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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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Destiny

I really have to acknowledge the fact that it is no longer a coincidental that rabbits are a part of my life. In many occasions, I have written about how rabbits seemed to appear wherever I go and below are the links to these entries:

  1. Seoul Searching
  2. Rabbit & Life’s Directions
  3. Changing For The Better
  4. Bunnies, wherever I go
  5. Its A Sign!

It didn’t stop there and since then, there has been many surprise meetings with various bunnies.

Just last week, as I was strolling down between 51st and 52nd Streets in Manhattan, I bumped into The Hare On The Bell sculpture. This sculpture is part of the AXA Center building. Through some research, I found out that this sculpture was done by Barry Flanagan – a Welsh Sculptor in 1983. Though I have yet to find out what the sculpture symbolizes, its presence gave me a very profound feeling to a point that I was actually dumbfounded and tickled all at the same time.

I have not heard of this sculpture prior to this and I learned something after stumbling upon it.

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Hare On Bell bronze sculpture by Barry Flanagan (1983)

So life’s adventure continues for me and what a wonderful year it has been for me personally. Seemed like the illusive white rabbit is taking me places and deeper into the rabbit hole/burrow.

I sometimes wonder if Alice was a boy, what would Lewis Carroll call him instead. Not Tim, surely? I believe Neo might be the closest option.

Like the Matrix movie, perhaps one will be asked the question, “Blue or Red pill?”

Whatever it is, this rabbit hole has brought me through many amazing experiences…

Through Medieval times…

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A walk down the beautiful garden….

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to meeting the great dinosaurs….

 

 

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and be inspired by the beautiful lights!

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Unexpected Situation

“Be Prepared” as we all may know is the Scout Movement’s motto. For the lay person, we might have heard or read of the proverb that goes “prepare the umbrella before it rains”.

For those who have kept pets for a number of years, we are very accustomed to ensure all bases are covered. Having pets can prepare us to have children of our own and often times, having children of our own calls us to be prepared to react in all situations that may arise. Ultimately, we think way forward into the future so not to make blunders or mistakes when taking care of another life.

Having rabbits as pets can be very challenging because time is never on our side. The moment a rabbit shows symptoms of an illness, such situations can head south in just a few hours if not minutes.

Past experiences had thought me to “be prepared” for the worst and whenever the undesirable happens, I will take whatever risk I can to safe the rabbit. The reasoning is, there is no way a rabbit can survive surgery like how a dog or cat can when it is unwell. There is practically nothing much we can do and I hate feeling helpless.

The first thing that I will do for a weak rabbit is to feed it some Rabbit Nutri-Drops. This is a life saving supplement that have proven to be very effective during the many emergency situations that I have faced throughout the years. I believe every rabbit owner should have a bottle handy.

Just like many situations in life, it is always a 50:50 chance. Try and you will get a 50% chance of winning. On the contrary, do nothing and you will have 0% chance of winning.

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To purchase, please inquire by writing to truluvrabbitry@gmail.com.

Below are the “technical” information about the Rabbit Nutri-Drops:

Rabbit Nutri-Drops is a superior, nutrient rich combination of balanced high vitamins, minerals, amino acids and glucose. These nutrients support life and are needed quickly to restore a non-functioning immune system. Feed and supplements normally require 8-14 hours for digestion. Nutri-Drops does not require digestion. Nutri-Drops is the first and only oral supplement to deliver vital nutrients directly to the bloodstream in minutes while other supplements are still in the digestion process. Bypassing digestion enables maximum speed and availability of nutrients.
At last, ONE PRODUCT for:
– Breeding and kindling
– Weak or chilled newborns
– Appetite
– Diarrhea
– Disease
– More antibiotic response
– Extreme weather conditions
– Transport & Show stress
– Vitamin deficiencies and overall regular preventive care.
BENEFITS:
NEWBORNS
– Simulates appetite – strength to stand and nurse
– Maintains when there is inadequate milk supply
– Does not upset stomach with continued use
– Does not interfere with colostrum

HYPOGLYCEMIA
– Increases blood sugar levels in minutes
– Maintains without causing diarrhea
– Enables growth at the same rate as their littermates

DIARRHEA
– Enables retention of critical nutrients
– No nutrients lost in urine and feces
KINDLING
– Enables strong contractions to return in minutes
– More milk production
DISEASE
– Quickly restores the immune system, satisfying increased needs
– Enables maximum antibiotic response by elevating blood glucose
– Stimulates appetite following surgerySustains following injury
– Promotes healing
SHOW/COMPETITION
– Quick energy on show day
– Eliminates stress from travel and frequent competition
– Maintains appetite
ARTHRITIS
– Relieves stiffness
– New energy for the older rabbit
– Improves circulation & maintains a healthy heart

