Tag: angora rabbits

A Gentle Giant

Yesterday heaven was given a true gift as Doc, the giant angora rabbit left us to live with the angels. The only thing larger than he was, was his strong gentle heart. He was a wonderful ambassador for German Angora Rabbits everywhere.

Through his several surgeries, daily medications, shots, and two amputations, in a hard fought battle over a relentless infection, Doc never for a moment lost his sweet, loving nature.

What was most remarkable about him was his ability to capture people’s hearts. From Vermont, to Washington, to California, people were rooting and praying for Doc’s success. Because of his special needs and required medications, he traveled when we did. This brought him to UCWDC dance events including the South Bay Dance Fling and Paradise Dance Festival where he won over the hearts of many swing and country dancers.

Jules Veterinary center in Tracy became a second home to Doc and the amazing staff there loved him almost as much as we did, bringing fruits and vegetables from their own homes to keep him eating. They made sure his bed was soft and warm and that he was never without loving attention.

At home Doc spent time with Daisy. With all of his medications making it completely against all odds, somehow a miracle happened. Daisy gave birth to one single beautiful white baby rabbit. She was a Christmas miracle that we named Lilly. In Doc’s one and only offspring we can see so much of him and his determined nature.

Our hearts ache for our big, sweet boy and Daisy wanders the room looking for him. None of us can believe that a simple rabbit could touch so many lives. But, then again, he wasn’t just a simple rabbit. Even in pain he loved to give a sweet hug; even though he wasn’t always comfortable, he never tired of sitting on a lap; even in the last moments, when at the end, when he could barely move, he managed to nuzzle under my chin and give reassurance like only he could. No one who ever met him would ever say that he was ‘just’ a rabbit. Doc was a living example of unconditional love, bravery, strength, and giving – all dressed in the form of one large white, and very fluffy, rabbit.

We love you and we miss you Doc, today and every day.

A growing bunny

Our little miracle bunny is growing SO fast! Although her Dad, Doc, is almost 12 pounds and her Mom, Daisy almost 10, I guess it’s to be expected. Her ear furnishings are starting to be visible and even though she’s only 8 weeks old, she looks like the awkward teenager. Her amazingly soft fur goes off in every direction giving her a permanent “bed head” look. With the amount so far, I have high hopes for the softness and amount she’ll produce.

I’m still so thankful that we have her. From a buck that we thought was sterile and then being a single baby from a first time Doe. I fully realize how amazingly lucky we are. She’s still with Mom, sharing a cage although

img_5272I’m sure that she is fully weaned. She does a great job eating hay, alfalfa, oat grass, pellets and her favorite treat…oats.

She doesn’t mind being held, picked up and LOVES to run around at full speed in the fiber studio. What a little joy to have!

Rabbits and Other Animals

Rabbits, Dogs, Cats…Can a whole food chain live happily ever after? I think so. Sort of.

I have to preface this with the fact that with only a few exceptions, I don’t leave the house with them all running together. But, while I’m home, it works well.

Since the two house rabbits pre-date the cat, Noah has grown up around rabbits running loose. He’s used to hanging around the smaller house bunnies, but when the German Angora rabbits were introduced, he was a little more cautious. While Noah is a Ragdoll cat, which is not a small breed, the German Angora Rabbits are really large. Wisely Noah doesn’t try to play with them. Although he’s absolutely fine just hanging out with them.

Bear came in at five months old, so not full size, but with a full size personality. Out of everyone, he is definitely the one in charge. Not only has the cat given up and walks away when bear decides to sit on him, but bear regularly chases even the dogs out of the room, nudging them until they get up and leave.

Since the dogs were full grown and moved in only a few years ago, the fact that they learned to peacefully live with rabbits running loose still amazes me. Honestly, I think they just don’t know quite what they are or what to make of them. Except that they quickly figured out that these fuzzy, hopping creatures are wonderful Pez dispensers. And, if you watch them long enough, they will magically leave a coco-puff type treat. While not so popular with the humans in the room…it’s proven a favorite canine pastime to try to sneak one of these magic treats as the bunny hops away.

Actually, it’s a pretty great way to spend the day, if the fiber studio watching them all interact.

The Velcro bunny

We’ve had a wonderful addition to our little rabbitry…Pooh Bear. Actually, he got his name from the CoCo puff trail that he leaves everywhere as he marks his territory, but Velcro because he is a complete Momma’s boy. This beautiful five month old came from Serendipity Angoras in Oregon. Rebecca is such a friendly, knowledgeable person and has a beautiful rabbits.

German Angora with color seem are harder to find here in California, and while I love the white, I was anxious to add some color to the mix. This young tort buck was the perfect answer. He is not only handsome, he is full of energy…I mean really full of energy and absolutely loves to be with people.

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of male puberty. And wow, can this little guy spray. I think the comment from my son was, “Geez, how does that much liquid get into one rabbit!” And the distance this guy can get has to be Olympic medal worthy. In one desperate moment I eventried a diaper for his free run time. He was not a fan and I gave up. Luckily as he’s getting a little older, he’s getting better.

His fiber is just beautiful and I’m anxious to see how it spins up. Although, it’s now shearing time and I’m not looking forward to shearing this sweet bundle of energy!

Bunnies & Infections

Well, we continue to fight an infection on Doc’s right leg. A rabbit’s system is fantastic at walling off an infection. Unfortunately, this same tendency makes treating an infection very difficult. Sometimes a bunny is lucky and the antibiotics win, sometimes it’s a bear of a battle…this is one of those bears.

Even after a partial amputation of his foot (since the infection was in the bone), almost as soon as it healed, that stubborn infection moved up his leg. With the implantation of beads it looked like we were starting to get ahead of it, and I think we were, but now that sneaky thing has again moved up his leg.

His leg is flushed daily and the beads are on order for yet another surgery to implant another set a little further up the leg. Luckily, we have sent in samples on two different occasions to find antibiotics that, at least in the lab, work.

Although Doc hates the meds that he has to down ever 12 hours, the fact that he now has to travel with us if we go overnight everywhere has made him a bit of an ambassador for German Angora’s. It’s a good thing that he’s such a good traveler.

Other than the infection he is sure a happy and healthy bunny that loves to be carried around and enjoy’s lap time. We’ll keep hoping that THIS time the procedure will kill of the infection for good!

Cottontail Farms and Blissful Bear

While running the business, The Blissful Bear and running the rabbitry, Cottontail Farms simultaneously, they’ve shared a website, Slowly, as the rabbitry is growing, I’ve decided to separate them some. A little hectic, yes. But it makes sense. The Blissful Bear focuses more on crochet items, soaps and other fun items. Cottontail Farms’ main focus is the amazing German Angora rabbits, fiber and luxury yarns. They’re heading two different directions.

And, as the rabbitry is expanding with Daisy expecting, I can better blog the fun happenings at the farm!