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Photographs from the 86th ARBA Convention & Show

This is the 1st time photographs of ARBA Convention are being posted on a Malaysian blog. Thanks to all friends of Tru-Luv Rabbitry especially Teri Reymann for being so gracious/generous in sharing these photos with me. More will be added as Convention is a week long event. The main reason I have requested photographs from my bunny friends is because I would like to share with my fellow Malaysians so that you know how a massive rabbit show looks like and you shall never be HOODWINKED into believing something else that will be fed to you by some quacks EVER again!

I hope you appreciate these photos because they are specially taken for all of you!

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Looks familiar? This is the car that you see on the Convention flyers!

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Another view of the "mascot" car

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Rabbit Product Vendors

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More stores at Convention

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Purina's booth!

Show are separated into the OPEN and YOUTH section. Here’s are a couple of photos taken of the OPEN section:

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Open section - Just look at how spacious it is!

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The other OPEN section

Show officially starts tomorrow and therefore, it may seemed a little empty today.

Besides from having all day long conformation judging, there is also Rabbit Conference going on where all the experts give talks about the latest in rabbit care and management in general.

Stay tuned for more photos!

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Teri Reymann is now a TLR blog contributor!

Would like to give Teri Reymann of Sonshine Rabbitry a warm welcome for being a contributor to Tru-Luv Rabbitry blog.

What an honor to have an experienced show bunny breeder on board. I am sure with her presence, this blog will be less mundane and boring. I do hope that this blog will serve as a good place for Teri to express her bunny thoughts (not to mention rantings).

WELCOME ON BOARD TERI!

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Scott Rodriguez, Kay Miller & Teri Reymann: You 3 Had Me In Tears

A very dear friend asked me a few days back if I was ashamed and felt awkward blogging about my rabbits. My answer to her was of course not at all. I love sharing my passion and at the same time try not to brag too much. Anyhow, my answer for her would be different at this very moment. That’s because I want to cry for joy more than wanting to write a post. I probably have more tears than words to express my feeling at the moment.

I will try my best nonetheless.

Before 2008 came to an end, as I was going through what to write as my closing post and thinking about how to bring my herd forward, I realized that I need to take a leap of faith. I needed huge improvements and fast. I was not satisfied with any of the litters. Don’t get me wrong. I love all the kits borne but they just did not turn out as how I really wanted them to be. And I convinced myself that there definitely definitely has got to be better rabbitries that I could get my new foundation stocks from. I needed new bloodlines and much better foundation stocks.

I also realized that I need to do “deep sea” searching and that was exactly what I did. Before I mentioned the people that I have met in my search for quality, I must say that I am really thankful to God for bringing them into my life. I attribute their unexpected and totally unplanned existence in my social circle to fate and all of them are gifts God so generously bestow upon me. Thinking back, I am still in awe as how I met them seemed to be sheer coincidences. I love all of them to pieces. Please forgive me if I have not mentioned your names in this post. I also have to mention that I am doing this because it is my passion and please do not be clouded with just the good things that you have seen on my blog. Behind these beautiful events, there are many sacrifices that you could never imagine. But one of the reasons I am doing this is because I do not want to live life and looking back later regretting not having done it. I hate thinking about could and should haves.

The first person I stumbled across was Teri Reymann. I have heard about Teri Reymann in a few occasions in my correspondences with Susie but somehow did not really give much thought about her. Not until I stumbled on her website (sonshinerabbitry.net). The other rabbitry that I stumbled across was DTL Rabbitry. I had earlier express interest in their rabbits and upon inquiry, I was told that they could get help from Teri for the shipment. But somehow something held me back and I continued searching. I must also mention that I have actually settled for some beautiful rabbits in Teri’s herd and to be honest, I backed out on her twice. I really felt bad for this and I still do. Despite me backing out on her twice, Teri has been very forgiving. God bless her big heart!

Just before backing out on Teri for the 2nd time, I stumbled across Reneah Raffay, Jenni Yoder and Mike Dietrich. I believe I didn’t have a good start with Mike mainly for my wrong way of approach. I am truly sorry MIKE! Please forgive me. As for Reneah and Jenni, I must say these 2 are angels! They are one of the most honest people living on the face of the earth. I had the privilege of chatting with Jenni and she gave me tons of great advice. Reneah was also very generous with her advice and opinions. I will cherish them all my life. I expressed my interest in getting a couple of rabbits from both Jenni and Reneah but due to the weather, they could not ship any out at that time. At this point, I was almost giving up my search and had wanted to wait till much later when the weather permits and when there are rabbits available.

On the faithful night of 14th January 2009, I could remember very clearly that it was a Wednesday. I stayed up late thinking how should I move on from here. And prior to this, I have added Scott Rodriguez (somehow) to my chat list through Laurie Stroupe. I didn’t know much about Scott other than he’s one of the names that appeared on Hollander (HLRSC newsletter). I have visited his website numerous times, love all his rabbits but it didn’t cross my mind that he would actually sell me any. BUT he DID!

