The Cape Rabbit Show!

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The Cape Rabbit Club hosted the first rabbit show in the Cape in years last weekend. The show was held at the V&A Waterfront and the excitement of all bunny enthusiasts have been building up over the past few months.
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The lovely Simone van Zyl and her husband Bobby, from The Fransi Doodle Rabbitry, and a few others have been working relentlessly at organising the long overdue event. The event was quite spectacular and they most certainly did a marvelous job! Simone is proudly holding her Rex doe, which won best of breed in its category, in the photo above. Simone’s other buns also did quite well.
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This absolute beauty of an English Rabbit is also from The Fransi Doodle Rabbitry and also won best of breed in it’s category.
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It was lovely meeting some people that I’ve only seen or chatted to on Facebook, like Nicola Savage from Mystic Rabbits, whose Netherland Dwarf in the photo above received reserve best Fancy and won best of breed (Netherland Dwarf). Nicola has quite a few truly fine rabbits. Her Silver Fox pair is exquisite and the buck won best on show. In the photo below she is proudly showing him off. (Thanks to Nicole and Damien for the beautiful photograph of their winning boy, Zeus. He is such a handsome bun!)
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Zues

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It was an eye opener to actually see how amazingly big and fluffy these Angora rabbits are. They may be massive, but they were really friendly and enjoyed the petting here and there through the wire cages.
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I am so used to my little fluffsters at home that it was quite a shock when I first saw the real life size of these magnificent animals. Tamara from Gatabi Rabbitry in Gauteng was demonstrating how they work with the Angora buns while Karoline Steenekamp, in the photo below, showed off her skills at spinning. Karoline is also the chairperson of the Cape Rabbit Club and is a well known rabbit show judge in South Africa. If you need any professional advice on rabbits, she’s definitely the lady to get hold of.
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In the photo above is Tamara on the right, working with the Angora rabbit and my dear friend, Tammy, from The Little Rabbitry, on the left. Tammy’s beautiful boy, Blue, placed second in the Fancy category,  under the Jersey Wooly breed. This is him with his adorable little “kiss me, hug me and squeeze me” face in the photo below.
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This sweet little Jersey Wooly above had me going back to her cage quite a few times. She and the buck that was in the cage next to her, was for sale. It was very difficult to restrain myself, but with some effort I managed. Now they are the fantastic new additions to The Little Rabbitry! I’m so happy that Tammy decided to take them. They are truly gorgeous buns.
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It was fantastic to see breeds like this Tri-colour Dutch above and the beautiful little Netherland Dwarf below.
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And not to mention the massive New Zealand Reds, Blacks and Whites, which can really only be described as magnificent. I never knew just how big they actually are.
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Some of the rabbits came all the way from Gauteng and Natal and it must have been a tiring weekend for them as I saw some of them weren’t much bothered with people poking and petting all around them. Just look at these two Californians below – they just want to be left alone and enjoy an afternoon nap.
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The Californian breed is also quite a large breed, but really beautiful and according to what I’ve read and saw here, very friendly and make excellent pets.
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There was also this huge and gorgeous Chinchilla Giganta, which was a little shy and didn’t really appreciate any poking But what a lovely colour, hey! I’ve never seen a rabbit so big and so beautiful. Then there was this (below) cutie pie of a mixed breed pet rabbit, who stole most of the attention just because of sheer sweet, adorable, cuddly cuteness!
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All in all the people involved in organising the show can be really proud of the spectacular achievement. I think they did a brilliant job in putting it all together and the information they have shared with the public of what it is to have rabbits in your life as pets, is priceless. Well done and congratulations to Simone and her team!

Hop over to the Cape Rabbit Club Facebook Page for more information about the Club and for all the results of the show or contact them via email at caperabbitclub@gmail.com

Patiently awaiting new kits

We’ve scaled down on our amount of rabbits over the last month or two. We now have 4 bucks and 5 does and will most likely let 1 pair go to a new home soon. Although the adult buns are getting fewer, I’m happy to post about two pregnancies!

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Levi and Mushroom mated for the second time about 2 weeks ago. I’m still hopeful for a BEW, but we’ll have to see. Their previous kit was so cute and super friendly.

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Mushroom’s expected due date is 8 August 2013 and there’s already someone that’s booked a kit from her expected litter! Mushroom is a lovely bun, but not very friendly during pregnancies! The band-aids on my hands can vouch for that!

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Then we’ve paired Bugs and Clover. They are exremely cute and affectionate together and their little fuzzy faces look like a match made in heaven. Clover’s mommy is Phoebe, so there might be a chance of a himalayan kit, but we don’t really care, as long as the kit or kits are as adorable as Bugs’ previous little sweetheart, Bonbon. We miss that cute fur ball so much!

