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Binky Free Thunder Boy

Just got news that Thunder has left for the Rainbow Bridge. R.I.P. little boy. My condolences to his loving family. They did a wonderful job providing him with only the best. The good ones die young they say…

Thunder turned 7 years old 8 days ago. You are sorely missed…

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Where do we go from here?

Cleaning time for the past few days has been a little awkward. The feeling of something missing – Thunder. I clean each bunny quarter in order and somehow Thunder is always the last and I do spend some time with the little fellow. And since he left, I did stop for a moment at his empty cage and wonder where did our little friend go. Thunder has been the “face” of Tru-Luv Rabbitry for the past 2 years and it is really hard not seeing him around.

There are many reasons and motivations behind this hobby. My motivation from the start is to share this wonderful hobby with a fellow enthusiast that is serious in developing the breed and most importantly to prove that ethical breeding is possible in the smallest of pets.

Thunder came to Tru-Luv Rabbitry in the 1st quarter of 2009 and with just one litter, he has improved the quality of my herd tremendously. Having Thunder really sets a high standard for the herd as each of his offspring tends to be compared against his overall disposition. His traits are mostly inherited by his descendants and you can recognize Thunder in Trudi, Trudle, Fred and Barney just to name a few.

Talking about quality, I can remember very clearly that approximately 5 years back, we were discussing and arguing about whether or not rabbits without pedigree purchased from the pet stores are pure breeds. We even argue whether or not they are of show quality. Fast forward today, we no longer argue about whether they are pedigree or not. We are able to distinguish almost immediately whether a rabbit is imported or bred locally. We discuss about breed standards. We no longer talk about Hay being the staple food of rabbits. The general public is so well informed now.

 I believe very strongly that many factors has contributed to this improvement and competition has been the key factor. Be it competition in sales or even competition in quality itself. The better informed the public is, the more demanding they are in choosing their rabbits. Lately I have been getting quite a number of inquiries for “Show Quality” rabbits. I seldom receive inquiries about pet rabbits. Many is learning the right lingo so to speak, which is a good thing.

Today I no longer feel lonely in this hobby as I have local bunny buddies to have rabbit chats with. I even get some reminders and opinions on my own rabbits. In short, we have grown tremendously in this hobby. I now not only admire my own rabbits but I am able to drop by a bunny friend’s place to admire theirs as well. I can now share a bunny or two with a fellow enthusiast to help improved his/her herd. And likewise, I am able to get a rabbit to improve my herd too!

I believe many enthusiasts have worked hard over the years that contributed to the improvement of the Show rabbit circuit here in Malaysia. Most have spent a fortune for this wonderful hobby. Some may not spend as much but has also made progress through their own limited resources. The bunny world seemed to be doing really well as far as my human eyes can perceive.

And as for Thunder, my momma always say, “Love Isn’t Love Until You Give It Away“…

Continue the bunny lovin’ peeps!

"We make them everyday?"

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Thunderous Farewell

Today we say goodbye to 2 long time residents here in Meadow Haven. We say farewell to Thunder and Holly Hope. They are going to their retirement homes. It was a difficult decision but was made easy knowing that both of them will be loved. They will not be too far away and I can visit.

Thunder is going to where Barney, his son is. I am sure he will enjoy the rest of his retirement there in a huge bunny mansion fit for the King & Queen Buns! He will also be bonded to 2 other beautiful bunnies and perhaps get to meet 2 goofy “little” French Lops! I feel a little tickled by the fact that I am responsible for increasing the size of the rabbit herd at this family’s home from 2 bunnies to now 6 bunnies – LOL!

Always the cutest and chunkiest buck for me. I like to call him the "Stumps"

Stumps for front feet!

Gonna miss those cheeks!

And as a token of appreciation for Thunder, I receive a little gift in the form of a pair of chopstick rests by Royal Selangor. I have always love the pewter by Royal Selangor and I absolutely love this gift! Thank you very much to the Sun family.

Gorgeous!

Holly Hope will be a familiar face at XOXO Pets Store. She shall be the ambassador of XOXO’s Rabbit Boarding service – LOL! 🙂

Time to enjoy retirement...

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Can I Hear a “WOOT!”, “WOOT!”?

Just want to thank Mr. G and Mr. P for brightening up my week by sending me MMS/Picture message of the bunnies they got from me. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU! You both have taken care of the rabbits I “entrusted” to you so well and look at how they have matured. I can instantly see the “BONE” on them through those photos sent to me. Thank you for appreciating a Tru-Luv Holland. I am forever grateful to have good owners like the both of you and I hope I am able to share more of this great hobby with you and many more like you.

