Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New litter!

Ahh... I have my first litter in months and boy am I excited. Lucky Lops Capone x THF Saynora Puff Ball. Yes, I bred my squishy Puff Ball and have two fat regular babies. Though she pulled wool and had them in the box it was a very chilly night, and they separated from each other so were quite chilled. I took them inside, warmed them up, and have kept the box in my room. They are doing quite well, and I am so pleased. If this combination clicks right.. these will be some super nice babies. I'm excited to see what will happen!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A couple for sale

I have a couple fuzzies I'm letting go. Just need to make more space in my more restricted hole amount.

Hobbs' Oh Da Man- Solid Tort Sr Buck, nice boy, just gets better with age. I just have TOO many bucks!! I need to let some go. Nice lines, as always with the Hobbs buns. Carries dilute. Does have a teeny bit of ear control in one ear, but it is going away as his head/crown widens. $40

Hobbs' Moxee- Broken Tort Sr Doe, definitely a brood doe, proven. Has some awesome lines including Convention winners. Ears are long (that goes along with her large size and broodiness), but throws babies better than herself. Nice texture to her wool. Keep her home and breed her and make large litters. $30

I'm working on getting updated pictures, but please e-mail me in the meanwhile if you're interested.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Stockton 11/14 Results

I still haven't posted Convention photos. I know, I know, I'm sorry!

I went to the Stockton, CA double all breed shows yesterday and what a wonderful show it was!

Capone (BSB)- 1/8, BOV, BEST OF BREED Show A!

Hawttie (SJD), 1/3, BOSV, BOSB Show B!

I am so happy for the wonderful placements on just the three rabbits I brought. And my friends.. oh they did so well at the show!! Huge congrats to them all, especially Jennifer Henderson for winning BOB Youth Fuzzy Lop and then on to Best In Show with MG's Bubba Gump! Yipeeeee!!!

I have some dog shows coming up, and some other activities I need to do for a few weekends.. so the next rabbit show probably wont be for another couple months. That's ok, there is now plenty of time to work on some breedings :)

I still haven't posted Convention photos. I know, I know, I'm sorry!

I went to the Stockton, CA double all breed shows yesterday and what a wonderful show it was!

Convention Pics!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Convention Results!

The 2009 ARBA Convention in San Diego, CA is now history.. and what an awesome Convention it was. I will have lots of information/updates/and tons of photos to post in the coming days. For now, I will just share some quick results.

I brought one Fuzzy Lop, Puff Ball, and she placed 7th SSD out of 29!

I brought one Jersey Wooly, a Self Jr Buck, and he placed 5th out of 17!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oh beach, where art thou?

Life is so stressful lately. I have so much going on, I feel like I don't know where to even start. I have only thrown 2 clothing items in my suitcase for San Diego. I still have rabbits to groom and check, carriers to clean, feed to buy, etc. etc. ... and more etc. So much to do!! Ahhhhh!!! Convention is a blast, don't get me wrong, but having to be away from everything for a week can be more stressful than it's worth. I'm very happy that this is not my first, so I at least know what to expect and I now know all the tips and tricks to use to make the week more successful, and easier to manage.

I'm REALLY looking forward to a break from life for a week. I just want a beer, beach, and the small of the salty ocean for a few days. Pleaaaaaase.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Google loves us!

Here's an interesting find. I was looking for other rabbitry blogs on google for a list I'm compiling, just typing in the term "rabbitry blog" into the search box. Guess what is the first link to come up as #1? My old rabbitry blog (Starlite)! My new goal is to make this blog #1 in the listings! Don't forget to subscribe and update my new link on your link pages! :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lack of pictures

Sorry for the lack of pictures in my blog posts. For those of you who always read my Starlite postings, I almost always had photos involved in every blurb. Unfortunately my digital camera hit the dust (some photos come out with big huge black lines through them). Not sure what is going on. Until I can fix it.. I'm going to buy another one (before Convention hopefully!). I have been borrowing cameras from my sister/mom, so maybe I'll have some photos up shortly in the mean while. When I go to National shows and Conventions I take a million photos that usually takes days to post everything on the blog. So you can all look forward to TONS of photos the beginning of next month. I'll make up for it! ;)

Speaking of which.. I leave for Convention in 19 days!! OMG, so soon! I entered only 3 rabbits in the show (Fuzzy lops: SSD, BSD, and Woolies: 1 Self Jr Buck). The fact it's so soon has only just hit me. Now the excitement can begin!

