A Virtual Solution

A Poem by Yvonne Hobbs-Fothergill

The New Year dawned – 2021
We all resolved to have some fun!
Show rabbits waiting in the shed
For grooming – after they’d been fed
A lovely day seeing all our friends
The joy of showing never ends!

The rabbits proudly in the car
The hall today is not too far.
We’re hoping for a Best in Show
Or at least a CC with buck or doe.
A tiring but enjoyable day
We spend our weekends in this way

But a few weeks later Covid arrived!
And one cannot imagine how it changed our lives!!
The whole world affected – and many just died!
The virus had to be contained
As the Prime Minister explained –

No more rabbit shows as such,
No gathering of folk.
We had to stay at home instead –
We might as well be ill – or dead!!!!
It did’nt take the Fancy long
To invent a way to right this wrong!

To keep the Fancy on the go
They organised a Virtual show
With three photos to show front, side and below
For each exhibit – buck or doe
So the judges could view it
From above or below.

A Virtual show is not so bad
In lots of ways, but makes me sad
No getting up early to go to a show
No last minute grooming or packing the car
A bit of moult is not a worry
Or cleaning up bottoms in a hurry!

The rabbits were photographed looking their best

So we will have a day to rest
Waiting for judging results on the screen
While we put up our feet
All calm and serene
So we still show our rabbits as the story ends
But we show photos – and don’t see our friends.

Yvonne Hobbs Fothergill 2021

Buying your first Angora

It is very important to do your research before buying any Angora rabbits from breeders on the internet with youngsters or preloved sites. You can get into a lot of problems very easily if you don’t. Look at the British Rabbit Council and find your local clubs, or a national club, such as the National Angora Club and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions before you buy.  

The fact that a lot of rabbits are called Angora because they have a long fluffy coat does not make them such. Rabbits that are cross bred can produce long coats which are then called “woolies” these might be cute, but the coats can be unmanageable and therefore extremely hard to deal with. So be aware that not all rabbits being sold as ‘Angora’ are actually pure bred Angora or even English Angora rabbits.

The price is a factor too, you can pay an enormous amount for a rabbit which is unnecessary as you can buy a show standard one at half the price from a reputable breeder. Check out an earlier post on the cost of buying an Angora rabbit.

It is important to know that rabbits can breed from the age of three months, so even if you plan to have them neutered at six months, you must keep them separated at all times before that happens. Young bucks can start at eight or nine weeks jumping on their siblings, so it is extremely important to keep them apart. Mating this young will not hurt the buck but the doe will be far to young to cope and it may result in at worst her death and possibly not being able to breed again.

If you want any specific information get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Surviving lockdown, with the help of my Angora rabbits

Fortunately I have Angora Rabbits, looking after them is a bit like painting the Forth Road Bridge, and the daily tasks keep me quite busy. As once you have finished the morning feed and water, followed by cleaning out, grooming and or clipping then the evening feeding and water before turning the covers down for the night, you have to start all over again the next day.

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Animal Assisted Activities Enhance the Lives of Humans

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) is the use of animals in a recreation or visitation setting to help people with specific needs. Providing many opportunities for people of all ages to gain motivation, education and / or recreational enhancement of the quality of our human lives. Animal Assisted Activities are delivered in a range of different environments by specifically trained professionals, paraprofessionals and / or volunteers in association with the animals that meet the criteria.

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Bunny Competition time

This year we want to encourage all our members to join us in the virtual world and share your Angora bunnies with everyone.

So what we would like you to do is send in a photo of your Angora bunny, if you want to send us more than one if you have lots of bunnies then please do, there is no limit on how many entries you can put in.

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Membership for 2021 now due

We want you to be able to continue enjoying the benefits of being a National Angora Club member so now is the time to renew your membership or become a member before the 1st January. It is a great time as 2021 is the year of our biannual year book, so if you want to receive this or contribute you will be able to do so if you join or renew your membership.

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Green food for rabbits

Corn and greens

All plants of the earth are specially for feeding of the animals of the universe, and as rabbits are a part of this animal kingdom the main feed of the rabbit is herb’s or in winter bark of trees. Because we have chosen to make pets of rabbits the feeding habits should not change to suit our way of feeding, so rabbits will exist on herb’s and garden plants, without recourse to pellets and water. In fact rabbits fed on green food need not be given water in any circumstances. My rabbits have never seen water. (Article from the 1998 Year Book).

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The Onion and the invisible ink

Sooty fawn (Chris Hamilton)

The Onion and the invisible ink, an article by Steve Cook from the 1992 Year book. It’s amazing how often common sense answers to problems are incorrect. Common sense is not always that common or sensible.

For instance, I remember well a rabbit fancier expressing the view that the best way to produce cream angoras would be to cross a gold with a white angora. The theory was similar to that of mixing paints, “white and red paints mixed makes pink”. Of course, a gold crossed with a white angora should yield anything but creams or even even whites or golden kittens. I should imagine that brown-greys or smokes would be a likely outcome (and not particularly good ones at that).

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