For now though, I would like to share with you photos of 2 finest juniors I have ever produced (I know I say that all the time about my rabbits, I am indeed very proud of them – HEHE (MJ Style)).

The sweet sound of Symphony...

She feels like a rock solid tank at 2.5 months!

Trudle going through a head molt right now. Still look awesome nonetheless

Grandson of both Thunder and Clark. He's a fusion of the 2. And I am excited to see him grow further.

I am anticipating a very tiring weekend. Four (yes – not 1,2,3 but 4!) interviews lined up over the weekend. This is gonna be a awesome posum Chinese New Year. Tru-Luv Rabbitry crew will be gracing many major media. For those who are in the Bangsar Shopping Complex (BSC), please “chup” their magazine scheduled to be released 1st week of February!

I believe I am done typing. Just got everything prepared for the interviews.

We're on the MOVE...Interview venues....

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Dad’s Precious Gifts for TLR

My dad just painting these four special paintings for me. It is a Chinese New Year gift. A blessing for all the rabbits in Meadow Haven. Really proud of this big man, the person who showed me what it really means to be kind to animals. Always being there to support me and help me with my pets. I still remember the time we went fishing for tiger barbs every Saturday morning. We had a huge aquarium filled with tiger barbs.

Here are the works by my amazing DAD!

Carmel and her portrait

Trudle with his portrait. He is having a major head molt right now. Will look as good as his portrait, I hope - LOL!

Haley and her portrait

My boy Thunder and his portrait. Thunder is looking stunning today. Love his Stumpy LEGS! Only Thunder will have such STUMPY STUMPS!

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Off to an Amazing Start of 2011

Pinky new year!

When I first started off breeding the imports, I got a little worried that my herd was slowly being overrun by broken colored Holland Lops. Then as of late, I have been getting many solids and that too got me a little worried. I always find balance in the things that I do and I would love to have a good balanced number of both the Broken and Solid varieties in the herd.

I believe these 2 broken black kits just helped me balance things up. Hope to see more balancers coming and of course overall well balanced Holland Lops to boot!

On another sad note, I was sadden to see rabbits being sold at inflated prices at shopping malls. Very inferior quality stuff. I feel sorry for the buyers especially all the impulse buyers. Nothing much I can do to help them if they choose to be ignorant. It’s very very sad indeed…

Now, back to a happier note, I just received photos of Tru-Luv Betty, Tru-Luv Wilma’s littermate. She has grown to be a very pretty doe filled with BONE!

Check these photos out. I am so glad that her owner has taken good care of her and it shows!

 

OMG! Just look at those stumpy front legs!!!!

I really need to get there to put my hands on her and pose her for a few photos.

And what really makes my heart smile is that, I have been blessed with the best buyers/adopters/customers/friends in this bunny hobby! They always keep me updated on the rabbits obtained from me. That is the best feeling anyone can get out of this hobby. A feeling that you will never ever have the privilege to experience if you do not know where your rabbit(s) are…

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Tru-Luv Rabbitry on Feminine Magazine!!!

The January issue of Feminine magazine is finally out! Boy is it AWESOME!!!

Thank you very much Mr. Kenn Yeap for putting up such a wonderful 6 pagers filled with colors and lotsa Chinese characters! I have yet to understand the contents (translator needed!) but I hope all that is written are good stuff!

GO GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY!!!

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Translated: The Rabbit Man with his herd of 17 Pedigreed Rabbits by Kenn Yeap

This grown up man full of love is renowned for breeding pedigreed rabbits and he loves them just like his children. Tim started this hobby 4 years ago and he has since expanded into a herd of 17 rabbits and there are now 3 generations of rabbits since then. He breeds and raises a special type of pure breed rabbit called Holland Lop. These rabbits have cute faces and droopy ears that one finds it hard to resist not touching them.

Tim treats his rabbits just like his own children by providing them with the best living environment (a special room dedicated to them alone), care, feeds them imported diet and each one have his deserving “fatherly love”. Not forgetting, each one of them has a unique name to go with. This rabbit tale is unique especially when 2011 Lunar New Year falls on the year of the Rabbit and this is a herd of the luckiest of rabbits. Getting from a small number of 4 to 17, Tim proves sceptics that it is possible to raise what is dubbed as the hardest breed to work with among rabbit enthusiasts.

This 30 year old IT Engineer transforms into a loving father the moment he steps into home caring not only for his human family but also a group of gentle rabbits through providing each and every one of them a sweet and loving home.

Led by the love for animals, Tim has kept many types of animals as pets throughout his life and still finds rabbits as his favourite. According to him, though they are small animals, they are just like human beings needing care and love. We as owners must be responsible for their lives until their last breath.