PS... I have a surprise coming tomorrow! Will post with details once it's here!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hiring a Rabbitry sitter

Leaving the rabbitry for a large length of time requires some planing and mangement. The key success to thie endeavor is a qualified and responsible "sitter". Watching over an entire rabbitry is very different than babysitting a person's one or two house rabbits.

With many peopel gearing up

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's almost time!

Convention entries close in 5 days. YIKES!! I already know of 2 going for sure. A couple are tentative at this point. I need to make a mental note to enter by Thursday, just incase there are computer/system issues in the entry system. With entries at $12 a rabbit I'm not too overly concerned with entering a ton or anything. LOL

I'm so very excited that my dearest friend Kristen (aka Keep), from Keep's Rabbitry (and hubby Tim!) will be coming all the way to California for Convention. I have to give her props for being so spontaneous. She's like me and has to plan everything out wayyyy in advance LOL. They are still finalizing plans on hotel, plane tickets, shipping the bunnies, etc. but I can't wait to have the chance to hang with them!

Convention also offers me the chance to get a rabbit back that I sold way across the country a year ago. It's available now and was offered back to me first. Oh I am so excited to get that bunny back. I'll share once I get back from Convention. Hehe.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Unusual Convention Tips

With Convention exactly a month away, I figured it was time to share some off the beaten path Convention tips. You can easily find the regular tips on how to survive, but what about the little unknown tips? Last year in Kentucky was my first and I definitely learned a lot!

  • Securely lock your rabbit coops. I don't use actual locks. They are a safety hazard, and with my klutz luck, I would lose the key. I use lots of zip ties. There's a trick to know if someone has been messing with yours... I bring a sharpie and put specific line marks on them. That way I can tell if they have been moved, shifted, cut, or otherwise tampered with before I can cut them each day.
  • Take a trip outside of the show room. I know many people say they don't have time to do other activities in the area that are "touristy", but these type of National shows bring us all across the country. Enjoy time to relax and get out of the rabbit scene for a short time. Your mind and your lungs will appreciate it. Sometimes seeing tens of thousands of rabbits is mentally overwhelming. Even when trying to purchase sale rabbits, deciding between so many can make your mind go numb. By going out to get lunch, doing an attraction or something else, when you come back you feel so much clearer and get right back into the routine.
  • Sometimes the best sale rabbits are put up right after judging. Some breeders use the Convention results as a decision on whether a rabbit will be put up for sale or not before they leave. And some breeders flying home would like to take as short an amount as possible, so they will sell some cheap. I've even seen breeders GIVE rabbits away right before they depart, or make trades for babies during the upcoming Nationals, etc.
  • If possible, bring your own feed from home. If you're flying, put it in your bag. Your rabbits will be more readily willing to eat the same feed from the same mill they have been receiving at home. If you're driving, bring water from home. Trust me, pretty much all rabbits will lose condition on the trip to Convention. You will want them to be eating/drinking as easily as possible to bring it back. Bring oats or treats that will make their food more appetizing if need be. Also, Convention will most likely have the food you are feeding available at the show room to use, but they can run out within a few days.
  • When cleaning cages.. try to do it at least once a day. If you let urine soak the shavings it not only makes your rabbit miserable in its' cage, but it makes the noses on all of US miserable. And like feed, the shavings will run out pretty fast each day. Try to stay on top of it. I use a small handle broom and dust pan. You can get them at Dollar Tree or even Target/Walmart for $1.50 or less.
  • If you know your rabbit is going to try to pee/spray every direction constantly, please use cardboard/plastic to section off your rabbit. Nobody wants to spend their time cleaning urine stains off a rabbit they had been keeping in perfect coat condition.
  • Go to your breed club meetings, banquets, and events. Support your club! Also, even more so, go to all the ARBA events that are being put on. For example, this Convention we have Rabbitcon (educational seminars for 2 days), the Rabbit Fever movie premiere, and more. You will regret it if you don't.

