Saturday, February 24, 2007

Pics, for sale, and other stuff

I haven't posted many pics lately, so here are some, first the obligatory cute litter pic of Sunrise's litter:

Yes, I know, it's hard to identify individuals in there! There is 1 black, 1 black tan, 2 chocolate tans, 2 torts, and 2 coppers. Half of these babies will be angoras, because their sire is a short haired rabbit, 1/2 tan angora, and 1/2 Thrianta. I introduced the Thrianta into the bloodline to increase rufus, and it worked, the tans are already showing excellent color. I had a friend who was thinking of using a Thrianta to develop red English angoras. I don't think she followed through with her plan, life took her in a different direction, but the sire of this litter, Copper ( yeah, I use a lot of imagination with my names, NOT! lol!) is available to the right person. He is pictured below:

He has a nice big buck head, and one of the most stout, solid bodies I've ever seen, with great depth. He is also extremely curious and friendly, and the picture does not do his conformation or color justice.

Meanwhile, a young doe I have been looking forward to aquiring has come home, Louisa is a grand-daughter of Gruff and Dumpling:

Her sire is also a Grand Champion belonging to the Baileys. Louisa has a great appetite and produces large droppings, something I actually do look for when considering who to keep in a litter. It is felt by many that such angoras are less likely to be prone to wool block. She has gained a half a pound already since arriving, I think she'll be a big gal! She has been bred to Nacht.

I have 2 purebred German bucks still for sale, details are on the Jan's Giants website:

That's all for now, keep warm, Spring is right around the corner (I hope, boy I sure could use some of the global warming right now, BRRR!!!)

Monday, February 19, 2007

No more Pewter babies :(

The night before last, as I was feeding the bunns, I could hear Pewter's babies and they didn't sound good. I reached in the nestbox, and they were soaking wet and cold! She peed all over them! Grrr..!!!!! I took them out and rinsed them off in very warm water, patted them dry, then hit them briefly with the blow dryer. I then deposited them in with Sunrise's litter. Well, Sunrise seemed to know which baby was hers, because both of Pewter's babies were pushed out of the nest the next morning (and dead), and all of Sunrise's babies were warm, fat, and happy, even the one who had bunked with Pewter's babies for a couple days.

So today I rebred Pewter to Nacht, my nice big German boy, and I'm going to put her outside in a cage with a dropped nestbox and see if she does better. If not, Pewter stew will be on the menu... I also bred Betsy to Stinker. I was also going to breed Louisa, but I had exposed her to Nacht on the 4th. She did not cooperate at all back then as far as I could tell, but when I palpated her today I could swear I felt a bellyfull! Now I absolutely stink when it comes to palpation, but I'm going to hold off and wait and see if I'm right. Or maybe I just felt a bunch of fecal pellets, lol!

I also took Sunrise out of the cage and took a long look at her babies. All of them have nice, round bellies. :) So far, there is one self black (disappointing, as it means Copper does not carry Tan, he carries self), two I suspect are coppers, two that look like chocolate tans, one that looks like a black tan, and two that look like blue torts. There was also a red/fawn, but that was the runt and died earlier in the week. :(

Yesterday I went to Washington Court House, OH for a show. Unfortunately the roads were bad and one Giant Angora breeder could not make it, so it was just me and Dustin. Doogie looked wonderful, Dustin had him groomed to perfection, and he won BOB, and the little doe I brought along to sell took BOS, and Dustin bought her, too. She is Doogie's niece. Our judge was Kevin Hooper, and he told us after the classes were over that he really enjoyed judging the angoras, he doesn't often get the opportunity to. He also mentioned he really liked Doogie , and especially the Satin Angoras, he said he just loved the feel of them , and as if to make his point, he ran his fingers through one of the ones that hadn't been picked up from the table yet. Of course, Lisa pointed out that he could always get started in Angoras, we'd be happy to set him up, lol!

So, no more shows for awhile, I am having surgery on the 6th and am taking 4 weeks off of work to recuperate. That will give me plenty of time to rest, play with bunnies, get Nacht, Stinker, and Antje ready for April and May shows, play with bunnies, cook, play with bunnies... I think you get the picture, lol!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

More babies!

Pewter finally delivered her babies, on the wire, while I was at work. Nine in all, and I was able to save three.

