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Family Portrait Day

I miss Clark terribly today while spending time in the rabbitry. I really wonder when I will be able to get another just like him. I miss his crown mostly. He has the best crown definition in my opinion. To distract myself from the sadness, I decided to take some photographs.

Have a nice Sunday everybun!

This Fred boy can pose nicely if he wants to. He doesn't do it often but when he did, it was a sight to behold!

Got kinda bored with single bunny photos. I paired them up. From left to right: Kit #2 & Kit #1

From left to right: Kit #3 and #4

The Tort Family

The cute family...

Seem like I am not the only person having photo shoot with my furkids, the Chestnuts had a session with theirs too. Check these out:

Mishu: "What's up?"

Lovebuns

Truffles: "Huh?"

Lovey Dovey...

Thanks for the photos lovebirds!

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Chestnuts Visit!

Today TLR is very honored to have a very special couple visiting and taking photographs of the rabbits. As I have mentioned many times before, friends are the most important part of this hobby and along the way, I must say that I do not have many friends in this hobby but those that I have the privilege to befriends with are very special to me. I really appreciate the CHESTNUTS dropping by Meadow Haven. I do hope they both enjoy their short stay here (wasn’t that short actually). Love the chat. If you like what you see, please visit their site and hire them at http://www.chestnutpictures.com/. I highly recommend them to everyone! Although I watermarked the photos with TLR, they are the rightful owner of these photos and due credit must be given to them.

Thank you Chestnuts and I am sure my dear readers will be very happy to see these beautiful photos!

The kits:

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The Cute Kits!

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Good one by Shahfiq!

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Papadoom - Macho MAN!

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Don't you just wanna squeeze em!?

Thunder:

Thunder’s fur is growing back nicely. But I must mention that no matter how he is being shaved, this boy’s bone is super thick! Absolutely LOVE this little guy!

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Just look at the STUMPY legs!

Holly Hope:

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She out of condition due to nursing. She is absolutely broodish!

Skor:

Skor is pretty awesome and it has been a while since he last posed for me but he did quite a good job naturally.

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It has been difficult to get photos that could see his eyes

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Wonders if Darlie needs an ambassador. I am sure Skor would fit!

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Not too bad eh? He's for sale, inquire within!

Clark:

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Doing the side winder!

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Side profile. Isn't he a cutie!?

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Clark periscopes - You pointin' that bazooka at me?

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Looking rather serious

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Love this guy very much!

Carmel:

I have been asked which is my favorite rabbits among all that I have. My heart is normally partitioned equally among all living things that I care for. But there is a little bit more for this wonderful doe. She’s AMAZING! Adesh and Shahfiq had fun capturing her on stills. Take a look at all the poses that she could come out with. Absolutely adorable!

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The best periscope captured on still thus far in my herd!

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Her all time favorite pose

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She's being cheeky here. Check out the tongue!

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Another one of her favorite pose!

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What a beauty. Depth of chest and sheer BONES!

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A natural!

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Don't you just love the photos and the bunnies too?

There’s somebun missing. We shall know what’s up tomorrow!

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Candid Tuesday!

Most of the time I post very technical and serious photos of my rabbits posing. During every photo session, there were times when the rabbits just go berserk and just wanted to be themselves. Photos in this post were taken off the album captured by a very dear friend and fellow bunny blogger SB of furrybutts.wordpress.com. She captured their less serious antics off pose. These were taken a while back.

And so coincidentally, I have chosen 13 photos to go with the date today – LOL!

Thunder chilling between shots

Thunder chilling between shots

He sometimes shy away from the camera covering his face with his "hands"?

He sometimes shy away from the camera covering his face with his "hands"?

Praying to hold a good pose?

Praying to hold a good pose?

Haley being her fiesty self

Haley being her fiesty self

Haley up to mischieves

Haley up to mischieves

Scheming an escape strategy?

Scheming an escape strategy?

What's up there?

What's up there?

Clark says, "Don't get any closer or else I'll charge!"

Clark says, "Don't get any closer or else I'll charge!"

"You want a piece of me, Sir?"

"You want a piece of me, Sir?"

Here's Carmel, as sweet as caramel

Here's Carmel, as sweet as caramel

An ear plugged in taps into a world of bunny information super corridor

An ear plugged in taps into a world of bunny information super corridor

Close up and not personal...