INGREDIENTS
Glucose
– Supplies energy for intracellular protein synthesis
Vitamin A
– Aids eye disorders and skin disorders.
– Necessary for tissue maintenance and repair
– Important in formation of bones and teeth
– Increases antibody response
Vitamin D
– Increases calcium uptake
– Increases re-absorption of phospherous
Vitamin E (Antioxidant)
– Important synergism with Selenium
– Shields healthy cells from pollution
– Protects immune system from damage of stress such as exercise and pollution
– Improves circulation
– Lowers blood pressure
– Promotes healing
– Reduces the requirement for oxygen
B Vitamins: (Choline and Thiamine)
– Important in the aging animal as nerve transmissions decline
– Necessary for utilization in the final stages of carbohydrate metabolism
– Stimulates appetite
– Increases growth
– Maintains healthy heart
Phosphorus
– Aids in carbohydrate and lipid absorption
– Carbohydrate metabolism
– Increases performance
– Stimulates appetite
– Increases fertility
Potassium: (Main Intracellular Electrolyte)
– Required for muscle contraction
– Essential for carbohydrate metabolism
– Increases growth
– Stimulates appetite
– Relieves stiffness
Amino Acids: (Methionine and Lysine)
– Essential for maintenance and growth
MINERALS
Selenium (Antioxidant)
– Protects immune system by preventing formation of free radicals
– Selenium and Vitamin E act synergistically
– Maintains healthy heart and liver
– Improves performance
– Increases the production of antibodies
Manganese
– Essential for normal bone structure
– Promotes normal immune system function
Magnesium
– Essential neuromuscular activity
– Encourages bone structure
Cobalt
– Integral part of cyanocobalamin, Vitamin B12
– Stimulates appetite
Zinc
– Activates numerous enzyme systems
– Enhances performance
– Promotes reproduction
– Improves hair and skin
Iron
– Necessary for hemoglobin formation
Iodine
– Essential for thyroid function and basal metabolism

 

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The Most Humane Post

First and foremost, I would like to wish all Muslim readers a blessed Eid and safe travels for all.

I reckon that this will be the least animal related post I have written in almost 8 years of blogging. The only part of this post that is closest to be related to animals would be to share this article that was shared by a fellow bunny friend this morning entitled “The Rescue Religion“. I must also mention that I received a distress call about a bunny going off feed while I was out of town yesterday and it troubled me not being able to help. The good news is, another bunny friend rendered help and I last heard the bunny is now doing fine.

And then throughout today I was bombarded with many articles, videos and discussion about various issues – slavery, war, apostasy and martyrdom. I can safely conclude that humanity is in dire need of help and rescue.

We prefer to turn a blind eye on issues nearest to home most of the time. We have grown to be very self-centered and selfish. We have lost hope in humans is what we tend to tell ourselves. Humans are distrustful and manipulative, I rather spend my entire life dedicated to animals. A dog will love me unconditionally and will always obey my commands. It will always greet me with happiness whenever I come home from work. For companionship, I can never find fault with a dog (except for those in the show ring for non-conformance of “breed standards”).

The reality is, we tend to shift our focus from issues and we “run” away.

We run away from the homeless….

And we are unaware of what we do not see on the surface….

So often we ask ourselves – Why am I not born into riches?

You see, there is more to it than material things that satisfy our ever hungry pleasures. Over time we have exploited our wants rather than needs to become very selfish beings. The root of all these traces back to nothing but greed and for greed we are willing to sacrifice lives. We are so engrossed into pouring our every ounce of energy to arrive at our wayward goals so much so that the steps taken become religion-like. It becomes an obsession.

Like everything else in this world be it war, slavery, fanaticism and bigotry, all these can be avoided if only we can put together a pinch of acceptance with a fair amount of moderation. Perhaps, our purpose in life is not to say or do what is politically correct but say, do and stand by what is right. How does all these affect me? Seeing and reading about all the unfortunately lives, I cannot help but to feel grateful that I am not born into anything less than what I have at this point in time.

And how does it relate to rabbits?

Let’s bring ourselves back to the past when the only rabbits we see and know of are those white ones with ruby (or red) coloured eyes. We did not have much choices when it comes to raising a pet rabbit. Let’s relive the moment we first set eyes on the Holland Lop rabbit. It was new, it was fresh and most importantly it was cute!