When you find a new litter scattered on the wire, don't assume they are dead, unless they are frozen solid. I scooped them all up and into a bag, and took them into the kitchen. I ran very warm water into the sink, a couple inches deep. Then I got sandwich bags, and placed each baby in an open bag and set it in the warm water. They float quite well. I sat back and watched. One by one, four of them came back to life! After they had invigorated pretty well, I placed a plastic container in the water and placed the four warmed bunnies in it, and went back to Pewter's cage and gathered the scattered hay and wool and put it in the nestbox where it belonged, making a bowl in the center. I then cut up some angora wool from my stash and lined the bowl with it, then got the babies and put them in, covering them with more wool. For good measure, I took a very toasty baby from Sunrise's litter of nine (I mis-counted them, or she had another, I'm not sure which) and put it in with them.

An hour later I checked in on them, and three of them had scattered. The one that snuggled with Sunrise's baby was fine. I gathered the cold ones up and put them in my bra. Don't laugh, it really works! Anyway, two of them revived. I put them back in the nest. Another hour went by, I checked on them again, all were snuggled and warm. Now it is up to Pewter. Hopefully, she'll be a decent mom. If not, Sunrise may have one huge litter to raise!

Monday, February 12, 2007


JG's Sunrise, my Blue Tan angora doe, gave birth to eight babies today! The proud pappa is Copper, my copper 1/2 Thrianta buck out of JG's Carmella, a Chocolate Tan angora doe. So half the babies will be short haired. I can't wait to see how many of them are angoras, and what colors are there. During my brief look at them this evening, I saw possible indications of chin (which Copper could have passed on from his mom, who carried it) and non-extension, as well as Tan and Agouti.

Copper was also bred to Pewter, my fuzzy French Lop, who is due any day now, as well. I especially want to see if she has any Tans, as this will tell me for sure whether Copper carries it. This is what I love about working with colors, each litter is a surprise!

Monday, February 05, 2007

PA Convention

Well, I'm back from beautiful Lebanon, PA! This morning it was 5 degrees below zero here, BRRRRRRR!!!!! All the rabbits are still in the house, nobody is going back out in that after being relatively warm since Friday!

I had a good weekend, I sold two does and a buck, got good comments on my junior's bodies but not their coats, but I knew that, none of them were really in show condition. The bucks had had to be shorn because they sprayed each other, and had grown back the mandatory 2" of wool for showing, but that's really not enough to place well. The does had chewed wool off of each other, and were very uneven. And of course JG's Stinker had soiled himself again. I got most of the stain off but he still looked very ivory next to the pristinely white rabbits. I am going to keep him, his body is very nice and solid and his density is exceptional. I got some good advice on how to deal with his spraying from Karin and Marilyn, so hopefully I'll be able to get him clean and keep him that way, until he grows out of this stage.

I picked up my newest doe, Louisa, who is exactly 8 months old and weighs 9 pounds so far, I am confident she'll make it to 10. She is a descendent of my beloved Billy, and also Dumpling, and her sire is a GC belonging to the Baileys, so she has an awesome combination of genetics behind her and is the perfect addition to the gene pool. She likely is the last rabbit I will be buying, as I want to start line breeding and developing a distinct line of Jan's Giants. I might make an exception for a potentially BIG German, tho'.

I also won a pretty little Satin Angora doe bred by Under the Dark Star Rabbitry in the UARC raffle. Her pedigree says lilac, but she is a chocolate seal or chocolate something, her eyes are much too brown, and her coat color too rich to be lilac. Anyway, I have always wanted a chocolate satin for wool, now I have one. :)

The most rewarding part of the weekend for me was the number of people who hugged me, thanked me for being the newsletter editor, and said they understood why I resigned, and were sorry it came to that. I was truly surprised by some of them, as I either did not know their position on all the stuff that has been going on, or I assumed they were on the "other side". It was so rewarding to find out how many people read this blog, understand where I am coming from, and agree! I had some long conversations with several people about the direction the NARBC has been going, and we all have many common concerns. Foremost among the concerns were issues of honesty regarding sanctions and finances. Many folks just don't get a warm, fuzzy feeling that things are being done according to the rules and not according to who has the most influence. And I'm going to leave it at that, because I don't wish to tell other peoples' stories. But I do think more people need to come forward and tell their stories publicly, and bring them up before the Board, and keep bugging them until something is done, or we vote people in who will listen to us and do as we ask.

