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Car Keys Sold Separately

A friend staying nearby needed some Timothy Hay and told me to toss them into her house. After she assuring me that it was alright if the packaging might get damaged in the process of flying airborne, I agreed to play “target practice” with two mini bales of hay.

Two hours later, I pulled up at her front gate, got off my car and took two packets of hay from the trunk. As I walked nearer to the gate, I heard my car doors locked and thought nothing of it. I must have accidentally pressed the lock button while holding the packet of hay.

I then put one of the packets of hay on the ground and raised both my hands in preparation to toss the first packet into the house. As I toss the packet of hay into her house, together with it flew my car keys!

I was like….

Oh No!

I touched my pocket to feel for my mobile phone and then remembered it was charging in the car! I thought at least if I am stranded, I could call someone to come rescue me. And perhaps I could use the umbrella to reach for my car keys. I reached for my car door and realized it was locked!

No phone, no umbrella and car keys in someone else’ house!

All I could do was to toss the other packets of hay in while my brain seek for ideas.

I walked across the road and saw some fallen tree branches. Took the longest one and was able to retrieve my car keys.

I laughed all the way home thinking along the line of “Car Keys Not Included”…

or should I say, “Car Sold Separately”…

This must be the funniest and silliest bunny related incident ever happen to me so far. Never a dull moment…

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Chow Down Monday

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Come Support Us At MAHA

Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Food will make its debut at the Asia largest & most comprehensive Agricultural Show, MAHA (Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism International Show)!

The Genesis booth is the first from the entrance of Gate 3 arrival area. It will be quite easy to spot it!

Rumor has it that there will be an amazing promotion going on during this massive expo that lasts for 10 days!

Your pets cannot speak but they sure can tell you if they are healthy by their physical appearance!

Also available is the green and fresh TinyCritterz.com Timothy Hay!

Come join and support us at MAHA!

Venue: Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang, Serdang

Date: 23rd November 2012 until 2nd December 2012

Time: 10 am to 10 pm

We will be giving out samples of the much anticipated Genesis Ultra Premium Guinea Pig food as well (while stocks last)!!!!

SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!!

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What’s the difference?

I shall try to answer the following questions in this post:-

1) Why pedigree rabbits raised in Malaysia look different from those raised in UK or USA?

2) What is selective breeding?

3) What is natural selection?

Recently, a fellow rabbit enthusiast asked why there is a vast difference in the appearance of Netherland Dwarfs in Malaysia compared to those in the USA and UK. Even those imported tend to look different after a while living in Malaysia.

The question brought back memories when I first started raising imported Holland Lops. When shown a photo of a Holland Lop, the first question a colleague of mine (who have no interest at all in the rabbit hobby) asked was whether the climate/weather here in Malaysia is suitable. An optimistic me at that point of time confidently said yes because I am a strong believer that genetics alone governs every living being. It is a very good question simply because weather is one of the factor that governs adaptability. The topic of weather was also raised during a visit by a breeder friend a few years back. I was still very optimistic and adamant about my stand that genetic is still the main determining factor. But of course, the thought has always been lingering at the back of my mind and I have always been open to the possibilities.

Another thing that needs to be considered is the natural food chain. Rabbits fall under the lower level of the food chain as they are prey animals. That is the reason why they have higher reproduction rate to increase the chances of survival. Reproduction rate is not the only way prey animals increase their chances of survival of the species. They must also be highly adaptive to their surroundings, climate and weather included!

I would like to start off this “proof of concept” post by looking at another species in the animal kingdom. We know that dogs are one of the domesticated animals that has been around for a very long time. To date, there are more than 150 different dog breeds registered under the American Kennel Club. Why do we have so many different breed of dogs? The answer is simple. They not only come from different parts of the world but they all have different functions or usages. Some as guard dogs, gun dogs or just companion dogs. Every dog breed is said to be traced back to the wolf.

So how did we derive so many dog breeds from this…

A grey wolf. Picture taken from National Geographic (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/wolf/).

To this…

The Dachshund. Image taken from Dog Family (http://www.dogfamily.org/dachshund-5.html)

And to this?

The Chihuahua, smallest dog in the world. Picture by Katie Mancine.

From the wolf to the Chihuahua lies many years of Selective Breeding. In my own words, Selective Breeding means choosing to propagate a certain “desired” trait. For example, if smaller animals are desired, specimens exhibiting such traits are bred in order to reproduce more of the same kind. Those exhibiting unwanted traits will not be used in the breeding program.