Goodbye sweet Bonbon…

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I knew the time would come that Bonbon would steal the heart of someone looking for a bun to fill a spot in their home. I was hoping it wouldn’t be soon, as I have fallen so much in love with her that I was starting to think about not letting her go any more. She is just so absolutely adorable and she was definitely the friendliest bunny we have ever had. All she ever wanted was just a little more attention. Another ear rub. One more kiss on the forehead… She has this way of drawing your attention and forcing you to stop with whatever you’re busy with,  just to pick her up and hold her tightly against your chest. Never would she struggle to be put down. No, she loves being loved.

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I’m very sad, that she had to go, but I feel happy knowing that she went to really nice people. Her new mommy is friendly, has a warm personality and fell completely in love with Bonbon the moment she picked her up. I know that she’ll be well looked after and that her new home will be a better place just because she’ll be there. I’m also happy that Watson went with her so that she’ll have good company that she’s already familiar with.  They’ll be good friends and will be happy together.

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We’ll miss both buns dearly, but Bonbon’s spot will be hard to fill here in our home. Her long ears, big body and fluffy face was a highlight every morning at feeding time. She was the first bunny to ever sleep on my bed… and she was our first little himi baby.

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Farewell sweet little King Kong bunny. We’ll never forget you.

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Empty nest

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This beautiful little girl in the photograph above is Mushroom’s kit. There was a little girl here over the weekend, looking at our bunnies and she fell in love with this blue eyed bunny. She was here with her parents and they were chatting and looking at bunnies, but the little girl was holding on to this bunny like she’s been her pet bunny for years. It was absolutely adorable! I’m still waiting to find out her name and will uodate this post then.

Molly wobbles

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When I went to visit The Little Rabbitry to drop Chloe off at her new home, I got to see one of the first buns I ever had – Molly.  She has been with Tammy at the The Little Rabbitry for a few months now and it was just lovely to her hopping around with her wide back legs, not taking any note of anyone or anything going on around her. She is exactly the way I remember her with her I’ll-come-to-you-if-I-feel-like-it-but-don’t-you-dare-to-approach-me attitude.

And the passed week Molly bun has moved to a new home in Stellenbosch. Juli Hepple is now the proud new mommy of Molly wobbkes and she has a new long-eared friend, Lindor.

Here’s to Molly and her new family. I hope she’s happy and her new family falls in love with her and enjoy her cuteness.

Good bye Chloe bunnikins!

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Today I visited Tammy and her cute buns at The Little Rabbitry. The reason I went is that she adopted Chloe (seen in the photograph above). It is sad that we can’t keep Chloe, but I have no doubt that she’ll be binkying with happiness with her new friends at The Little Rabbitry.

It was so nice catching up with Tammy and seeing some of her buns. Look at this beautiful little one (in the photograph below) bred by her. The daddy is her stud of a bun, Blue.

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And this cutie pie (in the photograph below) was so adorable. His name is Hopson and he is a friendly, attention loving bunny. I love his colouring and his beautiful big brown eyes. He comes from Redberry Rabbits in Montague.

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Thanks Tammy for making space for Chloe. Enjoy her, but remember to be weary of her moods!!

Levi has another fan

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A friend of mine visited a day or two ago and it was the first time she handled rabbits. Of course she was at the right place if she wanted to be around bunnies and get to know how adorable they can be.

She was crazy about the small kits – obviously – they are so cute. But when she picked Levi up, he charmed her into being her favourite of all! He was so calm and sweet with her that I almost felt jealous! Levi really knows how to win hearts with those big blue eyes and little bunny kisses he makes in your neck…

Growing up so fast

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Clover’s little kit is on the dot 8 weeks old now. She is such a little angel – so playful, loving and friendly. She loves attention and even makes her mommy a little jealous every now and then, if you ask me. As everyone knows, Clover is the favourite here and likes to make sure we don’t forget it, and no one else steels any of it away from her. In the photograph below, the two are quite snuggy together. It took a while for Clover to have babies, but she was really a good mommy to this little one!

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Hop hop – right into my heart!

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Mushroom and Levi’s kit is now 2 weeks old already. It has just started coming out of the nest and it is bouncing around the cage chasing mommy for milk! It seems to have Mushrooms’ very lively personality – hopping around like a little crazy monkey bunny. We were so hoping for blue eyes, but unfortunately that did not happen… Brown eyes does not make it any less cute, though!

Zoey’s first litter

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During the night of Wednesday, 15 May 2013, Zoey had 3 little kits. In the photograph above it is noticable that the small one on the right is a peanut. Although I have seen this happen so many times, it remains terrible and so sad. It lived for 2 days and this morning it was dead. The other 2 are strong, lively and quite healthy. They have their mommy’s colouring.
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