Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bunnies through the years

We've had a lot of different rabbits, everything from fancy French angoras and Jersey woolies to mixed pet or meat bunnies.
Our rabbits have always been kept in cages in the barn. Like sheep, rabbits need the companionship of their own kind to be happy and content.

Currently, we have a couple of Jersey woolies and several French angoras. The French type are the easiest of the angoras to keep, and don't require quite as much grooming. Their silky wool is wonderful blended with our Icelandic sheep wool.

My daughter has shown rabbits at the fair for years. She is so good with them.

It's hard to show wooly rabbits during the heat of the summer. Invariably, they blow their coat.


My daughter's favorite bunny of all time is Lily, her white Jersey wooly. We didn't even know what breed she was when we bought her (for $5!) at a pet swap years ago, only that she was fluffy and extremely cute! Just the thing for a 10 year old girl.

Lily had a tattoo in her ear, and was so well behaved. We did a little online research, and thought perhaps she was a Jersey wooly. She began her career, going to our county fair. Our fair has a great turnout for rabbits, with over 100 rabbits competing for "Best of Show".

We have been amazed at how well Lily has done. She has placed every year. Two years ago she was runner up, and last year, finally claimed top prize--"Best of Show"! Go Lily!
Here's Lily, admiring the trophies and ribbons she's won.
Lily is now retired, and is happy to be just a pet bunny.

1 comment:

Kelly or Alex said...

She is a beautiful bunny with her pink eyes. We don't have any bunnies here. They are so sweet. Makes me want one.
Kelly