Tim’s herd of rabbit consists 3 generations of both young and old rabbits from those he initially imported from USA throughout the past 4 years.

“The Holland Lop is one of the rabbit breeds with the best temperament and they are extremely easy to care for are some of the reason why I chose to work with this breed”. Holland Lops usually come in the brownish tortoiseshell colour, small in size and the “trademark” of this breed is their small, rounded drooping ears – thus, the word “LOP”. Presently sold for RM 800 in the market, Tim first fell in love with those cute apple shaped cheeks. After years of breeding the Holland Lop, one can call Tim a professional rabbit breeder.

In the midst of bad economy, when many cannot even feed themselves, one may ask how someone can find the time and money to keep pets. For Tim, his love for his rabbits goes beyond the value of money – they are priceless.

“For me, rabbits are like my children and as a father I must give them the best”. Tim and his wife have 2 daughters who also share his passion for the rabbits. Since providing the rabbits with the most comfortable living environment is Tim’s responsibility, he has dedicated a big room in his house equipped with big cages for each rabbit and even a ventilation fan to make sure there is good air circulation. He ensures that their living quarters are always kept clean and dry.

While it is easy to keep them as pets, Holland Lops according to Tim are very difficult to breed and successes only comes in 3 to 4 babies per litter. Even with successful pregnancy and delivery, mortality rate can be quite high.

“When I first started to breed Holland Lops, my American friends used to tease me and said that it is difficult to succeed but with a lot of care, almost every pregnancy and delivery was successful and survival rate is quite high too. I am proud of that”, he expressed happily. Not long after, he started a blog and shared his experience; his American friends praised and have high regards for him.

To care for the Holland Lop seemed easy but one must be meticulous. Diet for instance, Tim insist to feed his rabbit food imported from USA especially Timothy Hay. Timothy Hay contains crucial nutrients especially fibre that help ensure motility of the gut. This important food source is available in most major pet stores which cost RM 22 a pack, a month’s supply for one rabbit.

Tim mentioned that he found locally milled rabbit pellets contain sand. He suspected that irresponsible and unethical businessmen added sand in their production to increase the weight of their product. He adds, “This will damage and give an adverse affect to the rabbit’s stomach which may lead to death. That is the reason why I chose to feed them imported feed because of the guaranteed quality”

Being a seasoned breeder after 4 years, Tim cares for pregnant rabbits personally and is able to predict the number of babies through a skill he learned from his friends in US call palpation. This will give a good estimation so that in the events of a retained baby, he is able to know. “If that happens, we must be responsible for the outcome”, he said.

Tim will send any doe with such complication to the vet so that they will be able to help expel the baby from the doe. After that, Tim will provide the doe with proper food rich in nutrients for her to recuperate and be able to nurse the surviving babies. He will ensure all babies are tucked in the “warm baby room” (nest box).

Tim will make a round of check every morning before leaving for work just to make sure that all kits are alright. Tim is very well versed with each and every one of his rabbit’s behaviour. Even judging by the looks of their poo, he is able to gauge the state of health of the rabbits. “If a rabbit stops passing motion, then I will ask my wife to help keep an eye on it”

Tim spends 1 to 2 hours daily cleaning the cage after dinner every day. “The cleaning work is pretty simple. I just need to change the bedding in the litter tray and wash their food/water bowls, that’s it. For certain, I will spend some time playing with them because you just can’t deny a cute face asking for some head rubs”. Occasionally, the rabbits will take turns to stretch themselves and have fun in the living room with the family.

According to Tim, Holland Lops is like dogs and can be quite responsive. Also, another reason that Holland Lops are easy to be kept as pets because they are very quiet animals and with proper care, they do not have repulsive odour making them popular condominium and apartment pets.

“All my rabbits are litter trained and in fact, it is their instinct to have a favourite spot to relief themselves. To litter train a new rabbit is fairly easy, look for its favourite spot and place the litter tray with wood pellets in it at its favourite spot. The litter tray must be washed everyday so that there will not be any odour”, Tim said.

“If you are prepare to do some cleaning, keeping a rabbit as pet will not be difficult for you”, Tim adds.

Tim has lots to tell about rabbits. For instance, he shared that kits must be kept warm, their eyes will only open on the 10th day and some does will stay next to the nest to ensure that her babies will not be taken away.

Tim also explains that after giving birth, the doe will leave the nest and by doing so, predators will not be able to find the nest. Raising his rabbits for the past 4 years, Tim truly understands his rabbits’ habits well. When they are happy, they will jump up high while twisting their bodies. When sleeping sideways, it means they are comfortable and feel safe. When they feel threatened, they will grunt.