Just a few tips and tricks to throw out there. If I think of more before the big week I will post them. Always so much to learn and discover at Convention!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2008-2009 Final Sweeps Results

The final sweeps results for the AFLRC last year are in. I was #30 Overall in the Nation. I have to say... that's pretty decent for me hardly showing at all last year. It includes my big win in Kentucky and only a few other weekends of shows. Last year wasn't my big show year, but I'm still proud of how I did anyways! :)

Congrats to all the other placers!

A busy next year

I was sitting down today thinking about upcoming shows and how busy I will be. Living in Sacramento we have a huge resource of rabbit shows practically every weekend. Plus, I have become quite addicted to National Shows.

Monday, September 28, 2009

NC to CA shipment available

There is a shipment of rabbits coming from North Carolina to California in a couple weeks. Out of a 12 hole shipment there are 3 holes available.

Interested parties please shoot me an E-Mail and I will send your information over to the party. It's a good opportunity to get rabbits from that area sent over in a quick shipment trip for a lot less money than paying for an entire shipment.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Hobby

I get so much joy and passion from raising my bunnies. They provide me so much love and pride. I have so many fond memories from my life going out into the barn to check on brand new litters, grabbing my BOB winning bunny out from the coop on the show table with a smile, smelling the large Convention halls full of thousands of rabbits...and more. These are the things that make this hobby so worth while to me. I have made my best friends through all of this. I have made friendships across the country, and visited so many odd and wonderful places because of rabbits. I am so so so thankful for everything the rabbit show hobby has done for me over these years.

There are others who feel the need to be negative in the hobby. No let me rephrase that, be down right mean. Sometimes I don't understand why people get so uptight about things. These are rabbits, right? Is everyone so passionate and competitive that they feel the need to be angry, negative, aggressive, or hateful? Is that it? Is there really a reason to talk about others? I know people have angered me and I am guilty just like anyone of thinking things I shouldn't, but I have never made it a point go spread lies or hate about anyone. It's not my desire. I see far too many people do that and it's a shame they really want to waste their time doing it.

I guess, the hobby is full of good and bad points. Because the good overpower the bad I stick with it and stay strong and let everything negative swirl around me do just that- stay away.

Keep the faith, hug your bunnies, and fill those nestboxes with winners.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hello Fall!

It's hard to believe it's Fall in the Northern California valley. We've had triple digits for close to two weeks now. Although it's going to slow down the re-start of my breedings I will be very thankful for the lower tempeartures (and so will the rabbits!). I'm crossing my fingers this is the last real week of a heat wave (expecting 80's by Monday, thankfully).

San Diego is going to be warm in of itself. Usually it's a maintained 80's in that area most of the year. I'm betting there will be a chance for a quick swim in the ocean while we're there. I'm going with my partner in crime Susie and her family. We'll be right at the beach in a cottage. I'm SO excited!! What a nice week long vacation.

Above I have pictured Lil'Bit Farms Tulsa. I am so thankful that I still have him as part of my herd post sell down. I really need to work on getting some babies out of him. Doesn't he have such a presence about him?

Chestnut Jr Buck

I'm really happy I had kept at least one junior that I bred for Convention before my sell down. He is a chestnut junior buck (THF Saynora King Kong x Starlite's Gucci). His body is shorter than his mom's, which is what I was going for in the cross. He should have some decent length to his coat for an agouti, which is a gooooood thing! I'm very proud of his head/ear/crown combo. He has an AWESOME crown and perfect shape and size on his ears. He looks like he is going to be a total chunk. I would like to see him a bit shorter in shoulder length and maybe a bit wider, but I'm so happy that he was an improvement on both parents. He is absolutely naked right now.. but maybe he will end up with enough coat length to show at San Diego?? Hmmmm now the thought is definitely there....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Starting a Line

How do you create a Nationally known line, with consistent typed rabbits that win at the show table and are easily recognizable as "oh that's a ____ rabbitry rabbit...." ? Skill? Experience? Money? Time?