Close up and not personal...

Always a cutie!

Always a cutie!

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Great Bunday

The day before yesterday was a good Bunday. yesterday was a good Bunday and today is another good Bunday. I have to admit, everyday’s a good Bunday in Meadow Haven.

First thing on the list today was Truffles. I brought him in for castration at approximately 1.30 pm. Just like Noobie, I couldn’t help but to feel a little worried. But the moment I saw Dr. Loh, I was relieved. Somehow the vets at Hillpark always set my heart at ease. My wife and I was a little tickled by the fact that we’re sending our BRIS bunny for castration. Shouldn’t he be a stud back at Meadow Haven? Well, let’s put it this way, I strongly believe that there will be more BRIS or even BIS to come from TLR.

Hugging the little "teddy" in the car

Hugging the little "teddy" in the car

Approximately 30 mins after dropping Truffles off at the vets, I received a call from the clinic. My heart sank a little because that was too fast for a surgery and I have not even started cleaning 1 cage in the rabbitry. To my relieved, I was told that the surgery went well and Truffles was ready to go home. So off I went.

The locals call this "mengeram telur" (incubating egg)

The locals call this "mengeram telur" (incubating egg)

Another shot of Truffles

Another shot of Truffles

On the way back from the vets, I found this wonderful shop that sells a lot of nice ornaments. I was previously looking for a door bell. And guess what I found! This made my home complete:

Isn't this beautiful?

Isn't this beautiful?

I absolutely love it!

I absolutely love it!

That's the entrace to Meadow Haven

That's the entrace to Meadow Haven

The new run was great. Carmel, Haley and Clark took their turns in it and I must say that Haley’s a super destroyer among the three. Here’s some pictures of them enjoying the run!

Carmel enjoying herself

Carmel enjoying herself

Carmel posing for me

Carmel posing for me

Clark chillaxing

Clark chillaxing

And a pose to go with this post!

And a pose to go with this post!

And I am heading to dinner now! What an exhausting day it is!

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Brushed Bunnies: The Chinese Brush Painting

If the human genetics is as simple as rabbit genetics, I believe both my parents have each contributed half their creativity gene to me. I attribute all the crazy ideas I get while raising Holland Lops from my dad’s artistic traits. As for the problem solving skills, I believe that trait came from my mom. She is a pure innovator I tell you.

My dad paints during his free time. Now he is enjoying his retirement doing what he loves most and to be very specific, Chinese Brush Painting. As our culture slowly fades away, so is the appreciation for the Chinese Brush Painting. I must admit that I draw superheroes using pencils and never the brush. It is something that I just couldn’t inherit but I do hope my daughter would be able to pick up the skill.

Though painting is just a hobby, my dad has many proud moments in his passion too. He had a few exhibitions in his younger days and his art works appeared on many major dailies. You will most probably see his works during the Lunar New Year. He fills the newspapers with colorful paintings of the year’s zodiac. During the year of the Dog, he drew pedigreed dogs such as Golden Retriever, Boxer and Poodles!

A Golden Retriever with her pups

A Golden Retriever with her pups

A Pair Of Golden Retrievers

A Pair Of Golden Retrievers

A Pair Of Poodles

A Pair Of Poodles

Last year, during the year of the rat, he painted a piece that has got 100 Chinese characters denoting the word rat.

100 Chinese Characters To Spell RAT

100 Chinese Characters To Spell RAT

And since we have the rabbit as one of the zodiacs, he painted one with a couple of bunnies too.

Lops & Kits

Lops & Kits

A Sow & Her Babes. Year of the Boar 2007.

A Sow & Her Babes. Year of the Boar 2007.

Year Of The Ox 2008

Year Of The Ox 2008

While he paints everything with passion, my personal favorite would be his paintings of chickens. His paintings of roosters have a lot of emphasis on the comb. I am particularly drawn to his chicken paintings. Most probably it is because I was born in the year of the Rooster. I find the chicks that he paints rather cute!

Rooster & Chicks

Rooster & Chicks

He now paints exclusively for people who appreciates his work. Most of the time, he paints in accordance to the needs of the requester. Recently, I was inspired to get some paintings done on the Holland Lops. I pestered him to help me paint a few and the results were marvelous! I kept on reminding him to think of bulldogs while he painted my rabbits.