Now let’s take a look at the rabbit species. The hare or wild rabbit can be seen as the root of which the domesticated rabbits originated from.

A Belgian Hare.  A rare breed and closest to the hare in the wild.

In between the Hare, and along the way we specially selected this…

Gimli the Dwarf Lord. Picture taken from the internet.

We did not breed Gimli into rabbits but we chose to breed more of the DWARF gene in the breeding program and produced the like of this…

A Netherland Dwarf rabbit. Picture courtesy of Chestnut Pictures.

And of course the Holland Lop…

A Holland Lop rabbit. Another well known dwarf breed.

Comparing between the Belgian Hare and the Holland Lop, one may ask how in the world can an animal with huge, long ears and long back feet be turned into one that has a rounded body with short and lopped ears?

As much as we like to tweak nature by using selective breeding, we are of no threat to Mother Nature. The #1 opponent of selective breeding is NATURAL SELECTION. Natural selection in my own words is when a living being changes its own characteristic(s) to thrive in different (extremes) environment. Rabbits as we all know regulate their body temperature through their ears since they have no means of sweating. The ears are where the major veins are and that helps bring temperature down.

Even with the dwarf gene, most Holland Lops bred locally in Malaysia tend to have longer ears.

A Holland Lop needs longer ears to keep itself cool?

Or is it?

Part of me tells me that genetics govern how large a rabbit should grow, how long their ears and large their heads should be. And part of me also tells me that being animal of prey, they need to be highly adaptable. The difference can be seen rather clearly in the next generation itself. In fact, the changes to external appearances can already be seen in the imports as well.

Look at the above picture carefully. The first picture was taken on the day this Netherland Dwarf arrived in Malaysia. The bottom left picture was taken after a few months living in Malaysia. The picture on the right with red dotted line shows what the rabbit lost after a few months living in Malaysia. The question is, what has the rabbit lost?

The answer is obvious, nothing but its fur! Without 20% of fur on its head, the ears suddenly look much longer and the muzzle looks narrower.

Can you see how fast an animal of prey needs to adapt in order to survive?

Do you see ladies dressing up in mink coats walking down Kuala Lumpur town? NO…

Do you see Siberian Huskies in Malaysia looking like those living in the Arctic? NO…

Will you find Polar Bears in the dessert? NO…

So I can safely conclude that we can never produce Holland Lop rabbits that are better than those in the USA unless like the penguins in their special temperature controlled enclosure (at Zoo Negara), we provide a simulated environment. The question is, should we produce air-conditioned rabbits here in Malaysia? Or should we allow natural selection to take its course and love our rabbits as they are?

As for me, I submit to the fact that weather and natural selection do play its role in changing the physical appearances of our rabbits. There is no way we can avoid that happening. But instead of providing a simulated environment, the best solution we have found lies in Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit Food.

The weather plays a great role in the rabbit’s appetite. Besides from losing fur condition, our rabbits loose their appetite and thus, loses flesh condition at the same time. We can never force our rabbits to eat more when they do not want to. As the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”. But before I divulge the details, allow me to tell you more about squirrels. We all know that squirrels are often found collecting seeds and food during spring time. The food stuff is consumed during the cooler days.

Even for humans, we tend to have better appetite while being in a cooler location. The steamboat dinner up in the highlands taste extra good and I even found myself eating larger portions at Indianapolis (Autumn/Fall).

Without air-conditioning, what can we do when our rabbits do not have appetite? They are of course thinner/leaner than we like them to be. Can we boost the energy content in their daily ration? How do we do that when they do not have the appetite in the first place? Feeding a diet that is too rich may upset their sensitive stomach.

This is where the Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit food play its role to help keep our rabbits in better condition here in Malaysia. The Omega 3 & 6 is to help boost the coat condition. The only rabbit food in the market containing Omega 3 & 6. Genesis promotes healthy digestion through digestive enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics.

And remember that I mentioned that rabbits eat less due to decreased appetite in warmer condition?

That can be solved with Genesis Ultra Premium Rabbit food because it is formulated to promote optimal nutrient absorption! Which means, your rabbit gets all it needs nutritionally to thrive and bloom with a small portion of the food and without supplements. Eating less is exactly what is desired here. Ever heard of the saying “Less is more”?

Well, at least this is one of my proven findings working with imported rabbits for the past 5 years.

Don’t believe what I say, try it out today!

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Specially for all bunny lovers!

