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Trio For Starters

*UPDATE: So far, both the does has been booked and I no longer have a trio available and therefore Fred is staying.

In lieu to the 1st item on my 2011 new year’s resolution, I am offering a trio to someone new trying to start up in the hobby. Please email truluvrabbitry@gmail.com for more information. Genuine inquiries only.

Tru-Luv Fred. Buck. 1 year 1 month. Chocolate carrier

Tru-Luv Beetlejuice. 8 weeks old. Broken Black. Doe.

Tru-Luv Pepako. 10 weeks old. Black. Doe

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Remember this one?

Fred has been molting big time for the past few weeks. But when I took him out this evening and pose him, I was quite surprised to see his development. Not too bad in my opinion…

I kinda like the development of his H/E/C. There's an obvious molt line on his back.

I just need to widen his shoulders and shorten his front legs a little.

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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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Fondue, Anyone?

Vain Pot!

Perky?

Cute eh?

What's up?

Three In A Row

The Drunkard!

Too Cute!

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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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Rainy Night, Green Tea, Christmas Carols & Cute Bunnies

I wish tomorrow’s a holiday as it just poured like there’s no tomorrow this evening. I love the cool weather as it helps me save electricity bills – LOL! With the rain replacing the snow, it is difficult not to feel the Christmas season slowly creeping into our lives. The rabbits in my life makes this season even sweeter.

So here I was having a little “down” time thinking of what to do after a wonderful dinner. Capturing stills of my rabbits is definitely a great escape for me and it really puts my mind at ease. I picked up my gear, got the table ready and I started clicking away.

The results were wonderful I must say. I finally got some decent photos of McNite Noir. For the longest time, I was trying to get photos of him with visible eyes and features. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he is not a Fuzzy.

Tru-Luv McNite Noir. Finally we can see his eyes!

Tru-Luv McNite Noir - Front shot

Tru-Luv Symphony is such a doll. I just can’t stop clicking my camera. She is pretty typey right now and I really do hope she stays that way. Really love those short rounded ears.

Tru-Luv Symphony. This is make anyone melt!

Such a cute face.

Another cute little bulldog in the making...

Her cuteness is deafening!

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Mental Block

I can’t remember when was the last that I have written something good and perhaps pictures speak thousand words. I believe the less I write, the happier some of the visitors of this blog would be – LOL! I have finally decided to go about enjoying my hobby and be more self centered because in the past, I have tried sharing crucial information to help my readers along and most often than not, it back fires.

Some of course are fast learners and they are now doing very well on their own. I am very happy for them. As it stands right now, I must say that Malaysia has some awesome rabbits. I do not mean mine as there is still a lot of work to be done here as far as I know. We have new bloodlines in our shore and some are not to be reckon with. I am really glad and excited at the same time.

All four of Wilma’s kits turned out to be boys. I plan on only keeping 1 or 2 out of those so for those who are interested in getting a buck as pet, do email me at truluvrabbitry@gmail.com. I cannot promise anything for now but I will place you on the waiting list and get in touch with you. I really need to strike a balance in the numbers that I keep. I definitely need more does right now. I am suppose to tattoo the boys today but somehow I am procrastinating. Also, they seemed too small for me to tattoo them right now. Hopefully next week, I’ll get down to doing it.

Holly Hope’s litter turned out to be a boy and a girl. The girl is growing up looking exactly like her at this age.  They are really cute but I just hope that they look more of Balian than Holly Hope herself.

 

Mystique

Magique - has a cute folded right ear

Cute little guy...

As for Sibylla’s litter, I really like how cute they are right now. I hope both of them are does as they look like keepers right now. It will be very nice to have a typey broken choc here.

Tru-Luv Noir

I must say, the coat is so black that it shines!

Tru-Luv Symphony

Another cute little one...

Sleepy head...

BTW, I was told that my blog is extremely “poisonous” and most will buy any lop ear rabbit on impulse. Please do try refraining yourself as Tru-Luv Rabbitry do not support impulse buying. That is all that I wanted to write for today. Nothing interesting to share right now – LOL!

 

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R.O.F.L.

A couple of months back I wrote about the usage of toilet roll, particularly to hold loose hay together. Here was one of the photos that I have used.

I have found this phenomenon that I am about to share with you pretty strange and it is definitely not an isolated case. It has happened a couple of times already. Just take a look.

This just cracks me up big time!

On a serious note, it is indeed a health hazard to the little bunnies. It is amazing how this one get into the toilet roll. As for Sibylla’s chocolate kit, it is grow up really pretty. I like the markings on her.

Love the chocolaty taste!

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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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