I did what many do when they aren't sure how to get the type that want in their rabbitry. Buy too many rabbits, and not the right quality. Actually, a good percentage of people end up selling their first set of "starter stock" because they find it's not what they want (or they bought cheapy bad quality stuff to start with). When you're new you're not sure exactly what you want your herd to look like, nor do you have the experience to know what to do with the rabbits you have.

Think of your very favorite rabbitry. I'm sure the rabbits they have all look a certain way, right? Some consistent type? Maybe a very characteristic bold head and thick chunky bone? These rabbits probably do some big winning at National and Convention shows don't they? Many of these breeders use a breeding system geared towards "setting" the type in their line. Their line keeps consistent characteristics that are expected generation after generation. So how do you start your line off right?

Start with a trio. A trio usually consists of 1 buck and 2 does. Many breeders use a trio with a line-breeding system. For example, breed both does to the buck, breed those babies back to the original buck and doe, etc.etc. You can actually do three generations worth of breedings starting with just the original trio of rabbits. Your end result? Rabbits that are going to be VERY similiar looking in type. The 4th generation will include an introduced animal to outcross into the line. Check out a linebreeding chart and informaton sheet Pam Nock put together. Great information for further research.

Buy the best you can afford. Always follow this rule. Buy the best quality rabbits that are within your budget. If you have to, save as much money as you can before purchasing your initial stock.

Search for your ideal "type". For example, holland lops have many different types, and hundreds of different breeders. Some have lines with heads or bodies that look a certain way. Sometimes the different styles are all within the breed standard, just geared towards a look to that breeder's preferences. Look for the type that you admire because that is what you're going to be working with generation after generation. You better make sure you can look at it every day!

Be willing to ship, if you're serious. I was the person always looking "outside the box". I did start with a couple local rabbits when I initially got into fuzzy lops to learn about the breed and maintaining them, but being the research fiend that I am.... I discovered some amazing fuzzies that were not local to me. They had the type I desired. I have had several shipments over the years. They require some extra work and negotiations, but the results can be fantastic. In some cases, the type is far superior to what you can find in your area and you can sweep the show tables! Or, there are some pockets of areas across the country that are very inbred (all the local breeders basically using the same animals/pedigrees over and over), and they would do well with some new blood. Obviously if you only plan on having a few rabbits, breeding a short time, or not being too serious in the hobby, shipping is probably not right for you. And it's definitely not worth it unless you can ship in 4+ rabbits as a one-way shipment runs usually around $250 (though sometimes Frontier has a $100 deal under 50lb.).

There are many ways to start a new herd off positively. If you're serious and willing to go the extra mile, all the efforts will be worth some tremendous rewards!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Stockton Results

Congrats to all the winners at the Stockton, CA show on Saturday. It was a nice show.. big as all the Stockton shows are.. but BOY was it HOT!!! It was well over 100 degrees and the rabbits were not doing well. I know there were exhibitors who left early. Lots of bunnies showed symptoms of beginning heat stress. I had one rabbit who was practically skin and bones the next morning after all the stress from the show. He's been chowing down on oatmeal and pellets, and his body is slowly coming back. Poor guy!

I showed one rabbit, but we flunked. It figured, as her wool was done and dead. I plucked about 50% of her wool last night and will probably finish the rest today. I'm hoping to have most of her coat in for Convention... but we shall see!

Congrats to my good buddy Susie (Wooly World Rabbitry) for taking BOB in both Youth shows with two different rabbits, and she also took BOS in Show A. BOS in Show B was won by a new youth exhibitor I believe? (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy B-Day to me!

