My little family of three packed up some snacks and piled into the car this morning to pick up our newest French angora herd sire, Toblerone. We drove a fairly short distance of 1.5 hours to the Stockton Fairgrounds where we met up with a fellow rabbit breeder at a rabbit show. Lucky for me, she was selling off her French angora stock to focus on another breed and she planned on attending a show a little more than a hour away. Score!
Trevor had never been to a rabbit show before. After asking a woman who grooming her angoras if she knew of the young woman we were looking for, he realized that friendliness was not too common among the “show” group. Coincidently, that is the very same experience I had when browsing a rabbit show for the first time. What is it with “show” people? Is showing rabbits for sport really that intense? I mean… come on folks. Like Wil Wheaton says, “Don’t be a dick.”
In any case, I purchased my little cutie and we brought him straight home. I evicted the two meat rabbits that were occupying the hutch and now little Toblerone is hangin’ in the bachelor/quarantine hutch.
Next month I am doing a little spring cleaning in the Rabbitry. I have decided that my breeders for fall will be: Bunaby Jones (buck), Toblerone (buck), Blackberry (doe), and Philly (doe). Dandelion will be going to a pet home to live out her days as a wooler and Seven of Nine will be become a new Utah breeder’s herd sire. Seven was always meant to be sold, but no one ever picked him up so he just hung around and became a breeder. And Dandelion is better suited to a wool producing life and not so much as a “breeder” –although she has turned out to be a loving mother to her young. Both of my bunnies will be sorely missed, but we need some new blood around here. Bunaby Jones will carry on both Dandelion and Seven’s lines and Toblerone will introduce new Washington/Oregon lines to the herd.
I will need to produce two more does to bring my total breeders to four does and two bucks. This will be accomplished by keeping back a doe from Blackberry (x Toblerone) and a doe from Philly (x Bunaby Jones). But none of those pairings will be ready until this autumn so everyone can focus on wool for now and then be sheared down for our hot August nights. Pun intended.