Sunday, January 29, 2006

Yet another baby update

I finally got Mopsie and the 10 babies out in their new home. I rolled back the dividing wire between two 4'x30" cages, now they have oodles and oodles of room to roam. It is nearly 60 degrees out today, tonight's low will be in the 40's, so it is a good day to move them out and let them aclimate to the weather. Before I put them out, I posed them all (well, I tried to pose them, anyway) for a group photo which now graces the Jan's Giants homepage and is also featured at the bottom of the Litters page. Let me tell you, posing 11 rabbits is no small feat! especially when 10 of them are squirrely little munchkins! ;)

Dumpling's breeding to Gruff did not take, so she will be at the PaSRBA show this weekend. I may just breed her to Cody in the meantime, I need to get her producing again, she's had enough time off (nearly a year) from motherhood. Meantime, I've never shown her, so it will be interesting to hear the judges' comments.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Stop PAWS now!


The "Pet Animal Welfare Statute of 2005" (PAWS) Senate Bill 1139/House Bill 2669 - May 2005 - The "Pet Animal Welfare Statute" (PAWS) is a bill to amend the federal Animal Welfare Act. The AWA currently regulates large-scale commercial breeders who sell pets at wholesale. PAWS would dramatically change the concept of the AWA as established by Congress. It would require federal licensing and inspection of the private homes of many hobby breeders. Until now no federal license has been required to breed cats and dogs in a private residence and sell retail to the public. PAWS would change that for many in the cat and dog fancy. PAWS will also have an impact on rescue organizations, requiring licensing of many of these as retail sellers. PAWS will require in-home breeders and rescue that fall within the number limits being established to follow AWA standards. These standards are written for commercial establishments and not in-home facilities. Compliance with commercial regulations will be difficult if not impossible for rescue and small, private cat and dog hobby breeders.

As rabbit breeders, if this bill passes, sooner or later it WILL be applied to us as well. How many of us have gross sales of $500.00 or more per year? Many of us can can make that from one litter of angoras, some of us from a single animal.

This bill, like many truly bad pieces of legislation, has the best of intentions - from its author's point of view. He wants to stop "puppy mills". Don't we all? But federalization is NOT the answer! "Puppy mills" are ALREADY illegal! What is needed here is enforcement of state and local laws already on the books, not more government involvement in the lives of private, law-abiding citizens. I am embarrassed that a "conservative" Senator, namely Rick Santorum, was stupid enough to get roped into writing this disaster-waiting-to-happen. This will give Animal Rights groups the foothold they need to invade the lives of anyone who wants to breed animals as a hobby.

Please go to the sites above and below, read them, and then call, write, and email your legistators and let them know that you oppose this intrusion into our lives.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Persnickety is my black otter doe. She is getting so fuzzy, even her face is getting fuzz, which it never had before. She looks like one of those catarpillars we call woolybears.

I'll show her and Carmie in the Working Woolers class in the PAngora specialty show in Feb at Lebanon, then they're getting shorn and bred.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Too cute!

You can see 8 of them here, the other 2 are on the other side of their Mom. They're driving her nuts, chasing her around wanting to eat. Poor Mopsie!

When it warms up this weekend, they'll get moved outside to a spacious 8' x 30" cage, which should give Mom plenty of room to escape.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Another baby update

Yes, there really are 10 babies in that pile! It has been wet & rainy here in PA lately, and these guys are more interested in snuggling than in exploring their world right now. Their eyes are open, but you really can't tell that now, because they'd rather sleep!