Happy Birthday To me! The big 24!

I'm off to the Stockton, CA rabbit show to show one rabbit, and see all my friends I haven't seen since the Spring shows! It will be nice to be in the scene again. Good luck to all going to shows this weekend, especially the big Greensboro, NC show!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Oh molty wool cap!

Of course the only rabbit I entered in the Stockton show tomorrow is going to blow her coat! She started to get soft in the wool around the bottom half of her body, but still looking decent. Yesterday after work I checked on everyone and I have no clue how but she has a nice big hole in her wool cap. There's at least some wool left to swoop forward and hide it a little bit.. but of course this had to happen right? And she was my only hopeful entry for Convention. Saturday after we're done showing I'm going to pluck her all the way out. Hmmm 1 and a half months to grow a new coat of wool. Unlikely, but we'll try!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rabbit Fever Movie

Official Rabbit Fever (2009) Poster by Jeffrey Brown.
Rabbit Fever is a documentary movie all about rabbit shows, specifically ARBA Convention. Here is an except off their website:

You’ve heard of dog and horse shows, but are you familiar with the fascinating
world of rabbit showing? For the first time ever, this 100-year-old society is
Rabbit Fever follows a colorful collection of competitors as they
strive to win the top title at the National American Rabbit Convention – an
event that draws more than 20,000 rabbits in one building, the largest mass of
rabbits in the world. While adult members of the rabbit habit compete for BEST
IN SHOW, the teenage enthusiasts quest for an even more coveted honor in the
rabbit community – RABBIT KING and QUEEN!

Those going to the 2009 ARBA National Convention in San Diego this year have a lucky treat- a sneak preview screening of the movie!! I am SO excited to see it. This a must attend event for me!

For more information, be sure to check out, the film's official website.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

45 Days!

45 days until we leave for Convention.

Even through all the drama, 2 two month "break" from the rabbits, and all that was involved.. I am going to Convention. How could I miss Convention being SO close to home? Besides, after my first one last year in Louisville, KY I AM HOOKED! I am way excited to take the drive (8 hours) down to San Diego with some wonderful friends, enjoy the rabbit scene, the beach, maybe some amusement parks, and hopefully a great local Mexican food find!

I'm planning on taking at least one fuzzy lop. Probably only one.. but hey, we all know what can happen even if you only take one rabbit (cough, my BOSV fuzzy lop win last year, or cough, the BIS winning Belgian Hare last year an exhibitor sent with another exhibitor for her).

45 days, 6 1/2 weeks, whatever you want to lay it out like.. Convention is coming up quick!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Blog

After a long.. delay... a new blog for you to follow with the new changes of the rabbitry. This blog will stay up for reference/history :)

Kagee and it's significance

Why the rabbitry name change?

Starlite Rabbitry was a name I held for at least 3-4 years. Maybe more! It's registered with ARBA, and became a name I was recognized by. Some people even just called me "Starlite"! I love stars, and that's why I originally chose the name. The problem is that there are SO many variations of Starlite out there. Starlight, Star Lite, Shooting Star, etc. I had several young and/or new breeders e-mailing me demanding I change my rabbitry name because "they had it first". Is it right for someone like me who has had the name for 4 years, show Nationally, and breed multiple litters a month to change my name for someone who doesn't even show in ARBA but maybe once or twice a year, and only has bred 2 or so litters? Who is in the right? In what way does it matter? I felt that I was also being confused with other Starlite variation people. Fanciers were getting me confused with other people. On a forum I'm on I even have two people with name variations of mine just in that little space on the web!

