Monday, July 25, 2005

German vs Giant?

OK, I'm editing this post because an apology is in order. Two wrongs do not make a right. So Chris, I apologize for blasting you.

What this is all about:

Chris, someone I consider a friend, publicly called another friend of mine, Terri, a liar. Why? Because Terri has some beautiful rabbits, whom she shows as Giants, and calls them Giants on her web page. They also happen to be 100% German, and from some darned good bloodlines. One of them happens to be bred by none other than ME. A rabbit Chris bred is the sire of one of the rabbits, and Chris feels Terri therefore is calling her a Giant breeder.

I cannot comment further without getting angry again. This matter could have and should have been handled privately, I do not understand why it was not. Chris is someone I respect and look up to and I am very upset about this whole situation.

However, as I indicated below, public tongue-lashings are wrong, and I was wrong to have jumped on Chris as I did. I did exactly what I accused her of doing, and I'm ashamed of myself and sorry for doing that. So Chris, I hope you can forgive me.

And I hope you straighten things out with Terri in a manner that is mutually satisfactory.

Public disagreements

I just wanted to say that I do not agree with public accusations and tongue-lashings. Especially if the one doing it has ever been the victim of such themselves. I've had some very spirited disgreements with others regarding things I have said, but I have always born in mind a phrase I read in a Sunday School lesson once:

"The relationship is more important than the point."

I feel that when someone buys something from me, it is theirs to do with as they please. I no longer have anything to say about it. If I don't like what they do with it, then I don't sell them another. I also take a great deal of pride when something formerly mine is featured with pride on another's site.

There's already too much animosity in the world, IMO. Why create more?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

NC bunny gathering

Well, I won't rehash what others have described and photographed so well. Chris and Leslie did a wonderful job of documenting the meeting, which was fun and rewarding for all involved. Thank you, Elaina, for hosting it and us!

I had to have a bunny put down last night. Somehow, a little 4 week old chocolate otter buck got his foot caught in the floor wire and nearly tore half his hind leg off. I sobbed hysterically as I worked for about 10 minutes before I could get him loose, and it was a hopeless situation. Yes, he could have lived, but he would have have been a "special needs" bunny for the rest of his life, and I don't know that I could have found the right home for him. So I took him to the vet's to be humanely put down, as neither Bob nor I could bring ourselves to do it, and my meat rabbit breeder friend was at work and thus not available.

The other 3 otters appear to be does. If so, I'm back to square one in breeding myself a buck.

I did confirm one thing - one of the surviving otters has 2 recessive wideband genes! That means Vinnie does indeed carry wide band! I had hoped he did, now I know for sure! :) I hope to post pictures this weekend detailing how to determine the likely wideband genes of tan pattern bunnies.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

I'm baaaack...

Just a note to let my fellow bloggers know I made it back from the bunny event in NC all in one piece - and so did Polly, my new wheel. Expect a full report later.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Aaaahhh...


This is Goldie, my new Exploder. I finally traded in my old Exploder after 214,000 miles. When ball joints start wearing out within a year of getting new ones, and what with the prices wars going on between the manufacturers, I decided it was time to trade my beloved Exploder in.

But I now have the benefits of a radio that works (soon to have Sirius installed!), air conditioning that works, and a nice information panel that tells me (among other things) how many miles are left on my tank of gas and what my average mpg is. Not to mention a CD player, and a host of other cool things I'd learned to do without.

And DH finally got the central air in the house fixed. Woo hooo! I don't know how to act!

The indoor bunnies are greatfully drinking the cool, dry atmosphere in, and now I only need to ice down the outdoor bunnies. The bunny room is not yet complete, it will be someday, but progress is being made.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Special Project

This

Dingo

plus this

Chocolate Shetland Wool

plus this

Vinnie

will someday equal this (or something close to it.)

Sweater

Dingo has been with me through thick & thin for 11 years now. He is really my son's dog, but he sheds too much and DS doesn't want to have to clean up after him constantly. So I am brushing him regularly and stuffing the wool into a bag, to be blended with the shetland wool pictured above and angora from Vinnie. I will probably also dye Dumpling's next shearing a nice mahogany color (which I found an excellent source for at Claudia's) and add that to the mix, as I want a fuzzy sweater from a fuzzy dog. DS thinks the idea is pretty funny, but he will have a piece of Dingo (that doesn't shed!!!) for the rest of his life when I am finished. I might do one for my daughter and myself as well, depending on how much time I have this winter and how much fuzz Dingo can contribute.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Finally got all the bunns shorn. One thing I enjoy about shearing the younger bunns is evaluating the quality and quantity of wool. I was very pleasantly surprised with a young black otter doe yesterday. I probably shouldn't have been, BGG is her sire and he has great genes to pass on. Her solid black sister is just as nice, with the same deep charcoal color down to the roots. This sister has a nice white spot in the middle of her forehead, however, so she will go to a wooler home. Also going to another home will be the marten doe from the same litter.

The black otter doe will be bred to a solid blue buck who is also from the otter program. I have no otter bucks, I let my two F1 bucks go and I lost my gorgeous F2 buck. The solid blue buck is his full brother, so he should pass on some nice color. My blue otter doe, sister to the bucks, will most likely be bred to Vinnie in a month or so. Vinnie has a litter with some otters in it whose color looks very promising, but it is hard to tell right now, they don't even have their eyes open yet.

I think I've finally figured out how to slow down time - breed rabbits! ;)