Check these out:

Thunder

Thunder

Clark

Clark

Carmel

Carmel

Haley

Haley

Many people have approached him to paint their pets as keepsakes. If you need anything of that sort, please do email me. I’ll be more than happy to hook you up with my DAD!

UPDATE: My dad’s weblog is finally up and running. For those who enjoy good art, please visit http://simonchanart.wordpress.com.

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Truffles, I thought you look good today

I was cleaning cages when I noticed that nice pose Truffles was in. I thought to myself that he is looking kind of cute. So I decided to take some pictures of him and that lead me to judge him based on my understanding of the SOP. I am sure you’ll agree with me how cute this little fellow is.

Putting On The Cute Look

Putting On The Cute Look

One of my favorites

One of my favorites

Close up on the head

Close up on the head

While I was being so engrossed in looking through the lenses, out of a sudden, I saw a pair of chopsticks! It was Beth! She thought Truffles’ eye looked delicious and wanted to try practice her motor skills picking out the eye using the chopsticks. I stopped her while laughing hard rolling on the floor! ROFL!!!!

Yummy Truffles?

Yummy Truffles?

I normally do not bother my ugly juniors that much although they get their usual run time, I do not judge them. Being a “show” breeder, I have learned to be extremely fussy with how my rabbits look. There are definitely exterior traits that I look out for in each and everyone of my rabbits. I must say that most breeders expect much more from their rabbits compared to a real judge. I believe it is inevitable. To stay competitive, the breeder much ensure their rabbits are up to the competition come what may. You will not be surprise that breeders judge their rabbits the hardest.

As for me, I do have my own preferences eventhough we are yet to have any ARBA sanctioned rabbit shows here. I simply get the thrills from comparing my rabbits to those from top breeders in the US. Although I am not a judge, the photos below would be points that I will look out for if I am one.

Please note that this is my own personal opinion based on my own preferences and what I share here does not reflect in anyway the opinions of a professional ARBA judge. Feel free to comment.

Let’s do a point to point comparison. Truffles is almost 4 months old. I hope he’ll improve through time. It may be unfair for him that I used a GC as a point of reference but I just wanted to share what I look out for personally.

Let’s walk through the crown. It is very obvious Clark has got a very prominent crown. It is one of the things I like about him.

DSC03489I strongly believe that in certain cases, the crown is so badly slipped behind, it pushes the ears down making them look extremely long. This is one of the strong point to prove the Summer ears theory wrong as genetics is still the prime determinant of ear length.

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A HL’s head should be 50% to approximately 67% in length compared to its body length. That should give you a ratio between 1:1.5 and 1:2.

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You may have heard breeders mentioning the “DEPTH OF CHEST”. The depth of chest is how the head rest on the rabbit’s shoulder. In the HL, it is highly desirable that the rabbit seemed to NOT have a neck. The chest is exactly where the chin should be resting.

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A lot of emphasis is placed on the HL’s head alone. We always strive to have the massive look and most of it comes from the head. The head should be wide and to judge that, the width between the eyes must be as wide as possible.

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The width of the shoulders also determines the massive look. Truffles do have quite narrow shoulders for now. I hope he grows up with thicker bones although not likely. LOL!

The front legs should look like a stump, short and thick!

DSC03520Please correct me if I have used the wrong terms. If not, basically these are the things I look out for in a Holland Lop.

Hope you enjoyed my sharing. Holland Lop rules!

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Tails From Meadow Haven Chapter 9: Mirror Mirror On The Wall

“Hey you there!”

“I said, hey you there!”

“Oh man, there’s this one that looks exactly like me staring at me each time I stared at it”

“I noticed that too!”

“Oh really? All I can see from here is some dark thing moving around. Those belong to you both?”

“Did someone just said something?”

“I thought I heard something to but the mouth isn’t moving”

“Let me trying moving a little”

“My goodness! It’s following you!”

“Maybe its on the other side”

“No, it smell exactly like….ME!”

“You can actually smell it from there?”

“Yeah, but this is the smell that I smell all day all night. Is it me or you?”

“Whatever!”

“I can’t take it anymore!”

“Take what?”

“I just can’t take it anymore knowing someone’s staring at me!”

“What ya doing bout it?”

SPLAT! SPLAT! SPLAT!