Besides all the confusion, I have been showing/raising dogs under the kennel name Kagee for well over 10 years. The word Kagee has even been part of my e-mail address for over 11 or 12 years!! When I first got my surprise black lab puppy (my first dog, my Aunt was the breeder), until I got her they called her "KG" meaning "Katie Girl'. It was a way to give her a name without me guessing she was meant for me. Once I received her it all made sense and I started associating myself with the word Kagee so much. I felt like with a new change in my rabbits/rabbitry, and the fact I already use it with my dogs, that it would be a good rabbitry name too. Besides, it's clever, one word, short, and unique... and nobody else will have something similar!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The old blog

This blog is a continuation of the blog I had before. I will keep the old blog up probably forever, or at least a few years. I have tons of pictures and writings in there (a couple years worth!) and I would love people to be able to access it.

Please change all your bookmarks. Or if you follow my old blog, please follow the new one! Thanks!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Here we go...

With new times bring new changes. I have been involved in show rabbits (breeding off and on) for an upwards of 10+ years. Heartbreaks, amazing National wins, and success in the nest boxes are all part of the beloved hobby. Recently I sold about 90% of my herd. I have had a lot going on in my life, and felt it was time to nearly sell out. I sold most of my best, but I do have a couple of my best left in the barn. I currently have 10 Fuzzy Lops, down from over 50. During this 2 month stint of being practically out of the show scene I have done a lot of reflecting. I wanted to see where I am and what I felt was important to me. Once raising rabbits is in your blood, it's almost impossible to get rid of "the bug". I've made mistakes, like so many have before me. I've made successes, that those could only dream of. I've made some of the most important friends in my whole entire life.. in the rabbit hobby. They are what makes me who I am. I have finally figured out some of the reasons that "things went wrong" whether just raising rabbits themselves, or in how I was selecting/culling breeding stock.

Starlite was my rabbitry name. I bred quite a few litters, and you will see quite a few fuzzies out there with the Starlite prefix. I have been showing dogs for 10 years under the kennel name Kagee (pronounced kay-gee). This word means a lot to me and it's sort of the word I have associated myself with for what seems like forever! Shoot, I've had the word kagee in my e-mail address for over 11 years! I decided with new goals and aspirations, and new directions to go towards in my rabbitry that I needed a name change. A name change to show the changes in myself, and my herd. I think it will make for a great new beginning and help me keep a steady flow of recognition between the rabbits and the dogs.

I feel so much better. I'm back.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Long weekend trip ahead

Tomorrow I leave for a looong weekend. I have a dog show up in Oregon, and then a secret trip. Hehehehe. I'll be sure to share all about it when I get back on Monday. I'm also doing transport for at least one rabbit so far to help out others. Should be a long, tiring, yet VERY exciting weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bob Whitman

I was just told that Bob Whitman has lost his brave battle with cancer. It hasn't been more than a couple months that the rabbit fancy found out Bob was suffering from a very agressive cancer. I can't believe he's gone. He was probably the smartest rabbit person alive, and probably in history. His efforts to bring so many rare, endangered, and practically extinct rabbit breeds to the US to help support numbers is history. Without Bob, we probably wouldn't have Lionheads here today either.

I can't believe it. We have lost two of the great rabbit people alive within a couple days of each other. This will probably go down in history as the most depressing week in the rabbit show world, ever.

Thoughts and prayers to Bob's family and friends. We will never forget you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Brian Hartzell

The rabbit world lost an icon yesterday.

I decided to wait until today to post about this. I have been in such deep shock and mourning, I don't think I could have posted about it yesterday. Brian Hartzell passed away yesterday morning, and the rabbit world has almost come to a complete halt.

I've cried, I've been depressed, I've been in shock. I don't think the shows will ever feel the same. Brian's Fuzzy Lops were icons in the breed. Even in his Jersey Woolies. I could walk down the rows at Nationals and Convention and always pick out his rabbits. They were remarkable. You want to talk about a great breeder and judge... Brian was always at the top of the game.

I'll never forget how friendly he was when we first met at Nationals a few years ago. He let me go over all his winning rabbits, and shared his breeding secrets, and how he created his consistently #1 sweepstakes winning herd. And I loved how I would absolutely drool over his fuzzies, and he would joke "Nah, hey, you should see what I left at home!". He was always so proud of his rabbits, and he really truly loved his fuzzies.

