Monthly Archives: December 2013

Psst, it’s getting too obvious!

One of the easiest things to do in life is stating the obvious. It takes less effort to enlighten the simple minded most of the time especially those that have the blinding trust and believes in everything that you “say, hear, read or write”.

Don’t believe it when I say that I am merely STATING THE OBVIOUS!

Let’s have a good laugh as 2013 comes to an end…

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Year of the Gentlebun

I really am enjoying myself this holiday. I find that photography sessions are very therapeutic for the soul and one of the things I enjoy doing “bunny wise” is taking nice photographs of my rabbits. One will sure to notice that this weblog is nothing but photographs and I am sure our loyal readers can attest to that.

Ne-Yo happens to be one of my favorite artists and like the title of one of his albums, I am giving 2014 the theme – “Year of the Gentlebun”.

Here are a couple of photos taken today and hope all of you like them.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014

Today being Christmas, I received a very special present from my god son and god daughter. They know that I love rabbits and gave me Apple flavored Milk Candies from The World of Beatrix Potter. Luv them to bits and pieces both the candies and my god children!

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On to some less serious stuff. I cannot believe that we’re entering the 7th year of Tru-Luv Rabbitry. As I strive for improvements while enjoying the hobby, it has been quite a wonderful year for the rabbits and myself. The highlight this year has got to be attending the 90th ARBA Convention at Pennsylvania, USA.

You can read all about it here – A Bunny Vacation.

During the holiday season, I also reminisced the wonderful time I had at the 88th ARBA Convention at Indianapolis, USA. I wrote a much more interesting post back then and you can read all about it here – 88th ARBA Convention Through My Lenses.

Year 2014 shall be a year we go back to basics. Firstly, I hope to write as often as I can so that our avid/loyal readers will once again enjoy revisiting and reading the contents. I will try to be less intense and vulgar (try my best that is). The level or sarcasm should remain because that adds color while I get to release some creative juice.

2014 will be a great year for Tru-Luv Rabbitry. I would like to thank everyone for visiting this weblog. I personally am very happy that it is still very much alive and kicking. We have just renewed the “dot com” domain for another year.

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And with that, I would also like to wish all readers and friends….

the Happiest, Jolliest of Christmas and a Wonderful New Year 2014!

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Self-gratification

WARNING: This post contains explicit content. Reader discretion and parent advisory needed!

The Back Scratcher

The Back Scratcher

In case you do not know what this is, this is called a Back-scratcher. Whenever you have an itch at the most bizarre and unreachable locations, this tool can be of great help.

It is one of the tools in this world created for Self-gratification, which the Free Online Dictionary defines as “the act of giving oneself pleasure or of satisfying one’s own desires.”

In the local common lingo, it is called “Syiok Sendiri” and for those who find it hard to understand, another term everyone should understand is called “masturbation”. Do not get me wrong and forgive me for being crude, I must confirm that rabbits do not masturbate. However, I cannot say the same (or guarantee) for rabbit owners though plainly because there is just so many ways rabbit breeders can satisfy their pleasure seeking for victory.

I am sure it is hard to read between the lines on this post but every once in a while, we need the Back-Scratcher.

AhhHHhhhhhhhh………

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Happy Birthday Copperfield!

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This handsome guy turns 1 year young today!

Thanks to Michelle for being such a wonderful owner and sharing his picture with me!

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Christmas Bunnies

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I Wonder

A friend shared a very interesting article today. If you are interested, you can read it here – http://dogbehaviorscience.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/100-years-of-breed-improvement/.

It is quite similar with a past post I have written about selective breeding versus natural selection. Selective breeding seemed to be human’s way of tweaking nature into freaks and usually against natural selection where animals morph into hardier beings based on their adaptability towards the current environment that they are in. One thing that is for certain is that, animals with short nostrils or muzzles suffer more in warmer environment. They tend to overheat faster and we can see how this physical trait can change rather quickly. Changes to physical traits can be quite obvious in animals as they go down the food chain. Rabbits being animal of prey must adapt faster to survive when environment changes and we see that locally bred dwarf rabbit breeds lose their short muzzle as fast as just one generation. Well, maybe it could be a coincidence, maybe an obvious fact or even could be an inaccurate observation.