Likewise, if all a child have been exposed to is only the sound of war, violence, cruelty, abuse and ridicule, how would he or she know the taste and meaning of peace? Is peace even a choice? Truly, what we are unaware of, might be the life we might have lost.

We are called to be childlike – always trusting and comforted but not childish to always want everything we desire. To be grateful is knowing that it could have been worse and if you are able to read this, most probably in the comfort of your desk, consider yourself lucky and blessed!

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Premium Hamster Food

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For those of you who keep hamsters or gerbils as pets, you might be interested in this new premium quality food. Priced at only RM 12.80 for 400g, it definitely pack a punch.

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In case you are wondering, that’s Amber – my daughter’s pet hamster and she was the sweetest little Sapphire hammie. She was made beautiful by this wonderful product.

You can now purchase here.

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Temperament

Breeding for sound temperament should always be one of the objectives any breeder should strive for. Temperament is not only imprinted genetically but can also be achieved through proper handling and interaction with your pet rabbits.

So here’s joining the bandwagon for this week’s hottest/trending incident. I dedicate this one to Uncle Sim – kudos for keeping your cool!

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Nurture Nature

Here I was in the waiting room at the car service centre and cannot help but to notice a lady with what appeares to me as a Sugar Glider bonding pouch. Firstly, I arrived at that conclusion based on experience and I guess it is only natural for one to notice certain things that he/she is intuned to. Growing up having all sorts of pets have indeed implanted or at least made me very aware the presence of cute furry animals.

My thoughts immediately turned into wonderment as to why we are fascinated with clingy pets. To tame sugar gliders, one need to bond with them and the one most important way is through scent. I have reasons to believe that people with strong body odour will have a lot of ease bonding with their pet sugar glider. Those who smell good have nothing to worry about as somehow your sugar glider will recognize you by scent anyhow. So yeah, you need a bonding pouch to keep this little marsupial comfortable and close to you at all times.

So why are we so drawn to keeping clingy animals as pets. I believe humans have the nature to nurture. We want to take care of another living creature and the more it acts like a little baby human, the more we are drawn to it. I am sure if given the choice, most of us will have no qualms raising baby chimpanzees and gorillas. Again, the human like behaviour is what draws us to another species.

No one notices that the lady have sugar gliders in that pouch because they were so comfortable being hung around her bosoms and it is also sleeping time. I guess the sense of achievement by successfully raising another living creature also plays a part to keep us interested in raising pets.

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Love Your Soul

I have to admit that in many occasions, I have been tempted to give up on a lot of things in my life just to accommodate the busy schedule. I believe it is a natural reaction to simplify life or to “de-clutter” when we lose clarity in life. Giving up something that you are passionate about can be very difficult. Passion is what feeds the soul and to give up only means that there will be a dent on your soul.

We can sure be overwhelmed by other commitments and priorities but just like any other feelings, what you are feeling it is temporary and will go away after some time.

As a dear friend puts it, “never make rash decisions that you will regret later and that will ultimately hurt your soul”.

So, whenever you are feeling bogged down and need some revitalizing, take a step back, relax and breath in all the cuteness your pet have to offer…

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Why I So Like That?

Twenty days has passed since my last post. Time just flies when you are having fun or when you are busiest. Honestly, it is very difficult to find inspiration to write about bunnies these days or should I say how much can one write about rabbits?
I feel that I have came to a very comfortable position with my rabbits because (touch wood) they are all in good health and I am not facing as much challenges with the way I am raising them at the moment. I count that as a success for a hobbyist of seven years.
Besides from getting a few inquiries every other day, it is (bunny) business as usual in the ravbitry these days. Quite mundane sometimes just to do bunny chores in between the busy work schedule. Age is also catching up and every move seemed to be slowing down.
Every once in a while I take a peek at what is going on in the local rabbit world and things are still the same. Same old habits, same old problems and same old dramas.
When you are too involved and in the know of all the happenings in the rabbit world, human behaviors can often be the most draining factor in the hobby. That is the reason why I have taken a step back and refocus my attention on my rabbits.
It is not something new that people will undercut you and cheat you outright but I must say that all these experiences will mould you into a different person from when you start off in the hobby.
The funniest incident that stood out among the rest that I can recall clearly is how a young teenager was trying to be a broker by advertising my rabbits for a higher price. His intention was to strike a deal double my listed price and obtain the rabbit from me. I thought that was a very smart move coming from a young kid.
I am glad that I no longer need to advertise any rabbits for sale because of many reasons and one of which is that I have a long list of prospective adopters.
So if you ask why some breeders behave the way they do, it is because of all the bad experiences they have gone through dealing with people who take advantage of them and I for one have no time to deal with all the bullshit some of these people dish out.
And yes, it is only rabbits and our rabbits’ welfare should be our top priority and focus.
Have a good Bun-day!