Not only did Scott offered me his rabbits, but he sold me 2 of his FINEST! He was so generous to offer me one of his heart bunny Thunder to go along with Haley. As if that was not enough to prove that this guy’s got a big big heart, Scott contacted a dear friend of his to see if she could offer to help me start off. That friend turned out to be the legendary Kay Miller and she offered to send Carmel and Clark. This is the best part that made me shed tears the moment Scott broke the news to me. Carmel is Top Lop 2006 (a Broken Junior Doe then) and had appeared on the cover of Hollander. I just couldn’t believe what I was reading because it dawned on me how much I have gone through for 2 long years in search for my foundation rabbits. Not only they are sending me beautiful rabbits but Grand Champions!

I would like to take some time to write a short tribute to Scott Rodriguez and Kay Miller.

Scott Rodriguez is the past HLRSC Director for Zone 1. He is also an ARBA licensed registrar and is also the chairman for ARBA Constitution Committee. Scott started raising rabbits 27 years ago and in his early ventures, he is well known for his “Ewoks” looking English Angoras. He now works with the Holland Lop exclusively.

Another person that I must mention is someone very low profile in the Holland Lop show ring. She is Ms. Kay Miller. Kay was the first person in Colorado whom imported Holland Lops from Holland. Her foundation rabbits came from Vi Crowder and Jamie Wardlow. That was more than 35 years ago. She continued breeding Holland Lops and remained active in shows up till today. She is in fact one of the top Holland Lop breeders in US. Her rabbitry used to be called Whispering Pines Rabbittrees. I hope to get hold of her mailing address so that I could update her on Carmel and Clark.

Just something on the sidelines, I hope my dear readers understand why I am very particular in passing on my rabbits and why the new sales policy holds great importance. Just reflect on the number of years these Holland Lops has been developed and how vulnerable the gene pool is. It takes only seconds to spoil what has been worked on for over 20 years. Getting a doe from me and breeding it with the local bucks is just wrong and it will never work that way. So I beg of you again, please do not get your vision clouded by all the nice things seen on this blog. There are much more to it than what meets the eyes. Research is key.

With that said, let’s welcome Haley, Carmel, Thunder and Clark to MALAYSIA.

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That’s Thunder’s BUTT! LOL!

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Say what? “LIVE SHOW RABBITS!”

IVY CRESENT’S THUNDER:

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This is NOT fat okie people…This is MASSIVE!!!! and I did not SKEW the photo!

IVY CRESENT’S HALEY:

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This image is taken from Scott’s website. Hope you don’t mind Scott, she is not that ready for a photo session.

MILLER’S CARMEL:

By right, I should not be using the GC prefix on her because we have yet to do the transfer. She is a doll! She was on the previous Hollander as Top Lop #7 and TOP LOP #1 in 2006 when she was just a junior.

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She’s fiesty!

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MILLER’S CLARK:

Clark’s GC is also pending.

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I am forever grateful to Scott, Kay & Teri for putting this project together. Love you three loads! Words cannot express how much this means to me. On behalf of all Malaysians who appreciates this HALLMARK breed, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Would like to express my gratitude to my adopted mom, Cheri Bushee & adopted aunt, Karen L. Novina for their constant prayers for me and the success of this shipment.

Last but not least, I would like to say that collectively, all the people that I have mentioned in my blog, those added on my friends list (you know who you are) and especially those mentioned on this post are called the Living Saints of Holland Lop world. These are the nicest people that you will ever want to meet on earth. An author once wrote about the 5 people he/she wants to meet in HEAVEN but I can’t keep it within that number. Just like in a rabbitry, rabbits count in hundreds!

Now, let’s pray hard they will THRIVE in TLR!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Scott Rodriguez, Kay Miller, Stephen & Teri Reymann!!!!!!

And guess what comes with this shipment? A TATTOO KIT!!!! YES! To set TLR apart, I am going to tattoo all my rabbits from now on. But there is a glitch. I need 3 more sets of 1-9 digits! Darn!

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Congratulations to Sonshine Rabbitry!

This is a post that I must write first thing in the morning when I heard the good news. As you all know, Teri Reymann of Sonshine Rabbitry has been mentioned before in one of the post. I don’t know about her but she has become one of my dearest friend in this rabbit world.

She brought some of her finest for a show in Chico over the weekend and one of her Netherland Dwarfs got BOB! That’s Best Of Breed. Which means in that show, her Netherland Dwarf Sonshine’s Kashmir was the best Netherland Dwarf in that show!

On top of that, 6 out of her 9 Netherland Dwarfs got placed. The son of the legendary Sonshine’s Stevie Ray, Sonshine’s Roadhouse Blues got Best of Variety, Sonshine’s Delila got BOV, BOG & BOSG in 2 groups, Sonshine’s Black in Black got BOSV and Sonshine’s Her Strut which is my personal favorite got BOSV & BOSG.

I believe 6 out of 9 is a very very good shot don’t you think?

For those of you who have not had a chance to see the true Show Quality Netherland Dwarfs, please feel free to visit Teri’s site. If you are interested in any of her rabbits, feel free to contact either one of us. We could help get you your SHOW QUALITY Netherland Dwarf!

Here’s the website to be at http://sonshinerabbitry.net.

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