Monthly Archives: August 2013

Over Sensitivity

Just wanted to pen down my thoughts today about character assassination and marriage of convenience.

For most of you who have been following this blog, you will notice that I often write about my thoughts and some of which agreable while others may irk you. At the end of the day, whatever I write remains as my observations and plainly put, opinions. There is a saying that goes, “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one and everyone thinks everyone else’s stinks.” And I cannot agree more. But notice that the saying is not calling someone else an asshole but instead, it is referring to the opinions. See how different it is between the issue versus the person?

As of late I feel that there has been fanaticism surrounding the hobby here. I believe that over idolizing something can bring much harm to humanity. To be passionate about rabbits is very different from wishing harm upon someone else because of rabbits or any objects that inspire the action. I do not think any person with the right frame of mind would slander someone else just because of rabbits. For one to go to that extreme, it is quite apparent that it must be motivated by something else perhaps money, fame or some sort of sadistic fetish. It makes me wonder what can be so bad to make people who are supposedly educated, hold position in religious establishment and public office or even the educators can go to he extent of defaming and slandering someone else. It speaks a lot about their character and upbringing even. No one can ever blame the religion because humans tend to work around the religion to suit themselves.

I count my blessings because of the many oppotunities to work with successful people and how they discuss issues and not people. For me, I take special interest in wanting to know the psychology and motivation behind the actions. Again, I am interested to know about issues.

I do not remember at any point of time publicly naming names of people who have wronged me. I leave that to the politicians during their pitch for office speech.

We are all matured enough or should be matured enough to utilize our reasoning skills to differentiate between issues and people. That’s if we do have a brain of our own. I cannot deny the fact that there are more followers than leaders in this world and that brings me to the topic of how followers leverage on each other to gain strength – marriage of convenience.

If you have ever deal with bullies in school, you should know that individually, they are cowards. Cowards gain strength from each other because they do not have the courage to act alone.

Wikipedia defines marriage of convenience as follows:-
A marriage of convenience (plural marriages of convenience) is a marriage contracted for reasons other than the reasons of relationship, family, or love. Instead, such a marriage is orchestrated for personal gain or some other sort of strategic purpose, such as political marriage. In the cases when it represents a fraud, it is called sham marriage.

Based on the definition, you can see where “hypocriticism” comes from. Well, why is it not hypocritic? I don’t really enjoy being in your company but heck, you have got what I want.

Birds of the same feather flock together and let me tell you, it really is a snake pit waiting to explode into a huge brawl when someone snaps.

After all that has been said and done, what has it got to do with rabbits? It has the world to do with rabbits because we will not be able to resolve the issues without first recognizing them.

So what is your focus?
1) Satisfaction of owning a pet/companion
2) Feeding your ego knowing that you own a “branded” living creature
3) The trophy which may promise a fortune with the right marketing gimmick (not applicable to hobbyist seeking to break even)
4) Enjoying the stages of development of a pet
5) Socializing with people of similar interest
6) Just to fit in
7) Just to prove someone right
8) Just to annoy someone
9) Give other people something to copy and paste
10) Just doing something until you figure out what to do

Is it your rabbit’s needs or simply your enormous expectation, aspiration, motivation or simply infatuation?

To each his own and did I tickle your tiny little over sensitive nerve? If yes, that is your problem not mine because someone I adore once told me, you can never offend anyone but it is one that chooses to be offended or not.

I have a brain of my own with its own preferences and making them known is by no means trying to indoctrinate or impress upon others what I believe.

I only wish that you have a brain of your own that functions well in the department of reasoning and do not be influenced by my thoughts.

Happy Bunday!
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Saturday Bunsitive Quote

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Apple Inc.

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The World of Expectations

One thing that I find myself encountering on a daily basis is expectations. We are expected to get things done within a certain timeline or, we ought to behave in a certain manner failing which we will face the wrath of a bunch of very angry mob. These are a couple of real life examples.

Simply put, when the expectations are not met people tend to get agitated,  or may even start a riot. Unmet expectations can also turn one into a fanatic, go berserk and utter the most extraordinary accusations one can imagine. In extreme cases, I have reasons to believe that killers and serial rapists are products of unmet expectations.

