even promotional quotes that sound way too familiar e.g. Quality Holland Lops, We Breed Out Of “LOVE” and etc. These are but a few that make the hair at the back of my neck stand because I feel so touched how much impact this weblog have on those lacking creativity. It can be devastating to know that these terms are used (or should I say abused) for all the wrong reasons.

As much as I enjoy this hobby there are a few things that I dislike witnessing and the top 10 things I love to hate hearing and observing are:-

1) Irresponsible breeders selling sick rabbits to new comers in dark places to hide problems

2) Irresponsible breeders selling pets at show quality prices dubbing the term “potential”

3) Rogue breeders treating rabbits like commodity without any interest to developing the breed for the better

4) Breeders advocating that imported stocks equates to the best quality. I feel sadder for the buyers not knowing that even imported rabbits can be of inferior quality.

5) Breeders who imitate and use the lingo to cheat new comers.

6) Wannabe breeders who does not know better passing on the wrong knowledge to new comers like themselves.

7)  New comers that moves around the bunny circle asking the same questions and quoting comments causing misunderstandings among breeders.

8) New comers that choose the wrong “mentors”.

9) New comers that are lazy to do research before embarking in the hobby.

10) Fakers that are full of praises just because they need help or advice.

So as I close my eyes today to make a wish, I wish that Tru-Luv Rabbitry will continue to be at the forefront in terms of raising quality Holland Lops here in Malaysia. When I say quality, I mean the styles, the overall type, the color, disposition and health that I like to see in my rabbits.  In short, I want Holland Lops, MY WAY…

Have you found yours?

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Spring Cleaning!

Traditionally, Chinese New Year is also a time to usher in the Spring Festival. Somehow it gives meaning to the term Spring Cleaning. We are not allowed to clean (by sweeping) the house on the first day of Chinese New Year as most believe that would mean sweeping all the good luck away. So just before we usher in the New Year, I have decided to “Spring Clean” the rabbitry by replacing all the litter trays.

How I wish I can just replace the trays each time I clean the rabbitry because that will save me a lot of work scraping and cleaning each litter tray. Unfortunately, I do not print money like the “Choy San Yeh” aka god of prosperity.

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But for now, it is HO! HO! HO! HO YEAH! in the rabbitry!

Huat Ah!

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Marble & Pocket

Due to recent events and life’s experiences, I would love to write a little story to brighten up everyone’s day. Here goes…

Once upon a time, there lived Marble and Pocket.

Marble is a very special thing because it can multiply itself and there is never an end to the number of Marble to be found. In short, you can almost not run out of Marble.

On the other hand, Pocket is a very lonely thing. It always feel empty since whatever that is placed in Pocket, will always leave Pocket. They never stay permanently.

One fine day, Pocket met Marble and soon Pocket realized that Marble multiplies. Each time Pocket felt hungry, Pocket would complain to Marble and seeing how pitiful Pocket was, Marble voluntarily sell some of itself to get Pocket some food. Then, Pocket thought of a fantastic idea because Marble cannot stop multiplying in Pocket that space was running out.

Pocket started selling all except one Marble and soon Marble felt used and abused.

To cut the story short, Marble left Pocket and Pocket felt all alone again.

And the moral of the story is…

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