I have, and will continue to pray for Brian and his family, and all the friends who knew and loved him.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Baby Boom!

We are having a big baby boom here. Finally. I feel like finally something is making up for the lack of babies I've had the past two years. I have always had some sort of issue when breeding for Convention/Nationals juniors, and usually leaving me without any to show. I've been extra careful this breeding round, keeping almost all of the nestboxes in my room and taking babies out for feedings until they are close to a few weeks old. I have 4 boxes beneath my feet as we speak!

Right now I have 27 babies at last count, with most being fuzzy lops and quite a few lionhead babies in there too. Most of the fuzzy lops are tort and orange (yes, a bunch of oranges!), with some random colors in there too like blue tort, some brokens, and even a chocolate or lilac tort!! It's too young right now to tell which it will be, but it's definitely not a regular tort. Both parents must be chocolate carriers way way back. In lionheads I have mostly all sable points. I love the color so I definitely don't mind. And for lionheads- word has it we will be allowed to show all colors at Convention in November that have a COD on file, not just the presented varieties colors. Very cool.

I have 7 more litters expected during this month, and then the Convention breeding bonanza will be over. If anyone is interested in anything for Convention, be sure to let me know!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jersey Wooly National Photos

Here are some photos from the Jersey Wooly National show in Ohio. Fun fun times!

The "California themed" basket auctioned off at the banquet. Thanks to our CA Wooly breeders for donations!

The National BOB Winner!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lionhead National Photos

Here's a few random photos from the show room during Lionhead Nationals..

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ohio State Convention

The showroom... HUGE!

Columbus in the distance
On a whim (and I mean, literally the most random thing ever), I went to the Ohio State Convention the first weekend of this month. Yes, I flew all the way to OHIO! I was actually planning on going months ago, but because of a multitude of things, it never planned out. On that Friday when all my friends were flying out I was pouting about it at work. My co-worker sitting next to me asked what was wrong? "I was supposed to be flying to Ohio today for a huge show". "Well, why don't you go then?" I stopped and thought to myself a couple minutes. Go. I could be totally random and leave in a few hours and JUST GO. I looked up the price of airline tickets, just for the fun in it. They were cheap. Since the planes were leaving within hours to Columbus, OH and there were spare seats, they were running quite low in cost. I booked my ticket at 9:00 AM and within 1 hour I had left work, ran home and litereally threw things into my suitcase, ran to the airport, and was leaving the runway at 12:00 noon. How's that for an adventure?
I'm leaving... on a jetplane....

Luckily, my very good friends Amber H. (Wonder Woolies) and Susie C. (Wooly World) were going to OH for Jersey Wooly Nationals, so I had friends there to pick me up from the airport. There were a few... issues.. we'll call them (LOL!) Like Amber losing her drivers license and was unable to rent a car to drive around in, the bunnies not arriving until about 11:00pm from the plane, waiting for our lovable taxi driver in the airport, etc. but you know what? It was the most AMAZING trip I've been on in a long time. How completely random am I? We headed for the hotel room arranged by Amber and slept for the night.

Myself and Susie, hanging during the show. Thanks Joni for the photo!

Early morning came quick, and soon we were all enjoying a "local" show on the East Coast. I don't think I have ever really been to a "local all-breed" show besides California. So that was definitely an experience. The OH State Convention is a huge show. Apparently it's the largest All-Breed show in the country besides the ARBA National Convention. This is due to OH Mini Convention hosting multiple National Specialties and regular Specialty shows.
I had to visit Lil'Bit Farms Zero, owned by my friend Melanie.
He wants pets, darnit!

Lots and lots of cooping...hmm.. reminds me of Convention..

Yay, I found some fuzzies!
Fuzzy Lop judging

I was quick to find my friends who lives on the other side of the USA that I only get to see once a year at Convention or so. They were so surprised I randomly was there. But so I was I. Hahaha.
I was so excited because I got to go to two of my breeds' NATIONAL shows! Lionheads and the Jersey Woolies. How wonderful. It was particularly awesome to go to Lionhead Nationals as I have never seen that many lionheads in one single place. I saw a few of my CA lionhead friends like Lydia and Joe, and even found Theresa and gave her a huge hug. She was so surprised to me there and Susie too! I had to tell her that her little lions were settling in awesome at my place.

