Thursday, March 29, 2007

Relief

Every once in awhile I make a very cryptic post that leaves some of you scratching your heads and saying, "OK, what the heck did THAT mean?" This is going to be another of those, lol. Trust me, though, it will mean something to some of you.

I had restless night. Some things just weren't adding up. So this morning I called my mentor. I've known this person an awfully long time, since I was a kid, in fact. I vented my frustration at certain situations, and my puzzlement at the words of some. Now this person has long-standing connections, and often knows more about what is going on in some circles than I can quite believe. Anyway, I am so glad I called. I heard things I really needed to, and had hoped for, because they were the only things that made any sense at all. Without going into detail, things, and people, are not always what they seem. And sometimes the worst thing you can do to someone is to give them exactly what they want.

Anyway, I feel better about things than I have in a long time. I am going to take my mentor's advice and refrain from commenting on things for awhile, and let the wheels of progress turn and watch what happens.

Oh, and the newsletter does look great! :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Betsy and Pewter babies

Betsy and Pewter were due last Thursday. I was out of town visiting my family, and getting spoiled rotten while I recuperated from my surgery. I came back Friday morning, and the two does had waited for me. Bob said they showed no interest in nesting when he gave them hay, but when I gave them each 1/2 a flake of hay, they promptly built their nests (in the corners of their cages, instead of in their nestboxes) and delivered. I put the nests into the nestboxes, made sure I got all the babies, and waited to see what would happen. A couple hours later I reached into the pocket of my sweat pants, and found a baby rabbit. I had left one in there while I was moving nests and checking on everyone, lol! It was a Pewter baby, and since Betsy had a smaller litter, I put it in with hers. Good thing I did. Pewter cared for her litter for a couple of days, and then just stopped. After a couple of days, when it was clear she wanted nothing more to do with them and they would starve if something wasn't done, I put them into Sunrise's old nestbox and put it, them, and Sunrise into an empty cage. Her litter is six weeks old, normally I wait two more weeks to wean, but they're eating well and this was an emergency. Sunrise was clearly puzzled by all this, and hopped in and out of the nestbox, unsure of what to do. I finally held her and put the babies on her tummy, even going so far as to put their mouths right on her teats, to no avail. They would not nurse. This has always worked for me in the past, but not this time, I guess they were too far gone. So, the lone survivor of that litter is in Betsy's nestbox, very fat and happy. I guess it is a blessing in disguise, as I would have had to find wooler/pet homes for all these guys. Now I just have the one left to use in my quest to build more size and bone into my Giant Angoras. If it's a doe, I will name her Cessna, since her ears will likely stick straight out like airplane wings. If it's a buck, I think I will name him King Lear. :)

Speaking of Pewter, there will be no Pewter Stew :). A young friend of mine is taking her, he's in for a challenge, lol! In fact I spent about a half hour today working on her. She mats terribly, so I try to keep her in a short coat. With her loose skin, I have to work slowly and carefully, today I got about 1/4 of her done, I'm giving her a buzz cut clear down to the skin, what with summer coming. She's a "jumper", which means when she's tired of being groomed, she does her darnedest to leap off off the grooming table. So when she starts getting antsy, it's time to quit, because I'm in no shape to prevent a 16 pound, very determined animal from leaping off the grooming table. I think I need one of those restraining boards I've seen pictures of.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Nothing to retract?

I invite you all to review the previous entries and comments on this blog, and you decide if public apology is due. And please let our President know why you feel that way.

The actions of the same couple of people against certain other people is getting so predictable it would be funny if it weren't so pathetic, childish, and unprofessional.

Will I leave the NARBC? I've certainly thought about it, and I know several who have, more who will, and some who decided awhile back never to bother. Can't say I blame them. But will I? Nah, I don't think so. Maybe I'll change my mind, but I feel there is a place for someone who has the cajunas to tell the truth, and if no one else will, I will.

And for anyone who doubts my veracity about anything, I will make my offer yet again:

Ask, and I'll forward you the emails. If what has transpired in this blog is not enough to convince you, I've got a lot more.

But you know, there are those of you out there who should be speaking up, too. You know who you are. Remember, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Baby update

Well, Louisa's breeding to Nacht did not take, so on Wednesday she will be rebred, and Betsy will go out to the nursery. Betsy and Pewter are due next week. Both feel pregnant, in fact as I was lightly rubbing Pewter's sides this morning, I could swear I got kicked. If so, she's got a lot of babies in there! Hopefully she'll rise to the occasion this time. If Betsy's litter isn't too big, I'll probably foster a couple of Pewter's babies over. Pewter so far has shown no interest in the dropped nestbox, which is good, I think. She started using her previous nestbox as a bathroom, so hopefully she'll use this one the way it was meant to be used. I am debating whether I'm going to put the cardboard insert into it. I put one in Louisa's and she paid no attention to it at all. I've read where many does hate the inserts, so I hesitate to do anything that could cause Pewter any anxiety.


I think I'm going to breed Louisa to Snowman instead of Nacht, though. Snowman is going to a new home in May, and I think I'd like to get one more phenomenal litter from him, lol! Nacht and Louisa will both be around here to make up for lost time later in the year.

Sunrise's litter is at that stage where every one of them looks like they could have wool. This is possible, but highly unlikely. It should work out to be about 50/50. They are adorable little things, although one of the torts has an eye problem. It looks like it got something stuck in its eye. I flushed it, and I've been applying eye ointment to it, and it is clearing up nicely, but there may have been some permanent damage. Time will tell.


They're not as shy as they seem, especially the black one. He is the first to come and greet me, and get his head scritches. He's going to be a real love-bug. :)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I'm back...

The surgery went extremely well, it was done laproscopically, and I have 3 tiny little incisions, no stitches externally. The pain is minimal, I was home less than 24 hours after surgery. Bob is taking very good care of me. :)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Disappointing

I checked out the Information Blog on the new (and otherwise very nice!) NARBC site today. I was extremely disappointed to see the President's message, dated Feb 12, the same flawed message that went into every home in the membership via the Dec '06 newsletter, making allegations regarding the previous administration that just aren't quite true.

I urge those of you who believe in the truth to let the NARBC President and the Board of Directors know just how disappointed you are in this. It should have been corrected, a retraction should be going out in the current issue of the Newsletter, and that message should have been edited before being posted to the Internet. You can contact the officers via this page:

http://nationalangorarabbitbreeders.com/officers.html

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Baby update

The babies are still shy, but no longer squirm and try to get away when I handle them. I am really pleased with the color of the chocolate tan, I can only hope s/he has wool. The black tan is coming along nicely, too. Both look to be does (of course, since I need a buck). I also had a new color crop up in the bunch, one of the babies I intially thought was a chocolate tan is in fact a chocolate agouti, and I just love, love, love the color!

The black baby is the biggest and most adventurous, already eating out of Mom's dish and chasing her about the cage trying to nurse while the others are content to stay huddled in the nestbox. I'm leaving the nestbox in a bit longer, as I prefer them to stay there until their feet are so large they can't get stuck in the floor wire. I think they're there already, but it won't hurt to wait a few more days. I cleaned out the contents of the box, so no harm in them hanging out there awhile longer.

I'm having surgery on Tuesday, having some very troublesome plumbing removed. While I'm not looking forward to being hospitalized, even for just a couple of days, I am looking very much forward to being able to get on with my life without worry of "explosions" happening ever again. And of course, the weeks off of work will be nice, too. Time to sit and play with bunnies. :)