The show world is nothing and will never be short of expectations. Expectation to win aside, there are definitely a lot of expectations imposed on the competing object be it a cat, a dog or whatever that is in the fancy.

Priorities being priorities, after witnessing strange behaviors exhibited by a certain few (human, mind you), I started to wonder what is the focus point of the big picture. I almost lost sight being surrounded by all the “chaos”, erratic behaviors and suddenly I saw it. A bunny’s teeth. I slowly step back and get a good view of the rabbit. The chaotic thoughts slowly vanished and I thought to myself. If I were a pet bunny, what would my expectations be of my owner?

I believe being just a simple being, a rabbit wouldn’t ask for much and things aren’t as complicated. I sat down and illustrated my thoughts in the picture below:-

SOPHuman

I strongly believe that with just these 3 items, a rabbit will thrive and they are all the basics a pet rabbit can ask for.

Now let’s compare our human expectations of our rabbits if we allow our crazy dreams and aspirations to go wild:-

SOPBunny

Conclusion, so much expectations lah….

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Thursday Bunsitive Quote

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world. ~ John Updike

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All Good Things Come To End

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Just received a very sad news that Balian passed away this morning. I was just thinking about him looking at this picture last night.

Balian is hands down the best blue buck I have ever produced in the past 6 years and I hold him very close to my heart.

Balian will be sorely missed.

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But In Vain

Research.

For once, today’s post will be in favor and may even come as good news for irresponsible/unethical breeders. Based on my observation, 90% of problems raised by concerned pet rabbit owners regarding their pets are done AFTER the purchase/adoption of their rabbits.

Most of us who have gone through the conventional education system depended heavily on research based learning and obtaining our qualifications. An example of that is in the form of assignments and coursework. We were given topics to deliberate before producing results in a form of thesis.

Likewise, we get to learn through seeking knowledge when something unexpected happens to our pets. Only when something out of our knowledge arises that we start to seek out information through Google, forums, Facebook or asking the professionals.

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that, if you are selling a rabbit, as long as you get all the terminologies correct and are convincing in your sales pitch, most likely you will make a fortune selling rabbits. The buyers on the other hand have to put up with many after sale problems such as excessive vet fees and endless of worries.

I guess that’s because it’s “BUSINESS”. Who cares about repeat sales right? It is better to slaughter first and worry later in a “competitive” environment because if the money does not come into your pocket it will eventually get into someone else’s.

But there are a few who are careful and do their homework before embarking on the journey of owning a pet. You really have to respect those with good judgment!

Six (6) years on writing post after post to educate through this blog and I cannot stress enough that research is key to a fulfilling experience owning a pet rabbit. You just cannot be careful enough in a market where supply well surpluses the demand. You are at the mercy of many who in it plainly for the earnings.

Therefore, all I have to say is that, happy buying and happy selling. I wish all those buying without proper research, THE BEST OF LUCK!

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Sign Of Life

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by | August 13, 2013 · 7:02 pm

The Day I Quit Show Rabbits

I am a sore loser, I am this and I am that. You know what? I am whatever you think I am. The truth of the matter is, I don’t give a sh*t and I know who I truly am myself and that is what matters. It was definitely not easy to come to this point in my life but I am glad that I am here at this very moment with this exact thoughts.

For the past 6 years many events have taken place, crazy situations unfolded and of course the many changes that have resulted from good and bad decisions. It would be a shame if throughout the 6 years nothing have changed and most importantly if nothing has grown, improved and progressed. We all do seek for achievements and improvements in life else, we are merely existing.

Seeing so many out there who are just trying to be someone else makes me feel that I am very lucky to have found myself throughout the challenges life has thrown at me. Not many have the opportunities to do what they like and enjoy thus, they seek to imitate someone else hoping to achieve the same “feel good” rewards. Let me tell you, it never feels the same.

I for one have never liked imitating others and I shun from doing the things others do for the simple fact that being a follower, you are only limited to things you can follow. When a follower sees someone else admiring art, they tend to want to get their hands on a piece of art and go “goo goo gaa gaa”. But the question is, do you actually or really admire the art or it is just another passing novelty for you?

