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The tortoise and the hare

I am not sure about you but some of us grew up with stories like “the tortoise and the hare” and know very well the moral values that it instills in us. A story that teaches us to be humble and never underestimate others we perceive as weaker than ourselves. “Slow and steady wins the race” is in fact the essence of this famous story.

Back then we can imagine a huge green tortoise and a hare with very long pointy ears.

A 19th-century illustration of La Fontaine's Fables by Jean Grandville (via wikipedia.org)

A 19th-century illustration of La Fontaine’s Fables by Jean Grandville (via wikipedia.org)

After so many years of selective breeding, who would have thought how different that image will be today.

If the story of the tortoise and the hare is rewritten today, how will the two animals look like?

The tortoise & the hare

Check out that disgruntled and disapproving look on that tortoise’s face

So which have outrun the other, the tortoise or the hare?

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Hello From The Other Side

It sure has been a long while since we last greeted each other. How is every bun and everyone doing out there in the great big world?

Hope all of you are having a jolly good time!

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Don’t Fuss

Howdy! How are ya’ll doing?

It really has been a long long time since I last posted something worth reading on here. I guess life’s been quite hectic for the past couple of years and it still is. But today, something made me think about what I used to enjoy doing over the weekends. Taking photos of my bunnies, of course! And that’s exactly what I did for the past couple of hours. I kind of miss bunny blogging as it turned out.

While taking photos of my bunnies, I thought about what caused most of the problems I had in the rabbitry. One of the reasons we pet owners and breeders tend to overlook is fussing over the rabbits.

I must admit, through the years fussing over the rabbits have caused more harm than good. I am not sure why but perhaps for two reasons. One, when we fuss over a certain rabbit too much, we tend to take notice of the tiniest of details. So much so, we become paranoid and in turn, causes stress on us as well as the poor rabbit. Two, I have reasons to believe that some bunnies are attention whores and tend to get way too manipulative. In fact, we trained them that way – fussing over them and each time they act up, we give them all the attention just like a wailing baby. Doing that often sort of makes it habitual and the bad cycle repeats itself.

In all honesty, my longest living rabbit is one I fuss over the least.

Hope ya’ll having a good weekend!

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Fruit and Veges

It doesn't get any better than this look on his face. It's him saying 'Thank you!'

It doesn’t get any better than this look on his face. It’s him saying ‘Thank you!’

Nom Nom Nom...

Nom Nom Nom…

Nyum Nyum Nyum

Nyum Nyum Nyum

Chomp Chomp Chomp...

Chomp Chomp Chomp…

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Undefined Value

There are probably thousands of hobbies in this world catered for the millions of people spread across the multitudes of cultures. Some are one-time off hobbies while others are collecting in nature. Collecting comes in many varieties such as coins, toys, bank notes, postal stamps, and etc.

Ever wonder how should the hobby of breeding show animals be categorized?

I believe to a certain extend, breeding show rabbits can be seen as a form of collecting hobby. We collect the most beautiful animal closest to the standards that is.

How does one actually evaluates the value of his or her collectibles?

I believe firstly, the hobby must have quite a decent following in terms of the numbers of like minded hobbyists that know how to appreciate the specific collectibles.

Let’s just say that if you are a toy collector and wants to convince a hardcore rabbit breeder to buy your toy at an exorbitant price, I am sure that will not make any sense to the rabbit breeder. That is because he or she will not see the value in a piece of beautifully molded plastic.

Not everyone knows who is Ultra Magnus.

Not everyone knows who is Ultra Magnus.

Likewise, not many people you know will appreciate the beauty of a Betta Splendens or more fondly known as the Siamese fighting fish.

Betta Splendens

Betta Splendens

So just how do you go about defining the value of your hobby?

You just have to be around like minded people – those who have the same interests as you.

It is based on such principle that people capitalize on as business opportunity. This is true when you see people getting into a hobby with huge following and try to turn it into a business. When it comes to pet animals, we really have to be careful in weeding out the wolves in lamb skin. These are the people that see it as an opportunity to make a quick fortune with the pretense of an animal lover when he or she really have no care for the animals’ wellbeing.

For the rest of us who truly cares, I guess we all understand the effort that goes into raising these little beautiful and adorable creatures. And at the end of the day, the value we gain is clearly UNDEFINED…

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The Grandest Social Event

From a very young age, I have taught myself not to subscribe to social acceptance and conformance. In other words, I hate following the crowd just because they seek to please a few they perceive as “leaders”.

