This photo made my day. Thanks Dorothy for sharing…
Category Archives: Friends Of Tru-Luv
This weblog was started back in 18th June 2007 and this is the 1421st post. Throughout the years, the post entitled “How Should A 8 Weeks Old Look Like” remains as the #1 top post with 10,033 views to date. However, this post contains photos of different rabbits growing up and I feel that is not as effective as using just one litter of kits to highlight their week by week development.
Today I would like to re-post photos of baby rabbits as well as a couple of new photos to emphasize how important it is that baby rabbits should be kept with their mothers until the age of 8 weeks.
The first week of a kit’s life….
The second week…
The third week…
The fourth week…
The fifth week…
The sixth week…
Weaning starts at the seventh week and they will be separated from their dam at the eight week.
The Seventh Week…
I have started the weaning process by separating them from their dam.
The eighth week…
How time flies and we are at our final week. Since Christmas is over now, we will no longer have the Christmas themed photography. The two kits are growing up beautifully and they are fully weaned. Ear length seemed to have increased but nothing to worry about as their head will continue to grow and in time, every part of their body will balance out.
At this age they are usually ready to go to their new homes but these two cuties are not going anywhere.
Last but not least I must give credit where credit is due. I want to thank DC Rabbitry for making this otter project possible. Thank you very much for the gorgeous blue otter doe. A great mom right from the start. I reckon she will be a great producer.
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…
Remember a couple of weeks back that I posted about Buttons and Yohji finding a new home? Good news is, they have found one! I am just so happy for everyone involved and must thank both the current and new owners for saying “yes” to take good care of them.
Tru-Luv Rabbitry weblog is entering its 6th year since conception and I felt that I have been somehow “abandoned” it lately. I do not mean the rabbits but the lack of updates on this weblog. The truth is that I feel a little uninspired to write these days due to many reasons. I also miss the time taking photos of all the bunnies still living here without paying rent (rofl). Most part of the “uninspiration” can be attributed to the disappointment how information shared has been misused and abused. Thus, it can be easily noticed that most of what I have written lately seemed to be uninteresting and lack good information.
On the upside and like all things, there are also people with good intention which this blog has helped along the way and I am happy to see them enjoying the hobby like I do.
Aggression, Neutering & Bonding
I received an email asking me about aggression, neutering and bonding. Reading the email, I cannot help but to notice how intertwined these three words are when it comes to rabbits. They are in fact related to each other. Throughout the years, I have noticed that aggression in rabbits is mostly caused by raging sexual hormones a.k.a. the desire to reproduce. Since every individual rabbit is different and thus making it not a 100% sure proof solution, neutering can be attempted to alter the aggressive behavior. If you are considering castrating your buck, do ensure that you do not attempt to bond him with a doe within a month after the procedure. Apparently, “live bullets” may still be chilling out somewhere in there.
And when it is finally time to bond the neutered buck with a doe, ensure that you introduce them at a place neutral to the both of them. Meaning to say, a new area in the house where both have not laid their claim as either their territory.
Perhaps I should also open up the blog for discussion through the comments. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them as comments on this post. With that, I would love to leave you with a picture (as usual).
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.
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!
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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.
The 89th ARBA Convention at Wichita, Kansas has just concluded. Technology has made it possible for us living near and far to get almost instant updates on all that was happening which made it more bearable not being there in person.
I am sure the feeling of being present on location is very much different from looking at photos and watching videos. Certain things like the intensity, energy and massiveness of such an event can only be felt on the ground.
Though I have made a promise to myself to try and attend the ARBA Convention yearly with the sole intention of visiting my beloved bunny friends, God had a different plan for me this year. I was blessed with the opportunity to briefly visit 3 different states in the USA and one of which is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Until today, I am still awestruck by how massive it is and its energy is beyond the imagination. Photos are unable to describe how majestic this place is.
It really feels like I was at the top of the world and the feeling is impossible to describe, simply out of this world. And that was one of the things I was preoccupied with when most rabbit breeders were busy preparing for Convention.
Nice as it may seems, there were hard work involved in everything and in everything there is a price. That brings me to the next part of the intention of this post.
I have known the wonderful family over at the Three Little Ladies Rabbitry since the initial days of my rabbit raising journey. Though younger, the girls have been raising rabbits (seriously) for much longer than me and their collective years of experience surpasses me by many miles.
After such a long time, their hard work finally paid off at this year’s Convention when one of their Jersey Woolly rabbits was crowned Best Of Breed in Open. Their win inspires me as it is a good testimony of how hard work and perseverance can bring about sweet victory. I can always remember that tiny little girl holding one of her rabbits in that news article and I am sure that little girl has grown to be much taller than I am.
Congratulations to the Usakowski family especially Taylor & Jessica!
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.
And to top off the wonderful weekend, I received the much anticipated Rabbit Fever DVD in the mailbox today.
If you do a quick search about Chinchilla diet, you will notice that some rabbit pellets are suitable for Chinchillas. In fact, in Malaysia, a particular local brand is actually a repack of the commercial rabbit pellets imported from USA.
Inspired by that fact, we have been testing out Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Food on Chinchillas for the past few months. Whiskey (picture above) is one of the Chinchillas we have been feeding Genesis. The truth is, he LOVES it! His fur condition has improved as well giving yet another strong testimony how great Genesis is as THE rabbit food and now can be given to Chinchillas as well!
Why feed rabbit food when there are chinchilla foods formulated specifically for chinchillas? Well, we’re going for ULTRA PREMIUM that’s why!
*Whiskey appears courtesy of Furfurries
When one decides to do something out of passion, most of the time there is nothing much to be expected in monetary terms. Like a teacher once told me, the happiest moment of her life is to be invited as a guest to one of her students from Kindergarten. She is the only person that her student has remembered among all his teachers. That is such a huge recognition.
I happen to dig up some old photos that I have since I started my journey raising Holland Lops. It was back in year 2006 (this blog started in 2007). It was so interesting to see all the baby bunny photos and it does bring back a lot of fond memories. Last weekend, I have the “wonderful moment” when one of my first litter from my first imported buck came back for boarding due to an emergency back home.
Boy how much have they grown and how well they have been taken care of. Look at the both of them makes me super happy and continues to inspire me to find good homes for my baby bunnies. After all these years, not only both these little babies have grown but the friendship between my family and theirs have also blossomed (not to mention grown in numbers too!).
Anyway, here’s a picture of Tridus and Tinga taken today. And for your information, both of them are neutered and living a very happy life together!