That's all for now, as I have bunnies to deliver.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Crtitical changes in PA dog laws

Remember, when one of us has our rights infringed upon, we ALL lose that right!

A SAOVA message for sportsmen, pet owners and farmers concerned about protecting their traditions, avocations and livelihoods from anti-hunting, anti-breeding, animal guardianship advocates. Forwarding and cross posting, with attribution, encouraged.
Dear Pennsylvania Dog Owning Friends,

This is a crucial message. Please read it carefully, share it with other dog owners, your family and friends and, most importantly, take the action recommended. The new statewide dog kennel regulations proposed on December 16, 2006 has been widely circulated, but they're impact hasn't been well documented, nor has a plan to defeat them been formulated. Recent Virginia advocacy efforts have made it difficult to address these ill-considered regulations before now. I'm taking advantage of another man's analysis, which is reproduced below. This state regulation can be defeated in the next two weeks, but only with your concerted and dedicated actions, together with significant help..

Be acutely aware that, as was the case of Senator's Santorum's discredited and defeated Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS), a simple reduction in this regulation's 26 dog licensed kennel definition could trap many more reputable Pennsylvania hobby breeders and everyday dog owners, perhaps you. Here is the result of a very well respected, long-time professional dog trainer's review of the posted regulations' impact on him.

New Pennsylvania Kennel Regulations
Threaten Trainers, Breeders, Competitors

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A proposed revision in the regulations to enforce Pennsylvania’s existing kennel law would impose severe mandates on many dog trainers and breeders, is expected to put many kennels out of business, and imposes heavy fines and confiscation of dogs for noncompliance.

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, an arm of the state Department of Agriculture, estimates that it will cost every licensed kennel in Pennsylvania between $5,000 and $20,000 to come into compliance with the new rules. Many kennel owners peg the cost as much higher. The Bureau also estimates its own costs at $15,000 initially for each of its dog wardens, plus $5,000 annually for each warden. The wardens are funded through kennel license fees. The Bureau maintains that there will be no cost to the general public, but the document does not consider that charges for services (boarding and training), or for the sale of puppies, dogs and stud services, will have to be increased to cover the additional costs borne by the kennels that survive.

Supporters of the measure argue that the stricter rules are needed to control alleged “puppy mills,” which they claim are common in Pennsylvania. Opponents of the measure say that the new rules represent an escalation of the “animal rights” agenda aimed at eliminating commercial animal operations, private ownership of animals and hunting. They allege that the “animal rights” groups see this measure as a victory as it will eliminate most kennels in Pennsylvania, thereby reducing the number and availability of privately owned dogs, and set a precedent that eventually would accord the same “rights” to farm animals and wild animals.

All kennels that house, buy, sell or raise more than 26 dogs or puppies a year are required to be licensed, and are subject to all of the provisions of the new rules.

The impact of the new rules on dog competitions in Pennsylvania remains to be seen. The rules call for current veterinary and rabies certificates for any dog entering the state, would appear to make the sizes of standard dog boxes, topper holes and airline crates insufficient, and would appear to make chain gangs and stakeouts illegal.

There are four basic thrusts to the new regulations:

Strict requirements for improving kennel facilities. These new requirements would double the minimum size of kennel runs. For a typical bird dog, the smallest legal kennel would be six-feet wide and 15-feet long. Dog boxes would have to be large enough to allow a dog to lie on its belly or side, so that no part of its body, including its tail, could touch the sides; for a typical bird dog, a box would have to be at least five feet square to comply. For a typical bird dog kept on a chain, the chains would have to be at least 15 feet long. Waterproof solid shade structures would have to be built over part of each outdoor kennel and area for chained dogs. There also are many other new physical requirements for construction, surfacing and maintenance.

Detailed and time-consuming management requirements. Among the new rules are requirements for each dog and puppy in the kennel to be exercised individually on a leash for 20 minutes a day. Allowing a dog to run free at the kennel or when hunting, training or exercising, would not meet this requirement. The rules also excludes conditioning activities such as roading in groups. The exercise and leash requirements apply even to dogs kept in the kennel owner’s home. Other rules would require daily sanitation of all kennels, panels, houses and bowls, and daily changes of bedding material. Dogs would have to be removed from the kennel during sanitation, and not be put back in until all surfaces had been dried. For people who work with dogs, onsite shower facilities must be provided.

