| My interest in rabbits began as the result of a once in a lifetime experience. My aunt had been a missionary in Zimbabwe, Africa for several years and invited me to "save my quarters"and come to visit her when I graduated from high school in 1996. Needless to say, my quarters fell far short of the money I needed to go. Imagine my surprise when, at my graduation party, my family and friends provided me with the ticket and the money I needed to set off for the African continent.
I was in Zimbabwe for three months, and on crutches for all but one day of my stay due to a ligament that was torn in my knee the day I arrived.(Ouch) I met a lot of nice people and made lots of friends there. A nice couple invited me to dinner and that is where I was first served rabbit meat. I really enjoyed it and over the next several months that couple taught me basically everything they knew about raising meat pen rabbits. They actually let me care for a pair of breeding stock and I couldn't wait to see their first litter. Unfortunately, I left for England three days before the kits arrived.(BooHoo)
My love for rabbits continued over the next couple years as I tried to learn more about the different breeds. I started with Holland Lops as pets and acquired some English Spots in the summer of 2001. In 2002, I joined the American Rabbit Breeders Association and began working on developing a herd of quality pedigreed rabbits. I had my first litter of English Spots. There were 12 in the litter, out of that 6 were marked. the six marked were all does and there were 3 black and three chocolates. I kept one of each color. I named them Zimbunnies' My Turn & Zimbunnies' Coco, both of them became Grand Champions.
It was a bad year & a great year for me & my rabbits. In March I found out I had cancer & my grandfather died. My rabbits helped me and so did all my rabbit family. I would go to shows while going through treatment and so many people helped me out. I owe a big thanks to all of you. My mother had cages maked for my so I could keep my rabbits. My old cages would take my hours to clean, and I was unable to be around them that long. In November I was cancer free and was ranked 19th in the country by the American English Spot Club.
I won my first BIS with an American Tortoise Shell Cavy, I had raised and was ranked 11th in the country by the American English Spot Club.
I won my first BIS with an English Spot doe, I had bred. I have also started working on becoming an ARBA Rabbit & Cavy Registrar. In December I became a rabbit register. Plus, I have passed two parts of my Cavy test and now have to work with 3 judges and one register to work under.
I was ranked 7th in the country by the American English Spot Club.
I am taking the year off in rabbits & cavies. But I have to work under one Cavy judges left to become a cavy register.
In January of 2006, I have just started back into fish, I have been in and out of fish all my life. This time I am getting back into Betta & Killifish. In May, I had my first Betta and Killifish fry. Saidly thay all died, fish are not as easy to raise as rabbits.
Please note these are not rabbits!!!!!! LOL
|My Interest in Rabbits|