Throughout the years I have posted about how fun raising show rabbits are and have defined the meaning of what show rabbits really are. The glamorous Pedigree, Ribbons and Grand Champions. Some of my friends looked at me as if I have lost my mind. To a certain extent, I did.

Behind all the glamour, was a person lack the confidence and self-esteem. Behind all the glamour, was the yearning for affirmation. Let me give you an example of thought process for people who lacks and yearns for affirmation. This is something related to me by a friend who is single and yearn to be loved by someone of the opposite sex. People who are yet to find their other half or spouse usually have many self doubts and the question most asked, “Am I that bad not to deserve someone to love me?”. That is a very real example of one lacking the emotional affirmation.

What has that “emotional affirmation” got to do with rabbits you may ask? It has nothing to do with rabbits generally but, it has a great deal to do with some who call themselves “Show Rabbit Breeders”. I am not denying the fact that there are breeders who are truly working with the betterment of the breed in mind. Truth is, THERE ARE! I know of the rare rabbit breeders who are working their butts off trying to revive breeds that are soon going extinct. But on the other side of the extreme happens to be among those in the fancy breeds.

A lot of these breeders are chasing after their own acclaim and glory. Behind the pretences of “betterment of the breed”, “social networking” and “meeting the standards”, there is this darkness that consumes them – affirmation. It is plain sense of belonging, being accepted and recognized!

I must admit that during this time of vulnerability, one can easily succumb to falling prey to those who seek to take advantage of others and I had been in such situation many times. In the end it was a learning process that I have to go through and learn. I realized that I have allowed those situations to happen and have since empowered myself not to allow that to ever happen again.

To think of it, it is rather sad how we have diminished ourselves in order to get that “nod” for a rabbit we own. And the irony is that, the rabbit do not change us a bit and we are still the same person inside and out. The hypocrisy really is, the judges and people around us are saying that the rabbits are beautiful, not the owner!

Today, I celebrate all the Holland Lops and friends in this hobby who have helped me discover who I truly am. I raise my cup in a toast for all my rabbits that have bring out the best in me. I thank each and every one of them for teaching me priceless life lessons – love, responsibility, patience, kindness, simplicity and many many more…

So what becomes of Tru-Luv Rabbitry?

We are still the same like always, Tru-Luv Rabbitry remains a rabbitry built on the foundation of two (2) words – True Love. Are we still raising show rabbits? Of course, “show rabbits” are only mere words that represent our commitment for quality of life we provide our rabbits with. No matter, each rabbit deserves the best from us, the steward and for only as long as they live.

Sometimes, it is not the rabbits that need improvements but it is ourselves who are in dire need of help. Help to put us in perspective and even help to wake us up from a certain hallucination.

For the day I stopped being a Show Rabbit Breeder is not the day I stopped placing my rabbits on the table but in actual fact, THE DAY I QUIT SHOW RABBITS WAS THE DAY I FOUND MYSELF…

The Grand Canyon sure can put you into perspective!

The Grand Canyon sure can put you into perspective!

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Fascinating Rabbit Facts

Besides from living in burrows, another interesting fact about rabbits is that their babies suckle upside down. We often see dogs and cats nursing their young while lying down on their sides and many have the impression that rabbits are the same. That is clearly not the case and this video below clearly show that rabbits nurse their young standing upwards:-

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Old Man Truff

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In a few more days, our friends will have a celebration and most of us will have a few days off from work. I hope those going back to their hometown during this festives season have made boarding arrangements for their pets.

Due to his condition and the need of extra attention, Truffles will be here with me for a couple of days. He has come a long way and I can see how much he aged.

He is a testament of what love can do for a special needs bunny. From the last time I saw him, Truffles no longer lie on his side but can balance himself well.

Here wishing everyone a safe journey back home and a good celebration.

Sorry for falling short on my wishes during this festives season because I prefer to avoid “insulting” my fellow countrymen since there has been an ongoing controversy surrounding pets and festive wishes…

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