“Oh no! Don’t tell me you did what I think you did. That is so not cool. You should only do that to something you like”

-GO FIGURE-

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My 1st Attempt Using A DSLR Camera

Had so much planned out for the weekend but 1 got postponed and the other got cancelled. I am not complaining as I suddenly had the urge to give the new gadget that I have borrowed from my cousin a try. I thought a photo session would be nice to fill in the time.

I must say that I am very satisfied with most of the shots taken with ample of natural light.

Here’s Thunder:

I love this photo of Thunder the most. Very angelic!

I love this photo of Thunder the most. Very angelic!

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Strike a Pose!

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Isn't he a cutie pie?

Isn't he a cutie pie?

And here’s Clark:

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I love his crown

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Can I bulldoze you?

Can I bulldoze you?

I love it when he pose like that

I love it when he poses like that

Another one of the cute pose

Another one of the cute pose

Bulky!

Bulky!

Eh?

Eh?

Sadly, the photo session came to an abrupt end after I took this photo of Clark. Guess what he’s doing?

"Raindrops keep falling on my head"

"Raindrops keep falling on my head"

He took a leak on my backdrop and I had to spend time cleaning it. My wife uses the backdrop to iron my clothes. DARN!

We’ll have another session for Carmel and Haley.

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Something To Help Us All Get Back On Our Feet!

After being hit by the devastating news about Luna, I got a called from a very close friend informing me the passing of another high school friend. Everyone seemed to be dying young these days. As you can see, I am really really down. I hope today passes quickly. R.I.P. my brother Kahlil. May your soul be blessed. Please know that Luna’s waiting for you up there if you need a companion.

Before I stepped into the house, I knew I must snap out of this bad vibes. And that is just what I did. At the back of my brain, I am a very broken person. But somehow, I just needed the strength to summon up the courage to keep negativity at bay. The moment I see them, I felt there is a mutual exchange of strength. How can I ever live without them?

Clark doing the bull run around the Juniors

Clark doing the bull run around the Juniors

Still my heart bunny regardless

Still my heart bunny regardless

My dear Noobie. Always ready with an innocent face...

My dear Noobie. Always ready with an innocent face...

Master, you need a nudge today?

Master, you need a nudge today?

Carmel chilling after a bowl of veges

Carmel chilling after a bowl of veges

The disgruntle dwarf. Haley reminds me very much of a female version of Gimli...

The disgruntle dwarf. Haley reminds me very much of a female version of Gimli...

Holly Hope's having a very terrible moult. Can't wait to have her fur back!

Holly Hope's having a very terrible moult. Can't wait to have her fur back!

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Tails From Meadow Haven Chapter 8: Reborn

“Who are you?”

“Who aaaRe you!?”

“I asked you first, so who are you?”

“No, you’re in my turf, you answer me first. I don’t give a tock if you asked me first, who are you?”

“Alright, alright, my name is Thunder. My man here’s Clark, there’s a lady up there somewhere is Carmel and the other lady higher up there is Haley”

“Who sent you?”

“You did!”

“Now now, don’t tell me you are all cybernetic organisms!”

“Nay, we’re Ivy Crescent’s & Miller’s Lagomorphas. Our bun masters came to know that there are tons of work to be done down here. So they sent us. We’ve got work to do. Get this place cleaned up and all!”

“You’re all here on work assignment?”

“Not really, we’re here to stay actually”

“Come on, are you serious? The only working buck here is me and I am the boss here!”

“Not anymore my friend. We could work together if you want to”

“I Skor, the descendant of GRIMLOCK works with no one! Skor is boss!”

“There’s no need to be a cry baby now Skor. We’ve got enough ladies in the house. May the best buck win”

“But master say I am his favorite”

“We still are Skor. Master won’t abandon us. We all have our destinies to fulfill. Just like when BlueBerry was sent up north. I have got news they rebuilt Meadow Haven there. It looks better than the old Meadow Haven too!”

“You really think so, Noobie?”

“Yeah, I overheard master telling his friend the other day that he’s bringing us to get some New Turfs (Noobie’s version of NEUTER). And he also said that we could stay together forever from then on”

“That sounds good. With the New Turfs, we can spread our empire far and wide! Hey losers, you heard that? I’m gonna be the new king of the New Turfs! You can do all the works you want back here in Meadow Haven”

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