Amber H. with "Sterling", BOSV Broken at Jersey Wooly Nationals!

Huge congrats to my very good friends who placed well in their National and All-Breed shows. Amber won BOSV with "Sterling" in the NJWRC National Show!! He is beautiful Amber, and you know that I saw great things coming with him!!! :)

It was cold, so I was enjoying the sunshine outside for a break!

All in all, the trip was fantastic. I wouldn't take back the randomness AT ALL! It really made me feel so independent, and like a little jetsetter. heehhehe. I look forward to next year. Yup, you heard that right. Next year the 2010 Fuzzy Lop Nationals will take place with the OH Mini Convention so I will back!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Show on Sunday

Finally, I will be showing at a show! I decided at the last minute to enter the Stockton, CA show for this upcoming Sunday. It's so close, why not? I entered Puff Ball (SSD), Karate Chop (BJB) and Drama Queen (a Lionhead tort jr doe). It should be a nice easy day with only three rabbits. I few of my local friends are going, so it should be quite fun!

On the home front we have our first Convention junior litters being born:

PFF's Tonka (Tort) x THF Saynora doe (Brkn Chestnut)- 1 chestnut, 1 brkn orange, 2 brkn tort

Starlite's Jamba (Orange) x THF Saynora doe (Tort)- 2 torts

Legendary Aristocat (Tort) x Hillsongs Ezzmerelda (Siamese Sable)- 1 sable point, 1 tort, 1 seal (My first lionhead litter!)

It's very exciting seeing all the new babies sprouting up in the barn. I have several more litters due in the upcoming weeks. Crossing fingers for some nice babies to grow out and show some promise!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

West Coast Classic- Monterey, CA

The first Annual West Coast Classic Show was beyond a blast. I am so very lucky to have been able to go and enjoy the event. Saturday was one All-Breed show as well as two national shows, multiple specialties, and the night held a Judges Conference hosted by Allen Mesick. Sunday was home to two all-breed shows. It was a total blast. I enjoyed catching up with friends, old and new. Although I didn't show any rabbits, it was worth all the education I received during the weekend. Plus I got to watch my good friend Rachelle take her first RIS with her English Lop!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Close encounters of the LION kind.

You heard it here first. Lionheads. I've owned a buck (pictured below) named Haven's Dirtbike for quite a few months now, and I have been educating myself on the breed for a couple years (I've even been a member of the NALRC for a while, just to learn!). I finally took the plunge. The reason for me driving up to Oregon/Washington was to pick up part of my new herd of lionheads. Nita and Kaela of Legendary Farms have been a savior to me. They have been ever so kind in getting me hooked up with some awesome does. I really don't think I can say thanks to them enough. While up in Washington I took a very quick and last minute trip to visit Theresa Mueller of Pridelands Rabbitry. She has some famous wins in the breed, and a barn full of pretty little lions. I feel so fortunate to have been able to visit her barn and see her rabbits in person. Yes, I had to take some gifts home... including Pridelands Drama Queen (tort jr doe pictured above) and Pridelands Romney (black jr buck). I will be taking photos of all my little lions over time and will add them onto my new website once it is finished.

They are going to be a smaller project at this time, but I'm sure will quickly gain holes as time goes on and the barn expands.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Time to head home...

The car was packed and loaded and ready to go! Leslie's hubby Keith baked us some yummy brownies for the trip home (thanks Keith!), and we were given some yummy juice (LOL!). All came in handy for that night in the motel on the way home... nothing like staying up until 1:30 AM wired on sugar from the juice and brownies... haha. Maybe that's what got us through the fact that the cable box was stuck on Ladie's Rights conferences on C-SPAN? Hmmm..

Goodbye Seattle!