With a blink of an eye, this weblog will be turning 5 years old soon. Throughout the 5 years there has been many struggles especially in getting good rabbit products to support the hobby here in Malaysia. Fast forward today, I am thankful for the genuine people I have met along the way and are sincere in providing us with good stuff. We are really doing this for all of you who have read my blog and supported TinyCritterz.com since its establishment. We are always looking for opportunity to provide our best in this circle of RABBIT SUPPORT system.

We also know how precious your pet rabbits are to you and have always tried our best to ensure all of them get the best while helping you to save on some cash. Therefore, TinyCritterz.com have come up with a few FREE SHIPPING options to help both you and your bunny/bunnies. The least you could do is show us your love by supporting us in this journey together.

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We’re going JUMBO & indulging at PET EPICURE!

Coming To A Location Near You!

They say LUV knows no boundary and for that reason, we are working our butts off to get the essentials to a location near you! I just want to let everyone know that TinyCritterz’ 1kg Timothy Hay can be purchased at the following locations:-

Kuala Lumpur

1.  Pet Epicure

16 Jalan Bandar 2, Taman Melawati, 53100 KL
OUR OPENING HOURS ARE
CLOSED on Mondays and Public Holidays
9.30am – 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday
9.30am – 4pm Weekends
petepicure@gmail.com 0129059010 – Olivia 0123313318 – Alicia
http://petepicure.com

About Pet Epicure

I have written about Pet Epicure in the past but when it comes to this cosy little pet boutique (actually more than that), I have so much to write about it but just do not know where to start. The people at Pet Epicure are very passionate with what they do for the welfare of animals. Pet Epicure is mostly a cat/pet boarding facility but one will find many cats being put up for adoption as well. They are very kind hearted and can never turn down a cat (any cat for the matter). Most of what I learned about responsible pet ownership and breeding comes from Pet Epicure. They have inspired me to promote neutering to all my pet Holland Lop buyers. Pet Epicure carries a wide range of pet products including those for small animals. I would like to thank everyone at Pet Epicure for carrying TinyCritterz’ 1kg Timothy Hay and I hope rabbit owners in that area will be able to have access to good Timothy Hay!

Petaling Jaya

1. Perniagaan Jumbo

No. 20, Jalan SS5B/2
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
03-78744499

About Perniagaan Jumbo

Perniagaan Jumbo has been around for almost 30 years. Nestled in the middle of the Kelana Jaya housing area, this friendly pet shop is famous among pet lovers in the surrounding neighborhood. This is the pet shop that I first learned about Hamsters 24 years ago (when I was only 7 years old). Being an animal lover, I spent most of my weekends coming to this shop and sometimes assisting in its daily operations just for fun. I always find pleasure in chatting with both Uncle Cheah & his wife. Since three years ago, the business has  been passed on and now operated by close relatives and Perniagaan Jumbo is as welcoming as before. I am always happy spending time in this pet shop and each visit will last more than an hour. It brings back a lot of wonderful childhood memories. Back then, Kelana Jaya has not been so developed and we did not even have the Giant Hypermarket. Through the years, Perniagaan Jumbo stands the test of time and has earned a place in the hearts of those in the neighbourhood. I am so happy that Mr. Cheah agreed to carry TinyCritterz’ 1kg Timothy Hay at his shop so that it is easily accessible to all rabbit lovers in the neighbourhood.  Below is the location based on Google Maps:-

Guess who's back?

Digit says HELLO!

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Most Affordable Timothy Hay In Town!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

RM 40 for 2kg of TinyCritterz Timothy Hay. FREE SHIPPING within Malaysia (Peninsula, Sabah & Sarawak)

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Please purchase online! While stocks last!

Click on Clarkie's nose to order TODAY!

 

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It’s A Hay-py Party!

I can smell it in the air. It is EVERYWHERE! Hay is everywhere in this place!!! What is happening?

Just before you move forward, please LIKE our facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/TinyCritterzcom/209148715778457

http://www.TinyCritterz.com is having a super great deal for all RESIDING IN MALAYSIA with small animals requiring quality Timothy Hay. To gear up for this HAY FRENZY, we have been working out butts off over the weekend and the outcome….

One of the heaps of 1kg Timothy Hay packets!

YES! Heaps and heaps of 1kg packets of Timothy Hay!

2KG of Timothy Hay for only RM 40 (inclusive of shipping within Peninsula, Sabah & Sarawak) !!!

Only applicable to orders through TinyCritterz.com and for Malaysians only! Click on the cute bunny's nose to order today!

Why are we doing this? It is mainly motivated by how we feel as rabbit owners not being able to get access to the essentials at reasonable prices and after all, why spend so much on grass?!

