Wednesday, April 30, 2008
While Allen Mesick, CA, examined and placed the open Fuzzy Lops.
The set-up of the show room was great so that it was very easy to watch both the youth and open judging at the same time. Results of the youth show are below:
BOB Karli Zwade, broken jr doe
BOSB Matthew Holliday, solid sr buck
BOV --Karli Zwade, jr doe
BOSV--Matthew Holliday, sr buck
SSB -- M Holliday
SSD -- Sarah Hardy
SJB -- M Holliday
SJD -- K Zwade
BOV -- K Zwade, jr doe
BOSV -- K Zwade, sr buck
BSB -- K Zwade
BSD -- Theresa Walker
BJB -- M Holliday
BJD -- K Zwade
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
First off, sorry I didn't get blow by blow reports on the blog during the weekend. I carried my computer to Colorado but either didn't have an internet connection when I had time to blog or no time when I had a connection. So here is the "late report" of the AFLRC National show.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
But much of the joy of flying has been sucked out in the last few years. Now planning for a trip that involves flying brings images of long lines to have my shoes scanned and full body searches. You should have seen the intense scrutiny I received when I forgot to put my liquids in a zip lock bag recently. The TSA agent clearly thought I intended to bring the plane down with 2 oz of eye drops! And if flying for business or pleasure by myself is tough, imagine the layers of complication added by flying with rabbits.
It isn't at all impossible to bring rabbits by air to a show. It does require quite a bit of advance planning to improve the odds of things going well. But isn't that true even if you are driving? I have flown many times now to Nationals and ARBA Conventions, since it is rare that these events are within driving distance from my home in California. In fact, in the past 10 years, I have driven to 2 ARBA Conventions and 3 AFLRC National shows; the rest of the times (and I attended all of them), I had to fly. So that makes me something of an expert I guess. I have almost exclusively flown on Delta and brought the rabbits as "excess baggage". The cost for the excess baggage has increased in the past 10 years from $75/crate to $200/crate per direction. Frankly, I'm not surprised. The low price was probably quite a bargain considering the extra attention a crate of rabbits requires compared to a suitcase. I have never had a rabbit die during air travel. In fact, they generally seem much better off than they do after a car ride of similar length. I have had flights delayed by weather and had to stay in a hotel room with 24 Fuzzy Lops. I have had my rabbits arrive home a day later than I did. Fuzzies and I have missed connections, traveled through snow, argued with agents about whether rabbits can stand 30 degree temperatures. Yep, my Fuzzies and I have been through a lot together!
Tomorrow morning we leave for Colorado bright and early. My plane leaves ~9:30 am but I plan to be at the airport around 6:30 am. Wish us luck......
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Give Muriel your entries for the Sunday specialty on Friday night. She has to have all ear tattoo changes and show entries by the time the show room closes Friday. Otherwise she will be cranky and believe me, we don't want that! At least I don't want it; I'm sharing a hotel room with her.
Also some of you entered Nationals but did not order a banquet ticket. You can also pay for your banquet ticket once you get to the show but don't forget to do it. The banquet is a wonderful time to relax, enjoy friends, and collect those awards.
So what have I been doing? Well last night I bought a new snazzy laptop computer, http://www.apple.com/macbookair/ , but that doesn't have much to do with Nationals since I probably won't receive it before I leave. I also took photos of a few Fuzzies that I am bringing to sell. I have seen discussion on some of our lists on how to take good pictures of rabbits. It is a challenge! My first rule is, if at all possible, take photos outside. Natural lighting works the best. For these pictures, it was a bit darker than I like, but I used Photoshop to improve the lighting and color of the pictures. There is a perfect time for pictures outside, in mid-morning or mid-afternoon. You want to avoid too many shadows as well as dull lighting and colors.
Next question is how to you make the rabbits sit still. You don't! Just take lots and lots of shots until you get a good one. I wish I had the magic answer--sometimes blowing on their faces helps or picking the rabbit up and then setting it down, focus and hit the shutter release QUICK.
How about a head shot? This is another broken junior buck, AK's Deacon
AK's Aimee knows how to show her stuff! She's a broken senior doe, who will be going home to Utah with Nate B.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Apparently Ollie has made a great adjustment to his new home in Portland. Muriel reports that he came in and took over. It seems that he isn't so much a Boston Terrier as a Boston Terrorist!
National show update
Here are the unofficial numbers of entries for the National Show on Saturday. Total entered: 141 (open) and 40 (youth). The show may be smaller than some but quality and fun will be high. I love National shows.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The show is being held in Pueblo, CO. I know little about the city so looked it up on the web (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pueblo,_Colorado). It is the home of Colorado's largest single event, the state fair. I'm surprised to hear that the state fair is the largest event in Colorao, since in so many states the fair is taking a back seat to so many other things. Pueblo has a past filled with Apaches, Presidents, and steel.
What have I been doing to get ready for Nationals this past weekend? You can probably guess--grooming, making lists, and worrying. One thing that might surprise you is that I have been breeding does. For the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to get all my does bred so that I'll have juniors of ideal age for the ARBA Convention in October. Does that will be shown in Pueblo were bred this past weekend. There's still time; if you are planning to attend the ARBA Convention in Louisville go out and make some litters today.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Jennifer and Waffles with their lovely new carrier.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Below are a few photos from past National shows.
Now start grooming and packing for 2008.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
PFF's Spencer, BOB Show B (R Stacy, judge)
Owned by Christina Gillett
Owned by Adam & Carol Green
PFF Charlie Brown, BOB Show A (A Mesick) & BOS in specialty (C Zemny)
Owned by Christina GillettIts time to look at Fuzzy Lops, enough with the puppies and other distractions! Recently there were three Fuzzy Lop shows in Stockton, CA (2 all breed and 1 specialty) and a beautiful set of Fuzzy Lops took the honors. Hope you enjoy the photos.