I am sure most of you in your lifetime have experienced this sort of situations. It happens mostly in schools. Ever found yourself trying to please that popular kid or the popular group of kids just to fit in so you feel that little sense of belonging? The situation can be liken to a pile of dung surrounded by flies. Oh, how much I hated that! This is one of the causes of bullying in schools then and now. And what has changed for me since then? Nothing – the bullying is in a grander scale.

Almost 8 years ago, I started off this weblog to share information and my experiences in raising pet rabbits. My motivation is to help fellow hobbyists keep their rabbits alive lest they stricken with sorrow when losing their beloved pets to illnesses that can well be avoided with such knowledge.

As time went by, the hobby evolved into show rabbit breeding and while I am able to make sense of all the technicalities involved, I remained skeptical as far as the psychology behind this side of the hobby. I was intrigued nonetheless and kept an open mind.

Now that I can finally articulate my thoughts, it turned out to be the grandest social “thing” for those in the know and circle. Imagine the “drama” that comes with social networking, this can be a thousand fold worse if one does not thread on it carefully. And please allow me to tell you why.

It is still within the concept of pleasing a few popular “kids” and the need for affirmation and acceptance. A sense of belonging and fit in. And along the process, people are victimized and ridiculed by the popular kids.

Bullying for me is really a sign of weakness (obviously). Bullies are only strong when they operate in groups. Mainly because humans are not made to hurt others. In order to hurt another, they need draw more courage and strength. If you take on a bully alone, you will find that he/she can be very withdrawn. Therefore, it is safe to say that bullies almost always operate in groups because they are just that weak. On the contrary, when a group of talented people coming together to contribute their strengths for the greater good of the community, their actions will show us the true capability of teamwork and the collective strength amplifies the positive effort.

So how does all that I have mentioned jive together in a larger picture?

I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy most part of the hobby except for the human factors. At one point I was totally and enthusiastically immersed in this entire “show rabbit” craze. While it was happening, I faced a lot of contradiction that stirred a lot of discomfort within my conscience.

Psychologically & politically speaking, there are a few things that I am unable to fathom and make sense of and to list a few below in no particular order:

1) A standard strive to promote and unsure uniformity. How can people force another living thing or organism to conform to physical uniformity?

2) Why should I be motivated to produce hundreds of rabbits that look exactly the same as required by a group of people responsible for laying down the standards and judging them?

3) Glory obtained at the expense of rabbits is no glory at all. I understand the effort and resources that it takes to be a top breeder. One should be proud of his/her accomplishments but a breeder who only seeks selfish glory, fame, and power through his/her rabbits irks me!

4) Unclear intention. Some do it for the passion while others do it for the money. Proclaiming that one breeds rabbits for the betterment of the breed can often be seen as “wolf in sheep’s clothing” these days because talk is cheap! No one can ever justify their real or “unreal” intentions.

By now, I believe most of you are totally lost as to what I am blabbering about. How is it possible that raising rabbits can be so complicated right?

That is exactly the point I am trying to put forth.

All these “smokescreens” seemed to take our focus away from what matters most – our beloved pets. The psychology behind many hobbies regardless of its nature, seemed to draw like minded people together. As the number of people getting involved increases, the dynamics start to shift and so does our focus. We are drowned by so many noises be it gossips, backstabbing, lies, or any other negativity.

Stop!

Read this word -> Rabbit.

1. Rabbits do not gossip (maybe among themselves but whatever we cannot hear, we don’t care)

2. Rabbits do not back stab (maybe they would like to because we feed them crappy food)

3. Rabbits do not lie (they just like to chill and lie down all day)

4. Rabbits do not have rules & regulations (just don’t pull their long ears)

5. Rabbits do not seek perfection (they do not see and tell you what are your faults)

Almost after 8 years of not seeking to fit in and yearn for affirmation or acceptance, I dare say that when you have a group of people in a room, the strongest person is one who stands proudly alone because he/she dares to be different and unpopular. One who does not need to please anyone else because he/she is strong enough on his/her own – strong enough to stand on one’s own feet that is…

And the rest are just holding a rabbit for a glass of champagne at the cocktail reception before the Grandest Social Event!

001Ne-Yo said it best….

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Mexican Hollands, Anyone?

Hola! How are you? It has been such a long time since I have updated this blog. I have been really, really busy lately.