Restrictions on how licensed kennels could do business. A licensed kennel would not be allowed to purchase a dog from a private party, interstate sales would be strictly regulated and subject to inspection, sources of dogs and puppies could be investigated for dog law violations in any state, no dogs or puppies could be transported into or out of the state without a veterinary health certificate and rabies certificate, new dogs coming into the kennel (such as for training) would be subject to quarantine and veterinary inspection in certain instances (including signs of worms), all new puppies brought to a kennel would have to be quarantined for 14 days, and dogs would have to be strictly segregated according to size and gender. Short-haired dogs, which would include pointers, many Continental breeds and hounds, could not be kept in outdoor facilities when the temperature falls below 35 degrees, and all breeds in any kind of facility would require cooling when temperatures are above 85 degrees. In order to purchase a dog from a kennel out of state, the kennel would have to be licensed and subject to the approval of Pennsylvania agencies.

Many record-keeping requirements. The new regulations impose a host of new forms, mandated bills of sale, and paperwork requirements. For example, no fewer than six separate forms would have to be completed each day for each dog in a kennel. These includes individual daily records for exercising, feeding and watering, sanitizing bowls, sanitizing the kennel, cleaning the kennel and cleaning houses. For a kennel containing 50 dogs, these individual forms would require completing 300 different forms every day. Records for each dog must be kept for two years.

I can state with absolute certainty that these proposed regulatory changes will put me out of business, and I think they will put many other kennels in the state out of business, too. In fact, I don't know of a single kennel anywhere that could meet the new standards. Even the most modern and fancy kennels that I know would not meet the standards in the proposed regulations.


These changes are not proposed legislation, are not subject to a vote of the state House and Senate, and will not require the signature of Gov. Ed Rendell. The measure rewrites regulations based on existing law. They interpret the law, describe enforcement procedures and impose penalties. The measure is before the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission. The Commission consists of four members appointed by each party in the House and Senate, and one member appointed by Rendell, who supports the new rules.

The Commission will accept public comments until Feb. 15. Following the deadline, the Commission has 20 days to accept, reject or call for modifications to the regulations. The result is published a second time, and then immediately carries the force of law. There is a provision that does allow for the new regulations to be reviewed by the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, at their option.

In SAOVA's experience with such proposed agency regulations, the most effective way to block such measures is to pull out all the stops - contact the press, veterinarians, legislators, bureaucrats, other dog owners, farmers, vendors, family, friends, et. al. Make a long distribution list. Get everyone involved.

The PA Agriculture Department is inviting you and the public to submit written comments, suggestions, questions or objections. Even if you have no suggestions or objections and support the proposed regulation, please consider writing to the Department. By law, the Department is required to give each commentator (any organization or person that submits comments during the public comment period) the opportunity to request notice concerning the final version of this regulation. The Department may revise or change the regulation between the proposed and final stages of the rulemaking process. By commenting on the proposed regulation, you will also get a chance to review any changes to the regulation before it is published as a final rule.
Written comments on the proposed regulation should be sent to the following person and address:

Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement
Attn: Mary Bender
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-9408
Telephone: (717) 787-3062

The last day to submit comments on this proposed regulation is February 14, 2007.
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) is also interested in your comments on the regulation. Please "cc" IRRC on your comments to the Agriculture Department by sending a copy to the following person and address:

Arthur Coccodrilli, Chairman
Independent Regulatory Review Commission See website for more e-addresses
333 Market Street, 14th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Main Telephone: (717) 783-5417
Fax: (717) 783-2664

Please identify the regulation on your comments by using the regulation
ID #2-152 (#2559).

This proposed regulation will also be submitted to the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees for their review in the new session in 2007. You definitely want to contact these Committees and your individual State Representatives and State Senators about this proposal See attachments for Harrisburg info. These are your most important contacts, IMO.

Contact the Farm Bureau headquarters and local county office.

Call your veterinarian and the PA Veterinary Medical Association
Ask for their help. Tell them all who you are, where you live and why these proposed unreasonable, unworkable kennel regulations should be discarded.

Kindly circulate this message widely.

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