Just over a year ago we set a goal of learning about Holland lop rabbits and showing them. Boy did we do this. First by learning we started out wrong. Then by learning how difficult it really is. We learned to fine tune what it was we really wanted. Our number one goal for 2013 was to show a homegrown rabbit. Mission accomplished and we even earned 2 legs doing so. We were hoping to grand champion our homegrown but I suppose we can just push that goal right into 2014.
So we have some simple goals and some larger ones. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a hermit. I truly belong in cave far far away from civilization. No phones, no people. Just nature and my family and a few occasional pre-announced friends. This part of me makes some of these goals very difficult. So we will start with the simple ones.
1. Water Bottles. We have learned crocks become gross very quickly.
2. More toys. Our bunnies are so playful and are continually amused by any toys we happen to give them.
3. More cages. A year ago, even six months ago I didn't think our space would fill up so quickly. 12 holes seemed like plenty. Especially when we had so many misses and lost kits, etc. But here we are almost in a panic needing cages immediately.
4. Assemble our lovely binder that was started for us by Little Rascals Rabbitry. Organizing our pedigrees and rabbitry information.
5. Grand Champion a home grown and continue showing more homegrowns.
6. Build a bunny barn and leave the comforts of our garage. Sigh. I do love just going out the back door into bunny world. But we need more space so hopefully we can save up and make a fun little barn to move into.
7. Obtain a new Herd Buck.
8. Create our facebook page and Sell some of our stock. This is the hard one. This means I have to leave the cave. We have to put our face out there for all to see. We have to part with some of our beloved babies and seniors.
9. Be selective. Our first year was a year of much learning. We bred to learn type and growth. We purchased stock to get us started. We made choices we would not make now. We have learned more what we want and we don't need to settle for just anything.
10. Take our time and have fun. As much as I want to protect and raise wonderful typey Hollands, it is pointless if we aren't having fun along the way. I don't want the competitive shows or the poor quality breeders to take away from all of the love and enjoyment that we put into our rabbits.