I have recently bought some nice hats for the bunnies and only today had the time to take some photos.

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Chica Bonita!

Chica Bonita!

El Hombre Guapo

El Hombre Guapo

Chamaquillo

Chamaquillo

Amigo!

Amigo!

Te Amo

Te Amo

"Pstt, I think he has gone crazy..."

“Pstt, I think he has gone crazy…”

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Passion Wins

“I don’t have, Money on my mind, Money on my mind, I do it for, I do it for the love”

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Rekindling the spark

A hobby is defined as an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure and therefore, a hobby can be noncommittal which one can freely give up for whatever reason. Throughout one’s life, it can be quite certain that one may have multiple hobbies at any one time. Hobbies can be seasonal as well as long term. Some people may grow out of their hobbies while others stick with one throughout their lives.

On the other hand, a marriage is mostly a committed decision made by two people and we often hear of ways how couples can “rekindle the fire of romance” in their marriages. For some, it can be very difficult to live with the same person for a long time without any “freshness” or “excitement” when things are monotonous – “same shit different day”. To rekindle the spark, love experts will often advise couples to try something new together like traveling and etc.

So what about a hobby? How do we keep the fire going? How do we rekindle the spark when we no longer find it exciting?

This is the question I asked myself today – one that I found it difficult to answer. How did I sustain and stay in this hobby for the past 7 years?

I believe we should revisit our objectives when we first started in the hobby – back to basics so to speak.

What was the reason that I wanted to keep a rabbit as pet?

Just because we are constantly looking for something “new” and “fresh”, we tend to “evolve” in the hobby.

For instance, some of us may start off being a regular pet owner, then we get hit by the show bug, and the next thing we know, we’re spending 4 hours daily just cleaning after 30 rabbits. With 30 rabbits and a “breeding facility”, we call ourselves a rabbitry and assume the role of a show rabbit breeder.

After attaining all the fame that comes with all the ribbons and trophies, we ask ourselves, “what’s next?”. Like 10 years on in a marriage, “same shit different day”.

Perhaps changing or shifting the expectations can be a way to rejuvenate the hobby thus, we add some colors into our breeding projects or trying different breeds for the matter. In essence, “same shit different day”.

For me personally, it boils down to just two reasons why I keep rabbits as pets and how the passion/spark rekindles year after year.

The Need To Care

Since young, I like caring for animals. I feel a great sense of achievement when I successfully raise rabbits in terms of keeping them healthy and thrive in the environment I provide them with. In the process, I learn the different requirements each individual animal needs to thrive.

They Are Fascinating

Every rabbit is different and their fascinating behaviours are what kept my interest in them from diminishing. Since it takes time to truly understand each individual, that is why we call a hobby one’s favourite past time.

However, just like in a marriage, if one depends solely on the feeling of love, it will never last. A marriage is a conscious decision one makes to love another person. To rekindle the spark of a marriage is not by rejuvenating the feeling but to recommit oneself to love again or to fall in love all over again.

The great feeling of winning do not last forever and is totally out of our control. If by not winning means we should give up the hobby, it will not last very long just like how feelings will never last. Therefore, in whatever hobby one prefers to adopt, for it to last one must rekindle the fire for his/her passion by making a conscious decision to LOVE.

So how do you intend to rekindle the spark for your hobby?

It is another year for Tru-Luv Rabbitry and the only resolution for the New Year 2015 is to continue to love these cute Holland Lop rabbits!

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To end this post, I would like to share a video by Marc Mero about what he thinks is important in his life:

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Something About November

The famous band Guns N’ Roses have a song entitled November Rain and every year, we have a lot of rainfall in Malaysia during November. Whenever it rains during this month, the song comes to mind.

For me personally, the November month serves as a reminder that we are getting closer to Christmas which is always joyful. For the past few years, it has been a yearly tradition here at Tru-Luv Rabbitry that we capture photos of rabbits in the Christmas theme. We are quite fortunate to have babies around this time and I can relate rabbits with Christmas more than Easter.

By now, most malls have started putting up their Christmas decorations and when December comes, there will be full swing shopping.

I am sure for those who celebrate Christmas, they can relate to Christina Perri’s beautiful song entitled “Something About December”. So to get you into the mood, here is the amazing song for your enjoyment:

And as we gear up for the festive season, here’s a couple of photos of cute bunnies. These are the first otter variety Holland Lops born at Tru-Luv Rabbitry and they are cute as buttons…

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