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Just How Far Have We Come?

Lately, the oldest rabbit here Carmel has been getting quite a few admirer. At 6 years of age, she still looks like she is in her prime. The most elegant part is her “skirting”. Whenever I look at her, I am always reminded of how far my rabbits have come and the number of generations that has been produced in the last 5 years. I am really happy and grateful for the many people that has helped me along the way. Every kind word said about my rabbits is a form of encouragement and I am really thankful.

I am really glad that I am able to have this enjoyable hobby while living a demanding lifestyle. The most important part is that it has never strayed too far from being just a hobby. I am happy that it did not get commercialized but stayed as a very manageable past time. It is never my intention to keep hundreds of Holland Lops to speed up the improvement process. With the extremely low number of breeding and litters, I am so happy to be able to produce some nice babies. I really have to thank all those who have sent me the best genetics to help me start off this wonderful herd.

I just want to take some time to walk through the generation and the rabbits that has been produced starting from Carmel.

A recent picture of Carmel.

Clark is Carmel’s son and he is sorely missed. Wish I have access to Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Food back then and it could have saved Clark from leaving us too soon. He died due to feed problem.

Tru-Luv’s Balian was produced by Clark and have a lot of resemblance of his father. He is really massive. Balian is the first generation produced here in Malaysia.

Miracle is Balian’s son. Second generation produced here.

Then Miracle produced two handsome sons.

Clarkie was named after Clark because I miss my baby Clark a lot. Clarkie reminds me very much of Clark.

Murdoch is another special one. He won 1st BJB in one of the recent shows and I hope he continues to produce beautiful babies for me. Third generation produced here.

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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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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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Grieving

It was really hard today cleaning up the rabbitry. Just looking at Clark’s empty cage break my heart all over again. It is so hard for me not to fold an extra piece of newspaper to line his litter tray.

I just cannot forget how handsome he was even in his passing, he was such a beautiful little boy.

I miss you Clark. Beth asked me why you’re not here today. I told her we sent you to the cemetery and she asked, “Dad, what’s SEMITREE?”. Isn’t she funny?

I remembered one time how you gave a shock and later I was laughing really hard. Remember that day when you acted like such a pig digging into the pellets so fast that you got one stuck in your nose? You were having greenish snots and that gave me a scare. Then I realized you inhaled a piece of pellet through the nose and that was so funny.

You must be really having fun binky-ing all around at rainbow bridge right now.

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We’re Losing Clark

Update: R.I.P. at 11.18pm

My heart is breaking as I sit here holding Clark with one arm and typing with another. He has stopped eating and drinking the past 2 days. I have been doing the best I can to get him to come back around.

Things will never be the same without you around...

I don’t think anything is working anymore. I just wish that he suffer no more…

You will be forever missed. Clark, you will always be our “superman”. Have a safe crossing over and please come give me a nudge at rainbow bridge…

Baby Clark

Clark,

You left while I murmured softly that I release you from all your duties. I know you are at a better place right now. If only if you could hear my broken heart right now, there are only sounds of shattered glasses. The moment I knew that Kay was sending you to me, I made a little promise that you will be well loved. I do not know if I have failed to keep that promise but I do know that you will always be my favorite herd buck.

Even in death you were the calmest Holland Lop I’ve ever come across. I know the bite on Beth’s tummy wasn’t intentional and she still loves you very much. Words can never describe how painful it is to know that you have gone.

All I wish is for you to remember me when you see me crossing the bridge. And I hope you have found the rest of the Tru-Luv rabbits and those of our friends that has gone where you are right now. Do look out for Hans too and let him know we all do miss him. Tell Seychel I love her and will always do. Tell Latara & Unix that I am still thinking about both of them. Say hello to MasterChief and Breelynn for me too.

As you can see, it is so hard for me to let go and I am missing you already. If you happen to see the Creator, please tell him to watch over all of us and keep us strong and healthy.

I miss you Clark, I really do…

Luv always,

Everyone at Tru-Luv

I just can't believe you're gone

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Family Portrait

Just got the inspiration to capture family portraits of 3 generations of Hollands in my rabbitry at the moment. While snapping the photos, I felt that it was something really special. It wasn’t easy getting them all to pose at the same time and there are many misses during the session. But here’s a few decent shots I got…

Tru-Luv Sibylla (daughter of Clark), Miller's Clark (sire of Sibylla & Balian, son of Carmel), Wark & Miller's Carmel (Top Lop 2007, dam to Clark and grandmother to Sibylla & Balian) & Tru-Luv Balian (son of Clark)

Tru-Luv Sibylla (daughter of Clark), Miller's Clark (sire of Sibylla & Balian, son of Carmel), Wark & Miller's Carmel (Top Lop 2007, dam to Clark and grandmother to Sibylla & Balian) & Tru-Luv Balian (son of Clark)

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Tru-Luv Balian, My Totally Huggable Awesome Posum!

OMG! I am totally lost for words…

Little Meg and her family has taken care of Balian so well. His fur SHINES! This is totally unbelievable. You got to feel him to believe it! Amazingly smooth and shiny fur, that cute puffy cheeks and overall well balanced body. He is back in Meadow Haven for a “holiday” as how Little Meg’s mummy puts it. Don’t we all wish to have holidays like these?

Balian reaffirms my theory and belief that vast improvements can be attained with just 1 generation. He is a total out cross from 2 totally unrelated lines one of which is less superior than the other. I know it is very difficult to get consistency especially in breeding Holland Lops (if they even breed at all) but by making the right decision to put 2 rabbits that compliments each other, it will help cut down experimental breedings which more often than not goes to waste and contributes to over population of pets. I hope this does not sound arrogant but I must say that for me, this is a proof of concept for me and I will stick with my beliefs in my breeding program.

For now, there will be lotsa bumpin’ and grindin’ happening here for sure…

I must really say that Balian is the best of Tru-Luv Rabbitry thus far! I am so proud of this boy (Miller’s Clark’s son)!

Just check out this photo that I just took…

I just love him!

He is just coming off a molt. Once he's done, he'll be super awesome!

Balian putting on a smug smile...

Thank you Little Meg and family for allowing me to bring Balian back for a little vacation!

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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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What Brightens Up My Day!

We can never deny the fact that pets are very good “de-stressing” agents. That is one of the reasons why people with pets will never give up having one after another. I guess most of us are just so hooked to how therapeutic having a pet in our lives.

There are many faces that brighten up my rough days and I need to get a daily fix no matter how hectic my life is.

How not to feel refreshed when you are greeted by such a cute face everyday?

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In The Midst Of Black & White

Clark says, "Bonjour"

Carmel, my all time favorite doe

Haley in her best behavior!

Sibylla proving to me again that it is very difficult to capture photos of black rabbits. I just can't get it bright enough to see her eyes. Darn!

Massive Thunder!

Holly Hope looking good despite going through a major molt

Java (Brown Sugar) acting like a puppy!

Little Barney was the last rabbit I manage to capture photos of before my camera ran out of batts!

Little Fred has good bones. The ears are expanding but I can assure you that he does not LIE...

Little Wilma is definitely a normal. I am looking forward that she'll be a good brood doe.

I think Little Betty should stay here a little longer because she's different each time I take a good look at her. LOL!

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