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More Than Meets The Eye

The statement “More Than Meets The Eye” is made famous by the Transformers cartoon which made its debut in the 1980s. Vehicles turning into robots seemed to have captivated children and adults throughout the world. I believe it all boils down to expectations. No one expected the possibility of a little yellow Volkswagen Beetle to turn into a cute robot and that brings me to the subject of today’s post – expectations.

There are a few occasions throughout the 7 years being in the hobby that I have encountered people who have obtained rabbits from me after being captivated by the photos of cute and cuddly rabbits that I have posted on this weblog. Some of the rabbits lived up to their full lifespan in their new homes but other did not. One reason stood out among the many reasons that these rabbits were returned to me and it was that “he/she is nothing like how you describe rabbits in your blog”.

I guess we all have expectations of our pets. Our judgement may sometimes be clouded by cuteness just like how it was when we first started dating our wife/husband. We can only see all the goodness until we start living together after marriage. When the breeder go through all the necessities, all the eager owners have in their minds is to bring bunny home and miss out on all the important points – that they need to be litter trained, given food that helps reduce odours and the correct way of handling their new pet. It is not surprising that after a couple of days that I should receive distress calls telling me that bunny is urinating all over the place and hates being handled.

Expectations.

A rabbit will never behave like how you want a dog or cat to behave. If you want to have an animal behaving like a dog or a cat, get a dog or a cat but I must say that rabbits do have their own personalities that differs from individual to individual. You just have to “tune in” and get in sync or be vigilant by observing their body language to gauge what he/she is trying to tell you. Rabbits definitely communicate very differently from your regular dog and cat.

While we are at this subject, I cannot help but to also ponder on the question of sustainability. I recently read a post in one of the facebook groups asking why there are many rabbits being put up for adoption – whether it is because of the Easter season or otherwise. In this region I believe that rabbits for adoption is not seasonal as compared to the western countries. When we see that there are rabbits up for adoption, we will always question the reason behind them. I can understand the many reasons and some may make sense while others not. I have come to the conclusion that as long as there is a pet industry, we will never be able to escape from the issues of abandoned and unwanted animals. Crude, but that is reality and it takes everyone to just be the responsible person and do what is right if animal welfare is what we are after.

Expectations.

As pet people, first and foremost our intention and expectation from our pets is companionship. We may want to fulfil our sense of responsibility over another living being. Perhaps keeping something alive is treated as a personal achievement and that gives us joy to see our beloved pet thrive in our hands. Maybe and just maybe, we have the desire to go through the different phases or levels of difficulties in raising animals as pets. For example, Level One is keeping some fishes, Level Two – a hamster, Level Three – a rabbit and slowly graduating to let say – a Tiger?

Whatever the reason, I believe it is all about the expectations we have from our pets.

As for me, I have always been an animal lover and rabbits have always been a part of my life. I find great joy to know that they are happy under my care and they grow and remain beautiful until their last breath. Most of the time, it is the vow I make for each and every rabbit that I own. It is a simple vow that they will live a good life whether under my care or someone else’s I have chosen for them. For those that I have decided to import from the USA, I always make a silent vow and wish in my heart before they are being sent over to me. It is only fair to treat them well because these rabbits go through the long journey and they will have to endure the change of climate which is the toughest element that they will have to get used to.

Through my observation, the rabbit hobby can be quite monotonous in general and having friends can help motivate and keep us interested. Most friends that I know were able to stay in the hobby for a very long time because they spend a lot of time competing in shows and also being involved in helping out in the clubs. More often than not, they enjoy the company of friends.

Very often you will find yourself looking for other activities to complement or supplement the hobby. My advice based on experience is that you should not deviate too far from the focus on your pet as it can get out of hand sometimes. For example, most of us like to purchase a nice skin or cover for our mobile phones and if not careful, you will end up with many that are redundant and not being used.

Besides the usual bunny chores, there are only two other activities that I enjoy doing that is related back to the rabbits – photographing the rabbits and writing on this weblog. I am really happy to have many photographs of my rabbits throughout the year. I had previously made plans to consolidate and produce a photobook for this weblog’s 5th year Anniversary but it did not happen.

This year being the 7th year in the hobby, I finally had the time to order a photobook to commemorate and celebrate the best rabbits that I have owned throughout the years and also friends I have made in the hobby.

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May you also find a reason to stay in the hobby.

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