Like the dogs, physical characteristics of pedigree rabbits are also governed by the so called Breed Standards which are changed every few years depending on which standard one subscribes to. The different standards itself do raise doubts if there is really a true standard at all. It is a very contradicting argument at the end of the day and it is better be left to “agree to disagree”.

And so I wonder…

I wonder if physical characteristics or beauty ever equates to health and vigor. Based on my observation, I strongly believe that good looks almost never equates to health and vigor. By good looks I do not mean when the animals have beautiful and shiny fur because nice fur do tell us that the animal is rather healthy. On the contrary, if an animal have all the physical traits as suggested by the standard, it does not really mean that the animal in question is absolutely healthy and adaptable to harsh environment.

I also wonder when will the changes to the standard of perfection stop because my mind cannot stop asking why change what is called the standards? In other words why should the standard be changed when it is already perfect?

The problem lies in our human perception. Our perception of things changes all the time and with it so goes the standards that we set.

As per the article shared at the beginning of this article, the dog breeds mentioned has been pushed to the brink of destruction. It was because of what we humans perceive as “standard” that has brought about the destruction of the breeds. We keep on changing to suit our tastes. We keep on changing so that we do not lose followers. We keep on changing so that more will find the hobby more favorable. We keep on changing to stay ahead. We keep on changing to stay profitable. We keep on changing so that we can stay where we are while others follow. We change to suit ourselves like how we justify a wrong is right.

Just imagine that nature is moving ahead while we humans try to work towards a totally opposite direction. Many things can be said about why I am writing this article. I am neither for nor against the breeding and creation of pedigree animals. Everything must be done in moderation. And I am just “writing out loud” what I currently feel and think about the subject. I tend to ask questions rather than following blindly what others do.

The latest debate in the Holland Lop world is about changing the breed standards to cater for a more colorful range in the breed. If you have been following this blog since the beginning, you may have noticed how I was really gungho about achieving the “Standard of Perfection” in my rabbitry but after observing the many changes that has taken place and those changes that is going to take place, I started to question the main objectives as to why I should subscribe to the changes.

It is very simple for me regarding this color topic. A good rabbit remains as nothing but a good rabbit. Color has got no importance if a rabbit is healthy and represents the standard perfectly.

There is nothing wrong with the standard at the end of the day. If there is anything wrong at all, in my opinion it is the mechanism of judging! If a boat is found to have a hole, do we keep on scooping water out of it or do we patch the hole?

Changing the standard will not eliminate human errors, human weaknesses and human nature like favoritism, influence and politics. Just like how the standards are never perfect in the first place and that we find the need to change them.

It is high time we go back to basics and realize the objective of the standard – to produce not only (physically) beautiful animals but healthy ones as well. It is time to tell ourselves that nature decides and we are only stewards.

When Noah was asked to gather a pair of each species into the Ark, I wonder what was the criteria and what was the standard of perfection given. I believe that it was two of the healthiest he can find to help each species survive the great flood.

Noah sure did not choose two flat face lop ear rabbits to begin with…

I wonder…

And I wonder…

I wonder what is perfection…

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Please vote truluvrabbitry.com

Dear readers,

If you enjoy this weblog, please vote for us at http://www.blogrrr.my/nomination.html. Since there is no category for Pets, please select “Personal Blog”. And as for URL, please copy and paste truluvrabbitry.com.

Thank you in advanced!

Best regards,
The Rabbitman

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When It feels like Christmas

For the past few years, this blog would start “snowing” and when that happens, it means that Christmas is near. Besides from Christmas photo sessions, another Christmas tradition here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry is to get December babies. It brings a lot of joy to the heart seeing nest boxes lined with fur and warm babies in them during the rainy December month in Malaysia. Each year we try to get Christmas day babies but to date, I do not remember having such good timing.

However, this year we are happy to announce the birth of a couple of special 1st December babies. We hope to see them grow up into healthy and beautiful bunnies.

Always nice to get babies in December.

Always nice to get babies in December.

On the other hand, we would like to help re-home a few Dwarf Hamsters. These cuties were abandoned and now looking for homes to adopt them. If you or any of your friends is looking for little hamsters as pets, please feel free to call Mr. Brandon at 017-3211083. They are in healthy and good condition.

Help us find homes please...

Help us find homes please…

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