Tim keeps a journal of his joys and fun in the hobby on his blog. To date, his blog has attracted 128,000 hits and many rabbit enthusiasts contacted him for advice after reading his blog.

“When I receive calls, I am very happy because I get to share the experience”. Tim loves to share. “Even though he spends a lot of time on the rabbits, he manages his time well and never short-changes our daughters and me, said Tim’s wife Mary Anne. She met him during high school days and it was his loving heart that attracted her. That is the reason why she gives him her fullest support and they care for the rabbits as a team.

Tim will only sell his rabbits to fellow rabbit lovers. But he will ensure the buyers have proper environment for his rabbits and most of the time he visits the buyers’ house before deciding to share his rabbits with them. “I only sell to sincere and genuine people. If the environment does not meet my expectations, I will refuse proceed with the sale” Unless they are really prepared, Tim will not sell his rabbits. In fact, he recently rejected a request because the environment was not conducive enough.

Since 2011 is the Rabbit year and many among the Chinese community will tend to purchase things which carry the symbol of the rabbit. Tim is worried that there will be an influx of people keeping rabbits as pets and when the hype is over, there will be too many unwanted pets.

“We have seen many stray dogs and cats. What if it happens to Rabbits? It will be a serious problem. Stray dogs and cats at least can seek out food and shelter but rabbits can’t. Death is certain if one decides to abandon his or her rabbit”, he said.

Tim also mentioned that a famous pet store chain takes in big bulk of underage rabbits just to meet the demand during Chinese New Year. He personally witnessed underage rabbits being sold in a filthy environment without proper ventilation. What’s worse is that there are many sick rabbit that dies in the cage without proper care.

“I dare no imagine how it will be if this (rabbit abandoning) happens”, Tim expressed solemnly. He hopes that those who buy rabbits to be kept as pets to keep them well and urge them to take full responsibility for them. Do not just buy for the sake of buying and later loses interest before abandoning them. “This sort of act only means that one does not have respect for life”, he said. Tim also suggests to those who are unable to care for their rabbits (with sensible reasons) to contact him so that he can help place them in good home through his blog.

Clark is son of Carmel. When I asked Tim who is his favorite, he said, "Clark" and his 3 year old daughter Bethany beside was quick to interrupt saying, "Clark went to heaven already". I was almost brought to tears when I heard that. Recently, Tim went through a rough patch. Sensing his sadness, Clark stopped eating and sadly passed away. According to Tim, rabbits can sense their owner's feeling. Since then, Tim enters the rabbit room with a smile in his heart...

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Tru-Luv Rabbitry starting off 2011 with a BIG BANG!

First of all,

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 to all my dear readers!!!

Thank you for another wonderful year on this BLOGGER SPHERE!

Tru-Luv Rabbitry will usher in the new year being on the cover story of the Chinese magazine called Feminine. Make sure you grab the January 2011 issue!

The journalist Mr. Kenn Yeap has put in a lot of effort to pen down his thoughts as he went through a gruesome torturous 2.5 hours “lecture” by me. I am glad that he was able to pour out his heart unto this amazing piece of article. Rumor has it that this article would be 6 pages long (and wide) with nice photos to boot. Kenn basically maxed out the permissible number of pages for a cover story so you should expect something spectacular!

I am EXCITED and the bunnies at Meadow Haven are jumping for joy!

Tru-Luv baby!!!!

*WINK*

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Gearing Up For Christmas 2010!

With all the snow falling on this blog, it is hard not to take some Christmas photos for all the bunnies in Meadow Haven.

Here you go…

Ivy Crescent's Thunder - Chief in command

Tru-Luv Fred - The General

Wark & Miller's Carmel - The matriarch

Ivy Crescent's Haley - The Security Chief of the Bulldog Bunnies

Tru-Luv Sibylla - The Mother Superior

Sonshine Brown Sugar aka Java - Bone Unlimited Doe

Tru-Luv Wilma - The Matriarch of Quatorts

Holly Hope - Head of the Chocolate Factory

Tru-Luv Truli - 1st Quatort Captain

Tru-Luv Trulo - 2nd Quatort Captain

Tru-Luv Trudi - 3rd Quatort Captain

Tru-Luv Trudle - 4th Quatort Captain

Tru-Luv Magique - The 1st Chocolatier

Tru-Luv Mystique - The 2nd Chocolatier

Tru-Luv Symphony - The Head Of Aviation

Tru-Luv McNite Noir - The Head Of The Dark Knights

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Photo Updates

Ivy Crescent's Thunder

Miler's Clark

Tru-Luv's Fred

Wark & Miller's Carmel

Ivy Crescent's Haley

Sonshine's Brown Sugar

Holly Hope

Tru-Luv's Sibylla

Tru-Luv's Wilma

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