The Big NEWS: Dustibunni's Eloquence had her second litter arrive May 11th, 2016. Margaret Bartold, the secretary of the NARBC (National Angora Rabbit Breeders Association), owns and co-bred the sire with Lil Peck. The Sire is M/TM's Buff. He is a registered Grand-champion tort buck. I personally got to meet this buck throughout his show career, and I can assure you, he was amazing. He came and stayed with me for a couple weeks in April and during that time sired this litter with Ellie.
Ellie has 3 gorgeous, precious bundles. 2 are REWs, and one of them, is a stunning BLUE! I'm beyond excited. I always wanted a blue from Ellie, always have, and now I have one! Very, VERY excited to watch this litter from their two Grandchampion parents grow!
I admit, it takes a passion. But I treasure each and every moment of it. Passion is what built our country, and it starts with treasuring the tiny things in your life. A litter of rabbits. A new baby calf. The field that some farmer tended dutifully year after year, sowing hope mingled with seed, finally produced the fair winning corn cobs of the year. It takes integrity, hard work, many disappointments, a lot more hard work, and humility. It doesn't matter how small your job may seem to you, YOU still have a chance to make an impact! With my angoras, I have several dreams, ideals, and ideas of what I'd love to see happen someday with my program and animals. For me, each new litter, each baby, has something to bring to the table of ideas. Selections are made, genetics and hopes are put in place, and a new generation of Angoras are born.
Something I have learned raising rabbits: It doesn't matter what animal species you choose to raise, they'll teach you something. I've learned genetics, breeding practices, so much health and nutrition information, how to relate to other breeders (no matter the animal!), showing, spinning, business management, website development and so much more. If I hadn't started rabbits, I can't even imagine how much I'd have missed learning. Don't get me wrong, it isn't all happy trees and sunshine, many setbacks and trials, sweat and tears all along the way, have built my program into what it is today. Not only that, but Faith in God, and support and mentoring from several outstanding friends and breeders (one not even a rabbit raiser!) have also played huge part in it.
There is a glimpse into my life! This spring has been busier than ever for me, but holds more excitement than ever before! The next show is in Wichita, KS the second weekend in June. Really looking forward to it.
One last thing: I've been working harder at trying to update this website more often. I've added a new Angora Care page, in which I've been doing a lot of writing about angora care, definitions, grooming, shearing and general information all condensed into one location. Over the years I know I've blogged much of the information on the blog, but for new folks I thought that a general education page going a little more in depth on common terms would be helpful, as well as some added opinions and thoughts in relation to these subjects. I encourage you to check it out, I'm continually adding more information over time as I get the chance. So watch over there for more updates and information about this amazing breed!
Thanks for stopping by! I always love to hear from my readers, feel free to contact me with any questions or leave a comment! Many blessings!~