Thursday, November 20, 2008

Convention Vacation.not!

What happens with all that leftover wool.
My friend Whitneys first Convention.

Judge Cindy with her work cut out for her.

No wonder we were all tired from walking.

Where all the wool hangs out.
Well, I'm still tired after Convention. This is my first real day off since I got back and have a real minute to sit down and reflect. I thought vacation were supposed to be relaxing. With all the walking back and forth down the long rows and to the grooming room, I lost 5 pounds and I need another vacation just to catch up. But boy did we have fun! Convention is all about the rabbits, but I most enjoy the friendship, jokes and laughs we all have together. We have a great bunch of people in the angora world and I am also finding a great bunch in the Jersey Wooly world and the Belgin Hare world. Generally, the rabbit people are just a really nice group to spend time with. We are competitive, yes, but are always there to support each other and pat each other on the back when we win and cheer us up when we don't do so well. And the jokes are no stop as you can see by the Halloween decorations (top photo)that met me in the grooming room. Thanks, Linda! Everyone knows I don't like spiders. Anyway, it was a blast and I am actively saving for San Diego, with or without rabbits.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The King of All and babies

Babies, Babies everywhere.
One Pearl in Tulips litter.

And lots of torts.

The King of All.

Look at those big blue eyes.
Well, the "King of All" has moved into his big boy cage after being in quarantine from Convention. He sure likes to run around and explore. Plus he is enjoying his hayball and his big rolling ball with the bell inside, it is bigger than him. I got him a vinyl coated cage at Convention to match his baby blue eyes. He sure is a spoiled bunny and he is loving every minute of it.
The baby bunnies are opening their eyes and starting to boink about. Lots and lots of torts. I was hoping not to have many whites and my wish was granted. I found more photos on my camera from Convention so I will try to post more tomorrow. Time to go to work.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Catching up is hard to do.

The beautiful Lillanna awaits.
Natasha waiting kind of patiently

Lilliana as cousin "It"

Just look at those ear furnishings, hope her big sister has babies as nice as her.

I am still trying to catch up from Convention and a bad cold. I had bred five does to have litters when I got back and 4 of them had litters almost right away. Welcome home to 20 baby bunnies and lots of cleaning plus going right back to work. My sable pearl, Tulip had 8 and is just a wonderful mother. She had all her babies perfectly in the nest box, pink, clean and fed by the time I got out to check on her. Plus, she is just a milk machine. With a first litter, I never expected for her to feed and raise all 8 but she had no trouble. Sensation, REW doe from the Reflections line, had her 5 babies also perfectly in the nest and is taking great care of them. Bluebell and Aster are not being as successful but time will tell. I will try to take photos tomorrow.
There have also been a few shows to go too including my favorite show in the world, Carroll County, Maryland. Was able to get the last leg on Adonis and grand him out. Lost BOB to my favorite agouti doe, the beautiful Lilliana owned by the Mc Graw family.I was so sorry to hear about Sherri Wade and her surgery for a brain tumor. She just lost her husband about a year ago and they are just the nicest people and have done so much good in the rabbit world. We should all say a prayer for her that she gets well soon. Also, got the chance to register "The King of All", my broken blue jersey wooly buck (that lives on my office desk and has more girl friends then he can count) even though I missed his class and didn't get to show him. I have a hard time multi-tasking with rabbit breeds. Have to post some photos of him, too. Had crab cakes on the way home and all was right with the world.

I got up to Waltham, Mass for the double show there and was able to grand Jitterbug, Jive and Mirror Image. It was a really well run show considering that it was mostly run by 4-h kids. I did not stay for BIS due to the 5 1/2 drive home and I had to work the next day. Just really happy to grand out the big girls so I can get them bred for spring babies. Yea! Plus, I came home with more woolies, 2 black broken bucks, a broken black doe and a REW buck. I really have to start showing them. Maybe on day two of the Pa. Convention, day one English Angoras and day two Jersey Woolies. That could be fun.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Convention Happenings

Calamity Jane goes pro.
Our fuzzy section

Marcus and Linda get to grooming

My room-mate with his beautiful BOB bunny

Well, the ARBA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky sure was fun. The bunnies did better than I thought they would do considering the stiff competition. Mine were out of coat, too young or too old and just not timed right. We played many practical jokes including monsters on the water bottles, a strange "fawn" one eyed bunny in a pumpkin suit and a BIG spider in Lindas show carrier. She got even by decorating my grooming table with cob webs AND SPIDERS, which I hate. I did come home with a cold and a broken computer but my husband didn't adopt any animals while I was away, which was a relief. He gets even with me when I travel by finding new animals to adopt. I will be posting Convention photos for everyone to enjoy over the next few days.