We are now trying to make it affordable and accessible for all pet owners out there to get quality Timothy Hay at the most affordable prices. And mind you, there has been a lot of hard work put into packing the Hay as we go through every packet stringently to ensure no “foreign objects” are found. In short, we hand pack every single packet!

Click here to order today and have a Hay-py Party!!!

Isn't the new label fabulous?

LUV is so in the air today my friends…give your pets the LUVIN’ they deserve!

Now, I’ll leave you to more easy listening.

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Let’s Do Some Calculations

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS APPLICABLE TO THOSE LIVING IN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA ONLY

I’ll just like to keep this very simple. I think this sort of calculation is pretty elementary:

X Brand VERSUS/LAWAN TinyCritterz.com

2 kg for RM 50 (Free Shipping) VERSUS/LAWAN RM35 + RM 14 (Shipping Cost) = RM 49

Please Look Again…

RM 1 is also a form of savings! Order Online Now to get 10% discount on top of RM1 !

2 kg Timothy Hay for RM 49 for everyone ordering online from Peninsular Malaysia !

Get it here – http://tinycritterz.com/webshaper/store/viewProd.asp?pkProductItem=33

*Note: If your postal address is within Peninsular Malaysia and you being charged higher than RM 14 for shipping, please contact me at truluvrabbitry@gmail.com. Thank you!

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The Hay Story

For the past 5 years, I have written and shared my experience raising rabbits. There are also times when I recommended some products for the good of all rabbits in general. For the past 5 years, there has been some unexpected changes. Some changes were mild and does not affect the rabbits while drastic changes like rabbit feed could be a huge set back for the rabbits. Through all these changes, only one thing remained constant throughout these trying times – TIMOTHY HAY! The constant supply of fresh Timothy Hay kept every Tru-Luv rabbit healthy and happy! It is a huge bonus for them to be given quality rabbit food but the fact remains that Timothy Hay remain as the most important part of a rabbit’s diet!

Throughout the 5 years, some of my readers have fallen in love with my rabbits and the few that I have parted with are now in the best care. I can only thank those who have believed in Tru-Luv Rabbitry for their support. The fact remain the same, Tru-Luv Rabbitry is not a bunny business. For those who have pet rabbits, I am sure that you will agree that it is very hard to part with our beloved rabbits and that remains as my #1 concern. Being selective to who I share my rabbits with has brought about many rumors. One of which will go down history as the most absurd – Tru-Luv Rabbitry neuter its rabbits at the age of 8 weeks old! I can only pray for wisdom on the receiving end of that rumor! I sure hope I can perform neutering on a 8 week old bunny. That is just impossible! It is very common for the forerunner to be the target of jealousy and envy. After 5 years, Tru-Luv Rabbitry is still very much alive and kicking.

Since this is not a bunny business as in I do not make a living selling Holland Lop rabbits, I embarked on a different route/journey last year. Somewhere in April, we saw the birth of http://www.TinyCritterz.com. Today, I would like to thank all our customers for your wonderful support and believing in TinyCritterz.com. What I recommend and carry on this e-store are the essentials and all that you need to keep your pet rabbit healthy and happy. These are the exact products that I use for all my rabbits and the results clearly show in the many photos that you have seen on this website.

I would like to take the time to promote the Timothy Hay that we carry at TinyCritterz.com. For the longest time, it never fails to baffle (shock/surprise) me why are rabbit owners spending so much paying for GRASS! And with that in mind, I have devised a solution for the benefit of all rabbit (or pets needing Timothy Hay) owners. The solution is simply AFFORDABLE HAY!

Please visit our e-store for more information – http://tinycritterz.com/webshaper/store/viewProd.asp?pkProductItem=33&pkProduct=39

Benefits of buying from TinyCritterz.com

1. Your rabbit eats what every Tru-Luv Rabbit eats!

2. The hay is QC approved by Tru-Luv rabbits, and hand packed by myself (REALLY!). You are buying from someone passionate and truly cares for your rabbit(s) as well.

3. We ensure only fresh Timothy Hay your rabbit will love!

4. Lowest Prices in town because you have decided to share the cost with other rabbit lovers!

5. You need not buy in huge amount and risk the hay getting stale and moldy!

6. It will be delivered to your doorstep!

7. We accept the convenience of credit card payment!

8. The Timothy Hay is imported from USA!

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to show your rabbit some LUV! Or at least show this poor bunny man with blisters (from packing hay) some LUV ya’ll!

Freshly New ARRIVAL - Bunnylicious!!!!

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